Sunday, December 12, 2010

Bitterns, herons and egrets

Order: Ciconiiformes.
Family: Ardeidae
Eastern Great Egret
The family Ardeidae contains the bitterns, herons and egrets. Herons and egrets are medium to large sized wading birds with long necks and legs. Bitterns tend to be shorter necked and more wary. Unlike other long-necked birds suck as storks, ibises and spoonbills, members of Ardeidae fly with their necks retracted. There are 61 species worldwide and 17 species which occur in Bangladesh.

Monday, November 1, 2010


Bangladeshi Doves

Doves are stout-bodied birds with short necks and short slender bills with a fleshy cere. There are 308 species worldwide and 11 species which occur in Bangladesh.

Woodpeckers and allies

Order: Piciformes

Family: Picidae
Heart-spotted Woodpecker
Woodpeckers are small to medium sized birds with chisel like beaks, short legs, stiff tails and long tongues used for capturing insects. Some species have feet with two toes pointing forward, and two backward, while several species have only three toes. Many woodpeckers have the habit of tapping noisily on tree trunks with their beaks. There are 218 species worldwide and 18 species which occur in Bangladesh.

Heart-spotted Woodpecker

Black-headed Munia, Lonchura atricapilla

The Black-headed Munia, Lonchura atricapilla (formerly considered as a subspecies of the Tricoloured Munia Lonchura malacca atricapilla) also known as Chestnut Munia, is a small passerine bird. This estrildid finch is a resident breeding bird in Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Burma, Nepal, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, & Vietnam. Known as maya pula (red maya, to distinguish it from the predominantly brownish Tree Sparrow which is also called maya) in the Philippines, this bird was the former national bird of the Philippines (the Philippine national bird is now the Philippine eagle) 

Black-headed Munia, Lonchura atricapilla


Red whiskered Bulbul
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Pycnonotidae

Bulbuls are medium-sized songbirds. Some are colourful with yellow, red or orange vents, cheeks, throat or supercilia, but most are drab, with uniform olive brown to black plumage. Some species have distinct crests.There are 130 species worldwide and 11 species which occur in Bangladesh.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Sweet Bangladeshi Bird

The Doel or the magpie robin is the national bird of Bangladesh.

The Doel or the magpie robin is the national bird of Bangladesh. A sweet bird called doel is the national bird of Bangladesh. Its color is a mixture of black and white. The doel is small in size and fickle in movement. In rural area of Bangladesh the doel is frequently seen. One of the brightest features of the doel is that it has an enchanting whistle playing off and on. The doel does not fly very high and likes to stay close to the earth. It feeds on insects.

One of the more familiar birds about towns and villages. Shy, silent and unobtrusive during non-breeding season, then skulking in shrubbery and only uttering plaintive swee-ee and harsh chur-r. Conspicuous during breeding season when male sings lustily from favourite tree-top or post, chiefly early mornings and late afternoons. Song punctuated by upward jerks of white fringed tail. Also very good mimic of other birds' calls. Breeding territories jealously guarded, and intruding males defied with puffing- out, strutting and much show of pugnacity.

Order: Passeriformes.       Family: Muscicapidae

The Shalik is a very common bird in Bangladesh.

The common myna is about the size of an American robin. Its colors range from rich wine-brown on the lower breast to deep black on the head, neck, and upper breast. It has a splash of white on the lower edge of its wings, and its bill and legs are a bright yellow. This myna feeds on plants, insects, and worms. It often builds its nest in crevices of buildings. It is a noisy bird that is common about yards and buildings. It is often seen among chickens or perched on the backs of cattle. People have released the common myna into the wild in many tropical Pacific islands, including Hawaii, where the bird is now abundant.

Talking mynas are sometimes kept as pets. Many imitate the human voice and can talk, sing, and whistle.

Bangladeshi Kingfisher
Blue Kingfisher

The Machhhranga or the kingfisher is very common in riverine Bangladesh. Twelve varieties of kingfishers have been recorded here including the brown-winged, white-collard, black-capped and the rare ruddy kingfisher.