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August 12, 2017

Himalaya Birding Keylong

Filed under: Birds — Tags: , — steve_happ @ 2:48 pm

Keylong Birding.

Keylong is the first stop on the Leh Manali Highway. It’s altitude is 3000 meters. High in the Himalayas. I went up the hill this morning not expecting to see much but was pleasantly surprised.

Red Crossbill
Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra)

This is the male. It has a V-shaped Tail, crimson head, white belly and crossed bills. At first I was not sure if it was a Common Rosefinch or a Blanford’s Rosefinch. Until I saw the crossbil of course.

 Red Crossbill
Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra)

I am not sure if this is a female or juvenile Red Crossbill. I am guessing juvenile.

Variegated Laughingthrush
Variegated Laughingthrush (Garrulax variegatus) race similis

I had no idea what I had until I put it on the computer. Pleasant surprise. I am pretty sure this is the Western Himalayan race – similis.

Variegated Laughingthrush
Variegated Laughingthrush (Garrulax variegatus)

Red-billed Chough
Red-billed Chough (Pyrrhocorax phyrrhocorax)

Oriental Turtle Dove
Oriental Turtle Dove (Streptopelia orientalis)

Streaked mountain
Himalayan mountain

This is only a tiny one.

Keylong Bird List

Red-billed Chough (Pyrrhocorax phyrrhocorax)
Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra)
Variegated Laughingthrush (Garrulax variegatus similis)
Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea)
Western Crowned Warbler (Phylloscopus occipitalis)
Oriental Turtle Dove (Streptopelia orientalis) maybe race meena.
Long-tailed Shrike
Blue Whistling Thrush juvenile
Streaked Laughing Thrush
House Crow

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