Saturday, December 21, 2013

Birds in Neighbourhood - 14

I am the few of the fortunate who occasionally get to see few birds of different variety around my house in Bangalore. I have captured few of them in my camera and here they are. One such beautiful bird is Asian Koel


It is a member of the cuckoo genus of birds. They are large, long-tailed, measuring 15 to 18 inches. The male and female are distinctive in their appearance. The female has brownish crown and has rufous streaks on the head. The back, rump and wing coverts are dark brown with white and buff spots.



They are omnivorous, consuming a variety of insects, caterpillars, eggs and small vertebrates. Adults feed mainly on fruits. They are unusual among the cuckoos in being largely frugivorous as adults.



The familiar song of the male is a repeated koo-Ooo. It is mostly seen in South East Asia.

25 comments:

Ramakrishnan Ramanathan said...

Nice captures of this sweet sounding but shy and elusive bird !

David Gascoigne said...

Interesting species. Cuckoos are always a great find.

acreativeharbor.com said...

Very creative bird shots ~ thanks, carol, ^_^

Phil Slade said...

The Koel is indeed beautiful Rajesh. But hard to see in your greenery. Thank you for reminding me of this special bird.

Gunilla Bäck said...

Lovely shots of this interesting bird!

bailey-road.com said...

Beautiful bird!

genie said...

The tail feathers are impressive. I would love to this bird in flight. He is a beauty. genie

Our photos said...

Beautiful bird photos!
We wish you a Merry Christmas,
RW & SK

Annemor said...

A rather big cucoo.
Lovely shots.
Have a wonderful day.
Mormor

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Jeevan said...

Beautiful shots on the female Koel! I miss them so much because of shifted house.
I am doing much better now and hope to be back to normal soon. Thank you

Merry Christmas and very Happy New Year :)

Irene said...

Interesting shots, never seen that bird before.

Irene

Christian Weiß said...

Nice photos and an interesting bird.

Dave said...

Great bird Rajesh, have a wonderful Christmas

Dave

Kristi Bowman said...

Beautiful!! I hope to see it one day.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Wow that is such a beautiful bird, what a long tail it has~

mick said...

Great photos of the Koels. They look very similar to one that migrates here during the summer. Happy holidays to you and your family.

Neil said...

Beautiful bird Happy Christmas

Carole M. said...

it's looking much like the female koel here still ------ very noisy, very early in the morning. Best wishes....

edenhills said...

How nice to see such an interesting bird!

Yogi Saraswat said...

Lovely shots of this interesting bird!

Kalpanaa Misra said...

Glad to see the bird. How did you manage to photograph it?

Abhijit Ray said...

Very pretty picture. Brilliant capture.

indu chhibber said...

Interesting details-thanks.

neha saraf said...

Beautiful Birds photos ..... nice one