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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...

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

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December 2021 eBirders of the Month

The last month of the year saw a slight increase in birding activity. Here is the breakup of eBirding in the country in December 2021 (with the previous month...

Identifying Swallows: Red-rumped, Barn, Streak-throated and Wire-tailed Swallow

By Kaushik Sarkar and Ashwin Viswanathan Presented here is an easy guide to help identify the four most common Swallow species in India.  You can also...

January 2022 eBirding Challenge

As we approach the new month of 2022, it's time to start a new eBirding challenge! Just like every year, January is dedicated to the Asian Waterbird Census...

Yearlong eBirding Challenge

Since April 2014, the Bird Count India partnership has been running a series of monthly eBirding challenges. The reason? To inject a little bit of extra fun...
PopularSpecies Identification

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...

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.

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....

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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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