The barn owl is the silent killer that all rodents fear. The barn owl has a spine-tingling repertoire of shrieks, screams and banshee-like screeches, and other owls (like the eagle-owl) have deep booming hoots and calls.
Much like humans, animals have fashioned their own tools — with far less devastating consequences.
There’s nothing sweet about the honey badger except its intention to kill. Be warned, this guy is no Gandhian and has retained the Guinness Book of World Records title as “the world’s most fearless creature” on what seems to be a permanent basis.
One day, we’ll be hauled up for the kind of names we have given to animals around us. Let us see what kind of case they may have and what arguments the defence (ourselves) may come up with to counter them.
The life and times of the enigmatic hoopoe found in Africa, Europe and central Asia, and, in India,
On our closest relatives in the natural world. Since, like it or not, we are all related in this natural world, we might as well make the best of it.
A hands-on approach to conservation from those working in forest lands that don’t get the attention they deserve.
A list of favourite birds, from the magpie-robin to the rose-ringed parakeet.
On the list of favourite animals is a badass ballerina: the rhino.
The poaching of small animals, especially pangolins, isn’t talked about as much as they should be.
Highways and aerodromes on wildlife spaces are terrible news. The proposed highway, it is said, will cut the distance between Kotdwar and Ramnagar by almost 80 km — imagine the savings in time and fuel. Also imagine some of the other things that are likely to happen.
The digital art of capturing birds.
The incredible life of Jim Corbett. Having spent a lifetime roaming the Kumaon and Garhwal forests, Corbett was an expert tracker, reading the faintest signs left behind by his quarry.
How the rain rejuvenates nature and the many lives it nurtures. Here, the summers are blazing, with everything in sight bleached white by the sun. There is dust on every surface around us.
The munificence of trees is lost on a people bent on destroying the very thing that gives them life. It’s not as if nature makes life easy for trees. A tiny undigested seed may be deposited in a dung heap by an animal that has just munched a delicious fruit.
Ahoy, humans! Animals have it complicated too.
Have you been made a cuckoo of recently? The common hawk-cuckoo impersonates a shikra found in lightly wooded countryside, gardens and groves. The pied cuckoo, aka the Jacobin cuckoo, is a maverick.
In the forest, mimicry is often a way of life. Of course, now technology has stepped in and you don’t even need to know how to howl like a wolf or roar like a tiger. You simply play back recordings and wait.
The common garden lizard gets a bad rap for little reason.
Of peacocks and peahens who come alive during the monsoon. It is during the monsoons, that the gentlemen come into their own. A dancing peacock can stop you in your tracks no matter how many times you may have seen it perform before.
Oxford Dictionaries said on its website Thursday that its research showed that this year more than ever, people have been using 'toxic' to describe a vast array of things, situations, concerns and events.