July 28, 2021

August 2021 eBirding Challenge

ebirding-challenge-logo-800px-281x300Although a majority of our resident birds have finished breeding, there are still a few that have just started or are in the middle of their breeding activities. To understand the breeding ecology of birds across our Indian subcontinent, which otherwise is poorly documented, this month’s challenge includes selecting breeding codes.

The challenge for August is to upload at least 31 eligible* checklists and any five lists among the 3l should have at least one breeding code. (F-Flyover and H-In Appropriate Habitat are not included in the challenge).

To know when to use which breeding code, do watch this webinar recording.

Or refer to the following articles:

eBird Breeding and Behavior Codes

Understanding Breeding Codes (Courtesy New York Breeding Atlas)

Watch out for signs of breeding- including active nests and recently fledged young and add it to your lists. To do this in the eBird Mobile  App, tap the species name, tap on ‘Add breeding code‘, and select the appropriate purple circle that is closest to your observation (see the example below).

* Eligible checklists are those that report all species seen/heard (and are therefore marked ‘complete’), report numbers for all species rather than Xs, and are of at least 15 minutes or longer in duration.

While birding, please ensure that you adhere to COVID-19 related instructions by central and local authorities.

Please upload all your lists by 10 September 2021 so that we can announce the results soon after that.

Here are the general rules of our monthly challenges. And check out the yearlong challenges for 2021 as well! You can keep track of fresh lists coming in from India on this page.

Header Image: Striolated Bunting (House Bunting) Emberiza striolata by Pratik Humnabadkar/ Macaulay Library

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