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Birding in the high mountains

Print edition : October 04, 2013

A pair of white-throated laughing thrush (Garrulax albogularis). Always in groups, always noisy, their derisive laugh greets birders and visitors to the forests in Nainital district.

A mixed landscape in the higher altitudes at Munsiari in Pithorgarh district.

The green magpie (Cissa chinensis).

The Rufous-bellied woodpecker (Hypopicus hyperythrus).

The Himalayan bulbul (Pycnonotus leucogenys), a songbird.

The chestnut-bellied nuthatch (Sitta cinnamoventris).

The mountain hawk eagle (Nisaetus nipalensis).

The Munsiari lake.

Sitabani river crossing. The lower- and middle-altitude forests on the fringes of the Corbett Tiger Reserve have a variety of thrushes.

Participants of the Sitabani bird camp, one of the two camps organised by the Uttarakhand Forest Department.

The jungle owlet (Glaucidium radiatum).

The common kingfisher (Alcedo atthis).

The white-capped redstart (Chaimarrornis leucocephalus).

The brown-fronted woodpecker (Dendrocopos auriceps) at Maheshkhan.

The crested serpent eagle (Spilornis cheela). This raptor's triple shriek from the canopy can give it away.

The great hill barbet (Megalaima virens), a resident of the lower- and middle-altitudes.

The yellow wagtail (Motacilla flava).

The Himalayan black-lored tit (Parus xanthogenys).

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