Endemic Bird Day: Answer 7 and Quiz 8

We received 27 correct entries for Quiz 7! The answers, as many of you guessed, were:

Species A: White-cheeked Barbet

Species B: Brown-headed Barbet

Brown-headed Barbet © Aaron Maizlish

Brown-headed Barbet © Aaron Maizlish

 

White-cheeked Barbet © Aparajita Dutta

White-cheeked Barbet © Aparajita Dutta

Congratulations to every one who managed the right answers!

Abhijeet Sawant, Aditya Nayak, Amitayu Dey, Ankit Vikrant, Ashwin Mohan, Avadhesh Malik, Biswajit Chakdar, Chinmay Rahane, Dr Ravi Rajagopal, Kavi Nanda, Komal Agrawal, Kulbhushansingh, Manjula Ravi, Maulik Varu, MB Krishna, Mohit Aggarwal, Nimish Subramaniam, Pankaj Gupta, Praveen, Pronoy Baidya, Savithri Singh, Shashank Birla, Shashwat Jaiswal, Swetashree Purohit, Vidhya Sundar, Vinay Bharadwaj, Vivek Puliyeri

 

We are down to the last 3 quizzes for this series and we hope you’re all gearing up for the Endemic Bird Day 2016. You can also visit the event page on Facebook. There is also the eBird Monthly Challenge to take part in!


It’s time for Quiz 8. In the India, a few species found only in the Western Ghats are also found in Sri Lanka. These subcontinental endemics are a reminder of how the two lands were linked in the past!

Below are four maps – each representing one species which is found in the Western Ghats of India and in Sri Lanka. Each map is accompanied by a clue. Can you guess which species we are referring to?

(Maps sourced from eBird)

Species A

Species A

Clue: A small bird that moves around in flocks through the understorey of forests – often difficult to see, but their harsh chattering gives them away.

Species B

Species B

Clue: Amongst India’s most powerful raptors, this lesser-known species is known to regularly hunt mammals for prey

Species D

Species C

Clue: This nocturnal and difficult to see bird is a much sought-after target for most birders visiting the Western Ghats

Species D

Clue: The high pitched whistles of this species are a common feature of the dense WG forests – these birds are usually seen sitting on tree tops in small groups.

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May 2016 eBirding Challenge

The challenge in April was to upload 15 no-X, complete and stationary 15 minute checklists from the same locebirding challenge logo 800pxation over 15 different days. This month, we are really excited about eBird’s new media search tool! To add to the growing database of photos and audio on eBird and the Macaulay Library, this month’s challenge involves uploading rich media to your checklists.

The challenge this month is to upload at least 20 no-Xcomplete checklists of at least 15 minutes duration. All those meeting this target will be listed, and from among their lists, one list containing rich media will be drawn at random to choose who receives a small gift in appreciation.

Do look through this guide to uploading media on eBird to understand the process. You can upload either images or audio, but keep in mind the following things:

a. The media uploaded must be from the time and location of the particular birdlist.

b. Embedded media doesn’t get added to the Macaulay Library’s archive so lists with media embedded from third party sites (like Flickr) do not count for this challenge.

c. The media uploaded should be of sufficient quality so that the species in question is identifiable.

Green Avadavat © Esha Munshi (her checklist)

Green Avadavat © Esha Munshi (her checklist)

If you do not have a good camera/audio recording equipment, don’t feel hindered! Even a point and shoot camera can take good record shots and you can get very good results even by taking images with your phone through a scope or binoculars. Phones are also very good devices for recording audio. So do give it a try!

Please upload all your lists by 5 June 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: Answer 6 and Quiz 7

Swamp Prinia (L) and Rufous-vented Prinia (R) © Shashank Dalvi

Swamp Prinia (L) and Rufous-vented Prinia (R) © Shashank Dalvi

17 correct answers were received for Quiz 5! The species referred to in the quiz were:

Species A: Rufous-vented Prinia (Prinia burnesii)

Species B: Swamp Prinia (Prinia cinerascens)

The two are sister species which were considered conspecific and clubbed under Prinia burnesii. They are found in low-lying grasslands of the Indus/Gangetic and Brahmaputra floodplains. They are difficult to see in their preferred habitat, and the Swamp Prinia is an extremely range-restricted species found in the threatened grassland landscapes in NE India

Congratulations to Abhijeet Sawant, Aditya Nayak, Amitayu Dey, Ankit Vikrant, Ashwin Mohan, Avadhesh Malik, Garima Bhatia, Kavi Nanda, Komal Agrawal, Kulbhushansingh, Manjula Ravi, Maulik Varu, Mohith Unny, Savithri Singh, Shashwat Jaiswal, Vidhya Sundar, Vinay Bharadwaj, Vivek Puliyeri

Endemic Bird Day 2016 is almost here. If you’re on Facebook, do check out the event page and share it with your friends and other birders!


It is now time for Quiz 7!

Even in the heat of May, the two subcontinental endemics referred to here are known to be very active active and vocal. They excavate their own nests in trees and are familiar birds of urban parks and woodlands in several parts of their range. Both species here belong to the same genus.

Can you guess which two endemic species we are talking about?

(Maps sourced from eBird)

Species A

Species A

 

Species B

Species B

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The answer to the quiz will be revealed on 03 May 2016 at 1700 hrs.

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Endemic Bird Day: Answer 5 and Quiz 6

It’s time for Quiz 6! But first, we are pleased to announce that 18 people out there managed to get the right answers for Quiz 5.

With each quiz, we run out of endemics to pick from and with each day, we get closer to the Endemic Bird Day 2016. If you’re on Facebook, do check out the event page and share it with your friends and other birders!

The correct answers for Quiz 5 are:

Species A: Indian Pitta
Species B: Rusty-tailed Flycatcher
Species C: Kashmir Flycatcher

Rusty-tailed Flycatcher © Shiva Shankar

Rusty-tailed Flycatcher © Shiva Shankar

Congratulations to the following for getting it right: Abhijeet Sawant, Aditya Nayak, Amitayu Dey, Ashwin Mohan, Biswajit Chakdar, Kavi Nanda, Komal Agrawal, Krishna Murthy, Kulbhushansingh, Manjula Ravi, Maulik Varu, Neha Prasad, Sahana M, Savithri Singh, Shashwat Jaiswal, Vidhya Sundar, Vinay Bharadwaj, Vivek Puliyeri

For Quiz 6 – we are going to ask you about two subcontinental endemics which happen to be “sisters”. These sister species were once considered conspecific but are now recognised as two separate species. They are very particular to their choice of habitat, in which their habits ensure that these birds remain poorly known

Looking at the range maps below, can you guess which species we are referring to?

Species B

Species A

 

Species A

Species B

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The answer to the quiz will be revealed on 30 April 2016 at 1700 hrs.

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Endemic Bird Day: Answer 4 and Quiz 5

It’s time for Quiz 5 and our quiz moves on as the Endemic Bird Day inches closer!

But before that, here are the answers for Quiz 4.  As many of you guessed, the genus represented is Turdoides. The species in the maps are:

Species A – Common Babbler

Species B – Striated Babbler

Striated Babbler © Abhishek Gulshan

Striated Babbler © Abhishek Gulshan

Species C – Slender-billed Babbler

Species D – Large Grey Babbler

Species E – Jungle Babbler

Species F – Yellow-billed Babbler

Species G – Rufous Babbler

31 of you got the genus right while 26 managed to get all the species as well. Congratulations!

Abhijeet Sawant, Aditya Nayak, Aljo Anand, Amitayu Dey, Ankit Vikrant, Ashwin Mohan, Biswajit Chakdar, Chinmay Rahane, Kavi Nanda, Komal Agrawal, Krishna Murthy, Kulbhushansingh, Madhushri Mudke, Manjula Ravi, Mat Gilfedder, Maulik Varu, Nimish Subramaniam, Pankaj Gupta, Ritobroto Chanda, Rohith Srinivasan, Savithri Singh, Shanmugam Kalidass, Shashwat Jaiswal, Swetashree Purohit, Syed Muzamil, Vaidehi Gunjal, Vidhya Sundar, Vinay Bharadwaj, Vivek Puliyeri

Here is Quiz 5! In this round, we are looking at subcontinental and near-endemics which migrate across the region. Based on the animated maps and graphs below, can you guess which three migrating (near-)endemics are featured here?

All maps and graphs are sourced from eBird India.

Species A - migration map

Species A – migration map

Frequency graph for Species A in Maharashtra

Frequency graph for Species A in Maharashtra

 

Species B: Migration Map

Species B: Migration Map

Frequency graph for Species B in the W Ghats

Frequency graph for Species B in the W Ghats

(Extra clue: Species B is also known to occur in nearby Tajikistan and E Uzbekistan)

Species C: Migration Map

Species C: Migration Map

Frequency graph for Species C in the Nilgiris

Frequency graph for Species C in the Nilgiris

 

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The answer to the quiz will be revealed on 27 April 2016 at 1700 hrs.

Endemic Bird Day 2016 will be held on 14 May 2016. Click here to view the FB event page.

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