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List of Birds seen in Eastern Himachal
 by Sumit Sen
29 May - 2 June 2008


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Chukar Alectoris chukar
A family of five crossing the road connecting Rampur to Narkanda.

Black Francolin Francolinus francolinus
Regularly met or heard

Hill Partridge Arborophila torqueola
Only one call recorded on the Chail - Kufri road.

Brown-fronted Woodpecker Dendrocopos auriceps
A few met - common around Kasauli.

Himalayan Woodpecker Dendrocopos himalayensis
One observation of a bird in flight near Kufri.

Scaly-bellied Woodpecker Picus squamatus
Regular at Kasauli. One or two met elsewhere.

Grey-headed Woodpecker Picus canus
One sighting only on the Chail-Kufri road.

Great Barbet Megalaima virens
Seen or heard every day.

Common Hoopoe Upupa epops
A couple met. One at Narkanda.

White-throated Kingfisher Halcyon smyrnensis
One near Narkanda at over 8,000 feet. Irregular.

Crested Kingfisher Megaceryle lugubris
Single record on the Narkanda - Rampur stretch

Green Bee-eater Merops orientalis

Blue-tailed Bee-eater Merops philippinus
A couple on the road going down to Kalka

Large Hawk Cuckoo Hierococcyx sparverioides

Common Hawk Cuckoo Hierococcyx varius
Heard lowlands

Eurasian Cuckoo Cuculus canorus
One on a roadside wire
near Narkanda. Another near Chail.

Lesser Cuckoo Cuculus poliocephalus
One heard at Narkanda

Asian Koel Eudynamys scolopacea
Seen/heard regularly

Alexandrine Parakeet Psittacula eupatria
Only at Kasauli

Rose-ringed Parakeet Psittacula krameri
Uncommon. Seen at lower elevations

Slaty-headed Parakeet Psittacula himalayana
One flock on the road to Kasauli

Plum-headed Parakeet Psittacula cyanocephala
Omnipresent in large numbers

Asian Barred Owlet Glaucidium cuculoides
One or two each day

Rock Pigeon Columba livia

Oriental Turtle Dove Streptopelia orientalis
Strangely very few seen

Laughing Dove Streptopelia senegalensis

Spotted Dove Streptopelia chinensis

Red Collared Dove Streptopelia tranquebarica
A few

Eurasian Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto

Wedge-tailed Green Pigeon Treron sphenura
Two sightings. Both around 5000 feet

Red-wattled Lapwing Vanellus indicus
A pair on the open ground around Chail Cheer Phesantry (2250m). Must be a new high-elevation record !

Oriental Honey-buzzard Pernis ptilorhyncus
A couple observed. One just as we entered Himachal near Kala Amb.

Black Kite Milvus migrans
A few noted - some at over 8000 feet.

Slender-billed Vulture Gyps tenvirostris
A flock of 5-6 flying over Nahan

Himalayan Griffon Gyps himalayensis
Regular and in good numbers

Crested Serpent Eagle Spilornis cheela
A calling pair was the only sighting

Shikra Accipiter badius
One or two met each day.

White-eyed Buzzard Butastur teesa
An adult near Kala Amb

Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus
Not uncommon

Eurasian Hobby Falco subbuteo
A pair flying over Hatu Resort, Narkanda and possibly going to roost.

Eurasian Jay Garrulus glandarius
Only one observation on the Chail-Kufri road.

Black-headed Jay Garrulus lanceolatus
One near Nahan and another near Kasauli.

Yellow-billed Blue Magpie Urocissa flavirostris
Breeding pair collecting nesting material at Sarahan

Red-billed Blue Magpie Urocissa erythrorhyncha
Regular. A pair near
Kandaghat were almost tame.

Rufous Treepie Dendrocitta vagabunda
One or two met

Grey Treepie Dendrocitta formosae
Rare. Encountered twice at about 7000 feet.

Spotted Nutcracker Nucifraga caryocatactes
Four birds seen and a couple heard. All between Chail and Kufri.

House Crow Corvus splendens
Not common

Large-billed Crow Corvus macrorhynchos
The commonest bird observed. In large numbers everywhere.

Eurasian Golden Oriole Oriolus oriolus
One near Sainj

Rosy Minivet Pericrocotus roseus
A lovely pair between Nahan and Banethi

Black Drongo Dicrurus macrocercus

Ashy Drongo Dicrurus leucophaeus
Regularly met in small numbers

Asian Paradise-flycatcher Terpsiphone paradisi
A brilliant male near
Parwanoo and another at Thanedar

Blue-capped Rock Thrush Monticola cinclorhynchus
fairly common in small numbers

Blue Whistling Thrush Myophonus caeruleus

Plain-backed Thrush Zoothera mollissima
One near Kufri

Grey-winged Blackbird Turdus boulboul
A nesting female on the Chail-Kufri road

Eurasian Blackbird Turdus merula
Possibly this species seen briefly at Kasauli.

Ultramarine Flycatcher Ficedula superciliaris
A couple inside Kufri zoo.

Verditer Flycatcher Eumyias thalassina
Strangely very few seen

Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher Culicicapa ceylonensis
One small flock only near Narkanda

Oriental Magpie Robin Copsychus saularis
Seen regularly in small numbers

Indian Robin Saxicoloides fulicata
A few observed in the lowlands

Plumbeous Water Redstart Rhyacornis fuliginosus
One on the bridge near N

Spotted Forktail Enicurus maculatus
Single observation of bird that popped out almost below our feet at

Hodgson's Bushchat Saxicola insignis
A surprise find for the area of a late 1st winter male about a 1000 feet downhill of Sarahan. Hodgson's is considered to be a vagrant in Himachal.

Siberian Stonechat Saxicola maura
A few near Rampur

Pied Bushchat Saxicola caprata
Regular at lower elevations

Grey Bushchat Saxicola ferrea

Brown Rock-chat Cercomela fusca
One seen near Kala Amb

Chestnut-tailed Starling Sturnus malabaricus
A few met

Common Myna Acridotheres tristis

Jungle Myna Acridotheres fuscus

Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch Sitta castanea
A nesting pair between Nahan and Banethi

Bar-tailed Treecreeper Certhia himalayana
One near Kufri and a pair at Kasauli

Spot-winged Tit Parus melanolophus
Regular at higher elevations. Most breeding.

Great Tit Parus major
Fairly common at suitable altitudes.

Green-backed Tit Parus monticolus
A few around Narkanda and Sarahan.

Black-lored Tit Parus xanthogenys
One sighting only

Black-throated Tit Aegithalos concinnus
Very few encounters. One flock near Kufri and another at Kasauli.

Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica

Himalayan Bulbul Pycnonotus leucogenys
Common as soon as you hit the hills.

Red-vented Bulbul Pycnonotus cafer
Regularly met in small numbers

Black Bulbul Hypsipetes leucocephalus
Common at all elevations in the hills

Striated Prinia Prinia criniger
A few recorded everyday.

Oriental White-eye Zosterops palpebrosus
One or two sightings of small feeding flocks.

Brownish-flanked Bush Warbler Cettia fortipes
Heard everywhere and seen more than once.

Common Tailorbird Orthotomus sutorius
Few observations

Ashy-throated Warbler Phylloscopus maculipennis
One near Kufri

Greenish Warbler Phylloscopus trochiloides
A few at Kasauli

Western Crowned Warbler Phylloscopus occipitalis
Breeding birds at and near Narkanda

Grey-hooded Warbler Seicercus xanthoschistos
Oddly very few met - fairly scarce.

Streaked Laughingthrush Garrulax lineatus

Rusty-cheeked Scimitar Babbler Pomatorhinus erythrogenys
Heard only

Jungle Babbler Turdoides striatus
Many at Kasauli

Red-billed Leiothrix Leiothrix lutea
Pair at Kasauli

Rufous Sibia Heterophasia capistrata
Single bird at Kufri

Pale-billed Flowerpecker Dicaeum erythrorhynchos
A couple seen

Purple Sunbird Nectarinia asiatica
One or two met only

House Sparrow Passer domesticus

Russet Sparrow Passer rutilans

Chestnut-shouldered Petronia Petronia xanthocollis
Small flock near Kala Amb

White Wagtail Motacilla alba
One on the Sutlej river near Rampur

Yellow-breasted Greenfinch Carduelis spinoides
A few near Narkanda

Crested Bunting Melophus lathami
A spanking male near
Parwanoo. Another on the Chail-Kufri road.

Rock Bunting Emberiza cia
A few met near Narkanda.



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