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Birds checklist of IIT Guwahati

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A total of 134 species across 45 families were spotted by me in Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati over a span of 4 years. Though this list is not yet exhaustive, I am striving to make it one. Many of them are found throughout North East India, while some are migratory most of them are resident birds. Visit Birds of IIT Guwahati for pictures of some of these birds and click on the names for detailed pages on them. If you can offer me any help in this regard or you need any help from me, please contact me from here or you can directly post in this Facebook page

Whistling-ducks, Geese and Ducks Anatidae

1. Fulvous Whistling-duck Dendrocygna bicolor

2. Lesser Whistling-duck Dendrocygna javanica

3. Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea

4. Cotton Pygmy-goose Nettapus coromandelianus

5. Gadwall Anas strepera

6. Common Teal Anas crecca

7. Common Pochard Aythya ferina

8. Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca

9. Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula

Storks Ciconidae

1. Asian Openbill Anastomus oscitans

2. Lesser Adjutant Leptoptilos javanicus

3. Greater Adjutant Leptoptilos dubius

Bitterns and Herons Ardeidae

1. Cinnamon Bittern Ixobrychus cinnamomeus

2. Yellow Bittern Ixobrychus sinensis

3. Indian Pond Heron Ardeola grayii

4. Purple Heron Ardea purpurea

5. Grey Heron Ardea cinerea

6. Striated Heron Butorides striata

7. Black-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax

8. Cattle Erget Bubulcus ibis

9. Great Erget Casmerodius albus

10. Intermediate Erget Mesophoyx intermedia

11. Little Erget Ergetta garzetta

Anhingas Anhingidae

1. Darter Anhinga melanogaster

Cormorants Phalocrocoracidae

1. Little Cromorant Phalocrocorax niger

2. Indian Cormorant Phalocrocorax fuscicollis

3. Great Cormorant Phalocrocorax carbo

Falcons Falconidae

1. Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus

2. Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrines

Osprey, Kites, Eagles, Harriers, etc Accipitridae

1. Shikra Accipiter badius

2. Black Baza Aviceda Leuphotes

3. Black Kite Milvus migrans

4. Black-winged Kite Elanus caeruleus

5. Osprey Pandion haliaetus

6. Crested Serpent Eagle Spilornis cheela

7. Eurasian Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus

8. Greater Spotted Eagle Aquila clanga

9. Steppe Eagle Aquila nipalensis

Rails, Gallinules Rallidae

1. White-breasted Waterhen Amaurornis phoenicurus

2. Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus

Jacanas Jacanidae

1. Bronze-winged Jacana Metopidius indicus

Sandpipers Scolopacidae

1. Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos

Plovers and Lapwings Charadriidae

1. River Lapwing Vanellus ducaucelii

2. Red-wattled Lapwing Vanellus indicus

Pigeons and Doves Columbidae

1. Common Pigeon Columba livia

2. Red Collared Dove Streptopelia tranquebarica

3. Eurasian Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto

4. Spotted Dove Stigmatopelia chinensis

5. Orange-breasted Green Pigeon Treron bicinctus

6. Yellow-footed Green Pigeon Treron phoenicopterus

Parrots Psittacidae

1. Rose-ringed Parakeet Psittacula crameri

Cuckoos, Malkohas and Coucals Cuculidae

1. Jacobian Cuckoo Clamator jacobinus

2. Common Hawk Cuckoo Hierococcyx varius

3. Indian Cuckoo Cuculus micropterus

4. Plaintive Cuckoo Cacomantis merulinus

5. Asian Koel Eudynamys scolapaceus

6. Green-billed Malkoha Rhopodytes tristis

7. Greater Coucal Centropus sinensis

8. Lesser Coucal Centropus bengalensis

Barn Owls Tytonidae

1. Barn Owl Tyto alba

Typical Owls Strigidae

1. Asian Barred Owlet Glaucidium cuculoides

2. Spotted Owlet Athene brama

3. Brown Hawk Owl Ninox scutulata

Swifts Apodidae

1. Asian Palm Swift Cypsiurus balasiensis

Hoopoes Upupidae

1. Common Hoopoe Upupa epops

Rollers Coraciidae

1. Indian Roller Coracias benghalensis

Kingfishers Alcedinidae

1. White-throated Kingfisher Halcyon smyrnensis

2. Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis

3. Pied Kingfisher Ceryle rudis

4. Stork-billed Kingfisher Pelargopsis capensis

Bee Eaters Meropidae

1. Green Bee-eater Merops orientalis

2. Blue-tailed Bee-eater Merops philippinus

3. Chestnut-headed Bee-eater Merops leschenaultia

Barbets Ramphastidae

1. Blue-throated Barbet Megalaima asiatica

2. Lineated Barbet Megalaima lineate

3. Coppersmith Barbet Megalaima haemacephala

Woodpeckers Picidae

1. Lesser Goldenback Dinopium benghalense

2Greater Goldenback Chrysocolaptes lucidus

Woodswallows Artamidae

1. Ashy Woodswallow Artamus fuscus

Cuckooshrikes Campephagidae

1. Large Cuckooshrike Carocina macei


1. Common Iora Argithina tiphia

Shrikes Laniidae (Included unclassified Woodshrikes)

1. Long-tailed Shrike Lanius schach

2. Brown Shrike Lanius cristatus

3. Grey-backed Shrike Lanius tephronotus

4. Common Woodshrike Tephrodornis pondicerianus

Drongos Dicruridae

1. Spangled Drongo Dicrurus hottentottus

2. Black Drongo Dicrurus macrocercus

3. Ashy Drongo Dicrurus leucophaeus

4. Bronzed Drongo Dicrurus aeneus

Orioles Oriolidae

1. Black-hooded Oriole Oriolus xanthornus

Crows Corvidae

1. Rufous Treepie Dendrocitta vagabunda

2. Eastern Jungle Crow Corvus macrorhynchos levaillanti

3. House Crow Corvus splendens

Tits Paridae

1. Great Tit (Cinereous Tit) Parus major

Swallows Hirundinidae

1. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica

2. Red-rumped Swallow Cecropis daurica

Larks Alaudidae

1. Bengal Bushlark Mirafra assamica

Bulbuls Pycnonotidae

1. Red-whiskered Bulbul Pycnonotus jocosus

2. Red-vented Bulbul Pycnonotus cafer

Cisticolas, Prinias and Allies Cisticolidae

1. Common Tailorbird Orthotomus sutorius

2. Zitting Cisticola Cisticola juncidis

3. Striated Grassbird Megalurus palustris

4. Plain Prinia Prinia inornata

Warblers Sylviidae

1. Thick-billed Warbler Phragamaticola aedon

2. Blyth’s Reed Warbler Acrocephalus dumetorum

3. Dusky Warbler Phylloscopus fuscatus

4. Smoky Warbler Phylloscopus fuligiventer

5. Tickell’s Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus affinis

6. Greenish Warbler Phylloscopus trochiloides

Babblers Timaliidae

1. Jungle Babbler Turdoides striata

White-eyes Zosteropidae

1. Oriental White-eye Zosterops palpebrosus

Starlings and Mynas Sturnidae

1. Great Myna Acridotheres grandis

2. Jungle Myna Acridotheres fusus

3. Common Myna Acridotheres tristis

4. Asian Pied Starling Gracupica contra

5. Chestnut-tailed Starling Sturnia malabarica

Chats and Old World Flycatchers Muscicapidae

1.Siberian Rubythroat Luscinia calliope

2. Oriental Magpie Robin Copsychus saularis

3. Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochruros

4. Common Stonechat Saxicola torquatus

5. Blue Rock Thrush Monticola solitaries

6. Taiga Flycatcher Ficedula albicilla

Sunbirds Nectariniidae

1. Purple Sunbird Cinnyris asiaticus

2. Crimson Sunbird Aethopyga siparaja

Sparrows Passeridae

1. House Sparrow Passer domesticus

2. Eurasian Tree Sparrow Passer montanus

Weavers Ploceidae

1. Baya Weaver Ploceus philippinus

Munias Estrildidae

1. Scaly-breasted Munia Lonchura puntulata

2. Black-headed Munia Lonchura malacca

Pipits and Wagtails Motacillidae

1. Citrine Wagtail Motacilla citreola

2. White Wagtail Motacilla alba

3. Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerra

4. Long-billed Pipit Anthus similis

5. Paddyfield Pipit Anthus rufulus

6. Olive-backed Pipit Anthus hodgsoni

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About Avinash Hindupur

Dreamer, Creator, Speaker, Mentor. @iitguwahati alum, Creator of @deephunt_in. | Interested in all things data and machine learning.


14 thoughts on “Birds checklist of IIT Guwahati

  1. That’s some amount of birds you have there. Some of them are familiar while others are not.

    Posted by Jane Knox | April 2, 2012, 2:57 AM
  2. That’s an amazing checklist. Did you also photograph some – or all – of them? I’ve no idea what many of these birds look like (that’s europeans for you – sorry), so you’ve set a bit of a ‘google images’ challenge! ATB RH

    Posted by rollingharbour | April 2, 2012, 4:01 AM
  3. An envious collection you have here, young man! Very nice. And just think…each of those birds has spotted you, too! 🙂

    Posted by Bluebird Annie | April 3, 2012, 6:53 AM
  4. Keep up the good work! Ann

    Posted by narhvalur | April 15, 2012, 4:09 PM


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