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18th ~ 24th February 2005
by Sumit K Sen



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Note: [ ]'s denote captive wild birds collected from Mizoram; ( )'s denote not clearly identified;

1. Red Junglefowl Gallus gallus
Male on the road to Damparengpui 
2. Kalij Pheasant Lophura leucomelanos lathami
Eight adults were seen well at Dilkawn, Aizwal. Pair on the road to Damparengpui
3. [Green Peafowl Pavo muticus]
Stunning pair at Aizwal Zoo, said to have been collected from eastern Mizoram.
4. Grey Peacock Pheasant Polyplectron bicalcaratum
Early morning view of a pair inside Damparengpui
5. Bay Woodpecker Blythipicus pyrrhotis
Calling male seen well at Dilkawn, Aizwal
6. Great Slaty Woodpecker Mulleripicus pulverulentus
Stunning views of a displaying pair at Damparengpui. A total of four sighted in that area.
7. Greater Yellownape Picus flavinucha
Only one observed in  a mixed hunting party which included Racket-tailed Drongos.
8. Great Barbet Megalaima virens 
Surprisingly uncommon and only heard and seen at Damparengpui
9. Lineated Barbet Megalaima lineata
Heard at Dilkawn, Aizwal
10. Blue-throated Barbet Megalaima asiatica 
Common and heard everywhere everyday. Sighted twice when the colours looked outrageously bright.
11. Coppersmith Barbet Megalaima haemacephala
One bird seen at dusk at Damparengpui. 
12. Oriental Pied Hornbill Anthracoceros albirostris
Pair in flight at Damparengpui. Also at Aizwal Zoo.
13. Common Hoopoe Upupa epops
Lone bird on the last day in Aizwal city.
14. Indian Cuckoo Cuculus micropterus
Heard in the evening in the southern outskirts of Aizwal.
15. Green-billed Malkoha Phaenicophaeus tristis 
16. Greater Coucal Centropus sinensis 
One bird near Aizwal Zoo seen briefly from far
17. [Grey-headed Parakeet Psittacula finschii]
Aizwal Zoo. No parakeets observed in the wild. 
18. Himalayan Swiftlet Collocalia brevirostris
Outskirts of Aizwal
19. Asian Palm Swift Cypsiurus balasiensis 
Small flock on the road to Damparengpui
20. House Swift Apus affinis
Large flock with close to a hundred birds seen most mornings and evenings over Aizwal city. 
Surprisingly, the birds seen to be of the nominate species and not A.a.nipalensis as was expected
21. Collared Scops Owl Otus bakkamoena
Heard outskirts of Aizwal.
22. [ Brown Fish Owl Ketupa zeylonensis ]
At the Zoo and also possibly at Damparengpui where poor light hindered observation.
23. Brown Hawk Owl Ninox scutulata
Heard from within Aizwal city. Specimen at Zoo also collected within the city.
24. Large-tailed Nightjar Caprimulgus macrurus
Heard every night at and around Aizwal city. Also around Dampa.
25. Rock Pigeon Columba livia 
Rare, but upto six seen on a day in Aizwal city.
26. Oriental Turtle Dove Streptopelia orientalis 
Only on the road around Dampa, where fairly common. 
27. Spotted Dove Streptopelia chinensis suratensis
Again on the road around Dampa. The range of the suratensis ssp. seems to be fairly widespread.
28. Emerald Dove Chalcophaps indica
Common in the early morning on the roads around Dampa Tiger Reserve.
29. Crested Serpent Eagle Spilornis cheela 
Individuals near Dampa and some on the road from Aizwal to Dampa
30. Black Eagle  Ictinaetus malayensis 
One near Lengpui Airport. Immature at Aizwal Zoo. 
31. (Unidentified raptor)
Road to Dampa.
32. Shikra Accipiter badius 
Dark male near Dilkawn, Aizwal. Possible a.b. poliopsis
33. Japanese Sparrowhawk Accipiter gularis
Pair seen over Dampa Forest Bungalow. 
34. (Besra Accipiter virgatus)
Accipiter seen on the road to Dampa. Poor image points at female Besra.
35. Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus
On the road back from Dampa.
36. [Lesser Adjutant Leptoptilos javanicus]
Aizwal Zoo.
37. (Blue-naped Pitta Pitta nipalensis)
Loud and clear double whistle like call  "whoip" is strongly indicative of this species. Dampa area.
38. Silver-breasted Broadbill Serilophus lunatus
Distant but clear views at Damparengpui
39. Blue-winged Leafbird Chloropsis cochinchinensis
Least common of the three leafbirds. Two seen at Dilkawn, Aizwal
40. Golden-fronted Leafbird Chloropsis aurifrons aurifrons
Common on the road from Aizwal to Dampa. Also seen at Dilkawn
41. Orange-bellied Leafbird Chloropsis hardwickii
On the road from Dampa to Aizwal. Also at Dampa.
42. Grey-backed Shrike Lanius tephronotus 
In Aizwal city and on the road outside Dampa Reserve.
43. Large-billed Crow Corvus macrorhynchos 
One bird seen and heard at dawn at Dampa.
44.(Black-hooded Oriole Oriolus xanthornus)
One fast moving bird seen poorly high in the canopy at Dampa
45. Maroon Oriole Oriolus traillii
Stunning male and a female. Roadside near Dampa.
46. Scarlet Minivet Pericrocotus flammeus 
Fairly common in Dampa. Seen in pairs.
47. White-throated Fantail Rhipidura albicollis canescens
Resident bird around the Governor's House, Aizwal. Another observed on the road to Dilkawn
48. Ashy Drongo Dicrurus leucophaeus 
Fairly common by Mizoram standards. Often seen on the road. Some may have been Black Drongos.
49. Bronzed Drongo Dicrurus aeneus 
A few seen in most areas visited
50. Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo Dicrurus remifer 
Appeared more common than Greater. Seen on the road, inside Dampa and in Dilkawn.
51. Greater Racket-tailed Drongo Dicrurus paradiseus
The Mizos call this the "King of Birds" as it leads many subjects around the forests. 
Mixed hunting parties must be very welcome for the hunter ! Identified at Damparengpui only.
52. Black-naped Monarch Hypothymis azurea
53. Blue Rock Thrush Monticola solitarius
Around Aizwal city.
54. Blue Whistling Thrush Myophonus caeruleus
Scarce ! only around and inside Dampa Reserve. 
55. Grey-winged Blackbird Turdus boulboul
Single bird high in the canopy at Dilkawn
56. Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher Ficedula strophiata
Male at Dilkawn
57. Red-throated (Taiga) Flycatcher Ficedula albicilla 
The most skittish albicilla I have seen at Governor's House.
58. Blue-throated Flycatcher Cyornis rubeculoides
Stunning male made an appearance in Aizwal city on my last day in Mizoram
59. Oriental Magpie Robin Copsychus saularis 
Aizwal area and on the road.
60. White-rumped Shama Copsychus malabaricus indicus
Male on the road outside Dampa Reserve. 
61.Black-backed Forktail Enicurus immaculatus
Surprisingly common on the drive to Damparengpui.  Even small puddles had one in attendance.
62.( White-crowned Forktail Enicurus leschenaulti)
A much larger forktail (than the above) without spotting was most likely to be this species.
63. Grey Bushchat Saxicola ferrea
Two males and a female near a hillside garbage dump, Aizwal outskirts.
64. Hill Myna Gracula religiosa 
An over-flying  pair at Dampa was the only sturnidae family member of the trip.
65. Red-rumped Swallow Hirundo daurica
Infrequently met around Aizwal. Birds appear to be in moult.
66. Crested Finchbill Spizixos canifrons
A lifer for me and one I wanted to see. At Dilkawn high in the canopy.
67. Black-crested Bulbul Pycnonotus melanicterus
Common in the afternoon near cultivated fields on the drive back from Dampa.
68. Red-vented Bulbul Pycnonotus cafer stanfordi
Most common bulbul species but very wary. Seen at Aizwal and also at Dampa. 
The birds were not of ssp. bengalensis as was expected. 
69. (Flavescent Bulbul Pycnonotus flavescens)
A brown bulbul with a short bill and dumpy crest seen through foliage was possibly this species. Damparengpui.
70. White-throated Bulbul Alophoixus flaveolus
Feeding pair at Dilkawn, Aizwal.
71. Ashy Bulbul Hemixos flavala
A few seen well at Damparengpui
72. Mountain Bulbul Hypsipetes mcclellandii 
One fast moving flock high in the canopy at Damparengpui
73. Black Bulbul Hypsipetes leucocephalus
Common but incredibly alert and fast. Last of the 8 bulbul and allied species seen.
74. Common Tailorbird Orthotomus sutorius patia
Seen and heard almost everywhere.
75. Hume's Warbler Phylloscopus humei 
Around Aizwal and at Dilkawn.
76. Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus 
Singles at Dilkawn and Aizwal city. Often foraging very high up and rarely in the bush.
77. Unknown Phylloscopus sp.
At Dilkawn. ID help appreciated.
78. Yellow-vented Warbler Phylloscopus cantator
Another lifer for me. This threatened bird was seen well at Dilkawn and Dampa.
79. Grey-hooded Warbler Seicercus xanthoschistos 
Single bird noted at Dilkawn.
80. Greater Necklaced Laughingthrush Garrulax pectotalis
Most commonly seen of the garrulax species. Large feeding flock on flowering Coral Tree (Erythrina indica)
was a treat to watch at Damparengpui. Also on the road from Dampa to Aizwal.
81. (Moustached Laughingthrush Garrulax cineraceus)
A flock of small laughingthruses in company with Racket-tailed Drongos was noted in Damparengpui.
The flock was fast moving in the thick foliage but a member showed distinct moustachial stripe against a 
very pale face.  Very likely this species.
82. Brown-cheeked Fulvetta Alcippe poioicephala
Six birds seen on the road from Dampa to Aizwal.
83. Black-chinned Yuhina Yuhina nigrimenta 
Part of a mixed hunting flock of smallies at Dilkawn.
84. Yellow-vented Flowerpecker Dicaeum chrysorrheum
3 birds visiting the area around Dampa Forest Bungalow. Noisily feeding high in the canopy.
85. Ruby-cheeked Sunbird Anthreptes singalensis assamensis
Nest building pair just outside Damparengpui. Both had striking yellow feet not shown in field guides.
86. Streaked Spiderhunter Arachnothera magna
One bird at Dilkawn
87. Eurasian Tree Sparrow Passer montanus tibetanus
Fairly common around Aizwal city
88. White Wagtail Motacilla alba alboides
At Aizwal. 
89. Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea
Singles at Aizwal and Dilkawn, Aizwal.
90. Olive-backed Pipit Anthus hodgsoni 
Common around Dampa and single bird in the Governor's residence in Aizwal.
Subsequent additions from notes/images:
91. Large Woodshrike Tephrodornis gularis
At Damparengpui in a mixed hunting party.
92. [Mrs. Hume's Pheasant Syrmaticus humiae]
Male at Aizwal Zoo

List of Mammals

1.Hoolock Gibbon Bunopithecus hoolock
Three seen well as they passed through at Damparengpui.
2. Malayan Giant Squirrel Ratufa bicolor
Dilkawn and Dampa
3. Hoary-bellied Himalayan Squirrel Callosciurus pygerythrus
Common in protected areas
4. (Orange-bellied Himalayan Squirrel Dremomys lokriah)

A total of 81 confirmed wild bird species were seen. 


[1] Birds of the Indian Subcontinent; Richard Grimmett, Carol Inskipp & Tim 
Inskipp; Christopher Helm; 1998. 
[2] A Field Guide to the Birds of the Indian Subcontinent; Krys Kazmierczak & Ber 
van Perlo; Pica Press; 2000; 
[3] A Birdwatchers' Guide to India; Krys Kazmierczak & Raj Singh; Birdwatchers' 
Guides, Oxford University Press
[4] Birds of South-east Asia ~ Craig Robson; New Holland 
[5] Handbook of the Birds of the India and Pakistan; Ali & Ripley; OUP
[6] Birds of the Eastern Himalayas;  Salim Ali 
[7] Oriental Bird Images Gallery - OBC
8] Mizoram Forest 2003 - Publication by Department of Environment & Forest, GOM
[9] Worldwildlife website for eco-region information

Kolkata, India February 2005. 

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