Birds and Birding in India

Himalayan Birding Tour (Pangot, Sattal, Corbett)—Trip Report, November 2020

Systematic List

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

Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl Anatidae

        1.      Greylag Goose Anser anser (1)
        2.      Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea (1)
        3.      Garganey Spatula querquedula (1)
        4.      Northern Shoveler Spatula clypeata (1)
        5.      Gadwall Mareca strepera (1)
        6.      Eurasian Wigeon Mareca penelope (1)
        7.      Indian Spot-billed Duck Anas poecilorhyncha (1)
        8.      Northern Pintail Anas acuta (1)
        9.      Eurasian Teal Anas crecca (1)
    10.      Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina (1)
    11.      Common Pochard Aythya ferina (1)
    12.      Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca (1)
    13.      Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula (1)

Pheasants, Grouse, and Allies Phasianidae

    14.      Hill Partridge Arborophila torqueola (3)
    15.      Indian Peafowl Pavo cristatus (1)
    16.      Red Junglefowl Gallus gallus (2)
    17.      Kalij Pheasant Lophura leucomelanos (5)

Grebes Podicipedidae

    18.      Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis (1)
    19.      Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus (1)

Pigeons and Doves Columbidae

    20.      Rock Dove Columba livia (5)
    21.      Oriental Turtle Dove Streptopelia orientalis (2)
    22.      Spotted Dove Spilopelia chinensis (1)

Cuckoos Cuculidae

    23.      Greater Coucal Centropus sinensis (1)

Swifts Apodidae

    24.      White-rumped Spinetail Zoonavena sylvatica (1)
    25.      Himalayan Swiftlet Aerodramus brevirostris (2)
    26.      Little Swift Apus affinis (1)

Rails, Gallinules, and Coots Rallidae

    27.      Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus (1)
    28.      Eurasian Coot Fulica atra (1)
    29.      Grey-headed Swamphen Porphyrio poliocephalus (1)

Plovers and Lapwings Charadriidae

    30.      River Lapwing Vanellus duvaucelii (2)
    31.      Red-wattled Lapwing Vanellus indicus (4)

Jacanas Jacanidae

    32.      Bronze-winged Jacana Metopidius indicus (1)

Sandpipers and Allies Scolopacidae

    33.      Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago (1)
    34.      Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos (3)
    35.      Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus (2)
    36.      Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia (1)

Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers Laridae

    37.      Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus (1)
    38.      Pallas’s Gull Ichthyaetus ichthyaetus (1)

Storks Ciconiidae

    39.      Black Stork Ciconia nigra (1)

Cormorants and Shags Phalacrocoracidae

    40.      Little Cormorant Microcarbo niger (2)
    41.      Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo (5)

Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns Ardeidae

    42.      Grey Heron Ardea cinerea (1)
    43.      Purple Heron Ardea purpurea (1)
    44.      Intermediate Egret Ardea intermedia (1)
    45.      Little Egret Egretta garzetta (3)
    46.      Eastern Cattle Egret Bubulcus coromandus (1)
    47.      Indian Pond Heron Ardeola grayii (2)
    48.      Striated Heron Butorides striata (2)

Hawks, Eagles, and Kites Accipitridae

    49.      Crested Honey Buzzard Pernis ptilorhynchus (1)
    50.      Red-headed Vulture Sarcogyps calvus (1)
    51.      Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachus (1)
    52.      Himalayan Vulture Gyps himalayensis (2)
    53.      Changeable Hawk-Eagle Nisaetus cirrhatus (1)
    54.      Mountain Hawk-Eagle Nisaetus nipalensis (3)
    55.      Black Eagle Ictinaetus malaiensis (1)
    56.      Steppe Eagle Aquila nipalensis (2)
    57.      Bonelli’s Eagle Aquila fasciata (1)
    58.      Besra Accipiter virgatus (1)
    59.      Eurasian Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus (2)
    60.      Black Kite Milvus migrans (3)
    61.      Pallas’s Fish Eagle Haliaeetus leucoryphus (1)
    62.      Lesser Fish Eagle Haliaeetus humilis (1)
    63.      Himalayan Buzzard Buteo burmanicus (1)

Owls Strigidae

    64.      Brown Fish Owl Ketupa zeylonensis (1)
    65.      Asian Barred Owlet Glaucidium cuculoides (3)
    66.      Jungle Owlet Glaucidium radiatum (2)
    67.      Brown Wood Owl Strix leptogrammica (2)

Hoopoes Upupidae

    68.      Eurasian Hoopoe Upupa epops (1)

Hornbills Bucerotidae

    69.      Great Hornbill Buceros bicornis (1)
    70.      Indian Grey Hornbill Ocyceros birostris (1)

Kingfishers Alcedinidae

    71.      Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis (3)
    72.      White-throated Kingfisher Halcyon smyrnensis (5)
    73.      Crested Kingfisher Megaceryle lugubris (3)
    74.      Pied Kingfisher Ceryle rudis (1)

Rollers Coraciidae

    75.      Indian Roller Coracias benghalensis (1)

Asian Barbets Megalaimidae

    76.      Great Barbet Psilopogon virens (5)
    77.      Lineated Barbet Psilopogon lineatus (2)
    78.      Brown-headed Barbet Psilopogon zeylanicus (1)
    79.      Blue-throated Barbet Psilopogon asiaticus (1)

Woodpeckers Picidae

    80.      Grey-capped Pygmy Woodpecker Yungipicus canicapillus (1)
    81.      Brown-fronted Woodpecker Dendrocoptes auriceps (4)
    82.      Rufous-bellied Woodpecker Dendrocopos hyperythrus (2)
    83.      Himalayan Woodpecker Dendrocopos himalayensis (2)
    84.      Greater Flameback Chrysocolaptes guttacristatus (1)
    85.      Black-rumped Flameback Dinopium benghalense (2)
    86.      Lesser Yellownape Picus chlorolophus (1)
    87.      Scaly-bellied Woodpecker Picus squamatus (1)
    88.      Grey-headed Woodpecker Picus canus (6)
    89.      Greater Yellownape Chrysophlegma flavinucha (2)

Falcons and Caracaras Falconidae

    90.      Collared Falconet Microhierax caerulescens (2)

Old World Parrots Psittaculidae

    91.      Alexandrine Parakeet Psittacula eupatria (1)
    92.      Rose-ringed Parakeet Psittacula krameri (2)
    93.      Slaty-headed Parakeet Psittacula himalayana (3)
    94.      Plum-headed Parakeet Psittacula cyanocephala (2)
    95.      Red-breasted Parakeet Psittacula alexandri (1)

Cuckooshrikes Campephagidae

    96.      Small Minivet Pericrocotus cinnamomeus (1)
    97.      Long-tailed Minivet Pericrocotus ethologus (2)

Old World Orioles Oriolidae

    98.      Maroon Oriole Oriolus traillii (1)

Vangas, Helmetshrikes, and Allies Vangidae

    99.      Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike Hemipus picatus (3)

Ioras Aegithinidae

100.      Common Iora Aegithina tiphia (1)

Fantails Rhipiduridae

101.      White-throated Fantail Rhipidura albicollis (4)

Drongos Dicruridae

102.      Ashy Drongo Dicrurus leucophaeus (2)
103.      Bronzed Drongo Dicrurus aeneus (2)

Shrikes Laniidae

104.      Long-tailed Shrike Lanius schach (4)
105.      Grey-backed Shrike Lanius tephronotus (1)

Crows, Jays, and Magpies Corvidae

106.      Eurasian Jay Garrulus glandarius (1)
107.      Black-headed Jay Garrulus lanceolatus (5)
108.      Red-billed Blue Magpie Urocissa erythroryncha (3)
109.      Rufous Treepie Dendrocitta vagabunda (2)
110.      Grey Treepie Dendrocitta formosae (4)
111.      House Crow Corvus splendens (2)
112.      Large-billed Crow Corvus macrorhynchos (1+)
113.      Indian Jungle Crow Corvus culminatus (1+)

Fairy Flycatchers Stenostiridae

114.      Yellow-bellied Fantail Chelidorhynx hypoxanthus (1)
115.      Grey-headed Canary-flycatcher Culicicapa ceylonensis (2)

Tits, Chickadees, and Titmice Paridae

116.      Yellow-browed Tit Sylviparus modestus (2)
117.      Coal Tit Periparus ater (3)
118.      Green-backed Tit Parus monticolus (5)
119.      Cinereous Tit Parus cinereus (3)
120.      Himalayan Black-lored Tit Machlolophus xanthogenys (2)

Cisticolas and Allies Cisticolidae

121.      Common Tailorbird Orthotomus sutorius (2)
122.      Himalayan Prinia Prinia crinigera (2)
123.      Grey-breasted Prinia Prinia hodgsonii (4)
124.      Yellow-bellied Prinia Prinia flaviventris (1)
125.      Ashy Prinia Prinia socialis (1)
126.      Plain Prinia Prinia inornata (1)
127.      Zitting Cisticola Cisticola juncidis (1)

Reed Warblers and Allies Acrocephalidae

128.      Moustached Warbler Acrocephalus melanopogon (1)
129.      Blyth’s Reed Warbler Acrocephalus dumetorum (1)

Cupwings Pnoepygidae

130.      Scaly-breasted Cupwing Pnoepyga albiventer (3)
131.      Nepal Cupwing Pnoepyga immaculata (1)

Swallows Hirundinidae

132.      Grey-throated Martin Riparia chinensis (3)
133.      Eurasian Crag Martin Ptyonoprogne rupestris (2)
134.      Dusky Crag Martin Ptyonoprogne concolor (1)
135.      Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica (1)
136.      Red-rumped Swallow Cecropis daurica (5)
137.      Nepal House Martin Delichon nipalense (2)

Bulbuls Pycnonotidae

138.      Black-crested Bulbul Rubigula flaviventris (2)
139.      Red-vented Bulbul Pycnonotus cafer (5)
140.      Red-whiskered Bulbul Pycnonotus jocosus (1)
141.      Himalayan Bulbul Pycnonotus leucogenys (7)
142.      Black Bulbul Hypsipetes leucocephalus (3)
143.      Ashy Bulbul Hemixos flavala (1)

Leaf Warblers Phylloscopidae

144.      Buff-barred Warbler Phylloscopus pulcher (3)
145.      Hume’s Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus humei (5)
146.      Lemon-rumped Warbler Phylloscopus chloronotus (5)
147.      Dusky Warbler Phylloscopus fuscatus (1)
148.      Common Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita (4)
149.      Whistler’s Warbler Phylloscopus whistleri (2)
150.      Grey-hooded Warbler Phylloscopus xanthoschistos (7)

Bush Warblers and Allies Scotocercidae

151.      Chestnut-headed Tesia Cettia castaneocoronata (2)
152.      Black-faced Warbler Abroscopus schisticeps (1)
153.      Aberrant Bush Warbler Horornis flavolivaceus (5)

Long-tailed Tits Aegithalidae

154.      Black-throated Bushtit Aegithalos concinnus (1)

Sylviid Warblers, Parrotbills, and Allies Sylviidae

155.      Lesser Whitethroat Curruca curruca (2)

White-eyes, Yuhinas, and Allies Zosteropidae

156.      Whiskered Yuhina Yuhina flavicollis (1)
157.      Indian White-eye Zosterops palpebrosus (6)

Tree-Babblers, Scimitar-Babblers, and Allies Timaliidae

158.      Black-chinned Babbler Cyanoderma pyrrhops (5)
159.      Rusty-cheeked Scimitar Babbler Erythrogenys erythrogenys (3)

Laughingthrushes and Allies Leiothrichidae

160.      Striated Laughingthrush Grammatoptila striata (3)
161.      Jungle Babbler Argya striata (4)
162.      Rufous-chinned Laughingthrush Ianthocincla rufogularis (2)
163.      White-throated Laughingthrush Pterorhinus albogularis (1)
164.      Streaked Laughingthrush Trochalopteron lineatum (5)
165.      Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush Trochalopteron erythrocephalum (2)
166.      Rufous Sibia Heterophasia capistrata (4)
167.      Red-billed Leiothrix Leiothrix lutea (2)
168.      Blue-winged Minla Actinodura cyanouroptera (3)

Wallcreeper Tichodromidae

169.      Wallcreeper Tichodroma muraria (1)

Nuthatches Sittidae

170.      Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch Sitta cinnamoventris (3)
171.      White-tailed Nuthatch Sitta himalayensis (2)
172.      Velvet-fronted Nuthatch Sitta frontalis (2)

Treecreepers Certhiidae

173.      Bar-tailed Treecreeper Certhia himalayana (5)

Starlings Sturnidae

174.      Pied Myna Gracupica contra (2)
175.      Common Myna Acridotheres tristis (2)
176.      Bank Myna Acridotheres ginginianus (1)

Thrushes and Allies Turdidae

177.      Long-billed Thrush Zoothera monticola (2)
178.      Scaly Thrush Zoothera dauma (1)
179.      Mistle Thrush Turdus viscivorus (1)

Old World Flycatchers Muscicapidae

180.      Oriental Magpie-Robin Copsychus saularis (3)
181.      Small Niltava Niltava macgrigoriae (3)
182.      Rufous-bellied Niltava Niltava sundara (2)
183.      Verditer Flycatcher Eumyias thalassinus (1)
184.      Blue Whistling Thrush Myophonus caeruleus (7)
185.      Little Forktail Enicurus scouleri (1)
186.      Spotted Forktail Enicurus maculatus (4)
187.      Slaty-backed Forktail Enicurus schistaceus (1)
188.      Himalayan Rubythroat Calliope pectoralis (1)
189.      Golden Bush Robin Tarsiger chrysaeus (2)
190.      Slaty-blue Flycatcher Ficedula tricolor (4)
191.      Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher Ficedula strophiata (1)
192.      Ultramarine Flycatcher Ficedula superciliaris (1)
193.      Taiga Flycatcher Ficedula albicilla (2)
194.      Blue-fronted Redstart Phoenicurus frontalis (1)
195.      Plumbeous Water Redstart Phoenicurus fuliginosus (3)
196.      White-capped Redstart Phoenicurus leucocephalus (4)
197.      Blue Rock Thrush Monticola solitarius (1)
198.      Siberian Stonechat Saxicola maurus (3)
199.      Pied Bush Chat Saxicola caprata (1)
200.      Grey Bush Chat Saxicola ferreus (6)

Sunbirds and Spiderhunters Nectariniidae

201.      Black-throated Sunbird Aethopyga saturata (1)
202.      Green-tailed Sunbird Aethopyga nipalensis (1)
203.      Crimson Sunbird Aethopyga siparaja (1)

Waxbills and Allies Estrildidae

204.      Red Avadavat Amandava amandava (1)
205.      Scaly-breasted Munia Lonchura punctulata (1)

Accentors Prunellidae

206.      Altai Accentor Prunella himalayana (1)
207.      Rufous-breasted Accentor Prunella strophiata (2)

Old World Sparrows Passeridae

208.      House Sparrow Passer domesticus (3)
209.      Russet Sparrow Passer cinnamomeus (3)

Wagtails and Pipits Motacillidae

210.      Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea (4)
211.      Citrine Wagtail Motacilla citreola (1)
212.      White-browed Wagtail Motacilla maderaspatensis (5)
213.      White Wagtail Motacilla alba (3)
214.      Paddyfield Pipit Anthus rufulus (1)
215.      Tawny Pipit Anthus campestris (1)
216.      Rosy Pipit Anthus roseatus (2)
217.      Tree Pipit Anthus trivialis (1)
218.      Olive-backed Pipit Anthus hodgsoni (1)

Finches, Euphonias, and Allies Fringillidae

219.      Common Rosefinch Carpodacus erythrinus (2)
220.      Pink-browed Rosefinch Carpodacus rodochroa (3)
221.      Yellow-breasted Greenfinch Chloris spinoides (3)
222.      European Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis (1)

Old World Buntings Emberizidae

223.      Rock Bunting Emberiza cia (3)
224.      White-capped Bunting Emberiza stewarti (3)

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