Scientific Name : Dicrurus macrocercus Order : Passeriformes Family : Dicruridae Genus : Dicrurus Species : D. macrocercus
Black Drongo is a common bird of southern Asia normally found in the tropics. They are usually found in open forests and similar lightly wooded habitats from southwest Iran through India and Sri Lanka east to southern China and Indonesia. These are aggressive and fearless birds, 28 cm in length, and will attack much larger species if their nest or young are threatened.
The Black Drongo has short legs and sits very upright whilst perched prominently, like a shrike. The adult Black Drongo is mainly glossy blue-black, although the wings are duller. The tail is long and deeply forked, and there is a white spot in front of the eye. Young birds are dull dark brown.
It eats insects and other small animals. It will attack much larger species if their nest or young are threatened. There are also some cases of Drongos preying on small birds. They have also been on occasion seen feeding on dead fish.
Three or four eggs are laid in a light cup nest placed in a fork often on the bare outer branches of trees.
Thanks to M. K@MRAN for his 7D, 400mm, Guidance and hospitality.
Before capturing this shot Kamran said to me Oye Sufi, Jay Chiri sahi na pharri ta tari khair nae.
The Indian Roller (Coracias benghalensis), also called the Blue Jay in former times is a member of the roller family of birds. They are found in southern Asia from Iraq to Thailand and are best known for the aerobatic displays of the male during the breeding season. They are very commonly seen perched along roadside trees and wires and are commonly seen in open grassland and scrub forest habitats. It is not migratory, but undertakes some seasonal movements. Several states in India have chosen it as their symbol.
Being very common in the populated plains of India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, it is associated with legends. A local name is neelkanth (meaning "blue throat"). During former times, a captive roller would be released by the local ruler during festivals.
The Indian roller has been chosen as the state bird by the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Karnataka and Orissa.
The Independence Square in Sri Lanka, built to mark the independece from the British rulers on the 4th of February 1948. Independence Square and its surroundings considered to be one of the most prestigious locations in Colombo are to be converted into an exclusive haven for cultural activities, recreation and academic and research excellence.
Independence Commemoration Hall (also Independence Memorial Hall) is a national monument in Sri Lanka built for commemoration of the independence of Sri Lanka from the British rule with the establishment of Dominion of Ceylon on February 4, 1948. It is located at the Independence Square (formally Torrington Square) in the Cinnamon Gardens, Colombo. It also houses the Independence Memorial Museum. The monument was built at the location where the formal ceremony marking the start of self rule, with the opening of the first parliament by the HRH Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester occurred at a special podium February 4, 1948. Located at the head of the monument is the statue of the first prime minister of the country Rt. Hon. Don Stephen Senanayake "The Father of the Nation". Most of the annual National Independence Day celebrations have been held here. Apart from a monument it served as the ceremonial assembly hall for the Senate of Ceylon and the House of Representatives of Ceylon until the parliament was moved to the new parliament complex. Currently it is the venue for religious events and annual national day celebrations.