Sálim Ali Bird Count


Sálim Ali by V. Santharam, Madras Naturalists’ Society. Licensed under CC BY 2.5 via Commons.


What: Nationwide bird count

When: 11th and 18th of November 2018

How: (1) Go birding, preferably over an hour;
(2) Make a separate list (with counts of birds) for each location covered;
(3) Upload your list(s) to eBird India, nothing more needed.

Who: Anyone with an interest in birds! This is a great opportunity to introduce your family and friends to the wonderful world of birds.

Organised by BNHS.



The Bombay Natural History Society announces the Sálim Ali Bird Count for the year 2018. This is a single-day event to commemorate the birth anniversary (12 November) of the “Bird Man of India”, late Dr. Sálim Ali (1896–1987).

The count will be held on two consecutive Sundays, i.e., 11th and 18th November 2018 which precede and follow his birth anniversary.

Participants have either to do bird count on 11th November or 18th November 2018. The only criterion for participation in the event is an interest in birds. Participants can observe and records birds in their chosen area, preferably for over an hour. A checklist of bird species is available on the BNHS (bnhs.org) and IBCN website (ibcn.in). We request the participants to download the same and enter their sightings in the checklist. This complete list of all species spotted (ideally with counts of individuals) should be submitted through email to Nandkishor Dudhe ([email protected]). [Note: if you are uploading to eBird you need not do anything further.]

Sálim Ali Bird Count is a Citizen Science initiative, conducted in association with many organisations. Birdwatchers can visit their nearest Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA) or any water body and undertake a diligent 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. We also request the birdwatchers to not restrain themselves to the one-day-event, but monitor the chosen area consistently over the coming years and also be part of the Common Bird Monitoring Programme.

Banner photo: Chestnut-shouldered Petronia (or Yellow-throated Sparrow), the species that launched Salim Ali’s ornithological career. Balaji PB/Macaulay Library, from this checklist