National Bird Watching Day: Know the Birds of Kerala
The National Bird Watching Day is celebrated on November 12th of every year to mark the birth anniversary of renowned ornithologist and naturalist Salim Ali, known as the ‘The Birdman of India’. Freelance Photographer Vishnu Karnavar has snapped several bird species by travelling to the bird sanctuaries in Kerala. Sharing some of them on this special occasion.

Scientific Name: Pavo cristatus

Name: Indian Peafowl

Place: Parambikulam, Palakkad

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Scientific Name: Spilornis cheela melanotis 
English Name: Crested Serpent Eagle 
Place: Parambikulam, Palakkad.

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Scientific Name: Threskiornis melanocephalus English Name: Black-headed Ibis / Oriental White Ibis Place: Kumarakam, Kottayam 

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Scientific Name: Megalaima viridis 
English Name: White-cheeked Barbet / Small Green Barbet 
Place: Thattekad, Ernakulam  

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Scientific Name: Phylloscopus fuscatus
English Name: Dusky Warbler 
Place: Thattekad, Ernakulam

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Scientific Name: Accipiter badius badius 
English Name: Shikra 
Place: Parambikulam, Palakkad

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Scientific Name: Saxicola caprata nilgiriensis 
English Name: Pied Bush Chat 
Place: Pampadum shola, Idukki

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Scientific Name: Turdus merula 
English Name: Common Blackbird 
Place: Pampadum shola, Idukki

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Scientific Name: Acritillas indica 
English Name: Yellow-browed Bulbul 
Place: Pampadum shola, Idukki

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Scientific Name: Hemicircus canente 
English Name: Heart-spotted Woodpecker 
Place: Thattekad, Ernakulam


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Scientific Name: Zosterops palpebrosus nilgiriensis 
English Name: Oriental White-eye 
Place: Pampadum shola, Idukki

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Scientific Name: Spilopelia chinensis 
English Name: Spotted Dove 
Place: Parambikulam, Palakkad

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Scientific Name: Batrachostomus moniliger 
English Name: Sri Lankan Frogmouth / Ceylon Frogmouth 
Place: Thattekad, Ernakulam

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Scientific Name: Arachnothera longirostra 
English Name: Little Spiderhunter 
Place: Parambikulam, Palakkad

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Scientific Name: Ocyceros griseus  
English Name: Malabar Grey Hornbill 
Place: Thattekad, Ernakulam


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Scientific Name: Copsychus saularis 
English Name: Oriental Magpie-Robin 
Place: Kumarakam, Kottayam

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Scientific Name: Dicrurus paradiseus 
English Name: Greater Racket-tailed Drongo 
Place: Kumarakam, Kottayam


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Scientific Name: Amaurornis phoenicurus 
English Name: White-breasted Waterhen 
Place: Kumarakam, Kottayam 

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Scientific Name: Haliastur indus Indus 
English Name: Brahminy Kite 
Place: Kumarakam, Kottayam


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Scientific Name: Porphyrio porphyrio 
English Name: Purple Swamphen / Purple Moorhen 
Place: Kumarakam, Kottayam

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Scientific Name: Mesophoyx intermedia 
English Name: Intermediate Egret / Median Egret / Smaller Egret / Yellow-Billed Egret 
Place: Kumarakam, Kottayam

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Scientific Name: Ardeola grayii 
English Name: Indian Pond Heron / Paddybird 
Place: Kumarakam, Kottayam

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Scientific Name: Merops philippinus 
English Name: Blue-tailed Bee-eater 
Place: Kumarakam, Kottayam

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Scientific Name: Phalacrocorax fuscicollis 
English Name: Indian Cormorant / Indian Shag 
Place: Kumarakam, Kottayam

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Scientific Name: Microcarbo niger 
English Name: Little Cormorant 
Place: Kumarakam, Kottayam 

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Scientific Name: Ardea purpurea 
English Name: Purple Heron 
Place: Kumarakam, Kottayam 

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Scientific Name: Anhinga melanogaster 
English Name: Oriental Darter / Indian Darter / Snake Bird 
Place: Kumarakam, Kottayam

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Scientific Name: Terpsiphone paradisi 
English Name: Asian Paradise Flycatcher 
Place: Kumarakam, Kottayam 

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Scientific Name: Pelargopsis capensis 
English Name: Brown headed / Stork billed Kingfisher 
Place: Kumarakam, Kottayam 

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Scientific Name: Halcyon smyrnensis  
English Name: White brested / White throated Kingfisher 
Place: Kumarakam, Kottayam 

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