Birds of Kolkata

 
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Image Guide to Birds found in and around Kolkata

 

 

 Images of 228 birds recorded in Kolkata till July 2010. Other than those which are highlighted, all images were taken in and around Kolkata city.

The Bird Gallery has a list of all Indian bird images uploaded on this website.

A Checklist of the birds of Kolkata can be found here 

A list of birds seen in the last 10 years here


Map of area


Name Bengali name Size  
Galliformes
Coturnix coturnix Common Quail Bhatri 20cm  
Pavo cristatus Indian Peafowl Moyur 110cm  
Ducks
Dendrocygna bicolor Fulvous Whistling-duck Boro shoral 51cm  
Dendrocygna javanica Lesser Whistling-duck Sharal 42cm  
Sarkidiornis melanotos Comb Duck Nakta 56-76cm  
Nettapus coromandelianus Cotton Pygmy-goose Bali hans 33cm  
Anas strepera Gadwall Peeing hans 39-43cm  
Anas crecca Common Teal Patari hans 34-38cm  
Anas querquedula Garganey Giria hans 37-41cm  
Anas acuta Northern Pintail Sholoncho 56-74cm  
Anas clypeata Northern Shoveler Panta_mukhi, Khunte hans 44-52cm  
Aythya nyroca Ferruginous Pochard Bhuti hans 41cm  
Aythya fuligula Tufted Duck Bamuniya hans 46cm  
Woodpeckers
Jynx torquilla Eurasian Wryneck   17cm  
Celeus brachyurus Rufous Woodpecker Badami kaththokra 25cm  
Dendrocopos macei Fulvous-breasted Woodpecker Kaththokra 18cm  
Picus xanthopygaeus Streak-throated Woodpecker   30cm  
Dinopium benghalense Black-rumped Flameback Sonali kaththokra 26-29cm  
Chrysocolaptes lucidus Greater Flameback   33cm  
Barbets
Megalaima lineata Lineated Barbet Sobuj bosontobauri 28cm  
Megalaima asiatica Blue-throated Barbet Nilgala bosonto_bauri 23cm  
Megalaima haemacephala Coppersmith Barbet Bosonto bauri 17cm  
Hoopoe & Roller
Upupa epops Common Hoopoe Mohonchura 31cm  
Coracias benghalensis Indian Roller Neelkantha 33cm  
Coracias benghalensis affinis Indian Roller Neelkantha 33cm  
Kingfishers
Alcedo atthis Common Kingfisher Chotto maachranga 16cm  
Halcyon capensis Stork-Billed Kingfisher Machh ghorel 38cm  
Halcyon smyrnensis White-throated Kingfisher Sadabuk manchranga 28cm  
Ceryle rudis Pied Kingfisher Photka maachranga 31cm  
Bee-eaters
Merops orientalis Green Bee-eater Banshpati 16-18cm  
Merops philippinus Blue-tailed Bee-eater   23-26cm xx
Merops leschenaulti Chestnut-headed Bee-eater   18-20cm  
Cuckoos, Koel & Coucals
Clamator jacobinus Pied Cuckoo Shah Bulbul; Papiya 33cm  
Hierococcyx sparverioides Large Hawk-Cuckoo Papiya 38cm  
Hierococcyx varius Common Hawk-Cuckoo Papiya 34cm  
Hierococcyx fugax Hodgson's Hawk-Cuckoo   29cm  
Cuculus canorus Eurasian Cuckoo Kuku 32-34cm  
Cacomantis passerinus Grey-bellied Cuckoo   23cm xx
Cacomantis merulinus Plaintive Cuckoo Borsha pryio 23cm  
Eudynamys scolopacea Asian Koel Kokeel 43cm  
Centropus sinensis Greater Coucal Kubo 48cm  
Centropus bengalensis Lesser Coucal Choto kubo 33cm  
Parakeets
Psittacula eupatria Alexandrine Parakeet Chandana 53cm  
Psittacula krameri Rose-ringed Parakeet Tia 42cm xx
Psittacula alexandri Red-breasted Parakeet Madna 38cm  
Swifts
Cypsiurus balasiensis Asian Palm-Swift Talcharai 13cm  
Apus affinis House Swift Batasi 15cm  
Owls & Nightjars
Tyto alba Barn Owl Laksmi pencha 36cm xx
Otus bakkamoena Collared Scops Owl   24cm  
Otus sunia Oriental Scops Owl   24cm  
Ketupa zeylonensis Brown Fish Owl Bhutum pencha 56cm  
Athene brama Spotted Owlet Kuture pencha 21cm  
Ninox scutulata Brown Hawk Owl  Kal pencha 32cm xx
Asio flammeus Short-eared Owl   38cm  
Caprimulgus macrurus Large-tailed Nightjar Raat_chora 33cm  
Pigeons & Doves
Columba livia Rock Pigeon Gola payra 33cm  
Streptopelia chinensis Spotted Dove Ghu-ghu; Tile ghu-ghu 30cm  
Streptopelia decaocto Eurasian Collared Dove Kanthi ghu-ghu 32cm  
Chalcophaps indica Emerald Dove Raj ghu-ghu 27cm  
Treron bicincta Orange-breasted Green Pigeon   29cm  
Treron curvirostra Thick-billed Green Pigeon   27-28cm  
Treron phoenicoptera Yellow-footed Green Pigeon Hariyal 33cm  
Rails, Crakes & Gallinules
Gallirallus striatus  Slaty-breasted Rail   27cm  
Rallina eurizonoides  Slaty-legged Crake   25cm  
Amaurornis phoenicurus White-breasted Waterhen Dahuk; Panpaira 32cm  
Porzana pusilla Baillon's Crake   17-19cm  
Porzana fusca Ruddy-breasted Crake Khoyri 22cm  
Gallicrex cinerea Watercock Kora 36-43cm  
Porphyrio porphyrio Purple Swamphen Kam_pakhi 43cm  
Gallinula chloropus Common Moorhen Jal murgi 32-35cm  
Fulica atra Common Coot Jal kukkut 36-38cm  
Waders
Scolopax rusticola Eurasian Woodcock   36cm  
Gallinago megala Swinhoe's Snipe Kadakhocha 28cm  
Gallinago gallinago Common Snipe Kadakhocha 26cm  
Tringa ochropus Green Sandpiper   21-24cm  
Tringa glareola Wood Sandpiper Balubatan 18-21cm  
Actitis hypoleucos Common Sandpiper Balubatan 19 -21cm  
Calidris temminckii Temminck's Stint Choto pankowwa 13-15cm  
Rostratula benghalensis  Greater Painted-snipe Baggarr_ji 25cm  
Himantopus himantopus Black-winged Stilt Lal thengi 35-40cm xx
Recurvirostra avosetta Pied Avocet   46cm  
Hydrophasianus chirurgus Pheasant-tailed Jacana Jal mayur 31cm  
Metopidius indicus Bronze-winged Jacana Jal pipi; Karatiya 28-31cm  
Glareola maldivarum Oriental Pratincole babui_batan 23-24cm  
Charadrius dubius  Little Ringed Plover Jiria 15-17cm xx
Vanellus cinereus Grey-headed Lapwing   34-37cm xx
Vanellus indicus Red-wattled Lapwing Ho-t-ti-ti 33cm  
Gulls & Terns
Larus ridibundus Black-headed Gull Gaang cheel 38cm  
Chlidonias hybridus Whiskered Tern Dhenk cheel 25cm  
Raptors
Elanus caeruleus Black-shouldered Kite Kapasi 33cm  
Milvus migrans Black Kite Cheel 61cm  
Haliastur indus Brahminy Kite Sankha cheel 48cm  
Ichthyophaga ichthyaetus  Grey-headed Fish Eagle Machh morol 74cm xx
Gyps bengalensis White-rumped Vulture Shokun 85cm  
Spilornis cheela  Crested Serpent Eagle Tilaj baj 74cm  
Circus aeruginosus Eurasian Marsh Harrier Math cheel 56cm  
Circus melanoleucos Pied Harrier Pahetai 48cm  
Accipiter badius Shikra Shikre 36cm  
Pernis ptilorhyncus Oriental Honey-buzzard   65cm  
Butastur teesa White-eyed Buzzard Teesa 43cm  
Hieraaetus pennatus Booted Eagle   52cm  
Aquila hastata Indian Spotted Eagle   64cm  
Spizaetus cirrhatus Changeable Hawk-Eagle Sadal 71cm xx
Falco tinnunculus Common Kestrel Poka_maar 35cm  
Falco amurensis  Amur Falcon   30cm  
Falco peregrinus Peregrine Falcon   43cm xx
Grebes, Darter & Cormorants
Tachybaptus ruficollis Little Grebe Duburi; Dubdubi 25-29cm xx
Anhinga melanogaster Darter Goyar 85-97cm  
Phalacrocorax niger Little Cormorant Pankouri 51cm  
Phalacrocorax fuscicollis Indian Cormorant Pankouri 63cm  
Phalacrocorax carbo Great Cormorant Boro pankouri 80cm  
Egrets, Herons & Bitterns
Egretta garzetta Little Egret Bak 55-65cm  
Casmerodius albus Great Egret Dhal_bok 65-72cm xx
Mesophoyx intermedia Intermediate Egret Balaka 65-72cm  
Bubulcus ibis Cattle Egret Bak; Go_bok 48-53cm  
Ardeola grayii Indian Pond-Heron Konch_bok 43cm  
Ardea cinerea Grey Heron Sada_kank 90-98cm xx
Ardea purpurea Purple Heron Bagala 86cm  
Nycticorax nycticorax Black-crowned Night-Heron Wak_bok ; Bachka 58-65cm  
Ixobrychus sinensis Yellow Bittern Kat_bok 38cm  
Ixobrychus cinnamomeus Cinnamon Bittern Jyotsna_bok 38cm  
Dupetor flavicollis Black Bittern Kalo_bak 58cm  
Storks
Mycteria leucocephala Painted Stork Shona_jongha 93-100cm  
Anastomus oscitans Asian Openbill Shamuk_khol 76cm  
Passerines
Pittas
Pitta brachyura Indian Pitta Bornali, Shumcha 19cm  
Shrikes
Lanius cristatus Brown Shrike   Kajol_pakhi 18cm  
Lanius cristatus superciliosus  Brown Shrike  Kajol_pakhi 18cm  
Lanius cristatus lucionensis  Brown Shrike  Kajol_pakhi 18cm  
Lanius vittatus Bay-backed Shrike Chhoto kilatora 17cm  
Lanius schach Long-tailed Shrike  Khaeryi karkata 25cm  
Lanius tephronotus Grey-Backed Shrike Kachkacha 25cm  
Corvids
Dendrocitta vagabunda Rufous Treepie Handi cha-cha 46-50cm  
Corvus splendens House Crow Kak  43cm  
Corvus macrorhynchos Large-Billed Crow Danr kak 46-59cm  
Woodswallows & Orioles
Artamus fuscus Ashy Woodswallow Tal_chatak; Chatak 19cm  
Oriolus oriolus Eurasian Golden-Oriole Sona bou 25cm  
Oriolus chinensis Black-naped Oriole   27cm  
Oriolus xanthornus Black-hooded Oriole Bene bou 23cm  
Cuckooshrikes, Minivets & Fantails
Coracina melaschistos Black-winged Cuckooshrike Kabasi 22cm  
Coracina melanoptera Black-headed Cuckooshrike   20cm  
Rhipidura albicollis White-throated Fantail Chak_dayal 19cm  
Drongos
Dicrurus macrocercus Black Drongo Phinge 28cm  
Dicrurus leucophaeus Ashy Drongo Neel phinge 29cm  
Dicrurus leucophaeus hopwoodi Ashy Drongo Neel phinge 29cm  
Dicrurus aeneus Bronzed Drongo Choto bhujongo 24cm  
Dicrurus remifer Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo Bhimraj 28cm  
Dicrurus hottentottus Spangled Drongo Keshraj 31cm  
Dicrurus paradiseus Greater Racket-tailed Drongo Bhimraj 35cm  
Monarch, Ioras & Woodshrikes
Hypothymis azurea Black-naped Monarch Katkatiya 16cm  
Terpsiphone paradisi  Asian Paradise-flycatcher Doodhraj 20-50cm  
Aegithina tiphia Common Iora Photik_jal 14cm  
Thrushes
Zoothera citrina Orange-headed Thrush Dama 21cm  
Zoothera dauma Scaly Thrush   26cm  
Turdus unicolor Tickell's Thrush Machasah 21cm  
Turdus obscurus Eyebrowed Thrush   23cm  
Flycatchers
Muscicapa sibirica Dark-sided Flycatcher   12cm  
Muscicapa dauurica Asian Brown Flycatcher   14cm  
Muscicapa muttui Brown-breasted Flycatcher   14cm  
Ficedula albicilla Red- throated Flycatcher Chutki 13cm  
Eumyias thalassina Verditer Flycatcher Neel katkatiya 16cm  
Cyornis rubeculoides Blue-throated Flycatcher Ghatki 14cm  
Robins & Chats
Luscinia calliope Siberian Rubythroat Gupigola 14cm  
Luscinia svecica Bluethroat Gunpigera 15cm  
Copsychus saularis Oriental Magpie-Robin Doel 23cm  
Phoenicurus ochruros Black Redstart   15cm  
Saxicola maura Siberian Stonechat   13cm  
Starlings & Mynas
Sturnus malabaricus Chestnut-tailed Starling Desi powai 20 cm  
Sturnus roseus Rosy Starling Modhu shalik 21 cm  
Sturnus contra Asian Pied Starling Go shalik 23cm  
Acridotheres tristis Common Myna Salik 25cm  
Acridotheres ginginianus Bank Myna Gang shalik 23cm xx
Acridotheres fuscus Jungle Myna Jhunt  or Jongli shalik 23cm  
Tits & Swallows
Parus major Great Tit Ramgangra 14cm  
Hirundo rustica Barn Swallow  tytleri Ababil 18cm  
Hirundo rustica tytleri Barn Swallow Ababil 18cm  
Hirundo daurica Red-rumped Swallow Lal ababil 18cm xx
Bulbuls
Pycnonotus jocosus Red-whiskered Bulbul Sipahi bulbul 20cm  
Pycnonotus cafer Red-vented Bulbul Bulbuli 20cm  
Warblers
Prinia flaviventris Yellow-bellied Prinia   13cm  
Prinia inornata Plain Prinia Phutki 13cm  
Cisticola juncidis Zitting Cisticola Ghash phutki 10cm  
Zosterops palpebrosus Oriental White-eye Motichur; Babu_nai 10cm  
Locustella lanceolata Lanceolated Warbler   12cm  
Locustella certhiola Rusty-rumped Warbler   13-14cm  
Acrocephalus bistrigiceps Black-browed Reed Warbler Tikra 13cm  
Acrocephalus agricola Paddyfield Warbler Tikra 13cm  
Acrocephalus orinus Large-billed Reed Warbler   13cm  
Acrocephalus concinens Blunt-winged Warbler   13cm  
Acrocephalus dumetorum Blyth's Reed Warbler Jhonp_tikra 13cm  
Acrocephalus orientalis Oriental Reed Warbler   19cm  
Acrocephalus stentoreus Clamorous Reed Warbler   19cm  
Acrocephalus aedon Thick-billed Warbler   19cm  
Megalurus palustris Striated Grassbird   25cm  
Chaetornis striatus Bristled Grassbird   20cm  
Orthotomus sutorius Common Tailorbird Tuntuni 13cm  
Phylloscopus fuscatus Dusky Warbler   12cm  
Phylloscopus trochiloides Greenish Warbler   11cm  
Phylloscopus magnirostris Large-billed Leaf Warbler   13cm  
Phylloscopus occipitalis Western Crowned Warbler   12cm  
Seicercus burkii Golden-spectacled Warbler   10cm  
Babblers
Turdoides striatus Jungle Babbler Chatare 25cm  
Larks
Mirafra assamica Bengal Bushlark Bhiriri 15cm  
Eremopterix grisea Ashy-crowned Sparrow Lark Dhulichata, Math charai 12cm  
Calandrella brachydactyla Greater Short-toed Lark Bagheri 15cm  
Alauda gulgula  Oriental Skylark Bharat 16cm  
Flowerpeckers, Sunbirds & Spiderhunters
Dicaeum erythrorhynchos Pale-billed Flowerpecker Phoolchuki 8cm  
Nectarinia zeylonica Purple-rumped Sunbird Moutushi 10cm  
Nectarinia asiatica Purple Sunbird Durga tuntuni 10cm  
Nectarinia lotenia Loten's Sunbird   13cm  
Arachnothera longirostra Little Spiderhunter   16cm  
Sparrows
Passer domesticus House Sparrow Charai 15cm  
Wagtails & Pipits
Dendronanthus indicus Forest Wagtail Ban khanjan 18cm  
Motacilla alba White Wagtail Sada khanjan 19cm  
Motacilla citreola Citrine Wagtail   19cm  
Motacilla flava Yellow Wagtail Holde khanjan 18cm  
Motacilla cinerea Grey Wagtail Dhushar khanjan 19cm  
Anthus richardi Richard's Pipit Math charai 18cm  
Anthus rufulus Paddyfield Pipit Math charai 15cm  
Anthus hodgsoni Olive-backed Pipit Gecho tulika 15cm  
Anthus roseatus Rosy Pipit   15cm xx
Weavers & Avadavats 
Ploceus benghalensis Black-breasted Weaver Shor baya 14cm  
Ploceus manyar Streaked Weaver Tite babui 14cm  
Ploceus philippinus Baya Weaver Babui 15cm  
Ploceus megarhynchus Finn's Weaver   17cm  
Amandava amandava Red Avadavat Lal munia 10cm  
Lonchura punctulata Scaly-breasted Munia Tile munia 11-12cm  
Lonchura malacca Black-headed Munia Pora munia 11cm  
Finches 
Carpodacus erythrinus Common Rosefinch Gulabi tuti, Lal tuti 15cm  
       

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 : Image taken outside the Kolkata area
 

   
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