Winged Beauties of Northeast India

An Encounter with Red-breasted Parakeets

It was a cold winter morning in December 2020, when I was on my usual rounds of birding in my village Morigaon in Assam. And, all of a sudden a large flock of Red-breasted Parakeets flew over and docked on a rice field situated a few metres away. Overwhelmed by the size of the flock we simply forgot to take any pictures. I followed them silently to the paddy field and waited for an hour or so, to see see flying again. We captured this flying shot right when they took their flight.

Large flock of Red-breasted Parakeets adding green quotient to the fields (Image Courtesy: Gaurab Talukdar)

I was lucky to capture the sight of Wreathed Hornbill

Wreathed Hornbill also known as bar-pouched wreathed hornbill is an old world tropical bird. This bird has been listed among the vulnerable species in the IUCN Red List since 2018 due to threats on its global population. They are found in the north-eastern India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, peninsular Malaysia, Indonesia on Sumatra and in some islands of south-east Asia.

Wreathed Horbill taking a flight in the dense forest in misty morning (Image Courtesy: Gaurab Talukdar)

Spotted Owlets

I spotted a pair of Spotted Owlet preening each other on a sunny morning in Silchar, Assam India. An owlet is a small owl that resides in open habitats like farmlands. Adapted to living in the cities, they are also found in the tropical regions of Asia, mainland India to Southeastern Asia and roost in the hollows of trees or in the cavities.

Adorable Spotted Owlets (Image Courtesy: Gaurab Talukdar)

Great Hornbill

The word “hornbill” reminds me of the “Hornbill Festival,” a sought-after music festival of Nagaland that attracts tourists from across the globe. The “Festival of Festival” is named after the Indian hornbill, a large and colourful forest bird that distinctively appears in the folklore of most of the state’s tribes.

The Great Hornbill resting on a tree (Image Courtesy: Gaurab Talukdar)

Buff- chested Babbler

Buff-chested Babbler is a small skulking bird from the babbler family. It is found in South-east Asia and can be traced as a species of bird in the Old World babbler family. I took this photograph during my visit to Thenzawl, Mizoram, India.

Buff-chested Babbler (Image Courtesy: Gaurab Talukdar)

Green Bee-eater

I found these Bee eaters in a cold early morning near my house in Morigaon, Assam. They were huddling and waiting for the sun to rise and shine on them. Bee-eaters are usually late risers, and possibly because insects only get humming and airborne once the sun is properly up.

Green Bee-eaters huddled against each other (Image Courtesy: Gaurab Talukdar)

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