Ranjit Lal

Lal is an author, environmentalist and bird watcher.

Articles By Ranjit Lal

Down in Jungleland: Part II: What Lies Beneath

Of first impressions and coloured perceptions in the animal world.

Down in Jungleland: What Lies Beneath

In the animal kingdom, the first impression is rarely the last one.

Down in Jungleland: Wing Games

Besides being game birds, grey francolins are also great fighters.

Down in Jungleland: The Passing of a Species

Great Indian Bustards slide into extinction.

Down in Jungleland: Notes from the neighbourhood

To observe nature, sometimes it's enough to look out the window.

Down in Jungleland: May the Best Man Win

In a peacock’s world, every body part, from the ornamental headdress to the train, plays a role.

Down in Jungleland: Mountain Rain

Raindrops in the hills make a melody, both quiet and clinky.

Down in jungleland – come into my parlour

Bribery, honey traps, illicit affairs — all’s fair when it comes to species propagation.

Down in Jungleland: Terms of Engagement

Bribing, entrapment and other underhand tactics of plants are all geared towards procreation.

Down in Jungleland: It’s the Babies, Stupid!

Why carnivores need hideouts, but herbivores wander free.

Top Spin: Why spiders are the master spinners of the natural world

Today, your average garden spider, sitting in her fabulous orb-web, can produce six different types of silk from the spinnerets (nozzles) at her rear end — depending on what she wants to use it for.

Wing commanders, Sri Lanka

Which makes Birds of Sri Lanka of particular interest to anyone keen on the subject (and especially ornithology) in India. Islands are where the tendency for new species to develop is arguably the greatest because of their relative isolation

Down in Jungleland: Revenge of the Macaques

Some animals and birds have learned to live like us.

Down in Jungleland: Eye on Eagle

All about majesty and splendour.

Down in Jungleland: The Good Fight

Animals fight over mates, territory, feeding rights, and, even honour and ego.

Down in Jungleland – Thereby Hangs a Tail

The lithe langur is a highly adaptable animal with a complex social system.

Down in Jungleland: Fascinating Fungi

A foray into the kingdom of recyclers and decomposers.

Watch Them Soar

An essential guide for birders to the rich avian life in the eastern Himalayas.

Down in jungleland: Ways of Seeing

Eyes, in all their variations, are the true evolutionary wonders of the animal kingdom.

Down in Jungleland: Tiny Titans

Three common birds prove that when it comes to heart, skill and volume, size does not matter.