eBird missing species from India


Pink-headed Duck. By Henrik Grönvold (1858–1940) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

There is information on about 96% of the world’s bird species on eBird. But what about the remaining 4%? Take a look at this article on the eBird website:

Anyone seen a Pink-headed Duck recently??

More seriously, here is a list of species from India for which eBird has not even a single observation. Some of you (perhaps someone who has visited the Nicobars?) may have seem one ore more of them.

If you’ve seen any of these birds, do upload them! If you are concerned that providing exact details of the location, etc, of these species, please take a look at the eBird guidelines for reporting sensitive species. Of course, if you have seen a Narcondam Hornbill, you don’t need to bother hiding the location!

List of species from India with no observations in eBird. This list (with all details shown) has been taken directly from the global list of “missing” species put out by eBird.

SpeciesIUCN StatusRange
Pink-headed Duck (Rhodonessa caryophyllacea)CRIndia and Myanmar. Last confirmed report 1949.
Nicobar Scrubfowl or Nicobar Megapode (Megapodius nicobariensis)VUNicobar Islands
Manipur Bush-Quail (Perdicula manipurensis)ENW Bengal, Manipur, and Assam (India)
Sclater’s Monal (Lophophorus sclateri)VUEastern Himalayas (India, Myanmar, China)
Nicobar Sparrowhawk (Accipiter butleri)VUNorth and central Nicobar Islands
Jerdon’s Courser (Rhinoptilus bitorquatus)CRSE India (Andhra Pradesh). On verge of extinction
Nicobar Imperial-Pigeon (Ducula nicobarica)NENicobar Islands
Nicobar Scops-Owl (Otus alius)DDGreat Nicobar I. (s Nicobar Islands)
Narcondam Hornbill (Aceros narcondami)ENLowland forests of Narcondam I. (Andaman Islands)
Nicobar Parakeet (Psittacula caniceps)NTNicobar Islands
Nicobar Bulbul (Hypsipetes virescens)NTForests of Nicobar Islands
Large-billed Reed-Warbler (Acrocephalus orinus)DDBreeds se Kazakhstan, ne Afghanistan; winters Myanmar, Thailand; previously known only from one 1867 specimen from n India, distribution still poorly known
Snowy-throated Babbler (Stachyris oglei)VUMountains of ne India (ne Assam and se Arunachal Pradesh)
Large Blue-Flycatcher (Cyornis magnirostris)LCHimalayas (Nepal to Bangladesh); > to pen. Thailand
Nicobar Jungle-Flycatcher (Cyornis nicobaricus)NES China (Guangxi); > to Nicobar Islands
Rusty-bellied Shortwing (Brachypteryx hyperythra)NTNE India (Sikkim to Arunachal Pradesh) to sw China (Yunnan)
Tawny-headed Mountain-Finch (Leucosticte sillemi)DDMountains of western Tibet

Key to IUCN classifications:
(EW) – Extinct in the Wild
(CR) – Critically Endangered
(EN) – Endangered
(VU) – Vulnerable
(NT) – Near Threatened
(LC) – Least Concern
(DD) – Data Deficient
(NE) – Not Evaluated

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