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Finding Vicky on Phawngpui!

"It was first discovered in March and April 1953 and once again during extensive surveys of the mountains in February and May 1997. To most the bird was a...

May 2022 eBirders of the Month

May is usually the month with the lowest birding activity in India, however many birders were out birding braving the high temperatures and heavy rains in...

June 2022 eBirding Challenge

June is the time when both resident and migratory cuckoos are active and searching for potential sites where the host birds are likely to nest. In the...

Birder Profile- Vizz Vishwanath

"I came across an Oriental Scops-Owl,  and a year after, I also found a Striolated Bunting. These are some of the incredible sightings as they were the first...
Finding Vicky on Phawngpui!

Finding Vicky on Phawngpui!

"It was first discovered in March and April 1953 and once again during extensive surveys of the mountains in February and May 1997. To most the bird was a...

PopularSpecies Identification

Bushlarks, Skylarks, & Crested Larks

By Ramit Singal Hopefully, you've had some practice over the past month(s) in telling apart larks from pipits. In this article, we'll try and give some tips to tell between 3 different groups of larks and the species within these groups. We'll start with the...

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Bird Atlases

A bird atlas is a citizen science project intended to map the distribution and abundance of a region’s birds. In an atlas project, the region of interest is typically divided into cells that are often subdivided into smaller cells, a design that can ensure uniform sampling in space by volunteer birdwatchers.

ID Articles

A series of articles to help with the identification of difficult birds.

Identifying Paddyfield Pipits

The Paddyfield Pipit is resident across most parts of the country and this is an excellent time of the year to familiarise oneself with the most common pipit of the region.

Bushlarks, Skylarks, & Crested Larks

By Ramit Singal Hopefully, you've had some practice over the past month(s) in telling apart larks from pipits. In this article, we'll try and give some tips to tell between 3 different groups of larks and the species within these groups. We'll start with the...

Is that a Pipit or a Lark?

By Ramit Singal Few birds are as confusing to the beginning birder as Pipits and Larks. The first step towards identifying the species within the two families is to be able to tell between a pipit and a lark. Here is a short guide to telling apart these confusing...

What’s that White Egret sp?

By Ramit Singal Egrets are beautiful and elegant birds to watch. You'll often see them standing still over water and, in a flash, using their long, pointed bills to stab a fish or pick out an insect. No matter where you are in India, it is common to see one or many...

Dark egrets can be white…

By Ramit Singal The previous article focussed on the 4 regularly occurring white egrets from India. In this follow-up post, the attention will shift to egrets that happen to be dimorphic, i.e., they have a dark morph as well as a white morph. The Reef-Egrets are...

Frequency Matters: Acoustic Identification of Barbets

By Anand Krishnan Barbets are some of the most ubiquitous of India’s fruit-eating birds, even occupying most major cities where fruiting trees remain. These sluggish, largely green birds are often heard before they are seen, their loud, repetitive calls betraying...

Dark egrets can be white…

By Ramit Singal The previous article focussed on the 4 regularly occurring white egrets from India. In this follow-up post, the attention will shift to egrets that happen to be dimorphic, i.e., they have a dark morph as well as a white morph. The Reef-Egrets are...

Leafbirds – Golden-fronted, Jerdon’s and others

By Ramit Singal There are four species of leafbirds (also known as chloropsis) found in India and they never fail to enthral a birder. Each of them is largely green, slender in build, with a medium-length tail and the habit of dwelling in the top or mid-canopy....

Identifying Paddyfield Pipits

The Paddyfield Pipit is resident across most parts of the country and this is an excellent time of the year to familiarise oneself with the most common pipit of the region.

Identifying Waders: Part 1

In the first part of the series related to identifying waders, we try and tackle an often misidentified group consisting of the Tringa sandpipers.

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