Posts Tagged 'lonar'

the lemon emigrant

Posted by on 16 Mar 2011 | Category: photography, prakriti

lemon emigrant butterfly, western ghats

It is lemony, and it is a migrant. Migration could be one of its strategy to deal with adverse seasonal changes, like the tropical rainfall. It also exhibits seasonal dimorphism: dark yellow colors(form crocale) in wet summer season and pale yellow colors (form pomane) in dry winter season. It is one of the mechanisms by which insects cop up with adverse seasonal changes. It could be either to adjust body temperature and metabolic rate or as a means for better camouflage.
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babbler sisters

Posted by on 01 Mar 2011 | Category: photography, prakriti

The jungle babblers are called seven sisters as they are gregarious (social, group forming) in nature and always appear in groups of around 7 birds (6~10). They also display sentinel (guard) behaviour which usually involves one or two members from the babbler group keeping watch, up in the branches, while the rest of the group search for food in the safety of the bushes.  If there is any threat, the guard on the upper branch squeals out, which is passed down to the other members, and they all fly away.

jungle babbler turdoides striatus somervillei at lonar, maharashtra

Jungle babblers can be easily identified from a distance by the chit chat and playful squeaky noise they make. Watch out next time, they are almost everywhere in India.

Species: Turdoides striatus somervillei
English: Jungle Babbler; Hindi: Saat bhai; Malayalam: Poothankeeri, Kariyilappada
Location: Lonar, Buldhana, Maharashtra
Date: 21 Feb 2011