Magnificent Birds That Call Pakistan Their Home

(Source: Shughal)

Pakistan is blessed with so much beauty that it is almost unimaginable that we should have to look anywhere else. The rarest and most exotic birds in the entire world grace our shores. Some have disappeared over time due to loss of natural habitat, while others continue to drop in from time to time, bringing with them their magnificent melange of colors and unique features for us to savor.
 

Shaheen Falcon

The Shaheen Falcon needs no introduction. It is a non-migratory bird that is found on our shores. It has long been a national symbol of Pakistan, especially associated with the PAF. Falcons are fierce hunters and their razor sharp talons are made to shred.


Crimson Sunbird

This nectar loving sunbird is found throughout the Indian sub-continent. It buzzes around flowers flashing it’s brilliant myriad of colors.


 

Grey-Hooded Warbler

Found in the forest regions in Pakistan, the grey-hooded warbler is famous for its unique warbling. It is small and quick but not easy to pick-up if you’re interested in bird-watching.


 

Red-Billed Leiothrix

The Red-billed Leiothrix is often found in captivity and is a popular pet. The olive green coat with orange, yellow, red and black thrown into the mix, make this 6-inch bird an amazing sight.


Red Collared Dove

The Red Turtle Dove is a common sight in Punjab where it makes its home in the summer months. In the sunlight it is hard to pick up just how amazing its colors are, but it really is an amazing bird.


Monal Pheasant

This shiny specimen is found in the Himalayan region of Northern Pakistan. This largish bird is regarded as having the brightest and most colorful plumage in the entire bird kingdom.


Khalij Pheasant

Another bird from the pheasant family, the Khalij pheasants are also found around the foothills of the Himalayas up North. It is one of the birds on this list that are close to extinction.


Coppersmith Barbet

These fruit eating, whiskered barbets are found in Pakistan in huge numbers. The tuk tuk sound they make is quite annoying but the beauty of the bird is undeniable.


Ruddy Shelduck

Native to Africa, these ducks migrate to Pakistan during the winters where they breed. A popular game bird, a flock of the shelduck can be often seen flying over the landscape during migration.


Long-tailed Minivet

The orange and black bird is the male. The yellow and black bird is the female. A great combo if you ask me.

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Good Afternoon
Very beautiful and thanks for sharing.
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By: Uma Maheswar, Bangalore on Jun, 27 2016
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