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Yellow-bellied Fantail

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Chelidorhynx hypoxantha
Nepali Name: पहेँलो मारुनीचरी (Pahelo Marunichari)

Fulvous-breasted Woodpecker

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Dendrocopos macei
Nepali Name: काष्ठकूट (Kasthakoot)

White-capped Redstart

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Chaimarrornis leucocephalus
Nepali Name: सेतो टाउके जलखञ्जरी (Seto Tauke Jalkhanjari)

Notes:
1. A staple bird of Himalayan streams right from the lowlands to high mountains. Descends during the winter and goes up to breed.
2. Very territorial during the breeding season.
3. Rather animated and cheerful behavior.
4. Males have a slightly larger head cap.

Black-faced Laughingthrush

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Trochalopteron affine
Nepali Name: कानटाटे तोरीगाँडा Kantate Torigaanda

Notes:
1. Kali Gandaki Valley is the western boundary for this species.
2. Sings from a prominent position during mornings. Found in pairs during the breeding season.

White Wagtail

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Motacilla alba
Nepali name: सेतो टिकटिके (Seto Tiktike)

Notes:
1. Communal roosters. Always found in the vicinity of water. Winter visitor.
2. As many as 6 subspecies recorded in Nepal.
3. Beautiful undulating flight.

Himalayan Griffon

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Gyps himalayensis
Nepali Name: हिमाली गिद्ध (Himali Gidda)

Notes:
1. HUGE!!!
2. To get closeup shots, either catch them while they feed or near their roosting place before the thermals build up.
3. A brochure to locate vulture restaurants in Nepal, a commendable and highly successful conservation project: www.birdlifenepal.org/download.php?f=86

Large-billed Crow

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Corvus macrorhynchos
Nepali Name: कालो काग Kaalo Kaag

Large-billed Crow in Everest Region
Bengkar, Everest Region, Nepal. ~2,800m. 21 March, 2019. Photo: Sadeep Dangol

Large-billed Crow at Machhegaun Kathmandu
Machhegaun, Kathmandu, Nepal. 1,600m. 18 March, 2017. Photo: Ashish Shrestha.

Large-billed Crow
Namche (Everest Base Camp Trek), Solukhumbu, Nepal. ~3,460m. 19 May, 2014. Photo: Ashish Shrestha.

Large-billed Crow
Manang (Annapurna Circuit Trek), Manang, Nepal. ~3,540m. 5 May 2014. Photo: Ashish Shrestha.

Large-billed Crow
Himalayan Hotel (ABC Trek), Kaski, Nepal. 2860m. 4 April, 2014. Photo: Ashish Shrestha.

Notes:
1. Great aerial displays by the high altitude Himalayan races.
2. High altitude races larger than the ones found in the lowlands.

Maroon Oriole

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Oriolus traillii
Nepali Name: घनरक्त सुनचरी Ghanrakta Sunchari

Crested Serpent Eagle

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Spilornis cheela
Nepali Name: काकाकुल (Kakakul)

Notes:
1. As its name suggests it is specialized reptile hunter, feeding on well snakes and lizards.
2. Calls incessantly.

Pink-browed Rosefinch

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Carpodacus rodochroa
Nepali Name: पंखथोप्ले ठूलोतितु Pankhathople Thulotitu

Notes:
1. It is weird how the females allow much closer approach to the photographer than the males. Perhaps, she thinks she is very well camouflaged even on green grass!!!