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Sálim Ali Bird Count-2021

5 Nov 2021 - 12 Nov 2021

The Sálim Ali Bird Count is a birding event, initiated by the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) in 2018 to commemorate the birth anniversary (12 November) of the “Bird Man of India”, late Dr. Sálim Ali (1896–1987). 

Like last year, this year too the event will be celebrated from 5-12 Nov to coincide with Maharashtra’s Pakshi Saptah. See 2020 results here!202

How to Participate in Sálim Ali Bird Count?

  • Watch and count birds from anywhere you are in India for 8 days, from 5 -12 Nov, 2021.
  • Upload your sightings to the eBird mobile app and/ or the Internet of Birds Mobile App.
  • Upload at least two lists each day from 5 -12 Nov.  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.

General Instructions:

If possible, any one of the days between 5 -12 Nov, visit the nearest Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA) or any waterbody and undertake a careful count of birds for a long period of time (over an hour) to make it more meaningful.

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

Installing and preparing eBird Mobile App

Submit your sightings through eBird Mobile


Please submit all your lists before the 10th of December.

While birding, please ensure that you adhere to COVID-19 related instructions by central and local authorities 

For those new to eBird, read the brief description, and go through our detailed beginner’s guide; create an account and start using eBird right away to get used to the platform.

If you have any queries, please email us at [email protected]

Header Image: Black-naped Monarch Hypothymis azurea by Sneha Gupta/Macaulay Library


5 Nov 2021
12 Nov 2021
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R. Hemamalini
R. Hemamalini
8 months ago

Hello sir. I want to participate in this word count.

7 months ago

Great work. The birds would be watching the crackers . The actual dhoom damaka is missing. Lighting lamps would help retain culture and tradition.

Radhika V
Radhika V
7 months ago

Hello, What does list means here? List means Article? Or just bird names in numbered list? Can we upload photos/names of bird watched few days/months ago?

Andrew Jerome E
Andrew Jerome E
7 months ago

I’m willing to join this at a regional juncture.