Local Birds

Thanks to the thick foliage in our house — the thickest foliage in the entire neighborhood, thanks to my dad’s years of gardening and tree planting… our compound has become grand central for birds of all kinds. Most of the photos are taken just within our house compound. There are definitely a dozen more exotic birds than what I’ve captured here.

It all started with trying to get a glimpse of the absolutely loud birds that wake me up at 4am (with a “snooze feature” – they start again around 5am), without fail, every day, year in year out.

Here they are, some of the birds (and other winged creatures) of Madurai within the neighborhood.

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These two are an odd pair that sit on the papaya tree right outside the second floor den/bedroom window. They return here without fail for the night, for the past two years that I’ve come to observe them. They’re absolutely *loud*! They start almost right on the hour, every hour between 2am – 6am, for 5 long minutes.
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The local kids tell me this is a kuyal.
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But then they also tell me this is also a kuyal…
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Don’t know what this is, frequents the mango trees, has a pleasant and far-reaching sound.
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This new bird, never before seen in this area, having a white tail almost a meter long, has made its appearance here since 2011. [Added 2013].
Mynahs
Indian mynah’s. Quite raucous, have quiet a range of variety in their vocals.
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Indian mynah.
Woodpecker
Woodpecker sitting on the murungai tree. More than few times we’ve caught it loudly hammering away in the early morning on the windshield of our car.
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Some sort of hummingbird. Very tiny, fast, hardly stays still.
Tailorbird
Tailorbird.
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One of the local kids finding and showing me a tailorbird’s nest in our own compound, underneath the mango tree.
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Leaf edges stitched together like a tailor.
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Peacock. Lots of them roam the grounds in the early morning hours. Taken at the university grounds, 2km from our house.
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Peacock.
Parrots
The common Indian green parrot. Taken at the university botanical garden, 2.5 km from our house.
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They were sitting on this tree that bared these strange seeds/fruits, looked and felt like small fuzzy tennis balls.
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We went hunting for parrot nests.
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Closeup of parrot nests.
Bats
We spooked a bunch of bats sleeping on a banyan tree.
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Bat.

1 thought on “Local Birds

  1. Really amazing collection and information.

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