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LIST OF BIRDS OBSERVED
February 1 ~ 8, 2007
Bill Harvey & Sumit Sen

 
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Steppe Eagle


Species Kutch Gir Vela-
vadar
Ahmedabad &Thol

Remarks

Grey Francolin Francolinus pondicerianus x x x x Common
Black Francolin Francolinus francolinus x x Scarce
Common Quail Coturnix coturnix x Only at Naliya
Indian Peafowl Pavo cristatus x x x Common
Greylag Goose Anser anser x Over 400 at Thol
Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea x x Very local
Comb Duck Sarkidiornis melanotos x Only a few seen
Gadwall Anas strepera x x Very local
Eurasian Wigeon Anas penelope x x Very local
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos x x Rare
Spot-billed Duck Anas poecilorhyncha x x Small numbers encountered
Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata x x Very local
Northern Pintail Anas acuta x x Good numbers at Thol
Garganey Anas querquedula x x Rare
Common Teal Anas crecca x x x Very local. Large flock in Hodko Dhand
Common Pochard Aythya ferina x x Over 300 at Thol
Ferruginous Pochard Aythya nyroca x Single bird in tank near Bhuj
Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula x Very local
Brown-capped Pygmy Woodpecker Dendrocopos nanus x One sighting
Yellow-crowned Woodpecker Dendrocopos mahrattensis x x Widespread
Black-rumped Flameback Dinopium benghalense x Two sightings
Coppersmith Barbet Megalaima haemacephala x Common in Gir
Common Hoopoe Upupa epops x x x x Common
Indian Roller Coracias benghalensis x x x x Fairly common
Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis x x x Local
White-throated Kingfisher Halcyon smyrnensis x x x x Common
Pied Kingfisher Ceryle rudis x x Local
Green Bee-eater Merops orientalis x x x Abundant
Asian Koel Eudynamys scolopacea x x Local
Greater Coucal Centropus sinensis x x x Common
Rose-ringed Parakeet Psittacula krameri x x x Common
Plum-headed Parakeet Psittacula cyanocephala x Local
House Swift  Apus affinis x x Very local
Crested Treeswift Hemiprocne coronata x Very local
Eurasian Eagle Owl Bubo bengalensis x Single bird seen near Chhari-dhand
Spotted Owlet Athene brama x x Local
Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus x Single bird seen at Chhari-dhand
Grey Nightjar Caprimulgus indicus x One heard
Sykes’s Nightjar Caprimulgus mahrattensis x A few on the Banni grasslands
Indian Nightjar Caprimulgus asiaticus x A few on grassland tracks
Rock pigeon Columba livia x x x x Numerous as ever!
Laughing Dove  Streptopelia senegalensis x x x x Common
Red Collared Dove Streptopelia tranquebarica x Local
Eurasian Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto x x x x Common
Yellow-footed Green Pigeon Treron phoenicoptera x x Local
Indian Bustard Ardeotis nigriceps x 5 seen in the Naliya grasslands
Sarus Crane Grus antigone x Family of 3 at Thol
Common Crane Grus grus x x x x Over 25,000 in the Banni area
White-breasted Waterhen Amaurornis phoenicurus x x x Local
Purple Swamphen Gallinula chloropus x x Local
Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus x x Local
Common Coot Fulica atra x x Local
Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse Pterocles exustus x Common in Banni and Naliya
Painted Sandgrouse Pterocles indicus x One pair only at Morai None seen in Gir
Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago x x Local
Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa x Local
Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica x Flock of 7 at Bhadreswar
Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus x Single bird near Mundra
Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata x A few seen on the coast and one near Fulay village
Common Redshank Tringa totanus x Mainly on coast
Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis x x Mainly inland
Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia x Inland
Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus x Inland
Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola x x Inland
Terek Sandpiper Xenus cinereus x Only at Bhadreswar
Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos x x x Few
Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres x 11 birds seen feeding at Bhadreshwar
Little Stint Calidris minuta x Mainly inland
Temminck’s Stint Calidris temminckii x All inland
Dunlin Calidris alpina x Small numbers at Chhari-dhand
Ruff Philomachus pugnax x Inland
Eurasian Thick-knee Burhinus oedicnemus x Surprisingly scarce
Great Thick-knee Esacus recurvirostris x Very local
Eurasian Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus x 3 birds seen in flight at Pingalehwar
Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus x x x Common
Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola x A few on the Mandvi coast
Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius x x Inland and coast
Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus x   Inland
Lesser Sand Plover Charadrius mongolus x Inland and coast
Yellow-wattled Lapwing Vanellus malarbaricus x Surprisingly scarce (4 seen)
Red-wattled Lapwing Vanellus indicus x x x x Common
Indian Courser Cursorius coromandelicus x Unexpectedly very scarce. 6 birds seen in Kutch.
Oriental Pratincole Glareola maldivarum x Single observation at Chhari-dhand
Heuglin's Gull Larus heuglini x Common at Bhadreshwar
Steppe Gull Larus (cachinnans or heuglini) barabensis x Fairly common at Bhadreswar
Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans x Two at Bhadreswar
Pallas's Gull Larus ichthyaetus x Several
Brown-headed Gull Larus brunnicephalus x Common at Bhadreshwar
Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus x Common on coast
Slender-billed Gull Larus genei x 4 birds encountered on the coast
Gull-billed Tern Gelochelidon nilotica x Common on the coast
Caspian Tern Sterna caspia x Only at Pingaleshwar
River Tern Sterna aurantia x x Large numbers at Thol Sanctuary
Lesser Crested Tern Sterna bengalensis x Common at Bhadreshwar
Great Crested Tern Sterna bergii x A couple seen at Bhadreshwar
Little Tern Sterna albifrons x A few at Bhadreshwar
Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybridus x x Large numbers at Thol Sanctuary
Osprey Pandion haliaetus x x x Rather widespread At least 6 seen
Black-shouldered Kite Elanus caeruleus x x x x Common
Black Kite Milvus migrans x x Surprisingly local
Brahminy Kite Haliastur indus x x Coast only
Eurasian Griffon Gyps fulvus x Scope views of 4 birds near Pigaleshwar coast
Short-toed Snake Eagle Circaetus gallicus x x x Fairly common
Eurasian Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus x x x Common but all dark birds
Pallid Harrier Circus macrourus x x Common. Mainly ringtails
Montagu’s Harrier Circus pygargus x x Much less common than Pallid
Shikra Accipiter badius x x x x Common
Oriental Honey-buzzard Pernis ptilorhyncus x x x Common
Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus x x Fairly common in Kutch
Greater Spotted Eagle Aquila clanga x Singkle immature  bird seen near Chhari-dhand
Tawny Eagle Aquila  rapax x A few encountered
Steppe Eagle Aquila nipalensis x x x Most numerous aquila in Kutch. Very few adults.
Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca x 2 immature birds seen. One at Kothara the other in Banni
Booted Eagle Hieraaetus pennatus x Very local
Changeable Hawk Eagle Spizaetus cirrhatus x Very local
Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus x x x Common
Laggar Falcon Falco jugger x Single bird on a post near Kothara, Kutch
Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis x x x Common
Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus x 7 birds in a tank near Bhuj
Darter Anhinga melanogaster x x x A good number at Thol.
Little Cormorant Phalacrocorax niger x x Local
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo x x x Local
Little Egret Egretta garzetta x x x Local
Western Reef Egret Egretta gularis x Most birds seen were in full breeding colours
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea x x Scarce
Purple Heron Ardea purpurea x x Scarce
Great Egret Casmerodius albus x x Scarce
Intermediate Egret Mesophoyx intermedia x Scarce
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis x x x x Common
Indian Pond Heron Ardeola grayii x x x Scarce
Black-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax x Very local
Lesser Flamingo Phoenicopterus minor x A few near Chhari-dhand
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus x x Local
Black-headed Ibis Threskiornis melanocephalus x Very local
Black Ibis Pseudibis papillosa x x Frequently encountered in small flocks in Kutch
Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia x x Over 500 birds at Thol Sanctuary
Great White Pelican Pelecanus onocrotalus x x Small flocks seen resting in the Banni and over 400 in Thol
Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus x A couple at Chhari-dhand and a family of three near Mundra
Painted Stork Mycteria leucocephala x x Breeding
Asian Openbill Anastomus oscitans x A few just outside Thol Sanctuary
Woolly-necked Stork Ciconia episcopus x Very local
White Stork Ciconia ciconia x A few dozen seen on the Banni grasslands.
Rufous-tailed Shrike Lanius isabellinus x x Common. 
Bay-backed Shrike Lanius vittatus x x x Scarce
Long-tailed Shrike Lanius schach x x x x Scarce
Southern Grey Shrike Lanius meridionalis x Uncommon
Rufous Treepie Dendrocitta vagabunda x Local
House Crow Corvus splendens x x x x Common
Large-billed Crow Corvus macrorhynchos x x x Local
Small Minivet Pericrocotus cinnamomeus x x Local
White-browed Fantail Rhipidura aureola x Very local
Black Drongo Dicrurus macrocercus x x x x Not numerous
Asian Paradise-flycatcher Terpsiphone paradisi x Very local
Common Iora Aegithina tiphia x Local
Marshall's Iora Aegithina nigrolutea x Fairly common in suitable habitat
Common Woodshrike Tephrodornis pondicerianus x x Very local
Red-breasted Flycatcher Ficedula parva x x Scarce
Tickell's Blue Flycatcher Cyornis tickelliae x Very local
Bluethroat Luscinia svecica x Single bird seen at the edge of Hodko Dhand
Oriental Magpie Robin Copsychus saularis x x Local
Indian Robin Saxicoloides fulicata x x x x Common
Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochruros x x x Common
Stoliczka’s Bushchat Saxicola macrorhyncha   x One only
Common Stonechat Saxicola torquata x x x x Widespread
Pied Bushchat Saxicola caprata x x Rather scarce
Brown Rock-chat Cercomela fusca x Local
Variable Wheatear Oenanthe picata x x Very common
Desert Wheatear Oenanthe deserti x x Common
Isabelline Wheatear Oenanthe isabellina x Rather scarce
Red-tailed Wheatear Oenanthe chrysopygia x A couple of birds seen near the rocky parts of the Banni
Brahminy Starling Sturnus pagodarum x x Local
Rosy Starling Sturnus roseus x x x x Large flocks observed throughout the trip
Common Starling Sturnus vulgaris x Local One flock of 10 at Banni
Asian Pied Starling Sturnus contra x x Surprisingly local
Common Myna Acridotheres tristis x x x x Common
Bank Myna Acridotheres ginginianus x x x x Common
Great Tit Parus major x Very local
White-naped Tit Parus nuchalis x Only seen at Morai
Sand Martin Riparia riparia x A few Banni
Dusky Crag Martin Hirundo concolor x x Common
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica x x Common
Wire-tailed Swallow Hirundo smithii x Common
Red-rumped Swallow Hirundo daurica x Local
White-eared Bulbul Pycnonotus leucotis x x Local
Red-vented Bulbul Pycnonotus cafer x x x x Common
Grey Hypocolius Hypocolius ampelinus x Over 30 birds seen near Fulay village
Rufous-fronted Prinia Prinia buchanani x x Frequently encountered
Grey-breasted Prinia Prinia hodgsonii x x Common
Ashy Prinia Prinia socialis x Local
Plain Prinia Prinia inornata x x x Common
Graceful Prinia Prinia gracilis x Very local
Zitting Cisticola Cisticola juncidis x x Rather scarce
Oriental White-eye Zosterops palpebrosus x Local
Paddyfield Warbler Acrocephalus agricola x Local
Clamorous Reed Warbler Acrocephalus stentoreus x x Local
Sykes's Warbler Hippolais rama x Local
Common Tailorbird Orthotomus sutorius x x x Local
Common Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita x x Local
Hume's Warbler Phylloscopus humei x Local
Greenish Warbler Phylloscopus trochiloides x Very local
Tawny-bellied Babbler Dumetia hyperythra x Very local
Yellow-eyed Babbler Chrysomma sinense x Local
Common Babbler Turdoides caudatus x x x Most common scrub species on this trip
Large Grey Babbler Turdoides malcolmi x x Local
Jungle Babbler Turdoides striatus x x Local
Lesser Whitethroat Sylvia curruca x x x Local
Desert Warbler Sylvia nana x Very local
Orphean Warbler Sylvia hortensis x Very local
Indian Bushlark Mirafra erythroptera x Local
Ashy-crowned Sparrow Lark Eremopterix grisea x x x x Rather scarce
Rufous-tailed Lark Ammomanes phoenicurus x x Locally common
Bimaculated lark Melanocorypha bimaculata x Small flocks of 20+ in the Naliya grasslands
Greater Short-toed Lark Calandrella brachydactyla x x Abundant in Kutch
Sand Lark Calandrella raytal x On coast only
Crested Lark Galerida cristata x x x Common
Sykes’s Lark Galerida deva x Very local
Purple Sunbird Nectarinia asiatica x x Scarce
House Sparrow Passer domesticus x x x Numerous in grassland scrub
Chestnut-shouldered Petronia Petronia xanthocollis x x Local
White Wagtail Motacilla alba x x x Scarce
White-browed Wagtail Motacilla maderaspatensis x Very local
Citrine Wagtail Motacilla citreola x x Scarce
Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava x x x Local
Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea x x Very local
Paddyfield Pipit Anthus rufulus x x x Scarce
Tawny Pipit Anthus campestris x x Common
Long-billed Pipit Anthus similis x x Locally common
Tree Pipit Anthus trivialis x Very local
Baya Weaver Ploceus philippinus x Scarce
Indian Silverbill Lonchura malabarica x x Reasonably widespread
Common Rosefinch Carpodacus erythrinus x One sighting at Fulay
Grey-necked Bunting Emberiza buchanani x Fairly common
Black-headed Bunting Emberiza melanocephala x Small flock in southern Kutch

 

 

   
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