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Spot-bellied Eagle Owl, photographed by Snehashish Sinha from Bandipur National Park in Karnataka

Birder Profile: Chinmay Sawant

Chinmay Sawant is one of the many people who took birding seriously during the pandemic. Inspired by the writings of Shri. Maruthi Chitampalli and Dr. Sálim Ali, he decided to explore his hometown in Kiraksal, Satara and document all the birds that are found there. This kind of exercise was the first to be done in Kiraksal. Continue reading to learn more about his birding adventures and his upcoming goals for the year.

Fulvous-breasted Woodpecker and Stripe-breasted Woodpecker: How can they be told apart?

By Pritam Baruah and Ashwin Viswanathan Fulvous-breasted Woodpecker (FBWO) and Stripe-breasted Woodpecker (SBWO) and are variable woodpeckers that form a...
Adult Blue-tailed Beeeater by Raghavendra Pai

August 2022 eBirding Challenge

eBird-India monthly challenge for August is to upload 20 or more eligible lists containing at least one species with comments on its behaviour. In addition to this, any 10 lists among the 20 should have at least one breeding code.

White-naped Tit (White-winged Tit) Machlolophus nuchalis by Parth Kansara/ Macaulay Library

Endemic Bird Day 2022-Results

14 May 2022, was celebrated as Endemic Bird Day in India. More than 1,000 birders went out to look for endemic (and other) species on this day and uploaded 4,139 bird lists! In all, 835 species were recorded from India on this single day, of which 151 are endemic to S. Asia.

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.

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...

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...

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 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.

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...

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...

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...

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.

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...

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.

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...

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