Category Archives: Birds of India Quick ID

Rufous Treepie Dendrocitta vagabunda

Key Features The Rufous treepie is a bird with brownish yellow body,coffee brown head and a very long tail. Range Found all over India. Like other crow family members, it is very adaptable and is found in urban areas as well.
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Photo1 Courtesy of MunishJauhar, Photo2 Courtesy of Vijay Anand Ismavel
Sound Courtesy of Vijay Anand Ismavel, XC201924 & Sushant more, XC214230. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/201924. & www.xeno-canto.org/214230.

Purple-rumped Sunbird Leptocoma zeylonica

Key Features The purple sunbird is a very active, tiny bird.Males have deep brownish maroon upper body and a bright yellow belly and white sides. Metallic hues on head and neck are visible under good lighting.Female birds are dull grey brown above,ashy white neck,yellow belly and white sides.
Range
Found all over southern India spreading north into central India, extending west into Gujarat and east into Assam.Missing from northern India. It adorns not only forests but also urban gardens.
purple-rumped sunbird index img

Photo1 Courtesy of Arthur Chapman, Photo2 Courtesy of Anton Croos
Sound Courtesy of Pamela C. Rasmussen, AV#15941 . Accessible at avocet.zoology.msu.edu/recordings/15941.

Purple Sunbird Cinnyris asiaticus

Key Features The purple sunbird is a tiny bird with a typical sunbird beak.Males have metallic hues under good lighting, else appear purplish black during breeding season.They appear quite similar to females once breeding season ends, but retains some vestigial color.Female birds are dull grey brown above and pale yellow below. Range Found practically throughout India except very high elevations.It adorns not only forests but also urban gardens.
cinnyris asiaticus

Photo1 Courtesy of Shanthanu Bhardwaj, Photo2 Courtesy of David Brossard
Sound Courtesy of Rajgopal Patil, XC207247 . Accessible at Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/207247.

Loten’s Sunbird Cinnyris lotenius

Key features The Loten’s sunbird is a small bird with a very long sickle shaped beak.Males have shining head throat and backs with hues of blue,green and violet.Female birds are dull grey brown above and cream color below.RangeIt is found only in South India :- Along Western Ghats, then from Tenkasi in south till roughly above Bangalore in the center, along the east the range extends northward till about Guntur.
Loten's sumbird index

Photo1 Courtesy of Arunachala Birds, Photo2 Courtesy of Vivekpuliyeri
Sound Courtesy of Andrew Mascarenhas, XC157975 & Mandar Bhagat, XC198352 . Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/157975 & www.xeno-canto.org/198352.

Yellow-crowned Woodpecker Dendrocopos mahrattensis

Notable features The yellow-crowned woodpecker or Mahratta woodpecker is a small pied (black and white colored) woodpecker.Males have yellowish forehead and red on the back of head. Females have completely yellowish heads.They have a red patch their belly. Range In India, it is found almsot all over India except the arid regions of Rajasthan, very high elevations of Himalayas i.e. above 2500 ft and eastern coastline.
Yellow-crowned woodpecker index image

Photo1 Courtesy of J.M. Garg, Photo2 Courtesy of Nagarajan Kanna
Sound Courtesy of Paul I. Holt, AV#10436. Accessible at avocet.zoology.msu.edu/recordings/10436.