Saturday, 21 November 2015

Whiskered Yuhina: The commonest of Yuhina

There are six Yuhinas in India. The Whiskered Yuhina is one of the most common ones and unfortunately the only one that I have ever sighted. This is a bird species of the white-eye family Zosteropidae. The range extends across Himalayn forests in Northern India to North Eastern states, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and down till Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical most forests.

Whiskered Yuhina - one of the rare moments it sat still enough for me to click a picture...

It is sometimes found in mixed hunting parties with other Yuhina and fulvetta species. It is - as said earlier the most common of the yuhinas in the Himalays. It is one of the birds hunted by livestock herders of Northeast India.

Only thing is that I will have to travel East to Sikkim and beyond perhaps to sight the rest of the Yuhinas...

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