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: 13th November 2016

How: (1) Go birding for at least 15 min (preferably longer);
(2) Make a separate list (with counts of birds) for each location covered;
(3) Enter your counts on a pre-prepared summary excel sheet and email to n.dudhe@bnhs.org, OR upload your list(s) to eBird India, and email the link to your list to n.dudhe@bnhs.org.
Full details are here.

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-India.


Earlier events: 2015
Nearly 300 birders uploaded over 15,000 observations (counts) from 22 States. They reported 514 species, including several threatened species. Read about it in the media coverage here, here, here and here.

Bombay Natural History Society announces the revival of Sálim Ali Bird Count in India. This is a single-day event to commemorate the birthday of the ‘Bird man of India’, late Dr. Sálim Ali (1896-1987). The date for this year’s Bird Count will be 15th November 2015, and will continue every year on the Sunday following 12 November, his birth anniversary.

Birdwatchers are invited to participate in this event by watching birds wherever they like for at least 15 minutes, and preferably over an hour. If possible, please consider breaking down your birding into multiple lists of 15 minutes each. Complete lists of all species seen (ideally with counts of individuals) may please be submitted on eBird (www.ebird.org/india) from where BNHS will download, analyse and circulate the findings.

We also encourage birdwatchers to use this opportunity to visit Important Bird Areas (IBAs) or other key habitats and sites near them. You can visit multiple locations during the day, but please maintain and upload a separate bird list (and count) for each location. If you visit the same locations every year on, the Sálim Ali Bird Count becomes a means for monitoring the status of birds and their habitats. Bird and natural history groups could also use this occasion to organize other events to popularize bird-watching among the general public.

We invite anyone interested in birds to participate in this Count! Media reports and photographs of the event can be sent to BNHS. The bird lists, however, should be uploaded on eBird website itself. If you are new to eBird, please click here for how to get started.

A compiled report of the Bird Count will be released by BNHS soon after the event.

The Sálim Ali Bird Count is organized by the BNHS  in partnership with Bird Count India, a collective of many organizations and groups across the country working towards documenting and monitoring birds.

PS. You can dowload a pdf of the announcement from the BNHS.