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Hathni Kund Barrage – A lesser-known bird watching destination

During one of my recent visits to the Kalesar National Park, Haryana’s only Sal forest, I finally got an opportunity to visit the famed Hathni Kund barrage on the Yamuna River. Although, I had crisscrossed the barrage as well as…

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Common Pigeon

Common Pigeon (Rock Dove/ Feral, Rock, Blue Rock Pigeon); 33 cm Local Name: Kabutar Distribution: Widespread resident; unrecorded in parts of NW and NE subcontinent. Also occurs in Europe, Africa, W and E Asia Conservation Status: Common Location: village Shamlo…

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Grey Bushchat

Grey Bushchat (F); 15 cm Local Name: Jhaari Pidda Distribution: Resident. Breeds in Himalayas and NE Indian hills; winters south to N Indian plains. Also occurs in China and SE Asia. Conservation Status: Common Location: Sarahan, Himachal Pradesh, Apr 2012

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Grey-hooded Warbler

Grey-hooded Warbler; 10 cm Local Name: Saleti-sir Keet Fuddki Distribution: Resident. Himalayas and NE Indian hills. Also occurs in Myanmar Conservation Status: Common Location: Village Chindi, Himachal Pradesh, June 2012

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Red-billed Chough

Red-billed Chough (Chough); 37-39 cm Local Name: Karnbhedi Distribution: Resident. Mountains of W Pakistan and Himalayas. Moves lower in winter. Also occurs in Europe, Africa, W, C, N, E Asia. Conservation Status: Less common Location: Sarchu, Himachal Pradesh, Sept 2012

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