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A Bird Covered In A Colorful Riot Of Electric Blues And Orange!

The sheer beauty of birds and the wide variety of colors is one of the things that attracts many of us to the world of aviculture. The astonishing variety of colors

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The sheer beauty of birds and the wide variety of colors is one of the things that attracts many of us to the world of aviculture.

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The astonishing variety of colors and patterns that a great number of birds display can bring out their natural beauty. One bird carry’s that ‘sheer beauty’ label with ease with its stunning combination of electric blue and orange plumage.

MEET THE RUFOUS-BELLIED NILTAVA

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photo courtesy of shrikant rao, licensed under CC BY 2.0

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This bird was first described in great detail by Brian Hodgson in the year 1837, and it is also referred to as the black-and-orange niltava and the blue-and-orange niltava.

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Photo Courtesy of Picuki/@travelwithtoppo

The range of this bird extends from Pakistan all the way through India, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Thailand, and Laos before reaching the foothills of the Himalayas.

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Photo by Soumyadeep Chatterjee and used under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 license.

Rufous-bellied Niltava’s like to live in the bushy undergrowth in tropical or moist temperate forests, feeding on insects or fruit.

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Photograph Obtained Through the Kindness of Picuki/@arorayuvraj
When sunlight hits his upper blue feathers, it scatters, leaving this shade of blue, just in the same way we see the sky above.

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Photo Courtesy of Picuki/@amrito_chakraborty

The months of May through July are reserved for the breeding season, during which time a cup-shaped nest is constructed. The hen typically lays between three and four eggs, and the incubation period lasts about a fortnight. After about 14 days, the young birds are able to fly on their own.

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Photo Courtesy of Picuki/ @wildlife_foremost

This species is not currently facing any kind of danger thanks to the size of its distribution range.

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Photo Courtesy of Instagram/birds_of_india

WATCH THE RUFOUS-BELLIED NALTIVA IN ACTION RIGHT HERE BELOW:

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