Friday, May 6, 2016

Some common birds of India

"Look at the birds of the air..." (Jesus, in Matt 6:26)

As my time in India draws to an end, I thought of sharing with you the photos of some of the birds I came across. Between my preaching and my surgery, my schedule was too packed for me to have time to go bird watching and so these are birds that literally brought themselves to me. I was still obedient to the Lord’s injunction that I should “look at the birds of the air” and be refreshed by them.

Oriental magpie-robin

This is the female Oriental magpie-robin. As with most birds, the female tends to have duller colours. The male Oriental magpie-robin is black-and-white. It has a long narrow tail (like a wagtail) that it normally holds upright. The Oriental magpie-robin is a very common bird in India, whether in city gardens of rural forests, and has a beautiful song. It is the national bird of Bangladesh.

House crow

This is the House crow, a very common bird in India and has been exported around the world. It is a smaller version of the famous Mwankole of Zambia. Like most crows, it is very invasive and causes damage to crops and other wild life. They are normally found together in flocks and are found around human settlements in villages or cities because they tend to scavenge human leftovers.

Indian Myna

I first came across the Indian Myna in South Africa. Its reputation was not good. It is certainly not a bird you will describe as “friendly”. The United Nations has declared it one of the top three invasive birds on the planet. It is stated that the Indian Myna has been exterminated in Australia, where it was also exported from Asia and where it gained the name “The most important pest/problem”.

Jungle babbler

This is a picture of the Jungle babbler—a bird that is hardly ever seen alone. Both males and females have the same dull colour. They are often in small groups and have gained the name of “Seven Sisters” or “Seven Brothers”. They are found in both cities and forests, and are very noisy. We have babblers in southern Africa (e.g. the Arrow-marked babbler). You cannot miss them when they are around!

White-naped woodpecker

The most colourful bird that I managed to capture on my camera is the one I have left for last—the White-naped woodpecker. This one is male, identified by its bright red “hat”, while females have their “hats” in yellow. Their ability to balance themselves on vertical trees with their toes and tails and then use their strong beaks and long tongues to dig and dart into trees for insects is what sets woodpeckers apart from other birds.


Rock dove

I had already posted this blog post when this Rock dove came to peep through the window at the home of our hosts (the Nsendulukas) as though to make sure I was still alive inside the home. Rock doves (sometimes called Rock pigeons) are common all over the world and are identified by their grey colour and two dark stripes on their wings. They are found in huge numbers among humans, especially in parks where they are being given free food (seeds).


  1. Pastor, you have an amazing gift with regard to your photography of birds and the respective smart/impeccable descriptions. You must be given an Honorary PhD in ornithology!

  2. Hi Pastor Conrad,
    I recently discovered you speaking on the john mcarthur backed strange fire conference.I have a friend who is native to Ghana and your descriptions of the African Charismatic movement seem to tie in a lot with what he tells me happens in Ghana.I also have a friend who ministers and mentors young men in East Africa from here in Adelaide South Australia so am always interested in what happens in Africa.I had an Aunty who lived in Kenya in her younger years for a while. I was also thrilled to hear you are a bird watcher and bird photographer as I am. What you call a white eye here we call silver eyes in Adelaide. Also the Indian Mynah is far from extinct in Eastern Australia. Fortunately we do not have them in South Australia. I tend to regard all birds equal as part of God's creation even though some of them are annoying and I view and watch them all with wonder and enjoyment..I have a blog also.I will spend some more time reading your posts etc.I have sent a link to my friend from Ghana who is in Australia at present. Blessings Geoff Thompson

    1. Thanks for your comment, Geoff. Great to know that what I said at the Strange Fire Conferences resonates with you and your friend in Ghana. Yes, I love bird-watching but am still very much an amateur. So, I love to read about the birds I capture on my camera. God's creation is amazing!

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