Prelims 2020

Q. With reference to India’s biodiversity, Ceylon frogmouth, Coppersmith barbet, Gray-chinned miniyet and White-throated redstart are

a) Birds
b) Primates
c) Reptiles
d) Amphibians
Correct Answer : a) Birds

Question from UPSC Prelims 2020 GS Paper


Ceylon Frogmouth (Batrachostomus moniliger)

This bird is part of the frogmouth family, known for their wide, frog-like gape. They are nocturnal and found in the Western Ghats of India and Sri Lanka. Their camouflaged plumage makes them hard to spot during the day.

Coppersmith Barbet (Psilopogon haemacephalus)

Named for its metallic ‘tuk-tuk-tuk’ calls reminiscent of a coppersmith at work, this small, vibrant bird is found across the Indian subcontinent. It is easily recognized by its green body, red forehead, and yellow throat.

Gray-chinned Minivet (Pericrocotus solaris)

This bird is a part of the minivet family, which are small to medium-sized passerines. They are known for their striking coloration, and the Gray-chinned Minivet, in particular, is found in the northeastern parts of India and extends into Southeast Asia.

White-throated Redstart (Phoenicurus schisticeps)

This species belongs to the redstart and chat family. It is found in the Himalayan region, including parts of India. The males are notable for their distinctive white throats and red tails.

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