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Great Backyard Bird Count 2021

12 Feb 2021 - 15 Feb 2021

GBBC 2021 | Bird Walks & Talks (Registration form) | Resources | Contacts | Campus Bird Count 2021


If you’re new to eBird or birding, the following resources might be of help.

How-To Guides for Birding & eBird

If you are new to birding, here are some resources to get you started, from what you will need to watch birds, to get familiar with common birds around you.

eBird mobile app is one of the easiest ways to upload your sightings. Here are a video and a webinar recording to help you learn how to upload a checklist using the eBird Mobile App.

Learn tips and tricks to use eBird, like entering codes for bird names and how to enter unidentified birds.

A list of short videos and webinars regarding eBird can be viewed at Bird Count India’s Youtube channel.

The eBird Essentials Course

What is eBird and how can you use it to find more birds, keep track of your sightings and participate in events like the GBBC? You can get up to speed in just 3 hours, by trying the free eBird Essentials Course.

Merlin Bird ID

If you are new to birding, Merlin can be your birding coach. Merlin’s latest India pack helps you identify 800 widespread species. All you have to do is upload a photo of the bird or answer a few questions and Merlin will suggest the most likely ID. See this webinar recording on how to use Merlin Bird ID App.

You can download the following material about the GBBC. Please help by spreading the word amongst your friends and contacts too!

Media Kit

You can download a GBBC press release in PDF format or an editable .docx version that you can alter to give details of local events and contacts if you so wish. Please circulate to your friends and contacts in the media.

We also have some excellent high-resolution images of birds and birdwatchers, available to be used in all GBBC 2021 publicity. Please do credit the photographer when using a photo. Free downloaded posters for publicity are available in English Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati and Telugu

Introduction to Birds and Birdwatching

We have put together a PowerPoint presentation on “An Introduction to Birds and Birdwatching”, which includes a section on birds in general, a guide to common Indian birds, and a section on Beyond Birding, with some slides about the GBBC. You are welcome to download this presentation, modify it for your audience and context and use it. There is an accompanying word document with notes for each slide, to help with the presentation. If you do plan to use the presentation, please do let us know; and afterwards, tell us how it went!

Presentation (v0.3, 2016): .ppt (17.6 Mb) or .pdf (16.4 Mb) | Notes: .doc (40 Kb)

On some computers (eg running Linux/LibreOffice) the ppt presentation may not appear correctly. Please download the pdf instead.

There is a Telugu version of this presentation:

GBBC_IntroBirdsBirding-v0.3-Telugu, PDF: GBBC_IntroBirdsBirding-v0.3-Telugu

Note: This presentation has been created for the Bird Count India partnership. It is meant for download and use in educational and outreach efforts. You are free to modify it to suit specific purposes and audiences. This presentation is being distributed on the understanding that none of the material it contains will be used for commercial purposes, and that in all cases photograph credits must be retained in any modified version. Most of the photographs in this presentation have been used with the specific permission of the photographer. Others have been downloaded from the internet; for these we apologize for not having obtained advance permission. If your photo appears in this presentation, and you wish to have it removed, please write to [email protected] and we will replace it.

Downloadable posters for social media

(To make prints, click on the PDF’s below):
CBC 2021_Hornbill
CBC2021_Green Pigeon
GBBC 2021_Sunbird

Posters Created by Misha Bansal

You can view and download the booklet An Introductory Guide to GBBC and eBird in Tamil at this link (PDF, 18MB).

If you would like to contribute a similar guide/booklet in another language, please do get in touch.

Here is also a video in Tamil about birdwatching, citizen science, and eBird:

Read on for contact details for coordinators for GBBC 2021.

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12 Feb 2021
15 Feb 2021
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Lobzang Visuddha
1 year ago

Ladakh Birds Club over the years have lead many such birding field trips to different youth groups jn Ladakh.

This year (2021) our club is organizing GBBC at larger scale with much more participants. Different parts of Ladakh like Chanthang, Nubra Valley, Sham region, Kargil, Zangskar and Rong region will have active members participations.

1 year ago

Super! Look forward.

1 year ago

Nice move BIRD COUNT INDIA , to make a mass movement & to generate community – participation. A time will come when we will see people avoiding porching & killing BUT the BHEEL&KHANABADOSE Whose livelihood is dependent on bird killing has to be included in main stream. Good news is that they also are moving towards better options BUT We “the white collars “should avoid purchasing these lovely STRESS-BUSTERS !!

1 year ago

My club MANDAR NATURE CLUB at BHAGALPUR, BIHAR, INDIA, is still generating mass awareness & community participation in & around GANGA&KOSHI river basin & all wet lands in & around BIHAR. गरूड़, डाल्फिन, conservation बर्ड्स रिंगिंग are another milestone apart from regular bird watching EXERCISES !!

1 year ago

I want to join the birding in my area.I guide my students in bird count. Thanks for giving chance.

Jagdish singh
Jagdish singh
1 year ago

Date 12feb2021
Global backyard birdcount
Start Time 8:40am
Last update 12:50pm
#of taxa report-((41))
Number of obserivers-11
बच्ची,सूरज, के रामनारायण सर, जगदीश, पंकज, संजय बिष्ट
मेहमान,,,, तोतीक दास, अचला साहनी, मिस्टर एंड मिसेज हर्सा (कर्नाटक), परान

harshavardhan v. sheelavant
Reply to  Jagdish singh

Thank you Jagadish.. was indeed a nice inexperience.

Prof. Harshavardhan & Smt. Mahalakshmi H. Sheelavanat, Dharwad, Karnataka

Sanjiv khanna
Sanjiv khanna
1 year ago

While we are managing bird counts at Jalandhar and nearby area, our focus is to attract new birders.
My NGO “Aashray” also works in rehabilitation of stray and injured birds.

Rahul Suresh Agade
Rahul Suresh Agade
1 year ago


Iqbal Ali Khan
Iqbal Ali Khan
1 year ago

More then 43 Species were recorded in Leh District of in GBBC Bird count from 12 to 15th
Other then that, it remarkable to notice mammals like Ladakh Urial, Wholly Hare and Large Eared Pike at some of the bird-watching habitats