Birds of India: Birding Checklist - Kolkata, West Bengal, India


Kolkata City
Checklist of Birds

~ presented by Birds of India

Compiled by Sumit K Sen


R- regular resident; r - sparse resident; W - regular winter visitor; w - sparse winter;

s - summer visitor; P- regular passage migrant; p - sparse passage migrant;

v - vagrant; e - possible escapee; f - possibly feral; E - locally extinct

Birds in bold have been observed in the last 15 years


Swamp Francolin E r Francolinus gularis 1

Common Quail w Coturnix coturnix 1

Rain Quail r Coturnix coromandelica 1

Blue-breasted Quail r Coturnix chinensis 1

Indian Peafowl f Pavo cristatus

Fulvous Whistling-duck w Dendrocygna bicolor

Lesser Whistling-duck R Dendrocygna javanica

White-headed Duck v Oxyura leucocephala 2

Greylag Goose w Anser anser 1

Bar-headed Goose w Anser indicus 1

Ruddy Shelduck w Tadorna ferruginea 1

Common Shelduck p Tadorna tadorna

Comb Duck w Sarkidiornis melanotos

Cotton Pygmy-goose r Nettapus coromandelianus

Gadwall W Anas strepera

Falcated Duck v Anas falcata

Eurasian Wigeon w Anas penelope

Mallard w Anas platyrhynchos 1

Spot-billed Duck r Anas poecilorhyncha 1

Baikal Teal v Anas formosa

Common Teal w Anas crecca

Garganey W Anas querquedula

Northern Shoveler W Anas clypeata

Northern Pintail W Anas acuta

Red-crested Pochard w Rhodonessa rufina

Common Pochard w Aythya ferina

Ferruginous Pochard w Aythya nyroca

Baer's Pochard v Aythya baeri 1

Tufted Duck W Aythya fuligula

Red-breasted Merganser v Mergus serrator 1

Yellow-legged Buttonquail r Turnix tanki

Barred Buttonquail r Turnix suscitator

Small Buttonquail r Turnix sylvatica 5

Eurasian Wryneck w Jynx torquilla

Rufous Woodpecker R Celeus brachyurus

Brown-capped Pygmy Woodpecker r Dendrocopos nanus 1, 3

Fulvous-breasted Woodpecker R Dendrocopos macei

Yellow-crowned Woodpecker r Dendrocopos mahrattensis 1, 2

Streak-throated Woodpecker r Picus xanthopygaeus

Black-rumped Flameback R Dinopium benghalense

Greater Flameback R Chrysocolaptes lucidus

White-naped Woodpecker r Chrysocolaptes festivus 2

Brown-headed Barbet r Megalaima zeylanica 3, 4

Lineated Barbet R Megalaima lineata

Blue-throated Barbet R Megalaima asiatica

Coppersmith Barbet R Megalaima haemacephala

Common Hoopoe W Upupa epops

Indian Roller R Coracias benghalensis

Common Kingfisher R Alcedo atthis

Brown-winged Kingfisher r Halcyon amauroptera 1

Stork-billed Kingfisher R Halcyon capensis

White-throated Kingfisher R Halcyon smyrnensis

Black-capped Kingfisher w Halcyon pileata 1, 3

Collared Kingfisher r Todiramphus chloris 3

Pied Kingfisher r Ceryle rudis

Green Bee-eater R Merops orientalis

Blue-tailed Bee-eater p Merops philippinus

Chestnut-headed Bee-eater p Merops leschenaulti

Pied Cuckoo s Clamator jacobinus

Chestnut-winged Cuckoo p Clamator coromandus 3, 4

Large Hawk Cuckoo w Hierococcyx sparverioides

Common Hawk Cuckoo R Hierococcyx varius

Hodgson's Hawk Cuckoo v Hierococcyx fugax

Indian Cuckoo p Cuculus micropterus

Eurasian Cuckoo p Cuculus canorus

Lesser Cuckoo p Cuculus poliocephalus k

Banded Bay Cuckoo r Cacomantis sonneratii 1

Grey-bellied Cuckoo p Cacomantis passerinus d

Plaintive Cuckoo r Cacomantis merulinus

Drongo Cuckoo p Surniculus lugubris

Asian Koel R Eudynamys scolopacea

Greater Coucal R Centropus sinensis

Lesser Coucal r Centropus bengalensis

Alexandrine Parakeet f Psittacula eupatria

Rose-ringed Parakeet R Psittacula krameri

Plum-headed Parakeet r Psittacula cyanocephala

Red-breasted Parakeet f Psittacula alexandri

Asian Palm Swift R Cypsiurus balasiensis

Fork-tailed Swift r Apus pacificus 1, 4

House Swift R Apus affinis

Barn Owl R Tyto alba

Oriental Scops Owl w/p Otus sunia

Collared Scops Owl r Otus bakkamoena

Rock Eagle Owl r Bubo bengalensis 1

Brown Fish Owl r Ketupa zeylonensis

Spotted Owlet R Athene brama

Brown Hawk Owl r Ninox scutulata

Short-eared Owl w Asio flammeus 4 h

Large-tailed Nightjar R Caprimulgus macrurus

Indian Nightjar r Caprimulgus asiaticus 2

Savanna Nightjar ? Caprimulgus affinis 1, 3

Rock Pigeon R Columba livia

Oriental Turtle Dove w Streptopelia orientalis

Laughing Dove r Streptopelia senegalensis 1

Spotted Dove R Streptopelia chinensis

Red Collared Dove r Streptopelia tranquebarica 3

Eurasian Collared Dove R Streptopelia decaocto

Emerald Dove r Chalcophaps indica

Orange-breasted Green Pigeon r Treron bicincta

Pompadour Green Pigeon r? Treron pompadora

Thick-billed Green Pigeon v Treron curvirostra

Yellow-footed Green Pigeon R Treron phoenicoptera

Slaty-legged Crake r Rallina eurizonoides

Slaty-breasted Rail w Gallirallus striatus

Water (Brown-cheeked) Rail w Rallus aquaticus indicus

Brown Crake r Amaurornis akool 1, 2

White-breasted Waterhen R Amaurornis phoenicurus

Baillon's Crake W Porzana pusilla

Spotted Crake w Porzana porzana 2, 5

Ruddy-breasted Crake w Porzana fusca

Watercock s Gallicrex cinerea

Purple Swamphen R Porphyrio porphyrio

Common Moorhen r Gallinula chloropus

Common Coot w Fulica atra

Eurasian Woodcock w Scolopax rusticola

Wood Snipe w Gallinago nemoricola 1, 4

Pintail Snipe w Gallinago stenura

Swinhoe's Snipe w Gallinago megala

Common Snipe W Gallinago gallinago

Jack Snipe w Lymnocryptes minimus 1, 4

Black-tailed Godwit w Limosa limosa 1

Whimbrel w Numenius phaeopus

Eurasian Curlew w Numenius arquata 1

Spotted Redshank w Tringa erythropus 1

Common Redshank w Tringa totanus 3

Marsh Sandpiper w Tringa stagnatilis 3

Common Greenshank w Tringa nebularia

Green Sandpiper w Tringa ochropus

Wood Sandpiper W Tringa glareola

Terek Sandpiper w Xenus cinereus 3

Common Sandpiper W Actitis hypoleucos

Asian Dowitcher w Limnodromus semipalmatus 1, 2

Spoon-billed Sandpiper w Calidris pygmea 2

Little Stint w Calidris minuta

Temminck's Stint w Calidris temminckii

Long-toed Stint w Calidris subminuta 1, 2

Curlew Sandpiper w Calidris ferruginea

Broad-billed Sandpiper w Limicola falcinellus

Ruff w Philomachus pugnax 4

Red Phalarope v Phalaropus fulicaria 2

Greater Painted-snipe r Rostratula benghalensis

Pheasant-tailed Jacana r Hydrophasianus chirurgus

Bronze-winged Jacana R Metopidius indicus

Eurasian Thick-knee r Burhinus oedicnemus 2

Black-winged Stilt w Himantopus himantopus

Pied Avocet p Recurvirostra avosetta

Pacific Golden Plover w Pluvialis fulva

Grey Plover w Pluvialis squatarola 1

Common Ringed Plover w Charadrius hiaticula 1, 3

Little Ringed Plover w Charadrius dubius

Kentish Plover w Charadrius alexandrinus

Yellow-wattled Lapwing r Vanellus malarbaricus 1, 2

River Lapwing r Vanellus duvaucelii 1

Grey-headed Lapwing w Vanellus cinereus

Red-wattled Lapwing r Vanellus indicus

White-tailed Lapwing w Vanellus leucurus 2

Oriental Pratincole s Glareola maldivarum

Small Pratincole p Glareola lactea 

Pallas's Gull w Larus ichthyaetus

Brown-headed Gull w Larus brunnicephalus 1, 2, 3

Black-headed Gull w Larus ridibundus

Gull-billed Tern w Gelochelidon nilotica 1, 3

River Tern r Sterna aurantia 1, 4

Common Tern p Sterna hirundo 4

Sooty Tern v Sterna fuscata

Whiskered Tern w Chlidonias hybridus

White-winged Tern w Chlidonias leucopterus 1, 3, 4

Osprey w Pandion haliaetus

Black Baza pE Aviceda leuphotes 1

Oriental Honey-buzzard R Pernis ptilorhyncus

Black-shouldered Kite r Elanus caeruleus

Black Kite R Milvus migrans

Brahminy Kite r Haliastur indus

Pallas's Fish Eagle E r Haliaeetus leucoryphus 1, 3

Grey-headed Fish Eagle r Ichthyophaga ichthyaetus

White-rumped Vulture R Gyps bengalensis

Slender-billed Vulture E r Gyps tenuirostris 1, 2

Crested Serpent Eagle R Spilornis cheela

Eurasian Marsh Harrier w Circus aeruginosus

Hen Harrier w Circus cyaneus 1, 3

Pied Harrier w Circus melanoleucos

Shikra R Accipiter badius

White-eyed Buzzard r Butastur teesa

Long-legged Buzzard rW Buteo rufinus

Black Eagle E r Ictinaetus malayensis 1, 2

Indian Spotted Eagle r Aquila hastata 2, b

Greater Spotted Eagle w Aquila clanga

Booted Eagle w Hieraaetus pennatus

Changeable Hawk Eagle r Spizaetus cirrhatus

Common Kestrel w Falco tinnunculus

Red-necked Falcon r Falco chicquera 4

Amur Falcon p Falco amurensis

Eurasian Hobby p Falco subbuteo 5

Oriental Hobby p Falco severus 1

Laggar Falcon E r Falco jugger 1, 5

Peregrine Falcon w Falco peregrinus

Little Grebe r Tachybaptus ruficollis

Great Crested Grebe p Podiceps cristatus

Darter r Anhinga melanogaster

Little Cormorant R Phalacrocorax niger

Indian Cormorant R Phalacrocorax fuscicollis

Great Cormorant W Phalacrocorax carbo

Little Egret R Egretta garzetta

Grey Heron R Ardea cinerea

Purple Heron R Ardea purpurea

Great Egret R Casmerodius albus

Intermediate Egret R Mesophoyx intermedia

Cattle Egret R Bubulcus ibis

Indian Pond Heron R Ardeola grayii

Little Heron Butorides striatus a

Black-crowned Night Heron R Nycticorax nycticorax

Yellow Bittern R Ixobrychus sinensis

Cinnamon Bittern R Ixobrychus cinnamomeus

Black Bittern s Dupetor flavicollis

Black-headed Ibis r Threskiornis melanocephalus 3

Eurasian Spoonbill w Platalea leucorodia 1

Spot-billed Pelican E r Pelecanus philippensis 1

Great White Pelican v Pelecanus onocrotalus

Painted Stork e Mycteria leucocephala

Asian Openbill R Anastomus oscitans

Woolly-necked Stork v Ciconia episcopus

Lesser Adjutant v Leptoptilos javanicus

Greater Adjutant E r Leptoptilos dubius 2

Christmas Island Frigatebird v Fregata andrewsi

Indian Pitta p Pitta brachyura

Blue-winged Leafbird r Chloropsis cochinchinensis c

Golden-fronted Leafbird r Chloropsis aurifrons 1, 4

Brown Shrike W Lanius cristatus

Bay-backed Shrike r Lanius vittatus

Long-tailed Shrike R Lanius schach

Grey-backed Shrike w Lanius tephronotus

Mangrove Whistler E r Pachycephala grisola 1, 4

Rufous Treepie R Dendrocitta vagabunda

House Crow R Corvus splendens

Large-billed Crow r Corvus macrorhynchos

Ashy Woodswallow R Artamus fuscus

Eurasian Golden Oriole w Oriolus oriolus

Black-naped Oriole w Oriolus chinensis

Black-hooded Oriole R Oriolus xanthornus

Maroon Oriole R Oriolus traillii

Large Cuckooshrike r Coracina macei

Black-winged Cuckooshrike w Coracina melaschistos

Black-headed Cuckooshrike r Coracina melanoptera

Small Minivet r Pericrocotus cinnamomeus

White-throated Fantail R Rhipidura albicollis

Black Drongo R Dicrurus macrocercus

Ashy Drongo W Dicrurus leucophaeus

White-bellied Drongo r Dicrurus caerulescens 3

Crow-billed Drongo r Dicrurus annectans

Bronzed Drongo R Dicrurus aeneus

Spangled Drongo p Dicrurus hottentottus

Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo Dicrurus remifer

Greater Racket-tailed Drongo r Dicrurus paradiseus

Common Woodshrike r Tephrodornis pondicerianus 3

Black-naped Monarch R Hypothymis azurea

Asian Paradise-flycatcher s Terpsiphone paradisi

Common Iora R Aegithina tiphia

Blue-capped Rock Thrush R Monticola cinclorhynchus

Blue Rock Thrush w Monticola solitarius

Orange-headed Thrush R Zoothera citrina

Scaly Thrush w Zoothera dauma

Tickell's Thrush W Turdus unicolor

Eyebrowed Thrush p Turdus obscurus

Dark-throated Thrush vw Turdus ruficollis

Dark-sided Flycatcher w Muscicapa sibirica

Asian Brown Flycatcher p Muscicapa dauurica

Rusty-tailed Flycatcher p Muscicapa ruficauda d

Brown-breasted Flycatcher p Muscicapa muttui

Red-throated Flycatcher W Ficedula parva

Verditer Flycatcher w Eumyias thalassina

Blue-throated Flycatcher P Cyornis rubeculoides

Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher R Culicicapa ceylonensis

Siberian Rubythroat w Luscinia calliope

Bluethroat W Luscinia svecica

Indian Blue Robin p Luscinia brunnea

Oriental Magpie Robin R Copsychus saularis

Indian Robin r Saxicoloides fulicata l

Black Redstart w Phoenicurus ochruros

Common Stonechat R Saxicola torquata

White-tailed Stonechat r Saxicola leucura 1

Desert Wheatear vw Oenanthe deserti

Spot-winged Starling p Saroglossa spiloptera 1, 2

Chestnut-tailed Starling R Sturnus malabaricus

Brahminy Starling f Sturnus pagodarum

Rosy Starling e Sturnus roseus

Common Starling p Sturnus vulgaris

Asian Pied Starling R Sturnus contra

Common Myna R Acridotheres tristis

Bank Myna r Acridotheres ginginianus

Jungle Myna R Acridotheres fuscus

Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch w Sitta castanea 1

Great Tit R Parus major

Sand Martin r Riparia riparia 1, 4

Plain Martin r Riparia paludicola 1

Barn Swallow W Hirundo rustica

Red-rumped Swallow w Hirundo daurica

Red-whiskered Bulbul R Pycnonotus jocosus

Red-vented Bulbul R Pycnonotus cafer

Bright-headed Cisticola ? Cisticola exilis 4

Zitting Cisticola R Cisticola juncidis

Grey-breasted Prinia r Prinia hodgsonii 1

Yellow-bellied Prinia r Prinia flaviventris

Plain Prinia R Prinia inornata

Oriental White-eye r Zosterops palpebrosus

Asian Stubtail v Urosphena squameiceps

Spotted Bush Warbler v Bradypterus thoracicus 1, 4

Rusty-rumped Warbler w Locustella certhiola

Lanceolated Warbler w Locustella lanceolata e

Black-browed Reed Warbler w Acrocephalus bistrigiceps 4

Paddyfield Warbler w Acrocephalus agricola

Large-billed Reed Warbler p Acrocephalus orinus

Blunt-winged Warbler w Acrocephalus concinens

Blyth's Reed Warbler W Acrocephalus dumetorum

Great Reed Warbler w Acrocephalus arundinaceus 1

Oriental Reed Warbler w Acrocephalus orientalis 4

Clamorous Reed Warbler W Acrocephalus stentoreus

Thick-billed Warbler w Acrocephalus aedon

Sykes's Warbler w Hippolais rama  

Common Tailorbird R Orthotomus sutorius

Common Chiffchaff w Phylloscopus collybita

Dusky Warbler W Phylloscopus fuscatus

Smoky Warbler w Phylloscopus fuligiventer 1

Sulphur-bellied Warbler w Phylloscopus griseolus 1, 4

Blyth's Leaf Warbler w Phylloscopus reguloides

Hume's Warbler w Phylloscopus humei 2, 3, 4

Yellow-browed Warbler w Phylloscopus inornatus 

Greenish Warbler w Phylloscopus trochiloides

Large-billed Leaf Warbler p Phylloscopus magnirostris

Western Crowned Warbler p Phylloscopus occipitalis

Yellow-vented Warbler r Phylloscopus cantator

Golden-spectacled Warbler p Seicercus burkii 2, 3

Striated Grassbird R Megalurus palustris

Bristled Grassbird r Chaetornis striatus

Abbott’s Babbler r Malacocincla abbotti f

Puff-throated Babbler R Pellorneum ruficeps

Chestnut-capped Babbler r Timalia pileata 2

Striated Babbler r Turdoides earlei 1, 4

Common Babbler r Turdoides caudatus 4

Jungle Babbler R Turdoides striatus

Lesser Whitethroat w Sylvia curruca

Singing Bushlark Mirafra cantillans 1

Indian Bushlark r Mirafra erythroptera 1, 3

Bengal Bushlark R Mirafra assamica

Ashy-crowned Sparrow Lark r Eremopterix grisea

Bimaculated Lark ? Melanocorypha bimaculata 5

Greater Short-toed Lark p Calandrella brachydactyla

Oriental Skylark R Alauda gulgula

Thick-billed Flowerpecker r Dicaeum agile

Pale-billed Flowerpecker R Dicaeum erythrorynchos

Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker r Dicaeum cruentatum 

Purple-rumped Sunbird R Nectarinia zeylonica

Purple Sunbird R Nectarinia asiatica

Loten's Sunbird v Nectarinia lotenia

Little Spiderhunter r Arachnothera longirostra

House Sparrow R Passer domesticus

Forest Wagtail P Dendronanthus indicus

White Wagtail W Motacilla alba

White-browed Wagtail r Motacilla maderaspatensis

Citrine Wagtail w Motacilla citreola citreola

Yellow Wagtail W Motacilla flava

Grey Wagtail w Motacilla cinerea

Richard's Pipit w Anthus richardi

Paddyfield Pipit R Anthus rufulus

Olive-backed Pipit W Anthus hodgsoni

Rosy Pipit r Anthus roseatus g

Black-breasted Weaver R Ploceus benghalensis

Streaked Weaver r Ploceus manyar

Baya Weaver R Ploceus philippinus

Finn's Weaver s Ploceus megarhynchus  4

Red Avadavat R Amandava amandava

Indian Silverbill r Lonchura malabarica

White-rumped Munia r Lonchura striata

Scaly-breasted Munia R Lonchura punctulata

Black-headed Munia r Lonchura malacca

Common Rosefinch w Carpodacus erythrinus

Crested Bunting R Melophus lathami

Yellow-breasted Bunting w Emberiza aureola 1

 

Records requiring further corroboration:

Indian Grey Hornbill Ocyceros birostris

Oriental Pied Hornbill Antracoceros albirostris 4 (Chandanagore)

Indian Skimmer Rynchops albicollis

Tickell's Blue Flycatcher Cyornis tickelliae

Orange-flanked Bush Robin Tarsiger cyanurus

Wire-tailed Swallow  Hirundo smithii

Ashy Prinia Prinia socialis

Tickell's Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus affinis

Singing Bushlark Mirafra cantillans 1

Crested Lark Galerida cristata 4

Streaked Spiderhunter Arachnothera magna

Chestnut-shouldered Petronia Petronia xanthocollis

Blyth's Pipit Anthus godlewskii

Tawny Pipit Anthus campestris

# 343 birds as on 25/04/09
# 345 birds as on 03/05/09
# 346 birds as on 27/05/09
# 348 birds as on 23/01/10
# 351 birds as on 15/03/10
# 352 birds as on 13/04/10
# 354 birds as on 01/05/10
# 355 birds as on 27/09/10
# 356 birds as on 30/09/10
# 359 birds as on 31/01/11
# 360 birds as on 2/03/11
# 365 birds as on 05/05/13
# 376 birds as on 31/12/13


References & sources:

  • 1 A Guide to the Birds of Salt Lake, Calcutta & change detection study (1999) ~ Prakriti Samsad & Wildlife Circle, WB

  • 2 Birds of South Asia - The Ripley Guide ~ Pamela C. Rasmussen

  • 3 Naturalist Vol III 2004 ~ Prakriti Samsad

  • 4 ZSI. (1992) Fauna of West Bengal Part 1

  • 5 Sashikumar, C, Vishnudas, C.K, Raju, S., Vinayan, P.A. & Rajashree, V.V. 2013. A Catalogue of the Birds in the Collection of Trivandrum Museum. The Forests and Wildlife Department and Department of Zoo and Museums, Government of Kerala

  • A Field Guide to the Birds of India ~ Krys Kazmierczak

  • Handbook of the Birds of India and Pakistan ~ S Ali & S.D. Ripley

  • Birds of the Indian Subcontinent ~ R. Grimmett,T.Inskipp & C. Inskipp

  • Records from www.kolkatabirds.com; bengalbird and birdphotoindia Google groups

  • Personal discussions with Sujan Chatterjee and Kushal Mookherjee

  • a Baidyabati 9/10; b Deulpur 3/10; c CKBS 9/10; d CKBS 4/10; e Joka 3/10; f CKBS 3/10; g Dankuni 1/10; h Boshipota 1/10;  k CKBS 4/10; l Dankuni 10/10

  • Blue-capped Rock Thrush at CKBS on 3/4/12

  • Drongo Cuckoo at Srerampore on 19/10/13

  • Asian Stubtail at Dhakuria lakes on 3/11/13

  • Maroon Oriole at Salt Lake, Central Park on 15/12/13

  • Great White Pelican at Batanagar on 7/12/13

  • Blyth's Leaf Warbler at Dhakuria Lakes in December 2013

  • Dark-throated Thrush at Dhakuria Lakes in December 2013

  • Desert Wheatear at Rajarhat in December 2013

  • Lesser Whitethroat at Baidyabati in December 2013


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