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Yellow-crowned Woodpecker (Dendrocopos mahrattensis )
(Thai name: นกหัวขวานด่างหน้าผากเหลือง )
Yellow-crowned woodpecker
India,Rajkot,03-02-2016.

The yellow-crowned woodpecker (Dendrocopos mahrattensis) or Mahratta woodpecker is a species of small pied woodpecker found in the Indian subcontinent.Medium-sized, pale-headed, pied woodpecker. Upperparts black, heavily spotted and barred white. Underparts dark, steaked dingywithe with red belly patch. Irregular brown cheek and neck patches. Female has yellowish crown and nape. In male nape scarlet and fore-crown yellow. [Wikipedia].[Photo© - Raju Karia].

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Ruddy Shelduck (Tadorna ferruginea )
(Thai name: เป็ดพม่า )
Ruddy shelduck
India,Rajkot,18-01-2016.

The ruddy shelduck (Tadorna ferruginea), known in India as the Brahminy duck, is a member of the family Anatidae. It is a distinctive waterfowl, 58 to 70 cm (23 to 28 in) in length with a wingspan of 110 to 135 cm (43 to 53 in). It has orange-brown body plumage with a paler head, while the tail and the flight feathers in the wings are black, contrasting with the white wing-coverts. It is a migratory bird, wintering in the Indian subcontinent and breeding in southeastern Europe and central Asia, though there are small resident populations in North Africa. It has a loud honking call.
The ruddy shelduck mostly inhabits inland water-bodies such as lakes, reservoirs and rivers. The male and female form a lasting pair bond and the nest may be well away from water, in a crevice or hole in a cliff, tree or similar site. A clutch of about eight eggs is laid and is incubated solely by the female for about four weeks. The young are cared for by both parents and fledge about eight weeks after hatching.
In central and eastern Asia, populations are steady or rising, but in Europe they are generally in decline. Altogether, the birds have a wide range and large total population, and the International Union for Conservation of Nature has assessed their conservation status as being of "least concern".
The ruddy shelduck grows to a length of 58 to 70 cm (23 to 28 in) and has a 110–135 cm (43–53 in) wingspan. The male has orange-brown body plumage and a paler, orange-brown head and neck, separated from the body by a narrow black collar. The rump, flight feathers, tail-coverts and tail feathers are black and there are iridescent green speculum feathers on the inner surfaces of the wings. Both upper and lower wing-coverts are white, this feature being particularly noticeable in flight but hardly visible when the bird is at rest. The bill is black and the legs are dark grey. The female is similar but has a rather pale, whitish head and neck and lacks the black collar, and in both sexes, the colouring is variable and fades as the feathers age. The birds moult at the end of the breeding season and the male loses the black collar, but a further partial moult between December and April restores it. Juveniles are similar to the female but are a darker shade of brown.
The call is a series of loud, nasal honking notes, it being possible to discern the difference between those produced by the male and the female. The calls are made both on the ground and in the air, and the sounds are variable according to the circumstances in which they are uttered.[Wikipedia].[Photo© - Raju Karia].

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Florida Scrub Jay (Aphelocoma coerulescens )
Curious Jay ~ The Florida Scrub Jay is one of the birds you should definitely seek out if you are visiting Florida. They are such naturally curious birds and don't have too much fear of humans. This was one of a pair in a location that I've visited for the past few years. They are a threatened species due to habitat loss so they are heavily monitored as you can see by the lovely jewelry this particular bird is wearing. Taken in Sebastian, Florida ~ 1/18/16 - 1/800 sec at f/5.6 on Aperture priority ~ Auto ISO2800 at 420 mm ~ using a 300 mm f/4 on a Nikon D4S ~ Please view large and feel free to share. #bird #birdphotos #birdphotography #birds #birdsgallery #birds4all #birdsinfocus #birdlovers #birdloversworldwide #birdloversandwildlife #hqspbirds #btbprobirds #wildlife #wildlifephotography #wildphotographer #wildlifephotos #nature #naturephotography #naturephotos #naturephotographer #florida
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Purple Sunbird (Cinnyris asiaticus )
(Thai name: นกกินปลีดำม่วง )
Purple sunbird
India,Rajkot,29-01-2016.

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Red-flanked Bluetail (Tarsiger cyanurus ) - Female
(Thai name: นกเขนน้อยข้างสีส้ม - เพศเมีย )
นกเขนน้อยข้างสีส้ม Red-flanked Bluetail female
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Rustic Bunting (Emberiza rustica )

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Long-tailed Tit or Long-tailed Bushtit (Aegithalos caudatus )
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Black-winged Kite (Elanus caeruleus )
(Thai name: เหยี่ยวขาว )
Black-winged kite
India,Rajkot,19-01-2016.

The black-winged kite (Elanus caeruleus) is a small diurnal bird of prey in the family Accipitridae best known for its habit of hovering over open grasslands in the manner of the much smaller kestrels. This Eurasian and African species was sometimes combined with the Australian black-shouldered kite (Elanus axillaris) and the white-tailed kite (Elanus leucurus) of North and South America which together form a superspecies. This kite is distinctive, with long-wings, white, grey and black plumage and owl like forward-facing eyes with red irises. Although mainly seen on the plains, they are sometimes seen on grassy slopes of hills in the higher elevation regions of Asia. They are not migratory, but make short-distance movements in response to weather.This long-winged raptor is predominantly grey or white with black shoulder patches, wing tips and eye stripe. The long falcon-like wings extend beyond the tail when the bird is perched. In flight, the short and square tail is visible and it is not forked as in the typical kites of the genus Milvus. When perched, often on roadside wires, it often adjusts its wings and jerks its tail up and down as if to balance itself. The sexes are alike in plumage. Their large forward-facing eyes and velvety plumage are characters that are shared with owls and the genus itself has been considered as a basal group within the Accipitridae.[Wikipedia].
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Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator ) - Female
Merganser Mayhem ~ Another Red-breasted Merganser had just chased this one and dove out of sight. All the splashing was the result of the two birds going after each other. ~ 1/4/16 - 1/800 sec at f/7.1 on Aperture priority ~ Auto ISO200 at 700 mm ~ using a 500 mm f/4 + 1.4x TC on a Nikon D4S ~ Please view large and feel free to share. #bird #birdphotos #birdphotography #birds #birdsgallery #birds4all #birdsinfocus #birdlovers #birdloversworldwide #birdloversandwildlife #hqspbirds #btbprobirds #wildlife #wildlifephotography #wildphotographer #wildlifephotos #nature #naturephotography #naturephotos #naturephotographer 
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Hoopoe (Upupa epops )
(Thai name: นกกะรางหัวขวาน )
Hoopoe
India,Rajkot,07-11-2015.

The hoopoe /ˈhuːpuː/ (Upupa epops, "hudhud") is a colourful bird found across Afro-Eurasia, notable for its distinctive "crown" of feathers. It is the only extant species in the family Upupidae. One insular species, the Saint Helena hoopoe, is extinct, and the Madagascar subspecies of the hoopoe is sometimes elevated to a full species. Like the Latin name upupa, the English name is an onomatopoeic form which imitates the cry of the bird. The hoopoe is the national bird of Israel.
The hoopoe is a medium-sized bird, 25–32 cm (9.8–12.6 in) long, with a 44–48 cm (17–19 in) wingspan. It weighs 46–89 g (1.6–3.1 oz). The species is highly distinctive, with a long, thin tapering bill that is black with a fawn base. The strengthened musculature of the head allows the bill to be opened when probing inside the soil. The hoopoe has broad and rounded wings capable of strong flight; these are larger in the northern migratory subspecies. The hoopoe has a characteristic undulating flight, which is like that of a giant butterfly, caused by the wings half closing at the end of each beat or short sequence of beats.
The call is typically a trisyllabic oop-oop-oop, which may give rise to its English and scientific names, although two and four syllables are also common. An alternative explanation of the English and scientific names is that they are derived from the French name for the bird, "Huppée" , which means crested. In the Himalayas, the calls can be confused with that of the Himalayan cuckoo (Cuculus saturatus), although the cuckoo typically produces four notes. Other calls include rasping croaks, when alarmed, and hisses. Females produce a wheezy note during courtship feeding by the male. Both genders, when disturbed, call a rough charrrrrr, strongly reminiscent of the warning cry of the Eurasian jay. The food begging call of the nestlings is similar to that of a common swift.[Wikipedia].
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