Kerala Bird Monitoring Workshop June 2016

Alappuzha Bird Atlas

An Atlas of the Birds of Alappuzha

For the third year on the run, a one day workshop on Bird Monitoring in Kerala was held at Centre for Wildlife Studies, College of Forestry, Kerala Agricultural University, Thrissur on 12 June 2015 . More 100 birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts, representing various organisations in India participated in the workshop. Participants from Kerala represented Cochin Natural History Society (CNHS), Malabar Natural History Society (MNHS), World Wide Fund for Nature – Kerala (WWF),  Bird Count India, Nature Conservation Foundation (NCF), National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), KeralaBirder, Birdwatchers of Kerala, Hume’s Centre for Ecology & Wildlife Biology, Travancore Natural History Society (TNHS), Rice Research Centre, College of Forestry etc.

Thrissur Bird Atlas

An Atlas of the Birds of Thrissur

This year, delegates from fifteen other states in India joined us as observers under a larger umbrella of Bird Count India titled ‘National Conference of Bird Monitoring through Citizen Science’, of which the Kerala Bird Monitoring Workshop was a part.

The workshop marked the release function of two books – An Atlas of the Birds of Alappuzha and An Atlas of the Birds of Thrissur by Honorable Minister for Agriculture Adv. V.S. Sunil Kumar and the function was presided over by PCCF (HoFF) Dr. B.S. Corrie.

Alappuzha Bird Atlas

Alappuzha Bird Atlas Pages

Thrissur Bird Atlas Pages

Thrissur Bird Atlas Pages

Agenda

09:00-09:30 Introductions, Agenda Review, Review of 2015 Minutes
09:30-10:00 Kerala Bird Atlas: Recap and Results Overview
10:00-10:30 Alappuzha Bird Atlas: Results, Learnings & Concerns
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-11:15 Thrissur Bird Atlas: Results, Learnings & Concerns
11:15-12:00 eBird Outreach – Recruitment, Stickiness, Hand-holding & Concerns
12:00-14:15 Book Release & Lunch
14:15-15:10 Kerala Bird Atlas: Proto-atlas experience, non-forests & plan for 2016-17
15:30-15:45 CBMP & OBC: Results, Scope & Future
15:45-16:00 Break
16:00-16.25 Heronry Count: Results, Concerns & Future Plans
16:25-16:45 Pelagic Survey: Concerns & Future Plans
16.45-16:55 AWC: Results & Concerns

 

Key Decisions

  • Bird Atlas surveys for the non-forests in six districts in 2016-17.
  • Bird Atlas surveys to be completed in forests in Thrissur district in 2016-17
  • Kerala Bird Atlas Protocol approved for non-forests with minor changes.
  • Pursue birding outreach through regular training and eBird outreach through focussed social networking media.
  • Much greater involvement from KFD in forest surveys to be sought.
  • Improve penetration in other districts to onboard them on to atlas in 2017-20.
  • Continue mass events like CBMP & OBC – involve more coordinated walks than random birding events.
  • Continue heronry monitoring in all districts based on availability of key coordinators.
  • Pelagic surveys during the two migration season (fall & spring) from every district.

Presentations

Press Releases

Various media covered the book release function of Alappuzha & Thrissur Bird Atlas.

Kerala Bird Monitoring Workshop Participants

Kerala Bird Monitoring Workshop Participants

See details of the 2015 Workshop.

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May 2016 eBirders of the Month

ebirding challenge logo 800pxMay saw more birding activity than is usual in this hot time of the year. The Endemic Bird Day and associated events contributed to this, but birders have also been active during other parts of the month.

Here is a break-up of eBirding in India in May (with previous month in brackets).

Number of birders: 678 (698)
Number of lists (all types): 6,100 (6,000)
Number of lists (complete, 15min or longer): 5,100 (5,155)
Number of observations: 1.11 lakh (1.15 lakh)

The challenge for May was to upload at least 20 complete, no-X lists of 15 min duration or longer during the month. Of the 678 eBirders in May, 53 met or exceeded the target for the month. They are (as always, excluding group accounts):

Abhijith A.P.C
Afthab Faisal K
Ajay Gadikar
Akash Gulalia
Amal U S
AM AMSA
Anish Aravind
Anjana Hari
Ankit Vikrant
Aravind Amirtharaj
Ashwin Viswanathan
Balwant Negi
Bhanu Sridharan
Dayani Chakravarthy
Dhananjai Mohan
Dr Chandrashekhar Shirur
Dr George P J
Ganeshwar S V
Garima Bhatia
Hemanth Byatroy
Indira Srinivasan
Jaswinder Waraich
Jayadev Menon
Jaydev Mandal
Jose Rani Babu
Kiron Vijay
Komal Agrawal
Lakshmikant Neve
Manju Sinha
Maxim Rodrigues K
Mohit Aggarwal
Panchapakesan Jeganathan
Prashanth N S
Premchand Reghuvaran
Rajendra Gadgil
Rajesh Prasad
Raju Kasambe
Ramit Singal
Raphy Kallettumkara
Renju TR
Rohit Chakravarty
Sanjay Sondhi
Sasidharan Manekkara
Selvaganesh K
Shanmugam Kalidass
Siva T
Steffin Babu
Taukeer Alam Lodha
Vaidehi Gunjal
Vidhya Sundar
Vinay Nadig
Vishnu Narayanan
Vrinda Lath

Many congratulations to all of them!

Of all the no-X, complete, >15min lists contributed by these 53, one birdlist with uploaded rich media was chosen using a computer-generated random number. The person who uploaded that list receives a small gift. The list so chosen is linked here, and the eBirder is

Garima Bhatia

who receives a copy of Bird Sense: What it’s Like to be a Bird by Tim Birkhead. (You can read a review here, and there is a website devoted to the book too.)

Slaty-blue Flycatcher, by Garima Bhatia, from this list.

Slaty-blue Flycatcher, by Garima Bhatia, from this list.

Here is the full list of all 678 eBirders from May 2016:

Aaditya S Kumar, Aashish Joshi, Abdul Raheem Munderi, Abdulrahman Al-Sirhan, Abhay Hule, Abhijeet Avate, Abhijeet Sawant, abhijith a.p.c, Abhijith surendran, Abhiraj A R, Abhirami C, Abhiram Sankar, Abhishek Bhargava, Abhishek Das, Abhishek Gulshan, Abhishek Mahajan, abhishek ravindra, Abi Sheikh, Able Lawrence, Adithya Bhat, Advait Marathe, Afshan Husain, aftab ahmed, Afthab Faisal k, Aidan Fonseca, Ajay Gadikar, Ajay Shah, Ajinkya Supekar, AJISHMA S, Akash Gulalia, Akhilesh Bharos, Akhil Krishnan, Akila A, Akshay Bharadwaj, Akshay Chitale, Akshay Surendra, Alagu Abinaya, Albin Jacob, aleena thomas moore, Alex Jero, Amal U S, AM AMSA, Amatya Sharma, Ambika Pradhan, Amit kaushik, Amit Kulkarni, Amol Lopes, Anand Kalinadhabhatla, Anand Sundaram, anant pande, Anay Chaubal, Aneesh Sasidevan, Anil Mahajan, ANIRUDDHA GHOSH, Anish Aravind, Anjali k s, anjana hari, Ankit Vikrant, Anto Christy, Anup Bawane, Anuradha Krishnan, Anurag Chandak, Anurag Vishwakarma, Aparajita Datta, Appavu Pavendhan, Arabinda Pal, Arathi Manay, Aravind AM, Aravind Amirtharaj, Aritra Kshettry, Arka Sarkar, Arnab Pal, Arnold Goveas, Arshad A, Arshad Hussain, Arun Bhaskaran, Arundev G, arun lal, ARUN PRABHU, Arun Varghese, Arya Vinod, Asani Bhaduri, Ashish Babre, Ashish Bhatt, ASHISH CHOUDHARY, Ashish Jha, Ashish Kothari, Ashis Kumar Pradhan, Ashutosh Singh, Ashwini V, ashwin mohan, Ashwin Viswanathan, Ashwin Warudkar, Aswin Nisanth, Athira K, AVINASH BHAGAT, Avinash K Mon, Avinash Sharma, Avishkar Munje, Ayan Khanra, Ayush Ankit, Azhar Ali Ashraf, Badri Narayanan Thiagarajan, Balaji P B, Baldeep Singh, Balwant Negi, Barbara DeWitt, Baseer Baniya, Bhagyashree Rao, Bhagya Sridhara, Bhanu Sridharan, Bhaskar pandeti, Bhaskar Sati, Biang Syiem, Bijoy Venugopal, Bird Snappers, BISWAJEET PANDA, Biswajit Chakdar, Biswanath Mondal, B. Narayan Deb, Bng Liocichlas (Group Account), B.R. ANSIL, Brett Shelton, bulbul muruges, CHANDRA BHUSHAN, Chandrasekaran Venkatraman, Chayant Gonsalves, Cheran Jagadeesan, Chetan Agarwal, Chetna Sharma, Chitra Patel, Chris Bowden, Clara Correia, Clive Temple, CNS Nature, Dakshina Sudhir, David Raju, Dayani Chakravarthy, deborshee gogoi, Deepa Chandran, Deepa Mohan, Devdulal Chandra, devi s.r, Dhaivat A, Dhananjai Mohan, Dhiraj Bhaisare, dhiren malani, Dhruba Saikia, Dhruvam Desai, Dilip K G, Dilip Virkhade, Dinesh Pundir, Divin Murukesh, Divya Mudappa, Dp Srivastava, Dr Chandrashekhar Shirur, Dr George P J, Dr. Krishna kumar, D VAMSHI SHRAVAN, Elrika D’Souza, Emmanuel George, Enakshi Bhattacharya, Esha Munshi, Ezhupunna Birders, Faiyaz A Khudsar, Gaja mohanraj, Ganesh R Mandavkar, Ganeshwar S V, Gani Khatri , GARGI RAY, Garima Bhatia, Gary Leavens, Gaurang Bagda, Gautam Allamsetty, Geethanjali Raghunathan, Geetha Venkataraman, George Lobo, Gillian Wright, gireesan tu, Gireesh Pallikkara, Giri Athrey, Gitanjali Katlam, Gnanaskandan Kesavabharathi, Gokul Krishna, gokul vadivel, Gopalakrishna R, Gopal bhagavatula, GOVIND GIRIJA, Gowrishankar M , Gowthama Poludasu, G Parameswaran, great gray owler , greeshma paleeri, Guhan Sundar, Hakimuddin F Saify, HANNA THOMAS, hardik kalavadiya, Hari Krishna Adepu, Hari Krishnan S, hari kumar, HARI MAVELIKARA, HARISH K, Harsha Jayaramaiah, Harshavardhan Jamakhandi, Harshith JV, Harshul Thareja, Hashiq AH, Hemanth Byatroy, Hemanth J, Hemant Kirola, hemant kumar, Hemanya Radadia, Himadri Banerjee, himanshu tembhekar, Hrishikesh Karandikar, Humayun Taher, Ian Kerr, Indira Srinivasan, Induchoodan A Sreedharan, Jadeswamy Madaiah, Jagannath Umesan, James Williams, Janhvi Vyas, Jaswinder Waraich, Jayadev Menon, Jaya krishnan VK,IFS, Jayan Thomas, jaya peter, Jaydev Mandal, JD PATI, Jeetendra Chaware, Jeremy Bowman, Jigarkumar Dabhi, jithesh pai, JOSE RANI BABU, joshua Dsilva, joydip mukherjee, Jyothish Nelson, Kaajal Dasgupta, Kadambari Devarajan, Kalyan Ramakrishna Chowdary Vundavalli, Kalyan Varma, Kannan U L, Kanwar B Singh , Kanwarjit Singh, Karan Tambe, Karthick VS, Karthikeyan S, Karthik Teegalapalli, Karunakanth Bathula, Karunakar Rayker, karun g, Kaustubh Rau, Kavi Nanda, Kavin SG, Kavita Bhatnagar, Keerthana Jay, Kennett Offill, Khushboo ., Kiran Kashyap, Kiron Vijay, Kishore Bakshi, Kishorekumar Panaganti, KN Sivakumar, Komal Agrawal, Kranthi Kiran, Krishna Mathur, Krishna Murthy, Krishnamurthy Vijaykumar, Kshipra Suresh, Kshitija Gupta, K.Sravan Kumar, Kulbhushansingh Suryawanshi, kushal adaki, Lakhan kohli, Lakshmikant Neve, Lloyd Fernandes, lokesh tardalkar, Madhavan Nirmal, Madhavi Rangaswamy, Madhurima Das, madhushri mudke, Magesh Ram, Mahathi Narayanaswamy, Mahesh madhu, MAITREYA SUKUMAR, Malavika Sivaprasad, Mallika Rajasekaran, MAMATHA N A, Mamta Megha, Manan Singh Mahadev, Manaswini Ghosal, Mandar Bhagat, Mangesh Prabhulkar, Mangirish Dharwadkar, Manibabu Krishnan, Manidip Mandal, Manjula Ravi, Manju Sinha, Manohara Kamath, Manoj Bind, Manoj Chauhan, Manu Mengi, Maulik Varu, MAXIM RODRIGUES K, Maya Ramaswamy, M D Madhusudan, Md Shafi, Meghna Joshi, Mich Coker, Mike Prince, Milind Ganatra, MILIND SAWDEKAR, Minali Dhanvij, Miraj Hussain, Misha Bansal, Mohandas G, Mohit Aggarwal, Mohit Mehta, Mohit Sahu, Monica Kaushik, Monika Gandhi, Mou Jana, Mousumi Dutta, mridul anand, mujeeb pm, Mukundan Kizhakkemadham, Mulagala Srinivas, Murtuza Hussain Abrar, M V BHAKTHA, Naman Doshi, namassivayan lakshmanan, Nandhakumar Radhakrishnan, Nandkishor Dudhe, Narahari Kanike, Narayan Sharma, NARENDRA UPADHYAYA, Naresh Vadrevu, Naveen Kumar, naveen upadhyay, Neeharika Gogoi, Neha Waikar, Neil Broekhuizen, netra bhandari, Niketan Kasare, Nikhil Devasar, Nikita Khamparia , Nimmy Sathish, Ninad Raote, Niranjan A, Niranjana C, Nisha R V, nishith Kumar, Nitin Tomer, Nosherwan Sethna, Omkar Dharwadkar, Padmanav Kundu, Pallavi Singh, Pallavoor Vaidyanathan, Pam Rasmussen, Panchapakesan Jeganathan, PANKAJ GUPTA, Pankaj Lad, Pankaj Sharma, parth heblekar, Parthiv Shah, Parvaiz Shagoo, Pavan Ramachandra, Pavithra Kumar, Pavithra Sankaran, PC Banerjee, Phani krishna Ravi, Phil Gregory, Philip Crutchley, Piyush Singh, Polly Poulose, Poojan Gohil, pooja pawar, pooja s thakur, Poorani Ganesan, Prabhakar Sastri, Prachi Mehta, PRADEEP KUMAR V B, Pradeep Sangwan, prajakta hushangabadkar, Prakash G, Pramod Venkatesh murthy , Prasanna Gautam, Prasanna Parab, prashant bhagat, Prashanth N S, Prashant Kumar, Prashant Srivastava, Pratap Singh, Prathamesh Desai, Prathamesh Tiwari, Prathima Chennakesavula, Pratik Prabhu, Pratiksha Kothule, Praveen J, Premchand Reghuvaran, Prem Prakash Garg, Prithivi Raj S, PRITPAL PANJETA, Priyadarshini K, Pronoy Baidya, Punit Mehta, Pushkar Chaubal, Pushpa C R, Pushpa P, Raaj Bora, Raghavendra Kalal, Raghavendra Mukundarao, Raghavendra S N, Raghubir Prasad, Rahul Matmari, rahul narlanka, Rahul Poral, Rahul Wakare, Rajaneesh Ghadi, Rajarajan V, Rajaram M R, Raja Simma Pandiyan, Rajeev Basapathy, Rajeev khandelwal, Rajendra Gadgil, Rajesh Balakrishnan, Rajesh Bhalodia, Rajesh Panwar, rajesh poojary, Rajesh Prasad, rajshekhar maddipatla, Raju Kasambe, rakesh ahlawat, Rama Neelamegam, Ramanjinaiah v Siddu, Raman Kumar, Ramesh Desai, Ramesh Ganeshan, Ramesh Shenai, Ram Gopalakrishnan, Ramit Singal, Ramnarayan K, raphy kallettumkara, Ratish Nanda, RAVINDRA SATHAYE, RAVI RAGHAV, REEF RCOEM, Regin George, Regin Ross, renju tr, renuka Vijayaraghavan, Ribish Thomas, Rich Hoyer, Rima Dhillon, Rinto Abraham, Rithika Fernandes, Ritish Kannayagari, Ritobroto Chanda, Rohan Chakravarty, Rohit Chakravarty, Rohith Srinivasan, Rohit Jha, Ronit Dutta, ronny augustine, Roshnath R, Rouf Sadiq Tantray, Rubin Sagar, Rustom Basumatary, Ruta Kale, Rutuja Kukade , Sachin Main, Sachin Sarode, Sachin Shurpali, Saddam Husain Lodha, Sahana M, Sahil Rastogi, sahithya selvaraj, Sajid SA, sakthi manickam, Sameer Neve, Samrat Kalita, Sandeep Krishna Das, Sandeep Sakhare, Sandeep Sathyan, Sandhya Lenka, Sangeetha Kadur, Saniya Chaplod, Sanjay Karanth, Sanjay Malik, Sanjay Sondhi, Sanjeev Goyal, Santanu Chatterjee, santhosh kumar, Santoshkumar Bhise, santosh thakur, Saraju Dash, Saransh Fattepuria, saravanan ajith, Sarman Ratiya , sasidharan manekkara, Satchit Sivakumar, Sathya Chandra Sagar H S, sathya kumar, Sathyanarayana Srinivasan, satish siwatch, Satypal Singh, Saurabh Sawant, Savithri Singh, Saw Isaac, Seema Rajeshirke, Selvaganesh K, Selvarajan V, Senthil Kumar Balaguru, Sethu lal, Shafeeq Wilson, Shah Jahan, Shalini Singh, Shanmugam Kalidass, shantilal Varu, Sharad Apte, Sharang Satish, SHARATH G.M., Shariq Khan, Shashikantha Koudur, Shashikant S. Naik, Shashi Kumar B, sheeba nanjan, sherlin jose, shishir shendokar, Shishupala S, Shivakumar M, Shivashankar Manjunatha, Shivi Mishra, Shiv K, Shiv Kumar, shobita asthana, Shon Joseph, Shreyo Sengupta , Shrikanth nayak, Shubham Gautam, Shubham Jain, Shubha Nava, Shubhan Gabra, Shubhankar Madane, Shweta Shivakumar, Shwetha Bharathi, Sivaguru Noopuran PRS, Sivakumar AK, sivakumar Hariharan, Sivakumar SS, Sivakumar Swaminathan, Sivashankar Ramachandran, Siva T, Sneha Gupta, Snehasis Sinha, Somashekhar Kulkarni, Somoyita sur, Somraj Gupta, Sonu Arora, Sophia S, Soumya Shubhra Nag, Sourav Dinda, sourav maiti, sreebin p s, Sreekumar Chirukandoth, Sreekumar E R, sreeshma p s, Srikanth B, Srikanth Bhamidipati, Srinivas Daripineni, Sriram Reddy, S S Cheema, steffin babu, Stephen Dias, Subbu Subramanya, Subhajit Chaudhuri, Subin Sudheendran, Subramanian Sankar, Subramniam Venkatramani, Sudhir Moorti, Sudhir Reddy, Sugandha Gosavi, Suhel Quader, Sujata Phadke, Sujatha murching, Sujit Kolke, SUKESH CHADHA, Sumanta Pramanick, Sumedh Jog, Sumesh b, sundareswaran vetaikorumagan, Sundar Palanivelu, sunil kumar, Sunil Moteria, Suresh Rana, suresh sharma, Surjeet Pathania, Surya Prakash, Susy Varughese, sutirtha lahiri, Swapnil Kulkarni, Swapnil Wankhede, swathi chandramohan, Swati Sidhu, Swetashree Purohit, Syed Abdul Kadhar, syed ateeq, Syed Mustahsen, Syed Muzamil, tahseen alam, Taksh Sangwan, Tamal Kishore Acharya, Tanmay Jain, Tants Choudhary, Tanvi Gurjar, Tanya Seshadri, Tapas Misra, Tarun Menon, Taukeer Alam Lodha, Team Asola, Tejas Vagadia, Thakur Dinesh Singh, TheNatureTrust (GroupAccount), TheNatureWeb.Net Team, The Pollachi Papyrus, Thiyaga Rajan K, Thomas Falk, Thorkild Michaelsen, tony antony, Trilok Rana, Trishant Simlai, T R Shankar Raman, Udaya Kumar Balasubramanian, Udiyaman Shukla, umar khan, Umesh Vaghela, Vaidehi Gunjal, Vaishnavi Pote, Vaishnav S, Varsha G, vedang saunt, Vedant Kasambe, Veena Padmanabhan, Velsina Rodrigues, Venugopalan R, Vibooshana Palanikumar, Vidhya Sundar, Vignesh K, Vijaya Lakshmi, Vikas Madhav Nagarajan, Vikram Jit Singh, Vikram Penmetsa, Vinayak Pakhre, Vinay Bharadwaj, Vinay Nadig, vincent vinay, Vineet Srivastava, Vinoba Anand, Viral Pankaj, Vishal Dutta, Vishambhar Agarwal , Vishnu Mohanan, Vishnu Narayanan, Vishnupriya S, Vivek Noel, Vivek Puliyeri, Vivek Ramachandran, Vivek Raut, Vivek Rawat, vrinda lath, Wesley Rajaleelan, Yadu .., Yagnesh Desai, Yogesh Parashar, Yogesh Wadadekar, Yousaf olavilam, Zareef Khan Lodha

Are you doing your best to match the target for June (lists with cuckoos)? And there is also a set of yearlong challenges for 2016 to bird towards!

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June 2016 eBirding Challenge

The challenge in May was to upload 20 no-X, complete, minimum 15-minute checklists with the winner being someone (chosen at random) who’s uploaded at least one list containing rich media. ebirding-challenge-logo-800px-281x300

June welcomes the annual monsoon, often associated with the arrival of the Pied Cuckoo – a bird which migrates from Africa to India in time for the rains. So far, the data on eBird confirms the supposition of Pied Cuckoos arriving in numbers from June onwards (see map below) and the picture would become clearer once more records start coming in.

Pied Cuckoo movements from January to December

Pied Cuckoo movements from January to December (Maps sourced from eBird India)

However, this is not only the season for Pied Cuckoos – other brood-parasitic cuckoos become active at this time of the year as well. The challenge this month is to upload at least 20 no-Xcomplete checklists of at least 15 minutes duration, of which at least three lists must document a brood-parasitic cuckoo (seen or heard). What birds are included in this list of brood-parasitic cuckoos? Here they are:

  • Asian Koel
  • Pied Cuckoo
  • Chestnut-winged Cuckoo
  • Large Hawk-cuckoo
  • Common Hawk-cuckoo
  • Hodgson’s Hawk-cuckoo
  • Indian Cuckoo
  • Eurasian Cuckoo
  • Himalayan Cuckoo
  • Lesser Cuckoo
  • Banded Bay Cuckoo
  • Plaintive Cuckoo
  • Grey-bellied Cuckoo
  • Asian Emerald Cuckoo
  • Violet Cuckoo
  • Square-tailed Drongo-cuckoo
  • Fork-tailed Drongo-cuckoo

Getting three birdlists with at least one of these cuckoos (out of at least 20 birdlists) shouldn’t be so hard, given that some of these species are very common and most of them very vocal in this season. But why are all these cuckoos active now?

Common Hawk-cuckoo © Albin Jacob; from this checklist that also features the 4 other Cuckoo species.

Common Hawk-cuckoo © Albin Jacob; from this checklist that also features 4 other Cuckoo species.

As we know, cuckoos are brood parasites and the females lay their eggs in the nests of other birds. Hence, when cuckoo are active, it is safe to assume that the bird species they parasite upon are breeding! Please do help document the locations and timing of breeding of birds by adding a suitable ‘breeding code’ whenever you see any signs of breeding: from ‘Singing male’ (indicating possible breeding) to ‘Nest with young’ (indicating confirmed breeding).

More information on these breeding codes is available at this help page; and you can enter the appropriate code next to each species in your eBird list by clicking on ‘Add details’ and then use the ‘Breeding code’ drop-down menu.

Please upload all your lists by 5 July so that we can announce the results the next day.

Here are the general rules of our monthly challenges. And check out the yearlong challenges as well! You can keep track of fresh lists coming in from India at this page.

Important. if you are new to eBird, please read this description first, and do take a look at the Beginner’s Guide.

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Endemic Bird Day 2016 Results

Endemic Bird Day 2016 Locations

Endemic Bird Day 2016 Locations

Saturday 14 May was a great success as Endemic Bird Day in India, with 204 birders uploading 592 lists to eBird – more than 13,000 bird observations! A total of 449 different species were recorded, and this was 56% of the 225 endemics that occur in South Asia.

(Figures based on lists uploaded by 17 May 2016 – some lists are known to be outstanding, particularly from remote areas of the northeast, and hence are not included here.)

Ashy Prinia

Ashy Prinia on Endemic Bird Day © Hemant Kirola

The most commonly encountered endemics, as well as the 22 with just a single record, are shown below. Interestingly the top 5 are exactly the same species as during last year’s Endemic Bird Day, in the same order except for White-cheeked Barbet dropping down to 5th from 1st.

Species Observations
1  Ashy Prinia Prinia socialis 198 (33%)
2  Jungle Babbler Turdoides striata 142 (24%)
3  Indian Robin Copsychus fulicatus 138 (23%)
4  Indian Peafowl Pavo cristatus 127 (21%)
5  White-cheeked Barbet Psilopogon viridis 104 (18%)
Andaman Coucal Centropus andamanensis 1
Andaman Cuckoo-Dove Macropygia rufipennis 1
Andaman Drongo Dicrurus andamanensis 1
Andaman Green-Pigeon Treron chloropterus 1
Andaman Scops-Owl Otus balli 1
Andaman Treepie Dendrocitta bayleii 1
Andaman Woodpecker Dryocopus hodgei 1
Bristled Grassbird Chaetornis striata 1
Broad-tailed Grassbird Schoenicola platyurus 1
Forest Owlet Athene blewitti 1
Himalayan Woodpecker Dendrocopos himalayensis 1
Hume’s Hawk-Owl Ninox obscura 1
Indian Grassbird (Rufous-rumped Grassbird) Graminicola bengalensis 1
Indian Spotted-Creeper Salpornis spilonotus 1
Rufous-bellied Shortwing (Nilgiri Blue Robin) Brachypteryx major 1
Slender-billed Babbler Turdoides longirostris 1
Spot-winged Starling Saroglossa spiloptera 1
Swamp Francolin Francolinus gularis 1
Sykes’s Lark (Tawny Lark) Galerida deva 1
Western Crowned Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus occipitalis 1
White-headed Starling Sturnia erythropygia 1
White-rumped Needletail (White-rumped Spinetail) Zoonavena sylvatica 1

 

There are two regions in India, namely the Eastern Himalayas and the Western Ghats, that feature as globally recognised biodiversity hotspots, with significant endemism. It is no surprise therefore that generally observers who recorded the highest number of endemic species were birding in these areas. The most endemics recorded by a single observer was 33 by Aravind Amirtharaj, with Dayani Chakravarthy and Ajay Gadikar managing 30, and TR Shankar Raman, Pooja Pawar and Divya Mudappa recording 29. With the exception of Ajay whose impressive endemic total was from Satpura National Park, the other birders were birding in the endemic-rich Anaimalai Hills in the Western Ghats.

In Delhi 190 species were recorded from the Summer Bird Count.

Global Big Day

Endemic Bird Day coincided with the Global Big Day, a worldwide effort to document as many species as possible in a single 24-hour period. A total of 6,226 species were recorded by more than 15,000 birders from 144 countries – a new record for the most bird species reported in a single day! The 449 species recorded in India makes us the 12th largest participating country, and we are 7th based on the number of checklists (557 of more than 42,000, or 1.3% – 68% were from the USA!). With the heat of May, and the fact that many of our migrants have departed, this is very impressive when you consider the date is prime migration time in many other countries worldwide with more hospitable climates!

So congratulations to all who took part, and do try to keep eBirding during the rest of the summer and monsoon months!
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Quiz Results

There were 10 people who managed to get 9 or 10 Endemic Bird Quiz questions correct. Many congratulations to them for showing such great knowledge of Indian Birds, and persistence to get through the full quiz!

Aditya Nayak, Amitayu Dey, Ashwin Mohan, Biswajit Chakdar, Kavi Nanda, Komal Agrawal, Manjula Ravi, Maulik Varu, Savithri Singh, Vivek Puliyeri

We will be contacting you all shortly to send you a specially produced Endemic Birds T-shirt, featuring the artwork by Rohan Chakravarty. These T-shirts will be on general sale thereafter – watch this space for more details!

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Endemic Bird Day is Here!

Tomorrow (Saturday 14 May) is Endemic Bird Day. You’ve seen the list of all of our endemics, heard some interesting facts about some, including Spotted Creeper, Painted Sandgrouse and Indian Pitta, and done the quizzes, now all that is required is to go birding on 14 May and enter your lists into eBird. (We request you to upload you lists by the night of Monday 16 May so we can publish some summaries soon afterwards). Do sign-up for the Facebook event, maybe let others know of your plans by posting there, and on the day itself we welcome updates of interesting sightings and experiences from the field.

If you are in the Delhi area, you can combine your Endemic Birding with the Summer Bird Count.

Forest Owlet

Forest Owlet

Forest Owlet © Rohan Chakravarty

Many of you will know the story of the Forest Owlet, one of our most famous endemics. Known from just seven central Indian specimens, the most recent having been collected in 1884, it was unsuccessfully searched for a number of times, notably by Sálim Ali and S Dillon Ripley, and generally considered extinct. After some intriguing detective work by Nigel Collar and Pamela Rasmussen it was realised that the last collected specimen had actually been stolen from the British Museum by Richard Meinertzhagen and relabelled with a false location. Hence the various recent searches had not been focused on the most likely locations. Armed with this new information, Rasmussen joined Ben King and David Abbott on an expedition which resulted in the sensational rediscovery after 113 years in Maharashtra in November 1997.

The Forest Owlet story does not end there however. Just over 2 years ago the species was found for the first time in Tansa Wildlife Sanctuary, by Sunil Laad and Rohidas Dagale, a mere 100km from Mumbai! Shortly afterwards came another new location, this time by Jenis Patel, Shashank Patel, Saurabh Rathor, Jaymal Patel, Pratik Patel and Anirudh Vasava, in Purna Wildlife Sanctuary in Gujarat. From this story it is clear that there is still a lot to be known about our birds, and anyone actively birding could play a part. With endemics especially, it is key for their conservation that we understand as fully as possible their distribution: your eBird records are therefore vital.

Green Avadavat

Green Avadavat © Rohan Chakravarty

As a teaser for those who are excited by such prospects, here is a modern mystery. Why is it that a species described just four years ago as being “resident in C India… from Rajasthan to Bihar, and S Uttar to N Andhra; scattered records further south”
(Birds of South Asia: The Ripley Guide), has no regular records away from one known small area for at least the last 30 years? The species is of course Green Avadavat, easily seen at Mount Abu in Rajasthan but apparently nowhere else at all! We look forward to an Indian eBirder adding a new chapter to this story…

Global Big Day

Saturday 14 May is also Global Big Day, and your eBird observations will automatically count towards this, the biggest day of birding ever worldwide! India is a major contributor to this event, as you can see from the table below which lists the 66 species (of the total of 6,158) that were only recorded in India in 2015. Will it be more this year? (The Bird Count India Coordinator is currently in Nagaland doing his bit!)

Species Location Observer
1 Mountain Bamboo-Partridge
(Bambusicola fytchii)
Khonoma Shashank Dalvi
2 Snow Partridge
(Lerwa lerwa)
Sela Pass Tony Palliser
3 Koklass Pheasant
(Pucrasia macrolopha)
Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary Sahas Barve
4 Black Baza
(Aviceda leuphotes)
Webi village Saw Isaac
5 Indian Spotted Eagle
(Clanga hastata)
Taal Chhaper ,Rajasthan, India Taksh Sangwan
6 Lesser Fish-Eagle
(Ichthyophaga humilis)
Valparai–Urulikal Checkpost to Manamboli Panchapakesan Jeganathan et al.
7 Andaman Crake
(Rallina canningi)
Webi village Saw Isaac
8 Brown Crake
(Amaurornis akool)
Ramtek Rural AKESH MESHRAM
9 Black-bellied Tern
(Sterna acuticauda)
Malkhed-sawanga lake Gajanan Wagh
10 Andaman Cuckoo-Dove
(Macropygia rufipennis)
Webi village Saw Isaac
11 Nicobar Pigeon
(Caloenas nicobarica)
Webi village Saw Isaac
12 Andaman Green-Pigeon
(Treron chloropterus)
Webi village Saw Isaac
13 Andaman Masked-Owl
(Tyto deroepstorffi)
Webi village Saw Isaac
14 Hume’s Hawk-Owl
(Ninox obscura)
Webi village Saw Isaac
15 Andaman Nightjar
(Caprimulgus andamanicus)
Webi village Saw Isaac
16 Ward’s Trogon
(Harpactes wardi)
Eaglenest WLS Ben Schweinhart
17 Crested Kingfisher
(Megaceryle lugubris)
Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary Sahas Barve
18 Freckle-breasted Woodpecker
(Spot-breasted Woodpecker)
(Dendrocopos analis)
Webi village Saw Isaac
19 Crimson-breasted Woodpecker
(Dendrocopos cathpharius)
Eaglenest WLS Ben Schweinhart
20 Andaman Woodpecker
(Dryocopus hodgei)
Webi village Saw Isaac
21 Laggar Falcon
(Falco jugger)
Taal Chhaper ,Rajasthan, India Taksh Sangwan
22 Slender-billed Oriole
(Oriolus tenuirostris)
Laheriasarai Young Birders Club Darbhanga et al.
23 Andaman Treepie
(Dendrocitta bayleii)
Webi village Saw Isaac
24 Malabar Lark
(Galerida malabarica)
Katyayani Plateau Girish Jathar et al.
25 Black-breasted Tit
(Rufous-naped Tit)
(Periparus rufonuchalis)
PATNITOP J&K Parvaiz Shagoo
26 Yellow-cheeked Tit
(Machlolophus spilonotus)
Eaglenest WLS Ben Schweinhart
27 White-throated Tit
(White-throated Bushtit)
(Aegithalos niveogularis)
Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary Sahas Barve
28 Indian Nuthatch
(Sitta castanea)
SGPGI campus, Lucknow Able Lawrence et al.
29 Andaman Bulbul
(Pycnonotus fuscoflavescens)
Webi village Saw Isaac
30 Striated Bulbul
(Pycnonotus striatus)
Eaglenest WLS Ben Schweinhart
31 White-throated Bulbul
(Alophoixus flaveolus)
Thekrejuma Mandar Bhagat
32 Scaly-breasted Cupwing
(Scaly-breasted Wren-babbler)
(Pnoepyga albiventer)
Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary Sahas Barve
33 Ashy-throated Warbler
(Phylloscopus maculipennis)
Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary Sahas Barve
34 Grey-cheeked Warbler
(Seicercus poliogenys)
Eaglenest WLS Ben Schweinhart
35 Bristled Grassbird
(Chaetornis striata)
Mollarber Meghna Banerjee et al.
36 Fire-tailed Myzornis
(Myzornis pyrrhoura)
Sela Pass Tony Palliser
37 White-browed Fulvetta
(Fulvetta vinipectus)
Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary Sahas Barve
38 Black-chinned Babbler
(Cyanoderma pyrrhops)
Sattal–vicinity viral joshi et al.
39 Streak-breasted Scimitar-Babbler
(Pomatorhinus ruficollis)
Eaglenest WLS Ben Schweinhart
40 Yellow-throated Fulvetta
(Schoeniparus cinereus)
Eaglenest WLS Ben Schweinhart
41 Rufous-winged Fulvetta
(Schoeniparus castaneceps)
Eaglenest WLS Ben Schweinhart
42 Ludlow’s Fulvetta
(Brown-throated Fulvetta)
(Alcippe ludlowi)
Sela Pass Tony Palliser
43 Grey-sided Laughingthrush
(Ianthocincla caerulata)
Eaglenest WLS Ben Schweinhart
44 Blue-winged Laughingthrush
(Trochalopteron squamatum)
Eaglenest WLS Ben Schweinhart
45 Black-faced Laughingthrush
(Trochalopteron affine)
Eaglenest WLS Ben Schweinhart
46 Grey Sibia
(Heterophasia gracilis)
Khonoma Shashank Dalvi
47 Beautiful Sibia
(Heterophasia pulchella)
Eaglenest WLS Ben Schweinhart
48 Bugun Liocichla
(Liocichla bugunorum)
Eaglenest WLS Ben Schweinhart
49 Red-faced Liocichla
(Liocichla phoenicea)
Eaglenest WLS Ben Schweinhart
50 Streak-throated Barwing
(Actinodura waldeni)
Eaglenest WLS Ben Schweinhart
51 Rusty-fronted Barwing
(Actinodura egertoni)
Eaglenest WLS Ben Schweinhart
52 White-bellied Shortwing
(White-bellied Blue Robin)
(Brachypteryx albiventris)
Kolukan, Eravikulam National Park ANEES AHAMMED A
53 Spotted Forktail
(Enicurus maculatus)
PATNITOP J&K Parvaiz Shagoo
54 Blue-fronted Robin
(Cinclidium frontale)
Eaglenest WLS Ben Schweinhart
55 Himalayan Bluetail
(Orange-flanked Bush-Robin)
(Tarsiger rufilatus)
Sarahan-Kurgu Road Lakshminarasimha Ranganathan
56 Rufous-breasted Bush-Robin
(Tarsiger hyperythrus)
Sela Pass Tony Palliser
57 Black-and-rufous Flycatcher
(Black-and-orange Flycatcher)
(Ficedula nigrorufa)
Munnar–Meenthotty Arathy S Kumar et al.
58 Sapphire Flycatcher
(Ficedula sapphira)
Eaglenest WLS Ben Schweinhart
59 Scaly Thrush
(Zoothera dauma)
Yuksum Suresh Rana et al.
60 Fire-tailed Sunbird
(Aethopyga ignicauda)
Sela Pass Tony Palliser
61 Long-billed Pipit
(Anthus similis)
Horagina Betta Ankit Vikrant et al.
62 Upland Pipit
(Anthus sylvanus)
Sarahan-Kurgu Road Lakshminarasimha Ranganathan
53 Plain Mountain-Finch
(Leucosticte nemoricola)
Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary Sahas Barve
64 Crimson-browed Finch
(Pinicola subhimachala)
Sela Pass Tony Palliser
65 Dark-breasted Rosefinch
(Carpodacus nipalensis)
Sela Pass Tony Palliser
66 Red-fronted Rosefinch
(Carpodacus puniceus)
Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary Sahas Barve

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