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Can you name these avian beauties of Sattal?

Sattal in Uttarakhand is a haven for birders from February to May, courtesy the bird-hides and its sylvan surroundings

The Great Barbet is the biggest of all the Barbet species. Although, they are generally found by themselves or in small groups, it is not uncommon to see Great Barbets as part of a large flock in fruit-laden trees.
The Great Barbet is the biggest of all the Barbet species. Although, they are generally found by themselves or in small groups, it is not uncommon to see Great Barbets as part of a large flock in fruit-laden trees. (Akshay Manwani)
It is relatively easy to distinguish between male and female Kalij Pheasant. Males have a more pronounced, bluish plumage while females have a reddish-brown appearance. The red skin patch around the eye is common to both sexes. Despite their bold colours, it's difficult to spot the Kalij in dense undergrowth, Sattal’s bird hides are the best place to sight them.
It is relatively easy to distinguish between male and female Kalij Pheasant. Males have a more pronounced, bluish plumage while females have a reddish-brown appearance. The red skin patch around the eye is common to both sexes. Despite their bold colours, it's difficult to spot the Kalij in dense undergrowth, Sattal’s bird hides are the best place to sight them. (Akshay Manwani)
White-capped Redstart are usually found near streams and adjoining rocks. The bird gets its name from the white patch on its head. The best pose the White-capped Redstart strikes is when it raises its tail, proudly showing off the bold colours that adorn its plumage.
White-capped Redstart are usually found near streams and adjoining rocks. The bird gets its name from the white patch on its head. The best pose the White-capped Redstart strikes is when it raises its tail, proudly showing off the bold colours that adorn its plumage. (Akshay Manwani)
The Lesser yellownape Woodpecker is distinguished by its smaller size and red and white markings on its head. Its habitat is also more widespread across India compared to that of the Greater yellownape woodpecker, which is also found in Sattal.
The Lesser yellownape Woodpecker is distinguished by its smaller size and red and white markings on its head. Its habitat is also more widespread across India compared to that of the Greater yellownape woodpecker, which is also found in Sattal. (Akshay Manwani)
As the name suggests, the male Himalayan Bluetail is bluish in appearance while the female (seen here) has a different colour scheme. However, both, male and female have the orange flank, which is why they are also known as the Orange-flanked Bush-Robin.
As the name suggests, the male Himalayan Bluetail is bluish in appearance while the female (seen here) has a different colour scheme. However, both, male and female have the orange flank, which is why they are also known as the Orange-flanked Bush-Robin. (Akshay Manwani)
The Yellow-bellied Fantail is a small, palm-sized bird. It is quite frisky, constantly moving from left to right and vice versa. Some even add ‘fairy’ to the bird’s name, an apt supplement, considering its delightful plumage and appearance.
The Yellow-bellied Fantail is a small, palm-sized bird. It is quite frisky, constantly moving from left to right and vice versa. Some even add ‘fairy’ to the bird’s name, an apt supplement, considering its delightful plumage and appearance. (Akshay Manwani)
The Black Francolin is best sighted on the ground and in the early morning hours. While the female of the species looks more like the painted Francolin, the male is one which has a black face and black underparts. All photos are taken by Akshay Manwani, a freelance writer-author based in Mumbai.
The Black Francolin is best sighted on the ground and in the early morning hours. While the female of the species looks more like the painted Francolin, the male is one which has a black face and black underparts. All photos are taken by Akshay Manwani, a freelance writer-author based in Mumbai. (Akshay Manwani)

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