It was my first time, my first sighting. I spotted this one in the Kumaon region of Himalayas in India. What caught my eyes was not so much of its upper body, as its beautiful and long, blue-feathered tail. I had the chance to see it twice, but both times it hid behind the green foliage.
For an amateur birder, capturing this fascinating bird was a joyous experience. What I took for beard was its white-streaked throat. Thickly-wooded Western Himalayas with oak and pine trees are home of this beautiful bird.
After seeing this and many other, I realised why so many people said that higher reaches of Uttarakhand is a birders’ paradise. And at just 1700mt. I wasn’t even at too much height in the Kumaoni Mountains.
So I learnt from the locals that it mainly dines on wild insects, nuts and berries, but I saw this one nibbling on bread.
It’s also found in other countries such as Nepal and Afghanistan.