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Common Birds to watch for

Just fifteen minutes. That’s all you need to give of your precious time to become a part of the pioneering team that is involved in the bird survey of 18 common bird species across India. If you can’t make one feathered friend out from another, you may find our guide below with a photograph and description of each of the species useful. In very little time, you should be able to identify these birds.

List of Common birds which will be monitored in the Common Bird Monitoring Program of India

Why these 18?

For starters, we have kept the number of birds limited so that we can bring more people into the birdwatcher’s fold. With a limited number, even those who have never birded before can easily learn to identify these birds that they probably see every day.

By picking a handful of species that people can easily recognize, we can ensure that the quality of the data will be robust and hope that the number of participants is large enough for us to investigate the effects of habitat patch size and location at multiple scales.

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Coppersmith Barbet Common Hoopoe White-throated Kingfisher
Green Bee-eater Greater Coucal Rose-ringed Parakeet
Rock Pigeon Black Kite Cattle Egret
House Crow Black Drongo Indian Robin
Common Myna Red-vented Bulbul Barn Swallow
Ashy Prinia Purple Sunbird House Sparrow

This list of common birds includes birds found across India and care has been taken that they represent various families of birds.

Even though ecological studies on many of the above mentioned species have been done there has been little or no study of the status , population and geographic distribution of these species on a landscape level.

The common bird monitoring programme will help in collecting details on the population and distribution of these birds over a period of time and help in creating baseline data which can then be used to study region specific trends of many species.

Common birds have tremendous ecological and economical value as many of them are important pest controllers, pollinating agents and scavengers. Frugivores or fruit eaters help in forest regeneration and in maintaining the genetic mix of fruit trees.

The study will also help in initiating many scientific investigations and studies in urban and sub-urban landscapes.