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Assam & Meghalaya
by Anand Prasad
11 February - 8 March 2001

 

 

 

 


 

Itinerary

Sunday 11th February:
Flew to Guwahati from Amritsar via Delhi. Stopped off at Deepor Beel for Fulvous Whistling Duck - no luck. P.m. went to see Greater Adjutants at Ulubari Bazar opposite the Rhino Club.
Monday 12th February:
A.m. visited the Forest Dept Office Guwahati for permit to Dibru-Saikhowa which proved unnecessary (see later).
Tuesday 13th February:
A.m. flew to Dibrugarh. Bus to Dibrugarh town, then bus to Tinsukia. Visited DFO Tinsukia. Spent 2 hours in Dibru-Saikhowa.
Wednesday 14th February - 18th February:
Dibru-Saikhowa.
Monday 19th February:
Bus to Digboi. Arranged accommodation with Mr. Koneru. Met the Lotts who were on a bird photography trip and arranged to share transport next day. Spent p.m. birding around the Guest House and golf course.
Tuesday 20th February - 24th February
Digboi
Sunday 25th February
Digboi. Came back early, caught evening bus to Kaziranga. Arrived late in evening. Phoned Wildgrass who picked me up from Kohora.
Monday 26th February
Jeep all day in Western Range.
Tuesday 27th February
A.m. jeep in Central Range. P.m. Panbari.
Wednesday 28th February
Manju Barua, the Wildgrass owner, gave me a lift to Nagaon. Bus to Lanka. Bus to Haflong. (15 hr trip).
Thursday 1st March
Jatinga below the village and the lower slopes without guide. Arranged a guide with the headman's nephew for next day.
Friday 2nd March
Jatinga Ham Pu Ped peak with the headman's nephew and friend.
Saturday 3rd March
Explored above Ratzol, past the first village and almost to the radio tower.
Sunday 4th March
Jatinga Ham Pu Ped peak.
Monday 5th March
Jatinga Ham Pu Ped peak, returning early. Caught evening bus to Guwahati.
Tuesday 6th March
Early bus to Shillong. Explored top of Old Guwahati Rd.
Wednesday 7th March
Taxi to Cherrapunji and Mawphlang sacred grove.
Thursday 8th March
A.m. taxi to Mawphlang. P.m. walked down from the football field on Shillong Peak and the last hour on Old Guwahati Rd.
Friday 9th March
Early morning, shared jeep, direct to Guwahati airport, flew Calcutta-Bombay-London-Manchester.

Reports Used

I relied heavily on the excellent report and incredibly detailed list of Jon Hornbuckle with Des Allen, Paul Holt and Krys Kazmierczak from 17th Feb-14th March 1998 which is available from OBC. The first part (not including the list) can be found on the web. I also needed Birdwatcher's Guide to India by Krys Kazmierczak and Raj Singh. I had taken some notes from the Swedish report by Per Alstrom (Regulus tour) from February 1994 which my girlfriend kindly translated. Later Per sent me his notes by e-mail. The report by Henk Hendriks from March 7th - April 20th 1998 available on OB files has some good notes on Nameri, which is definitely worth a visit. I also had some notes from Steve Smith with Cygnus tours who visited Manas and Kaziranga in 1988.

I also have just read the OBC Bulletin # 32 where in "From the Field" Craig Robson saw the following birds. Tawny-breasted Wren Babbler (above Shillong, near Mawphlang and near Mawjrong 12-15th April), Russet Bush Warbler (common above Shillong and heard at Mawphlang on 15th April), 2 Purple Cochoa and 2 Green Cochoa (at Jatinga on 18th April).
Per Alstrom also saw the following at Jatinga. Slender-billed Oriole, Red-faced Liochichla, Red-billed Scimitar Babbler, Beautiful Nuthatch, Sapphire Flycatcher, Pigmy Blue Flycatcher and Long-billed Wren Babbler.

Assam is a place it would be difficult to visit only once!

Acknowledgements

Special thanks to Krys Kazmierczak for his help in planning the trip and with this report. Also thanks to Manju Barua and the staff at Wildgrass, particularly for the extended loan of a neck-brace!

Weather

I had good weather. It rained quite heavily on the day I left Tinsukia and I lost a few hours birding with some showers whilst at Digboi. This seemed to help the leeches but otherwise it was fine.

Accommodation

Guwahati: Hotel Trimurti not recommended; it is 150 rps for a single but is very dirty. I moved to the Gitanjali nearby, for 300 rps for a single. The rooms are nice but the promised and much needed shower in the morning was not forthcoming. They should have their plumbing problems sorted out by now. Also good were the Maharaja 400rps for a single and the Vikash International 528rps for a single (all nearby). The new snack bar near the Nandan has a new hotel being built above, which should be ready by next year and should be reasonable.

Tinsukia: There was no room in Guijan available (although I later found out a tent was available). I stayed at the Hotel Jyoti for 320 rps for a single. It had 24 hour hot water.

Kaziranga: The Wildgrass Lodge has to be the most hospitable place I have ever visited in India. I was taken care of "above and beyond the call of duty". I only wish I had spent more time there and not the two days wasted in Guwahati. I stayed in the Thatch Lodge for 300rps. Wildgrass Reservations in Guwahati tel # is 0361 546827. New fax # 0361 630465. The tel # for Wildgrass itself is 03776 62011. E-mail <wildgrss@gw1.vsnl.net.in> See transport on how to get there.

Digboi Oilfield: Best to write or e-mail Mr S. R. Koneru the Chief Administration Manager before you arrive. His new e-mail address is KoneruSR@iocl.co.in Tel # 03751 64715. Fax # 03751 64715. As a guest of IOC, I stayed at their guest house ('Central Transit Accommodation'). I had a great room for 450rps. It should be 650rps but through some mix up I managed to get a concession. It would be great if you could take any old optics or field guides for educational use at the reserve.

Haflong: Stayed at the Government Circuit House. It was about 100rps a night and they cook whatever food you want. Don't leave any valuables in your room, especially if Ganesh Chetri is still the manager.

Shillong: I stayed at the Alpine Continental and they gave me a reduced price, as I was nearly broke after having been robbed in Haflong. I think I paid about 450 rps.

Transport

One way to fly cheaply if you have time, is to get a foreign registration certificate from the police. With this you can fly Indian prices with most internal flights, unless they are flying on to an outside destination. I flew to Dibrugarh and then used buses for all the long trips. This was not for the expense; the buses are more comfortable. The smaller vehicles swerve around all the potholes, whereas the buses just ride straight over them. The one bus journey which was very uncomfortable was from Digboi to Kaziranga where the bus drives very fast and the bumps in the road gave me multiple whiplash. Strangely the slower the bus the more easy the ride. I am recovering from a ruptured disk so I know! The roads are very bad except from Guwahati to about half way to Digboi.

> From Digboi to Kaziranga, get off at the turn off for Wildgrass if you are staying there (phone for description). It is also very good to phone to tell them you are coming, so they can be ready to pick you up. If you get dropped off at Kohora you have a long walk (5½Km) back to Wildgrass. Wildgrass Tel # 03776 62011. See accommodation for Wildgrass bookings.
> From Dibrugarh airport to Tinsukia you only need to get to the main road and flag down a bus, (no need to go all the way to Dibrugarh which is in the opposite direction).
> Short trips for early birding (when no buses are running) need to book. At Dibru-Saikhowa you need to book a taxi to take you from Tinsukia to Guijan (I paid 200rps). Returning from Guijan can be a bit of a hassle after dark (last bus at around 5.30) but you can still usually get a jeep for 120rps+. From Haflong to Jatinga (100rps) or Ratzol (about 200rps) you also need to book an auto rickshaw. These prices are higher than normal but you need to give some incentive to get someone up early and to be on time. A few rupees could make the difference between a disastrous waste of time and an excellent morning birding!
At Digboi you need to hire a car but it would be possible to get dropped off and then get picked up later. I did that on my last day at Digboi. The car should cost 500rps per day plus petrol. It was about 800rps per day. At Digboi I shared transport with Eric and Chris Lott and Albert Van Stekelenburg.
> At Kaziranga the jeep was 1100rps for a day and 600rps for a half day.
> Kaziranga to Haflong. I got an early morning start with Manju Barua the owner of Wildgrass who gave me a lift to Nagaon. From here I got on a "direct" bus to Haflong but it actually only went to Lanka. At Lanka I had to wait 2 or 3 hours for the Haflong bus. Lanka had never seen a foreigner before and the whole town stopped for three hours to watch me waiting for a bus!! The hill people were luckily much less dumbstruck and I had a great time as they all seem to speak good English, and seemed to think it the most natural thing in the world that I should be walking around their hills (very nice people). There was however one old lady who I am sure thought she had met a devil as she ran away after we passed on the track up from Ratzol. To get back on subject, don't go via Nagaon and Lanka the whole trip took 15 hrs with 2 breakdowns and repairs with pieces of string on the steering? brakes? Get the evening bus to Guwahati and then get the morning direct bus to Haflong.
> Haflong to Shillong. On the map it is a short distance from Garampani to Shillong and the bus from Haflong to Guwahati actually goes through Garampani. I was sorely tempted to try this route but I wouldn't want to spend a night here (after a taste of Lanka) and so it would need a jeep or taxi and I found them too bad on my back. I took the evening bus to Guwahati and then the early morning bus to Shillong.
> Haflong-Silchar. As Krys says in his book you can get from Silchar (where there is an airport) to Haflong but it must be a terrible road because this is a continuation of the road from Haflong to Ratzol which is very bad. I considered this as a route to Guwahati but after seeing the road from Haflong to Ratzol gave up that idea.

Site Information

Dibru-Saikhowa
The most important news here is that you can now get your permit at Tinsukia DFO or even Guijan RFO and there is no need to apply for it in Guwahati. I still think it is a good idea to connect with the DFO at Tinsukia as he is very interested in meeting birders and wants to know about the birds in the National Park/Bio-sphere Reserve. He also seems keen to make the park a bit more birder friendly as regards getting around, accommodation etc. and he is interested in getting feedback.
Address:
Divisional Forest Officer; Tinsukia Wildlife Division
Boroguri P.O.; Tinsukia; Assam - 786125
Tel. 333082 (residence); 331472 (office)
Guijan address:
Guijan Wildlife Range
P.O. Rangagora; District. Tinsukia; Assam - 786147
The park fees are 175 rps per day which includes an obligatory armed Forest Guard. They are paid a good wage (by Indian standards) of 4500 rps per month, which is worth bearing in mind if you want to tip.
The area around Kolomi is good but is quite a trip, as first you have to wake up the boatman to get across the river. He charged 30rps for myself, guard and a porter (as I needed to take care with my bad back). Then you have to wade across some small streams to get off the "island" before entering the forest before Kolomi. The second ferry of former years has gone but the river could easily change course yet again. There is also a second way to Kolomi which is quicker and has different habitat (no forest). I would recommend flip-flops for wading the streams, otherwise you are putting your boots on and off all the time (another back killer). The last ferry back is very variable (about dusk) and no matter what, I always seemed to spend a long time waiting for the boatman. It is a bit of a drag when you know you are also going to miss the last bus. Accommodation at Guijan or one of the camps would make everything a lot easier but they are all used by the guards. Of course if the guards are stopping the poaching this is hard to find fault with. About 4 Km east of the northern ferry landing (i.e. on the "island") is Raidan Camp where I saw Jerdon's Babbler and heard a possible "Swamp" Prinia Prinia (burnesii) cinerascens. It is also supposed to be good for Marsh Babbler. This must be near the area where Craig Robson writes in OBC Bulletin 32 "From the Field", that he saw in March 2000 "a pair and two single Black-breasted Parrotbills...on the north bank of the Dibru River, c.5km east north-east of Guijan on 30th -31st Marc" and he adds "look in the tall grass and dried up back-waters/pools behind the north bank (opposite Dighaltrang Village)" (pers. com.). In OBC Bulletin 32 he continues "and two singing "Swamp" Prinias Prinia (burnesii) cinerascens (one paired) were found on the south bank of the Dibru River c.2-3km east of Guijan on 30th March".
There is a local guide nicknamed Benu who lives in Guijan (you can just ask in the village), his real name is something like Janaal Aberdeen? and he charges 1500rps per day! He also claims to be able to arrange trips to Namdapha at short notice, but I think this is doubtful!
In Tinsukia have a look for the Oriental Hobbies, which were breeding in the last radio tower on the road to Guijan.
Best birds: White-browed Piculet, Streak-throated Woodpecker, Lineated Barbet, Oriental Pied Hornbill, Green-billed Malkoha, Grey-headed Lapwing, Pallas's Gull, Grey-headed Fish Eagle, Oriental Hobby, Lesser Adjutant, Common Green Magpie, White-tailed Rubythroat, Jerdon’s Bushchat, Spot-winged Starling, Hill Myna, Sultan Tit, Plain Martin, Yellow-bellied Prinia, Pale-footed Bush Warbler, Chestnut-crowned Bush Warbler, Spotted Bush Warbler, Dusky Warbler, Smoky Warbler, Rufous-fronted Babbler, Chestnut-capped Babbler, Jerdon's Babbler, Sand Lark, Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker, Ruby-cheeked Sunbird, Crimson Sunbird, Rosy Pipit, Black-faced Bunting.Pale-footed Bush Warbler, Chestnut-crowned Bush Warbler, Spotted Bush Warbler, Dusky Warbler, Smoky Warbler, Rufous-fronted Babbler, Chestnut-capped Babbler, Jerdon's Babbler, Sand Lark, Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker, Ruby-cheeked Sunbird, Crimson Sunbird, Rosy Pipit, Black-faced Bunting.

Digboi Oilfield
This is an excellent place and nice and quiet. The oil is still being extracted but it seems to be by compressed gas so there is no moving machinery. This is one of the few places in India where I saw no livestock grazing.
Digboi is also very close to Dibru-Saikhowa so if you can't make it to Namdapha in Arunachal Pradesh it is perfect. On this note the permit fees for Arunachal Pradesh have been lowered to 50$ lump sum.
I have just re-read the report by Jon Hornbuckle et al. and realised I may have missed the best area in Digboi, as he states "The best area is furthest from town, some 15+ km along the tarred road, just beyond the entrance gate at the other end".
The best area I kept going back to, was the first path on the left after the "# 6 Compression Station" which is just after the "Production Office". On this path I saw Dark-sided Thrush and many White-hooded Babblers. There are also some good side-paths off this path. The last side-path on the right before it hits the other road is good. I found Streaked Wren Babbler and Yellow-bellied Warbler here.
Another good path where I found a pair of White-winged Duck was the 4th track on the right after the "Production Office". There is a pool at the beginning of the track on the right and further on also on the right another pool where I found the WWD. This path leads quite far (if you fork left and then take the small path immediately to the right again) and is worth exploring. I found Grey Peacock Pheasant, Long-tailed Broadbill and the only Wreathed Hornbill here.
I was with the Lotts and Albert Van Stekelenburg when we found a pair of Chestnut-backed Laughingthrush. This path was also on the right but much nearer town, by the hydrant # 29. The path opposite also had some pools worth exploring.
There were some leeches in the damp areas.
Best birds: Grey Peacock Pheasant, White-winged Duck, White-browed Piculet, Blue-eared Barbet, Oriental Pied Hornbill, Great Hornbill, Wreathed Hornbill, Red-headed Trogon, Blue-bearded Bee-eater, Green-billed Malkoha, Pin-tailed Green Pigeon, Grey-headed Lapwing, Besra, Crested Goshawk, Pied Falconet, Long-tailed Broadbill, Common Green Magpie, Grey Treepie, Collared Treepie, Short-billed Minivet, Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo, Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, Dark-sided Thrush, Snowy-browed Flycatcher, Large Niltava, Small Niltava, White-rumped Shama, Daurian Redstart, Black-backed Forktail , Spot-winged Starling, White-vented Myna, Hill Myna, Sultan Tit, White-throated Bulbul, Ashy Bulbul, Chestnut-headed Tesia, Slaty-bellied Tesia, Grey-bellied Tesia, Mountain Tailorbird, Dark-necked Tailorbird, Smoky Warbler, [possible Eastern Crowned Warbler], Yellow-vented Warbler, White-spectacled Warbler, Grey-cheeked Warbler, Rufous-faced Warbler, Yellow-bellied Warbler, Striated Grassbird , Rufous-necked Laughingthrush, Abbott's Babbler.

Kaziranga
I only had two days to spend here partly because Panbari was closed supposedly because of a Rhino with calf. I wish I had had a bit longer here. I missed Blossom-headed Parakeet and Thick-billed Pigeon which were seen by the Wildgrass guide. I could barely look up after the whiplash bus ride from Digboi, so I was not up to much. I also missed Yellow-vented Flowerpecker which is easy apparently in Panbari. I notice the Birdwatchers' Guide has the area near the Aranya Lodge (where you get the permit for Central Range) as a good spot for this species. On another visit I would also hire the guides from Wildgrass who seemed good and are probably good on calls.
The fees for entering the Park are 175 rps per day. When you take a jeep there is an additional fee of 150rps per half day for the whole vehicle. On the Central Range you have to leave the Park at mid-day but in the Western Range they are less strict and you can stay in all day. The main drag is that you cannot walk around. See transport section for jeep fees.
There were quite a lot of leeches in a quick look at Panbari.
Best birds: Swamp Francolin, Lineated Barbet, Blue-eared Barbet, Great Hornbill, Blue-bearded Bee-eater, Spotted Redshank, River Lapwing, Grey-headed Lapwing, Pallas's Fish Eagle, Grey-headed Fish Eagle, Pied Harrier, Spot-billed Pelican, Black-necked Stork, Lesser Adjutant, Greater Adjutant, Rosy Minivet, Spot-winged Starling, Dark-necked Tailorbird, Ruby-cheeked Sunbird, Streaked Spiderhunter, Forest Wagtail, Blyth's Pipit, Yellow-breasted Bunting.

Jatinga Area
On the first day I explored the area below the village and the lower slopes. I would recommend a guide even on the lower slopes as I found very little good habitat on that first day and kept ending up in orchards.
I had most of my best birds on or near Ham Pu Ped peak. I took a guide the first day and then on the way down drew a map and then went up twice more alone. It is definitely tricky at the top. I marked the path well with sticks but beware of bad weather. There are some well-marked sidetracks which go to cultivated areas. I explored the last one on the right before the top and it looked very promising but I was running out of time to explore further. I found the peak so worthwhile, I even climbed up on the last day, even though I knew I would only have a couple of hours near the top. Climbing up can be a bit dead in places as the sun only hits parts of the hill for short periods.
I didn't see much above Ratzol but I think the Regulus tour with Per Alstrom saw some good birds here. I walked almost to the radio tower at the top, where there is some good habitat but unless you have a jeep it is probably better to stay low and explore the damp ravines.
The area below the village is becoming heavily degraded as the cultivation spreads.
I didn't register at Haflong but there was an official looking man on the bus, and a man from "intelligence" came searching for me quite quickly and I had some forms to fill in.
Jatinga is a potential problem area. How dangerous it really is, I don't know. With bad luck you could become the first kidnap victim but as far as I know no foreigner has had problems yet.
There are some pretty lethal barbed palms which have some nasty "claws" which almost grab you if you walk too close to them. My arm still itches but so does my ankle from tick bites in Chitwan 14 months ago.
Best birds: [Possible Mountain Bamboo Partridge], White-cheeked Partridge, White-browed Piculet, Golden-throated Barbet, Oriental Pied Hornbill, Red-headed Trogon, Pin-tailed Green Pigeon, Pied Falconet, Grey Treepie, Maroon Oriole, Short-billed Minivet, Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo, Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush, Eyebrowed Thrush, White-gorgeted Flycatcher, Snowy-browed Flycatcher, Large Niltava, Small Niltava, White-tailed Flycatcher, Black-backed Forktail, Slaty-backed Forktail, Spotted Forktail, Grey Bushchat, Striated Swallow, Striated Bulbul, White-throated Bulbul, Ashy Bulbul, Mountain Bulbul, Rufescent Prinia, Slaty-bellied Tesia, Grey-bellied Tesia, Mountain Tailorbird, Dark-necked Tailorbird, [possible Eastern Crowned Warbler], Western Crowned Warbler, Yellow-vented Warbler, White-spectacled Warbler, Grey-cheeked Warbler, Rufous-faced Warbler, Yellow-bellied Warbler, Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush, Streak-breasted Scimitar-Babbler, Coral-billed Scimitar-Babbler, Streaked Wren Babbler, Golden Babbler.

Shillong Area
At Mawphlang I would recommend checking out the valley beyond the sacred grove. Cut across the grove on one of the good tracks (they both meet) near the village end of the wood. At the far side of the wood on the left there is a good path down into the valley. This is where Jon Hornbuckle saw Rusty-capped Fulvetta. I didn't find any but I did find Spot-breasted Scimitar-Babbler (which has not been documented recently), Black-throated Parrotbill, Grey-sided Laughingthrush and Rufous-backed Sibia.
There is also a good track cutting through the wood at the bottom end furthest from the village.
I had no idea this area is covered in mini stone circles.
At Shillong Peak I walked down from the football field. The path is quite overgrown in places so take rough clothes. The best habitat is near the top. It is a fair way down, with all the side valleys but they are all good. Don't take the path all the way to the very end. I ended up in a rubbish dump!
Best birds: White-browed Piculet, Dark-rumped Swift, Crested Goshawk, Northern Goshawk, Mountain Hawk Eagle, Maroon Oriole, Grey-chinned Minivet, Short-billed Minivet, Large Niltava, Golden Bush Robin, Blue-fronted Redstart, Grey Bushchat, Green-backed Tit, Yellow-cheeked Tit, Crested Finchbill, Mountain Bulbul, Hill Prinia, Grey-sided Laughingthrush, Spot-breasted Scimitar-Babbler, Streak-breasted Scimitar-Babbler, Golden Babbler, Silver-eared Mesia, Red-billed Leiothrix, White-browed Shrike Babbler, Rusty-fronted Barwing, Rufous-backed Sibia, Grey Sibia, Black-throated Parrotbill, Fire-breasted Flowerpecker, Fire-tailed Sunbird, Russet Sparrow, Dark-breasted Rosefinch, Scarlet Finch, Little Bunting, Chestnut Bunting.


LIST OF BIRDS OBSERVED IN ASSAM & MEGHALAYA

[Taxonomy, nomenclature and sequence follow those of An Annotated Checklist of the Birds of the Oriental Region by T Inskipp et al (1996). Numbers in brackets refer to number of birds seen on that particular day. No number refers to single birds or only one bird identified in a flock. "At least" refers to common species which were probably under-recorded.]

[Mountain Bamboo Partridge Bambusicola fytchii]
Poor views of a few of what I assume was this species. Jatinga 1/3 below the village.
Swamp Francolin Francolinus gularis (Swamp Partridge)
Kaziranga 27/2 (Central Range).
White-cheeked Partridge Arborophila atrogularis (White-cheeked Hill Partridge)
A covey seen at about 1000m on path to Ham Pu Ped peak Jatinga 4/3.
Red Junglefowl Gallus gallus
Dibru-Saikhowa 17/2 (heard); Digboi 21/2 (common); Kaziranga common, (Western Range) 26/2, (Central Range) 27/2; Jatinga 5/3.
Kalij Pheasant Lophura leucomelanos (Kalij, Kaleej Pheasant)
Digboi 25/2.
Grey Peacock Pheasant Polyplectron bicalcaratum
Digboi 23/2 (heard).
Lesser Whistling-duck Dendrocygna javanica (Lesser Tree-duck, Lesser Whistling-teal)
About 50 at Deepor Beel, Guwhati 11/2.
Greylag Goose Anser anser
Kaziranga (a few) 26/2 (Western Range), (a few) 27/2 (Central Range).
Bar-headed Goose Anser indicus
Kaziranga (a few) 26/2 (Western Range), (a few) 27/2 (Central Range).
Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea
Dibru-Sikhowa 13/2, (common) 15/2); Kaziranga (3) 26/2 (Western Range), (2) 27/2 (Central Range).
White-winged Duck Cairina scutulata
Digboi (a pair) 25/2.
Gadwall Anas strepera
Kaziranga (a few) 26/2 (Western Range).
Eurasian Wigeon Anas penelope (Wigeon)
Kaziranga (a few) 26/2 (Western Range), (a few) 27/2 (Central Range).
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
Kaziranga (3) 26/2 (Western Range).
Spot-billed Duck Anas poecilorhyncha (Spotbill)
Dibru-Saikhowa (2) 13/2, (6) 15/2; Digboi 20/2; Kaziranga (a few) 26/2 (Western Range), (a few) 27/2 (Central Range).
Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata (Shoveler)
Kaziranga (a few) 26/2 (Western Range).
Northern Pintail Anas acuta (Common Pintail, Pintail)
Kaziranga (a few) 26/2 (Western Range), (a few) 27/2 (Central Range); Jatinga (flock flying) 1/3.
Common Teal Anas crecca (Green-winged Teal, Teal)
Dibru-Saikhowa (a few) 15/2; Digboi 20/2; Kaziranga (a few) 27/2 (Central Range).
Ferruginous Pochard Aythya nyroca (White-eyed Pochard, Ferruginous Duck)
Kaziranga (4) 27/2 (Western Range).
Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula
Kaziranga (a few) 26/2 (Western Range), (a few) 27/2 (Central Range).
Speckled Piculet Picumnus innominatus (Spotted Piculet)
Dibru-Saikhowa 15/2; Digboi 21/2, 22/2, 23/2, 24/2; Mawphlang 8/3.
White-browed Piculet Sasia ochracea (Rufous Piculet)
Dibru-Saikhowa 15/2 and heard a few; Digboi 23/2, 24/2; Jatinga (2) 4/3 .
Grey-capped Pygmy Woodpecker Dendrocopos canicapillus (Grey-capped Woodpecker, Grey-crowned Pygmy Woodpecker, Picoides canicapillus)
Shillong (Old Guwahati Rd.) (pair breeding and nesting) 6/3. This is a slight "known" range extension.
Rufous Woodpecker Celeus brachyurus (Brown Woodpecker, Micropternus brachyurus)
Digboi 23/2.
Lesser Yellownape Picus chlorolophus (Lesser Yellow-naped Woodpecker, Small Yellow-naped Woodpecker)
Dibru-Saikhowa 18/2; Digboi 20/2.
Greater Yellownape Picus flavinucha (Large Yellow-naped Woodpecker, Greater Yellow-naped Woodpecker)
Dibru-Saikhowa 17/2; Digboi (1-2) 23/2.
Streak-throated Woodpecker Picus xanthopygaeus (Small Scaly-bellied Woodpecker, Picus myrmecophoneus)
Dibru-Saikhowa (4-5) 14/2.
Grey-headed Woodpecker Picus canus (Grey-faced Woodpecker, Black-naped Green Woodpecker)
Digboi 20/2, (3) 23/2, 24/2, 25/2.
Greater Flameback Chrysocolaptes lucidus (Greater Goldenback, Greater Golden-backed Woodpecker)
Digboi 22/2, (3) 24/2.
Bay Woodpecker Blythipicus pyrrhotis (Red-eared Bay Woodpecker, Rufous-eared Woodpecker)
Digboi 20/2; Jatinga (Ratzol) 3/3.
Great Barbet Megalaima virens (Great Hill Barbet, Great Himalayan Barbet)
Jatinga (common) on 1/3 at least; Shillong 6/3 (Old Guwhati Rd.).
Lineated Barbet Megalaima lineata
Dibru-Saikhowa (fairly common) 13/2, 14/2 at least; Kaziranga 26/2 (Western Range), 27/2 (Central Range).
Golden-throated Barbet Megalaima franklinii
Jatinga (Ratzol) possible 3/3, Jatinga 4/3.
Blue-throated Barbet Megalaima asiatica
Guijan 13/2 (common); Digboi Golfcourse 19/2, Digboi 22/2 at least; Jatinga 1/3; Shillong (Old Guwahati Rd) (3) 6/3.
Blue-eared Barbet Megalaima australis
Digboi 21/2, 23/2; Kaziranga (Panbari) 27/2.
Coppersmith Barbet Megalaima haemacephala (Crimson-breasted Barbet)
Guijan 13/2; Dibru-Saikhowa (2) 16/2.
Oriental Pied Hornbill Anthracoceros albirostris (Indian Pied Hornbill, Anthracoceros malabaricus, Anthracoceros coronatus)
Dibru-Saikhowa (common) 13/2, 15/2, (about 20) on 16/2; Digboi 22/2; Jatinga (Ratzol) 3/3.
Great Hornbill Buceros bicornis (Giant Hornbill, Great Pied Hornbill)
Digboi 21/2, and 3 or 4 flying over sounded like this sp.on 24/2; Kaziranga (Western Range) (2) 26/2.
Wreathed Hornbill Aceros undulatus
Contrary to expectations only one seen at Digboi on 23/2.
Common Hoopoe Upupa epops (Eurasian Hoopoe, Hoopoe)
Dibru-Saikhowa 18/2; Kaziranga 27/2 (Central Range); Mawphlang 7/3.
Red-headed Trogon Harpactes erythrocephalus
Digboi 16/2, (a few) 22/2, 23/2, (a few) 24/2, 25/2; Jatinga 5/3.
Indian Roller Coracias benghalensis
Dibru-Saikhowa (common); (a few) Digboi Golfcourse 19/2.
Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis (Eurasian Kingfisher, Kingfisher, River Kingfisher, Small Blue Kingfisher)
Dibru-Saikhowa 17/2; Kaziranga (Western Range) 26/2, (Central Range) 27/2.
Stork-billed Kingfisher Halcyon capensis (Brown-headed Stork-billed Kingfisher, Pelargopsis capensis)
Dibru-Saikhowa 15/2; Kaziranga (Western Range) 26/2, (Central Range) 27/2.
White-throated Kingfisher Halcyon smyrnensis (White-breasted Kingfisher, Smyrna Kingfisher)
Dibru-Saikhowa 15/2; Kaziranga 27/2 (Central range).
Pied Kingfisher Ceryle rudis (Lesser Pied Kingfisher, Small Pied Kingfisher, Indian Pied Kingfisher)
Dibru-Saikhowa (common) 13/2 at least; (a few) Kaziranga 27/2 (Central Range).
Blue-bearded Bee-eater Nyctyornis athertoni
Digboi (fairly common), 21/2 and 24/2 at least; (2) at Kaziranga 27/2 (Central Range).
Large Hawk Cuckoo Hierococcyx sparverioides (Cuculus sparverioides)
Jatinga 1/3.
Green-billed Malkoha Phaenicophaeus tristis (Large Green-billed Malkoha, Rhopodytes tristis)
Dibru-Saikhowa 15/2, 18/2; Digboi (2) 20/2, 25/2; Kaziranga 26/2 (Western Range); Jatinga (Ratzol) 3/3.
Greater Coucal Centropus sinensis (Large Coucal, Common Crow-Pheasant)
Dibru-Saikhowa 13/2; Digboi Golfcourse 19/2; Kaziranga 27/2 (Central Range); Jatinga 1/3.
Alexandrine Parakeet Psittacula eupatria Psittacula eupatria (Large Parakeet)
Kaziranga (common) (Western Range) 26/2, (common) (Central Range) 27/2.
Rose-ringed Parakeet Psittacula krameri (Ring-necked Parakeet)
Digboi Golfcourse (common) 19/2; Kaziranga (common) (Western Range) 26/2, (common) (Central Range) 27/2.
Red-breasted Parakeet Psittacula alexandri (Rose-breasted Parakeet, Moustached Parakeet)
Dibru-Saikhowa (common) 13/2 at least, Digboi Golfcourse (flock) 19/2, Digboi (flock) 24/2; Kaziranga (flock) 26/2 at least.
Himalayan Swiftlet Collocalia brevirostris (Aerodramus brevirostris)
Noted Dibru-Siakhowa.
Asian Palm Swift Cypsiurus balasiensis (Palm Swift, Cypsiurus parvus)
Digboi 20/2 at least.
Dark-rumped Swift Apus acuticauda (Khasi Hills Swift, Dark-backed Swift)
About 50 at the first cliffs before Cherrapunji town on 7/3.
House Swift Apus affinis (Little Swift, Apus nipalensis)
Kaziranga 26/2 at least.
Jungle/Asian Barred Owlet Glaucidium radiatum/cuculoides (Barred Jungle Owlet/Barred Owlet)
Barred Owlet Dibru-Saikhowa on 15/2, (2) 16/2; Digboi Golfcourse 19/2; Kaziranga 27/2 (Central Range).
Jungle Owlet Dibru-Saikhowa on 16/2; and a possible at Kaziranga 27/2 (Central Range).
Owlets calling at Digboi were identified as both species by Eric Lott.
Spotted Owlet Athene brama (Spotted Little Owl, Tibet Owlet)
Digboi Golfcourse (3) 19/2; (twice) at Kaziranga 27/2 (Central Range).
Rock Pigeon Columba livia (Rock Dove, Blue Rock Pigeon, Feral Pigeon, Feral Rock Dove)
Noted Guwahati 13/2 at least.
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Pale-capped Pigeon Columba punicea]
Dipped at Dibru-Saikhowa by 2 minutes at Kolomi camp on 17/2. Albert Van Stekelenburg saw them fly off and then return whilst I was beating the bush for them. Lesson to be learnt, birds fly in circles.
Oriental Turtle Dove Streptopelia orientalis (Rufous Turtle Dove)
Dibru-Saikhowa 15/2; (about 30) Jatinga 1/3; (about 10) at Mawphlang 7/3.
Spotted Dove Streptopelia chinensis
Common. (Several) Dibru-Saikhowa 16/2 at least; Digboi Golfcourse (several) 19/2; Kaziranga (common) on 26/2 at least; (several) Mawphlang and many on the road in morning 7/3.
Red Collared Dove Streptopelia tranquebarica (Red Turtle Dove)
Dibru-Saikhowa 18/2.
Emerald Dove Chalcophaps indica (Emerald Ground Dove, Bronze-winged Dove, Green-winged Pigeon, Common Emerald Dove)
Seen most days at Digboi often in pairs, 24/2 and 25/2 at least; Jatinga (Ratzol) 3/3.
Yellow-footed Green Pigeon Treron phoenicoptera (Yellow-legged Green Pigeon, Bengal Green Pigeon, Green Pigeon, Yellow-footed Pigeon)
Guijan 13/2, Dibru-Saikhowa 14/2; Kaziranga (Western Range) 26/2.
Pin-tailed Green Pigeon Treron apicauda
Digboi (2 and 1) 25/2; 3 at Jatinga 1/3.
Green Imperial Pigeon Ducula aenea
Common at Dibru-Saikhowa with a few seen every day, (on 15/2 one giving same head bobbing display I had previously seen at Topslip in the Anamalais); Digboi 20/2, 25/2; Kaziranga (Western Range) 26/2.
Unid. Pigeon probably the above species
Digboi 24/2, calling Wu Wu---Wooo.
White-breasted Waterhen Amaurornis phoenicurus
Digboi Golfcourse 19/2 at least.
Purple Swamphen Porphyrio porphyrio (Purple Gallinule, Purple Moorhen, Porphyrio poliocephalus)
Kaziranga 26/2 (Western Range).
Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus (Moorhen, Common Gallinule, Indian Gallinule)
Kaziranga 26/2 (a few) (Western Range).
Pintail Snipe Gallinago stenura
Digboi Golfcourse 19/2.
Common Snipe/Pintail Snipe Gallinago gallinago/Gallinago stenura (Snipe, Fantail Snipe)
Dibru-Saikhowa (5) 15/2; Kaziranga 26/2 (Western Range).
Spotted Redshank Tringa erythropus
Kaziranga (35) (Western Range) 26/2, (3) (Central Range) 27/2.
Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia (Greenshank)
Dibru-Saikhowa (a few) 15/2.
Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus
Dibru- Saikhowa 13/2; Digboi 20/2.
Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola
Dibru- Saikhowa 15/2, 17/2; Kaziranga (Central Range) 27/2.
Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos (Tringa hypoleucos)
Dibru-Saikhowa (a few) 13/2; Kaziranga (Western Range) 26/2 .
Temminck's Stint Calidris temminckii
Dibru-Saikhowa (a few) 15/2.
Pheasant-tailed Jacana Hydrophasianus chirurgus
Kaziranga (2) (Western Range) 26/2.
Bronze-winged Jacana Metopidius indicus
Kaziranga (Western Range) 26/2.
Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius
Dibru-Saikhowa 15/2, (a few) 17/2.
River Lapwing Vanellus duvaucelii
Kaziranga (2) (Western Range) 26/2.
Northern Lapwing Vanellus vanellus (Lapwing, Eurasian Lapwing, Common Lapwing)
Dibru-Saikhowa (2) 15/2, (4) 17/2; Kaziranga (Western Range) 26/2.
Grey-headed Lapwing Vanellus cinereus (Grey-headed Lapwing, Hoplopterus cinereus)
Dibru-Saikhowa (5) 15/2; Digboi Golfcourse (3) 19/2; Kaziranga (Western Range) 26/2, (3) (Central Range) 27/2.
Red-wattled Lapwing Vanellus indicus (Red-wattled Plover, Hoplopterus indicus)
Dibru-Saikhowa 15/2; Kaziranga (Central Range) 27/2.
Pallas's Gull Larus ichthyaetus
Dibru-Saikhowa (2) 17/2.
River Tern Sterna aurantia (Indian River Tern)
Kaziranga (Central Range) (5) 27/2.
Osprey Pandion haliaetus
Kaziranga (Western Range) (2) 26/2.
Oriental Honey-buzzard Pernis ptilorhynchus (Crested Honey Buzzard, Honey Kite, Honey Buzzard, P. apivorus)
Kaziranga (Western Range) (2) 26/2.
Black Kite Milvus migrans (Dark Kite, Pariah Kite, Black-eared Kite, M. lineatus)
Common Guwahati and Shillong (by the dump on Old Guwhati Rd).
Pallas's Fish Eagle Haliaeetus leucoryphus (Pallas's Sea Eagle, Pallas's Fishing Eagle, Ring-tailed Fishing Eagle)
2 young on 2 nests Kaziranga (Western Range) 26/2 and 3 or 4 adults.
Grey-headed Fish Eagle Ichthyophaga ichthyaetus
Dibru-Saikhowa 15/2, (twice) 17/2; Kaziranga (3+) (Western Range) 26/2, (up to 6) on (Central Range) 27/2.
White-rumped Vulture Gyps bengalensis (Indian White-backed Vulture, Oriental White-backed Vulture, White-backed Vulture)
Tinsukia (2) 13/2; Digboi (1) 21/2; Kaziranga (Central Range) (2) 27/2.
Long-billed Vulture Gyps tenuirostris (Gyps indicus)
Identified as this "race" by location only.
Guwahati (4) 11/2; Dibru-Saikhowa (1) 19/2; Digboi (4) 21/2; Kaziranga (Wildgrass) (1) 27/2.
Eurasian Griffon Gyps fulvus (Griffon Vulture, Eurasian Griffon Vulture)
Dibru-Saikhowa (4) 14/2, (2) 16/2, (4) 17/2; Kaziranga (Western Range) (4) 26/2, (Wildgrass) (3) 27/2.
Crested Serpent Eagle Spilornis cheela
Dibru-Saikhowa (daily); Digboi (daily); Kaziranga (Western Range) (2+) 26/2 at least; Jatinga (Ratzol) 3/3; Mawphlang 7/3.
Pied Harrier Circus melanoleucos
Kaziranga (Western Range) (2+) 26/2.
Crested Goshawk Accipter trivirgatus
Digboi 22/2; Mawphlang 7/3 .
Shikra Accipiter badius (Indian Sparrowhawk)
Kaziranga (Central Range) 27/2.
Besra Accipter virgatus
Digboi 21/2.
Eurasian Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus (Northern Sparrowhawk, Sparrowhawk)
Mawphlang 7/3.
Northern Goshawk Accipter gentilis
An immature Mawphlang 7/3. Probably a first for Meghalaya.
Unid. small accipter sp.
Digboi Golfcourse 19/2; Jatinga (Ratzol) 3/3.
Common Buzzard Buteo buteo (Buzzard, Eurasian Buzzard, Desert Buzzard)
Kaziranga (Central Range) (27/2); Mawphlang 7/3.
Black Eagle Ictinaetus malayensis
Jatinga (Ratzol) 3/3.
Greater Spotted Eagle Aquila clanga (Spotted Eagle)
Kaziranga (Western Range ) 26/2.
Greater/Lesser Spotted Eagle Aquila clanga/pomarina
Kaziranga (Western Range ) 26/2.
Changeable Hawk Eagle Spizaetus cirrhatus (Crested Hawk Eagle, Spizaetus limnaeetus)
Dibru-Saikhowa 14/2, (2) 16/2, 17/2; Kaziranga (Central Range) 27/2.
Changeable/Mountain Hawk Eagle Spizaetus cirrhatus/S. nipalensis (Crested Hawk Eagle, Spizaetus limnaeetus/Hodgson's Hawk-eagle)
Shillong (Old Guwahati Rd) 6/3; Mawphlang 7/3.
Pied Falconet Microhierax melanoleucos
Digboi Golfcourse 19/2; Jatinga (on road near start of track to Ham Pu Ped peak) 1/3.
Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus (Eurasian Kestrel, Kestrel)
Dibru-Saikhowa (1 or 2 daily).
Oriental Hobby Falco severus
Tinsukia. A pair mating and entering nest site in one of the large "drums" with a torn cover, on the last radio tower on the way from Tinsukia to Guijan. Could scope from the roof of Hotel Jyoti. Single seen on 13/2, the pair on 14/2 and 18/2 mating. The pair could easily have been present throughout. This adds to Birds of the Indian Subcontinent by Grimmett/Inskipp/Inskipp which states "Breeding: Little information. Probably late May-August.....Normally uses an old crow nest in a tree growing from the side of a cliff... Status in India: Now rare, breeds 1800-2400m"
Darter Anhinga melanogaster (Oriental Darter, Anhinga rufa)
Dibru-Saikhowa (a few) 13/2; Kaziranga (a few) (Western Range) 26/2, (a few) (Central Range) 27/2.
Little Cormorant Phalacrocorax niger
Dibru-Saikhowa (common) 15/2 at least; Digboi 20/2; Kaziranga (a few) (Western Range) 26/2.
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo (Large Cormorant, Cormorant)
Dibru-Saikhowa (common) 15/2 at least; Kaziranga (a few) (Western Range) 26/2, (a few) (Central Range) 27/2 .
Little Egret Egretta garzetta
Dibru-Saikhowa (common) 15/2 at least; Digboi 20/2; Kaziranga (a few) (Western Range) 26/2.
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea (Heron)
Digboi 23/2; Kaziranga (Western Range) 26/2.
Purple Heron Ardea purpurea
Kaziranga (Western Range) 26/2.
Great Egret Casmerodius albus (Great White Egret, Large Egret, Egretta alba, Ardea alba)
Dibru-Saikhowa (common) 15/2 at least; Kaziranga (Western Range) 26/2.
Intermediate Egret Mesophoyx intermedia (Plumed Egret, Smaller Egret, Yellow-billed Egret, Egretta intermedia, Ardea intermedia)
Kaziranga (a few) (Central Range) 27/2 .
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis (Ardeola ibis, Egretta ibis, Ardea ibis)
Dibru-Saikhowa (a few) 13/2; Digboi Golfcourse (20) 19/2.
Indian Pond Heron Ardeola grayii (Pond Heron, Paddybird)
Digboi Golfcourse 19/2, Kaziranga (Western Range) 26/2, at least.
Little Heron Butorides striatus (Little Green Heron, Green-backed Heron, Ardeola striatus)
Kaziranga (Central Range) 27/2.
Black-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax (Night Heron)
Dibru-Saikhowa 13/2.
Spot-billed Pelican Pelecanus philippensis (Grey Pelican, Pelecanus crispus)
Kaziranga (Western Range) (7) 26/2, (Central Range) (7) 27/2.
Asian Openbill Anastomus oscitans (Asian Openbill Stork)
Dibru-Saikhowa (2) 14/2, (16) 15/2, (6) 16/2; Kaziranga (Western Range) (30) 26/2, (Central Range) (20) 27/2.
Black Stork Ciconia nigra
Dibru-Saikhowa (4) 15/2, (single) 16/2, (5) 17/2; Kaziranga (Western Range) (3) 26/2; Shillong (Old Guwahati Rd) (4) 6/3.
Woolly-necked Stork Ciconia episcopus (White-necked Stork)
Kaziranga (Central Range) (1) 27/2.
Black-necked Stork Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus (Xenorhynchus asiaticus)
Kaziranga (Central Range) (2) 27/2.
Lesser Adjutant Leptoptilos javanicus (Lesser Adjutant Stork)
Dibru-Saikhowa (2) 15/2, 16/2, 17/2; Kaziranga (Western Range) (3) 26/2, (Central Range) (1) 27/2.
Greater Adjutant Leptoptilos dubius (Adjutant Stork)
Guwahati (about 9) 11/2; Kaziranga (Western Range) (3) 26/2.
Long-tailed Broadbill Psarisomus dalhousiae
Digboi 23/2.
Asian Fairy Bluebird Irena puella (Fairy Bluebird)
Small parties at Digboi 20/2, 23/2, 24/2; Kaziranga (Panbari) (small party) 27/2.
Blue-winged Leafbird Chloropsis cochinchinensis (Gold-mantled Leafbird, Gold-mantled Chloropsis)
Seen most days Digboi usually in small parties; Kaziranga (Panbari) 27/2.

Golden-fronted Leafbird
Chloropsis aurifrons (Gold-fronted Chloropsis)
Dibru-Saikhowa 15/2; seen most days at Digboi usually in small parties. 
Many unidentified
Blue-winged/Golden-fronted Leafbird Chloropsis  cochinchinensis/aurifrons
Digboi 21/2, 22/2, 24/2.
Orange-bellied Leafbird Chloropsis hardwickii (Orange-bellied Chloropsis)
Digboi 22/2; Jatinga 2/3, (several singles) 3/3, (several singles) 5/3.
Brown Shrike Lanius cristatus
Guwahati ( Deepor Beel) 11/2; Dibru-Saikhowa 13/2; Digboi Golfcourse 19/2, Digboi 22/2.
Long-tailed Shrike Lanius schach (Rufous-backed Shrike, Black-headed Shrike)
Dibru-Saikhowa 13/2; Digboi Golfcourse 19/2; Kaziranga (Central Range) 27/2.
Grey-backed Shrike Lanius tephronotus (Tibetan Shrike)
Digboi Golfcourse 19/2; Kaziranga (Western Range) (a few) 27/2; Mawphlang 7/3, 8/3.
Common Green Magpie Cissa chinensis
Dibru-Saikhowa 16/2; Digboi 20/2, 22/2, 23/2, 25/2. Usually seen in pairs in mixed flocks.
Rufous Treepie Dendrocitta vagabunda (Indian Treepie)
Guijan (a few) 13/2; Digboi Golfcourse (a few) 19/2. In small parties.
Grey Treepie Dendrocitta formosae (Himalayan Treepie)
A few seen most days at Digboi 21/2, 22/2, 24/2 at least; Jatinga 1/3. In small parties.
Collared Treepie Dendrocitta frontalis (Black-browed Treepie)
Digboi 20/2, 23/2, 24/2, 25/2 at least. Usually in pairs, less common than previous species.
House Crow Corvus splendens (Indian House Crow)
Recorded at Gujan 13/2 at least.
Large-billed Crow Corvus macrorhynchos (Jungle Crow, Corvus levaillantii)
Dibru-Saikhowa 14/2, 15/2; Digboi Golfcourse 19/2; Shillong (Old Guwahati Rd) (common) 6/3, Shillong Peak 8/3.
Ashy Woodswallow Artamus fuscus (Ashy Woodshrike, Ashy Swallow-shrike)
Digboi town (flock) 21/2.
Black-hooded Oriole Oriolus xanthornus (Black-headed Oriole)
Common. Noted at Dibru-Saikhowa 15/2, 17/2 at least; Digboi Golfcourse 19/2, Digboi 24/2; Kaziranga (Western Range) 26/2.
Maroon Oriole Oriolus traillii
Jatinga 1/3, (Ratzol) 3/3; Shillong (Old Guwahati Rd.) 6/3.
Large Cuckooshrike Coracina macei (Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, Coracina novaehollandiae)
Dibru-Saikhowa 15/2.
Black-winged Cuckooshrike Coracina melaschistos
Digboi 20/2, 21/2, 22/2; Jatinga (Ratzol) 3/3, Mawphlang 8/3.
Rosy Minivet Pericrocotus roseus
Kaziranga (Western Range) 26/2. Initially identified as a Grey-chinned Minivet.
Grey-chinned Minivet Pericrocotus solaris
Shillong (Old Guwahati Rd) 6/3, Shillong Peak 8/3.
Long-tailed Minivet Pericrocotus ethologus
Shillong (Old Guwahati Rd) (small party) l6/3.
Short-billed Minivet Pericrocotus brevirostris
Digboi 21/2, (several) 24/2; Jatinga 1/3, Jatinga (Ratzol) 3/3, Jatinga 5/3; Shillong (Old Guwahati Rd) 6/3, Mawphlang 7/3, Shillong Peak 8/3.
Long-tailed Minivet/Short-billed Minivet Pericrocotus ethologus/brevirostris
Many parties not specifically identified e.g. Dibru-Saikhowa 17/2 at least.
Scarlet Minivet Pericrocotus flammeus
Dibru-Saikhowa 15/2, 16/2; Digboi 20/2, (several) 21/2; Kaziranga (Western Range) 26/2; Jatinga (Ratzol) 3/3, Jatinga 5/3; Shillong (Old Guwahati Rd) 6/3. Always in small parties.
Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike Hemipus picatus (Pied Flycatcher-shrike, Pied Wood-shrike)
Digboi 21/2, 22/2, 24/2; Shillong (Old Guwahati Rd) 6/3, Shillong Peak 8/3. Often in family parties.
White-throated Fantail Rhipidura albicollis (White-throated Fantail Flycatcher, Spot-breasted Fantail)
Jatinga 1/3, Shillong (Old Guwahati Rd) 6/3, Shillong Peak 8/3.
Black Drongo Dicrurus macrocercus (Dicrurus adsimilis)
Common in open areas.
Ashy Drongo Dicrurus leucophaeus (Grey Drongo)
Dibru-Saikhowa 17/2, Digboi 20/2; Jatinga (Ratzol) 3/3.
Bronzed Drongo Dicrurus aeneus (Little Bronzed Drongo)
Digboi Golfcourse 19/2, Digboi 21/2, 22/2; Jatinga (Ratzol) 3/3.
Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo Dicrurus remifer (Small Racquet-tailed Drongo)
Digboi 23/2; Jatinga 4/3, (a pair) 5/3.
Spangled Drongo Dicrurus hottentottus (Hair-crested Drongo)
Guijan 13/2, Dibru-Saikhowa 23/2.
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo Dicrurus paradiseus (Large Racquet-tailed Drongo)
Digboi 20/2, 24/2; Jatinga 1/3, 2/3, (Ratzol) 3/3.
Common Iora Aegithina tiphia (Iora)
Common Dibru-Saikhowa 15/2 at least; common Digboi 21/2 at least; Kaziranga (Western Range) (small party) 26/2.
Large Woodshrike Tephrodornis gularis (Tephrodornis virgatus)
Digboi Golfcourse (a pair) 19/2, Digboi 22/2 and a flock of about 20 on 23/2 .
Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush Monticola rufiventris
Jatinga (Ratzol) (a pair) 3/3.
Blue Whistling Thrush Myophonus caeruleus (Whistling Thrush, Myiophonus caeruleus, Myiophoneus caeruleus)
Digboi 23/2; Kaziranga (Panbari) 27/2; Jatinga (2) 1/3, 5/3.
Scaly Thrush Zoothera dauma (White's Thrush, Speckled Mountain Thrush, Golden Mountain Thrush)
Jatinga 1/3.
Unidentified Zoothera species
Mawphlang 8/3, (in flight with typical zoothera underwing pattern, probably the previous species).
Eyebrowed Thrush Turdus obscurus (Dark Thrush)
Jatinga Peak 4/3.
Dark-sided Thrush Zoothera marginata
Digboi 22/2. Seen briefly but the scaly not spotted belly which I saw is diagnostic for this species. The variety of bill shapes in the literature for this and Long-billed Thrush is quite amazing. Looking at the plates in four new books for the region only two books agree on bill shape for both species. Grimmett/Inskipp/Inskipp and the new book on Thrushes by Peter Clements both show only Long-billed with a bulbous bill. The bird I saw did not have the bulbous bill shown for both species in Craig Robson's Birds of South East Asia. Krys Kazmierczak's Field Guide has neither species with a bulbous bill. I presume this is a variable feature for there to be such discrepancies.
Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher Ficedula strophiata (Orange-gorgeted Flycatcher, Muscicapa strophiata)
Jatinga (4) 4/3, 5/3.
Red-throated Flycatcher Ficedula parva (Red-breasted Flycatcher, Muscicapa parva, Ficedula albicilla)
Dibru-Saikhowa 13/2; Kaziranga (Western Range) 26/2, (Central Range) 27/2.
White-gorgeted Flycatcher Ficedula monileger
Jatinga (½ way to Ham Pu Ped peak) 5/3.
Snowy-browed Flycatcher Ficedula hyperythra (Rufous-breasted Blue Flycatcher, Muscicapa hyperythra)
Digboi 21/2, 22/2, 25/2; Jatinga 1/3, 2/3, 5/3.
Little Pied Flycatcher Ficedula westermanni (Muscicapa westermanni)
Shillong (Old Guwahati Rd.) 6/3, Shillong Peak (2) 8/3.
Unidentified Flycatcher
Digboi 24/2. Non-descript appearance. Olivey brown above with a greyish cast to the crown. Fanning and lowering it's tail. Any suggestions as to what this could have been are welcome.
Verditer Flycatcher Eumyias thalassina (Muscicapa thalassina)
Dibru-Saikhowa seen each day, 14/2, 15/2, 16/2 at least; Kaziranga (Western Range) 26/2; Shillong (Old Guwahati Rd) 6/3, Mawphlang 7/3.
Large Niltava Niltava grandis (Muscicapa grandis)
Digboi 22/2; Jatinga (a pair) 4/3, (2) 5/3; Mawphlang 7/3.
Small Niltava Niltava macgrigoriae (Muscicapa macgrigoriae)
Dibru-Saikhowa 17/2; Digboi (2) 20/2, 21/2; Kaziranga (Central Range) 27/2; Jatinga (Ratzol) 3/3.
Rufous-bellied Niltava Niltava sundara (Beautiful Niltava, Muscicapa sundara)
Jatinga 1/3.
White-tailed Flycatcher Cyornis concretus
Jatinga 1/3. Within a kilometre of the road, on the path up to Ham Pu Ped peak.
Pale-chinned Flycatcher Cyornis poliogenys (Brook's Flycatcher, Pale-chinned Blue Flycatcher, Muscicapa poliogenys, Niltava poliogenys)
Dibru-Saikhowa 16/2.
Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher Culicicapa ceylonensis (Grey-headed Flycatcher)
Fairly common at given sites. Dibru-Saikhowa 15/2, 16/2, 17/2, Digboi 20/2, 23/2; Kaziranga (Western Range) 26/2, (Central Range) 27/2, Panbari 27/2.
White-tailed Rubythroat Luscinia pectoralis (Himalayan Rubythroat, Erithacus pectoralis)
Dibru-Saikhowa 17/2.
Orange-flanked Bush Robin Tarsiger cyanurus (Red-flanked Bluetail, Erithacus cyanurus)
Jatinga (Ratzol) 4/3; Mawphlang (a few) 7/3, (a few) 8/3, Shillong Peak 8/3.
Golden Bush Robin Tarsiger chrysaeus (Erithacus chrysaeus)
Mawphlang 7/3.
Oriental Magpie Robin Copsychus saularis (Asian Magpie Robin, Magpie Robin, Robin Dayal)
Guijan 16/2; Digboi Golfcourse 19/2, Digboi (common, seen each day); Jatinga 1/3.
White-rumped Shama Copsychus malabaricus (Shama)
Digboi 23/2, 25/2; Kaziranga (Central Range) 27/2.
Daurian Redstart Phoenicurus auroreus
Digboi one female by # 6 Compression Station 23/2, 24/2.
Blue-fronted Redstart Phoenicurus frontalis
Common at Mawphlang 7/3.
White-capped Water Redstart Chaimarrornis leucocephalus (White-capped River Chat, River Redstart, River Chat, Thamnolaea leucocephala)
Jatinga 1/3, (2) 4/3, 5/3.
Black-backed Forktail Enicurus immaculatus
Digboi (2) 24/2, 25/2; Jatinga (2) 1/3.
Slaty-backed Forktail Enicurus schistaceus
Jatinga (2) 2/3, (3) 4/3, 5/3.
Unidentified Forktail
Digboi 20/2
Spotted Forktail Enicurus maculatus
Jatinga (4) 5/3.
Common Stonechat Saxicola torquata (Stonechat, Collared Bushchat, Siberian Stonechat)
Common Dibru-Saikhowa; Digboi Golfcourse 19/2.
Jerdon’s Bushchat Saxicola jerdoni
Dibru-Saikhowa 15/2, 17/2, (2 males) 18/2. All near Kolomi Camp.
Grey Bushchat Saxicola ferrea (Dark-grey Bushchat)
Jatinga 1/3; Mawphlang (a few) 7/3, Shillong Peak 8/3.
Spot-winged Starling Saroglossa spiloptera
Dibru-Saikhowa (3) 16/2, 17/2, (3) 18/2; Kaziranga, (common) (Western Range) 26/2, (common) (Central Range) 27/2.
Chestnut-tailed Starling Sturnus malabaricus (Grey-headed Myna)
Dibru-Saikhowa common; Digboi Golfcourse 19/2, Digboi common; Kaziranga common; Shillong (Old Guwahati Rd) 6/3.
Asian Pied Starling Sturnus contra (Asian Pied Myna, Pied Myna)
Dibru-Saikhowa common; Digboi Golfcourse (a few) 19/2.
Common Myna Acridotheres tristis (Indian Myna)
Guijan (a few) 13/2; Digboi Golfcourse (a few) 19/2.
Jungle Myna Acridotheres fuscus
Guijan (flock) 13/2, and common Dibru-Saikhowa; Digboi Golfcourse (several) 19/2, Digboi common.
White-vented Myna Acridotheres grandis (Pale-bellied Myna, Orange-billed Jungle Myna, A. javanicus, Sturnus javanicus)
Digboi Golfcourse (a pair) 19/2.
Hill Myna Gracula religiosa (Talking Myna)
Dibru-Saikhowa (a pair) 15/2, (a pair) 17/2; Digboi (2) 21/2.
Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch Sitta castanea
Shillong (Old Guwahati Rd) 6/3.
Velvet-fronted Nuthatch Sitta frontalis
Digboi common 20/2, (several) 23/2, 24/2 at least.
Great Tit Parus major (Grey Tit, Cinereous Tit)
Dibru-Saikhowa common 13/2, 15/2 at least; Digboi Golfcourse 19/2.
Green-backed Tit Parus monticolus
Mawphlang 7/3, 8/3.
Yellow-cheeked Tit Parus spilonotus (Black-spotted Yellow Tit)
Shillong (Old Guwahati Rd) 6/3, Mawphlang 7/3, 8/3, Shillong Peak 8/3.
Sultan Tit Melanochlora sultanea
Dibru-Saikhowa 15/2, 16/2 at least; Digboi 20/2, 22/2, 23/2, 24/2.
Plain Martin Riparia paludicola (Brown-throated Sand Martin, Plain Sand Martin, Grey-throated Sand Martin, African Sand Martin)
Dibru-Saikhowa common, 15/2 at least.
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica (Swallow, Eurasian Swallow)
Dibru-Saikhowa 14/2,15/2; Kaziranga (Western Range) 26/2.
Striated Swallow Hirundo striolata
Jatinga (Ratzol) 3/3.
Crested Finchbill Spizixos canifrons (Crested Finch-billed Bulbul)
Shillong Peak (a few) 8/3. On track down from football field, (one of the last small side valleys).
Striated Bulbul Pycnonotus striatus
Jatinga common at higher altitude, 4/3 at least.
Black-crested Bulbul Pycnonotus melanicterus (Black-headed Yellow Bulbul)
Digboi fairly common, 20/2, 22/2, 23/2 at least; Kaziranga (Panbari) 27/2; Jatinga 1/3, (Ratzol) 3/3.
Red-whiskered Bulbul Pycnonotus jocosus
Common at Dibru-Saikhowa 13/2, 15/2 at least; Kaziranga (Panbari) 27/2.
Red-vented Bulbul Pycnonotus cafer
Fairly common, noted at Guijan 13/2; Digboi Golfcourse 19/2; Kaziranga (Panbari) 27/2; Jatinga 1/3 at least; Shillong (Old Guwahati Rd) 6/3, Shillong Peak 8/3.
White-throated Bulbul Alophoixus flaveolus (Criniger pallidus)
Digboi common, 20/2, 21/2, 22/2, 23/2, 24/2, 25/2; Jatinga fairly common, 1/3, 2/3, (Ratzol) 3/3, 4/3, 5/3.
Ashy Bulbul Hemixos flavala (Brown-eared Bulbul, Hypsipetes flavala)
Digboi even more common than the previous species, 20/2, 21/2, 22/2, 23/2, 24/2, 25/2; Jatinga fairly common 1/3, 2/3, (Ratzol) 3/3, 4/3, 5/3.
Mountain Bulbul Hypsipetes mcclellandii (Rufous-bellied Bulbul, Hypsipetes virescens)
Jatinga common at mid and upper altitudes, 2/3, (Ratzol) 3/3, 4/3, 5/3, Mawphlang (a few) 7/3, 8/3, Shillong Peak (a few) 8/3.
Black Bulbul Hypsipetes leucocephalus (Grey Bulbul, Hypsipetes madagascariensis)
Jatinga common at lower altitude 1/3, 2/3, (Ratzol) 3/3, 4/3, 5/3; Shillong common, (Old Guwahati Rd) 6/3, Cherrapunji 7/3, Shillong Peak 8/3.
Zitting Cisticola Cisticola juncidis (Fan-tailed Warbler, Fan-tailed Cisticola, Streaked Fantail Warbler)
Dibru-Saikhowa 13/2.
Hill Prinia Prinia atrogularis
Shillong (Mawphlang) 7/3, 8/3.
[
Rufous-vented (Swamp) Prinia Prinia burnesii cinerascens] (Long-tailed Grass Warbler, Long-tailed Prinia, P. cinerascens)
Dibru-Saikhowa one possibly heard 14/2 (near Raidan Camp).
Rufescent Prinia Prinia rufescens
Jatinga common 1/3 at least; Shillong (Old Guwahati Rd) 6/3.
Grey-breasted Prinia Prinia hodgsonii (Hodgson's Prinia, Ashy Wren-Warbler, Franklin's Wren-Warbler)
Dibru-Saikhowa 14/2; Digboi Golfcourse 19/2.
Yellow-bellied Prinia Prinia flaviventris (Yellow-bellied Wren-Warbler)
Dibru-Saikhowa common seen every day.
Plain Prinia Prinia inornata (Plain Wren-Warbler, Prinia subflava)
Dibru-Saikhowa 13/2, 14/2, 15/2.
Oriental White-eye Zosterops palpebrosus (Indian White-eye, White-eye)
Dibru-Saikhowa 15/2; Digboi on most days; Jatinga (Ratzol) 3/3. Present in small parties.
Chestnut-headed Tesia Tesia castaneocoronata (Chestnut-headed Ground Warbler)
Digboi 24/2 doing an amazing dancing display right in front of me. Probably a first for Assam.
Slaty-bellied Tesia Tesia olivea (Slaty-bellied Ground Warbler)
Digboi 20/2, 23/2; Jatinga (Ratzol) 3/3.
Grey-bellied Tesia Tesia cyaniventer (Dull Slaty-bellied Ground Warbler, Slaty-bellied Ground Warbler)
Digboi 24/2; Jatinga 1/3, 5/3.
Brownish-flanked Bush Warbler Cettia fortipes (Strong-footed Bush Warbler, Mountain Bush Warbler, Cettia montana)
Digboi heard 22/2; Mawphlang heard and seen 7/3, 8/3.
Pale-footed Bush Warbler Cettia pallidipes
Dibru-Saikhowa 15/2, 16/2.
Chestnut-crowned Bush Warbler Cettia major
Dibru-Saikhowa 13/2, 16/2, 17/2, 18/2.
Grey-sided Bush Warbler Cettia brunnifrons (Rufous-capped Bush Warbler)
Dibru-Saikhowa 18/2.
Spotted Bush Warbler Bradypterus thoracicus
Dibru-Saikhowa 14/2.
Paddyfield Warbler Acrocephalus agricola
Dibru-Saikhowa (3) 16/2.
Unidentified small grey acrocephalus sp.
Dibru-Saikhowa 17/2 (in the tall grass).
Clamorous Reed Warbler Acrocephalus stentoreus
Dibru-Saikhowa 14/2, 16/2, 17/2.
Mountain Tailorbird Orthotomus cuculatus (Golden-headed Tailorbird)
Digboi 20/2, 23/2, 24/2; Jatinga 2/3.
Common Tailorbird Orthotomus sutorius (Long-tailed Tailorbird)
Dibru-Saikhowa fairly common 13/2 at least. Digboi fairly common, Digboi Golfcourse 19/2, 20/2, 21/2, 23/2, 24/2 at least; Jatinga (Ratzol) 3/3.
Dark-necked Tailorbird Orthotomus atrogularis
Digboi 23/2; Kaziranga (Central Range) 27/2; Jatinga 1/3.
Dusky Warbler Phylloscopus fuscatus (Dusky Leaf Warbler)
Dibru-Saikhowa 16/2.
Smoky Warbler Phylloscopus fuligiventer (Smoky Willow Warbler)
Dibru-Saikhowa 14/2, (6) 15/2, (2) 16/2, (a few) 17/2; Digboi Golfcourse 19/2 and several days at Digboi.
Tickell's Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus affinis (Tickell's Willow Warbler, Tickell's Warbler)
Dibru-Saikhowa (2) 13/2, 15/2, 16/2; Digboi Golfcourse (7) 19/2; Kaziranga (Central Range) 27/2; Mawphlang (a few) 7/3.
[Possible
Eastern Crowned Warbler Phylloscopus coronatus]
Digboi 23/2; and even better 24/2; Jatinga (Ratzol) 3/3.
Western Crowned Warbler Phylloscopus occipitalis
Jatinga (Ratzol) 3/3, calling titu---tu-tu-tu-tu which sounds perfect for this species.
Buff-barred Warbler Phylloscopus pulcher (Orange-barred Leaf Warbler)
Mawphlang 7/3.
Ashy-throated Warbler Phylloscopus maculipennis (Grey-faced Leaf Warbler)
Jatinga (Ratzol) 3/3.
Lemon-rumped Warbler Phylloscopus chloronotus (Yellow-rumped Leaf Warbler, Pallas's Leaf Warbler, Pallas's Warbler, Phylloscopus proregulus)
Mawphlang 7/3, 8/3.
Possible
Hume's Warbler Phylloscopus humei] (Yellow-browed Warbler, Inornate Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus)
Mawphlang 7/3. Similar to Yellow-browed Warbler but very dark legs and a buff wing bar.
Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus (Inornate Leaf Warbler)
Jatinga 5/3; Mawphlang 7/3.
Blyth's Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus reguloides (Blyth's Crowned Leaf Warbler, Crowned Leaf Warbler)
Dibru-Saikhowa 14/2, 15/2; Digboi common; Jatinga common 1/3 at least; Shillong (Mawphlang) 7/3, Cherrapunji 7/3.
Yellow-vented Warbler Phylloscopus cantator (Yellow-throated Leaf Warbler, Yellow-faced Leaf Warbler, Black-browed Leaf Warbler)
Digboi 20/2, 23/2, 24/2; Jatinga 4/3.
Golden-spectacled Warbler Seicercus burkii (Black-browed Flycatcher-Warbler, Yellow-eyed Warbler)
Dibru-Saikhowa 15/2; Digboi 20/2, 21/2, 24/2; Jatinga (Ratzol) 3/3.
Grey-hooded Warbler Seicercus xanthoschistos (Grey-headed Flycatcher-Warbler, Grey-headed Warbler)
Dibru-Saikhowa common (twice) 15/2, (twice) 16/2, (at least twice) 17/2; Digboi 23/2; Jatinga 2/3; Mawphlang 7/3.
White-spectacled Warbler Seicercus affinis (Allied Flycatcher-Warbler)
Digboi fairly common, seen 20/2, 21/2, 23/2, 24/2 at least; Jatinga 4/3.
Grey-cheeked Warbler Seicercus poliogenys (Grey-cheeked Flycatcher-Warbler)
Digboi a little less common than the previous species, 20/2, 22/2, 23/2, 24/2 at least; Jatinga 1/3, (Ratzol) 3/3.
Chestnut-crowned Warbler Seicercus castaniceps (Chestnut-crowned Flycatcher-Warbler)
Dibru-Saikhowa common 15/2, 16/2, 17/2 at least; Digboi common 20/2, 21/2, 22/2, 24/2 at least; Jatinga 4/3; Mawphlang 7/3.
Rufous-faced Warbler Abroscopus albogularis (White-throated Warbler, White-throated Flycatcher Warbler, Seicercus albogularis)
Digboi common, 20/2, 21/2, 23/2, 24/2 at least; Jatinga (Ratzol) 3/3.
Yellow-bellied Warbler Abroscopus superciliaris (Yellow-bellied Flycatcher-Warbler, Seicercus superciliaris)
Digboi (small party) 25/2; Jatinga (Ratzol) 3/3.
Striated Grassbird Megalurus palustris (Striated Marsh Warbler, Striated Warbler)
Dibru-Saikhowa common, 14/2, 15/2, 17/2 at least; Digboi Golfcourse 19/2; Kaziranga fairly common, (Western Range) 26/2, (Central Range) 27/2.
White-crested Laughingthrush Garrulax leucolophus
Digboi 22/2, (2 parties) 24/2; Jatinga 1/3, (Ratzol) 3/3, 5/3. Present in small parties.
Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrush Garrulax monileger (Necklaced Laughing-thrush)
Digboi 20/2, 23/2, 24/2. Present in small parties.
Greater Necklaced Laughingthrush Garrulax pectoralis (Large Necklaced Laughing-thrush, Black-gorgeted Laughing-thrush)
Dibru-Saikhowa (2 parties) 16/2; Digboi 22/2; Jatinga (Ratzol) 3/3. Present in small parties.
[Necklaced] Laughingthrush sp. Garrulax monileger/ G. pectoralis
Several unidentified flocks at Digboi probably Greater, 24/2 at least.
Rufous-necked Laughingthrush Garrulax ruficollis
Digboi Golfcourse (1 flock) 19/2.
Chestnut-backed Laughingthrush Garrulax nuchalis
Digboi (a pair) 22/2. See site notes. The song was a varied beautiful song with repetition. Eric Lott has a tape.
Grey-sided Laughingthrush Garrulax caerulatus
Mawphlang 8/3.
Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush Garrulax erythrocephalus (Red-headed Laughing-thrush)
Jatinga Ham Pu Ped peak 4/3, 5/3.
Abbott's Babbler Malacocincla abbotti
Digboi 22/2 and probably this species on 23/2 and 24/2.
[Probable
Buff-breasted Babbler Pellorneum tickelli] (Tickell's Babbler, Tickell's Jungle Babbler, Buff-breasted Jungle Babbler, Trichastoma tickelli, Malacocincla tickelli)
Jatinga (Ratzol) at about 1300m 3/3.
[Possible
Spot-throated Babbler Pellorneum albiventer (Brown Babbler, Plain Brown Babbler)]
Digboi 24/2.
Puff-throated Babbler Pellorneum ruficeps (Spotted Babbler)
Digboi 23/2, (a pair) 24/2, 25/2; Jatinga (Ratzol) (a pair) 3/3; Mawphlang 8/3.
Spot-breasted Scimitar-Babbler Pomatorhinus erythrocnemis
Mawphlang 8/3.
White-browed Scimitar-Babbler Pomatorhinus schisticeps (Slaty-headed Scimitar-Babbler)
Digboi 25/2.
Streak-breasted Scimitar-Babbler Pomatorhinus ruficollis (Rufous-necked Scimitar-Babbler)
Jatinga (Ratzol) 3/3; Mawphlang 7/3.
Coral-billed Scimitar-Babbler Pomatorhinus ferruginosus
Jatinga (small party) 2/3, (small party) 5/3. Both quite high up towards Ham Pu Ped peak.
Streaked Wren Babbler Napothera brevicaudata
Digboi 24/2, 25/2; Jatinga (3) 4/3, (3) 5/3.
[Probable
Pygmy Wren Babbler Pnoepyga pusilla] (Lesser Scaly-breasted Wren-Babbler, Brown Wren-Babbler, Microura pusilla)
Jating 4/3 (call chip).
Unidentified Wren Babbler
Digboi 24/2; Jatinga 1/3.
Rufous-fronted Babbler Stachyris rufifrons (Red-fronted Babbler, Buff-chested Babbler, Stachyris ambigua)
Dibru-Saikhowa 14/2, 15/2. Present in small parties.
Golden Babbler Stachyris chrysaea
Jatinga (2) 2/3, (Ratzol) 3/3, (2) 5/3; Mawphlang 8/3.
Grey-throated Babbler Stachyris nigriceps (Black-throated Babbler)
Digboi common (twice) 20/2, (2) 23/2, 24/2, 25/2 at least; Jatinga 2/3, (Ratzol) (twice) 3/3, 5/3.
Striped Tit Babbler Macronous gularis (Yellow-breasted Tit-Babbler)
Dibru-Saikhowa common 15/2 at least; Digboi common 20/2, 21/2, 22/2 at least; Jatinga (Ratzol) 3/3.
Chestnut-capped Babbler Timalia pileata (Red-capped Babbler)
Dibru-Saikhowa common, 14/2, 15/2, 16/2, 17/2 at least. Signs of breeding on 17/2.
Jerdon's Babbler Chrysomma altirostre (Jerdon's Moupinia, Moupinia altirostris)
Dibru-Saikhowa 14/2 (near Raidan), (near Kolomi, by river) (2) 17/2.
Striated Babbler Turdoides earlei
Dibru-Saikhowa (small party) 14/2.
Silver-eared Mesia Leiothrix argentaurus
Jatinga 2/3, (Ratzol) (twice) 3/3, 4/3; Shillong Peak 8/3. Present in small parties.
Red-billed Leiothrix Leiothrix lutea (Pekin Robin)
Mawphlang (small party) 8/3.
Black-headed Shrike Babbler Pteruthius rufiventer
Jatinga (a pair) 4/3, 5/3.
White-browed Shrike Babbler Pteruthius flaviscapis (Red-winged Shrike-Babbler)
Jatinga (a pair) 5/3; Shillong (Old Guwahati Rd) 6/3.
White-hooded Babbler Gampsorhynchus rufulus (White-headed Shrike-Babbler)
Digboi 21/2, 22/2, (twice) 24/2, 25/2. Present in small parties.
Rusty-fronted Barwing Actinodura egertoni (Spectacled Barwing)
Jatinga (Ham Pu Ped peak) 5/3; Mawphlang 7/3. Present in small parties.
Blue-winged Minla Minla cyanouroptera (Blue-winged Siva, Siva cyanouroptera)
Jatinga common 2/3, (Ratzol) (2) 3/3, (3) 4/3, 5/3; Shillong (Old Guwahati Rd) 6/3, Mawphlang 7/3, Mawphlang 8/3.
Rufous-winged Fulvetta Alcippe castaneceps (Chestnut-headed Tit Babbler)
Jatinga 4/3; Mawphlang 7/3. Present in small parties.
Rufous-throated Fulvetta Alcippe rufogularis (Red-throated Tit Babbler)
Digboi 24/2, 25/2. Present in small parties.
Brown-cheeked Fulvetta Alcippe poioicephala (Quaker Babbler)
Jatinga 2/3.
Nepal Fulvetta Alcippe nipalensis (Nepal Babbler, Nepal Quaker Babbler)
Dibru-Saikhowa common, (twice) 15/2, 16/2, 17/2 at least; Digboi common, 20/2 at least; Jatinga common, 2/3, (Ratzol) 3/3, 4/3, 5/3.
Rufous-backed Sibia Heterophasia annectans
Jatinga 5/3; Mawphlang (a pair) 8/3.
Grey Sibia Heterophasia gracilis
Shillong (Old Guwahati Rd) (common) 6/3, Mawphlang (common) 7/3, 8/3, Shillong Peak 8/3.
Grey-headed Parrotbill Paradoxornis gularis
Jatinga (twice) 2/3. In mixed flocks.
Black-throated Parrotbill Paradoxornis nipalensis
Mawphlang (small party) 8/3
Striated Yuhina Yuhina castaniceps (White-browed Yuhina, Collared Siva, Siva castaniceps)
Jatinga 1/3, (Ratzol) 3/3. Present in small parties.
Whiskered Yuhina Yuhina flavicollis (Yellow-naped Yuhina)
Jatinga 2/3, (Ratzol) 3/3, 4/3; Shillong Peak 8/3. Present in small parties.
Black-chinned Yuhina Yuhina nigrimenta
Jatinga (Ratzol) (small party) 3/3.
White-bellied Yuhina Yuhina zantholeuca (Yuhina xantholeuca)
Dibru-Saikhowa 16/2; Digboi common, 23/2, 24/2 at least; Jatinga 1/3, (Ratzol) 3/3, 4/3.
Sand Lark Calandrella raytal (Indian Short-toed Lark, Indian Sandlark)
Dibru-Saikhowa common on sand by the river 13/2.
Oriental Skylark Alauda gulgula (Small Skylark, Eastern Skylark, Little Skylark)
Dibru-Saikhowa 13/2.
Thick-billed Flowerpecker Dicaeum agile
Jatinga 2/3; Shillong (Old Guwahati Rd) (2) 6/3.
Plain Flowerpecker Dicaeum concolor (Plain-coloured Flowerpecker)
Shillong (Old Guwahati Rd) 6/3, (Mawphlang) 7/3.
Fire-breasted Flowerpecker Dicaeum ignipectus (Buff-bellied Flowerpecker)
Jatinga 2/3, (Ratzol) 3/3; Mawphlang 8/3, Shillong (Old Guwahati Rd) 8/3.
Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker Dicaeum cruentatum
Dibru-Saikhowa fairly common seen each day; Digboi 20/2 at least
Ruby-cheeked Sunbird Anthreptes singalensis (Rubycheek)
Dibru-Saikhowa fairly common, (2) 15/2, at least; Digboi fairly common, 22/2, 25/2 at least; Kaziranga (Panbari) 27/2, Jatinga 2/3.
Mrs Gould's Sunbird Aethopyga gouldiae (Gould's Sunbird)
Jatinga 2/3.
Green-tailed Sunbird Aethopyga nipalensis (Nepal Yellow-backed Sunbird, Nepal Sunbird)
Jatinga 5/3.
Black-throated Sunbird Aethopyga saturata (Black-breasted Sunbird)
Jatinga (Ratzol) 3/3.
Crimson Sunbird Aethopyga siparaja (Scarlet-breasted Sunbird, Yellow-backed Sunbird)
Dibru-Saikhowa a male 15/2; Digboi 20/2, 21/2.
Fire-tailed Sunbird Aethopyga ignicauda
Shillong Peak (a few) 8/3.
Little Spiderhunter Arachnothera longirostra
Digboi 24/4, (2) 25/2; Jatinga 1/3, 4/3.
Streaked Spiderhunter Arachnothera magna
Digboi seen most days 21/2, (2) 24/2 at least; Kaziranga (Panbari) 27/2; Jatinga 2/3, (Ratzol) 3/3, 5/3.
House Sparrow Passer domesticus (Indian Sparrow, Passer indicus)
Common in towns.
Russet Sparrow Passer rutilans
Shillong Peak 8/3.
Eurasian Tree Sparrow Passer montanus (Tree Sparrow)
Dibru-Saikhowa (a flock) 16/2, Digboi suburbs 23/2.
Forest Wagtail Dendronanthus indicus
Kaziranga (Central Range) (a pair) 27/2.
White Wagtail Motacilla alba (Pied Wagtail, Masked Wagtail)
ssp. leucopsis
Dibru-Saikhowa 13/2,15/2.
Kaziranga (Western Range) 26/2.
Citrine Wagtail Motacilla citreola (Yellow-hooded Wagtail, Yellow-headed Wagtail)
Dibru-Saikhowa 13/2.
Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava
Dibru-Saikhowa 13/2.
Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea
Dibru-Saikhowa 13/2.
Blyth's Pipit Anthus godlewskii
Kaziranga (Central Range) (3) 26/2
Olive-backed Pipit Anthus hodgsoni (Olive Tree Pipit, Hodgson's Tree Pipit, Indian Tree Pipit)
Dibru-Saikhowa 15/2; Jatinga 1/3; Mawphlang 8/3, Shillong Peak 8/3.
Rosy Pipit Anthus roseatus (Rosy-breasted Pipit, Vinaceous-breasted Pipit, Anthus pelopus)
Dibru-Saikhowa common by ponds by river 13/2, 17/2.
Baya Weaver Ploceus philippinus
Kaziranga (a small flock) (Central range) 27/2
White-rumped Munia Lonchura striata (White-backed Munia, Striated Munia, Sharp-tailed Munia)
Digboi (a flock) 24/2; Jatinga (Ratzol) (a flock) 3/3.
Scaly-breasted Munia Lonchura punctulata (Spotted Munia, Nutmeg Mannikin, Spice Mannikin)
Digboi Golfcourse (flock of 10) 19/2.
Dark-breasted Rosefinch Carpodacus nipalensis
Shillong Peak 8/3
Common Rosefinch Carpodacus erythrinus (Scarlet Rosefinch, Scarlet Grosbeak)
Jatinga 1/3.
Scarlet Finch Haematosiza sipahi
Jatinga (Ratzol) 3/3, (Mawphlang) (3) 7/3.
Little Bunting Emberiza pusilla
Jatinga (Mawphlang) (3) 7/3.
Yellow-breasted Bunting Emberiza aureola
Kaziranga (Central Range) 27/2.
Chestnut Bunting Emberiza rustila
Shillong Peak 8/3.
Black-faced Bunting Emberiza spodocephala (Masked Bunting)
Dibru-Saikhowa (a pair) Kolomi 15/2.

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