Birds of India
Photographed in November at Keoladeo National Park in Bhartaphur, Rajasthan, India. Also called the Bharatphur Bird Sanctuary, this vast area of scrub and shallow wetlands is a World Heritage Site harboring more than 300 species.

Red-wattled Lapwing. Noisy and vigilant, this bird of flat ground near water calls loudly when alarmed, circling overhead.

Rose-ringed Parakeet. Known for its enormous communal roosts in trees, this lovely bird inhabits forests, wooded areas and cultivated lands.

Wooly-necked Storks usually are found singly or in pairs, hunting on marshy ground or in wetlands. 

Often found in noisy groups of 8-10, these Jungle Babblers emit a harsh kee-ke-ke. They also commonly groom each other. 

Brahminy Starlings are widespread residents of India. Their song is a short, gurgling, drawn-out cry, followed by bubbling yodel.

This is a male Purple Sunbird in eclipse plumage. When he attains his full breeding plumage, he'll be metallic blue-green and purple, becoming almost black on the belly.

The White-throated Kingfisher's call is a distinctive loud, rattling laugh. It often ranges far from water, into forest edges and gardens.

Photos by Rick Marsi

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