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Birds of Thattekkad

81. Rosy Starling (Sturnus roseus)

Rosy Starling is a distinctive rosy pink bird with black head, neck and upper breast. During breeding season males have elongated black crest feathers. Females are duller and lacks the sharp separation between black and pink. Juveniles are sandy brown. It usually travels in large flocks feeding mainly on berries and nectar.


82. Common myna (Acridotheres tristis)

The Common Myna is one of the widespread bird in India. They can be easily identified by their dark brown body, black head and yellow bare skin around the eyes.The bill and legs are also yellow. Like parakeets these birds can also imitate human voices. They make a variety of calls like kew-kew-keew , chur-chur.The local names are Kavalam kili and Madatha.


83. Jungle Myna (Acridotheres fuscus)

The Jungle mynas are grayish brown birds with dark head. It lacks the yellow skin around the eyes found in Common Myna. Its most prominent feature is a small tuft of feathers in its forehead. A white patch is seen on the wings and the tail have a white tip. It usually avoids human habitation. Their calls are indistinguishable from that of Common Mynas.The local name is Kinnari myna


84. Hill Myna (Gracula religiosa)

Hill Mynaare glossy black birds with a green undertone and have a prominent bright orange-yellow wattles on the nape and below the eye. A white patch is seen on the wings which become more evident in flight.The legs and bills are yellow. Several species are found in India. They can imitate a wide variety of sounds including human voice and whistles and are much priced cage birds.The local name is Kattu myna.


85. Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea)

Purple Heronare slender long-necked birds with bluish grey mantle and dark brown under belly.The head and neck is chestnut colored with black stripes. A long black stripe runs along the neck and have dark and white plumes in the upper breast.The under wing coverts are purplish brown. They are solitary creatures usually found in inland waters mainly feeding on fish, frogs and small snakes etc.The local name is Chaya mundi.

86. Great Egret (Casmerodius albus)

The Great Egretis a large white bird with long slender neck and pointed dagger like bill.Its very difficult to distinguish between various Egrets. One prominent feature of the Great Egret is its black gape line extend beyond the eye. During breeding season its yellow bill will turn to black,and legs become reddish. Breeding adults develop a long ornamental dorsal feathers.The local name is Peru


87. Intermediate Egret (Mesophoyx intermedia)

Intermediate Egret are slightly smaller than the Great Egret and devoid of the black line that extends beyond the eye.The bill is short,yellow with black tip. Breeding adults have black bill and yellow green lores .They are found in Inland and coastal waters.


88. Indian Pond Heron (Ardeola grayii)

Indian Pond Heron is a small bird commonly found in marshy areas. Non breeding adults are earthy brown with white wing coverts and white streaks in the breast. During breeding season a maroon color is developed in the back and pale yellowish head with a long white occipital hair.The local name is Kula mundi.


89. Little Heron (Butorides striatus)

Like Indian Pond Heron, these birds are short stocky birds found near water bodies. They have blackish grey upper parts with glossy bronze green tinge.The crown and occipital crest is black and have a short black streak under eyes.The chin and upper breast are white and have grey underparts. Juvenile birds have buff streaked upper parts and dark streaked under parts.The local name is Chinna kokku.


90. Black Crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)

Black Crowned Night Heron are stocky birds with thick neck and short leg. Adults have black crown, occipital crest, nape and mantle.A few white long plumes are seen in the crest.The upper wing coverts are grey and have whitish under parts. Juveniles are earthy brown with white streaked upper parts and buffish under parts with brown streakings.The local name is Toppi kokku.


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