Birds and Birding in India

Birdwatching in Goa—Trip Report, December 2020

Systematic List

Number in parentheses indicates the number of different days on which the species was recorded.

Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl Anatidae

        1.      Lesser Whistling Duck Dendrocygna javanica (1)

Pheasants, Grouse, and Allies Phasianidae

        2.      Indian Peafowl Pavo cristatus (6)
        3.      Grey Junglefowl Gallus sonneratii (4)

Grebes Podicipedidae

        4.      Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis (2)

Pigeons and Doves Columbidae

        5.      Rock Dove Columba livia (8)
        6.      Spotted Dove Spilopelia chinensis (8)
        7.      Grey-fronted Green Pigeon Treron affinis (3)
        8.      Mountain Imperial Pigeon Ducula badia (4)

Cuckoos Cuculidae

        9.      Greater Coucal Centropus sinensis (7)
    10.      Blue-faced Malkoha Phaenicophaeus viridirostris (4)
    11.      Jacobin Cuckoo Clamator jacobinus (3)
    12.      Asian Koel Eudynamys scolopaceus (9)
    13.      Fork-tailed Drongo-Cuckoo Surniculus dicruroides (3)

Frogmouths Podargidae

    14.      Sri Lanka Frogmouth Batrachostomus moniliger (2)

Nightjars and Allies Caprimulgidae

    15.      Jungle Nightjar Caprimulgus indicus (3)
    16.      Jerdon’s Nightjar Caprimulgus atripennis (2)

Swifts Apodidae

    17.      White-rumped Spinetail Zoonavena sylvatica (2)
    18.      Brown-backed Needletail Hirundapus giganteus (2)
    19.      Little Swift Apus affinis (7)

Treeswifts Hemiprocnidae

    20.      Crested Treeswift Hemiprocne coronata (5)

Rails, Gallinules, and Coots Rallidae

    21.      Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus (3)
    22.      Grey-headed Swamphen Porphyrio poliocephalus (2)
    23.      White-breasted Waterhen Amaurornis phoenicurus (5)

Stilts and Avocets Recurvirostridae

    24.      Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus (4)

Plovers and Lapwings Charadriidae

    25.      Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola (4)
    26.      Pacific Golden Plover Pluvialis fulva (3)
    27.      Yellow-wattled Lapwing Vanellus malabaricus (2)
    28.      Red-wattled Lapwing Vanellus indicus (9)
    29.      Lesser Sand Plover Charadrius mongolus (5)
    30.      Greater Sand Plover Charadrius leschenaultii (3)
    31.      Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus (4)

Jacanas Jacanidae

    32.      Bronze-winged Jacana Metopidius indicus (2)

Sandpipers and Allies Scolopacidae

    33.      Eurasian Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus (3)
    34.      Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata (4)
    35.      Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica (3)
    36.      Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa (2)
    37.      Ruff Calidris pugnax (2)
    38.      Dunlin Calidris alpina (2)
    39.      Little Stint Calidris minuta (2)
    40.      Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago (2)
    41.      Terek Sandpiper Xenus cinereus (3)
    42.      Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos (5)
    43.      Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus (4)
    44.      Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia (5)
    45.      Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis (3)
    46.      Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola (4)
    47.      Common Redshank Tringa totanus (3)

Buttonquail Turnicidae

    48.      Barred Buttonquail Turnix suscitator (2)

Pratincoles and Coursers Glareolidae

    49.      Small Pratincole Glareola lactea (2)

Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers Laridae

    50.      Slender-billed Gull Chroicocephalus genei (0)
    51.      Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus (0)
    52.      Brown-headed Gull Chroicocephalus brunnicephalus (5)
    53.      Heuglin’s Gull Larus heuglini (2+)
    54.      Steppe Gull Larus barabensis (2+)
    55.      Little Tern Sternula albifrons (2)
    56.      Gull-billed Tern Gelochelidon nilotica (4)
    57.      Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia (3)
    58.      Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida (2)
    59.      River Tern Sterna aurantia (2)
    60.      Greater Crested Tern Thalasseus bergii (3)
    61.      Sandwich Tern Thalasseus sandvicensis (3)
    62.      Lesser Crested Tern Thalasseus bengalensis (4)

Storks Ciconiidae

    63.      Asian Openbill Anastomus oscitans (2)
    64.      Woolly-necked Stork Ciconia episcopus (2)
    65.      Lesser Adjutant Leptoptilos javanicus (3)
    66.      Painted Stork Mycteria leucocephala (3)

Anhingas Anhingidae

    67.      Oriental Darter Anhinga melanogaster (4)

Cormorants and Shags Phalacrocoracidae

    68.      Little Cormorant Microcarbo niger (5)
    69.      Indian Cormorant Phalacrocorax fuscicollis (4)

Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns Ardeidae

    70.      Grey Heron Ardea cinerea (4)
    71.      Purple Heron Ardea purpurea (4)
    72.      Great Egret Ardea alba (4)
    73.      Intermediate Egret Ardea intermedia (4)
    74.      Little Egret Egretta garzetta (5)
    75.      Western Reef Heron Egretta gularis (2)
    76.      Eastern Cattle Egret Bubulcus coromandus (6)
    77.      Indian Pond Heron Ardeola grayii (8)
    78.      Striated Heron Butorides striata (5)
    79.      Black-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax (4)

Ibises and Spoonbills Threskiornithidae

    80.      Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus (2)
    81.      Black-headed Ibis Threskiornis melanocephalus (4)

Osprey Pandionidae

    82.      Western Osprey Pandion haliaetus (3)

Hawks, Eagles, and Kites Accipitridae

    83.      Black-winged Kite Elanus caeruleus (2)
    84.      Crested Honey Buzzard Pernis ptilorhynchus (3)
    85.      Crested Serpent Eagle Spilornis cheela (2)
    86.      Changeable Hawk-Eagle Nisaetus cirrhatus (1)
    87.      White-eyed Buzzard Butastur teesa (2)
    88.      Western Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus (2)
    89.      Shikra Accipiter badius (2)
    90.      Black Kite Milvus migrans (8)
    91.      Brahminy Kite Haliastur indus (8)
    92.      White-bellied Sea Eagle Haliaeetus leucogaster (4)

Owls Strigidae

    93.      Indian Scops Owl Otus bakkamoena (2)
    94.      Jungle Owlet Glaucidium radiatum (2)
    95.      Brown Wood Owl Strix leptogrammica (2)
    96.      Brown Hawk-Owl Ninox scutulata (3)

Trogons Trogonidae

    97.      Malabar Trogon Harpactes fasciatus (3)

Hoopoes Upupidae

    98.      Eurasian Hoopoe Upupa epops (4)

Hornbills Bucerotidae

    99.      Malabar Grey Hornbill Ocyceros griseus (5)
100.      Malabar Pied Hornbill Anthracoceros coronatus (7)

Kingfishers Alcedinidae

101.      Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis (6)
102.      Blue-eared Kingfisher Alcedo meninting (3)
103.      Stork-billed Kingfisher Pelargopsis capensis (5)
104.      White-throated Kingfisher Halcyon smyrnensis (8)
105.      Pied Kingfisher Ceryle rudis (3)

Bee-eaters Meropidae

106.      Green Bee-eater Merops orientalis (8)
107.      Blue-tailed Bee-eater Merops philippinus (7)
108.      Chestnut-headed Bee-eater Merops leschenaulti (6)

Rollers Coraciidae

109.      Indian Roller Coracias benghalensis (6)

Asian Barbets Megalaimidae

110.      Malabar Barbet Psilopogon malabaricus (6)
111.      Coppersmith Barbet Psilopogon haemacephalus (4)
112.      Brown-headed Barbet Psilopogon zeylanicus (4)
113.      White-cheeked Barbet Psilopogon viridis (8)

Woodpeckers Picidae

114.      Heart-spotted Woodpecker Hemicircus canente (3)
115.      Brown-capped Pygmy Woodpecker Yungipicus nanus (3)
116.      Yellow-crowned Woodpecker Leiopicus mahrattensis (3)
117.      Greater Flameback Chrysocolaptes guttacristatus (3)
118.      Rufous Woodpecker Micropternus brachyurus (2)
119.      Black-rumped Flameback Dinopium benghalense (7)
120.      White-bellied Woodpecker Dryocopus javensis (2)

Falcons and Caracaras Falconidae

121.      Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus (2)

Old World Parrots Psittaculidae

122.      Alexandrine Parakeet Psittacula eupatria (2)
123.      Rose-ringed Parakeet Psittacula krameri (3)
124.      Plum-headed Parakeet Psittacula cyanocephala (8)
125.      Blue-winged Parakeet Psittacula columboides (4)
126.      Vernal Hanging Parrot Loriculus vernalis (7)

Cuckooshrikes Campephagidae

127.      Small Minivet Pericrocotus cinnamomeus (6)
128.      Orange Minivet Pericrocotus flammeus (4)
129.      Black-headed Cuckooshrike Lalage melanoptera (4)

Old World Orioles Oriolidae

130.      Indian Golden Oriole Oriolus kundoo (8)
131.      Black-naped Oriole Oriolus chinensis (2)
132.      Black-hooded Oriole Oriolus xanthornus (4)

Woodswallows, Bellmagpies, and Allies Artamidae

133.      Ashy Woodswallow Artamus fuscus (4)

Vangas, Helmetshrikes, and Allies Vangidae

134.      Common Woodshrike Tephrodornis pondicerianus (4)
135.      Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike Hemipus picatus (4)

Ioras Aegithinidae

136.      Common Iora Aegithina tiphia (8)

Fantails Rhipiduridae

137.      White-spotted Fantail Rhipidura albogularis (3)

Drongos Dicruridae

138.      Black Drongo Dicrurus macrocercus (4)
139.      Ashy Drongo Dicrurus leucophaeus (10)
140.      White-bellied Drongo Dicrurus caerulescens (3)
141.      Bronzed Drongo Dicrurus aeneus (3)
142.      Greater Racket-tailed Drongo Dicrurus paradiseus (4)

Monarch Flycatchers Monarchidae

143.      Black-naped Monarch Hypothymis azurea (3)
144.      Indian Paradise Flycatcher Terpsiphone paradisi (7)

Shrikes Laniidae

145.      Brown Shrike Lanius cristatus (5)
146.      Long-tailed Shrike Lanius schach (4)

Crows, Jays, and Magpies Corvidae

147.      Rufous Treepie Dendrocitta vagabunda (6)
148.      House Crow Corvus splendens (8)
149.      Indian Jungle Crow Corvus culminatus (5)

Tits, Chickadees, and Titmice Paridae

150.      Indian Black-lored Tit Machlolophus aplonotus (2)

Larks Alaudidae

151.      Mongolian Short-toed Lark Calandrella dukhunensis (3)
152.      Malabar Lark Galerida malabarica (2)

Cisticolas and Allies Cisticolidae

153.      Common Tailorbird Orthotomus sutorius (7)
154.      Grey-breasted Prinia Prinia hodgsonii (3)
155.      Ashy Prinia Prinia socialis (5)
156.      Plain Prinia Prinia inornata (2)

Reed Warblers and Allies Acrocephalidae

157.      Sykes’s Warbler Iduna rama (2)
158.      Blyth’s Reed Warbler Acrocephalus dumetorum (8)
159.      Clamorous Reed Warbler Acrocephalus stentoreus (3)

Swallows Hirundinidae

160.      Dusky Crag Martin Ptyonoprogne concolor (4)
161.      Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica (7)
162.      Wire-tailed Swallow Hirundo smithii (4)
163.      Red-rumped Swallow Cecropis daurica (9)

Bulbuls Pycnonotidae

164.      Grey-headed Bulbul Brachypodius priocephalus (4)
165.      Flame-throated Bulbul Rubigula gularis (4)
166.      Red-vented Bulbul Pycnonotus cafer (5)
167.      Red-whiskered Bulbul Pycnonotus jocosus (7)
168.      White-browed Bulbul Pycnonotus luteolus (7)
169.      Yellow-browed Bulbul Acritillas indica (6)

Leaf Warblers Phylloscopidae

170.      Green Warbler Phylloscopus nitidus (10)
171.      Greenish Warbler Phylloscopus trochiloides (4)
172.      Large-billed Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus magnirostris (3)
173.      Western Crowned Warbler Phylloscopus occipitalis (4)

Sylviid Warblers, Parrotbills, and Allies Sylviidae

174.      Yellow-eyed Babbler Chrysomma sinense (3)

Tree-Babblers, Scimitar-Babblers, and Allies Timaliidae

175.      Dark-fronted Babbler Dumetia atriceps (2)
176.      Indian Scimitar Babbler Pomatorhinus horsfieldii (1)

Ground Babblers and Allies Pellorneidae

177.      Puff-throated Babbler Pellorneum ruficeps (4)

Laughingthrushes and Allies Leiothrichidae

178.      Brown-cheeked Fulvetta Alcippe poioicephala (5)
179.      Jungle Babbler Argya striata (5)

Nuthatches Sittidae

180.      Velvet-fronted Nuthatch Sitta frontalis (3)

Starlings Sturnidae

181.      Rosy Starling Pastor roseus (3)
182.      Chestnut-tailed Starling Sturnia malabarica (2)
183.      Malabar Starling Sturnia blythii (4)
184.      Jungle Myna Acridotheres fuscus (6)

Thrushes and Allies Turdidae

185.      Orange-headed Thrush Geokichla citrina (5)
186.      Indian Blackbird Turdus simillimus (2)

Old World Flycatchers Muscicapidae

187.      Asian Brown Flycatcher Muscicapa dauurica (3)
188.      Brown-breasted Flycatcher Muscicapa muttui (3)
189.      Indian Robin Copsychus fulicatus (5)
190.      Oriental Magpie-Robin Copsychus saularis (9)
191.      White-rumped Shama Copsychus malabaricus (4)
192.      White-bellied Blue Flycatcher Cyornis pallidipes (2)
193.      Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher Cyornis tickelliae (8)
194.      Verditer Flycatcher Eumyias thalassinus (3)
195.      Malabar Whistling Thrush Myophonus horsfieldii (5)
196.      Taiga Flycatcher Ficedula albicilla (5)
197.      Blue-capped Rock Thrush Monticola cinclorhyncha (2)
198.      Siberian Stonechat Saxicola maurus (4)
199.      Pied Bush Chat Saxicola caprata (2)

Flowerpeckers Dicaeidae

200.      Thick-billed Flowerpecker Dicaeum agile (4)
201.      Pale-billed Flowerpecker Dicaeum erythrorhynchos (4)
202.      Nilgiri Flowerpecker Dicaeum concolor (6)

Sunbirds and Spiderhunters Nectariniidae

203.      Purple-rumped Sunbird Leptocoma zeylonica (8)
204.      Crimson-backed Sunbird Leptocoma minima (6)
205.      Purple Sunbird Cinnyris asiaticus (9)
206.      Loten’s Sunbird Cinnyris lotenius (3)
207.      Little Spiderhunter Arachnothera longirostra (3)

Fairy-bluebirds Irenidae

208.      Asian Fairy-bluebird Irena puella (5)

Leafbirds Chloropseidae

209.      Jerdon’s Leafbird Chloropsis jerdoni (3)
210.      Golden-fronted Leafbird Chloropsis aurifrons (4)

Weavers and Allies Ploceidae

211.      Baya Weaver Ploceus philippinus (3)

Waxbills and Allies Estrildidae

212.      White-rumped Munia Lonchura striata (3)
213.      Black-throated Munia Lonchura kelaarti (2)
214.      Scaly-breasted Munia Lonchura punctulata (3)

Old World Sparrows Passeridae

215.      House Sparrow Passer domesticus (3)
216.      Yellow-throated Sparrow Gymnoris xanthocollis (6)

Wagtails and Pipits Motacillidae

217.      Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea (3)
218.      White-browed Wagtail Motacilla maderaspatensis (3)
219.      Paddyfield Pipit Anthus rufulus (4)
220.      Blyth’s Pipit Anthus godlewskii (2)
221.      Tawny Pipit Anthus campestris (3)
222.      Tree Pipit Anthus trivialis (3)

Finches, Euphonias, and Allies Fringillidae

223.      Common Rosefinch Carpodacus erythrinus (3)

Old World Buntings Emberizidae

224.      Black-headed Bunting Emberiza melanocephala (2)
225.      Red-headed Bunting Emberiza bruniceps (4)
226.      Grey-necked Bunting Emberiza buchanani (4)

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