Indian Silverbill and my Q
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|My nephew and his familiy live in Doha, so as my sister was visiting and I needed to renew my visa before I start the process of getting a Residents visa, I flew over to Doha for the night. It also gave me the opportunity of posting a Qatar entry - the only country starting with Q! |
As my sister was over I had to stay in a hotel - so took this in the morning before anyone else was up!
This, after pouring over 'Birds of the Middle East' (Princeton), is I think, an Indian Silverbill. The habitat was right - near a park.
The Indian Silverbill or White-throated Munia (Euodice malabarica) is a small passerine bird found in South Asia that was formerly considered to include the closely related African Silverbill (Euodice cantans). This estrildid finch is a common resident breeding bird in the dry regions of the Middle East and South Asia. It has also been introduced into many other parts of the world and has become established in some areas. They forage in small flocks in grassland and scrub habitats.
The adult Indian Silverbill is 11–11.5 cm long and has a conical silver-grey bill, buff-brown upperparts, white underparts, buffy flanks and dark wings. The tail is black and the wings are dark contrasting with a white rump. The sexes are similar, but immatures have buff underparts and a shorter tail. The tail appears pointed as the length of the feathers reduces from the centre outwards. It feeds mainly on seeds, but also takes insects and has been known to visit nectar bearing flowers, such as those of Erythrina trees.
This munia was described as Loxia malabarica by Linnaeus who placed it along with the crossbills. Subsequently they were included in the genera Uroloncha and Aidemosyne and later in the genus Lonchura into which many of the Estrildid finches were included by Jean Delacour in his 1943 revision. The species earlier included Lonchura cantans, the African Silverbill, which is found in the dry savannah habitats south of the Sahara Desert. In captivity the African birds were found to preferentially pair with mates within their own populations and did not recognize the Indian populations as conspecific. They are however known to produce fertile hybrids.
These birds are gregarious and are found in flocks of as many as 60 birds. They feed on the ground or on low shrubs and grass stalks. They constantly utter a low cheeping or chirping contact call as they forage. They visit water and drink with a rapid sip and swallow action. Their feed on a wide range of grass seeds and will also make use of crop species.
The breeding season is spread out and varies with region. They nest in winter in southern India and after summer in northern India. They nest, an untidy ball of grasses with an opening on the side, is placed in low shrubs, often on thorny Acacia and are known to make use of the old nests of Baya Weaver sometimes even visiting those that are occupied by the weaver birds. They will sometimes build their nest below the platform nests of vultures or storks. Old nests are used as dormitories through the year for roosting. Females are known to lay their eggs in the nests of other pairs. The clutch varies from 4 to 8 white eggs and these are incubated by both parents for about 11 days. Helpers may be involved in breeding as more than a pair are sometimes seen at a nest
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- [2012-01-28 2:53]
a very good portrait of the Indian Silverbill, fine details and beautiful colours, great point of view and nice close composition.Best regards Siggi
- [2012-01-28 5:40]
Very nice photo of this White-throated Silverbill in good sharpness, natural colours and a pleasing pose with eye contact. The background is a bit noisy, a pity.
You have a nice shot on this Indian Silverbill. Great pov and composition. Very well done and tfs.
Ciao James, lovely bird in nice pose on a beautiful blurry Bg, splendid sharpness, fine details and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
Beautiful photo of this bird with fine POV
and i love the choice of vertical framing,
the catch-light always improve the photo
with rendering it better, TFS
You sure do get around James, I envy your travels.
Nice shot of this silverbill, neat perch that has framed it well.
Congrats on Q thing BTW :)
- [2012-01-28 7:53]
Good portrait of the silverbill, nice natural colours and details.
nice photo of this bird. Interesting pose. Nice colours.
Have a nice weekend,
I like this capture leaving the foliage surrounding the bird. Beautiful light of this dynamic framing.
Thanks and kind regards,
Beautiful capture of this bird with good sharpness and detail. Nice colours taken from a good POV.
Impressive gallery! You have been everywhere.
Great pictures, I will have to be back, I cannot see all in one day!
Excellent capture of this Indian Silverbill. Congratulation.
Cheers. I will be back.