Andean cock-of-the-rock

Andean cock-of-the-rock

Andean cock-of-the-rock (Rupicola peruvianus) is an iconic bird found in the subtropical and cloud forests of the Andes spanning a wide range across South America from Venezuela to Bolivia. The male cock-of-the-rock stands out with its brilliant red-orange plumage, black-and-white wings, and a large fan-like crest, with its bill sitting under the crest and completely hidden. Known as tunki in Quechua, the region’s indigenous language, this bird is considered the national bird of Peru and is related to other distinctive tropical fruit-eaters such as the Banded Cotinga, Long-wattled Umbrellabird and Bearded Bellbird....

January 25, 2023 · 5 min · Santhosh Krishnamoorthy
Hummingbird and rain

Hummingbirds and the rain

Hummingbirds are a highly diverse, brilliantly coloured and mesmerizing group of birds native to the Americas. There are known to be around 360 different species of hummingbirds across the North and South Americas, however, the density of these birds is quite high in the tropics around the equator. They are known as hummingbirds owing to the humming sound created by their beating wings which flap at high frequencies. They hover in mid-air at rapid wing-flapping rates, which vary from around 12 beats per second in the largest species to around 80 per second in small hummingbirds....

January 13, 2023 · 4 min · Santhosh Krishnamoorthy
Red necked falcon

Tryst with the Red necked falcon

Red necked falcon (Falco chicquera) is a relatively small but a powerful bird of prey in the falcon family. This bird quite stands out with its chestnut, red coloured crown and nape. The moustachial stripe and the bright yellow ring around its eye are very distinct too. There are known to be two disconnected populations of Red necked falcons, one in India and the other in Africa. The Indian subspecies (Falco chicquera chicquera) is found across the plains of the Indian Subcontinent....

November 7, 2022 · 5 min · Santhosh Krishnamoorthy

White-bellied sea eagle and an eel

White-bellied sea eagle is a rather large bird of prey found predominantly along the coastal belts and also sometimes along other major water bodies over a wide geographical range, right from India, Sri Lanka through Southeast Asia, all the way to Australia. With an imposing size, presence and an impressive wingspan of around 2m, it is a majestic bird indeed. On my birding outing to Andamans in Feb 2018, had a wonderful encounter with this eagle....

February 1, 2019 · 3 min · Santhosh Krishnamoorthy
Beach Thick-knee

Beach thick-knee - A crabby tale

Beach thick-knee, also known as the Beach stone-curlew is a large, ground dwelling bird found in the islands of South-east Asia and Australia. Even though it is seen over a widespread area, the bird is considered as a near-threatened species and is quite uncommon across most of its range. It is very vulnerable to human interference, predation and loss of undisturbed coastlines. On my visit to Andaman in Feb last year, this bird was very high on the list to see and photograph....

January 11, 2019 · 4 min · Santhosh Krishnamoorthy