Birding the Backpacker Trail

Northern India, November-December 2000

Yellow-billed Blue Magpie, McLeod Ganj

Bird List Page 2


Rufous-tailed/Isabelline Shrike, Lanius Isabellinus
Common.

Brown Shrike, L. cristatus
One seen at Colombo. Common in India.

Bay-backed Shrike, L. vittatus
One seen at Keoladeo Ghana NP, 24/11/00. Also at Bund Baretha

Long-tailed Shrike, L. schach
Common.

Southern Grey Shrike, L. meridionalis
Several seen in semi-desert around Sambhar Salt Lake, 2/12/00. Also present at Bharatpur-Bund Baretha and Ranthambore

Eurasian Jay, Garrulus glandarius
c10 at Snow-view Ridge, Naini Tal, 12/11/00.

Black-headed Jay, G. lanceolatus
At least 3 with Eurasian Jay, Snow-view Ridge, Naini Tal, 12/11/00.

Yellow-billed Blue Magpie, Urocissa ornata
Common around McLeod Ganj. See photo at the top of the page.

Red-billed Blue Magpie, U. erythrorhyncha
3, very vocal individuals around Snow-view Ridge, Naini Tal, 12/11/00. 5 on the south side of the lake, Naini Tal,13/11/00.

Rufous Treepie, Dendrocitta vagabunda
One at Ramnagar, 10/11/00. Common at Keoladeo Ghana NP and Ranthambor. Also at Taj Mahal

House Crow, Corvus splendens
Very common.

Large-billed Crow, C. macrorhynchos
Common, replacing C. splendens in upland areas, except for one at Keoladeo Ghana NP, 28/11/00.

Common Raven, Corvus corax
Common at Naini Tal and McLeod Ganj.

Eurasian Golden Oriole, Oriolus oriolus
One male at Keoladeo Ghana NP, 26/11/00.

Black-hooded Oriole, O. xanthornus
Common at Corbett NP, seen frequently in the trees in Dhikala.

Long-tailed Minivet, Pericrocotus ethologus
Two at Naini Tal, 11/11/00.

Small Minivet, P. cinnamomeus
10 at Keoladeo Ghana NP, 28/11/00.

Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike, Hemipus picatus
Two at Corbett NP, 16/11/00.

Yellow-bellied Fantail, Rhipidura hypoxantha
One seen near Daramkot, 20/11/00.

White-throated Fantail, R. albicollis
One at Keoladeo Ghana NP, 25/11/00.

White-browed Fantail, R. aureola
One at Dhikala, Corbett NP, 16/11/00.

Black Drongo, Dicrurus macrocercus
Very common.

White-bellied Drongo, D. caerulescens
One at Keoladeo Ghana NP, 28/11/00.

Common Iora, Aegithina tiphia
Common at Ramnagar and Keoladeo Ghana NP.

Common Woodshrike, Tephrodornis pondicerianus
One seen at Keoladeo Ghana NP, 28/11/00.

Blue Rock Thrush, Monticola solitarius
Pair at Bund Baretha, 27/11/00.

Blue Whistling Thrush, Myophonus caeruleus
Common at Naini Tal and McLeod Ganj.

Orange-headed Thrush, Zoothera citrina
One seen in nursery area, Keoladeo Ghana NP on 24 and 28/11/00.

Scaly Thursh, Z. dauma dauma
One flushed at Naini Tal (near Naini Peak), on 12/11/00.

Tickell's Thrush, Turdus unicolor
Two in the nursery, Keoladeo Ghana NP, 28/11/00.

Grey-winged Blackbird, T. boulboul
One male and two females feeding in a fruiting tree on a hillside near McLeod Ganj, 19/11/00.

Dark-throated Thrush, T. ruficollis
Small flocks seen at Snow-view Ridge, Naini Tal, 12/11/00 and at McLeod Ganj.

Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher, Ficedula strophiata
One at Naini Peak, Naini Tal, 12/11/00.

Red-throated Flycatcher, F. parva
Common at Keoladeo Ghana NP and Ranthambor.

Ultramarine Flycatcher, F. superciliaris
One male at Keoladeo Ghana NP, 26/11/00.

Slaty-blue Flycatcher, F. tricolor
One immature/female possibly of this species seen adjacent to the nursery, Keoladeo Ghana NP, 28/11/00.

Grey-headed Flycatcher, Culcicapa ceylonensis
3 at Keoladeo Ghana NP 26/11/00. 2+ at Bund Baretha

Siberian Rubythroat, Luscinia pectoralis
Heard at Keoladeo Ghana NP, 28/11/00, from bushes near the temple.

Bluethroat, L. svecica
Very common at Keoladeo Ghana NP.

Red-flanked Bluetail, Tarsiger cyanurus
Scarce at Naini Tal, common at McLeod Ganj.

Oriental Magpie Robin, Copsychus saularis
Common.

Indian Robin, Saxicoloides fulicata
Common.

Blue-capped Redstart, Phoenicurus coeruleocephalus
Common in mountains around Naini Tal and at McLeod Ganj.

Black Redstart, P. ochruros
One male at Bund Baretha, 27/11/00. Also at Keoladeo Ghana NP & Sambhar Salt Lake

Blue-fronted Redstart, P. frontalis
Single males seen at Naini Peak, Naini Tal, 12/11/00 and Daramkot 20/11/00. Also at Mcleod Ganj

White-capped Water Redstart, Chaimarrornis leucocephalus
Common at Ramnagar, Naini Tal and McLeod Ganj. See photo below.


Plumbeous Water Redstart, Rhyacornis fulignosus
Common along rivers at Ramnagar and Corbett NP. Also present around Naini Lake.

Common Stonechat, Saxicola torquata indica
Common at Corbett NP.

Pied Bushchat, S. caprata
Common.

Grey Bushchat, S. ferrea
Common at Ramnagar and Corbett NP.

Brown Rock-chat, Cercomela fusca
Common at Ramnagar, Fatehpur Sikri and Sambhar Salt Lake.

Variable Wheater, Oenanthe picata
Three seen around Sambhar Salt Lake, 02/12/00.

Desert Wheatear, O. deserti
Two at Sambhar Salt Lake, 02/12/00.

Isabelline Wheatear, O. isabellina
One at Sambhar Salt Lake, 02/12/00.

Brahminy Starling, Sturnus pagodarum
Common at Ramnagar and Keoladeo Ghana NP.

Rose-coloured Starling, S. roseus
One among large mixed flock of starlings at Keoladeo Ghana NP, 24/11/00.

Asian Pied Starling, S. contra
Common.

Common Myna, Acridotheres tristis
Abundant.

Bank Myna, A. ginginianus
Common.

Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch, Sitta castanea
Single seen at Kosi River, 10/11/00.

White-tailed Nuthatch, S. himalayensis
Common at Naini Tal. One seen stealing pakora (deep fried battered vegetables) from a stall at Snow-view Ridge, 12/11/00!

Velvet-fronted Nuthatch, S. frontalis
Two at Corbett NP, 16/11/00.

Bar-tailed Treecreeper, C. himalayana
Common at Naini Tal and McLeod Ganj.

Rufous-naped Tit, Parus rufonuchalis
Common at Snow-view Ridge, Naini Tal, 12/11/00.

Spot-winged Tit, P. melanolophus
Very Common around Naini Tal and McLeod Ganj.

Green-backed Tit, P. monticolus
Very common at Naini Tal and McLeod Ganj.

Great Tit. P. major
Fairly common around Mcleod Ganj. One between Ramnagar and Amdanda Gate, Corbett NP, 15/11/00.

Black-lored Tit. P. xanthogenys
Two seen at Naini Tal, 11/11/00. Fairly common at Mcleod Ganj

Yellow-browed Tit, Sylviparus modestus
One at McLeod Ganj, 19/11/00.

Black-throated Tit, Aegithalos concinnus
Very common at Naini Tal, less so at McLeod Ganj.

Wren, Troglodytes troglodytes
One at Daramkot, 20/11/00. Also at Mcleod Ganj,19/11/00.

Plain Martin, Riparia paludicola
Common.

Eurasian Crag Martin, Hirundo rupestris
Large flock seen at Naini Tal, 12/11/00, mixed with Red-rumped Swallows.

Dusky Crag Martin, H. concolor
Common at Kosi River and Fatehpur Sikri. Also around Delhi airport

Barn Swallow, H. rustica
Common.

Pacific Swallow, H. tahitica
Common.

Wire-tailed Swallow, H. smithii
A flock seen on wires at Delhi, 09/11/00 and fairly common at Keoladeo Ghana NP.

Red-rumped Swallow, H. daurica nipalensis
Large flock at Naini Tal, 12/11/00.

Red-whiskered Bulbul, Pycnonotus jocosus
Common.

Red-vented Bulbul, P. cafer
Common.

Himalayan Bulbul, P. leucogenys
Common at Naini Tal and McLeod Ganj.

White-eared Bulbul, P.leucotis
Two seen at Keoladeo Ghana NP, 24/11/00.

Black Bulbul, Hypsetes leucocephalus
One at McLeod Ganj, 19/11/00.

Jungle Prinia, Prinia sylvatica
Common.

Yellow-bellied Prinia, P. flaviventris
Common.

Plain Prinia, P. inornata
Common at Ramnagar and in Corbett NP.

Ashy Prinia, P. socialis
Small numbers seen at Ramnagar.

Bright-headed Zisticola, Cisticola exilis
Common at Corbett NP.

Oriental White-eye, Zosterops palpebrosus
Common at Ramnagar, Corbett NP and Keoladeo Ghana NP.

Brownish-flanked Bush Warbler, Cettia fortipes
One possible at Naini Tal, 11/11/00 near Arvinda Gorge, Naini Tal.

Grasshopper Warbler, Locustella naevia
One skulking, streaked Locustella in beach scrub at Colombo, Sri Lanka, on 08/11/00 seems likely to have been this species.

Blyth's Reed Warbler, Acrocephalus dumetorum
Common around hotel grounds, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 08/11/00.

Clamorous Reed Warbler, A. stentoreus
Common in marsh near hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 08/11/00 and common at Keoladeo Ghana NP.

Booted Warbler, Hippolais caligata
One seen in dry scrub on an island in the River Kosi, Ramnagar, 14/11/00.

Lesser Whitethroat, Sylvia curruca
Common at Agra, Keoladeo Ghana NP etc.

Common Tailorbird, Orthtomus sutorius
Common.

Common/Siberian Chiffchaff, Phylloscopus (Collybita) tristis
Very common.

Dusky Warbler, P. fuscatus
Small numbers seen at McLeod Ganj.

Buff-barred Warbler, P. pulcher
One or two usually present with mixed flocks at Naini Tal, especially in the High Fields area. Also seen at McLeod Ganj.

Ashy-throated Warbler, P. maculipennis
One at McLeod Ganj on 12/11/00 was singing frequently. Seen most days at McLeod Ganj.

Lemon-rumped Warbler, P. chloronatus
The commonest warbler species at Naini Tal and McLeod Ganj, often being the bulk of mixed species flocks. Flocks would often hold up to 30 individuals. This species seemed very close in appearance to Pallas's Warbler, P. proregulus, but appeared not as clean-cut in appearance, with yellower (less white) underparts and a yellowish wash to the dingy green upperparts. The supercilia, crownstripe, wingbars and tertial edges were not as contrastingly bold. See photo below.


Brook's Leaf Warbler, P. subviridis
One seen in mature trees on the edge of the nursery at Keoladeo Ghana NP on 28/11/00.

Hume's Yellow-browed Warbler, P. humei
Very common at Naini Tal, Ramnagar and Corbett.

Greenish Warbler, P. trochiloides
Very common at Keoladeo Ghana NP.

Blyth's Leaf Warbler, P. reguloides
One seen in Naini Tal on 11/11/00.

Grey-hooded Warbler, Seicercus xanthoschistos
Common in the mountains, around Naini Tal and McLeod Ganj especially.

White-throated Laughingthrush, Garrulax albogularis
A flock of approximately 30 individuals were located on snow view ridge feeding on the rubbish tip at the back of the houses. Very approachable and noisy birds! See photo below.


Streaked Laughingthrush, G. lineatus
The most common Laughingthrush, seen frequently around the settlements and woods at Naini Tal and McLeod Ganj.

Variegated Laughingthrush, G. variegatus
Singles seen at McLeod Ganj 19/11/00 and near Darmkot the next day. Fairly common around Mcleod Ganj. Eg, 3+, the circuit, 19th; 2+, 20th; 2+ on the circuit, 21st; 1 from bedroom window, 22/11/00.

Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush, G. erythrocephalus
Small numbers (up to 3) seen at McLeod Ganj on 20-21/11/00.

Black-chinned Babbler, Stachyris pyrrhops
Small numbers usually associating with mixed species flocks in the High Fields area of Naini Tal and more commonly around McLeod Ganj.

Yellow-eyed Babbler, Chrysomma sinense
One flock of about a dozen seen at Corbett in the Chaur by Dhikala on 16/11/00.

Common Babbler, Turdoides caudatus
Seen frequently on the way to, and around Sambar, 02/12/00.

Large Grey Babbler, T. malcolmi
Several large, noisy parties seen moving around Keoladeo Ghana NP on most days.

Jungle Babbler, T. striatus
Very common.

Yellow-billed Babbler, T. affinis turbans
Common at Colombo, especially in the hotel grounds!

Chestnut-tailed Minla, Minla strigula
Two seen at McLeod Ganj, 19/11/00 and one on 21/11/00.

Whiskered Yuhina, Yuhina flavicollis
Small numbers in the High Fields area of Naini Tal and at McLeod Ganj.

Rufous Sibia, Heterophasia capistrata
Fairly common in the forest around Naini Tal and McLeod Ganj, usually found with mixed species flocks.

Crested Lark, Galerida cristata
One seen in semi desert near Sambar Salt Lake on 02/12/00.

Ashy-crowned Sparrow Lark, Eremopterix grisea
One by the Kosi River, 10/11/00.

Purple-rumped Sunbird, Nectarinia zeylonica
Common around hotel at Colombo.

Purple Sunbird, N. asiatica
Fairly common around Ramnagar and Keoladeo Ghana and at Taj Mahal.

Crimson Sunbird, N. siparaja
One between Ramnagar and Amdanda Gate, Corbett NP, 15/11/00.

House Sparrow, Passer domesticus
Very common.

Russet Sparrow, P. rutilans
Common around McLeod Ganj. Perhaps surprisingly, this species was not encountered in Naini Tal. Is it being out-competed by House Sparrow?

Chestnut-shouldered Petronia, Petronia xanthocollis
Common south of Delhi, notably at Keoladeo Ghana NP.

White Wagtail, Motacilla alba alboides and leucopsis
Common.

White-browed Wagtail, M. maderaspatensis
Common at Ramnagar, Corbett, Keoladeo Ghana NP and Bund Baretha.

Citrine Wagtail, M. citreola
Common at Keoladeo Ghana NP.

Yellow Wagtail, M. flava
Common at Keoladeo Ghana NP.

Grey Wagtail, M. cinerea
Seen at Corbett along the rivers.

Paddyfield Pipit, Anthus rufulus
Common at Keoladeo Ghana NP and near Sawai Madhopur Junction.

Tawny Pipit, A. campestris
Two seen near Sawai Madhopur Junction 30/11/00.

Long-billed Pipit, A. similis
One possible seen at Ramnagar on 10/11/00.

Olive-backed Pipit, A. hodgsoni
Common at Keoladeo Ghana NP and one seen at Ramnagar on 14/11/00.

Rufous-breasted Accentor, Prunella strophiata
Small numbers at McLeod Ganj most days.

Black-throated Accentor, P. atrogularis
Two present near the settlement at High Fields, Naini Tal 11/11/00.

Red Avadavat, Amandava amandava
A small flock seen in Keoladeo Ghana NP on 28/11/00.

Indian Silverbill, Lonchura malabarica
Common.

Scaly-breasted Munia, L. punctulata
Common at Ramnagar.

Yellow-breasted Greenfinch, Carduelis spinoides
Two at Naini Tal, 11/11/00. Two at McLeod Ganj, 20/11/00.

Pink-browed Rosefinch, Carpodacus rodochrous
3 at High Fields, Naini Tal, 11/11/00. 2 by the lake, Naini Tal, 13/11/00. Common around McLeod Ganj.

Rock Bunting, Emberiza cia
One male at Daramkot, 20/11/00.


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