Birds of open grassland and cultivated land. The Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis, 50 cm), a small white heron, is usually seen in small flocks, frequently perched on the backs of cattle. Birds in breeding plumage have buff plumes on the head and shoulders, and a yellow bill.

The all black Drongo (Dicrurus adsimilis, 30 cm) is almost invariably seen perched on telegraph wires or bare branches. Its distinctively forked tail makes it easy to identify.

Weaver birds are a family of mainly yellow birds, all remarkable for the intricate nests they build. The most widespread is the Baya Weaver (Ploceus philippinus, 15cm). These birds nest in large colonies, often near villages. The male in the breeding season can be distinguished by the combination of black face and throat and contrasting yellow top of the head and the yellow breast band. In the non-breeding season the male and the female are both brownish sparrow-like birds.

Winter road

winter road