Mittal Gala



The Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) in association with Bird Count India (BCI) announces the first coordinated global Indian Skimmer Count. This is an initiative to fill the knowledge gap about the Indian Skimmer population. This count will be conducted in two phases. The first phase will be conducted on 19th – 20th December 2020, and the second phase in… read more »

The Indian Skimmer Count


Thanks to all the birders who participated in Wild Bird Day/ October Big Day and Global Bird Weekend! As a result, this month saw an increase in birding activity. Here is the break-up of eBirding in India in October 2020 (with the previous month in brackets). Number of birders: 2502 (1,946) Number of lists (all types): 25609 (17,932) Number of… read more »

October 2020 eBirders of the Month




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The State of India’s Birds 2020 (SoIB 2020) is a first-of-its-kind collaborative effort that evaluates the overall conservation status of the most regularly occurring bird species in India. SoIB 2020 was formally released in February 2020 at the 13th Conference of Parties of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, and involved a collaboration between the following 10… read more »

State of India’s Birds




The enthusiasm of Wild Bird Day/ October Big Day continues this month, as we take part in two uniquely Indian birding events in November- Salim Ali Bird Count and Maharashtra Pakshi Saptah  This month’s eBird challenge is designed to highlight these two events. The challenge is to submit 1 checklist every day in November. In addition to this, between 5-… read more »

November 2020 eBirding Challenge





1. Please tell us something about yourself, where do you live and what do you do. I live in Jalgaon, Maharashtra. I did a Masters in Arts (M.A), Masters in Library Science (M.Lib), and worked as a librarian from 1997 to 2018.  I completed an ornithology course with BNHS and also underwent training in bird sound recording. I have attended… read more »

Birder Profile: Shilpa Gadgil






September produced some excitement among birdwatchers as the season’s first migrant Grey Wagtails and Blue-tailed Bee-eaters were seen from balconies and rooftops. Bird enthusiasts in Tamil Nadu celebrated the arrival of the Common Sandpiper, Greenish Warbler, and Grey Wagtail with posters :). October marks the beginning of the winter in most of India when many of our migrants have already… read more »

October 2020 eBirding Challenge




With the early migrants trickling in, there has been a slight increase in birding activity. Here is the breakup of eBirding in India in the month of August 2020 (with the previous month in brackets): Number of birders: 1,810 (1,745) Number of lists (all types): 17, 293 (16,892) Number of observations: 2.7 lakh (2.6 lakh) August challenge The challenge for… read more »

August 2020 eBirders of the Month



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September is a powerful month in terms of bird activity. Be it a non-descript brown-grey warbler or a flock of grey-yellow buntings, migrants are flying into various parts of the country. Whether you are birding from your backyard or rooftop, do keep an eye out for such migrants as many are looking for a place for a pitstop. One great… read more »

September 2020 eBirding Challenge