Bird Count India


As we enter the main winter birding season in India, here is the breakup of eBirding in the country in November 2018 (with previous month in brackets): Number of birders: 1,685 (1,528) Number of lists (all types): 16,200 (15,400) Number of observations: 3.31 lakh (2.81 lakh) November challenge The challenge for November was to upload at least 11 eligible each… read more »

November 2018 eBirders of the Month


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Last month saw a sharp uptick in birding activity in India. Here is the breakup of eBirding in the country in October 2018 (with previous month in brackets): Number of birders: 1,528 (1,171) Number of lists (all types): 15,400 (11,500) Number of observations: 2.81 lakh (1.96 lakh) September challenge The challenge for October was to bird for at least 5… read more »

October 2018 eBirders of the Month


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The October eBirding Challenge asked birders to mark the Wildlife Week celebrations and the first ever Wild Bird Day with additional birding. Were you able to achieve the target? Across the country, the winter migrants have settled and birders are being treated to the sights and sounds of birds from India and afar. The time is ripe for birding, and the… read more »

November 2018 eBirding challenge



Updated on 11 Oct 2018 to correct an error in analysis As the winter approaches, both migrants and birders are more active. Here is the breakup of eBirding in India in the month of September 2018 (with previous month in brackets): Number of birders: 1,171 (1,069) Number of lists (all types): 8,800 (11,474) Number of observations: 1.96 lakh (1.36 lakh)… read more »

September 2018 eBirders of the month


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We see a bit of an uptick in birding in August, as some migrants start trickling in and birders venture further afield. Here is the breakup of eBirding in India in the month of August 2018 (with previous month in brackets): Number of birders: 1,069 (920) Number of lists (all types): 8,500 (7,600) Number of observations: 1.36 lakh (1.26 lakh)… read more »

August 2018 eBirders of the month


Breeding of many species continues in July, and we should also see a number of fledgelings and birds in immature plumage in the breaks between the rain. Here is the breakup of birding in India in the month of July 2018 (with previous month in brackets): Number of birders: 920 (995) Number of lists (all types): 7,600 (8,500) Number of… read more »

July 2018 eBirders of the month



June brings welcome rain to many parts of the country, and a number of species are in full breeding activity, so it is a very interesting month for birding. Here is the breakup of birding in India in the month of June 2018 (with previous month in brackets): Number of birders: 995 (1,207) Number of lists (all types): 8,500 (11,300)… read more »

June 2018 eBirders of the month


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May is the month with the lowest birding activity in India, but hundreds of intrepid birders are still out there, watching and recording the species they see! Here is the breakup of birding in India in the month of May 2018 (with previous month in brackets): Number of birders: 1,207 (1,271) Number of lists (all types): 11,300 (13,700) Number of… read more »

May 2018 eBirders of the month


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As the temperature rises in most parts of India, April tends to see a further drop in birding activity. Here is the breakup of birding in India in the month of April 2018 (with previous month in brackets): Number of birders: 1,271 (1,611) Number of lists (all types): 13,700 (20,600) Number of observations: 2.3 lakh (3.5 lakh) April challenge The… read more »

April 2018 eBirders of the month



May is peak breeding season for birds across India. Or is it? Sadly breeding seasonality of our birds is poorly known. With Endemic Bird Day approaching, let’s go out to see how many subcontinental endemics are around us. Many of these birds are resident and this is the best time to observe breeding behaviour – which could be courtship or… read more »

May 2018 eBirding Challenge


Grey Francolin, Indian Peafowl, Common Hawk-Cuckoo, Indian Grey Hornbill, Black-rumped Flameback, Plum-headed Parakeet, Indian Pitta, Ashy Prinia, Jungle Babbler, Indian Robin, Brahminy Starling and Purple-rumped Sunbird. What do these common birds have in common? They are all endemics to our region; that is, they are found nowhere else in the world (at least not naturally). This 5th of May, let’s… read more »

This 5th of May is Endemic Bird Day!


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After February (which contains the  GBBC), generally see a bit of a drop in birding activity, but those who do go out birding in March are usually not disappointed! Here is the breakup of birding in India in the month of March 2018 (with previous month in brackets): Number of birders: 1,611 (2,273) Number of lists (all types): 20,600 (31,400)… read more »

March 2018 eBirders of the month



Birding is (almost?) at its peak in January. Here is the break-up of eBirding in India in Jan 2018 (with previous month in brackets). Number of birders: 1,476 (1,792) Number of lists (all types): 16,500 (25,500) Number of observations: 3.37 lakh (4.59 lakh) January challenge The challenge for January was to upload Asian Waterbird Counts from at least three wetlands… read more »

January 2018 eBirders of the month



December is peak birding season in much of India. Here is the break-up of eBirding in India in Dec 2017 (with previous month in brackets). Number of birders: 1,476 (1,288) Number of lists (all types): 16,500 (12,800) Number of observations: 3.37 lakh (2.42 lakh) December challenge The challenge for December was to upload at least 30 eligible birdlists (see the… read more »

December 2017 eBirders of the month



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As temperatures cool and migrations spread through the country, birders fan out as well. Here is the break-up of eBirding in India in Nov 2017 (with previous month in brackets). Number of birders: 1,288 (1,162) Number of lists (all types): 12,800 (11,000) Number of observations: 2.42 lakh (2.02 lakh) November challenge The challenge for November was to upload at least… read more »

November 2017 eBirders of the month


October is when the winter migration season heats up and more and more birders are out and about. Here is the break-up of eBirding in India in Oct 2017 (with previous month in brackets). Number of birders: 1,162 (957) Number of lists (all types): 11,000 (12,100) Number of observations: 2.02 lakh (1.78 lakh) October challenge The challenge for October was… read more »

October 2017 eBirders of the month


September sees more of a transition in our birdlife, a transition that starts in July and continues on to November — with more and more species and individuals of migrant birds seeking their winter home in India. Accordingly, September usually sees an uptick in birding activity in the country (although this is not so apparent this year!). Here is the… read more »

September 2017 eBirders of the month