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State of India’s Birds

The State of India’s Birds 2020 (SoIB 2020) is a first-of-its-kind collaborative effort that evaluates the overall...

Birds of the World is now free for birders in India!

We are delighted to inform you that Bird Count India (BCI) has partnered with The Cornell Lab of Ornithology to...

Animated Migration Maps

Enabled by the observations of 1000s of birdwatchers around the world

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Patch Monitoring Project Leaderboard

The Patch Monitoring Project began in July 2021 with the objective to systematically monitor birds in local birding patches. Monitoring such patches in the...

December 2021 eBirding Challenge

In many parts of the country, November was very wet, windy, and dreary! But December promises to be more sunny. The majority of our winter migrants have...

October 2021 eBirders of the Month

October saw an increase in the number of birders, lists, and species. Thanks to all the birders who participated in Wild Bird Day/ October Big Day and Global...

Birder Profile: Saswat Mishra

What began as a simple pastime of taking images of some of the common birds in and around his home has led Saswat Mishra on an exciting path of documenting...
Migration Maps

Arctic Warbler

Arctic Warbler (Phylloscopus borealis) breeds across the northern Eurasian taiga and migrates to Southeast Asia and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands during winter.

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.

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...

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.

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...

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...

Field Identification of Green and Greenish Warblers

By Ramit Singal Green and Greenish Warblers have always been notoriously difficult to tell apart. Till recently, Green Warbler (P. nitidus) was considered to be a subspecies of the Greenish Warbler (P. trochiloides). Considering the difficulties involved in...

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.

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....

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...

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.

Identifying Waders: Part 2

This article focusses on the two species of a group of very small shorebirds known as Stints (Calidris sp) - the Little Stint and the Temminck's Stint.

Field Identification of Green and Greenish Warblers

By Ramit Singal Green and Greenish Warblers have always been notoriously difficult to tell apart. Till recently, Green Warbler (P. nitidus) was considered to be a subspecies of the Greenish Warbler (P. trochiloides). Considering the difficulties involved in...

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