Category Archives: Birds of India Photo Guides

Spotted Dove Photo Guide

I invite you to take a brief tour through images of this dainty dove.The spotted dove has a black patch with white spots on its neck.This dove is a native of the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia. It has been introduced to many other parts of the world.Spotted Dove

Photo Courtesy of Vishal Prabhu @ Bangalore, Oct 2014

All spotted doves sport the black and white pattern on their necks and the overall rosy brown color. But the doves found in India has a distinct rosy mottling (spotted pattern) on its back and wings. Other races do not have such a distinctly patterned back and wings. Females look similar but a tiny bit smaller in size. Continue reading

Rock Dove Photo Guide

I invite you to take a brief tour through images of this familiar bird officially named rock dove from 2011 onwards.It is known as rock pigeon or simply the pigeon as well. While you view this article, I request you to make mental notes of features you find striking in this bird.DSC_0019

Photo Courtesy of Ravi Khemka @ Andheri West, Mumbai, Jan 2010

You can see that the true wild form of the pigeon is a grey bird with two dark wing bars. It has metallic green and purple around its neck and upper breast. Note the orange-yellow eyes and coral red legs. There is a white patch at the base of the beak. Females look similar but a bit smaller in size. Continue reading

Common Kingfisher Photo Guide

I invite you to take a brief tour through images of this sparrow sized kingfisher which is found near water bodies.The common kingfisher is present throughout India.Common kingfisher Alcedo atthis

Photo Courtesy of Mike Prince @ Dal Lake,Kashmir May 2014

Salim Ali, in his book of Indian birds has described this kingfisher’s size as similar to that of a house sparrow. What picture will better explain this bird’s sparrow-like size than the picture above? So, this is a cute little kingfisher with blue or bluish-green back and wings.It has a rusty orange breast and belly. Continue reading

White-throated Kingfisher Photo Guide

I invite you to take a brief tour through images of beautiful bird which is the most familiar kingfisher near human habitations.This bird is present throughout India.
White-throated kingfisher halcyon smyrnensis

Photo Courtesy of Manjith Kainickara @ Kerala, Apr 2010

This beautiful kingfisher has a chocolatey head and belly with a white throat and breast. The bird’s back and tail are a brilliant blue.In flight, large white patches are visible on the blue and black wings.You can observe the same from this beautiful capture by Rahul Alvares.White-throated kingfisher in flight1

Photo Courtesy of Rahul Alvares @ Pilerne Lake,Goa Dec 2012

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White-bellied Treepie Photo Guide

I invite you to take a brief tour through images of this bird from the crow family.This bird is present only in South India and nowhere else in the world, so this bird is endemic to South India.
White-bellied treepie - Dendrocitta leucogastra

Photo Courtesy of Mike Barth @ Neriamangalam, Kerala, Mar 2011

Here is a white-bellied treepie.You can easily tell this apart from the more common rufous treepie from the overall white coloration. It has a white body with a black face mask extending down to its neck.It has calls that are slighly different from the rufous treepie. Calls are available at the index page. Continue reading