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Spectacled Finch Callacanthis burtoni   - Adult female
Spectacled Finch
Photographer : © Puja Sharma
Location :Mussoorie (~1880m), Uttarakhand, India
Date : 7 April 2012
English synonyms:Himalayan Red-browed Finch, Red-browed Finch, Red-browed Rosefinch, Red-browed Rosenfinch, Red-spectacled Finch, Spectacled Finch, Spectacled Rose-Finch
Bird Family :Carduelinae - Finches, Siskins, Serins, Redpolls, Crossbills & Grosbeaks
Bird Group :PASSERIFORMES
Red Data Status :Least Concern
Remarks :Two females were drinking water from water collected beside a well (frequented by village people, cattle, other birds and monkeys!); the one which was farther away immediately flew to a nearby tree, the one closer (this one) showed tremendous courage; in the next few seconds she had few quick sips of water, shook off the excess and flew to the same tree with the other female. Soon, both flew into a very tall Deodar. - PS
Taxonomic Notes :Species endemic to the Indian Subcontinent (India, Nepal & Pakistan).
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