colorful birds

Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis

Key Features Sparrow sized bird with bluish or bluish-green upper parts and rusty orange lower parts.They have a large bill.They are found near water. Range They are found throughout India.
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Photo Courtesy of Dr Jyoti Prasad Pattnaik
Sound Courtesy of Mike Nelson , XC73074. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/73074.

Blue-tailed bee-eater Merops philippinus

Key features Green birds with brown neck and black eye stripe. The bluish tail has wire-like elongated feathers. Range Throughout India with breeding range falling in Northern India and North-Eastern India, found in South India during non-breeding season.Seen near farmland, parks or ricefields. It is most often seen near large waterbodies.
Merops philippinus

Photo1 Courtesy of JJ Harrison, Photo2 Courtesy of Jason Thompson
Sound Courtesy of Paul I. Holt, AV#4024. Accessible at Avocet Avian Vocalizations Center.

Referred from: 1. Wikipedia  2.BirdLife International (2015) Species factsheet: Merops philippinus. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 12/01/2015

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

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

 

Blue-throated Barbet Megalaima asiatica

Key features Green birds with red crown and blue face and throat. The thick bill is pale yellowish with black tip. Range Lower reaches of Himalayas in North and North East India.
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Photo1 Courtesy of nbu2012, Photo2 Courtesy of Vijay Anand Ismavel
Sound Courtesy of Shiladitya Mukherjee, XC129318, Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/129318