India hosts around 1300 species of birds, here a few of them photographed in their natural habitat

A purple heron (Ardea purpurea) flies over a pair of Sarus cranes (Grus Antigone) at Keoladeo Nationwide Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan. With a wingspan of 120 and 150 centimetres, the purple heron is usually present in marshes and feeds totally on small fish and bugs. The tallest flying hen, the Sarus crane, are often present in pairs and are identified to mate for all times with a single accomplice. Sadly, attributable to habitat loss, these birds are listed as Weak on IUCN Purple Checklist.

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