Ornithology in Ahmedabad, India

I note here the birds that I have observed in and around Ahmedabad, India while trying my hand at ornithology. In noting the birds I have made use of the list of species I found at Vivek Tiwari's page. The list consistes of 1,224 bird species reliably recorded from India.

Source: Oriental Bird Club. (In prep.), Checklist of the Birds of India.

There are certain differences between the nomenclature here and in the book by Salim Ali and Dillon Repley. When I get some additional time I will also include the names and numbers from Repley's thesis as those are more commonly known. If some one knows of the existence of a list containing these names in electronic format, please inform me and I will promptly include them.

On to the birds I have seen.


Last outdated: Thu Jun 24 1999
OrderFamilyCommon nameCatagoryScientific name
Anseriformes
Anatidae
1. Comb DuckR Sarkidiornis melanotos
Apodiformes
Apodidae
2. House SwiftR Apus nipalensis
Ciconiiformes
Accipitridae
3. ShikraR Accipiter badius
4. Common BuzzardrW Buteo buteo
5. White-rumped VultureR Gyps bengalensis
6. Booted EaglerW Hieraaetus pennatus
7. Black KiteR Milvus migrans
Ardeidae
8. Indian Pond-HeronR Ardeola grayii
9. Cattle EgretR Bubulcus ibis
10. Little EgretR Egretta garzetta
Charadriidae
11. Red-wattled LapwingR Vanellus indicus
12. Yellow-wattled LapwingR Vanellus malabaricus
Jacanidae
13. Pheasant-tailed JacanaR Hydrophasianus chirurgus
Phalacrocoracidae
14. Little CormorantR Phalacrocorax niger
15. Little GrebeR Tachybaptus ruficollis
16. Curlew SandpiperW Calidris ferruginea
17. Red-naped IbisR Pseudibis papillosa
18. Black-headed IbisR Threskiornis melanocephalus
Columbiformes
Columbidae
19. Rock PigeonR Columba livia
20. Spotted DoveR Streptopelia chinensis
Coraciiformes
Alcedinidae
21. Common KingfisherR Alcedo atthis
22. White-throated KingfisherR Halcyon smyrnensis
Meropidae
23. Little Green Bee-eaterR Merops orientalis
Centropodidae
24. Greater CoucalR Centropus sinensis
Cuculidae
25. Common Cuckoor Cuculus canorus
26. Asian KoelR Eudynamys scolopacea
27. Pied CuckooRS Oxylophus jacobinus
Galliformes
Phasianidae
28. White-cheeked Partridger Arborophila atrogularis
29. Grey Peacock-Pheasantr Polyplectron bicalcaratum
Gruiformes
Rallidae
30. White-breasted WaterhenR Amaurornis phoenicurus
Passeriformes
Corvidae
31. Common IoraR Aegithina tiphia
32. Large Cuckoo-shrikeR Coracina macei
33. Jungle CrowR Corvus levaillantii
34. House CrowR Corvus splendens
35. Grey Treepier Dendrocitta formosae
36. Black DrongoR Dicrurus macrocercus
37. Small MinivetR Pericrocotus cinnamomeus
38. White-throated FantailR Rhipidura albicollis
Muscicapidae
39. Oriental Magpie-RobinR Copsychus saularis
40. Desert WheatearrW Oenanthe deserti
41. Indian RobinR Saxicoloides fulicata
Nectariniidae
42. Purple SunbirdR Nectarinia asiatica
43. Purple-rumped SunbirdR Nectarinia zeylonica
Passeridae
44. White-throated SilverbillR Lonchura malabarica
45. White WagtailrW Motacilla alba
46. House SparrowR Passer domesticus
47. Streaked WeaverR Ploceus manyar
48. Baya WeaverR Ploceus philippinus
Pycnonotidae
49. Red-vented BulbulR Pycnonotus cafer
Sturnidae
50. Bank MynaR Acridotheres ginginianus
51. Common MynaR Acridotheres tristis
52. Brahminy StarlingR Sturnus pagodarum
53. Rosy StarlingWP Sturnus roseus
Sylviidae
54. Common TailorbirdR Orthotomus sutorius
55. Ashy-throated Warblerr Phylloscopus maculipennis
56. Common BabblerR Turdoides caudatus
57. Large Grey BabblerR Turdoides malcolmi
58. Jungle BabblerR Turdoides striatus
Zosteropidae
59. Oriental White-eyeR Zosterops palpebrosus
Piciformes
Megalaimidae
60. Coppersmith BarbetR Megalaima haemacephala
61. Common Flamebackr Dinopium javanense
62. Lesser YellownapeR Picus chlorolophus
Psittaciformes
Psittacidae
63. Rose-ringed ParakeetR Psittacula krameri
Strigiformes
Strigidae
64. Spotted OwletR Athene brama
65. Asian Barred Owletr Glaucidium cuculoides
Upupiformes
Upupidae
66. Eurasian HoopoeRW Upupa epops


Explanation of status categories:

R = widespread resident
r = very local resident
W = widespread winter visitor
w = sparse winter visitor
P = widespread migrant
p = sparse migrant
V = vagrant
? = status uncertain
rI = introduced resident
(ex) = extinct

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Ashish Mahabal
Last Outdated: Oct 18 2001
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