Archive for April, 2012

Trees of Morni: Tungla

April 11, 20120 Comments

तुन्गला Tungla/ मूर्ति Moorti in Morni (Rhus parviflora) – a shrub with a smooth grey bark. Young parts are densely covered with hair. Leaves comprise 3 leaflets on a common petiole- the terminal leaflet is much larger than the other two. Leaflets are obvate, crenate, sparsely hairy above and pubescent beneath. Flowers in May/June. Inflorescence- […]

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Trees of Morni: Pigeon wood

April 11, 20120 Comments

Indian charcoal-tree/ Indian Nettle/Pigeon wood/ Jivan/ Kasoori (Trema orientalis) is a fast growing nitogen fixing tropical shade tree that grows well on poor soil and helps reclaim deforested areas. Its a short lived opportunist that claims the gaps in the forest areas and often contributes to the regeneration of the forest by providing shade to […]

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Birds of Morni: Common Mynah

April 10, 20120 Comments

Common Mynah (Acridotheres tristis) is a cheerful, dark brown bird with a striking, bright yellow beak, legs and patch around the eye. The wings reveal a conspicous white patch in flight. Spotting a pair is considered lucky in student folklore and a solitary myna means approaching sadness! It resides near human habitations and is found […]

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Morni Wildlife: Golden Jackal

April 10, 20120 Comments

Golden Jackal/ Asiatic Jackal (Canis aureus) resembles a wolf in overall appearance but is smaller and lighter with shorter legs and tail, a narrower muzzle and an elongated body. The adult is about 3 feet in length, a foot-and-a-half high at the shoulder and weighs around 10 Kg.The fur is buff coloured on the shoulders, […]

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Trees of Morni: Tilki

April 10, 20120 Comments

Tilki/ Tilman/ Pansira/ Cheeli (Wendlandia heynei)– a small evergreen tree that gets covered with tiny pink white flowers in spring and the tree appears to be covered with snow.  It is a fairly common tree in Morni hills.        

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Birds of Morni: Black-winged Stilt

April 10, 20120 Comments

Black-winged Stilt/Pied Stilt (Himantopus himantopus) is a long-legged wader with long pink legs and over a foot in length. In flight the legs project far beyond the tail. The bill is long thin and black and the iris is red. The bird is black above and white below with a white head, neck breast and belly […]

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Glimpses of History: Excavations at Morni-ka-tal

April 10, 20120 Comments

A number of Brahmanincal stone sculptures of the early medieval  and the Pratihara period were excavated at the ancient Thakur Dwara Temple at Morni-ka-tal in 1970s.The sculptures include the icons of Karttikeya, Surya, Siva, Uma-Mahesvara, Ganesa, Lakulisa, Vishnu, Nataraja, Trimurti, Siva-linga etc Six such sculptures have been housed in the section on medieval sculptures in […]

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Birds of Morni: Common Moorhen

April 10, 20120 Comments

Common Moorhen/ Jal Murghi (Gallinula chloropus) is duck-like bird with a dark, black/brown plumage, a white undertail, a line of white feathers on the flanks, a red bill with a yellow-tip and a prominent red facial shield. The legs and feet of the moorhen are yellow. The feet are large and not webbed. It is […]

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Birds of Morni: Asian Pied Starling

April 10, 20120 Comments

Asian Pied Starling/Asian Pied Myna/ Gursal/ Ablak (Sturnus contra) is a striking black and white bird with an orange- yellow bill. The head, throat and upper body is black while the cheeks and lower body is white. Asian pied starlings are found in plains and foothills in areas with access to open water. They forage […]

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Birds of Morni: House Sparrow

April 9, 20120 Comments

House Sparrow/ Chirih– once a common bird, about 6″ in size that occurs wherever human habitations exist. The male has a grey crown with a black bill, throat and black around the eye. Body is rufous-chestnut above with a white shoulder patch.Tail is dark brown and underparts are grey white. Females are grey-brown above and […]

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