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Indian Silverbill

Indian Silverbill
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Copyright: Vinay Sinha (vinaymms) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 34 W: 0 N: 118] (635)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-11-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1000D, Canon EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-01-10 9:48
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Points: 4
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Here is another shot of Indian Silverbill. They are one of the most common species in the Okhla Bird Sanctuary in Noida (India).

The Indian Silverbill or White-throated Munia (Euodice malabarica or Lonchura malabarica) is a small passerine bird found in South Asia. It 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 1111.5 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.

These birds are gregarious and are found in flocks of up to 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. Their feed on a wide range of grass seeds and will also make use of crop species.


Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Estrildidae
Genus: Euodice
Species: malabarica

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_Silverbill

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Ciao Vinay, lovely couple of beautiful birds on a fantastic blue sky, wonderrful colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-01-11 3:06]

Hello Vinay,
Picture full of light and life.. I like the composition too, the reed having function of diagonal and dividing the shot in two different color-spaces.
Well seen!
Kind regards

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