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Bihu Bird Count 2021 (Rongali Bihu)
14 April - 17 April
Related events: Bihu Bird Count 2021 (Magh Bihu)
Results: Bihu Bird Count 2021 (Magh Bihu)
The Bihu Bird Count (BBC), is a bird monitoring program organized by birders in Assam. This program is all about observing and counting wild birds during this particular time of the year in any location. In addition to this, the BBC also aims to promote the association of the festival with nature. Bihu, a festival celebrated by the people of Assam, rejoices the natural progression of seasons by recognizing the different agricultural cycle of paddy crops.
Rongali Bihu marks the beginning of the Assamese New Year. This is the time of the year when summer is setting in, and birds all around you will be busy with breeding activities. Thus, BBC aims to celebrate Rongali Bihu by documenting the wide variety of birds in Assam, particularly those that breed in Assam.
This year the Bihu Bird Count (Rongali) will take place from 14 to 17 April 2021.
How to Participate in Bihu Bird Count?
Watch and count birds from anywhere you are in India for 4 days, from 14 to 17 April 2021, and upload it to eBird.org/india.
Upload at least one list a day from 14 to 17 April. Each list should be of at least 15 minutes or more.
Each list should be a complete list with counts of all birds that you could identify by sight and/ or sound to the best of your ability.
Birders in Assam can contact the following district coordinators to get more details:
1. Barpeta-Parag Patgiri (8638121166)
2. Dhubri-Upasana Devi (9365960541)
3. Kamrup-Taniya Talwar (7002754452)
4. Kamrup Metro-Anushka Saikia (7005521334)
5. Tinsukia-Deborshee Gogoi (9706375001)
6. Sivasagar-Nilutpal Mahanta (8486464948)
7. Jorhat-Miraj Hussain (9864053362)
8. Golaghat-Rofikul Islam (8133964461) /Pallab Prakash Saikia (8761872076)
9. North Lakhimpur-Kallol Hazarika (8486062021)/Pranjal Baruah (7002443189)
10. Karbi Anglong-Langtuk Terang (7002777314)
11. Dhemaji-Kallol Hazarika (8486062021)
12. Biswanath Chariali-Ranjit Kakati (7002720065)/Pranjal Mahananda (8876984113)
13. Baksa-Rustom Basumutary (8638557303)
14. Darrang-Nejib Ahmed (9706632299)
15. Kokrajhar-Deepsmita Nath (9678559563)
16. Udalguri- Nejib Ahmed (9706632299)
17. Bongaigaon-Arnab Bose (7002087926)
18. Chirang-Biswajit Chakdar (7002445928)
19. Bajali- Mondeep Thakuria (8638688382)/Nikita Das (9101856618)
20. Cachar- Prof. Atri Deshamukhya (9954041961) /Salma Sultana (7002542663)
21. Hailakandi- Amir Sohail Choudhury (9954470036)
22. Nalbari- Arpita Bardoloi (8876547925)
23. Morigaon- Gaurab Talukdar (9706766737)
24. Goalpara- Dr. Dhiraj Kumar Borah (8822892928)
25. Karimganj- Rejoice Gassah (6000301194) /Pallab Deb (9435376508)
26. Majuli- Ankur Hazarika (9707524062)
27. Nagaon- Chiranjib Bora (8474053371)/Suranjan Debnath (9365125893/8486613910)
28. Charaideo- Dipen Baruah (9435427374)
29. South Salmara Mankachar-Babul Islam (7002521590)
30. Hojai- Prodip Kumar Sahoo (7002555783)
31. Dima Hasao- Deborah Daolagupu (9577131506)
32. West Karbi Anglong-Amar Hanse (8011774740)
33. Dibrugarh- Dr. Rafiuz Ahmed (9435030667)
34. Sonitpur- Chirantanu Saikia (8638726313)
If you are bird watching inside a residential society or a campus (university, institute, or organization), please check if your location is already marked as a ‘hotspot’ in eBird. If it is, then please upload your lists to that hotspot. If it is not, then kindly suggest the location as a hotspot. More about eBird locations and hotspots is here.
Counts will be more productive early in the morning, with birds generally becoming quiet and inactive during the middle of the day.
You could also upload as many counts as you can from a single site or from different sites.
If you are uploading your lists to eBird then the eBird mobile app is one of the easiest ways to upload your sightings. Here are a few video links that can guide you on how to use the App.
Please upload all your lists before 25 April 2021.
While birding, please ensure that you adhere to COVID-19 related instructions by central and local authorities.
If you have any queries, please email at [email protected]
Header Image: Asian Emerald Cuckoo Chrysococcyx maculatus ©Jonathan Slifkin/Macaulay Library