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Great Backyard Bird Count 2017 Results


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11,861 lists
1,449 participants
825 species
7,951 hours

Summary

Another record-breaking GBBC in India! Nearly 12,000 lists from almost 1,500 birders clocking up close to 8,000 hours birding and recording an impressive 825 species. Birders in India visited 37% of the districts in the country, spending time not just in national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, but village tanks, parks and gardens, and from their own homes.

The accompanying Campus Bird Count also set records, with 187 institutional campuses covered.

As well as the statistics described below, to relive the excitement of GBBC, or to appreciate a little bit of the atmosphere if you were unable to take part, read various accounts from some of the participants across the country. We’d also like to thank the state coordinators and those who organised counts on campuses and elsewhere around the country.

view the full GBBC report as PDF | view the interactive CBC Report

Bird-watching at Asola Wildlife Sanctuary

Bird-watching at Asola Wildlife Sanctuary, Delhi

The global Great Backyard Bird Count takes place over a long weekend every February. Its aim is to encourage people to go birding anywhere, recording and sharing their observations on the eBird website, and hopefully introducing others to this wonderful pastime. This was the fifth year that India has participated, and with record numbers of birdwatchers!

Compared to the record-breaking 2016, this year saw even more effort, with 31% more participants spending 36% more time in the field, and recording 50% more lists and 40 more species.

GBBC Effort 2013 – 2017

GBBC Effort 2013 – 2017

GBBC Global

Checklists per Country

Checklists per Country

As with last year, India was third globally in terms of the number of checklists submitted, behind just the United States and Canada. The 21% more unique (i.e. ignoring the number of eBirders a list was shared with) lists compared to last year continues the year on year growth trend in India.

See the full country breakdown by checklists on the eBird GBBC website.

The honours for the most number of species from a single country went to South America this year, with Colombia recording a fantastic number of 955.

Species per Country

Species per Country

India’s total of 801 is most impressive though, especially as it represents 61% of the total species known to occur in the country. By contrast Colombia “only” recorded 50% of their avifauna: the country is home to nearly 20% of the entire world’s species!

It would be interesting to see how many more species it is possible to see in India with concerted and planned efforts to conduct birdwatching during GBBC in remote and important bird areas, such as much of the northeast that typically has relatively little coverage.

See the full country breakdown by species on the eBird GBBC website.

NB: Number of lists and species shown by the GBBC website differs from those used for analysis, as the GBBC total includes only lists uploaded by a cut-off date of 3rd March, whilst GBBC India analysis has considered all lists uploaded by 9th March.

GBBC India Results

Coverage Map

GBBC 2017 Coverage Map

As last year, lists were recorded from 30 states and union territories; whilst Lakshadweep and Tripura were added this year, there were no records from Meghalaya or Nagaland, despite their representation in 2016. District coverage increased overall however, with birding visits to 236 (37%) districts nationally.

Each list in the map below is shown as a translucent circle, hence darker areas represent multiple lists from the same or adjacent locations.

Although it’s of limited use to actually determine population and range trends, it is always interesting to look at the “commonest” species. Overall House Crow was the most frequently reported species, appearing on 48% of lists.

Most Commonly Encountered Species

Most Commonly Encountered Species

With the country categorised into four regions, there is actually a different “commonest” species for each region, as depicted in the figure below. As with last year, Common Myna is the only species to occur in the top five for each of the four regions, with Rock Pigeon, Red-vented Bulbul and House Crow all making the top five in three regions.

The top six birded states in terms of number of lists were exactly the same as last year. With the exception of the most birded state, Kerala, the others all recorded well over 300 species each. The number of lists and species per state are shown in the graph below.

Lists and Species per State

Lists and Species per State

Nationally 1,449 registered eBirders took part and recorded at least one list. In reality many times this number birdwatched during GBBC, especially through the various organised bird walks and the Campus Bird Count.

The table below shows the top participants (including some group accounts) per state/union territory, based on number of complete lists recorded.

Region State No. Participants Ave. Per Person Effort (hrs) Participant Names (Top 5 Listed)
North & Northwest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bihar 6 0.8 Rahul Kumar, Ameet Mandavia, Ankit Badesha, Parvez Kaleem, Wild Chhattisgarh
Dadra and Nagar Haveli 0 0
Daman and Diu 0 0
Gujarat 63 4.5 Foundation For Ecological Security Anand, Ramjee Nagarajan, Kedar Champhekar, Sivakumar Swaminathan, Vipul Trivedi
Haryana 44 4.6 Mridul Anand, Simran Tuteja, Neha Goel, Pinky Rani, Preeti Saini
Himachal Pradesh 20 23.1 Wildlife Wing Himachal Pradesh Forest Department, Santosh  Kumar Thakur ( Wildlifer) , Virat Jolli, Shashi Kiran Thakur, Shubham Gautam
Jammu and Kashmir 11 7.4 Parvaiz Shagoo, Neeraj Sharma, Kashmir Birdwatch, Mohd Ayoub, Munib Khanyari
Punjab 14 6.1 Nakul Raj, Arun Prabhu, Jain Pk, Jungle Babblers, Nitheesh S Pillai
Rajasthan 15 7.4 Mittal Gala, Chirag Munje, Fes Sojat, Santosh Shitole, Sid Pai
Uttarakhand 56 7.0 Anant Pande, Mariyam Nasir, Sudip Banerjee, Dinesh Pundir, Moumita Chakraborty
Uttar Pradesh 47 4.8 Nelson George, Able Lawrence, Manan Singh Mahadev, Poonam Nayaka, Abha Manohark
Chandigarh 3 0.8 Sarbjeet Kaur, Rima Dhillon, Geeta Goswami
Delhi 55 4.4 Surya Prakash, Amit Kaushik, Vijaylakshmi Suman, Ankit Rajotia , Ayush Rajotia
East & Northeast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arunachal Pradesh 3 5.1 Biswajit Chakdar, Saniya Chaplod
Assam 100 3.3 Narayan Sharma, Pranjal Mahananda, Anubhav Bhuyan, Hiyashri Sarma, Jonmani Kalita
Manipur 0 0
Meghalaya 0 0
Mizoram 0 0
Nagaland 0 0
Sikkim 5 3.8 Karma Choden Bhutia, Bhoj Kumar Acharya, Hemal Naik, Karma Tempo, Sunita Khatiwara
Tripura 1 4.2 Dipak Sinha
West Bengal 50 4.8 Debayan Gayen, Sagar Adhurya, Nizar Virani, Saikat Adhurya, Dr. Subhadeep Sarker
Central

 

 

 

 

Chhattisgarh 16 4.3 Wild Chhattisgarh, Ameet Mandavia, Arun M K Bharos, Amar Mulwani, Ankur Shekdar
Jharkhand 1 1.3 Parvez Kaleem
Madhya Pradesh 26 3.8 Shruti Asn, Kanak Bali Singh, Ajay Gadikar, Richa Chitale, Tropical Forest Research Institute Jabalpur
Maharashtra 221 6.1 Mumbai Bird Race Group Account, Vishwatej Pawar, Kadambari Devarajan, Varun Kher, Akshay Onkar
Odisha 13 5.9 Sandhya Lenka, Saraju Dash, Swetashree Purohit, Anand Pendharkar, Diganta Sovan Chand
South

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andhra Pradesh 24 4.0 Instituteofbirdstudies Rishivalley, Santharam V, Vv Robin, Kaustubh Rau, Foundation For Ecological Security Madanapalle
Goa 25 3.9 Omkar Dharwadkar, Aidan Fonseca, Pronoy Baidya, Gauri Achari, Omkar Naik
Karnataka 250 4.9 Ankit Vikrant, Swapna Lawrence, Radhakrishna Upadhyaya K, Vineeth Kumar, Arun Thilipan
Kerala 212 4.2 Premchand Reghuvaran, Syamili Manoj, Bird Atlas Kannur (Group Account), Bird Atlas Palakkad (Group Account), Sumesh B
Tamil Nadu 158 6.4 Cinchona Ghs(Group Account), Ganeshwar S V, Murugesh Natesan, Aravind Amirtharaj, Elavarasan M
Telangana 49 7.2 Brihadeesh Santharam, Deepthi Chimalakonda, Madhusudhan Srinivasan, Ram M S, Ashish Jha
Puducherry 12 3.4 Surendhar Boobalan, Pranav Balasubramanian, Arjun Kannan, Arulmozhi Surendhar, Ganapathy Sivapiragasam
Islands

 

Andaman and Nicobar Islands 13 3.6 Nitya Mohanty, Anet India, Basanta Behura, Harish Thangaraj, Rajesh Panwar
Lakshadweep 1 1.8 Rucha Karkarey
Total   1,105 5.4  

Top Participants per State

Some people get especially addicted to birding during GBBC, spending most of the daylight hours birding! The top dedicated GBBCers (based on number of complete lists and total birding hours) are shown below: thanks very much to them for their efforts.

 Name State Lists
Ganeshwar S V Tamil Nadu 211
Murugesh Natesan Tamil Nadu 206
Aravind Amirtharaj Tamil Nadu 120
Elavarasan M Tamil Nadu 102
Ankit Vikrant Karnataka 94
Swapna Lawrence Karnataka 94
Premchand Reghuvaran Kerala 87
Syamili Manoj Kerala 84
Surendhar Boobalan Tamil Nadu 76
Nalini Aravind Tamil Nadu 74

Top Individuals by No. Complete Lists

Name State Hours
Ganeshwar S V Tamil Nadu 52.8
Murugesh Natesan Tamil Nadu 51.6
Vipul Trivedi Gujarat 46.6
Alain Sylvain Uttarakhand 39.5
Dominic Chartier Uttarakhand 39.5
Suzanne Cholette Uttarakhand 39.5
Forest Venkat Tamil Nadu 35.4
Rachit Singh Karnataka 35.0
Aravind Amirtharaj Tamil Nadu 30.3
Swapnil Wankhede Maharashtra 27.6

Top Individuals by No. Hours

This dedication is recognised globally as eight of the top ten participants in the world in terms of checklists submitted were from India, and Indians filled four of the top ten places globally for number of species recorded!

Campus Bird Count

187 campuses
3,534 lists
452 participants
436 species

In India the Campus Bird Count also takes place as part of GBBC. This is an important exercise for documenting birds in places that can be overlooked but often provide valuable habitat, as well as introducing many young newcomers to birdwatching and monitoring.

Campuses may belong to educational and training institutions of any kind, government institutions, research stations, corporate campuses or even residential campuses and colonies. Overall an impressive 44% of the GBBC lists were from the Campus Bird Count, and there was 50% increase in participation compared to last year.

Those institutions that completed the most lists are shown in the table below.

Campus State No. Lists No. Species
1 Wildlife Institute of India Uttarakhand 508 146
2 Kerala Agricultural University (KAU) Kerala 376 103
3 Christ University Karnataka 361 43
4 Isha Home School (IHS) Tamil Nadu 197 88
5 Valley School Karnataka 187 143
6 Government High School, Cinchona Tamil Nadu 175 81
7 Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) Tamil Nadu 96 77
8 Assam University Assam 95 66
9 Mangalore University Karnataka 86 56
10 Cotton College State University Assam 81 36

We are very grateful for the various people who acted as state coordinators, helping with the various campuses in their area.

Visit the Campus Bird Count Results webpage to see the full results and browse the data.

Photos

Many great photos of both birds and people were submitted to the GBBC Photo Gallery, and these encapsulate the spirit of the event superbly. A selection is shown here, but do view the entire gallery.

Rook
Rook
Let me show you the way it works!!
Let me show you the way it works!!
Kentish Plover
Kentish Plover
How beautiful it is to watch
How beautiful it is to watch

Press Coverage

There was excellent coverage in both national and regional media about the GBBC and CBC. A few examples are shown below.

Further Information

GBBC 2017 was coordinated by Bird Count India and its various partners. For more information, see the following links.

GBBC and Campus Bird Count 2017

eBird

Bird Monitoring in India

Contact Bird Count India at skimmer@birdcount.in

What Next?

A lot of the value in collating bird observations comes from regular monitoring of the same location over a period of time. This is the focus of “patch birding” as well as more structured surveys, the latter being ideal for a campus. Please keep eBirding and consider how you could make your observations count more for science and conservation. Do contact us for more ideas.

GBBC will be back on 16-19 February 2018!

View the next page for the full list of 2017 participants.