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July 2022 eBirding Challenge

It can be easy to let birding activity slip into a bit of a lull in July as the monsoon makes its presence felt across much of the country. But the rains are...
Stripe-breasted Woodpecker

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...
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

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...

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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 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.

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...

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...

माशीमार कसे ओळखावे

माशीमार कसे ओळखावे: लाल छातीचा माशीमार (Red-breasted Flycatcher), लाल-कंठाचा माशीमार (Taiga Flycatcher) आणि काश्मिरी माशीमार (Kashmir Flycatcher) इंग्रजीत प्रकाशीत झालेल्या मूळ लेखाचा हा मराठी अनुवाद आहे. लेखक : तरुण मेनन आणि अश्विन विश्वनाथन, अनुवादक : स्वरूप...

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...

Cormorants Clarified

By Ramit Singal Ever seen a V-shaped flock of black birds flying purposefully in the sky near a water body? Or a black bird sitting still with its wings spread out in a small village pond? Or a bird's head sticking out of the water at a lake or pond? Did you notice...

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 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.

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...

Cormorants Clarified

By Ramit Singal Ever seen a V-shaped flock of black birds flying purposefully in the sky near a water body? Or a black bird sitting still with its wings spread out in a small village pond? Or a bird's head sticking out of the water at a lake or pond? Did you notice...

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