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Birds Reported from West Bengal Coast since 2005


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Whiskered Terns

The area is contiguous to the Sundarbans national Park and many birds listed under Sundarbans can occur here. The Sundarbans area has been regularly studied and the list is considered comprehensive. Sundarbans Checklist

List of coastal birds

Lesser Whistling-duck  Dendrocygna javanica
Medium sized flocks only at Henrys island

Gadwall Anas strepera
- Few at the fish ponds in Henrys Island

Eurasian Wigeon Anas penelope
- Observed at Henrys Island

Common Teal Anas crecca
- Observed at Henrys Island

Streak-throated Woodpecker Picus xanthopygaeus
- Observed at Henrys Island

Black-rumped Flameback Dinopium benghalense
- Observed at Henrys Island and Junput

Coppersmith Barbet Megalaima haemacephala

Common Hoopoe Upupa epops
- Observed at

Indian Roller Coracias benghalensis
- Observed at

Dollarbird Eurystomus orientalis
- Reported from

Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis
- Observed at Henrys Island and elsewhere

Stork-billed Kingfisher Halcyon capensis

White-throated Kingfisher Halcyon smyrnensis

Black-capped Kingfisher Halcyon pileata
Singles at most places

Collared Kingfisher Todiramphus chloris
- Observed at
Bakkhali and elsewhere

Pied Kingfisher Ceryle rudis

Green Bee-eater Merops orientalis

Blue-tailed Bee-eater Merops philippinus
- Noted at Frazergunj and Kalash

Chestnut-winged Cuckoo Clamator coromandus
- Reported from

Common Hawk Cuckoo Hierococcyx varius

Asian Koel Eudynamys scolopacea

Greater Coucal Centropus sinensis

Rose-ringed Parakeet Psittacula krameri

Asian Palm Swift Cypsiurus balasiensis

Spotted Owlet Athene brama

Rock Pigeon Columba livia

Spotted Dove Streptopelia chinensis

Eurasian Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto

Yellow-footed Green Pigeon Treron phoenicopterus
- at Bakkhali

White-breasted Waterhen Amaurornis phoenicurus

Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago
- Several at Henrys Island ponds

Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa
- Reported by Wader Study Group; see ref. below

Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica
- A few at Jambu Island. Reported by Wader Study Group; see ref. below

Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus
- Fairly common and numerous in Kalash area

Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata
- Usually well spread and in one's and two's

Spotted Redshank Tringa erythropus
- Uncommon

Common Redshank Tringa totanus

Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis
- Uncommon.
Reported by Wader Study Group; see ref. below

Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia

Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus
- Uncommon.
Reported by Wader Study Group; see ref. below

Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola

Terek Sandpiper Xenus cinereus
- Fairly common in small flocks

Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos

Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres
- Regular at Henrys Island

Asian Dowitcher Limnodromus semipalmatus
- Reported by Wader Study Group; see ref. below

Great Knot Calidris tenuirostris
- Good sized flocks at Henrys Island and Sagar area

Red Knot Calidris canutus
- Reported by Wader Study Group; see ref. below

Sanderling Calidris alba
- Usually in small numbers in the Sagar - Bakkhali area

Little Stint Calidris minuta
- Often inland, especially at drying ponds in Henrys Is.

Red-necked Stint Calidris ruficollis
- Reported by Wader Study Group; see ref. below

Temminck's Stint Calidris temminckii
- Observed at Junput and Henrys

Dunlin Calidris alpina
- Observed at Henrys

Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea
- Most often at Herobhanga Island

Ruff Philomachus pugnax
- Large concentrations reported from Kalash. Possibly on passage.

Pied Avocet Recurvisrostra avosetta
- Seen at Henrys Island

Pheasant-tailed Jacana Hydrophasianus chirurgus
- Sagar Island

Bronze-winged Jacana Metopidius indicus
- Frazerganj area

Great Thick-knee Esacus recurvirostris
- Regular at Henrys Island. Also at Kalash beach.

Eurasian Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus
- Stray reports from Kalash area. Needs confirmation.

Pacific Golden Plover Pluvialis fulva
- Common and abunadant

Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola
- Usually in small numbers and well spread. Regular at Henrys Is.

Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius
- Only at Junput beach

Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus
- Fairly common. Regular at Mandarmoni.

Lesser Sand Plover Charadrius mongolus
- Good numbers reported by the Wader Study Group.

Greater Sand Plover Charadrius leschenaultii
- A common wader. Abundant at most locations.

Grey-headed Lapwing Vanellus cinereus
- Reported by Wader Study Group; see ref. below

Red-wattled Lapwing Vanellus indicus
- Common in small numbers at Henrys Island

Small Pratincole Glareola lactea
- Sagar Island and also elsewhere per Wader Study Group report

Pallas's Gull Larus ichthyaetus
Common at all sites till November, scarce thereafter.

Heuglin’s Gull Larus heuglini
- A few gulls answering to this type at Frazergunj

Steppe Gull Larus heuglini barabensis
- Single bird from Herobhanga Island.

Brown-headed Gull Larus brunnicephalus
- Seasonally common at all sites.

Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus
Occasional at Sagar/Jambu Island

Gull-billed Tern Gelochelidon nilotica
- Uncommon.

Caspian Tern Sterna caspia
- Regular at the Henrys Island fish ponds. Also on large rivers.

Great Crested Tern Sterna bergii
- Usually met in the Sagar - Herobhanga - Jambu Island area.

Common Tern Sterna hirundo
- Widespread between August and November. Scarce thereafter.

Little Tern Sterna albifrons
- Abundant and common at all locations.

Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybridus
- Less obvious on the coast. Regular in the river systems inland.

White-winged Tern Chlidonias leucopterus
- Reported from Mandarmoni. Many near Sagar island.

Oriental Honey-buzzard Pernis ptilorhyncus
- Sagar island

Black Kite Milvus migrans

White-bellied Sea Eagle Haliaeetus leucogaster
- Usually met in the Bakkhali - Henrys Island area.

(Buteo) Buzzard
- Unidentified Common or Long-legged Buzzard at Herobhanga.

Shikra Accipiter badius

Booted Eagle Hieraaetus pennatus
Lone bird at Sagar Island

Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus
- Sagar and Herobhanga Island

Amur Falcon Falco amurensis
- Regular in November at Herobhanga Is. Possibly on passage.

Eurasian Hobby Falco subbuteo
- Displaying pair between Bakkhali and Henrys Island. October record.

Little Cormorant Phalacrocorax niger

Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo

Little Egret Egretta garzetta

Grey Heron Ardea cinerea

Great Egret Casmerodius albus

Intermediate Egret Mesophoyx intermedia

Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis

Indian Pond Heron Ardeola grayii

Little Heron Butorides striatus

Lesser Adjutant Leptoptilos javanicus
- Observed near Lothian Island

Brown Shrike Lanius cristatus

Mangrove Whistler Pachycephala grisola
- Heard at Henrys Island

Rufous Treepie Dendrocitta vagabunda

House Crow Corvus splendens

Large-billed Crow Corvus macrorhynchos

Ashy Woodswallow Artamus fuscus

Black-hooded Oriole Oriolus xanthornus

Black Drongo Dicrurus macrocercus

Black-naped Monarch Hypothymis azurea
- Henrys Island

Orange-headed Thrush Zoothera citrina
- Jambu Dwip

Tickell's Thrush Turdus unicolor
- Jambu Dwip

Red-throated Flycatcher Ficedula parva
- Jambu Dwip

Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochrurus

Asian Pied Starling Sturnus contra

Common Myna Acridotheres tristis

Jungle Myna Acridotheres fuscus

Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica

Red-vented Bulbul Pycnonotus cafer

Blyth's Reed Warbler Acrocephalus dumetorum
- Jambu Dwip and Henrys Island

Common Tailorbird Orthotomus sutorius

Dusky Warbler Phylloscopus fuscatus
- Jambu Dwip and Henrys Island

Greenish Warbler Phylloscopus trochiloides
- Jambu Dwip

Jungle Babbler Turdoides striatus
- Jambu Dwip

Ashy-crowned Sparrow Lark Eremopterix grisea
- Sagar Island

Purple-rumped Sunbird Nectarinia zeylonica

Purple Sunbird Nectarinia asiatica

House Sparrow Passer domesticus

White Wagtail Motacilla alba

Citrine Wagtail Motacilla citreola citreola

Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava

Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea

Paddyfield Pipit Anthus rufulus

Richard's Pipit Anthus richardi
- Reasonable common at Sagar island in winter

Updated up to: 15/11/08.
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Sources and References:
1) Bengalbird Google Group reports
2) Wader Study Group Bulletin 108 December 2005: The Indian Sunderbans: an important wintering site for Siberian waders by C. ZÖCKLER and others.
3) Personal communication from various members of Bengalbird


Sumit K Sen
Kolkata, India


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