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Green-billed Malkoha

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Green-billed Malkoha (Rhopodytes tristis)

Green billed Malkoha is certainly the bird that was most difficult for me to photograph. Very very shy and always deep inside canopies, they are difficult to spot, let alone taking pictures. I was lucky enough to get a glimpse of one in front of the Akshara School in our campus. But the joy was short lived as the bird knew I was watching and hurriedly crept (yeah, it crept and did not fly!! ) to higher branches and kept out of sight. After another half an hour of wait, I could finally capture it in my cam!

Distinctive Identifiers:

1. Greyish and shiny green body

2. Red eye patch

3. Long tail

4. White tips to tail feathers

5. Slightly yellowish green bill giving this Malkoha its name!

So when you are lucky enough to come across this one.. use these pictures to help you out!

Green billed Malkoha bottom

Green billed Malkoha bottom view

Green-billed Malkoha

Green-billed Malkoha

Green-billed Malkoha back

Green-billed Malkoha back view

Green-billed Malkoha hiding

Green-billed Malkoha hiding out of sight

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About Avinash Hindupur

Dreamer, Creator, Speaker, Mentor. @iitguwahati alum, Creator of @deephunt_in. | Interested in all things data and machine learning.


7 thoughts on “Green-billed Malkoha

  1. Looks quite a difficult bird to spot in the trees with all the leaves. You did well to spot it.

    The trees in Scotland are bare at the moment so it is easy to spot birds. Wait until they have leaves and it will be more difficult!

    Posted by janeslog | March 19, 2012, 5:07 PM
  2. Will be visiting Edinburgh Zoo either this week or next week. They have some lovely exotic birds there in a walk-through area. Will also pay a visit to the giant pandas which moved over from China in November 2011.

    Posted by janeslog | March 19, 2012, 7:20 PM
    • Wow,. its good to hear that Edinburgh has got new collection!! You are lucky to have got Nicobar dove.. so rare. But I must say, I was happy when I saw our jungle fowl.. its so common here in villages, even though its not seen in urban areas, I never thought they would keep it in zoo.

      Posted by Hindupur Avinash | March 20, 2012, 8:34 AM


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