The Indian Paradise Flycatcher is called 'Swargiya Nartak' (स्वर्गिय नर्तक) in Marathi, which translates to 'Heavenly Dancer' as it's long tail flaps like a ribbon in the air when it takes off. Vernacular names are beautiful.
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Woodpeckers are called the 'Doctors of the forest' as they peck on tree barks to examine them, and suck up insects and other pests living inside them, hence preventing infestations.Had a wonderful time with these Yellow Crowned Woodpeckers
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The animal might have been provoked earlier, even the camera person was ready before the Hyena arrived. Habitat loss is one of the foremost reasons for such conflicts. Increasing human encroachment on these endangered Savannah habitats pushes these animals towards settlements.
Viral videos like this one are on a rise recently, and they portray the wildlife in a very bad light. The situation is never what it looks like in these videos. Hyenas prefer to stay away from humans, and instances where a Hyena, or any canid attacking humans are very rare.
A video of a Striped Hyena attacking a man went viral recently. The animal was later killed. This is just one of the many instances of human-animal conflict that end up with the death of the animal, even though it's the human who's at fault.
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Here's a portrait of an Indian Bark Mantis (Humbertiella cf. ceylonica). I had actually made a short documentary about the Bark Mantis sometime back showcasing how it hunts and survives in the wild- quite fascinating. Here's the link- https://youtu.be/k6AtNRgreTs
A Strawberry Finch, more commonly known as the Red Avadavat. It breeds in the Indian Subcontinent during the monsoons. This is the male bird. It is originally from tropical Asia but now introduced around the world due to pet trade.
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