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Alexandrine Parakeet Psittacula eupatria

Key features They are similar to rose-ringed parakeets but can be distinguished by the maroon patch on their shoulders. The male has a broader blackblack “mustaches” and a pink “kerchief” tied around their necks.Female similar except for missing the bright rings around the neck.Range Almost all of India except the arid regions of North-western India..
Psittacula eupatria

Photo1 Courtesy of Shaunak Modi,Photo2 Courtesy of Charles Lam
Sound Courtesy of Sarthak Awhad, XC187974. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/187974.

White-cheeked Barbet Megalaima Viridis

Notable features Green birds with a fat beak. They have white ‘eye-brow’ and white cheeks.White and brown streaked head and chest. Range Endemic to Western Ghats
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Photo Courtesy of  Sandeep Gangadharan – Photo1Photo2
Sound Courtesy of  Vivek Puliyeri, XC192283. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/192283

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.

Blue-cheeked bee-eater Merops persicus

Key features Green birds with a broad blue “eyebrow” and a blue cheek. The neck has yellow above and brown below. The greenish tail has wire-like elongated feathers.Range North western and Northern India.It is found in semi-desert areas and open grassland.
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Photo1 Courtesy of Yuriy75, Photo2 Courtesy of Werner Witte
Sound Courtesy of Thijs Fijen, XC118138, Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/118138

Indian Range Referred from: .BirdLife International (2015) Species factsheet: Merops persicus. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 13/01/2015

 

Plum-headed Parakeet Psittacula cyanocephala

Notable features Male has head coloration that reminds very much of a plum and beak color reminiscent of ripe mangoes. They have a red shoulder patch.The tail is blue,tipped with white. Alas! the female’s head lacks the grand colors, she has a dull blue-grey head with a yellow collar and beak.Shoulder patch is absent too. Range All over India except very dry areas of Western-India.
plum-headed parakeet male and female

Photo1 Courtesy of Sumeet Moghe , Photo2 Courtesy of  Tarique Sani
Sound Courtesy of Pamela C. Rasmussen , AV16014. Accessible at Avocet Avian Vocalizations Center