|Birds of Thattekkad
71. Asian Openbill Stork (Anastomus oscitans)
Asian Openbill Stork is a small stork with a sturdy dull colored ‘open bill’ from which it gets its name. Breeding adults have white upper parts with black flight feathers and tail. During non-breeding season it becomes grayish white.Its legs are pale pink. Juveniles have brownish neck, breast and head with pale black flight feathers.It mainly feeds on molluscs and use its open bill to crack the shells of its prey.The local name is Cherakokkan.
72. Woolly Necked Stork (Ciconia episcopus)
Woolly Necked Stork is also called White Necked Stork. They are sturdily built black birds with a prominent white ‘woolly’ neck and a black ‘skull cap’.The vent and under tail coverts are white and upper wing and under wing coverts are black. Juveniles are dull brown with pattern similar to that of adults. They prefer well-watered areas.The local name is Karim kokku.
73. Blue Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)
It is a bird seen in almost every continent except Antartica and Polar Regions. They are more common in urban areas than forest and are accustomed to live in the hustle and bustle of the populated cities around the world.Adult males have bluish grey body with green and reddish purple irridiscence along the neck,chest and wings. Two dark bars are seen on the wings and a terminal band in the tail.Females are identical but with less intense irridiscence around the chest. Their main diet includes cereals,pulses etc.Their call is a deep gootr-goo.The local name is Kutta Pravu
74. Nilgiri Wood Pigeon (Columba elphinstonii)
Nilgiri Wood Pigeons are endemic birds seen in the evergreen forested hills of Western Ghats.It is slightly larger than Blue Rock Pigeon with a reddish brown upper part and a grey head. They have a distinctive chequered board pattern on the hind neck.The rump is pale black in color.The local name is Mara Pravu.
75. Spotted Dove (Streptopelia chinensis)
Brown Hawk Owl They are small slender birds having pale pinkish brown and grey upper parts with white spots. Like Nilgiri Pigeon, a chess board pattern is seen behind the neck. Their call is Kroo-krook-kru. They are usually seen in open wooded and cultivated countries.The local name is Ari Pravu.
76. Emerald Dove (Chalcophaps indica)
The Emerald Dove is also called the Bronze Winged Dove. This medium sized bird has brownish pink under parts and emerald bronze-green upper parts. Black and white bands are seen on the rump. Adult males have whitish forehead and a white shoulder patch.They are found in deciduous and evergreen forests and absent in arid areas.The local names are Marathaka pravu , Maanikka pravu.
77. Orange Breasted Green Pigeon (Treron bicincta)
Orange Breasted Green Pigeon are birds with yellowish green upper parts with an orange breast and a narrow lilac band on the upper breast.The tail is slate grey with rufous under side and a pale black sub-terminal band.The nape is slatey grey. Outer long feathers have a narrow pale yellow edge. Their call is a mellow whistle.The local name is Manjavariyan Pravu..
78. Pompadour Green Pigeon (Treron pompadora)
These are small light green birds with grey cap on the head. Males have maroon mantle whereas females have green mantle and can be distinguished from the female Orange Breasted Green Pigeon by its grey cap and green tails. They mainly feed on fruits and berries.The local name is Charavariyan Pravu.
79. Green Imperial Pigeon (Ducula aenea)
Green Imperial Pigeon are large when compared to other pigeons .The upper parts and tail are metallic green. Under parts are pinkish grey and have chestnut brown under tail coverts. They are arboreal birds feeding mainly on fruits especially figs. Their calls include wuk-wuk-woor.The local name is Meni Pravu.
80. Chestnut Tailed Starling (Sturnus malabaricus)
Chestnut Tailed Starling are also called Grey Headed Starling.The two races , S.m. malabaricus and S.m.blythii are found in India.The upper part of this bird is grey with rufous under side and chestnut colored tail. The head of the southern race S.m. blythii is white. Its found in moderately forested regions mainly feeding on berries, nectar , insects etc.The local name is Charakkili.
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