Identification Parade

It is not really necessary to know the name of the bird to enjoy watching it. Even without the knowledge of the species it is interesting to observe how busily they go about their activities. I do observe then I try to take shots of it too taking care not to disturb it. But soon I find asking myself β€˜what kind of bird is it?’

While taking a walk in a park some days back, I got the shots of this bird. Initially I was engrossed in watching its activities, it was not sitting still, constantly chirping and flicking its tail. And then it struck me to grab a few shots too, I was late, just two shots and the bird was off. Usually the sound and eyes help in identifying the birds, but in this case I didn’t have both. After some Google search of images of birds and Bird identification sites, I concluded it could be a Wren or Dunnock or neither. Can you identify the bird?

I have some shots here in this post, can you identify the three different species? I have zoomed in to the various body parts. Easy ones. Do give a try. Answers next week.




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51 Responses

  1. Zlaek says:

    Its a vulture… (the close ups)

    And those first two pictures…not an expert with these things, but it might not be a wren or dunnock…the tail feathers here are exceptionally long

  2. Zlaek says:

    This is interesting….After some googling, I guess the tiny bird could be a long tailed Shrike.

  3. Anya says:

    I don’t now
    the name of the bird πŸ™
    This bird does not live
    in the Netherlands.
    It’s here too cold
    for such a beauty…..

    Oepssss fun ,
    what can I win πŸ˜‰
    I try:

    1~~ Bird
    2~~ Elephant
    3~~ Hippo

    Have a nice weekend (@^.^@)

  4. Nessa says:

    I thought the bird might be some sort of catbird/mocking bird from its tail end.

    I think picture a) is a peacock, b) an elephant and c0 no clue.

  5. I know only famous birds like crow, peacock and sparrow, and maybe owl! And I am very bad in remembering names, and equally bad at attempting to know the names. Recently, I posted a picture of a kingfisher without knowing the name of the bird, and my readers pointed it out! So, frankly speaking I can’t even guess this one. But I like the spirit of participation, and hence this comment πŸ™‚

    Destination Infinity

  6. sujata says:

    you are amazing with the camera! The first is it a zebra/peacock? the second is an elephant and the third is it a monkey?

  7. lolI seem to be clueless though I enjoy identifying birds!!!
    Is one of these a wren?? A Hoophoe?

  8. Beautiful photographs by the way!!

  9. Maggie May says:

    Not sure what number one is… a quail?
    No 2 is an elephant
    No 3 a whale?
    Go one have a laugh!

    No idea what the little bird is. Don’t think we have those in England.
    Great photos of it though. I like the way the metal mesh fencing has sort of framed it.

  10. Catherine says:

    not sure about the bird species…but 2 of the others are whale and elephant??

  11. Hmmm. Maybe a peahen or a guinea hen, and a primate of some sort, and a hippo. There, now tell me how ridiculously far off I am!!

  12. Bengbeng says:

    i enjoy taking pics of birds too but i face the problem of identifying them too and of coz there is the distance involved between me n them. i zoom of coz but some clarity is lost πŸ™‚

  13. Maddy says:

    i think #2 is an elephant

  14. I am not going to guess but will interested in the identifications.

  15. alicesg says:

    Wow lovely close up shot of the birds and the animals.

    My guess for #1 is a peahen, #2 elephant and #3 hippo or rhino?

  16. I always find your blog very interesting. I have looking for you in Skywatch list hoping to get to you first.

    I also have the same problem identifying and remembering names of birds as most of the time they almost look alike unless they have their own distinct colour and features that are common to me.

    #1 I think it’s Peacock
    #2 Looks like Emu to me
    #3 Most likely elephant?

    I have no clue really.

  17. Ribbon says:

    Hi … I love what you're doing here and thanks for dropping in to let me know.

    2 & 3 look like an elephant to me πŸ™‚

    1.. maybe a pigeon

    the first two photos I though it could be what we call a willy wag tail?

    who knows, but it has been fun guessing.

    best wishes
    Ribbon πŸ™‚

  18. Ribbon says:

    back again…
    on second thoughts maybe 1 is a lyre bird?


  19. Hi
    Did some bird watching a long while ago with the Malaysian Nature Soc. So, I own a pair of bins, with not much knowledge !! ‘This book will help in bird identification: Collins Field Guide/ Birds of South East Asia by Ben King, Martin Woodcock and E.C. Dickinson.

  20. second elephant.. third hippo…

    the first is a bird… but well lets give it a shot… turkey ??

  21. Zlaek says:

    Oops! I misread the question…
    first seems to be a vulture, second one must be an elephant, third one could be a bird too.
    Dying to know the answers

  22. Vamsee says:

    Nice post….making us work a little bit!
    Isn’t the bird a common Prinia?

    Pictures –
    and cannot for the life of me guess the third one.

  23. Aviral says:

    the first bird looks like a sparrow πŸ™‚
    i’m totally clueless about the close-ups…btw great pics.

  24. Jeevan says:

    the bird snap was beautiful πŸ™‚

    I find the 2nd one was elephant,
    1st one could a bird’s back and no idea about the third. but it was interesting.

  25. My first thought was that the bird looks a lot like our mockingbird. Of the others, the only guess I’m fairly confident of is #2 an elephant. I look forward to reading the answers.

  26. Karen says:

    Cute little bird and nice shots of it!!

    It almost looks like a Fantail, but the beak looks a little long..

    Hmmmm … the other three photos..

    1 .. kinda looks a bit like the dots on the wings of that swallow tail … but I think I’m way off ! πŸ™‚

    2 .. An elephant

    3 .. A rhino ?

  27. Not sure of the first but quail sounds right, second is an elephant’s head, third looks like a human arm close up? Great photos!

  28. VALKYRIEN says:

    Lovely those first shots – specially the second with the tail up in the air!

    I cannot even begin to try figuring out what animals you have on your closups! I believe you and I have different animals around us! πŸ™‚

  29. Ladynred says:

    Look at that long tail..Beautiful birds..
    Peacock, elephant, not sure with 3..
    Happy Mother’s Day!

  30. Snap says:

    Wonderful, fun photos! I’m sure #2 is an elephant. Others … ???!!!

  31. Tammy says:

    I have no idea what type of bird that is, but the second close up is an elephant I think.

  32. Reader Wil says:

    Indrani, I only know the second one: it’s an elephant. But the others are too difficult. The third one might be a pig or a rhino.

  33. Very interesting indeed!

  34. J says:

    Oh dear, I have no idea about any of them!

  35. Rajesh says:

    Amazing shots. You have captured them beautifully. Sorry, I have no idea what birds they are. I would love to what they are.

  36. ARUNA says:

    wow amazing job……cudn’t guess the answers though….will wait for u to tell us πŸ™‚

  37. Pietro says:

    Very fine images of the bird with that splendid green background!
    Have a good Sunday, Indrani!

  38. Dora says:

    1. Snake
    2. Elephant
    3. Elephant


  39. Hello Indrani,

    I can’t identify the bird but it’s elegant and beautiful. As to the test, here are my answers:

    1. Peacock, 2. Elephant, 3. Rhinoceros

    Have a great new week,


  40. Syaa_Fiqq says:

    Interesting post. I can recognize an elephant only, others I am not sure..

  41. Lakshmi says:

    ive asked my birding friends..honestly after two birding trips and a training prog, I still cant identify it

  42. thyme says:

    The first one, some kind of turkey? Guiney fowl? In dutch: Pearl chicken.

    second elephant, third, no idea.. is it a nose? Camel? Really… not a clue!

  43. The bird looks like what we call ‘fingey’ in Bengali, but I am not an expert. Does the picture 2 show the head of an elephant. 3 looks pig-ish pink, but I’m not sure at all.

  44. Kamini says:

    The first is some type of bird, the second, an elephant, and the third, a hippo? Well, at the very least I may have provided you with some laughs!

  45. Chikki says:

    The second one is an elephant for sure. 3rd one is a dinosaur I guess.:-)!

  46. Willard says:

    That’s different than any species we have here, so I don’t have a clue as to the birds identity.

    Like most I say the second photo in the other series is an elephant. The first is a close-up of some type of bird plumage, but I don’t know what.

  47. The 2nd is an Elephant.. while the first one a bird and the last one? a cow?

    Happy Mother’s day Indrani

  48. Oz Girl says:

    Alas, I am not a bird person, but he is a pretty bird… such a long tail!

  49. Manz says:

    I thought it could be a breed of Willie Wagtail – kind of sounds like one. I noticed Ribbon had the same thought.

    We have a couple that nest above our outdoor light each spring… cute birds. You captured some cute shots.

    2. Elephant. πŸ™‚

  50. Hilary says:

    I’m thinking that last one could be human.. ish.

  51. Kcalpesh says:

    Can’t really tell what bird but the shots are koOL. The little bird with the tail is cute!

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