Birdwatching in Northern India January 8-26, 2001


Trip report by Andreas Hagerman e-mail:


Kim Seng Lim (1st week), Andreas Hagerman, and Andreas Bruun Kristensen e-mail:

Travel info:

We booked a return flight Copenhagen – Moscow – Delhi - Moscow - Copenhagen by Aeroflot. Price 4072 DKR.


January 8: arrived at Delhi airport at 1.00 pm and went by taxi to Bharatpur.

January 9: birding Bharatpur.

January 10: birding Bharatpur.

January 11: birding Bharatpur.

January 12: rented a taxi and went to Helak and Bund Baretha.

January 13: birding Bharatpur.

January 14: birding Bharatpur.

January 15: bus from Bharatpur to Agra. Birding the river Yahuma behind Taj Mahal. Overnight train to Lal Kuan

January 16: taxi from Lal Kuan to Nainital. Birding Nainital

January 17: birding Nainital

January 18: birding Mongoli Valley

January 19: birding Sat Tal

January 20: birding Mongoli Valley

January 21: bus from Nainital to Ramnagar. Birding Kosi River.

January 22: bus to Kumeria where we birded south of Quality Inn.

January 23: birding Corbett Tiger Reserve

January 24: birding Corbett Tiger Reserve

January 25: birding Corbett Tiger Reserve

January 26: birding Corbett Tiger Reserve

January 27: taxi from Ramnagar to Delhi

January 28: flight out of Delhi at 5.45am.

Travelling in India

Our flight from Moscow to Delhi was delayed four hours. We exchanged dollars at Delhi Airport and got 27.000 rupees. More than enough!

We went by taxi to Bharatpur (3400 rupees). You should be able to get the ride for 2500 rupees.

At Bharatpur we stayed the first five nights at Pratap Palace (200 rupees per person). The last two nights we stayed at Hotel Spoonbill (125 rupees).

The entrance fee for entering Keoladeo Ghana National Park (Bharatpur) is 200 rupees. We rented bikes at the hotels we stayed in.

The taxi trip to Helak and Bund Baretha lasted from 7.00am to 3.00pm and we paid 1000 rupees.

Bus to Agra very crowded but the trip only lasts 1,5 hours. In Agra we rented an auto rickshaw for the day (150 rupees) and bought train tickes to Lal Kuan (price 300 rupees). Overpriced because a travel agent bought them for us but then we had more time to search for birds at the River Yamuna.

The train was all right but we did not sleep much because of being nervous that someone should steal our luggage in the train.

Taxi from Lal Kuan to Nainital (250 rupees). Good price but the driver really tried hard for letting us stay at a hotel we did not want to in Nainital and later tried to sell us a five day tour in his jeep but we but we told him to leave our hotel room and so he did!

In Nainital we stayed at the Tourist Rest House (160 rupees), which is very near to the private bus stand in Mallital (western end of Nainital).

Bus to Mongoli (10 rupees) and went back from Mongoli to Nainital with some Indians in a jeep (15 rupees).

Trip to Sat Tal by taxi. Left the hotel at 7.30am and drove to Sat Tal where the driver waited for us until 4.00pm when we returned to Nainital (750 rupees).

Bus to Ramnagar took five hours (40 rupees). Stayed at Everest Hotel (75 rupees). We went to the Corbett National Park Reception Centre and booked a four day stay at Dhikala in the park. Then we rented a jeep with driver for the four days we would stay in the park (4000 rupees). Then we went by foot to the Kosi River.

Before entering the park we used one day birding around the Quality Inn Hotel near Kumeria, some 30 km’s north of Ramnagar. There are frequent buses between the two towns.

Next day our driver picked us up at 6.30am and we drove to Dhikala (3.5 hours). In Dhikala we stayed in the dormitories (100 rupees) where the resident rat is now accompagnied by a second.

Remember that there is no telephone in Corbett. We had to go back to Ramnagar on our second day in the park because we needed to confirm our flight back to Denmark.

After three days in Corbett we returned to Ramnagar and next morning went by taxi (6 hours) to Delhi (2000 rupees). We shared the taxi with three Indians.


You should bring cash with you to India and exchange enought for the entire trip in the airport because money exchanging in India apparently is very time consuming. In total we spent 3000DKR each during the entire trip.


We did not experience any problems with the locals although it can get pretty annoying when 20 Indians gather around you when you are birding. When you are taking a taxi it is very important to negotiate a price before you start. Make sure that the driver fully understands how much money he will get and where you are going. Often the driver will try to rip you off after the trip trying to charge more money from you. Do not accept this. Give him the money you agreed on and then leave the car.


Keep away from the most dirty looking restaurants. Drink bottled water. At the restaurants we often had dishes like chicken with rice or macaroni, which was all right most of the times. We ate a lot of toast bread and bananas to calm our stommacks down.


We did not have any problems with our health during the trip although one of us had to shit six times one day – but that was it. I can strongly recommend toast and banana if you want to avoid problems.


At Bharatpur it was around 5C in the morning and 20C at midday.

In Nainital it was below freezing during the night. Here you will need warm sweaters, a wind-jammer, gloves and a hat. The hotel was freezing cold and we ate with all our out-door clothes in the restaurant. Even with a good sleeping bag you will need to wear several shirts to keep you warm before you fall asleep.


"Birds of the Indian Subcontinent" (Grimmett, Inskipp & Inskipp) and "A Birdwatchers’ Guide to India" (Kazmierczak & Singh) proved very helpful and you shouldn’t go to India without these books in your luggage.

Bird List:

This complete bird list follows the order of species given in "Birds of the Indian Subcontinent". I have commented on some of the rarer and more sought-after species.

Black Francolin: Corbett

Grey Francolin: Bharatpur

Barred Buttonquail: Bharatpur + Bund Baretha

Red Junglefowl: Sat Tal + Corbett

Kalij Pheasant: Nainital + Mongoli Valley

Indian Peafowl: Bharatpur

Greylag Goose: Bharatpur

Bar-headed Goose: Bharatpur

Ruddy Shelduck: Bharatpur + Bund Baretha + Ramnagar

Comb Duck: Bund Baretha

Cotton Pygmy-goose: Bund Baretha

Gadwall: Bharatpur

Eurasian Wigeon: Bharatpur + Corbett

Spot-billed Duck: Bharatpur

Common Teal: Bharatpur + Corbett

Nothern Pintail: Bharatpur + Corbett

Northern Shoveler: Bharatpur + Corbett

Red-crested Pochard: Bund Baretha + Ramnagar

Common Pochard: Bharatpur, Bund Baretha

Ferruginous Duck: Bund Baretha

Tufted Duck: Bund Baretha

Common Merganser: Ramnagar

Eurasian Wryneck: Bharatpur

Rufous Woodpecker: Corbett

Brown-capped Pygmy Woodpecker: Bharatpur

Grey-capped Pygmy Woodpecker: Corbett + Kumeria

Brown-fronted Woodpecker: Nainital

Fulvous-breasted Woodpecker: Sat Tal + Corbett + Kumeria

Rufous-bellied Woodpecker: Cheena Peak (Naini Peak), Nainital. This beautiful species was seen in the forest behind Cheena Peak (view from Nainital). The track from Nainital to Cheena Peak via the "high fields" proved to be very rewarding, especially regarding woodpeckers

Yellow-crowned Woodpecker: Bharatpur

Himalayan Woodpecker: Cheena Peak (Naini Peak), Nainital

Lesser Yellownape: Mongoli Valley + Sat Tal

Greater Yellownape: Mongoli Valley + Sat Tal

Streak-throated Woodpecker: Ramnagar

Grey-headed Woodpecker: Corbett

Himalayan Flameback: Corbett + Kumeria

Black-rumped Flameback: Bharatpur

Great Barbet: Nainital

Brown-headed Barbet: Bharatpur + Kumeria

Lineated Barbet: Corbett

Blue-throated Barbet: Sat Tal + Corbett

Coppersmith Barbet: Bharatpur

Indian Grey Hornbill: Bharatpur + Corbett

Great Hornbill: one fly-over in Corbett.

Hoopoe: Bharatpur

Indian Roller: Bharatpur

Common Kingfisher: Bharatpur + Corbett + Ramnagar

Stork-billed Kingfisher: Corbett

White-throated Kingfisher: Everywhere

Crested Kingfisher: Corbett + Ramnagar + Kumeria

Pied Kingfisher: Bharatpur + Corbett + Ramnagar + Kumeria

Green Bee-eater: Taj Mahal

Common Hawk Cuckoo: Bharatpur

Sirkeer Malkoha: Bharatpur. On two occasions we visited the Kholadahar area of Bharatpur, and on both visits we saw this Great Spotted Cuckoo-like bird.

Greater Coukal: Bharatpur + Ramnagar

Lesser Coukal: Sat Tal. Seen walking around in the accentor fields.

Rose-ringed Parakeet: Bharatpur

Slaty-headed Parakeet: Mongoli Valley + Sat Tal

Plum-headed Parakeet: Bund Baretha + Ramnagar

Red-breasted Parakeet: Corbett

Himalayan Swiftlet: Mongoli Valley + Corbett

White-rumped Needletail: Corbett

House Swift: Bharatpur + Ramnagar

Pacific Swift: Kosi River, Ramnagar. A single bird appeared in the late afternoon, feeding over the bridge along with other swifts and swallows.

Alpine Swift: Sat Tal

Crested Treeswift: Corbett

Collared Scops Owl: Bharatpur. A single roosting in a tree along the main track.

Dusky Eagle Owl: Bharatpur. With some help from a guide we found two birds roosting together.

Brown Fish Owl: Corbett + Kumeria. Six or seven birds in total.

Tawny Fish Owl: Corbett 24/1. This bird discovered by our guide was identified after prolonged views and serious discussions.

Asian Barred Owlet: Two sightings in Nainital.

Jungle Owlet: Two sightings in Corbett.

Spotted Owlet: Bharatpur + Helak

Large-tailed Nightjar: This winter Bharatpur was suffering from the worst draught for ten years, which apparently meant that the nightjars were very hard to find – only one of the guides knew a roost site with "a one hundred percent chance".

Rock Pigeon: Ramnagar

Oriental Turtle Dove: Nainital + Ramnagar

Laughing Dove: Bharatpur

Spotted Dove: Ramnagar + Corbett

Red-collared Dove: Helak

Collared Dove: Bharatpur

Yellow-footed Green Pigeon: Bharatpur

Pin-tailed Green Pigeon: Corbett. In one of our attempts of finding the Great Slaty Woodpecker we saw two of these pigeons.

Siberian White Crane: The two birds in Bharatpur were easily seen and were showing at quite close range.

Sarus Crane: Bharatpur. Also seen en route from Delhi to Bharatpur.

Common Crane: Bharatpur

Water Rail: Corbett

Brown Crake: Bund Baretha + Corbett

White-breasted Waterhen: Bharatpur

Ruddy-breasted Crake: Bund Baretha. The bird was feeding along with a Brown Crake on a pool behind the dam. Producing other goodies like Plum-headed Parakeet and Marsh Sandpiper, this pool was definitely worth a visit.

Purple Swamphen: Bharatpur

Common Moorhen: Bharatpur

Common Coot: Bharatpur + Bund Baretha

Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse: 9 fly-overs at Bund Baretha

Common Snipe: Bharatpur + Bund Baretha

Black-tailed Godwitt: Bharatpur

Eurasian Curlew: Bharatpur

Spotted Redshank: Bharatpur

Redshank: Bharatpur + Ramnagar

Marsh Sandpiper: Bharatpur + Bund Baretha

Greenshank: Bharatpur + Ramnagar

Green Sandpiper: Bharatpur + Bund Baretha

Wood Sandpiper: Bharatpur

Common Sandpiper: Bharatpur + Ramnagar

Long-billed Dowitcher: Bharatpur. This Indian mega had been present since November 2000, and was easily located feeding on an isolated pool along with Black-tailed Godwitts.

Little Stint: Taj Mahal

Temminck’s Stint: Bharatpur + Ramnagar

Ruff: Bharatpur

Painted Snipe: 4 birds performing very well just west of the sanctuary at Bharatpur. Apparently the draught had forced some of the water birds to move out in the open.

Indian Courser: We got this one at quite a controversial locality near Helak railway station. The problem is that the area is used by the Indian army as some kind of ammunition store. Driving from Bharatpur to Helak we stopped a few km’s before Helak, when some watchtowers appeared on the right side of the road. We quickely entered the area, but after 15 minutes or so some soldiers stopped us. We apologized and acted innocent and assured them that we would leave immediately. On our way out of the area we walked slowly, carefully scanning the sandy fields, and finally we found a single Indian Courser. However, the military guys were still watching us, so we had to leave after enjoying the bird for about 20 seconds! If you are thinking about going for the couser at Helak, remember not to bring any cameras. Some Indians told us we were lucky not to get arrested and tortured.

Eurasian Thick-knee: Kosi River, Ramnagar

Great Thick-knee: Kosi River, Ramnagar

Ibisbill: After arriving and checking in at a cheap hotel in Ramnagar, we started searching for the famous Ibisbills. In the fading sunlight we located two birds giving great views standing on the river shore. Judging from the guest book at restaurant Govinda in Ramnagar, others have had great difficulties finding these birds, so perhaps we were lucky.

Black-winged Stilt: Bharatpur + Bund Baretha + Taj Mahal

Avocet: One fly-over at Bharatpur

Pheasant-tailed Jacana: Bund Baretha

Bronze-winged Jacana: Bharatpur + Bund Baretha

Small Pratincole: Taj Mahal. A flock of 20 birds were feeding energetically over the River Yamuna for just 15 minutes and then disappeared.

Little Ringed Plover: Bharatpur + Ramnagar

Kentish Plover: Bund Baretha

Yellow-wattled Lapwing: A single near Helak Railway Station

River Lapwing: Taj Mahal + Corbett + Ramnagar

Red-wattled Lapwing: Common

White-tailed Lapwing: Up to 50 birds daily at Bharatpur.

Caspian Gull: Taj Mahal. Adult flying down the Yamuna River along with a 3rd winter Heuglin’s Gull.

Heuglin’s Gull: Taj Mahal. 3rd winter flying down the Yamuna River along with an adult Caspian Gull.

Great Black-headed Gull: Taj Mahal. 1st winter flying dovn the Yamuna River.

Brown-headed Gull: Taj Mahal

Black-headed Gull: Taj Mahal

River Tern: Bharatpur + Bund Baretha + Corbett + Taj Mahal

Balck-bellied Tern: One bird still present behind the Taj Mahal.

Whiskered Tern: Taj Mahal + Bund Baretha

Indian Skimmer: Two birds resting on an islet at Bund Baretha.

Osprey: Bund Baretha + Corbett

Black-shouldered Kite: Bharatpur

Black Kite: Thousands and thousands in Delhi

Brahminy Kite: Bharatpur + Corbett

Pallas’s Fish Eagle: Corbett

White-tailed Eagle: Bharatpur + Corbett

Lesser Fish Eagle: Seen daily in Corbett

Lammergeier: one adult at Nainital

Egyptian Vulture: Bharatpur + Taj Mahal + also seen en route

White-rumped Vulture: Bharatpur + Corbett. Only a handful every day.

Long-billed Vulture: Two at Bharatpur, ten in Corbett

Himalayan Griffon: Nainital

Eurasian Griffon: Sat Tal + Corbett

Cinereous Vulture: Sat Tal + Corbett

Red-headed Vulture: Bharatpur

Short-toed Eagle: One sighting in Bharatpur

Crested Serpent Eagle: Bharatpur + Ramnagar + Corbett

Marsh Harrier: Bharatpur

Hen Harrier: Bharatpur

Pallid Harrier: Bharatpur. At a harrier roost in the Kholadahar area we counted ten birds in the evening including two adult males.

Shikra: Bharatpur

Eurasian Sparrowhawk: Sat Tal

Oriental Honey Buzzard: Bharatpur

Common Buzzard: Mongoli Valley

Greater Spotted Eagle: Very common at Bharatpur.

Steppe Eagle: Bharatpur + Sat Tal + Mongoli Valley + Corbett

Imperial Eagle: Seen daily at Bharatpur, also at Bund Baretha

Bonelli’s Eagle: One sighting at Bharatpur

Booted Eagle: Taj Mahal

Changeable Hawk Eagle: Corbett

Mountain Hawk Eagle: Nainital + Corbett

Collared Falconet: Corbett. Seen near the watchtower in Dhikala.

Kestrel: Bharatpur

Peregrine: Corbett

Little Grebe: Bharatpur + Ramnagar

Little Cormorant: Bharatpur + Ramnagar

Indian Darter: Bharatpur + Corbett

Indian Cormorant: Bharatpur

Great Cormorant: Bharatpur + Ramnagar

Little Egret: Bharatpur

Great White Egret: Bharatpur

Intermediate Egret: Bharatpur

Cattle Egret: Bharatpur + Ramnagar

Indian Pond Heron: Very common – Indian trash

Grey Heron: Bharatpur + Corbett

Purple Heron: Bharatpur

Little Heron: 2 sightings at Bharatpur

Black-crowned Night Heron: Bharatpur

Cinnamon Bittern: Bharatpur. Discovered in flight about 1 km NE of the Keoladeo Temple, then relocated skulking under the thick bushes along the track leading to the temple.

Yellow Bittern: For some of the scarcer birds at Bharatpur, including Yellow Bittern, we had to hire a guide. Seen just next to the rickshaw stand on the eastern side of the main road near the Sapan Mari.

Black Bittern: Bharatpur. This bird would have been impossible to find without a guide. It was sitting in an Acacia tree just a few metres from the previous species.

Glossy Ibis: Bharatpur

Black-headed Ibis: Bharatpur

Spoonbill: Bharatpur + Bund Baretha

Great White Pelican: Hundreds at Bharatpur

Painted Stork: Bharatpur + en route Delhi-Bharatpur

Asian Openbill: Bund Baretha

Woolly-necked Stork: Bharatpur + Bund Baretha + Corbett

White Stork: 1 at Bharatpur

Black Stork: Corbett

Black-necked Stork: Bharatpur + Corbett

Lesser Adjudant: A single bird seen on several occasions at Bharatpur

Golden-fronted Leafbird: Corbett. Two sightings around Dhikala

Brown Shrike: 1st winter seen well at Bharatpur. The bird was discovered by British birders.

Bay-backed Shrike: Bharatpur

Long-tailed Shrike: Bharatpur + en route

Southern Grey Shrike: Several seen en route Bharatpur-Bund Baretha

Black-headed Jay: Seen on both our visits to Mongoli Valley

Red-billed Blue Magpie: Mongoli Valley

Rufous Treepie: Bharatpur

Grey Treepie: Mongoli Valley

House Crow: Delhi + Bharatpur

Large-billed Crow: Common

Eurasian Golden Oriole: Bharatpur

Black-hooded Oriole: Recorded twice in Corbett

Maroon Oriole: Corbett. Seen briefly from the back of an elephant

Large Cuckooshrike: Ramnagar

Black-winged Cuckooshrike: 1 in Bharatpur was a surprise

Small Minivet: Bharatpur

Long-tailed Minivet: Sat Tal

Scarlet Minivet: Kumeria + Corbett

Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike: Corbett + Kumeria + Sat Tal

Yellow-browed Fantail: Mongoli Valley + Sat Tal + Corbett

White-throated Fantail: Mongoli Valley + Sat Tal + Corbett

Black Drongo: Bharatpur + en route

Ashy Drongo: Bharatpur

White-bellied Drongo: Bharatpur + Corbett

Bronzed Drongo: Mongoli Valley

Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo: Corbett

Spangled Drongo: Kumeria

Common Iora: Ramnagar + Corbett

Marshall’s Iora: One bird in Bharatpur

Large Woodshrike: Kumeria

Common Woodshrike: Bharatpur + Nainital + Corbett

Brown Dipper: Quality Inn area, Kumeria (Ramnagar). In this bird-filled area we found the dipper about 2 km north of the bridge crossing the Kosi River. The area also gave us Himalyan Flameback, Fulvous-breasted Woodpecker, Oriental Turtle Dove, Large Woodshrike, Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher, Brown Fish Owl.

Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush: Female in Mongoli Valley

Blue Rock Thrush: Kumeria + Ramnagar

Blue Whistling Thrush: Common around Nainital

Orange-headed Thrush: Male seen in the Nursery in Bharatpur. Look for it under the bushes just outside the small brick wall.

Long-billed Thrush: One of the target species in Mongoli Valley. We found it on our second visit. It was flushed from the upper part of the dry stream and flew into a bush where it "freezed" for minutes.

Long-tailed Thrush: Mongoli Valley. Walking off the track we flushed this true skulker. When flushed it landed in a small tree some 20 metres away, where it "freezed" in typical Zoothera style.

Tickell’s Thrush: Bharatpur. One or two birds were apparently wintering in the garden of Hotel Spoonbill, but nevertheless they were very hard to see. We saw a bird being flushed on the evening of January 12th and another was seen briefly inside the reserve.

Chestnut Thrush: Mongoli Valley

Black-throated Thrush: Sat Tal

Rufous-gorgetted Flycatcher: Sat Tal + Mongoli Valley + Nainital + Corbett

Red-breasted Flycatcher: In Bharatpur only parvas were identified. Interestingly, all the Red-breasted Flycatchers in Nainital and Corbett were of the race albicilla (Taiga Flycatcher).

Little Pied Flycatcher: Corbett + Ramnagar

Slaty-blue Flycatcher: Mongoli Valley + Sat Tal + Corbett

Small Niltava: Mongoli Valley + Sat Tal

Rufous-bellied Niltava: Mongoli Valley

Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher: Quality Inn, Kumeria

Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher: Bharatpur + Sat Tal + Corbett

Siberian Rubythroat: Male seen at the barrier in Bharatpur. After several unsuccesful searchings we decided to hire a guide for this one. He easily whistled the bird out of the bushes.

White-tailed Rubythroat: Sat Tal + Corbett

Bluethroat: Bharatpur + Corbett

Orange-flanked Bush Robin: Nainital + Mongoli Valley + Sat Tal

Golden Bush Robin: Sat Tal. A male was frustratingly brief.

Oriental Magpie Robin: Bharatpur

White-rumped Shama: One brief sighting in Corbett.

Indian Robin: Bharatpur + Ramnagar

Blue-capped Redstart: Nainital

Black Redstart: Bharatpur

White-capped Water Redstart: Mongoli Valley + Corbett

Plumbeous Water Redstart: Sat Tal + Ramnagar + Corbett

Little Forktail: Seen in a small stream leading into the Kosi River about 800 m south of the Quality Inn near Kumeria.

Slaty-backed Forktail: Walking in the stream in Mongoli Valley produced both Slaty-backed and Spotted Forktails.

Spotted Forktail: Mongoli Valley + Sat Tal + Kumeria

Stonechat: Bharatpur + Corbett

Pied Bush Chat: Bharatpur

Grey Bush Chat: A female in Bharatpur was a surprise, otherwise common around Nainital and Corbett.

Brown Rock Chat: Bharatpur + Bund Baretha + Taj Mahal + Ramnagar

Variable Wheatear: Helak. Seen in the same area as the Indian Courser. This area was rich in birds and also held Desert Wheatear, Orphean Warbler, Bimaculated Lark, Ashy-crowned Sparrow-lark, Southern Grey Shrike, Red Collared Dove and Yellow-wattled Lapwing.

Desert Wheatear: Helak

Brahminy Starling: Bharatpur

Common Starling: Bharatpur + Delhi

Asian Pied Starling: Bharatpur + en route

Common Myna: Bharatpur + Bund Baretha + en route

Bank Myna: Bharatpur + en route.

Jungle Myna: Nainital + Corbett

Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch: Bharatpur + Nainital + Corbett

White-tailed Nuthatch: Nainital

Velvet-fronted Nuthatch: Mongoli Valley + Kumeria + Corbett

Wallcreeper: Kosi River, Ramnagar

Bar-tailed Treecreeper: Seen daily around Nainital.

Rufous-vented Tit: Nainital

Spot-winged Tit: Nainital + Mongoli Valley

Great Tit: Bund Baretha + Corbett

Green-backed Tit: Nainital + Mongoli Valley + Sat Tal

Black-lored Tit: Nainital + Mongoli Valley + Sat Tal

Yellow-browed Tit: Cheena Peak (Naini Peak), Nainital. Two birds in association with various Phylloscopus wablers, laughingthrushes, shrikebabblers, tits and woodpeckers.

Black-throated Tit: Nainital + Corbett

Plain Martin: Bharatpur + Ramnagar

Eurasian Crag Martin: Mongoli Valley

Dusky Crag Martin: Bund Baretha + Ramnagar

Barn Swallow: Bharatpur

Red-rumped Swallow: Bharatpur + Ramnagar

Asian House Martin: One identified in Delhi Airport

Nepal House Martin: Mongoli Valley + Sat Tal

Black-crested Bulbul: Corbett

Red-whiskered Bulbul: Ramnagar + Corbett

White-eared Bulbul: Bharatpur

Himalayan Bulbul: Nainital + Sat Tal + Mongoli Valley

Red-vented Bulbul: Bharatour + Nainital + Corbett

Ashy Bulbul: Kumeria + Corbett

Mountain Bulbul: Nainital + Mongoli Valley

Black Bulbul: Mongoli Valley + Corbett

Striated Prinia: Mongoli Valley

Grey-breasted Prinia: Sat Tal + Corbett

Plain Prinia: Bharatpur

Ashy Prinia: Bharatpur + Corbett

Zitting Cisticola: Bharatpur

Bright-headed Cisticola: Corbett

Oriental White-eye: Bharatpur + Nainital + Corbett

Aberrant Bush Warbler: Nainital + Sat Tal

Grey-sided Bush Warbler: Nainital + Sat Tal

Blyth’s Reed Warbler: Bharatpur

Clamourous Reed Warbler: Bharatpur

Lesser Whitethroat: Bharatpur + Sat Tal + Ramnagar

Orphean Warbler: Helak

Common Tailorbird: Bharatpur + Ramnagar

Chiffchaff: Bharatpur + Sat Tal + Ramnagar

Dusky Warbler: Corbett. One brief sighting near the watchtower at Dhikala.

Smoky Warbler: Surely one of the highlights of the trip. The bird was seen in Bharatpur feeding on little branches floating on the water. For ten minutes it gave absolutely cripling views, actively hunting insects just in front of us. Actually, two days later it was succesfully twitced by some British birders.

Buf-barred Warbler: Nainital + Mongoli Valley

Ashy-throated Warbler: Seen on both visits to Mongoli Valley.

Lemon-rumped Warbler: Nainital + Sat Tal + Mongoli Valley

Hume’s Warbler: Bharatpur + Corbett

Greenish Warbler: Bharatpur + Ramnagar

Western Crowned Warbler: Corbett. Prolonged views allowed us to identify this bird. It was part of a species-mixed flock.

Golden-spectacled Warbler: Nainital + Mongoli Valley + Sat Tal

Grey-hooded Warbler: Nainital +Sat Tal + Mongoli Valley + Corbett

Goldcrest: Nainital

White-throated Laughingthrush: Mongoli Valley

White-crested Laughingthrush: Mongoli Valley + Sat Tal + Corbett

Striated Laughingthrush: Nainital

Rufous-chinned Laughingthrush: Nainital + Sat Tal

Streaked Laughingthrush: Nainital + Sat Tal + Mongoli Valley

Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush: Nainital + Corbett

Puff-throated Babbler: Kumeria + Corbett

Rusty-cheeked Scimitar Babbler: Mongoli Valley + Sat Tal + Corbett

Scaly-breasted Wren Babbler: Sat Tal. Walking on the road in the forest we suddenly heard some buzzing wingbeats from the dense undergroth next to us. I got a brief view of a small brown bird and promtly alarmed Andreas that it might have been a wren babbler, which proved to be right! After some bush-beating this strange bird was willing to cooperate, although it was never easy to see. Running mouse-like on the ground, and with the size of a Wren, this was certainly a peculiar bird.

Black-chinned Babbler: Mongoli Valley + Sat Tal

Chestnut-capped Babbler: Corbett. Two birds showing well at some tiger watch point.

Yellow-eyed Babbler: Bharatpur + Bund Baretha

Common Babbler: Kholadahar area of Bharatpur

Large Grey Babbler: Bharatpur

Jungle Babbler: Very common in Bharatpur and Corbett

Red-billed Leiothrix: Sat Tal

White-browed Shrike Babbler: Nainital + Mongoli Valley

Rufous Sibia: Nainital + Sat Tal + Mongoli Valley

Indian Bushlark: Helak + Bharatpur

Ashy-crowned Sparrow Lark: 35, Helak

Bimaculated Lark: 8, Helak

Short-toed Lark: Helak + Taj Mahal + Corbett

Purple Sunbird: Bharatpur

Green-tailed Sunbird: Mongoli Valley

Black-throated Sunbird: Mongoli Valley

Crimson Sunbird: Kumeria

House Sparrow: Helak + Ramnagar

Russet Sparrow: Nainital + Sat Tal

Chestnut-shouldered Petronia: Bund Baretha

White Wagtail: Bharatpur + Ramnagar

White-browed Wagtail: Bharatpur + Bund Baretha + Ramnagar

Citrine Wagtail: Bharatpur + Ramnagar

Yellow Wagtail: Bharatpur + Bund Baretha

Grey Wagtail: Nainital + Ramnagar + Taj Mahal

Paddyfield Pipit: Bund Baretha

Tawny Pipit: Ramnagar + Helak + Bharatpur

Blyth’s Pipit: 1 en route Helak-Bund Baretha

Tree Pipit: Bharatpur

Olive-backed Pipit: Bharatpur + Nainital + Corbett

Rosy Pipit: 10 in Corbett

Water Pipit: Bharatpur

Rufous-breasted Accentor: Mongoli Valley + Sat Tal

Black-throated Accentor: Sat Tal. We saw a single bird feeding along with the commoner Rufous-breasted Accentors.

Baya Weaver: Bharatpur

Red Avadavat: Bharatpur

Indian Silverbill: Bharatpur

Yellow-breasted Greenfinch: Nainital + Mongoli Valley + Sat Tal

Common Rosefinch: Bharatpur + Nainital + Sat Tal

White-capped Bunting: Bund Baretha + Sat Tal

Red-headed Bunting: Bharatpur

374 species