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Bird monitoring projects


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


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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





For the fifth year in succession, a one day workshop on Bird Monitoring in Kerala was held at the Centre for Wildlife Studies, College of Forestry, Kerala Agricultural University, Thrissur on 10 June 2018. About 70 birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts, representing various organisations in Kerala participated in the workshop. Participants represented Cochin Natural History Society (CNHS), Malabar Natural History Society (MNHS),… read more »

Kerala Bird Monitoring Workshop June 2018





For the fourth year in succession, a one day workshop on Bird Monitoring in Kerala was held at Centre for Wildlife Studies, College of Forestry, Kerala Agricultural University, Thrissur on 12 June 2017 . About 100 birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts, representing various organisations in Kerala participated in the workshop. Participants from Kerala represented Cochin Natural History Society (CNHS), Malabar Natural… read more »

Kerala Bird Monitoring Workshop June 2017


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The popular view of birdwatchers (or ‘twitchers’) is of people who rush madly from one end of the country to another to tick birds off their lists. But behind the headlines are an army of enthusiasts who do quite the reverse – they stay devotedly within a small local area, their Patch, and enthuse and obsess about the birds within… read more »

Patch Birding Reports




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The Mysore City Bird Atlas has completed three years of operation and summaries of the results for 2014-2016 are available to view and download! The Atlas is a systematic attempt to document the city’s birds; both across the urban span and across two seasons: winter (February) and summer (June). In addition, the multi-year duration of the Atlas effort shows how… read more »

Three years of the Mysore Bird Atlas


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A large number of birdwatchers across India have been using eBird over the last 2-3 years, and have collectively generated a huge amount of information on the birds of our country. The eBird-India Data Challenge invites anyone interested to download the information collected and use it to tackle any interesting question or problem — limited only by your creativity! Even… read more »

Announcing the 2016 eBird-India data challenge!



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Following on from the series of articles from Bird Count India about Patch Birding, we are pleased to announce details of the exciting Bird Count India Patch Birding Challenge. Simply register to take part below and write a patch report, based on the ideas discussed in the previous article, that covers the complete winter season: start as soon as possible, and end… read more »

Patch Birding Challenge


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This is the fourth part of five in a series of articles from Bird Count India about Patch Birding, following on from Part 3 “How to Record Birds from your Patch”… Now you are patch birding and gathering some great observations, so let’s share your enjoyment with others! There are lots of ways you can let others know about your discoveries,… read more »

Sharing your Patch Birding




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This is the second in a series of articles from Bird Count India about Patch Birding, following on from Part 1 “What is Patch Birding?”… Location Thankfully birds occur in most areas and you don’t have to travel far, or go to anywhere special, to go birding. In fact, the priority for a local patch is that it is somewhere convenient… read more »

How to Choose a Local Patch


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Do Black Drongos migrate? Have I seen a Green Bee-eater recently? Is Greenish Warbler only a passage migrant in my area, or a winter visitor as well? Do juvenile Barn Swallows migrate with adults, or separately? Are migrants arriving later this year? Do Asian Koels call all year round? How many different call types do Common Ioras have? What food… read more »

What is Patch Birding?