Saturday, December 19, 2015

Velvet-fronted Nuthatch at Ooty

We came across many birds during our visit to Ooty. In Botanical Garden we spotted the small bird Velvet-fronted Nuthatch moving all over the tree  without being quite in one position. It was very difficult to track it as they are very active.



This lovely bird is characterized by a big head, short tail and powerful bill and feet. The pretty bird is violet-blue above, with lavender cheeks, beige underparts and a whitish throat. The bill is red, and there is a black patch on the forehead.




It is a very noisy bird. It has unique ability to climb down trees. They feed on insects and spiders.



They are mostly found in southern Asia from Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka east to south China and Indonesia. 

27 comments:

Barbara Martin said...

Rajesh, very nice photos of this beautiful bird. They must be cousins to the nuthatches in Canada.

Latane Barton said...

oooh, I love that shade of blue on that bird. So pretty. I am not familiar with that breed so this was fun for me to discover a new one.

genie said...

A big head and a fat little belly...this is one happy bird. Lovely coloration.

Al said...

What a cute little bird - I love how it hangs underneath the tree.

Phil Slade said...

That's new one on me Rajesh. A smart looking bird and nice pictures.

sandyland said...

extraordinarily lovely

Algodão Tão Doce said...

Feliz Natal!!! Que a manjedoura do seu coração esteja pronta para receber o Menino Jesus que irá nascer!!!
Um ano novo repleto das bençãos de Deus!!!
Doce abraço com carinho, Marie!

genie said...

The lavender color of this little bird is beautiful. Loved the second picture.

rupam sarma said...

Lovely, Beautiful clicks

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Velvet-fronted Nuthatch is a new bird to me, I love all the nuthatches.
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Christian Weiß said...

A wonderful bird, great photos.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

That's a beautiful nuthatch! I love to watch them climb up and down, as you note! (Though the ones we see here are plainer than your beautiful one. )

Neil said...

Nice looking bird.

Marie C said...

Such a beautiful bird! Love the upside-down shot. :-) Great pictures.

Chris Rohrer said...

What a cool looking bird with a fun name....OOOOOOTY:) It's behavior reminds me of our nuthatches here in the US.

dhiru guri said...

Lovely bird

Jeevan said...

Beautiful captures, and it’s good learning about this bird.

Andrew Fulton said...

It's a stunner... lovely images

Arija said...

You certainly captured a cutie there Rajesh!

edenhills said...

Beautiful! We have a variety of nuthatches here, and they are a lot of fun to watch scamper around the trees.

Wally Jones said...

Very nice series of this unusual bird! Good work!

Swati & Sam said...

Very nice captures and a good write-up.

Jyotirmoy Sarkar said...

Very cute.

Yogi Saraswat said...

Beautiful Birds . This series is very interesting . Thnx a lot for sharing different types of pictures

Maniparna Sengupta Majumder said...

Such a delicate and cute bird... :-)

harish p i said...

Beautiful pictures

Abhijit Ray said...

Nicely done. I had seen this but could not take a shot. It was continuously moving.