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Sunday, August 14, 2011


Vaishali Sangma took a photo of this weird bird in the Garo Hills. It looks like a young hornbbill of some sort to me. None of the Garo guys can identify it. Can any of our readers?


shiva said...

It's a heron, most likely a Malayan Night Heron (which despite its name is also found throughout India). See for example here.

Carl said...

This is certainly a species of night heron, It looks like it belongs in the Gorsachius genus and looks most like a certain beautiful variant of the goisagi sp. however I don't think it has ever been found there. Going by the erectile crest and its strange stance it looks as though it has been startled by the photographer.