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The Indian Silverbill, 011113

When you’ve been fasting, you tend to break your fast…and overdo it! I’d not seen anything of Indian birds for a longish time now, and when we went to


to help my friend Shangon celebrate the life of her husband, who passed away in 2005, I just walked around the school building while the speeches were going on.

Just behind the toilets,a barbed wire fence separated the High School property from a field of millet; and there, I was delighted to find a group of



alternately foraging on the ground,


and sitting on the fence, or the telephone wires.



So I just clicked away happily!


The Indian Silverbill or White-throated Munia (Lonchura malabarica), the Wiki says, is a small passerine (sparrow-like) bird, which forages in flocks in in grassland and scrub habitats….and in several villages!


They are

Estrildid finches which means they are included in the genus “Lonchura”, and are called weaver-finches.


They are found in flocks of as many as 60 birds.


They feed on the ground or on low shrubs and grass stalks. They constantly utter a low cheeping or chirping contact call as they forage. They visit water and drink with a rapid sip and swallow action.

It feeds mainly on seeds, but also takes insects and has been known to visit nectar bearing flowers, such as those of Erythrina trees

The breeding season is spread out and varies with region. They nest in winter in southern India and after summer in northern India. They nest, an untidy ball of grasses with an opening on the side, is placed in low shrubs, often on thorny Acacia and are known to make use of the old nests of Baya Weaver sometimes even visiting those that are occupied by the weaver birds. They will sometimes build their nest below the platform nests of vultures or storks!

Here the beak structure, suited to the cracking and eating of seeds, can be clearly seen:


The clutch varies from 4 to 8 white eggs and these are incubated by both parents for about 11 days. Helpers may be involved in breeding as more than a pair are sometimes seen at a nest.
It’s a pity I couldn’t see any nests nearby!

I even took this ideo showing one bird foraging:

The Indian Silverbill brought me back to Indian birding, and what a delightful start it was!


Quiz competition at SRMAB

Last week, we had a quiz competition in SRMAB(Blind school located in J P Nagar), it was fun and loved the number of correct response made by kids.

1. Devanahalli : site of the new Bengaluru airport is the birthplace of ………… Tipu Sultan.
2. Highest rain fall in Karnataka …………Agumbe
3. The largest place in Karnataka where we do gold mining … Kolar (Kolar Gold Fields)
4. Lalbagh has been made by …………… HyderAli for Tipu sultan.

Discussing with team members

Discussing with team members

One of the teams

One of the teams

Tell the exact word: (R-5)

1. A country is rich in raw material, ore and service and want to give to another country. This process is called ………… export
2. a ball directly thrown about the weist height in cricket is ……… beamer
3. A book written by self about the life and lesson ……… autobiography
4. The closed area declared where animals/birds are free to live and die naturally … sanctuary

Pankhudian taking quiz

Pankhudian taking quiz

Question for Audience:

2009, the Karnataka Khadi Gramodyoga Samyukta Sangha was the sole manufacturer of the flag of india.

Know about person: (R-2)

1. This person is known as Human Computer – Shakuntala Devi
2. Which person is known as Missile Man of India – A P J Abdul Kalam
3. Who is known as “Father of Karnataka music”? Purandara Dasa
4. Gave India its first medal at the Paralympic Games after bagging a silver in the Men’s High Jump F42 1.74 m – Girisha Hosanagara Nagarajegowda from Karnataka.

Highest in India. (R-3)

1. Highest waterfall in India … jog falls.
2. Highest mountain peak in India …. K2.
3. Award, highest civilian – Bharat Ratna
4. Highest Gallantry award– Param Vir chakra

Internet and world (R-4)
1. biggest social networking site – FB
2. biggest video sharing site – Utube
3. biggest search site … google.
4. biggest reference/information site … wiki

Health Awarness: (R-6)

1. Blood is filtered by which organ – Kidney.
2. Why we add iodine in salt – thyroid problem and mental sickness.
3. How HIV affects the system – reduce the immune power and made the body weak.
4. Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) Problem which generally cause mental problem and blindness is due to because genetic problem.

Make it large: (R-7)

SMS – Short Message Service
ATM _ Automated teller machine
BBMP stands for Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike
RBI – Reserve Bank of India


1. Yama, the god of death in Hinduism, uses what animal as his transport? Buffualo
2. In the epic Ramayana, which bird tried to prevent Ravana from carrying Sita away? – Jatayu
3. What is the name the vehicle of Ravana in which he could fly to any destination and which had unlimited seating capacity? – Pushpaka vimanam
4. In the epic, Ramayana, Rama asks Hanuman to fetch him a medicinal herb that grew in the Himalayas. What was its name? – Sanjeeveni Buti

Sports and Cricket:

1. Highest no. of 6 in his career – Afaridi
2. 1st Indian to win Olympic Gold medal in any individual event – Abhinav Bindra
3. Most 5 wicket in inning – Waqar
4. ODI highest total by which team – Srilanks 443 against Netherland.

Dear birding friends,

A quick note to ask whether you might be interested in joining us in a fun
birding event on 14-18 Feb. On those dates, birders across the world will
be taking part in the Great Backyard Bird Count (, run by
Cornell University’s Laboratory of Ornithology.

The basic idea is to spend some time (minimum of 15 min) listing all the
birds species you see, together with a rough count of each. Despite the
name of the event, one can participate from anywhere — from a balcony or
rooftop or garden, to a market or farm or wetland or forest. And it doesn’t
matter if you can’t identify every single species — what you can identify
is good enough!

A few of us in different parts of India have decided to take part this
year. Some of us will also be taking the opportunity to organise small
events at local parks or lakes for the public, including children, to take
part in the count and learn more about birds.

If you are interested in joining in from wherever you are (it will only
take 15 min of your time!), that would be wonderful. This will be a
informal gathering of birders across India, getting together for the joy of

While you are welcome to participate independently, it would be wonderful
if you could join the following google group:
This temporary group has been created so that we can keep each other
informed of our plans, as well share what we see with fellow birders during
the days of the Count.

But, of course, you don’t need to join this group to participate. Details
are below.

Do drop me a line if you plan to do the count. And please forward this to
anyone else who you think would enjoy taking part. Beginning birders are as
welcome as seasoned hands!

Best wishes,
Bird Counters in India

Instructions for the count:
See also

In brief:
Go to and create an account.
Select your location on a map
Choose kind of count you have made (eg travelling or stationary)
Give start time and duration
Enter your list
Share your list with others via email, Facebook or Twitter.

Anushree Bhattacharjee
Coordinator – Education and Outreach
Nature Conservation Foundation

Welcome to GBBC — Great Backyard Bird Count
The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual four-day event that engages bird watchers of all ages.

Rasaloka – Still Theater in Miniature Art

Navratri starts on 16th Oct this year. And with it starts the Rasalok Still Theatre in Miniature Art. The venue is Bimba – The Art Ashram . The Rasaloka is performed every year at Bimba during Navratri by the artist Deepika Dorai. This style of still theater with miniature art was evolved by her grandmother. With she as a third generation artist improvised this art and now shares it with everyone.  In Rasalok a mini stage is set up with miniature props with narration by the artist.

The performance timings are daily from 16th Oct to 24th Oct at the following timings –  1130 am, 4 pm, 5:30 pm, 7 pm
for ages above 6 years.

Special morning shows for younger children can be done on request.
Language: English / Kannada
For more info Call 080-26622639 or visit


Bimba The Art Ashram
#42, Ratnavilas Road
(Opp Canara Bank DVG Road
branch/Near Nagasandra Circle)

Go and Enjoy this rare art form.

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