White-bellied blue flycatcher
|Copyright: Nagesh Vannur (nagesh)
|Date Taken: 2015-06-03|
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|Date Submitted: 2015-06-03 9:47|
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Today I present another picture of this species so called : White-bellied blue flycatcher
Hope You like it have a good day and thanks for viewing.
Name :- White-bellied blue flycatcher
Scientific name :- Cyornis pallipes
Higher classification :- Cyornis
Description :- The white-bellied blue flycatcher (Cyornis pallipes) is a small passerine bird in the flycatcher family Muscicapidae. It is endemic to the Western Ghats (including the Nilgiris) of southwest India. Males are dark blue with a lighter shade of blue on the brow and have a greyish white belly. Females have a rufous breast, a white face and olive grey above.
This flycatcher is about 13 centimetres (5.1 in) long and has a longish beak. It forages in the undergrowth in the shade of dense forest canopy where it makes aerial forays to capture insects. The male is indigo blue with ultramarine blue supercilium and forehad. The lores and face are dark grey. The belly is white and bordered by smoky grey wash. The female is olive brown above with whitish lores. The rufous throat and breast fades to white towards the belly. The female has a chestnut tail and can be told apart from other flycatchers like by the lack of the black and white tail pattern. In poor lighting and within the Palni Hills it can be confusable with the white-bellied blue robin, which however has longer legs and is more likely to be seen on the ground.
The white-bellied blue flycatcher occurs in dense forest and sholas south from Mahabaleshwar through the Western Ghats, extending into the Nilgiris and the Biligirirangan Hills, down to southern Tamil Nadu and Kerala. It is found mainly in the hill forests from the foothills to about 1700 m in the Nilgiris.
Behaviour and ecology
The white-bellied blue flycatcher tends to be quiet and inactive, foraging mainly in the dark shade below the forest canopy. They have a very low song that can be heard only at close quarters. The song is a rambling series of whistling notes interspersed with clicks and squeaks. They are usually seen singly or in pairs and are often found to join mixed-species foraging flocks.
The breeding season is from February to September, mainly during the monsoon. The nest is a rough cup of moss neatly lined on the inside and placed low on a moss covered rock, hole in tree or mud-bank. The usual clutch is four eggs which are pale sea-green with brown spotting, denser on the broad end.
Location :- Amboli Ghat,
is a hill station in south Maharashtra, India. At an altitude of 690 m it is the last hill station before the coastal highlands of Goa and a relatively unexplored one.
Amboli lies in the Sahayadri Hills of Western India, one of the world's "Eco Hot-Spots" and it therefore abounds in a variety of fairly unique flora and fauna. However, as in the other parts of the Sahaydri Hills, denudation of the forest cover and unregulated government assisted "development" (read "hotels, resorts & highways") are gradually ruining a once pristine environment.
Historically, Amboli village came into being as one of the staging posts along the road from Vengurla port to the city of Belgaum, which was extensively used by the British to supply their garrisons in south and central India.
In the hills of Amboli village lies the source of the Hiranyakeshi river, and an ancient Shiva temple (called Hiranyakeshwar) exists at the cave where the water emerges. The main attraction for tourists is the incredibly high rainfall (7 m average per year) and the numerous waterfalls and mist during the monsoons. Legend has it that there are 108 Shiva temples in and around Amboli of which only a dozen have been uncovered, one as recently as 2005. There aren't too many places to see or things to do but it is quiet, unpolluted and the local residents are good natured and helpful.
Date :- 03-Jun-2015
Camera :- Nikon D7000
Lense :- 300.0 mm f/4.0
Exif :- /8.0 300.0 mm 1/640 2200 Flash (off, did not fire)
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Ciao Nagesh, lovely bird in nice pose, wonderful colors, fine details, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Une superbe photo, le plumage bleu est tres beau.
Bonne profondeur avec un agreable fond foncé.
Agréable valorisation du sujet, dans une belle attitude, par l'opposition de couleurs avec l'arrière-plan.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.
- [2015-06-04 10:56]
real pleasure for eyes !.. .. superb compo, expo and take, ..well done mate,
- [2015-06-04 13:38]
Hi Nagesh,magnificent composition and great quality,a beautiful blue friend in a top class capture,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano