Birds of India

GUJARAT
LIST OF BIRDS OBSERVED
February 2 ~ 8, 2007
Bill Harvey & Sumit Sen

Grey Francolin Francolinus pondicerianus - Common
Black Francolin Francolinus francolinus - Scarce
Common Quail Coturnix coturnix - Only at Naliya
Indian Peafowl Pavo cristatus - Common
Greylag Goose Anser anser - Over 400 at Thol
Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea - Very local
Comb Duck Sarkidiornis melanotos - Only a few seen
Gadwall Anas strepera - Very local
Eurasian Wigeon Anas penelope - Very local
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos - Rare
Spot-billed Duck Anas poecilorhyncha - Small numbers encountered
Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata - Very local
Northern Pintail Anas acuta - Good numbers at Thol
Garganey Anas querquedula - Rare
Common Teal Anas crecca - Very local. Large flock in Hodko Dhand
Common Pochard Aythya ferina - Over 300 at Thol
Ferruginous Pochard Aythya nyroca - Single bird in tank near Bhuj
Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula - Very local
Brown-capped Pygmy Woodpecker Dendrocopos nanus - One sighting
Yellow-crowned Woodpecker Dendrocopos mahrattensis - Widespread
Black-rumped Flameback Dinopium benghalense - Two sightings
Coppersmith Barbet Megalaima haemacephala - Common in Gir
Common Hoopoe Upupa epops - Common
Indian Roller Coracias benghalensis - Fairly common
Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis - Local
White-throated Kingfisher Halcyon smyrnensis - Common
Pied Kingfisher Ceryle rudis - Local
Green Bee-eater Merops orientalis - Abundant
Asian Koel Eudynamys scolopacea - Local
Greater Coucal Centropus sinensis - Common
Rose-ringed Parakeet Psittacula krameri - Common
Plum-headed Parakeet Psittacula cyanocephala - Local
House Swift Apus affinis - Very local
Crested Treeswift Hemiprocne coronata - Very local
Eurasian Eagle Owl Bubo bengalensis - Single bird seen near Chhari-dhand
Spotted Owlet Athene brama - Local
Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus - Single bird seen at Chhari-dhand
Grey Nightjar Caprimulgus indicus - One heard
Sykes’s Nightjar Caprimulgus mahrattensis - A few on the Banni grasslands
Indian Nightjar Caprimulgus asiaticus - A few on grassland tracks
Rock pigeon Columba livia - Numerous as ever!
Laughing Dove Streptopelia senegalensis - Common
Red Collared Dove Streptopelia tranquebarica - Local
Eurasian Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto - Common
Yellow-footed Green Pigeon Treron phoenicoptera - Local
Indian Bustard Ardeotis nigriceps - 5 seen in the Naliya grasslands
Sarus Crane Grus antigone - Family of 3 at Thol
Common Crane Grus grus - Over 25,000 in the Banni area
White-breasted Waterhen Amaurornis phoenicurus - Local
Purple Swamphen Porphyrio porphyrio - Local
Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus - Local
Common Coot Fulica atra - Local
Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse Pterocles exustus - Common in Banni and Naliya
Painted Sandgrouse Pterocles indicus - One pair only at Morai. None seen in Gir
Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago - Local
Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa - Local
Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica - Flock of 7 at Bhadreswar
Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus - Single bird near Mundra
Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata - A few seen on the coast and one near Fulay village
Common Redshank Tringa totanus - Mainly on coast
Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis - Mainly inland
Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia - Inland
Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus - Inland
Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola - Inland
Terek Sandpiper Xenus cinereus - Only at Bhadreswar
Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos - Few
Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres - 11 birds seen feeding at Bhadreshwar
Little Stint Calidris minuta - Mainly inland
Temminck’s Stint Calidris temminckii - All inland
Dunlin Calidris alpina - Small numbers at Chhari-dhand
Ruff Philomachus pugnax - Inland
Eurasian Thick-knee Burhinus oedicnemus - Surprisingly scarce
Great Thick-knee Esacus recurvirostris - Very local
Eurasian Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus - 3 birds seen in flight at Pingalehwar
Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus - Common
Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola - A few on the Mandvi coast
Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius - Inland and coast
Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus - Inland
Lesser Sand Plover Charadrius mongolus - Inland and coast
Yellow-wattled Lapwing Vanellus malarbaricus - Surprisingly scarce (4 seen)
Red-wattled Lapwing Vanellus indicus - Common
Indian Courser Cursorius coromandelicus - Unexpectedly very scarce. 6 birds seen in Kutch.
Oriental Pratincole Glareola maldivarum - Single observation at Chhari-dhand
Heuglin's Gull Larus heuglini - Common at Bhadreshwar
Steppe Gull Larus (cachinnans or heuglini) barabensis - Fairly common at Bhadreswar
Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans - Two at Bhadreswar
Pallas's Gull Larus ichthyaetus - Several
Brown-headed Gull Larus brunnicephalus - Common at Bhadreshwar
Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus - Common on coast
Slender-billed Gull Larus genei - 4 birds encountered on the coast
Gull-billed Tern Gelochelidon nilotica - Common on the coast
Caspian Tern Sterna caspia - Only at Pingaleshwar
River Tern Sterna aurantia - Large numbers at Thol Sanctuary
Lesser Crested Tern Sterna bengalensis - Common at Bhadreshwar
Great Crested Tern Sterna bergii - A couple seen at Bhadreshwar
Little Tern Sterna albifrons - A few at Bhadreshwar
Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybridus - Large numbers at Thol Sanctuary
Osprey Pandion haliaetus - Rather widespread At least 6 seen
Black-shouldered Kite Elanus caeruleus - Common
Black Kite Milvus migrans - Surprisingly local
Brahminy Kite Haliastur indus - Coast only
Eurasian Griffon Gyps fulvus - Scope views of 4 birds near Pigaleshwar coast
Short-toed Snake Eagle Circaetus gallicus - Fairly common
Eurasian Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus - Common but all dark birds
Pallid Harrier Circus macrourus - Common. Mainly ringtails
Montagu’s Harrier Circus pygargus - Much less common than Pallid
Shikra Accipiter badius - Common
Oriental Honey-buzzard Pernis ptilorhyncus - Common
Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus - Fairly common in Kutch
Greater Spotted Eagle Aquila clanga - Single immature bird seen near Chhari-dhand
Tawny Eagle Aquila rapax - A few encountered
Steppe Eagle Aquila nipalensis - Most numerous aquila in Kutch. Very few adults.
Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca - 2 immature birds seen. One at Kothara the other in Banni
Booted Eagle Hieraaetus pennatus - Very local
Changeable Hawk Eagle Spizaetus cirrhatus - Very local
Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus - Common
Laggar Falcon Falco jugger - Single bird on a post near Kothara, Kutch
Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis - Common
Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus - 7 birds in a tank near Bhuj
Darter Anhinga melanogaster - A good number at Thol.
Little Cormorant Phalacrocorax niger - Local
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo - Local
Little Egret Egretta garzetta - Local
Western Reef Egret Egretta gularis - Most birds seen were in full breeding colours
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea - Scarce
Purple Heron Ardea purpurea - Scarce
Great Egret Casmerodius albus - Scarce
Intermediate Egret Mesophoyx intermedia - Scarce
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis - Common
Indian Pond Heron Ardeola grayii - Scarce
Black-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax - Very local
Lesser Flamingo Phoenicopterus minor - A few near Chhari-dhand
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus - Local
Black-headed Ibis Threskiornis melanocephalus - Very local
Black Ibis Pseudibis papillosa - Frequently encountered in small flocks in Kutch
Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia - Over 500 birds at Thol Sanctuary
Great White Pelican Pelecanus onocrotalus - Small flocks seen resting in the Banni and over 400 in Thol
Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus - A couple at Chhari-dhand and a family of three near Mundra
Painted Stork Mycteria leucocephala - Breeding
Asian Openbill Anastomus oscitans - A few just outside Thol Sanctuary
Woolly-necked Stork Ciconia episcopus - Very local
White Stork Ciconia ciconia - A few dozen seen on the Banni grasslands.
Rufous-tailed Shrike Lanius isabellinus - Common.
Bay-backed Shrike Lanius vittatus - Scarce
Long-tailed Shrike Lanius schach - Scarce
Southern Grey Shrike Lanius meridionalis - Uncommon
Rufous Treepie Dendrocitta vagabunda - Local
House Crow Corvus splendens - Common
Large-billed Crow Corvus macrorhynchos - Local
Small Minivet Pericrocotus cinnamomeus - Local
White-browed Fantail Rhipidura aureola - Very local
Black Drongo Dicrurus macrocercus - Not numerous
Asian Paradise-flycatcher Terpsiphone paradisi - Very local
Common Iora Aegithina tiphia - Local
Marshall's Iora Aegithina nigrolutea - Fairly common in suitable habitat
Common Woodshrike Tephrodornis pondicerianus - Very local
Red-breasted Flycatcher Ficedula parva - Scarce
Tickell's Blue Flycatcher Cyornis tickelliae - Very local
Bluethroat Luscinia svecica - Single bird seen at the edge of Hodko Dhand
Oriental Magpie Robin Copsychus saularis - Local
Indian Robin Saxicoloides fulicata - Common
Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochruros - Common
Stoliczka’s Bushchat Saxicola macrorhyncha - One only
Common Stonechat Saxicola torquata - Widespread
Pied Bushchat Saxicola caprata - Rather scarce
Brown Rock-chat Cercomela fusca - Local
Variable Wheatear Oenanthe picata- Very common
Desert Wheatear Oenanthe deserti - Common
Isabelline Wheatear Oenanthe isabellina - Rather scarce
Red-tailed Wheatear Oenanthe chrysopygia - A couple of birds seen near the rocky parts of the Banni
Brahminy Starling Sturnus pagodarum - Local
Rosy Starling Sturnus roseus - Large flocks observed throughout the trip
Common Starling Sturnus vulgaris - Local One flock of 10 at Banni
Asian Pied Starling Sturnus contra - Surprisingly local
Common Myna Acridotheres tristis - Common
Bank Myna Acridotheres ginginianus - Common
Great Tit Parus major - Very local
White-naped Tit Parus nuchalis - Only seen at Morai
Sand Martin Riparia riparia - A few at Banni
Dusky Crag Martin Hirundo concolor - Common
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica - Common
Wire-tailed Swallow Hirundo smithii - Common
Red-rumped Swallow Hirundo daurica - Local
White-eared Bulbul Pycnonotus leucotis - Local
Red-vented Bulbul Pycnonotus cafer - Common
Grey Hypocolius Hypocolius ampelinus- Over 30 birds seen near Fulay village
Rufous-fronted Prinia Prinia buchanani - Frequently encountered
Grey-breasted Prinia Prinia hodgsonii - Common
Ashy Prinia Prinia socialis - Local
Plain Prinia Prinia inornata - Common
Graceful Prinia Prinia gracilis - Very local
Zitting Cisticola Cisticola juncidis - Rather scarce
Oriental White-eye Zosterops palpebrosus - Local
Paddyfield Warbler Acrocephalus agricola - Local
Clamorous Reed Warbler Acrocephalus stentoreus - Local
Sykes's Warbler Hippolais rama - Local
Common Tailorbird Orthotomus sutorius - Local
Common Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita - Local
Hume's Warbler Phylloscopus humei - Local
Greenish Warbler Phylloscopus trochiloides - Very local
Tawny-bellied Babbler Dumetia hyperythra - Very local
Yellow-eyed Babbler Chrysomma sinense - Local
Common Babbler Turdoides caudatus - Most common scrub species on this trip
Large Grey Babbler Turdoides malcolmi - Local
Jungle Babbler Turdoides striatus - Local
Lesser Whitethroat Sylvia curruca - Local
Desert Warbler Sylvia nana - Very local
Orphean Warbler Sylvia hortensis - Very local
Indian Bushlark Mirafra erythroptera - Local
Ashy-crowned Sparrow Lark Eremopterix grisea - Rather scarce
Rufous-tailed Lark Ammomanes phoenicurus - Locally common
Bimaculated lark Melanocorypha bimaculata - Small flocks of 20+ in the Naliya grasslands
Greater Short-toed Lark Calandrella brachydactyla - Abundant in Kutch
Sand Lark Calandrella raytal - On coast only
Crested Lark Galerida cristata - Common
Sykes’s Lark Galerida deva - Very local
Purple Sunbird Nectarinia asiatica - Scarce
House Sparrow Passer domesticus - Numerous in grassland scrub
Chestnut-shouldered Petronia Petronia xanthocollis - Local
White Wagtail Motacilla alba - Scarce
White-browed Wagtail Motacilla maderaspatensis - Very local
Citrine Wagtail Motacilla citreola - Scarce
Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava - Local
Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea - Very local
Paddyfield Pipit Anthus rufulus - Scarce
Tawny Pipit Anthus campestris - Common
Long-billed Pipit Anthus similis - Locally common
Tree Pipit Anthus trivialis - Very local
Baya Weaver Ploceus philippinus - Scarce
Indian Silverbill Lonchura malabarica - Reasonably widespread
Common Rosefinch Carpodacus erythrinus - One sighting at Fulay
Grey-necked Bunting Emberiza buchanani - Fairly common
Black-headed Bunting Emberiza melanocephala - Small flock in southern Kutch

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