Sunday, 27 January 2013

Bird #10: Blue-winged Teal

Common Name: Blue-winged Teal

Scientific Name: Anas discors

Description: 15 -16 inches; small dabbling duck; bill grey to black; legs yellow; iridescent green patch on the back of the wings(speculum); forewing has light blue patch; main plumage mottled brown (spots of black and white); darkish eye line; whitish spot base of the bill. Breeding Male: white crescent between eyes and bill; head purplish-grey; white patch just before the tail.     

Habitat: shallow ponds, lakes etc.

Statue: non-breeding Migrant; our most common migrant dabbling duck.



Thursday, 24 January 2013

Bird #9 : Ruddy Turnstone

Ruddy in breeding plumage
Common Name: Ruddy Turnstone
Scientific Name: Arenaria interpres
Description: 8- 9 inches; shorebird; short orange legs; underparts and rump white; round bib shape dark patch on chest; upperparts mainly brownish; white and dark wing pattern seen during flight . Breeding – reddish and black upperparts; head white with black streaks on the crown; black and white facial markings.
Habitat: Rocky beaches, mudflats, shoreline
Statue: Migrant; winter resident


Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Bird # 8 : Great Egret

Common Name: Great Egret

Scientific Name: Ardea alba

Description: 35-42 inches; large white heron; bill yellow; long neck; legs black; flies with its neck retracted.  Breeding: long white plumes from body

Habitat: swamps, ponds, tidal flats, wet lands – breed in colonies

Statue: Winter visitor – fingers cross for local breeding