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Over 1,400 eBirders submitted lists to the eBird India database during this year’s GBBC. This included several regular and experienced birders, birders who organized events and counts in their regions, state coordinators who were instrumental in ensuring the counts went off smoothly and several participants who experienced birdwatching for the first time ever! View some accounts by the participants themselves on… read more »

GBBC 2017: Stories from the field




To begin with, our apologies for the late announcement, but there has been so much to do during and after the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), that we are a bit behind in several things. eBirding activity in February tends to be particularly high because of the annual GBBC, so before  announcing the results of the monthly challenge, let’s look… read more »

February 2017 eBirders of the month


The monthly eBirding challenge for February 2017 was to upload 20 checklists while using the GBBC as an opportunity to go birding with others. Regardless of whether you met the challenge or not, we hope you had fun birding in February and during the GBBC in particular. March is a particularly exciting month for birding. As a sort of transitional month,… read more »

March 2017 eBirding Challenges





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The World’s Biggest Bird-a-thon comes to India! During the four days between 17 and 20 February, more than a thousand birdwatchers throughout India will come together to document as many birds in as many locations across the country as possible. Over one lakh birdwatchers globally participate in the annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), and last year India was the… read more »

GBBC India 2017 Press Release


A new year, a new beginning, and a refreshed commitment to birds and birding! Birding activity in the winter, and especially in January and February, tends to be higher than at any other time in the year; so before  announcing the results of the monthly challenge, let’s look at the break-up of eBirding in India in January (with previous month… read more »

January 2017 eBirders of the month



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We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 eBird Yearly Challenge. Challenge Winner Prize No. Qualifiers Prolific Hari Kumar A Bird’s Egg: The Most Perfect Thing Tim Birkhead 31 Abdul Raheem Munderi, Abhijith Surendran, Abhirami C, Ajay Gadikar, Ankit Vikrant, Aravind Amirtharaj, Ashwin Viswanathan, Emanuel George, Ganeshwar S V, Givind Girija, Hari Kumar, Hari Mavelikara, Indira Srinivasan, Jayadev… read more »

2016 eBird Yearly Challenge Winners!


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The monthly eBirding challenge for January 2017 was simple – to upload 25 checklists with at least one containing media. February, apart from being a very productive month for birding, is time for the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). This year the dates for the GBBC are 17-20 February. The Campus Bird Count, a sister event of the GBBC, is… read more »

February 2017 eBirding Challenges




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Bird Count India recently gave a presentation about Birdwatching and Bird Monitoring for an audience primarily consisting of Forest Department representatives and Naturalists/Guides at Kanha Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh. The presentation, delivered by Mike Prince, talked about the whys and hows of birdwatching and discussed the impact that documentation through eBird has had. It highlighted many interesting findings about… read more »

Bird Monitoring at Kanha Tiger Reserve


At the close of the year, how have birders risen to the last monthly challenge of 2016? As with the past two months, we continued with both the regular monthly challenge  and also the new gap-filling challenge. Before announcing the results, let’s look at the break-up of eBirding in India in December (with previous month in brackets). Number of birders:… read more »

December 2016 eBirders of the month


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All of us love birds and identifying them. Part of the joy of birding is to be able to correctly put a name to a bird based on observations and features noted in the field. However, as one birds more, one also accepts that it is not always possible to identify every bird one encounters. We often hear a call… read more »

Slashes and Spuhs



The third Tamil Birders’ Meet was held at PSN College of Engineering and Technology, Tirunelveli, on 12 and 13 November 2016, with about 150 participants. A number of talks were presented, including on Wetlands of Kanyakumari district by Dr. Robert Grubh, Birding in Tamil Nadu by S. Theodore Baskaran and Status of Vultures in Tamil Nadu by Bharathidasan. There were… read more »

Tamil Birders’ Meet 2016


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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 chiefly coastal, associated with beaches, estuaries, islands, etc. In India, the Pacific Reef-Egret is restricted to the Andaman and… read more »

Dark egrets can be white…


As we enter the newest month of 2017, its time for a new eBirding challenge to take part in! The challenge for December was to upload at least 31 checklists from the month. For January, we focus on both birding effort as well as media uploads. One of the most valuable tools in 2016 has been the ability to add of media… read more »

January 2017 eBirding Challenges