Thursday, December 14, 2017

Beautiful Birds of Pakistan - 3

We usually see ordinary wood peckers in our courtyards, lawns and gardens that remind us of the famous cartoon series "Woody Wood Pecker". But I have never seen the colourful Black Rumped Flameback Woodpeckers as shot by Nusrat Ali and seen in the caption photo (above). I am sure for many of novice birdwatchers, this will be a unique addition to their albums. As per Wikipedia, the black-rumped flameback (Dinopium benghalense), also known as the lesser golden-backed woodpecker or lesser goldenback, is a woodpecker found widely distributed in the Indian subcontinent. It is one of the few woodpeckers that are seen in urban areas.
I always mistook hoopoe to be from the family of woodpeckers and would think of the cartonned version of this bird as it often landed in my garden (below). 
But it is only today that I came to know that this brownish coloured bird with black and white stripes is called hoopoe and not at all related to the woodpecker family. It is found across Afro-Eurasia, notable for its distinctive "crown" of feathers. Three living and one extinct species are recognized, though for many years all were lumped as a single species—Upupa epops.

Now scroll down for many more beautiful birds of Pakistan as seen and shot by Nusrat Ali:
Tawny Eagle

The Tawny Eagle (Aquila rapax) is a majestic, large, handsome and rather ferocious looking bird of prey that inhabits Africa. Although it is generally observed both north and south of the Sahara desert. the one above was observed in the desert of Sind, Pakistan. The Tawny Eagle was once considered a relative of the Steppe Eagle (Aquila nipalensis), however, it is now classed as its own species due to differences in anatomy.
Spotted Munia
Black Headed Bunting Male

Paddyfield Pipit
Striolated Bunting
Grey Francolin
Baybacked Shrike
And last photo of today: My favourite colourful Green Bee Eater

About the Bird Watcher and Photographer
Nusrat Ali is a graduate of Karachi University and resides in Karachi. He finds time from his busy life in search of birds in and around Karachi. He shares his photographic adventures specially with regard to his birdwatching hobby on Facebook. All photos above are the property of Nusrat Ali  and have been shared with his due permission. 

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