Barn Swallow

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Hirundo rustica
Nepali Name: घर गौंथली (Ghar Gauthali)

Barn Swallow in Shivapuri Kathmandu
Shivapuri, Kathmandu, Nepal. ~1,800m. 26 March, 2017. Photo: Sadeep Dangol

White-capped Redstart

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

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.

Grey Bushchat

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Saxicola ferreus
Nepali Name:  हिमाली झ्याप्सी Himali Jhyapsi

Himalayan Griffon

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Gyps himalayensis
Nepali Name: हिमाली गिद्ध (Himali Gidda)

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:

Black Redstart

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Phoenicurus ochruros
Nepali Name: ध्याप्ची खञ्जरी Dhyapchi Khanjari

Black Redstart
Lobuche (Everest Base Camp Trek), Solukhumbu, Nepal. 4,930m. 25 May, 2014. Photo: Ashish Shrestha.

Grey Treepie

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Dendrocitta formosae
Nepali Name: पहाडी कोकले Pahaadi Kokale

1. High altitude replacement of the Rufous Treepie.
2. Very loud mouthed and its nepali name Kokale is an onomatopoeia derived from its call.
3. Not very approachable just like its lowland cousin.

Black Eagle

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Ictinaetus malayensis
Nepali Name: द्रोणक चील (Dronak Cheel)

1. Soars gracefully just above the forest canopy.

Black Bulbul

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Hypsipetes leucocephalus
Nepali Name: बाख्रे जुरेली (Bakhre Jureli)

1. Outside the breeding season in April, it is found in huge flocks in deep forests.
2. Never descends to the ground and also catches flies on the wing like a flycatcher.
3. Doesn’t react strongly to playback.