Category Amazing Birds

When was the takahe bird rediscovered?

        The takahe was once thought to be extinct. By 1898, ornithologists had come to the conclusion that the last bird had died due to introduced predators and grazing animals. However, in 1948, a small Population of the bird was discovered in a remote valley in New Zealand.

       The takahe bird is also known as the South Island takahe or notornis. It is a flightless bird, endemic to New Zealand. The Colour of the bird is mainly purple-blue with a greenish tinge on its back and inner wings. It has a broad and powerful bill. Its length is about 63 centimetres and weighs about 2.7 kilograms. Today the species is under Close watch and is managed by the New Zealand Department of Conservation.

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Which is the national bird of Nepal?

       Commonly spotted India, the Himalayan monal is the national bird of Nepal.

       The bird has a blue back and green neck. It has other colours too, such as orange and yellow, all shining in metallic splendour.

       The male bird of the Himalayan monal is about 70 centimetres long. The female tends to be shorter in length. Their plumage is not as brilliant as the males; they are streaky brown in appearance.

       As their name suggests these birds are found in the Himalayas especially in the open forests and meadows. They can live in high altitudes even up a height of 4500 metres. They are well adapted to the cold climate and snow.

       Their legs are equipped to dig into the ground through snow. They eat roots, seeds, berries, shoots and invertebrates.

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What is special about the Narina trogon bird?

        A reticent and shy bird, the Narina trogon spends much of its time perching motionless in an upright position amongst high branches of trees. They are found in pairs. They relish insects, particularly caterpillars. They usually snatch their prey from a branch and return to their perch to eat.

      It does not socialize much with other birds. The bird is sometimes so absorbed in itself that when it is disturbed, it might just turn around to conceal its crimson belly. Largely green and red in colour, the Narina trogon is a medium-sized bird found across Africa. It is considered of least conservation concern as it is found in abundance.

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What important role does the green broadbill in nature?

       Many birds perform important functions that help to sustain life on earth. The green broadbill is one such bird. It plays an important role in the ecosystem by disseminating seeds in its droppings.

       The green broadbill is a small green bird with three black bars on each wing. The bird tends to remain camouflaged in the green canopy of trees. It prefers to inhabit dense rainforests.

       The bird comes down to the lower branches for foraging. Although they eat insects and worms, their diet primarily consists of soft fruits such as figs and other vegetation.

       Also known as the lesser green broadbill, it is distributes in broadleaved evergreen forests of Borneo, Sumatra, and the Malay Peninsula where it frequents lowland and lower Montana rainforests.

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Why is the cockatiel a preferred pet?

        The cockatiel is a prized pet throughout the world. The bird belongs to the cockatoo family Endemic to Australia; they prefer to live in wetlands, scrublands and bush lands.

       Cockatiels are easy to breed. Therefore, their popularity among pet owners is only second to that of the budgerigar birds, otherwise known as lovebirds. These birds have a distinct erectile crest; experts say that the crest can express the bird’s emotional state. When the bird is startled or excited, the crest goes dramatically vertical.

       The long tail feathers of the bird measure up to half the length of its body. The cockatiel is the smallest among the cockatoos with a maximum length of about 33 centimetres.

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Which is the largest bird of the grouse family?

       The western capercaillie is the largest bird of the grouse family. The bird is also known as the wood grouse, heather cock or just capercaillie. It is a non-migratory sedentary bird found across northern parts of Europe and western and central Asia. They are usually found in coniferous forests.

       The males of the species have distinct physical features. A male bird typically ranges from 74 to 85 centimetres in length with a wingspan of 90 to 125 centimetres. They have an average weight of about 4.1 kilograms. They have a range of colours on the plumage such as black, brown, green and grey. On the other hand, the female is much smaller, almost half the weight of a male.

       The western capercaillie is common and falls in the category of ‘least concern’.


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Why is the cattle egret known so?

       Animals help each other in various ways. The cattle egret lives close to cattle and feeds on their Parasites. You may have seen one perching on the back of a cow or a buffalo. Due to its habit of following cattle and other large animals, the bird has several names such as cow crane, cow bird, and elephant bird or rhinoceros egret. Cattle egrets are often found close to water, or in marshy areas. However, the bird is not very fond of water and feeds from the ground.

      The bird’s diet includes worms, spiders, crickets, and moths. It is sociable and feeds in large flocks and roosts in large colonies often alongside other heron species. The bird has the ability to adapt to its surroundings quickly; this quality has helped it to expand its population in the entire world.

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What makes the golden eagle a powerful bird of prey?

       One of the best-known birds of prey, the golden eagle is a large raptor with a length of about 102 centimetres and a wingspan of 2.35 metres! It tends to hunt in rugged, isolated areas.

      The golden eagle is a skillful diver in the air. It can swoop down on to its prey at speeds of up to 320 km/h. The bird skillfully combines its agility and speed with its powerful feet and sharp talons to snatch its prey. Sometimes, it hunts close to the ground.

       The golden eagle builds large nests in cliffs or peaks of mountains, which are used for many years. The bird is highly sought-after in falconry. In some indigenous tribal cultures, it is bestowed divine powers and is regarded with great mystic reverence.

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Which bird weaves its nest?

        Some birds are skilled artisans. They can model, build or weave their homes with an exquisite aesthetic sense, just like humans.

       Weaver birds, as their name suggests, can weave large and elaborate nests in great style! There are many species in the weaver family and all of them are adapt at weaving.

       The village weaver bird probably makes the most spectacular nests. Their nests are made of grass and twigs all clustered in trees. The nests are oval or pear-shaped, with a long tubular entrance below. They are generally found suspended near the tips of branches in thorny trees, deterring most predators including snakes.

       The weaver birds are commonly found in open or semi-open habitats, including woodland and human habitation.

       They form large noisy colonies in towns, and villages. Their diet consists of seeds and grain. They are often treated as pests in farmlands.

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Why is the saffron finch special?

       The saffron finch is not saffron in colour. It is a medium-sized yellow bird with an orange face which distinguishes it from other finches. It is fairly common in the open and semi-open lowland areas of South America.

       The saffron finch is a melodious singer; its repetitious song has made it a highly sought after pet. The bird prefers to nest in cavities, found in rocks and cliffs. It sometimes makes use of abandoned nests of other birds or branches of trees or bamboos close to houses. They are not too scared of human presence. Therefore, they are found in suburban areas and are classified as of ‘least concern’.

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