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The Indian Cormorant

Group of Cormorants
Group of Cormorants
The Indian Cormorant or Indian Shag is found along inland waters of the Indian Subcontinent. Young and non-breeding cormorants are brown in color. They are often found in large groups and often fish in groups, the photo taken above is shot at kavdi pat near Pune, Maharashtra. I think it was their resting time in the afternoon and most of the day they spend their time sitting on the rock at kavdi pat. They often make short dives to capture fish in the water and when in water the body of the bird below its neck is submerged in water.
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Spotted Munia

nice pose
Spotted Munia
Spotted Munia are commonly seen in western ghats in Maharashtra. Spotted munia often sit on the trees nearby my house. They are also known as scaly breasted munia as they have scales on their chest. The breeding season is during the rainy season (mainly June to August in India) but can breed at other times.The calls include a short whistle, variations on kitty-kitty-kitty and a sharp chipping alarm note.

Purple Rumpled Sunbird

Purple Rumped Sunbird (Male)
Purple Rumped Sunbird (Male)

These types of sunbird are found in western Maharashtra. The above type is male purple rumpled sunbird. This one comes in front of my house nearly everyday and feeds on the nectar in the flowers on different trees. It does not stay at one place for long time and makes short and loud whistling sounds. They are generally present in pairs and the other one is present nearby. The male and the female purple rumped sunbird are different in size and differ in coloration. Below is a photo of a purple rumped female sunbird.

Purple Rumped Sunbird (Female)
Purple Rumped Sunbird (Female)
The bird in the left hand side is the purple rumped sunbird female. The male and the female sunbird are often seen together and move around in pairs.