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  • Scaly Breasted Munia

    Scaly Breasted Munia

    The Ulwe Project: Another sighting from Ulwe. The rapid urbanization of Ulwe explains the wire in the picture. The Scaly Breasted Munia or Spotted Munia (Lonchura punctulata) is a sparrow-sized estrildid finch that is native to tropical Asia extending from India and SriLanka to Indonesia and the Philippines. It is a small gregarious bird which feeds mainly on seeds but also takes small berries of Lantana and other plants. The breeding season is during the rainy season…



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  • Baya Weaver

    Baya Weaver

    The Baya Weaver Project: I am still fairly new to birding. So I get a little wide-eyed at everything I see. Nevertheless, I was quite delighted to spot the Baya Weaver in Ulwe. My last memory of this bird and its amazing nest-making skills go years back to the cantonment area in Dehradun. It’s interesting to note their behaviour. I…



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  • Ashy Prinia

    Ashy Prinia

    The Ulwe Project: The Ashy Prinia or Ashy Wren-Warbler (Prinia socialis), is a small warbler. I have seen this bird on every one of my birding trips to Ulwe. It is a resident breeder in the Indian Subcontinent, ranging across most of India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and western Myanmar and is commonly seen in urban gardens and farmland in…



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  • Black Winged Kite

    Black Winged Kite

    The Ulwe Project: It is never nice to see such a striking bird on a wire. But that’s the story of Ulwe. There was some confusion – whether this is the Black Winged Kite or the Black Shouldered Kite. Settled on the former after a little wikipedia research. The Black Winged Kite (Elanus caeruleus) is a small diurnal bird of prey in the family Accipitridae, best…



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  • Fork Tailed Drongo

    Fork Tailed Drongo

    I’ve always faced difficulty in shooting a Drongo. One, because of its color. Secondly, because it is shy. However on this birding trip to Sinhagad Valley, this fellow behaved like a model subject. The reason, I discovered later, is that it is attracted to bush fires. A villager had set fire to some dried grass and the Drongo sat transfixed…



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