Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Long Billed Vulture Photo

Photo: Neeraj Vegad Jabalpur

A critically endangered bird this vulture now inhabits few ecosystems that support its breeding biology. The bird makes nest on steep cliff out of the reach of humans. 

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Magpie Robin

Magpie Robin by Neeraj Vegad

Common in most part of India this bird is an amazing songster. It is heard throughout the day during the breeding season in summers.  


Long Billed Pipit Photos

The photos have been taken by Jagat Flora based in Jabalpur, MP, India

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Birding on Narmada Banks

We visited the Gaur River Railway Bridge on Sunday 25/12/2011 in search of Green Munia. I had seen the species about few years back and wanted a cap on its status in Jabalpur. We were not fortunate enough to see the Green Avadavat but could come across some interesting avian. The banks once dense forest now comprise of srubs, grass and few bushes with lot of scrub and deserted fields. 

Long Billed Pipit (Anthus similis decaptus). We had earlier seen Anthus similis jerdoni   in Jabalpur

Paddyfield pipit
Rufous Tailed Lark
Singing Bush Lark
Ashy Crowned Sparrow Lark
Common Rosefinch
Jungle Bush Quail
Common Iora
Plain Prinia
Ashy Primia
Common Tailorbird
Black Redstart
Tickell's Leaf Warbler
Hume's Warbler
Greenish Wabler
Indian Robin
Magpie Robin
Lesser Whitethroat
Red Rumped Swallow
Streak Throated Swallow


I wish to share information on Green Munia which is said to be loosing ground in India very fast.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Birding at Marble Rocks

The magical mystical falls Dhuandhar on River Narmada are the beginning of the gorge that Capt Forsyth so vividly described - Marble Rocks. Much remains of the magnificent splendor the he described excpet the surroundings have become devoid of greenery in recent times. 

A concrete pathway and driveway with an overhead rope way has opened new vista of tourism. The river were once surrounded with dense forests on the cliffs - all gone now.  Wherever man steps in destruction is bound to occur.

Anyway while my guests were busy visiting the falls I was busy bird watching on the cliff bang opposite. I could see some house martins flying all around the Egyptian Vultures most of them were juvenile. It was quite late but I did manage to see a blue rock thrush female. These birds visit the rocky surroundings near the hills of Bargi which are nearby. Another good sightings was rufous tailed larks sitting pensively on of the rocks.  White wagtail and large pied wagtails were in plentyful. 

I could not sight the Brown Fish Owl which frequent the boating area and surroundings. But they are certainly visible during the evening time whence they come out of the fissures amidst the marble rocks in the over hanging cliffs.       

Near by there is an old bridge that leads to Marble Rock underneath you can discover a colony of streak throated swallows. This is where you can see Brahminy Ducks and an occasional rare visitor the avocet.

Red wattled lapwing, house sparrows, are ubiquitous in Jabalpur. Humes warbler, brown rock chat and a purple sunbirds male in eclipse was what I could see before we moved on.  

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Spanish Nature Birding Tour to India - Peter Jones

Peter & Gajinder Singh
Peter strikes rapport with astounding ease and his birding skills are as astounding. He is the tour leader for Spanish Nature Birding Company. And most widely traveled on ornithological quest. 

I had the pleasure of  birding along with him as tour leader from DMC side (Indiafootprints). We had an exhaustive bird watching tour from November 15th to 4th  December. tour Highlights -  Okhla Bird Sanctuary, Bharatpur, Nainital - Sat Tal, Chambal River Sanctuary, Kanha National Park and Pench Tiger Reserve. 

As TL/birding guide, accompanying Peter was a learning experience. His professional skills go beyond spotting and identifying the avian species, being more analytical he could enlighten us a lot on morphology and flight patterns of raptors and birds with uniform characteristics like warblers, pipits and larks.

He loves his beer and jokes around a lot. The best evenings on tour I spent with him by the fireside....beer, bites and his ever accompanying wit.  He is generous and helps the locals wherever he goes. Part of this blog entry and photographs have been published on my blog from his blog which is a professional work and highly informative. With his permission!     

He is an excellent bird photographer with professional skills, his work can also be seen on Facebook.
Desert Warbler - Peter Jones/Spanish Nature
The most exciting moment was discovery of Desert Warbler at Dhikala Complex in Corbett Tiger Reserve. Our accompanying local guide Gajendra Singh spotted it in the complex towards Dhikala Chaud. Peter sighted European Roller at Kanha a rarity in these parts.
Bonelli's Eagle - Peter Jones/Spanish Nature.

Throughout the tour our checklist raced along with supersonic speed and we could sight most of the targeted species. We managed to spot Ibisbill, Greater Painted Snipe, Jack Snipe, Indian Skimmer, Great Hornbill, Eurasian Wryneck, Southern Grey Shrike, Clamorous Reed Warbler,  Altai Accentor, Mountain Hawk Eagle and many many more. 
Painted Snipe- Peter Jones/Spanish Nature.
Red Headed Bunting - Peter Jones/Spanish Nature.
The tour was in two parts and the last leg was in Central India - Kanha National Park and Pench Tiger Reserve. We managed to trek a big male tiger and the rest of the time of tour was spent on extensive bird watching. The reserves are best for forest birds and become more exciting in winters whence migrant arrive. 

Visit Spanish Nature Birding Blog for the checklist compiled by Peter Jones.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Western Crowned Warbler in Jabalpur

Red Jungle Fowl
Plain Prinia

Ashy Crowned Sparrow Lark
Bird Checklist Jabalpur 

Sunday 23/10/2011 Barha R.F Jabalpur MP India

I had seen this bird earlier about seven years back but could not confirm the features due to bad light. Today's birding yielded much better sighting and a new bird added to my list.

Western Crowned Warbler
Tickell's Leaf Warbler
Hume's Warbler
Greenish Warbler
Brown Cheeked Fulvetta
Black Naped Monarch
Paradise Flycatcher
Red Throated Flycatcher (Female)
Tickell's Blue Flycatcher
Black Headed Oriole
Golden Oriole Juvenile

Black Drongo
Racket Tailed Drongo 
Pond Heron
Black Redstart
Common Sandpiper
Red Wattled Lapwing
Grey Wagtail
Streat Throated Swallow

Large Cuckoo Shrike
Large Babbler
Jungle Babbler
Common Tailor Bird (Calls)
Gray Breasted Prinia (Calls)

Plain Prinia (Calls)
White Eye

Common Iora (Calls)
Rufous Treepie
Common Myna
Little Grebe
Little Cormorant
Cattle Egret
Indian Robin (Calls)
Rose Ringed Parakeet
Plum Headed Parakeet (Calls)
Common Grey Hornbill (Calls)
Grey Francolin 
Red Vented Bulbul
Pariah Kite
Black Shouldered Kite
Spotted Dove (Calls)
Black Rumped Flameback

Red Jungle Fowl (Calls)
Purple Heron (Flight)
Wooly Necked Stork 

Black Ibis


As the winter sets in more migrants are to arrive this will make birding more interesting. This November I will be leading a group to Kanha and Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve in MP. This is a combined tiger safari/birding and wildlife photography tour of 10 days. I am very Happy!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Best Birding spots in Kanha National Park

It can be a bit difficult birding at Kanha Tiger Reserve without prior information on best spots. Albeit the birds are spread all over the park some places are more fruitful for targeted birds. In winters dense canopy makes bird watching an arduous task. Nevertheless it is ideal time for forest birding due to arrival of migrants.  Birds can be seen anywhere I am just highlighting my favorite spots below. 

Some of the areas I prefer are the mixed forest zones within the park confines those at Indri Road. One can come across many species here. Scaly Munia, Red Avadavat, White Throated Kingfisher,  Red Rumped Swallows, Indian Silver Bill, Green Sandpiper, Temminck's Stint, Wooly Necked Stork, Common Snipe, Painted Snipe, Black Stork and other water birds can be seen at the pond near the beat guard's hut. Further ahead one can come across Indian Scimitar Babbler, Sirkeer Malkoha,  Brown Cheek Fulvetta, Long Tailed Minivet, Tickell's Flowerpecker, Purple Sunbird, Little Minivet, Grey Headed Canary Flycatcher,  White Eye, Crimson Breasted Barbet, Asian Koel, Barred Jungle Owlet, White Backed Vulture, Long Billed Vulture and many warblers. 

The canopy differs much at Bamni Dadar Road it is more mixed forest with high altitude species and mreo fruiting trees. This area is inhabited by Indian Scimitar Babbler, Honey Buzzard, White Eyed Buzzard, Shama (bamboo) Bronze Winged Dove, Yellow Footed Green Pigeon, Quails, Painted Francolin, Shikra, Common Kestrel, Common Kestrel and more. 

Grassland species best seen at Parsa Tola include Common Stone Chat, Pied Bush Chat, Pipits, other birds seen are Ashy Prinia, Plain Prinia, Long Tailed, Little and Scarlet Minivet, Tickell's  Blue Flycatcher, Brown Capped Pigmy Woodpecker, Grey Bush Chat and more.

White Rumped Shama, Tickell's Blue Flycatcher, and Tawny Babbler has definite affinity for Bamboo Clumps and perhaps. Puff Throated Babbler, Tickell's and Orange Headed Thrush prefer sandy stony areas with moisture.     

Link No 7 and 8 are also good birding grounds one should visit. The White Rumped Vulture and Palas's Fish Eagle can be seen near the bridge over the pond on approach to Kanha Rest House from grasslands.  One can see Red and Yellow Wattled Lapwings, Red Rumped Swallows, Pipits and Larks at the grasslands of Kisli near the Rest house.

The reservoir at Nakti Ghati near the Kopedabri Camp is excellent birding spot where on can see birds such as White Backed Munia, Crested Hawk Eagle, Honey Buzzard, Verditor Flycatcher, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Peacock, Koel, Tickells Blue Flycatcher, White Throated Kingfisher, Pied Kingfisher, Common Blue Kingfisher, Black Naped Flycatcher, Lesser Whistling Teal, Cormorant, Red Wattled Lapwing, Purple Heron, Grey Heron  etc can be seen often.          

Malabar Pied Hornbill are less seen at Kanha as compared to Bandhavgarh National Park in Umaria District in MP. Grey Hornbill like many places in Madhya Pradesh are a common sight. 

The water bodies at Kanha, Sarvan Taal, Sondhar and Bishanpura harbor many wetland birds of which most common are Egrets, sandpipers, Northern Pintail, Common Teal, Lesser Whistling Teal,  Nakta, Wooly Necked Stork, Open Billed Stork, etc. Kanha is a poor representative of wetland species. 

On the outskirts I have had good birding at Lake near Boda Chhapri and Kahtia Mukki Road and some other nearby places. It is a must to go bird  watching on the outskirts as you are allowed a leisurely trek with ample of time to seek out the magnificent species that inhabit this wonderland.  

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Birds Seen at Barha Range Jabalpur

It was lazy birding but we could not sight new migrants on this Sunday. We saw some black winged stints and streak throated swallows which breed under the Gaur Bridge on the way. the other birds we saw where:

Black lored tit
Tickell's Blue Flycatcher (Calls)
Chestnut  Headed Myna or Chestnut Tailed Starling
Common Myna
Hoopoe
Red Jungle Fowl
Black Hooded Oriole (Calls)
Juvenile Golden Oriole
Black Drongo
Honey Buzzard
Short Toed Snake Eagle
Pariah Kite
Rose Ringed Parakeet
Plum Headed Parakeet
Barred Jungle Owlet (Calls)
Common Iora
Common Wood Shrike (Calls)
Brown Cheeked Fulvetta
Little Grebe
Tailor Bird
Grey Breasted Prinia
Plain Prinia
Ashy Prinia
Bronze Winged Dove
Greenish Warbler
Little Cormorant 
Jungle Babbler
Large Grey Babbler

The vegetation is still very dense and visibility is not very deep hence less avian species is noted. The arrival of migrants is yet to peak.  We are keen to meet with our feathered friends from  abroad.






 

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Old Acquaintances Return - Winter Migrants

The rains have stopped, well nearly and we have been to our first birding trip post monsoon. As usual we visited Barha as part of study to find out which migrants arrive first in Jabalpur. One of the few arrivals we met with were black redstart, barn swallows on the way to the Barha Forest Range.

At Barha we sighted the Greenish Warbler which along with the Hume's Warbler is most abundant in Jabalpur Region. Oriental turtle dove seems to have swift movement forth and back.  We also saw Grey Wagtail alight on the banks of a small puddle in between the forests. Green sandpiper also returns early we should see it soon. Some bird seem to spen less time in winter quarters and more time in India. The monsoon break is big by all mean and lasts from June to Septmber mid and I get somewhat disoriented with birding.

Nevertheless the monsoon has come to an end and birdwatching has started. Hurray! Other resident birds we saw today were honey buzzard, Indian roller, spotted dove, laughing dove, rose ringed parakeet, black hooded oriole, streak throated swallow, puff throated babbler, common iora, tickle's blue flycatcher, gray vented bulbul, white eye, pied starling, common myna, red wattled lapwing, red breasted,  ashy and plain prinia.

Our favorite birding spot is around forests at the bank of Narrai Nala, This is a small perennial stream which emerges from nearby mountains. This where the martyred Maharani Gurgawati was killed by her enemies. Some years back the place was inhabited by lot of chinkaras, barking deer, wild boar and spotted deer they have all been hunted down though barking deer can still be seen but rarely. The gang of poachers still enter the forests in quest of wild boar and red jungle fowl. Logging continues day to day and the density is going down with no hope for future. An occasional tiger or leopard migrates from near by forests but returns due to paucity of prey base.     

We will keep an eye on for more arrivals and make a note here. Earlier at my house three nesting took place on the same vine. First to nest was purple sun bird followed by spotted munia and Indian silver bill on the latter's nest. 

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Purple Sunbird by Jayesh Shah
Purple Sunbird in Breeding Plumage. The pectoral bands are clearly visible in the picture.The species breeds between January to June with Feb and May being the peak periods.

Sarus Crane - Breeding

Sarus Crane By Jayesh Shah - Ahmedabad
The species though not persecuted much in many parts of India is exhibiting declining numbers due to habitat loss. The Sarus Crane symbol of eternal fidelity breeds in between marshy grasslands and local inundations on bunds that are natural creation by assimilation of sand and other material. The breeding period is during the monsoon.

This photograph is taken by Mr. Jayesh Shah from Ahmadabad who is an avid bird photographer and birder. He has compiled lot of material on birds especially those from Gujarat.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Smokey Warbler in Jabalpur

It was a chance sighting that my friend Mr. Flora could sight the bird in his garden. The bird was limping and not her usual self.With warblers confusion always prevails. He mistook it for a sulfur bellied warbler and began to film it. 

When we saw the bird in the video there were some differences that made us to dig deep. Eventually we could confirm its identification as smokey warbler a winter migrants seen up North. the white below the eye circle helped us confirm the new findings. The bird was located for the first time in Jabalpur and we were happy with the discovery.

Warblers most popularly seen  in Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh in Central India are winter migrants. Our regular study is going to offer a better idea of their location. These plain colored marvels along with pipts are very difficult to identify whence sighting is very slight.     

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Bird Watching at Kanha National Park

I recently visited Kanha on three day tour with my English clients. They were birders of repute and main focus was on birds. The timing was good since it was still cold and the migrants were  very much present.

We started from Jabalpur on 20/2/2011 for Kanha. On the way we made a brief  stop at Gaur River Bridge. We could sight:

Green Sand Piper
Wood Sand Piper
Common Kingfisher
Common Red Shank
Black Winged Stilt
Temminck Stint
Streak Throated Swallows
Egrets
Black Ibis


We moved on straight for Kanha Tiger Reserve since we did not wish to miss the evening birding and safari there. We arrived in time for lunch and left for the park after consuming it. It did not seem to be the right day as clouds set in and it began to drizzle in the park. But anyway we saw many birds and tiger of course. We spent three days in Kanha Bird Watching in the park as well as outside. Lot of time was spent chasing the tiger as well.

We saw:
Common Myna
Gold mantled chloropsis
Spangled Drongo
White Bellied Drongo
Black Drongo
Racket Tailed Drongo
Pied Starling
Rosy Starling
White Rumped Shama
Yellow Fronted Woodpecker
White Naped Woodpecker
Black Rumped Flameback
White Browed Flycatcher
Verditor Flycatcher
Black Naped Monarch
Black Hooded Oriole
Golden Oriole
Common Iora
Asian Paradise Flycatcher
Blyth's Reed Warbler
Hume's Warbler
Greenish Warbler
Common Chiff Chaff
Ultramarine Flycatcher
White Eye
Brown Headed Barbet
Crimson Breasted Barbet
Painted Snipe
Common Snipe
Red  Avadavat
Zitting Cisticola
Red Rumped Swallows
Wire Tailed Swallows
Crested Tree Swift
Plain Martin
Grey Francolin
Painted Francolin
Tickell's Flycatcher
Red Breasted Flycatcher
Magpie Robin
Brown Cheeked Fulvetta
Red Spurfowl
Red Jungle Fowl
Oriental Honey Buzzard
Crested Serpent Eagle
Crested Hawk Eagle
White Rumped Vulture
King Vulture
Shikra
Common Kestrel
White Eyed Buzzard (Calls)
Spotted Dove
Laughing Dove
Barred Jungle Owlet
Spotted Owlet
Indian Scops Owl
Yellow Fronted Green Pigeon
Indian Scimitar Babbler
Jungle Babbler
Purple Sunbird
Long Tailed Minivet
Small Minivet
Rufous Treepie
Large Cuckoo Shrike
Common Hawk Cuckoo
Shirkeer Malkoha
Lesser Whistling Teals
Northern Pintail
Wooly Necked Stork
Chestnut Shouldered Petronia
Rose Ringed Parakeet
Plum Headed Parakeet
Alexandrine Parakeet
Pied Kingfisher
White Throated Kingfisher
Common Stonechat
Pied Stonechat
Brown Rock Chat
White Ibis
Plain prinia
Jungle Prinia
Ashy Prinia
Common Tailor Bird
Yellow Eyed Babbler
Little Cormorant
Indian Cormorant
Brahminy Starling
Yellow Wattled Lapwing
Red Wattled Lapwing
Eurasian Thicknee
Rufous Tailed Lark
Tree Pipit
Chestnut Bellied Nuthatch
Common Grey Hornbill
Barn Swallows
Chestnut Tailed Starling
Brown Shrike
Long Tailed Shrike
Indian Robin
Oriental Turtle Dove
Little Ring Dove

Asian Koel


The trip was successful, courtesy IndiaFootprints. Contrary to the belief that Sal Forests are not good for birding. Pure Sal Belts and Bamboo offer little birding.But mixed forests, scrubs, wetlands, grasslands in Kanha provide amazing bird species to watch. It is very important that one should be familiar with the habitats before organizing a birding expedition. I was desperate to see White Browed Bulbul, Blackbird, Orange breasted green pigeon, Twany babbler,  Red headed and black headed bunting  which I have seen in Jabalpur. I missed identifying Ashy Minivet due to bad light. Our guest wished to see the Blue breasted button quail, but i knew these are rare bird often seen near village fields. I have sen it once near my residence at village outskirts.   

Bird expeditions are never complete since the avian species always maintain their own timings and places.  We could not see much of Munias as white bellied and the lot. I have realized you should feel happy in what you come across after all they are free wings.  

The best time for birding in Kanha is of course winters the migrant stay till Feb/March some as long as  April. The  summer birding is as interesting since thin canopy allows some grand sightings of birds like Indian Pitta and Orange Headed Ground Thrush etc. On earlier trip we had come across Pallas fish eagle and grey bush chat. The latter female posed some problems for me in the North he..he.  

Besides tiger reserves Jabalpur has lot to offer for bird watching expeditions in Madhya Pradesh. Nauradehi Wildlife Sanctuary, Pachamarhi, Amarkantak are some of the places which are top rated for birding in Central India. These destination are yet unexplored. 

Besides birds we saw Tiger, Indian Bison or Gaur, Spotted Deer, Swamp Deer, Jungle Cat, Wild Boar, Sambar Deer, Jackal and Barking Deer. Hanuman Langur, Spotted Deer are common wild animals in Kanha. We also came across Rehsus Macaque on the way. 

Monday, February 14, 2011

Birds of Amarkantak

On a short birding trip we came across some interesting birds.

Chestnut bellied nutchatch
Black drongo
Black throated thrush
Plum Headed Parakeet
Booted Warbler

Brown headed pygmy woodpecker
White naped wood pecker
Black rumped flameback
Sulphur bellied warbler
Tickel leaf warbler
Small minivet
Rufous treepie
Greater Whitethroat
Tree pipit
Black lored tit
Great Tit
Tailor bird
Large billed crow
Chestnut winged Petronia


We had camped at Helipad hill but for a short time  hence a small checklist. Amarkantak is a holy place for Hindus as River Narmada originates here along with Son River. The hill resort has an average elevation of 1048 meters. It is situated in Madhya Pradesh  about 250 Km from Jabalpur and 100? km from Bilaspur in Chhattisgarh State of India. The place is a meeting point of Vindhya and Satpura Hills at fulcrum called Maikal Hills.

Very little is known of bird species found in Amarkantak but more exploration will yield exciting findings. 

Monday, February 7, 2011

Jabalpur - Birding - 5-2-2011

Our birding trip began in the afternoon and we left for Dumna Nature Reserve near the airport. We visited the periphery of the reserve and then moved on to Gandheri Village and surroundings. We had often seen the India coursers here in large number and hoped to see them again.

The bird we saw:


Common Kestral 
Temmink's stint
Jungle Myna
Ruddy Shelduck
Lesser whisting teal
Twany Pipit
Indian BushLark
Oriental Skylark
Rufous Tailed Lark
Ashy Crowned Finch Lark
Red Rumped Swallow
Wire Tailed Swallow
House Swift
Common Redshank
Blank winged stilt
Long Tailed Shrike
Pied Bushchat
Pied Starling
Common Chiff Chaff
Brown Shrike
Black Drongo
Green Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper
Plum Headed Parakeet ( Mating)
Black Kite

And some more commonly seen birds...




Sunday, January 30, 2011

Checklist of Birds of Jabalpur Region


Checklist Birds of Jabalpur, MP
Author…...Uday Patel…… 
Jabalpur-Location 23.15N° N 79.97E° E, Madhya Pradesh, Altitude 393 meters, Area 10,160 km² Population (2001) 2000000 Density (approx.)197/km², Time zone IST (UTC +5:30). Temp: 2 deg C
- 42 deg. C. Annual Rainfall = approx. 60-70 inches.

Topography & Biodiversity
Profile: Jabalpur, virtually situated in the center of India is surrounded by the offshoots of Vindhyan Range to the north – (Banhrer ; Kaimore Hills)-and Satpura Range in the south – (Bargi Hills:  Seoni Hills.). The major tiger reserves are within a radius of 200 km from Jabalpur-Bandhavgarh, Kanha & Pench.

Jabalpur supports substantial forest cover on surrounding hills along with small grasslands, open woods & scrub. Wetlands large & small are spread over all. Narmada River and smaller river systems are the lifeline of this ecosystem. The forests are Tropical Moist Dry Deciduous type (Mixed) and at places contain small belts of Sarai (Shorea robusta) Teak (Tectona grandis) & Bamboo (Dendrocalamus strictus). The diverse habitat supports rich variety of flora and fauna, and avi-fauna-as described here.                         ____________________________Checklist______________________________
Families=53
                                Genra: =166 ………
1
Family: Phasianidae

S.No.
Common Name
Scientific Name
Status
Location
Notes
1
Painted Francolin
Francolinus pictus
 R, UnC
Kundam Range

2
Grey francolin
Francolinus pondicerianus
R, C
Wide spread
Breeding
3
Rain Quail
Coturnix coromandelica
R, C
Grasslands
Calls heard in rains & up to January
4
Blue Breasted Quail
Coturnix chinensis
Status?
Jamtara
Village
One Pair recorded
5
Jungle Bush Quail
Pendicula asiatica
R, C
Common

6
Barred Button Quail
Turnix Suscitator
R, C
Farms near SFRI

7
Red Spur fowl
Gallopurdix spadicea
R, UnC
Pariyat. R.F
Habitat Threatened
8
Painted Spur fowl
Galloperdix lanulata
R, UnC
Pariyat R.F
Habitat Threatened
9
Red Jungle Fowl
Gallus gallus
R, UnC
Barha R.F
Habitat Threatened
10
Indian Peafowl
Pavo cristatus
R, C
Dumna Hills

2
Famliy: Anatidae
11
Greylag Goose
Anser anser
WV
Dumna Nature Reserve
Flock of up to 500+
Departs mid-March
12
Lesser Whistling Teal
Dendrocygna Javanica
WV
Khandari Tank
Small flocks seen. Departs April 1st Week
13
Ruddy Shelduck
Tadorna ferruginea
WV, C
Khandari Tank
Flocks seen in major water bodies
14
Comb Duck
Sarkidiornis melanotos
R, UnC
Sangram Sagar
Frequents large water bodies
15 
Cotton Pygmy Goose
Nettapus coromandelianus
R, C
Widespread
Breeding
16
Gadwall
Anas  strepera
WV
Sangram Sagar


17
Eurasian Wigeon
Anas penelope
WV, F
Khandari Tank
Departs mid-April
18
Spot Billed Duck
Anas poecilorhyncha
R, F
Gokulpur Tank
Flock of 400+
19
Common Teal
Anas crecca
WV, F
Pariyat Tank

20
Garganey Teal
Anas querquedula
WV, F
Jalpari
Tank

21
Northern Pintail
Anas acuta
WV, F
Khandari Tank

22
Northern Shoveler
Anas clypeata
WV
Khandari Tank

23
Red Crested Pochard
Rhodonessa rufina
WV
Many water bodies

24
Common Pochard
Aythya ferina
WV
Khandari Tank

25
Ferruginous Pochard
Aythya nyroca
WV
Bharda Tank
Only one flock seen 2008
26
Tufted Duck
Aythya fuligula
WV
Khamaria Tank

27

















3
Family: Picidae
28
Eurasian Wryneck
Jynx torqulla
R, UnC
SFRI
Seen rarely
29

Brown-Capped Pygmy Woodpecker
Dendrocopos nanus
R, UnC
Barha R.F

30
Yellow Crowned Woodpecker
Dendrocopos
Mahrattensis
R, F
Widespread
Breeding. More common than 29
31
Black rumped Flameback
Dinopium benghalense
R, F
Wide spread in woods

32
White-Naped Woodpecker
Chrysocolaptes
R
Dumna Hills/Barha R.F
Less common than 31

4
Megalaimidae

33
Brown-Headed Barbet
Megalaima
Zeylanica
R
Widespread in Woods
Less common than 34
34
Coppersmith Barbet
Megalaima haemacephala
R,C
Widespread
Breeding

5
Bucerotidae

35
Indian Grey Hornbill
Ocyceros birostris
R,C
Widespread


6
Upupidae

36
Common Hoopoe
Upupa epops
R,C
Widespread


7
Coraciidae

37
Indian Roller
Coracias benghalensis
R, C
Widespread


8
Alcedinidae

38
Common Kingfisher
Alcedo atthis
R,C
Widespread
Breeding
9
Halycyonidae
39
Stork-Billed Kingfisher
Halcyon capensis
R, F
Widespread

40
White-Throated Kingfisher
Halcyon smyrnensis
R, C
Widespread

Uday Patel
10
Cerylidae

41
Pied Kingfisher
Ceryle rudis
R, C
Widespread


11
Meropidae

42
Blue-Bearded Bee-eater
Nyctyornis athertoni
R?
SFRI
Rec. April/May- 05 & 06
43
Green-Beater
Merops orientalis
R, A
Widespread
Breeding
44
Blue-Tailed Beater
Merops philippinus
WV, F
SFRI & Barha R.F.
Rec. in April 
Breeding

12
Cuculidae

45
Pied Cuckoo
Clamator jacobinus
Monsoon
Visitor
Common
Breeding
46
Common Hawk Cuckoo
Hierococcyx
Varius
R, C
Widespread

47
Indian Cuckoo
Cuculus micropterus
R? UnC
Gaur
Rec. May
48
Eurasian Cuckoo
Cuculus canorus
R? UnC
SFRI
Rec. May
49
Grey-Bellied Cuckoo
Cacomantis passerinus
Summer Visitor? UnC
SFRI
Rec. May
50
Asian Koel
Eudynamys scolopacea
R, A
Widespread
Brood parasite-Common Crow.

13
Centropodidae

51
Greater Coucal
Centropus sinensis
R, C
Widespread


14
Psittacidae

52
Rose-Ringed Parakeet
Psitticula krameri
R, A
Widespread
Breeding
53
Plum-Headed Parakeet
Psitticula cyanocephala
R,C
Widespread


15
Apopididae
54
House Swift

Apus affinis

R,C
Widespread


16
Tytonidae

55
Barn Owl

Tyto alba

R,C
Widespread


17
Strigidae

56
Eurasian Eagle Owl
Bubo bubo bengalensis
R, UnC
Shahpura Road

57
Brown Fish Owl
Ketupa Zeylonensis
R, C
Marble Rocks/Barha R.F.

58
Mottled Wood Owl
Stryx ocellata
R, UnC
Kundam Range

59
Jungle Owlet
Glaucidium radiatum
R, F
Barha R.F.
Prefers Woods
60
Spotted Owlet
Athene brama
R,C
Widespread
Breeding

18
Caprimulgidae

61
Grey Nightjar
Caprimulgus indicus
R, C?
Kundam R.F.

62
Indian Nightjar
Caprimulgus asiaticus
R, C
Barha R.F

63
Savanna Nightjar
Caprimulgus affinis
R, C
Pat Baba Hills
 Breeding

19
Columbidae
64
Rock Pigeon

Columba livia

R, C
Widespread

65
Oriental Turtle Dove
Streptopelia
Orientalis erythrocephala
R, UnC
Barha R.F
One Pair Rec. April/06
66
Laughing Dove
Streptopelia senegalensis
R, C
Widespread
Breeding
67
Spotted Dove
Streptopelia chinensis
R, C
Widespread
Breeding
68
Red Collared Dove
Streptopelia tranquebarica
R, C
Widespread
Near Water
69
Eurasian Collared Dove
Streptopelia decaocto
R, C
Widespread

70
Emerald Dove
Chalcophaps indica
R, UnC
Barha R.F.
Woods
71
Yellow-Footed Green Pigeon
Treron phoenicoptera
R, C
Barha R.F

20
Gruidae
72
Sarus Crane

Grus antigone

R, C
Widespread
Habitat under stress

21
Rallidae

73
Slaty-Breasted Crake
Gallirallus striatus
R, Status?
SFRI

74
Brown Crake
Amaurornis akool
R, Status?
Lamheti Village

75
White-Breasted Waterhen
Amaurornis phoenicurus
R, C
Widespread

76
Purple Swamphen
Porphyrio porphyrio
R, C
Widespread

77
Common Moorhen
Gallinula chloropus
R, C
Widespread

78
Common Coot
Fulica Utra
WV, C
Widespread


22
Pteroclidae

79
Chestnut-Bellied Sandgrouse
Pterocles exustus
R


80
Painted Sandgrouse
Pterocles indicus
R


23
Scolopacidae
81
Common Snipe
Gallinago gallinago
WV
Widespread
Seen singly
82
Spotted Redshank
Tringa erythropus
WV, UnC
SFRI, Bargi Dam

83
Common Redshank
Tringa tetanus
WV, UnC
Gadehri Tank

84
Marsh Sandpiper
Tringa stagnatilis
WV, UnC
SFRI

85
Green Sandpiper
Tringa ochropus
WV, C
Widespread

86
Wood Sandpiper
Tringa glareola
WV, C
Khandari Tank

87
Common Sandpiper
Actitis hypoleucos
WV, C
Widespread

88
Little Stint
Calidris minuta
WV, F
Mohrari Tank

89
Temminck’s Stint
Calidris temminckii
WV, C
SFRI


24
Rostratulidae

90
Greater Painted Snipe
Rostratula benghalensis
R, C
Barha R.F. / Jalpari tank
Seen Singly

25
Burhinidae
91
Eurasian Thick-Knee
Burhinus oedicnemus
R
Baghrajee Forests
Scarce
92
Great Thick-Knee
Esacus recurvirostris
R
Bargi Dam


26
Glareolidae

93
Indian Courser
Cursorius coromandelicus
R
Dumna Hills
Several birds seen in open lands.

27
Charadriidae
94
Black-Winged Stint
Himantopus himantopus
WV, A
Widespread
Arrives in large numbers-departs early May
95
Pied Avocet
Ricurvirostra avosetta
WV, UnC
Narmada River
One sighting
96
Little Ringed Plover
Charadrius dubius
R, C
Bargi Dam
Breeding
97
Yellow-Wattled Lapwing
Vanellus malabaricus
R, C
Widespread
Breeding
98
River Lapwing
Vanellus daucelii
R, Status?
Narmada River

99
Red-Wattled Lapwing
Vanellus indicus
R, C,
Widespread
Breeding

28
Jacanidae

100
Pheasant-Tailed Jacana
Hydrophasianus chirurgus
R, C
Widespread
Breeding
101
Bronze Winged Jacana
Metopidius indicus
R, C
Widespread
Breeding

29
Laridae

102
Black-Headed Gull
Larus ridibundus
WV
Bargi Dam

103
River Tern
Sterna aurantia
R, C
Bargi Dam


30

Accipitridae


104
Black-Shouldered Kite
Elanus caeruleus
R, C
Widespread

105
Black Kite
Milvus migrans govinda
R, A
Widespread
Breeding
106
Black Kite
Milvus migrans lineatus
WV
Widespread

107
Japanese Sparrowhawk
Accipitar gularis
WV
SFRI &
Napier Town

 Sightings at SFRI Open Woods & Garden.
108
Egyptian Vulture
Neophron percnopterus
R, C
Widespread

109
White-Rumped Vulture
Gyps bengalensis
R,UnC
Narainpur Forests
Breeding Last Rec. in town May/2003/
110
Red-Headed Vulture
Sarcogyps calvus
R, UnC
Widespread

111
Crested Serpent Eagle
Spilornis cheela
LM
Barha R.F

112
Pallid Harrier
Circus macrourus
WV
Dumna Hills
One Pair sighted
Dt/1-1-06
113
Shikra
Accipiter badius
R,C
Widespread

114
Oriental Honey Buzzard
Pernis ptilorhyncus
R,C
Widespread
Breeding
115
White-Eyed Buzzard
Butastur teesa
R, C
SFRI/Barha R.F
Nesting-SFRI/05
116
Changeable-Hawk Eagle
Spizaetus cirrhatus
R
Kundam Range


31
Falconidae

117
Common Kestral
Falco tinnunculus
WV
Dumna Rd/Pariyat
Single bird sighted at both places.

32
Podicipedidae

118
Little Grebe
Tachybaptus ruficollis
R, C
Widespread
Breeding

33
Anhingidae

119
Darter
Anhinga melanogaster
R, UnC
Jalpari Tank


34
Phalacrocoracidae

120
Little Cormorant
Phalacrocorax niger
R, A
Widespread

121
Indian Cormorant
Phalacrocorax fuscicollis
R, C
Khandari Tank
Fewer than 120
122
Great Cormorant
Phalacrocorax carbo
R, UnC
Khandari Tank


35
Ardeidae

123
Little Egret
Egretta garzetta
R, Abundant
Widespread
Breeding
124
Great Egret
Casmerodius albus
R, C
Widespread

125
Intermediate Egret
Mesophoyx intermedia
R, C
Widespread

Uday Patel
126
Indian Pond Heron
Ardeola grayii
R, A
Widespread

127
Grey Heron
Ardea cinerea
WV, UnC
Widespread

128
Purple Heron
Ardea purpurea
R, UnC
Widespread

129
Little Heron
Butorides striatus
R, Rare
Katangi
One Rec.
130
Black-Crowned Night Heron
Nycticorax nycticorax
R, UnC
Widespread
Breeding
131
Black Bittern
Dupetor flavicollis
R, UnC
Bargi Dam

132
Yellow Bittern
Ixobrychus sinensis
R, Rare
Narai Nala
One Rec.

36
Threskiornithidae

133
Glossy Ibis
Plegadis falcinellus
R, Rare
Patan

134
Black-Headed Ibis
Threskiornis melanocephalus
R, C
Widespread
Less Common than 136
135
Eurasian Spoonbill
Platalea leucorodia
R, UnC
Mohrari Tank

136
Black Ibis
Pseudibis papillosa
R, C
Widespread
Breeding

37
Ciconiidae

137
Painted Stork
Mycteria leucocephala
R, C
Widespread
Breeding
138
Asian Openbill
Anastomus oscitans
R, C
Widespread

139
Woolly-Necked Stork
Ciconia episcopus
R, F
Widespread

140
Black-Necked Stork
Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus
Rare
Mohrari Tank


38
Pittidae

141
Indian Pitta
Pitta brachyura
LM? UnC
SFRI
Rec. May/05

39
Irenidae

142
Blue-Winged Leaf Bird
Chloropsis cochinchinensis
R, UnC
Barha R.F

143
Gold-Fronted Leaf Bird
Chloropsis aurifrons
R, C
Widespread
More Common than 137

40
Laniidae

144
Brown Shrike
Lanius cristatus
WV, Rare
SFRI/Dumna Hills
Single Bird seen on both times
145
Bay-Backed Shrike
Lanius vittatus
R, UnC
SFRI

146
Long-Tailed Shrike
Lanius schach
R, C
Widespread

147
Grey-Backed Shrike
Lanius tephronotus
WV, UnC
Gadheri Tank
Rec. January 06

41
Corvidae
148
Rufous Treepie
Dendrocitta vagabunda
R, C
Widespread

149
House Crow
Corvus splendens
R, A
Widespread
Breeding
150
Large-Billed Crow
Corvus macrorhynchos
R, C
Widespread

151
Eurasian Golden Oriole
Oriolus oriolus
R, C
Widespread
Breeding
152
Black-Hooded Oriole
Oriolus xanthornus
R, C
Widespread

153
Large Cuckooshrike
Coracina macei
R, C
Widespread

154
Black Headed Cuckooshrike
Coracina melanoptera
R, C
Widespread
Less Common than 153
155
Small Minivet
Pericrocotus cinnamomeus
R,C
Widespread

156
White-Bellied Minivet
Pericrocotus erythropygius
R, UnC
SFRI

157
Long-Tailed Minivet
Pericrocotus ethologus
WV,
SFRI

158
White-Throated Fantail
Rhipidura albicollis albogularis
R, UnC
SFRI
Breeding
159
White-Browed Fantail
Rhipidura aureola
R, C
Widespread

160
Black Drongo
Dicrurus macrocercus
R, A
Widespread

161
Ashy Drongo
Dicrurus leucophaeus
WV, F
Barha R.F./SFRI

162
White-Bellied Drongo
Dicrurus caerulescens
R, F
Dumna Hills/SFRI
Keeps to dense forests
163
Greater Racket Tailed Drongo

Dicrurus paradiseus
R, UnC
Barha R.F
Keeps to dense forests
164
Black Naped Monarch
Hypothymis azurea
R, F
Barha R.F
Keeps to dense forest
165
Common Iora
Aegithina tephia
R, C
Widespread
Breeding
166
Common Woodshrike
Tephrodornis pondicerianus
R, F
Widespread

167
Asian Paradise- Flycatcher 
Terosipphone paradisi
R, F
Widespread
Breeding

42
Muscicapidae

168
Blue-Capped Rock Thrush
Monticola cinclorhynchus
PM
Sighted for a Week
Gaur Village
Rec. 18/4/01
WV  Western Ghats. Summers in Himalaya  
169
Blue Rock Thrush
Monticola solitarius pandoo
WV
Thakurtal

170
Blue Rock Thrush
M. solitarius philippensis
WV
Sangram Sagar

171
Orange-Headed Thrush
Zoothera citrina cyanotus
R, F
SFRI

172
Tickell’s Thrush
Turdus unicolor
WV, Rare
SFRI
Rec. Nov-Dec/06
173
Asian Brown Flycatcher
Muscicapa dauurica
WV, UnC
SFRI/
Rec.Feb/03 & Jan 06
174
Red-Throated Flycatcher
Ficedula parva
WV, C
Widespread
Departs mid-April
175
Verditer Flycatcher
Eumyias thalassina
Status? UnC
SFRI/Gaur

176
Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher
Cyornis tickelliae tickelliae
R, C
SFRI, Barha R.F.
Partial to Bamboo
177
Grey-Headed Canary Flycatcher
Culicicapa ceylonensis
WV, F
SFRI
Very Vocal
178
Bluethroat
Luscinia svecica
WV? PM?
SFRI
Rec. 16/12/ 05 for a week/N.Br.
179
Oriental  Magpie Robin
Copsychus saularis
R, A
Widespread
Breeding
180
Indian Robin
Saxicoloides fulicata
R, A
Widespread
Breeding
181
Black Redstart
Phoenicurus ochruros
WV, C
Widespread
Arrives October departs mid-April
182
Common Stonechat
Saxicola torquata
R, C
Widespread
Breeding
183
Pied Buschat
Saxicola caprata
R, C
Widespread
Breeding
184
Brown Rockchat
Cercomela fusca
WV, F
Widespread


43
Sturnidae

185
Chestnut-Tailed Starling
Sturnus malabaricus
WV, UnC
Barha R.F

186
Brahminy Starling
Sturnus pagodarum
R, C
Widespread

187
Rosy Starling
Sturnus roseus
WV
Barha R.F

188
Common Myna
Acridotheres tristis
R, A
Widespread
Breeding
189
Bank Myna
Acridotheres ginginianus
R, C
Widespread
Less Common than 185 & 187
190
Jungle Myna
Acridotheres fuscus
R, C
Less Seen

191
Pied Myna
Sturnus contra
R, C
Widespread
Breeding

44
Paridae

192
Great Tit
Parus major
R, F
Widespread
Partial to Wood
193
Black-Lored Tit
Parus xanthogenys
R, C
Widespread
Breeding

45
Hirundinidae

194
Plain Martin
Riparia paludicola
R,C
Widespread

195
Barn Swallow
Hirundo rustica rustica
WV, F
Widespread

196
Wire-Tailed Swallow
Hirundo smithii
R, C
Widespread

197
Red-Rumped Swallow
Hirundo daurica
R,
SFRI
 

198
Streak-Throated Swallow
Hirunda fluvicola
R, F
Widespread
Breeding

46
Pycnonotidae

199
Red-Whiskered Bulbul
Pycnonotus jocosus
R, UnC
Napier Town
Partial to urban gardens in Jbp
200
Red-Vented Bulbul
Pycnonotus cafer
R, A
Widespread
Breeding

47
Cisticolidae

201
Grey Breasted Prinia
Prinia hodgsonii
R, F
SFRI/Barha R.F

202
Jungle Prinia
Prinia sylvatica
R, F
SFRI

203
Graceful Prinia
Prinia gracilis
R, Rare
SFRI

204
Plain Prinia
Prinia inornata
R, F
Thakurtal

205
Ashy Prinia
Prinia socialis
R, A
Widespread
Breeding

48
Zosteropidae

206
Oriental White-Eye
Zosterops palpebrosus
R, C
Widespread
Partial to woods

49
Sylviidae

207
Paddyfield Warbler
Acrocephalus agricola
WV, UnC
Lamheta Rd

208
Blyth’s Reed Warbler
Acrocephalus dumetorum
WV? PM?
SFRI
Rec. Nov/05 for 10 days.
209
Clamorous Reed Warbler
Acrocephalus stentoreus
WV, UnC
Khandari Nala

210
Booted Warbler
Hippolais caligata
WV, F
SFRI-Hills

211
Lesser Whitethroat
Sylvia curruca
WV, F
Gadheri Village

212
Hume’s Lesser Whitethroat
S. curruca althaea
WV, UnC
Napier Town
Recorded in a garden
213
Common Tailorbird
Orthotomus sutorius
R, A
Widespread
Breeding
214
Common Chiff
Phylloscopus collybita
WV, C
Widespread
Nos. decrease after March
215
Tickell’s Leaf Warbler
Phylloscopus affinis
WV, UnC
SFRI

216
Sulphur-Bellied Warbler
Phylloscopus griseolus
WV, UnC
Khandari Tank  R.F

217
Hume’s Warbler
Phylloscopus humei
WV, C
Widespread
Seen & heard all over
218
Greenish Warbler
Phylloscopus trochiloides
WV, F
SFRI

219
Yellow-Browed Warbler
Phylloscopus inornatus
WV
SFRI

220
Puff-Throated Babbler
Pellorneum ruficeps
R, C
Barha R.F

221
Indian Scimitar Babbler
Pomatorhinus horsfieldii
R, UnC
Barha R.F

222
Twany-Bellied Babbler
Dumetia hyperythra
R, C
Widespread

223
Yellow-Eyed Babbler
Chrysomma sinense
R,C
Widespread

224
Common Babbler
Turdoides caudatus
R, F
Widespread

225
Large Grey Babbler
Turdoides malcolmi
R, C
Widespread

226
Jungle Babbler
Turdoides striatus
R, A
Widespread

227
Brown-cheeked Fulvetta
Alcippe poioicephala
R
Barha R.F.
Rec. 14/5/06

50
Alaudidae
         
228
Indian Bushlark
Mirafra erythroptera
R, F
Dumna Hills

229
Ashy-Crowned Sparrow Lark
Eremopterix grisea
R, C
Widespread

230
Rufous-Tailed Lark
Ammomanes phoenicurus
R, C
Widespread

231
Greater Short-Toed Lark
Calandrella brachydactyla
WV
SFRI

232
Sykes’s Lark
Galerida deva
R, F
Dumna Hills

233
Oriental Skylark
Alauda gulgula
Status?
SFRI


51
Nectariniidae

234
Thick-Billed Flowerpecker
Dicaeum agile
R, C
Widespread
Breeding
235
Pale-Billed Flowerpecker
Dicaeum erythrorynchos
R, C
Widespread

236
Purple-Rumped Sunbird
Nectarinia Zeylonica
Status?
House
Single bird seen

237
Purple Sunbird
Nectarinia asiatica
R, C
Widespread
Breeding
238
Loten’s Sunbird
Nectarinia lotenia
R, UnC
SFRI


52
Passeridae

239
House Sparrow
Passer domesticus
R, A
Widespread
Breeding
240
Chestnut-Shouldered Petronia
Petronia xanthocollis
R, C
Widespread

241
White Wagtail
Motacilla alba personata
WV, C
Widespread

242
White Wagtail
M. alba dukhunensis
WV, C
Widespread

243
White-Browed Wagtail
Motacilla maderaspatensis
R, C


244
Citrine Wagtail
Motacilla citreola
WV, F
Widespread

245
Yellow Wagtail
Motacilla flava
WV, F


246
Grey Wagtail
Motacilla cinerea
WV, C
Widespread
Seen in Breeding Plumage in April
247
Paddyfield Pipit
Anthus rufulus
R, F
Widespread

248
Tawny Pipit
Anthus campestris
WV, F
SFRI

249
Long-Billed Pipit
Anthus similis
WV, F
Dumna Hills

250
Tree Pipit
Anthus trivialis
WV, C
SFRI

251
Olive-Backed Pipit
Anthus hodgsonii
WV, F
Khandari Forest

252
Black-Breasted Weaver
Ploceus benghalensis
R, UnC
Lulpur, Narmada Bank,
Rec.18/12/05
253
Baya Weaver
Ploceus philippinus
R, C
Widespread
Breeding
254
Red Avadavat
Amandava amandava
R, C
Widespread

255
Green Avadavat
Amandava Formosa
R, F
Narmada Banks

256
Indian SilverBill
Lonchura malabarica
R, C
Widespread
Breeding
257
Scaly-Breasted Munia
Lonchura punctulata
R, F
Widespread

258
White-Rumped Munia
Lonchura striata
Status?
Narai nala
Rec. 5/1/2003
259
Black-Headed Munia
Lonchura Malacca
R, F
Widespread


53
Fringillidae

260
Common Rosefinch
Carpodacus erythrinus
WV, F
Dumna Hills

261
Crested Bunting
Melophus lathami
R,  Status?
Thakurtal
One Rec. Feb 96
Uday Patel
Birds that could be present, but have not been conclusively identified, due to lack of proper sightings.
1
Bucerotidae

1
Malabar Pied Hornbill
Anthracoceros coronatus
R?
Unconfirmed Reporting.

2
Gruidae

2
Demoiselle Crane
Grus virgo
PM? / V?
Patan/As described by locals but no sighting by author

3
Laridae

3
Indian Skimmer
Rynchops albicollis
R?
One improper sightings at Gaur River

4
Accipitridae

4
Besra
Accipiter virgatus
Status?
Sighting described to author-unconfirmed

5
Ciconiidae

5
White Stork
Ciconia Ciconia
VM?
Pair sighted early 92 at Kailvas but no record kept.

6
Passeridae

6
Singing Bushlark
Mirafra cantillans
Status?
Improper sighting-SFRI

7
Corvidae

7
Marshall’s Iora
Aegithina nigrolutea
R?
Improper sighting –Barha R.F.
8
Muscicapidae



8
Scaly Thrush
Zoothera dauma
Status?
One old sighting in 70’s Marble Rocks
Abb: A=Abundant. C=Common. UnC=Uncommon. F=Frequent. R=Resident. WV=Winter Visitor LM=Local Migrant. PM=Passage Migrant .V=Vagrant. SFRI= State Forest Research Institute.

Later Finds:Osprey, Eurasian Curlew, Crested Tree Swift, White browed Bulbul, White Capped Bunting, Red Headed Bunting, Black Headed Bunting, Drongo Cuckoo. 
Hill blue flycatcher, Zitting Cisticola:  13/2/2011, Smokey Warbler March 2011, Isabelline Shrike, White Rumped Shama, Bonelli's Eagle, Black Eagle, Rock Bush Quail, Chestnut Bittern,     


Conclusion: This checklist has been completed in a period of 10 years, where the last few years have been intense. It is a grueling task were hundreds of hours spent and great amount of physical endurance is required. Sincere efforts have been put into the identification so that no misinformation be generated. Breeding is mentioned only where nesting or evidence is observed The purpose of this checklist is to further help in understanding movements of the birds and their survival in urban localities. My sincere thanks to Dr. Dilip Katiyar, Bittu Flora-both keen bird watchers themselves, Sh. P.K.Chowdhary (IFS), Sh. Chitranjan Tyagi (IFS), & Sh. Shailesh Pathak (IAS) for their encouragemnt and kind assistance.    
                                                                                                                Uday Patel
Author: I live in Jabalpur, and am a keen naturalist. I have been bird watching since more than a decade. I have published two articles in Sanctuary Asia.  Nesting Sunbirds (Nectrinia asiatica) and Nesting Paradise Flycatcher (Terpsiphone paradisi.). I work as a freelance naturalist to resorts in Kanha, Pench & Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve.
                                                                                                                                                                Uday Patel

Reference:
Birds of Indian Subcontinent-Richard Grimmett, Carol Inskipp, Tim Inskipp. (Pocket Guide)
Birds of Indian Subcontinent-Richard Grimmett, Carol Inskipp, Tim Inskipp. (Comprehensive Guide)
A Field Guide to Birds of India-Krys Kazmierczak.
A Photographic Guide to the Birds of India-Bikram Grewal, Bill Harvey, Otto Pfister.       
Birds of India- Salim Ali.
Birds of India-Bikram Grewal. (Photo Guide)

Address: Uday Patel, 31 Rajul Township
Mandla Road, Tilheri, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, India


          
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