Republic of India
India is probably the only country in the world that can boast of harbouring as varied and rich a birdlife as it does. Home to well over a thousand species, of which about 100 are to be found only in India, this country is a veritable paradise for any birdwatcher. The reason for this treasure-trove of species is undoubtedly the fact that India encompasses almost all the ecosystems to be found on the planet, ranging from the hot and humid evergreen forests of the north-east and south-west to the scorching deserts making up most of the western state of Rajasthan, providing habitats for variously adapted species, both residents and migrants, the latter numbering about 250 species. Two species, the Pinkheaded Duck and the Mountain Quail are now considered extinct whereas the Jerdon's Courser and the Forest Owlet were rediscovered recently after a gap of more than a century.
Even a cursory glance at the Indian countryside will reveal roughly 150 very common species, ranging from the ubiquitous House Sparrow and Indian Myna to such birds as the Red-vented Bulbul, Black Drongo and White-breasted Kingfisher. Common raptors include Black and Brahminy Kites, Honey Buzzard, Shikra and Egyptian Vulture. Waterbirds also offer quite a spectacle, especially in the winter, when the migratory waders arrive. Common resident species are White-breasted Waterhen, Indian Moorhen and Black-winged Stilt.
The main birding habitats in India can be broadly classified into forests, scrub, grassland & farmland, deserts and wetlands, each of these is home to a characteristic population of bird species, quite different from those found in other habitats. Notable exceptions are some species to be met with in any of these areas, such as the national bird, the Indian Peafowl, the Blue Rock Pigeon and the Hoopoe. See these habitat types in the Top Sites section below.
The best time to visit India from an ornithological standpoint is no doubt the months between October and April as, in addition to the variety of resident species, migratory waterfowl, raptors, starlings & other passerines and a host of other species are also to be seen all around the Indian countryside.
India not only has the hot Thar desert in the west but also the cold and wind-swept deserts in the northernmost state of Kashmir. The hot deserts do not house a very rich avifauna, the only endemic bird being the Stolicza's Bush Chat. The cold deserts support such species as the Tibetan Lark and several types of accentors.
India's forests are of several types and as such, forests are an important habitat, especially in terms of conservation as most of this country's threatened species and over two-thirds of its endemic birds live in forests.
Forests - Coastal Mangrove
These are typified by those of the Sunderbans in the east, and are a shelter for such species as the Mangrove Whistler and several species of Pittas.
Forests - Dense Evergreen
Dense Evergreen Forests are one of the most rewarding spots for field ornithology in India, although these forests don't yield their rewards readily to the impatient birdwatcher, unless one comes upon a blossoming or fruiting tree. The evergreen forests in India occupy what are known as the Western Ghats in south-west India as well as the north-eastern corner of the country, in the states of Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura. The birdlife of these regions shows a marked tropical character, with frogmouths, laughing-thrushes and the breathtaking Fairy Bluebird being some of the species to be seen. A host of endemic and rare birds also thrive in this habitat; the Great Pied and Wreathed Hornbills and two species of Cochoas are four of the more uncommon species.
Forests - Tropical Deciduous
These account for most of the forest cover of India's plains and the plateau of the Deccan and offer a delightful array of avifauna for the enthusiastic birder, ranging from several species of pigeons, parakeets and babblers to exotic and flamboyant species like the Paradise Flycatcher and Racket-tailed Drongo. Other common woodland birds are the ioras, leafbirds and several woodpecker species. Many raptors are also to be met with in these jungles and birds like the Collared Scops Owl are commonly sighted.
This habitat also supports several endemic species and is represented by the terai, a belt of grassland at the foot of the Himalayas (which is extremely rich in wildlife) as well as several pockets of grassland, primarily in central and peninsular India. The Great Indian Bustard and the Bengal Florican are both distinctive species of this habitat and are both facing certain extinction unless drastic measures are taken to safegaurd their existance.
The mountain ranges of the Himalayas lining the north of the country support Coniferous & Sub-Alpine Forests, home to a variety of characteristic Himalayan species like the colourful Tragopans and Bamboo partridge, tits etc. Other birds typically found here are the finches, grosbeaks and parrotbills.
Open and Cultivated Land
Openland & Cultivation is the easiest place to go to, to see birds, especially for raptors, as many species of resident and migratory eagles,hawks, falcons and harriers are commonly met with in these hunting grounds. The Short-toed Snake Eagle and the Tawny Eagle are commonly seen residents, as are migratory birds like Old World Kestrels, Red-headed Merlin, Booted Eagle and Montagu's Harrier. Cultivation and openland are also host to a variety of larks, pipits and in wetter areas, wagtails.
Scrub jungle is found all over the area, interspersed often with heavier jungle and most of the birds found here are also met often in crops and cultivation and in forest habitats. Species that are common in thia region are several types of wren-warblers and cuckoos, the Crow-Pheasant and the Indian Robin.
India has abundant wetlands in almost all of its areas, barring some parts of the west and they are a major wintering ground for many species of waterfowl, which seasonally augment the resident populations. Ducks and Geese spread far inland and birds like the Shoveler, Garganey and Wigeon are very common. The Keoladeo Ghana National Park is one of the best sites in the world for observing large poulations of migratory waterfowl. Migratory waders also arrive in large numbers and the shanks, sandpipers and stints are not hard to find. Three species of cranes (including the endangered Siberian Crane) visit the India wetlands in the winter months, as do several types of stork, herons, egrets and plovers. The two species of jacana - the Bronze-winged and Pheasant-tailed are common residents.
Number of Species
Number of bird species: 1300
(As at January 2019)
National Bird: Indian Peafowl Pavo cristatus
Number of endemics: 68 (27 Non-Passerines)
Red spurfowl Galloperdix spadicea, Painted spurfowl Galloperdix lunulata, Rock bush quail Perdicula argoondah, Painted bush quail Perdicula erythrorhyncha, Manipur bush quail Perdicula manipurensis, Himalayan quail Ophrysia superciliosa, Grey junglefowl Gallus sonneratii, Andaman teal Anas albogularis Pink-headed duck Netta caryophyllacea Great Nicobar serpent eagle Spilornis klossi Andaman serpent eagle Spilornis elgini Nicobar sparrowhawk Accipiter butleri Andaman crake Rallina canningi Jerdon's courser Rhinoptilus bitorquatus Nilgiri wood pigeon Columba elphinstonii Andaman wood pigeon Columba palumboides Andaman cuckoo-dove Macropygia rufipennis Blue-winged parakeet Psittacula columboides Nicobar parakeet Psittacula caniceps Andaman masked owl Tyto deroepstorffi Andaman scops owl Otus balli Nicobar scops owl Otus alius Forest owlet Athene blewitti Andaman hawk-owl Ninox affinis Andaman nightjar Caprimulgus andamanicus Malabar grey hornbill Ocyceros griseus Narcondam hornbill Rhyticeros narcondami White-cheeked barbet Psilopogon viridis Malabar barbet Psilopogon malabaricus Andaman woodpecker Dryocopus hodgei
Number of endemics: 68 (41 Passerines)
Malabar woodshrike Tephrodornis sylvicola Andaman cuckooshrike Coracina dobsoni Orange minivet Pericrocotus flammeus White-bellied treepie Dendrocitta leucogastra Andaman treepie Dendrocitta bayleyii White-naped tit Machlolophus nuchalis Malabar lark Galerida malabarica Sykes's lark Galerida deva Grey-headed bulbul Brachypodius priocephalus Andaman bulbul Brachypodius fuscoflavescens Yellow-throated bulbul Pycnonotus xantholaemus Nicobar bulbul Hypsipetes nicobariensis West Himalayan bush warbler Locustella kashmirensis Broad-tailed grassbird Schoenicola platyura Wynaad laughingthrush Ianthocincla delesserti Nilgiri laughingthrush Montecincla cachinnans Banasura laughingthrush Montecincla jerdoni Palani laughingthrush Montecincla fairbanki Ashambu laughingthrush Montecincla meridionalis Bugun liocichla Liocichla bugunorum Rufous babbler Turdoides subrufa Mishmi wren-babbler Spelaeornis badeigularis Naga wren-babbler Spelaeornis chocolatinus Tawny-breasted wren-babbler Spelaeornis longicaudatus Indian spotted creeper Salpornis spilonota White-headed starling Sturnia erythropygia Nilgiri sholakili Sholicola major White-bellied sholakili Sholicola albiventris Ashambu blue robin Sholicola ashambuensis Malabar whistling thrush Myophonus horsfieldii Nicobar jungle flycatcher Rhinomyias nicobaricus Black-and-orange flycatcher Ficedula nigrorufa Nilgiri flycatcher Eumyias albicaudatus White-bellied blue flycatcher Cyornis pallidipes Crimson-backed sunbird Leptocoma minima Vigors's sunbird Aethopyga vigorsii Green avadavat Amandava formosa Nilgiri pipit Anthus nilghiriensis
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A Field Guide to Birds of the Indian Subcontinent
By Krys Kazmierczak & Ber van Perlo | Christopher Helm | 2008 | Paperback | 352 pages, 96 colour plates, b/w illustrations, distribution maps |
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A Naturalist's Guide to the Birds of India
(Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka) | By Bikram Grewal & Garima Bhatia | John Beaufoy Books | 2014 | Paperback | 176 pages, 250 colour photos, b/w illustrations, 1 colour map |
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A Photographic Field Guide to the Birds of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh
By Bikram Grewal, Sumit Sen, Sarwandeep Singh, Nikhil Devasar & Garima Bhatia | Princeton University Press | 2017 | Paperback | 792 pages, 4000+ colour photos, 1300+ colour distribution maps |
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Birds of Northern India
by Richard Grimmett & Tim Inskipp | Christopher Helm | 2003 | Paperback | 304 pages, 120 plates with colour illustrations |
ISBN: 9780713651676Buy this book from NHBS.com
Birds of Southern India
by Richard Grimmett & Tim Inskipp | Christopher Helm | 2005 | Paperback | 240 pages, 87 colour plates, illustrations, 1 map |
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Birds of the Indian Subcontinent
By Richard Grimmett, Carol Inskipp & Tim Inskipp | Christopher Helm | Softcover | 2012 | Edition: 2 | 528 Pages | 226 Colour Plates | Colour Distribution Maps | Black & White Illustrations
ISBN: 9781408127636Buy this book from NHBS.com
Collins Field Guide to the Birds of India
by Norman Arlott | Harper Collins | 2015 | Paperback | 400 pages, plates with colour illustrations, colour distribution maps
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Important Bird Areas in India
(Priority Sites for Conservation) | Edited by M Zafar-il Islam & Asad R Rahmani | Oxford University Press | 2005 | Hardback | 1133 pages, Tabs, photos |
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Indian Bird Migration Atlas
By S Balachandran, Tuhina Katti & Ranjit Manakadan | Oxford University Press | 2018 | Hardback | 216 pages, colour photos, b/w illustrations, colour distribution maps, tables |
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2009 [12 December] - Keith Barnes
Our Northern India tour is one of our most popular Asian trips – not only does it provide some of the highest bird lists for an Asian destination (we found around 383 species this year alone on a shorter 2-week trip), but also adds a number of impressive mammals to the equation. Not least among these is the World’s best cat – Bengal Tiger…
2010 [12 December] - Chris Hall
…This is just an appetiser for a mouth-watering feast of exotic birds which appear almost too quickly to digest. The ingredients for this spicy blend include Purple Sunbird, Indian Roller, Yellow-footed Green Pigeon, Ashy Prinia, Hoopoe, White-eared and Red-vented Bulbuls, Indian Peafowl, Brahminy Starling, Greater Coucal, Rufous Treepie, Long-tailed Shrike, Black Drongo and Large-billed Crow with a ravenous beak, plus a generous portion of squawking Rose-ringed Parakeets, and its still only 9am!…
2013 [02 February] - Charles Harper - Northwest India
…over 80 species, including White-rumped Vulture (at the nest), Stork-billed Kingfisher and Brown Fish Owl. During lunch, I even found another Wallcreeper on the river bank at the foot of the Tiger Camp property. Most birders elect to go into Jim Corbett National Park but then become frustrated when too much time is spent looking for tigers or riding an elephant…
2013 [02 Feburary] - Greg Roberts - India & Sri Lanka
…We spent the morning again birding the acacia scrub of the Phot Mahadeo area, connecting with Grey-necked Bunting and flushing a Rock Eagle-Owl from its day-time roost in a rocky gorge, but failing to see Rock Bush-Quail. We returned to the Banni Grasslands and Chhari-Dhand in the afternoon, notching up all three races of Variable Wheatear…
2013 [03 March] - Judith Hoyle
2013 [03 March] - Martin Birch
…Our popular India tours once again proved to be a great success with 408 species seen overall, with 239 on India 1 and 319 on India 2. But it is not all about numbers as we saw many sought-after species as the list above shows, and also these tours are full of variety with a superb boat ride on the Chambal River, jeep safaris at Ranthambhor and Corbett, an Elephant ride and a visit to the incomparable Taj Mahal as well…
2013 [04 April] - Mohamad Mahdi
I was about to abandon my trip to India altogether when I came across Eldhose’s birdingsouthindia website. At first it looked too good to be true (both in terms of what birders can expect to see in South India and in terms of the cost of his set trip). Nevertheless, I decided to check it out and am I glad I did !. I contacted Eldhose and he organized everything by email swiftly and seamlessly and finally I was on my way to India…
2013 [11 November] - Dave Farrow - Southern India
This years’ tour to Southern India and Sri Lanka was once again a very successful and enjoyable affair, with almost all endemics found, and an incredible 36 individual Owls of 13 species seen. We began in the Andaman Islands where we recorded all 21 endemics, with Andaman Scops and Walden’s Scops Owls, Andaman and Hume’s Hawk Owls leading the way, good looks at Andaman Crake, Andaman Woodpigeon and Andaman Cuckoo Dove, plus all others with the pre-fix ‘Andaman’ (although the Barn Owl was a heard only.)…
2013 [12 December] - Simon Harrap - Northern India
…Amongst the waterbirds Black- necked Stork and Sarus Crane were obvious stars, whilst a concentration of over 1,000 Bar-headed Geese was outstanding. The subcontinent’s great rivers gave us Black-bellied and River Terns, Indian Skimmer, Ibisbill and Great Stone Plover, and other waders included the sought-after Indian Courser and White-tailed Lapwings. Raptors were thin on the ground, but we did see Pallas’s Fish Eagle and Indian Spotted, Greater Spotted and Eastern Imperial Eagles, and the eight species of owl..
2014 [01 January] - Frank Lambert - West India
…After lunch we tracked down an obliging pair of Stoliczka’s Bushchats and spend more than 30 minutes appreciating these increasingly rare birds. As we did so, we found another four bustards, although these were almost certainly some of the same birds we had seen earlier. Several vultures then put in an appearance, gradually coming nearer and nearer until their identification was easily confirmed. Two huge Monk Vultures were joined by a couple of Red-headed Vultures and Eurasian Griffons, confirming that this part of India it is still possible to encounter several species of these rare birds…
2014 [01 January] - James Eaton - West India
…An afternoon walk along the river and reedbed was similar to the morning; pleasant general birding and great views of some particularly confiding Moustached Warblers, Baya and Black-breasted Weavers, Red Avadavats, Black-rumped Flamebacks, raucous Jungle Babblers and a Hoopoe posing in a trackside tree….
2014 [03 March] - Kari Haataja - NE India
…Our bird guide, Sikkim based Lakpa Tenzing Sherpa, was waiting us with two drivers and cars. Soon we were on our way towards mandatory destination: Guwahati rubbish dump. The place is holding high number of endangered Greater Adjutants…
2014 [04 April] - Hannu Jannes - Northeast frontier
…Some of the more memorable bird highlights of the tour included White-bellied Heron, Greater Adjutant, Jerdon’s Baza, Changeable, Mountain and Rufous-bellied Hawk-Eagles, the critically endangered Slender-billed and White-backed Vultures, Pied Harrier, Pallas’s and Grey-headed Fish Eagles, Oriental Hobby, a heard only Sclater's Monal, Swamp Francolin, White-cheeked Partridge at its roost, Grey Peacock- Pheasant, Watercock, great views of a male Hodgson’s Frogmouth, memorable encounters with Dark- rumped Swifts, five species of hornbill including some really obliging Rufous-necked Hornbills, a lovely male Ward’s Trogon…
2014 [12 December] - Western Ghats Endemics
...As usual our tour began from Bangalore with a short drive to Kokkare Bellure, where Spot-billed Pelicans nest right in the village. The nearby rice paddies held a good variety of herons and the striking Red-naped Ibis, while isolated trees and roadside wires provided perches for White-throated Kingfishers, Blue-tailed Bee-eaters, and Black Drongos. A late-afternoon visit to Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary (near Mysore) gave us our first views of Greater Coucal, Coppersmith Barbet, a lovely Tickell's Blue-Flycatcher, and the "special" here -- a pair of Great Thick-knees...
2015 [12 December] - Kent Jonsson - Bengaluru – Kochi
...The first days in India Kent had to go birding on his own as Håkan had to do some "real" work prior to the real tour. Hebbal Lake and Bannerghatta National Park were visited with the result that several of the more commen southern birds were seen including a Yellowbrowed Warbler....
2016 [01 January] - Andre Weiss Pryde - Northern India
2016 [01 January] - Frank Lambert - Western India
This was yet another successful Birdquest tour to the dry north western part of India involving an epic journey through the states of Punjab, Rajasthan and Gujarat with a short visit to the state of Maharashtra in Central India at the end.
2016 [01 January] - Niels Poul Dreyer - Southwest India
2016 [02 February] - Dick Meijer - NE India
EagleNest, Kaziranga, Nameri, Sela pass, Sangti valley and Mandala road
2016 [02 February] - Rich Lindie - Northern India
...There, we were thrilled to spend time with several common but delightful species, including three species of parakeet, Red-whiskered and Red-vented Bulbuls, scores of Black Kites, Jungle Babblers, Indian Peafowl and a Brown-headed Barbet, many of which were also new birds for all of the group members...
2016 [02 February] - Stig Jensen - Central India
2016 [03 March] - Dick Filby - North India
2016 [04 April] - Wendy Newnham - North East India
...the trip was very successful with most of us seeing (or hearing) just under 400 species. At Firmbase Camp in the Namdapha NP we had a flyover of a pair of globally threatened White-bellied Herons. We had excellent views of several pairs of Mountain Bamboo Partridge a glimpse of Common Hill Partridge & we heard Rufous throated, White-cheeked, Chestnut-breasted Partridges as well as Grey Peacock Pheasant. Two of us saw Blyth's Tragopan...
2016 [11 November] - Ralf Jahraus
This report is based on a 5 weeks trip to North-East India on which I was joined by my girlfriend Thai Kong. Sites visited were Tiger Hill and Sandakphu (we did the trek) in Darjeeling, Kaziranga, Nameri and Manas in Assam and finally the Sunderbans. Most of the tour was organized by Help Tourism, Kolkata.
2016 [11 November] - Wayne Jones - South India
...In the afternoon, we visited the Bodi Ghats at the far end of Munnar. We had scintillating sightings of the shy Nilgiri Wood Pigeon, with Chestnut-headed Bee-eater, Ashy Woodswallow and Square-tailed Bulbul, among others, as support acts.....
2016 [12 December] - Aseem Kothiala - Western Ghats
...We spent our early morning trying to photograph the Brown-Hawk Owl and the entire afternoon session looking for the Sri Lanka Bay Owl but in vain. On the last day we spent some time birding with Sudha Ma'am, who was also a very keen birder and showed us the Vernal Hanging Parrot, Malabar Woodshrike, Malabar Grey Hornbill and Sunbirds. At a distant we could hear the calls of Jungle owlet and Treepie's....
2016 [12 December] - Dave Farrow - Northern India
...We found plenty of Slaty-headed and Plum-headed Parakeet, Black-headed Jay, a Rufous-tailed Lark, Indian Bush Lark, the holy trinity of Nepal, Pygmy and Scaly-bellied Wren-Babblers, plus Brook’s Leaf Warbler, Black-faced and Booted Warbler, Black-chinned Babbler, six species of Laughingthrush including Rufous-chinned, Chestnut-bellied and White-tailed Nuthatch, Wallcreeper, Chestnut and Black-throated Thrushes, White-tailed Rubythroat, Golden Bush Robin, dapper Spotted Forktails, Blue-capped Redstart, Variable Wheatear, Fire-tailed Sunbird, Black-breasted Weaver, Altai Accentor, Brown Bullfinch, Blyth’s Rosefinch (a write-in), Crested, White-capped and Red-headed Bunting....
2016 [12 December] - Dibyendu Ash - North Bengal & East Sikkim
...Rufous-bellied Eagle, Mountain Hawk Eagle and Crested Serpent Eagles are worth mentioning. Otherwise for three Brown Bullfinches we had spent nearly an hour to see them and photograph them properly. We got all three Yuhinas on that day too - Rufous-vented Yuhina, Striated Yuhina and Whiskered Yuhina (the most common one in Himalayas and South Assam Hills)....
2016 [12 December] - Wayne Jones
...Between the hotel garden and our little walk down the road, we found Grey Francolin, Indian Peafowl, the ubiquitous Black Kite, Red-wattled Lapwing, Eurasian Collared Dove, six lovely Yellow-footed Green Pigeons, Asian Koel, Green Bee-eater, Eurasian Hoopoe, Brown-headed and Coppersmith Barbets, Rose-ringed and Plumheaded Parakeets, Black Drongo, Red-vented Bulbul, Greenish Warbler, Ashy Prinia, Common Tailorbird, Jungle Babbler, Indian Robin, Oriental Magpie-Robin, a female Black Redstart and Purple Sunbird....
2017 [01 January] - James Eaton - Punjab, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra
A region long neglected has now become a popular destination due to the large number of very rare and, in many cases declining, subcontinent endemics reliant on the natural grasslands of Central and West India. We managed a clean-sweep of all of the specialities of the region, with pride of place going to the regal Great Indian Bustard after just an hour of searching. Among the 344 species recorded, the list of megas was impressive; Rufous-vented Grass-babbler, Jerdon’s Babbler, Mountain Chiffchaff, Yellow-eyed Dove, Green Avadavat, Macqueen’s Bustard, Hypocolius, Sociable Lapwing, Sykes’s Nightjar, White-naped Tit, Crab Plover, Stoliczka’s Bushchat, Mottled Wood Owl, Vigors’s Sunbird and to finish off, the critically endangered Forest Owlet. Add in some impressive mammals and some of the finest food in Asia, and this was a wonderful visit to one of India’s most exciting areas....
2017 [01 January] - Oliver Simms - Western India
...As we had seen most the key species, we set off on the three hour drive to Agra just before midday. This drive was amazingly productive as we saw 2 Wooly-necked Stork, Long-legged Buzzard, many Egyptian Vulture, Yellow-footed Green Pigeon and an excellent total of 9 Sarus Crane....
2017 [01 January] - Oscar Campbell - Northwest India
...Stork colony sensational, with hundreds of young Painted Storks about to fledge, or having just done so, plus a few Woolly-necked and Asian Openbill. Black-necked Stork proved tricky but was eventually seen by taking a boat trip into the flooded meadows (boats start from the second checkpoint)....
2017 [02 February] - Max Breckenridge
...A mixed flock of gulls and terns feeding over the water included Whiskered Terns with Black-headed, Brown-headed and Pallas's Gull. Just before entering the reedbeds we locked on to a Blyth's Reed Warbler along with an obliging Greenish Warbler and Bluethroat...
2017 [02 February] - Mike Nelson
...Great and Indian Cormorant were common and out in the grasses loads of Red-wattled Lapwing were visible. Our main target here, Jerdon’s Babbler skulking in the grasses was very responsive but reluctant to show, but eventually we found a pair that were more obliging and showed very well before we headed back. Another bonus here was a little Jack Snipe that flushed from the fields as we were walking around....
2017 [02 February] - Terry Stevenson - Northern India
...at the world-famous wetland of Bharatpur. Water levels have been low in recent years, but this time was just fantastic, with flocks of hundreds of Graylag and Bar-headed geese, Gadwall, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, the Eurasian form of Green-winged Teal, and lesser numbers of Indian Spot-billed Ducks, Ferruginous Ducks, and Red-crested Pochards. We also saw hundreds of Painted Storks, along with Asian Openbill, Indian Cormorant, Dalmatian Pelican, Black Bittern, Black-headed Ibis, and Eurasian Spoonbill. Displaying Sarus Cranes were a real treat, and Greater Spotted Eagles were often in the bare trees around the water, while on the floating vegetation we watched both Bronze-winged and Pheasant-tailed jacanas. Our local guide helped us find Dusky Eagle-Owl at a nest, and Oriental Scops-Owl at a day roost. On a day trip to the Bund Baretha and Bayana area we added the critically endangered Indian Vulture, plus Brown-headed Barbet, our first Wallcreeper, Sulphur-bellied Warbler, Orange-headed Thrush, and Red Avadavat. We also saw several hundred Indian Flying-Foxes, and troops of Rhesus Monkeys and Common Langurs that were to become a daily feature of the tour.....
2017 [03 March] - Peregrine Rowse - Western Ghats
...had a nice Drongo Cuckoo. We walked in a degraded secondary forest patch near a tourist resort appropriately called Sparrow Valley quickly finding Grey fronted Green Pigeons and a couple of lovely Orange headed Thrush. Jijo had a staked out Brown wood Owl nest with a well grown chick; we had great views of both the chick in its nest hole and an adult bird. We found the striking Large billed leaf Warbler, gorgeous Blue throated blue Flycatcher and a Paradise Flycatcher....
2017 [12 December] - Pete Aley
This report outlines a three week trip which I undertook with my wife, Alison Rowntree, in northern India. Although we were keen to maximise birding opportunities, the overriding priority was to see Tigers, so a significant amount of time was spent in two Tiger parks. We flew into Delhi and from here, after a day trip to Sultanpur, travelled to the Chambal River for a boat safari, then to Agra to see the famous Taj Mahal, followed by the world renowned bird reserve at Bharatpur. Next we visited the Tiger parks of Ranthambhore and Bandhavgarh before returning to Delhi.
2018 [02 February] - Måns Grundsen
A classic birding destination. For me it was my second visit, therefore I only had a few realistic targets on this trip, for Ola it was his first trip here. Increasingly popular and crowded out means many traditional sites especially around Nainital have become less productive. We chose not to visit Cheena Peak or Snow View at Nainital. And reportedly, habitat destruction (deforestation) at Mongoli Valley has made that site less birdy. Much is happening. Pangot village is about to get overexploited with lodges. In retrospect we should have planned the route a bit differently staying two nights at Sattal first then move on to Pangot for three nights before transferring to Ramnagar. We chose not to visit Dhikala inside Corbett National Park since White-throated Bush Chat had been absent there the previous winters. And birding from a jeep seemed less appealing.
2018 [03 March] - Jason Boyce - Northern India
The tour connected with a great number of bird families (77 to be exact), including a wonderful variety of species such as Brown Fish Owl (seen on the cover of the report), Bar-headed Goose, Jungle Bush Quail, an assortment of woodpeckers including White-naped Woodpecker, Himalayan Woodpecker, Greater Flameback, and the diminutive Speckled Piculet, Indian, Himalayan, and Bearded Vultures, Bonelli’s Eagle, the amazing Black Eagle, and Greater Spotted and Indian Spotted Eagles, as well as Indian Courser, Small Pratincole, Maroon Oriole, Cheer and Koklass Pheasants, and Chestnut-headed and Greybellied Tesias, as well as Slaty-backed and Spotted Forktails. There are too many excellent birds to men
2018 [03 March] - Yusuf Rizvi
This report covers the India – Tiger Direct! tour which ran from 11th to 19th March 2018, and includes the Tadoba pre-tour extension which started on 7th March and the Satpura post-tour extension which finished on 23rd March. Not all the clients participated on the two tour extensions
2018 [11 November] - Dhanya Venkatesh - Tiger Marathon
As we passed through the small towns and villages, we saw the houses being decorated with small earthen lamps which were lit up to celebrate the festival of Deepavali. We also saw colourful fireworks in the sky as we passed some of the larger towns.
2018 [11 November] - Kaustubh Mulay - Unknown India
The group arrived at Nagpur on time and were transferred to The Radisson Blu for an overnight stay. After all the check-in formalities and some time to rest, we met again for a welcome dinner. Everyone enjoyed the dinner and then called it a night after the briefing for the next day’s plan.
Places to Stay
Chambal Safari Lodge - Uttar Pradesh
The Chambal Safari Lodge ‘Mela Kothi’ is an oasis of calm and tranquillity, nestling in the midst of a 35 acre plantation of large shady trees. The birds of course are quite noisy, especially the Parakeets and the Babblers (called ‘gossip mongers’ in the local dialect, after their habit of gathering in large groups and all babbling at the same time!). The resident Brown hawk owl and Flying foxes (fruit bats) don’t seem to mind though, and slumber on regardless…
Jungle Lore Birding Lodge
The lodge has 2 well-furnished and tastefully designed cottages with double beds and attached baths which provide all modern amenities. The design provides good ventilation and the roofs give good insulation in cold weather. The sit-out of each cottage has valley view. The bird feeders are kept outside each cottage to attract local birds. We do not host more than 6-8 birders at a time.
Lazy Days - (Goa)
In the pages on this web site there is a range of privately owned villas, cottages and apartments for short-term holiday rental in the tiny West Coast Indian State of Goa. You will find a small number of select properties that have been personally hand-picked ranging from delightful 1 bedroom apartments to large 4 bedroom villas on private estates.
Indian Bird Fair
The Indian Bird Fair (IBF) is held every year in the city of Jaipur (Rajasthan). It is the only event of its kind in India. Conducted on the shores of Man Sagar Lake (Jal Mahal), in the city of Jaipur, during winter when the migratory species are present, the Fair presents an opportunity for education and awareness activities that benefit the bird resource in India…
Anto Christy - On the Indian Bird Trails
There are 1200 bird species in India this website will attempt to record a sighting and photograph every one…
Arijit Sarker - Mostly Indian Birds
I created this blog to share with the world my hobby of bird watching and wildlife. You will see mostly Indian birds captured during my travels across India. Occasionally you might come across some wildlife and nature photography to keep it interesting :) Hope you enjoy it.
Deepak Balasubramanian - BirdingDoc
A Doctor by education, Nature lover by birth, Gardening in my free time, Music lover, Birder, Trekker..
S S Cheema - Birder's Blog
Retired from Army after 22 years of service. Now pursuing my loves - photography, wildlife (birding in particular) and travelling. I am on twitching quest...
An Avian Information System - Indian BioDiversity Information System - Welcome to AVIS (Avian Information System of India), an internet-based and peer-reviewed resource devoted to Indian Birds. India is one of the 17 "mega diverse" countries of the world. The endeavour behind this portal is to disseminate comprehensive info…
Birding India 2000
November 5th was a Sunday and was our day off. Our hosts kindly arranged for a trip to the Taj Mahal near Agra going via Bharatpur. It took us five hours to get to Bharatpur where we had two hours, then we drove to Agra and the Taj…
Birds of India | Bird World
Pictures, description, distribution, habitat, behaviour, feeding and breeding habits, migration and conservation status of birds
Birds of Kolkata
This web site is aimed at introducing the birds of Kolkata in their natural environment, the city of Kolkata. The key to this web site will be a photographic guide to the birds of the city. All pictures appearing on this site will be shot in the 250 square kilometers of the city depicted in the accompanying map, the actual Kolkata as the residents know it.
Books on Ornithology published in India
Please find below a selection of books on Ornithology published in India. Many of these titles are further linked to provide the complete table of contents of the books along with excerpts from the jacket/preface. If you do not find a title you are looking for in the list below, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we shall do our best to procure it. We can supply you any title published in India.
delhibird - The Northern India Bird Network
The Northern India Bird Network.
In this website, I have attempted to bring to you birds found in India, in the wild, in their natural habitat, as God made them. Enjoy yourselves & thanks for dropping in! - Vijay Cavale
Indian Birds Club
The site of Indian Birds fans from Russia...
India has a network of about 80 National Parks and 441 Sanctuaries, covering four per cent of its land area. Most of them have excellent facilities for visitors. India has a network of about 80 National Parks and 441 Sanctuaries, covering four per cent of its land area. Most of them have excellent facilities for visitors.
Journal of Indian Bird Records
The Journal of Indian Bird Records and Conservation is the pioneering gratis internet-based ornithological publication of the Harini Nature Conservation Foundation. The Journal welcomes original articles, scientific papers, field checklists, sighting records, habitat notes and conservation recommendations about bird species known from the Indian Subcontinent.
Walk The Wilderness
Wildlife in India in pictures…
Photographers & Artists
Gallery - India Birds
In this website, I have attempted to bring to you birds found in India, in the wild, in their natural habitat, as God made them. Enjoy yourselves & thanks for dropping in! - Vijay Cavale
Photographer - Aseem Kumar Kothiala
An entrepreneur with a passion for photography, engineer by education, lover of nature and its creation. I am fortunate to be able to spend a good amount of time on personal projects, traveling and birding.Have no basic training in photography, its just clicks, so I will just share a few I like.