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Mesmerising eyes and a sharp call, meet the beautiful yet petite hunter in the raptors family -  the shikra (Accipiter badius). After a prolonged period of illness, I take this opportunity to write about another beautiful bird spotted in Nhava Sheva

An early morning trip to Hoskote lake led to attending an impromptu concert put on by a Red Munia. This incident occurred one early morning in November 2019. My usual habit of visiting the lakes around Bangalore led me that early

It often takes the smallest of actions to spark a world of change. Thanks to grass-root targeted conservation strategies, the forests of Dandeli are resounding with the cries of hornbills once again. In June 2006, I arrived at Dandeli as Deputy

Meet the busiest bird in the North-eastern Himalayan region – the Yellow-billed Blue Magpie (Urocissa flavirostris), often referred to as Megma by the locals. A passerine bird of the Corvidae family, this gregarious bird loves to forage noisily in groups

In the month of April 2015, we had thrown open our doors to the Editor’s office for our new guest editor, who shared his personal experiences of the amazing wildlife he encounters.     The Red-headed Vulture or the King Vulture is one

A perennial shrub with vivid fiery orange-red flowers, the hamelia patens is the scene of a fierce battle of dominance for territory between a crimson sunbird (Aethopyga siparaja) and a purple sunbird (Cinnyris asiaticus) out to impress a mate.   After inspecting

Capturing the elusive and enchanting Snowy Owl on the lens is not an everyday phenomenon. Cloaked in pristine white, our author was held in absolute spellbinding awe when he came across this mysterious bird on his recent sojourn. And the

The Indian Skimmer, a unique bird with an equally unique hunting strategy, is briskly losing its hold due to rampant development and unscientific management of its habitat. Deemed Vulnerable by the IUCN, its population is declining rapidly. The skimmer is a

An Asian barbet with a crimson-toned forehead and throat, the Coppersmith Barbet (Psilopogon haemacephalus) is identified by its metronomic call, similar to that of a coppersmith striking copper with a hammer. This ubiquitous resident of Mumbai has been chosen as

  Forced self-isolation of the humans turns out to be a boon to nature, with its wild denizen coming out of their hiding places to the near proximity of human habitat during the lockdown forced by the spread of Covid-19     Humans everywhere