Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Manas Wildlife Sanctuary, Assam, India.(Part II)

Manas Day 2-Morning
The morning arrives...
Common Stonechat (Saxicola torquata)

Male with black head, orange brown breast and white collar, white on shoulders and root of tail. Female dark streakedon underparts. They are usually found in open country, dry, scrub-covered hillside, wasteland, reedy marshes etc .It constantly flicks open tail up and down , as it watches for insect prey from a bush-top or reed stem.

Yellow footed Green Pigeon.

Rock Pigeon.

Little Scaley belliedwoodpecker (Picus xanthopygaeus)
A typical woodpecker with stout chisel-shaped bill and stiffpointed wedge-shaped tail. Grass –green above with yellow rump, greenish brownfaintly white barred tail. Crown and crest crimson in male, black in female. Prominentwhite supercilium, black bordered above. Cheeks greyish white streaked withblack. Greenish fulvous below scalloped or squamated with black. Fulvous greychin and throat streaked with white. They largely eat ants, termites, beetlelarvae from cattle dung and flower nectar when available.
Lesser golden backed woodpecker.

Indian Treepie (Dendrocitta vagabunda) The local name inAssamese is Kola Khoa.
A long tailed chestnut brown bird with scooty head and neck.Black tipped grey tail and greyish white wing patches conspicuous in flight. Theyare found in dry and moist deciduous biotope lightly wooded country, gardensetc. They are omnivorous and will take fruits, insects, lizards, frogs,centipedes and even carrion, in addition to the eggs and helpless young ofbirds and rodents.
Common Greenshank.
Jungle Babbler

Striated Grassbird.
The Striated Grassbird (Megalurus palustris) is an"Old World warbler" species in the family Locustellidae. They have a streakedcrown and streaked upper breast. Theyare usually found in grasslands, ricefields and the open country. They areoften found sitting and calling exposed on tops of grasses, bushes andtelephone wires.

White Wagtail waking down the ruins of a boat...

Citrine Wagtail (Motacilla citreola).The local name inAssamese is Tooni.
In winter the male and female have grey crown and back withyellowish white underparts. They are differentiated at all times from othersimilar coloured wagtails by the presence of a broad yellow super cilium andyellow forehead. They are usually found in marshes, irrigated ricefields etc
The Beki river...
A beautiful evening by Mathunguri...

Nature sans political barriers! This forest spreads into the the neighbouring Kingdom of Bhutan.

Thank you Springman for hosting World Bird Wednesday.To check out for more birds please visit http://pineriverreview.blogspot.com/. Enjoy and have a great day!!!


  1. Great post!
    Happy World Bird Wednesday!

  2. What a series of shots! I love the birds but the sky view and the riverscapes are stunningly beautiful. So glad you posted these pictures. I hope I can make it to Manas this year.:)

  3. Wonderful tour of the reserve!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  4. Beautiful scenery and birds.

  5. some wonderful birds here unfortunatly cant help with the missing ID, however the Striated Grassbird is stunning

  6. Beautiful images! I so enjoy seeing your birds that are so different from the birds I see here in Alaska.

  7. wonderful pics of a great trip. thanks for stopping by :)

  8. Beautiful collection of birds. THanks for sharing your trip, the scenery is gorgeous too.

  9. i always enjoy seeing the wagtails. that treepie is beautiful!

  10. what a gorgeous collection of birds. i always smile when they name a bird and put common in front of it. nothing common about these guys!!!

    i think the treepie was my favorite. these are birds i don't see!!

  11. I don't know how it gets any better than this! I think what I like about your post is that the birds are photographed in the context of their surroundings. The landscapes are fantastic too. Thank you for sharing!

  12. Fascinating bird shots. Viewing these was pure joy and ecstasy.The Beki river pics are captivating.

  13. lovely photos and I really enjoyed the Indian Treepie!

  14. Awesome bird watching here! Each bird exposes so well through your lens... The location is very beautiful esp. liked the river bank!

  15. I love learning about your native birds and your culture. Thumbs-up for a super great post!

  16. Thanks for sharing this amazing trip -- incredible scenery, animals and birds (I scrolled back through a few posts).... also wanted to let you know how much I love your beautiful header shot.