Migratory Bird Species to Look out for This Winter
Travelling thousands of miles from across the world, tirelessly, hopefully, these migratory birds will give you reason enough to get out of your cozy bed mode and get into adventure mode this winter season.
1.Asiatic Sparrow Hawk
Relatively a smaller bird of prey, the Sparrowhawks from colder regions of Europe and Asia migrate to India and South Africa during winters. With a body adapted for quick maneuvering, they prefer to prey on birds but occasionally extend their diet to include mammals and bats as well.
2. Siberian Cranes
The snowy white Siberian Cranes come from from the Arctic regions of Russia. They migrate to China, Iran, India and Nepal. A glimpse of the primary black feathers is possible when they are in flight. What’s also worth watching is the fishing stunt of the crane where they pick out the fish with its long beak, toss it in the air and catch it.
Six of the sixteen species of harriers are found in India. They are distributed in the cold regions even near the polar caps and migrate to warmer zones in winter. They can be easily spotted in parts of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Thar Desert and Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary, Kerala. Some of the species roost communally at night.
4. Greater Flamingo
While the Leaser Flamingos of (Sewri) migrate within India, it’s the Greater Flamingos that come to visit the island in the Greater Rann of Kutch. They are brilliant swimmers and live near estuaries and lakes. They get their pretty pink colour from the Crustaceans in their diet.
5. Peregrine Falcon
Generously distributed around the world, they are found everywhere except Antarctica. These falcons are rather cosmopolitan in their lifestyle and stay on tall buildings in cities. However, they are the most formidable of the raptors and (are) known for their speed and hunting.
All the way from the Arctic Tundra region, Ruffs come to India for a winter vacation after rearing their young ones through (the) summers. They are very social and live in groups. It’s the females who decide on picking the mate.
They are found around the world, except in Antarctica, like the Peregrine Falcon, but only second in distribution. They come to India in winter to bask in the sun along the coastline mostly because of the diet that consists of birds found near water bodies.
8. Northern Shoveler
With their large spoon like bills, they are hard to miss. The males sporting their bright colours, however, are distinctly different from females. They are highly migratory and come all the way from North Asia to India during winters and can be spotted easily in the Himalayan region. 9. Pacific Golden Plover
9. Pacific Golden Plover
After breeding around Western Alaska and Siberia, the gorgeous shorebirds migrate to warmer regions of the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia and northeastern Africa. The birds don’t all fly out at once. They have a migratory pattern where the old ones fly out first while the younger ones work on storing more fat before setting flight.
10. Rosy Pelican
Found across north India, Punjab and Assam, the birds have a strategic hunting process. First, they flock together driving the fish towards a shallow part of the pond. Then, they use their bill to feast effortlessly. What’s also interesting is that they lay eggs in second-hand nests, those that once belonged to the flamingos (especially in the Rann of Kutch)