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If you are a bird lover or a bird watcher or a professional ornithlogist, India has a lot to offer to whet your appetite. If you are a philatelist, specially if you are a thematic stamp collector and collect bird stamps only, then too India has a lot to offer. My personal collection of Indian bird stamps is rather poor. So I would like to direct both bird lovers and bird stamp collectors to this India Bird Stamps page. This one page will tell you all you really need to know about "Birds of India".

My personal knowledge about birds is also very shallow. But I do like to look at beautiful birds. India's national bird, peacock, is one of the most beautiful birds of the world. And I have seen many of those both in captivity and in the wild. Here is a link to a beautiful peacock picture in its dancing pose with its wings fully spread out. I urge you to click on the link not only to see what this elegant bird looks like when dancing, but also to hear its call (your computer must have speakers).

Many Indian birds have been declared as endangered species. Click here for a list of the globally threatened species of birds in India.

Some of the endangered birds of India have been featured on Indian postage stamps. In fact, recently, in 2006, India issued a set of four stamps featuring four different species of endangered birds. These endangered bird stamps are shown below. You can click on any stamp image on this page to see an actual photo of the bird and/or to learn more about it.

Greater Adjutant Stork
Greater Adjutant Stork
Nilgiri Laughingthrush
Nilgiri Laughingthrush
Manipur Bush-quail
Manipur Bush-quail
Lesser Florican
Lesser Florican

Out of the following bird images from Indian stamps, Western Tragopan is listed as "vulnerable", Great Indian Bustard is listed as "endangered", and Siberian Crane is listed as "critically endangered". Painted stork, which can be seen in Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary (also known as Keoladeo Ghana National Park) is considered "near threatened". Both Western Tragopan and Monal pheasant are Himalayan birds, and one can see them in the Great Himalayan National Park.

Bluewinged Pitta
Bluewinged Pitta
Black-headed Oriole
Black-headed Oriole
Western Tragopan
Western Tragopan
Monal Pheasant
Monal Pheasant

Peacock
Peacock
Flying Crane
Flying Crane
Great Indian Bustards
Great Indian Bustard
Siberian Cranes
Siberian Crane

Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary
Painted Storks at
Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

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