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Mysore, Bandipur, Ooty/Burliar and Top Slip
by Sumit K. Sen
30 September ~ 7 October, 2005

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  • Grey Francolin Francolinus pondicerianus
    Only at Bandipur near Jungle Lodes & Resorts
  • Red Spurfowl Galloperdix spadicea
    At Karian Shola on the track to the watchtower. Loud rattling call is characteristic.
  • Grey Junglefowl Gallus sonneratii
    Common at Bandipur and Top Slip, though none were seen on day1 at Bandipur.
  • Indian Peafowl Pavo cristatus
    Bandipur National Park
  • Lesser Whistling-duck Dendrocygna javanica
    Single bird sighted at Karanji Lake, Mysore.
  • Spot-billed Duck Anas poecilorhyncha
    Family of 5 at Karanji Lake and a few at a waterhole in Bandipur.
  • Heart-spotted Woodpecker Hemicircus canente
    Big one for me! Three birds feeding high up on the canopy at Karian Shola
  • White-naped Woodpecker Chrysocolaptes festivus ?
    Briefly at Bandipur. May have been this species. 
  • Brown-capped Pygmy Woodpecker Dendrocopos nanus
    On the flats between Bandipur and Ooty, a single male.
  • Streak-throated Woodpecker Picus xanthopygaeus
    Fairly common at Bandipur National Park
  • Black-rumped Flameback Dinopium benghalense
    Recorded at every site visited.
  • Greater Flameback Chrysocolaptes lucidus
    Up to 5 at Dodabetta, Ooty; pair at Burliar and also a Karian Shola.
  • White-cheeked Barbet Megalaima viridis
    Common at all sites and elevations. The most frequently heard and seen barbet.
  • Coppersmith Barbet Megalaima haemacephala
    Singles at Bandipur and U. Burliar
  • Malabar Grey Hornbill Ocyceros griseus
    Only at Top Slip, where fairly common. A bird (or birds) was observed carrying away fruit at regular intervals. ( Storage or feeding?)
  • Great Hornbill Buceros bicornis
    Single overflying bird seen well by all at Ambuli Illam, Top Slip.
  • Common Hoopoe Upupa epops
    Indira Gandhi National Park (IGNP) on the way to Top Slip.
  • Malabar Trogon Harpactes fasciatus
    Three sightings on the Karian Shola tracks. May have been the same bird or different individuals.
  • Indian Roller Coracias benghalensis
    Very scarce considering it used to be a common bird. One outside Bandipur and five roadside birds in the entire trip.
  • Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis
    Karanji Lake, Mysore
  • White-throated Kingfisher Halcyon smyrnensis
    Bandipur National Park, U. Burliar and Top Slip. also on the road.
  • Green Bee-eater Merops orientalis
    Small groups a Bandipur and Top Slip area
  • Chestnut-headed Bee-eater Merops leschenaulti
    Pair on the road to Ooty.
  • Common Hawk Cuckoo Hierococcyx varius
    Call. Top Slip
  • Asian Koel Eudynamys scolopacea
    Bandipur and Top Slip
  • Blue-faced Malkoha Phaenicophaeus viridirostris
    Single bird in the Karian Shola.
  • Greater Coucal Centropus sinensis
    Roadside and at Bandipur and Burliar. Far less common than expected.
  • Vernal Hanging Parrot Loriculus vernalis
    Individuals at U. Burliar and an afternoon congregation of over 100 birds on Eucalyptus at the entrance of the Karian Shola.
  • Rose-ringed Parakeet Psittacula krameri
  • Plum-headed Parakeet Psittacula cyanocephala
    Fairly common at Bandipur. Less so thereafter.
  • Malabar Parakeet Psittacula columboides
    This beautiful endemic was much in evidence at all sites visited.
  • Indian Swiftlet Collocalia unicolor
    Top Slip and Bandipur
  • Asian Palm Swift Cypsiurus balasiensis
    Burliar area and on the road.
  • House Swift Apus affinis
    Bangalore area
  • Oriental Scops Owl Otus sunia ?
    Call heard at Top Slip possibly of this species.
  • Sri Lanka Frogmouth Batrachostomus moniliger
    Single female located at roost in the Karian Shola to the left of the track near the watchtower. Usually, many more can be located in this area.
  • Rock Pigeon Columba livia
  • Laughing Dove Streptopelia senegalensis
    Roadside and outside Bandipur
  • Spotted Dove Streptopelia chinensis
    Commonest streptopelia species on the trip
  • Eurasian Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto
    Not common. Seen on the road to Ooty.
  • Pompadour Green Pigeon Treron pompadora
    A flock numbering 40 plus at Bandipur and also at U. Burliar
  • Yellow-footed Green Pigeon Treron phoenicoptera
    Only at Bandipur National Park
  • Mountain Imperial Pigeon Ducula badia
    High on my wish-list . Single feeding bird at Top Slip
  • White-breasted Waterhen Amaurornis phoenicurus
    On the road near Bandipur
  • Purple Swamphen Porphyrio porphyrio
    Karnaji Lake, Mysore
  • Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
    Roadside waterbodies on the way to Bandipur
  • Common Coot Fulica atra
    Roadside waterbodies on the way to Bandipur
  • Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos
    Single bird at Bandipur National Park
  • Pheasant-tailed Jacana Hydrophasianus chirurgus
    Many at Harohalli Lake on the way to Mysore
  • Red-wattled Lapwing Vanellus indicus
    Roadside observations
  • Black Kite Milvus migrans
    Bangalore area and near towns
  • Brahminy Kite Haliastur indus
    Very common throughout including Top Slip
  • Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus
    single roadside sighting near Kanakpura on the road to Mysore
  • Crested Serpent Eagle Spilornis cheela
    Bandipur National Park and Top Slip
  • Shikra Accipiter badius
    Bandipur area
  • Changeable Hawk Eagle Spizaetus cirrhatus
    The Crested nominate form. Brilliant views on both days at Bandipur
  • Little Grebe T achybaptus ruficollis
    Karanji Lake and Bandipur
  • Darter Anhinga melanogaster
    At least seven at Karanji Lake, Mysore
  • Little Cormorant Phalacrocorax niger
    Karanji Lake
  • Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo
    Good numbers at Karanji Lake
  • Little Egret Egretta garzetta
    Various places on the road including Karanji Lake, Mysore
  • Grey Heron Ardea cinerea
  • Purple Heron Ardea purpurea
    Karanji Lake, Mysore
  • Intermediate Egret Mesophoyx intermedia
    Karanji Lake, Mysore
  • Great Egret Casmerodius albus
    Karanji Lake, Mysore
  • Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
    Common. Various roadside sightings and also at Bandipur and Top slip
  • Indian Pond Heron Ardeola grayii
    Karanji Lake and roadside
  • Black-headed Ibis Threskiornis melanocephalus
    Large breeding colony at Karanji Lake, Mysore
  • Black Ibis Pseudibis papillosa
    Roadside pair near Bandipur
  • Spot-billed Pelican Pelecanus philippensis
    Scarce. Only a pair at Karanji Lake, Mysore. 
  • Painted Stork Mycteria leucocephala
    Karanji Lake, Mysore
  • Asian Fairy Bluebird Irena puella
    At Upper Burliar and Top Slip where seen frequently
  • Blue-winged Leafbird Chloropsis cochinchinensis
    On the road to Ooty and at Ambuli Illam
  • Brown Shrike Lanius cristatus
    Individuals at all sites 
  • Bay-backed Shrike Lanius vittatus
    Bandipur National Park area
  • Long-tailed Shrike Lanius schach
    Bandipur National Park area
  • Rufous Treepie Dendrocitta vagabunda
    Bandipur National Park area
  • White-bellied Treepie Dendrocitta leucogastra
    © Sumit K Sen 2005
    Only at Top Slip and Ambuli Illam. Fairly common at IGNP
  • House Crow Corvus splendens
  • Large-billed Crow Corvus macrorhynchos
    Frequently met and most numerous in Bangalore city.
  • Black-hooded Oriole Oriolus xanthornus
    Upper Burliar and Bandipur
  • Large Cuckooshrike Coracina macei
    Only at Top Slip
  • Small Minivet Pericrocotus cinnamomeus
    Bandipur and on the flats from Bandipur to Ooty
  • White-bellied Minivet Pericrocotus erythropygius
    Flats from Bandipur to Ooty
  • Scarlet Minivet Pericrocotus flammeus
    Common at Top Slip and also at U. Burliar
  • Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike Hemipus picatus
    Both at Burliar and on the road to Ooty
  • White-browed Fantail Flycatcher Rhipidura aureola
    Bandipur area and on the road to Ooty
  • Black Drongo Dicrurus macrocercus
  • White-bellied Drongo Dicrurus caerulescens
    Common at Bandipur. also in the lower reaches of IGNP
  • Bronzed Drongo Dicrurus aeneus
    With Greater racket-tailed Drongos at Karian Shola
  • Greater Racket-tailed Drongo Dicrurus paradiseus
    Common at Top Slip
  • Black-naped Monarch Hypothymis azurea
    Single sighting at Upper Burliar
  • Common Iora Aegithina tiphia
    Pair near watchtower at Karian Shola, Top Slip
  • Large Woodshrike Tephrodornis gularis
    Seen everyday near Top Slip
  • Common Woodshrike Tephrodornis pondicerianus
    At Bandipur and also on the road to Ooty from Bandipur
  • Malabar Whistling Thrush Myophonus horsfieldii
    Only at Upper Burliar where an individual was seen on both days.
  • Orange-headed Thrush Zoothera citrina
    Single sighting of the cyanotus ssp. at ambuli illam, Top Slip
  • Eurasian Blackbird Turdus merula
    Possibly a simillimus ssp. bird at Doddabetta, Ooty
  • Black-and-orange Flycatcher Ficedula nigrorufa
    Lifer on the road to Doddabetta Observatory, Ooty
  • White-bellied Blue Flycatcher Cyornis pallipes
    Pair at Karian Shola. Another first time bird
  • Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher Cyornis tickelliae
    Both at Burliar and Top Slip
  • Oriental Magpie Robin C opsychus saularis
    Common near Bandipur and seen elswhere on the trip
  • White-rumped Shama Copsychus malabaricus
    Male seen briefly at Bandipur and also at U. Burliar
  • Indian Robin Saxicoloides fulicata
    On the flats around Bandipur
  • Pied Bushchat Saxicola caprata
    On the flats around Bandipur
  • Chestnut-tailed Starling Sturnus malabaricus
    Bandipur National Park area only
  • Brahminy Starling Sturnus pagodarum
    On the road to Bandipur and in and around Bandipur
  • Common Myna Acridotheres tristis
  • Jungle Myna Acridotheres fuscus
    Bandipur National Park area
  • Southern Hill Myna Gracula indica
    Only at Top Slip where small flocks seen
  • Velvet-fronted Nuthatch Sitta frontalis
    Pair at Upper Burliar
  • Great Tit Parus major
    Near the Observatory at Doddabetta, Ooty.
  • Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
    En-route to Bandipur and in Bandipur
  • Red-rumped Swallow Hirundo daurica
    En-route to Mysore from Bangalore
  • Black-crested Bulbul Pycnonotus melanicterus
    The very beautiful Ruby-throated gularis ssp. was sighted both days at IGNP
  • Red-whiskered Bulbul Pycnonotus jocosus
    Commonest bulbul species - abundant everywhere
  • Red-vented Bulbul Pycnonotus cafer
  • White-browed Bulbul Pycnonotus luteolus
    Only on the lower reaches of the road to Top Slip
  • Yellow-browed Bulbul Iole indica
    This beautiful Bulbul was seen at well at Burliar and Top Slip
  • Zitting Cisticola Cisticola juncidis
    Harohalli Lake on the way to Mysore
  • Grey-breasted Prinia Prinia hodgsonii
    Small feeding flock at Upper Burliar
  • Ashy Prinia Prinia socialis
    Common on the road to Mysore from Bangalore, scarce thereafter.
  • Oriental White-eye Zosterops palpebrosus
    Bandipur and Upper Burliar area
  • Common Tailorbird Orthotomus sutorius
  • Greenish Warbler Phylloscopus trochiloides
    Abundant and the only phylloscopus species identified on the trip. Bandipur and Burliar area.
  • Wynaad Laughingthrush Garrulax delesserti
    Flock of about 10-12 birds to the right of the road leading to Ambuli Illam Resthouse, IGNP
  • Nilgiri Laughingthrush Garrulax cachinnans
    This threatened endemic was common and tame at Doddabetta, Ooty
  • Indian Scimitar Babbler Pomatorhinus horsfieldii
    Singles at Bandipur National Park and Burliar
  • Tawny-bellied Babbler Dumetia hyperythra
    Small flocks at Bandipur and Upper Burliar
  • Dark-fronted Babbler Rhopocichla atriceps
    Four feeding birds near the stream at Kurumba Resorts, U. Burliar
  • Yellow-eyed Babbler Chrysomma sinense
    Seen  and photographed by Vijay at JLR, Bandipur
  • Large Grey Babbler Turdoides malcolmi
    On the road to Mysore
  • Rufous Babbler Turdoides subrufus
    This endemic was on view in the scrub below the dining area at Kurumba Village Resorts
  • Jungle Babbler Turdoides striatus
    Fairly common
  • Yellow-billed Babbler Turdoides affinis
    Most often seen on the road to Mysore from Bangalore. Also near Bandipur.
  • Indian Bushlark Mirafra erythroptera
    Bandipur National Park 
  • Jerdon's Bushlark Mirafra affinis
    Bandipur National Park 
  • Ashy-crowned Sparrow Lark Eremopterix grisea
    Bandipur National Park area 
  • Pale-billed Flowerpecker Dicaeum erythrorhynchos
    Bangalore area
  • Purple-rumped Sunbird Nectarinia zeylonica
    Near Bangalore and also at Bandipur and in the Burliar area
  • Crimson-backed Sunbird Nectarinia minima
    Common but extremely difficult to observe well at Top Slip. Also in the Burliar area.
  • Purple Sunbird Nectarinia asiatica
    Single bird seen at at Kurumba Village Resorts, U. Burliar
  • House Sparrow Passer domesticus
    Observed near all habitations
  • Forest Wagtail Dendronanthus indicus
    Single bird on the track at Karian Shola. Perhaps an early migrant?
  • Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea
  • Baya Weaver Ploceus philippinus
    On the road to Mysore
  • White-rumped Munia Lonchura striata
    Single bird at at Kurumba Village Resorts, U. Burliar
  • Black-throated Munia Lonchura kelaarti
    This rather scarce endemic was common in the scrub at Kurumba Village Resorts, U. Burliar
  • Scaly-breasted Munia Lonchura punctulata
    roadside on the way to Ooty

List of mammals:
1. Asian Elephant 2. Gaur 3. Sloth Bear 4. Spotted Deer 5. Sambar 6. Indian Muntjac 7. Malayan Giant Squirrel 8. Three-striped Palm Squirrel 9. Wild Pig
10. Bonnet Macaque 11. Nilgiri Langur 12. Hanuman Langur 13. Grey Mongoose 14. Ruddy Mongoose 15. Stripe-necked Mongoose 16. Indian Hare

© Sumit K. Sen
October 2005
Kolkata, India

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