The aim of this book is to help you to identify and learn more about the birds that can be found on and around the Sacred Hill of Arunachala, in Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu. All birds included in this volume have been noted within a 10 km radius of the hill, and the types of habitat where they may be found are mentioned in the text, wherever possible with local examples.
For each bird in the book there is a colour photograph of either the bird in the wild, or a painting of the bird. The hand-painted pictures are taken from the outdoor gallery of Tiruvannarnalai birdlife, which is located in the Arunagiri Forest Park. The photographs are taken in and around Tiruvannarnalai by Kumar, who is also the artist responsible for the illustrations. The photos will help you with quick visual identiﬁcation of birds in the wild, while the text will include identiﬁcation features that one can look out for. There will also be some information about feeding habits and other behaviour.
There are a number of habitat types found within the area covered by the book, and these are described in more detail. Understanding a little about these will help you to know where you may expect to ﬁnd different kinds of birds.