Birds of India

Trip List

Corbett Trip Report
A systematic and annotated list of birds seen
by Sumit Sen
19 May - 26 May 2004

Black Francolin
Francolinus francolinus: Seen and heard In Dhikala and Fulai Chaur. Seen on every trip to the area
Common Quail
Coturnix coturnix: Three birds seen on different days in Dhikala Chaur. One flew off under our feet.
Red Junglefowl
Gallus gallus: Common thought the park as well as in the buffer area. Several broods seen daily
Indian Peafowl
Pavo cristatus: Several seen both within and without the park. A few dancing.
Barred Buttonquail
Turnix suscitator: One seen by Manoj Sharma in Sherbhurjee area
Eurasian Wryneck
Jynx torquilla: Two seen
Grey-capped Pygmy Woodpecker
Dendrocopos canicapillus: Several seen over the period.
Brown-fronted Woodpecker
Dendrocopos auriceps: One seen outside the park at an elevation of about 5000 feet.
Fulvous-breasted Woodpecker
Dendrocopos macei: The commonest of the pied woodpeckers. Several seen.
Rufous Woodpecker
Celeus brachyurus: Several seen in various parts of the park
Lesser Yellownape
Picus chlorolophus: Few seen. The Greater was however not seen.
Streak-throated Woodpecker
Picus xanthopygaeus: Not uncommon. Seen on most days
Grey-headed Woodpecker
Picus canus: The commonest woodpecker in the area. Several seen daily
Himalayan Flameback
Dinopium shorii: One seen
Black-rumped Flameback
Dinopium benghalense: Not as common as one would expect. Only one seen
Greater Flameback
Chrysocolaptes lucidus: Pair on the way to Dhikala
Great Slaty Woodpecker
Mulleripicus pulverulentus: One heard outside the park near Kumeria. A flock of 11 seen short of the Lohachaur Forest Rest-house in the Sal Forest
Great Barbet
Megalaima virens: One heard on the road to Kanda. One seen near Machure outside the park
Brown-headed Barbet
Megalaima zeylanica: Several seen and heard
Lineated Barbet
Megalaima lineata: Commoner than the above. Several seen and heard
Blue-throated Barbet
Megalaima asiatica: Several seen and heard
Coppersmith Barbet
Megalaima haemacephala: Two seen and several heard
Indian Grey Hornbill
Ocyceros birostris: Singles seen at Claridges Resort, Kumeria road and Dhikala Tourist area.
Oriental Pied Hornbill
Anthracoceros albirostris: Seen almost daily. One flock of over forty birds was observed in the Bijrani area. Also seen outside the park on the Kumeria road.
Great Hornbill
Buceros bicornis: Heard and seen on three different occasions, including outside the park.
Common Hoopoe
Upupa epops: Seen at Dhikala
Indian Roller
Coracias benghalensis: Not as common as expected. Seen once in Sherbhurjee and once at Dhikala
Eurystomus orientalis: Summer visitor. Seen daily flying in pairs and calling loudly
Common Kingfisher
Alcedo atthis: Seen on the Ramganga and Kosi rivers. Uncommon
White-throated Kingfisher
Halcyon smyrnensis: Seen on the Ramganga and Kosi rivers. Commonest Kingfisher
Crested Kingfisher
Megaceryle lugubris: Seen on the Ramganga and Kosi rivers daily.
Pied Kingfisher
Ceryle rudis: Seen on the Ramganga and Kosi rivers. Not uncommon
Green Bee-eater
Merops orientalis: Common throughout the area. Seen daily.
Blue-tailed Bee-eater
Merops philippinus: A flock of around forty seen on two occasions near Mota Sal
Chestnut-headed Bee-eater
Merops leschenaulti: Seen in the Mota Sal area and on the Sambhar Road.
Pied Cuckoo
Clamator jacobinus: Only one seen on road to Lohachaur
Common Hawk Cuckoo
Hierococcyx varius: Heard daily. One good sighting on Road to Lohachaur.
Indian Cuckoo
Cuculus micropterus: Heard daily. One seen flying outside the park and calling
Eurasian Cuckoo
Cuculus canorus: Heard daily
Drongo Cuckoo
Surniculus lugubris: Heard daily but seen once at Gairal Forest-resthouse.
Asian Koel
Eudynamys scolopacea: Heard and seen at Dhikala
Greater Coucal
Centropus sinensis: Seen on the Kosi near Infinity Resorts
Lesser Coucal
Centropus bengalensis: Seen in Fulai Chaur as well as in Dhikala Chaur
Alexandrine Parakeet
Psittacula eupatria: Least common of the parakeets seen
Rose-ringed Parakeet
Psittacula krameri: Seen in flocks daily
Slaty-headed Parakeet
Psittacula himalayana: A few in the park but most on the road to Machure.
Plum-headed Parakeet
Psittacula cyanocephala: Common both in and outside the park
Red-breasted Parakeet
Psittacula alexandri: One or two seen daily.
White-rumped Needletail
Zoonavena sylvatica: A few seen flying high over Bijrani
Alpine Swift
Tachymarptis melba: A few seen flying high over Dhikala
Asian Palm Swift
Cypsiurus balasiensis: A few seen flying
House Swift
Apus affinis: A few seen flying over Ramnagar
Crested Treeswift
Hemiprocne coronata: Several seen on a daily basis
Brown Fish Owl
Ketupa zeylonensis: One on Sambhar Road. Another on the Kosi River near Quality Inn in Kumeria.
Jungle Owlet
Glaucidium radiatum: A single bird seen near Mota Sal
Large-tailed Nightjar
Caprimulgus macrurus: Seen and heard near the tourist complex in Dhikala
Savanna Nightjar
Caprimulgus affinis: Seen and heard near the tourist complex in Dhikala and in Bijrani
Rock Pigeon
Columba livia
Oriental Turtle Dove
Streptopelia orientalis: Seen on Sultan-Gairal Road. Also outside the park
Laughing Dove
Streptopelia senegalensis: Seen at Dhikala and near Dhangari and Bijrani Gates
Spotted Dove
Streptopelia chinensis: Common throughout the area.
Red Collared Dove
Streptopelia tranquebarica: Seen at Dhikala.
Eurasian Collared Dove
Streptopelia decaocto: Seen outside the park as well as in Dhikala.
Emerald Dove
Chalcophaps indica: Several seen flying low in the forest
Yellow-footed Green Pigeon
Treron phoenicoptera: Very common in the forest.
Pin-tailed Green Pigeon
Treron apicauda: A single bird in a flock of Yellow-footed on the Sultan-Gairal Road.
Brown Crake
Amaurornis akool: A single bird in the Khinanauli-Ghetiararao sector
Common Greenshank
Tringa nebularia: Seen at Sherbhurji and reservoir area
Wood Sandpiper
Tringa glareola: Seen at Sherbhurjee and reservoir area
Common Sandpiper
Actitis hypoleucos: Seen at Sherbhurjee and reservoir area. Also on the Ramganga and Kosi.
Little Stint
Calidris minuta: Seen at Sherbhurjee and reservoir area
Temminck’s Stint
Calidris temminckii: Seen at Sherbhurjee and reservoir area
Great Thick-knee
Esacus recurvirostris: A single bird seen at Sherbhurjee
Black-winged Stilt
Himantopus himantopus: Seen at Sherbhurjee and reservoir area. Common outside the park.
Little Ringed Plover
Charadrius dubius: Seen at Sherbhurjee and reservoir area
River Lapwing
Vanellus duvaucelii: Sherbhurjee and reservoir area. Common on the Ramganga, Mandal and Kosi.
Red-wattled Lapwing
Vanellus indicus: Very common. Breeding at the moment.
Small Pratincole
Glareola lacteal: Seen at Sherbhurjee and reservoir area. We found a nest also.
Pallas’s Gull
Larus ichthyaetus: A single bird seen at reservoir area
River Tern
Sterna aurantia: Several seen at reservoir area
Whiskered Tern
Chlidonias hybridus: Several seen at Sherbhurjee and reservoir area
Oriental Honey-buzzard
Pernis ptilorhyncus: Commonest raptor in the park seen daily.
Black-shouldered Kite
Elanus caeruleus: A single bird seen outside the park at Machure
Black Kite
Milvus migrans: Common outside the park
Pallas’s Fish Eagle
Haliaeetus leucoryphus: Common in the Dhikala and Ringora area.
Lesser Fish Eagle
Ichthyophaga humilis: Common in the Dhikala and Ringora. Several seen.
Grey-headed Fish Eagle
Ichthyophaga ichthyaetus: One bird seen at Ringora
Egyptian Vulture
Neophron percnopterus: A single bird seen outside the park
White-rumped Vulture
Gyps bengalensis: Three birds seen at a nest with one young near the Amdanda Gate.
Himalayan Griffon Gyps himalayensis: Several seen flying in and around the park
Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachus: Two birds seen near Ringora
Red-headed Vulture
Sarcogyps calvus: Six birds were seen on different days over the Dhikala and Fulai Chaurs
Short-toed Snake Eagle
Circaetus gallicus: A single bird seen near Mohan
Crested Serpent Eagle
Spilornis cheela: Common. Several birds seen.
Accipiter badius: Several birds observed.
Bonelli’s Eagle
Hieraaetus fasciatus: One bird seen
Booted Eagle
Hieraaetus pennatus: One bird observed
Rufous-bellied Eagle
Hieraaetus kienerii: Two birds including a juvenile seen
Changeable Hawk Eagle
Spizaetus cirrhatus: Common. Several seen in different parts of the Park and buffer area.
Mountain Hawk Eagle
Spizaetus nipalensis: Seen on the road to Machure and over Dhikala
Common Kestrel
Falco tinnunculus: Seen over the Dhikala Chaur as well as on the way to Machure
Peregrine Falcon
Falco peregrinus: One bird seen in Dhikala Chaur
Anhinga melanogaster: A single bird was seen in the Bijrani area.
Little Cormorant
Phalacrocorax niger: Common on the Ramganga and Kosi rivers
Little Egret
Egretta garzetta
Grey Heron
Ardea cinerea
Great Egret
Casmerodius albus
Intermediate Egret
Mesophoyx intermedia
Cattle Egret
Bubulcus ibis
Indian Pond Heron
Ardeola grayii
- all of the above were observed several times on the riverbanks
Little Heron
Butorides striatus: Two birds were seen from the Infinity Resort verandah on the Kosi river
Black-crowned Night Heron
Nycticorax nycticorax: Several seen flying over the Dhikala Tourist complex
Eurasian Spoonbill
Platalea leucocordia: A single bird was seen on the reservoir
Black Stork
Ciconia nigra: Three birds were seen flying on the Fulai Chaur. Rather late for these birds
Woolly-necked Stork
Ciconia episcopus: About four seen in the Fulai Chaur area. Also a single bird in Bijrani
Black-necked Stork
Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus: Two birds seen at Sherbhurjee
Indian Pitta
Pitta brachyura: Heard every single day but seldom seen
Long-tailed Broadbill
Psarisomus dalhousiae: Two pairs seen and photographed in Lohachaur area
Long-tailed Shrike
Lanius schach: Strangely the only shrike seen on the trip.
Black-headed Jay
Garrulus lanceolatus: Seen on the Machure-Chimtakhal Road
Red-billed Blue Magpie
Urocissa erythrorhyncha: Several parties seen on the Road to Machure
Common Green Magpie
Cissa chinensis: One bird seen in a "nullah" beyond Dhangari gate
Rufous Treepie
Dendrocitta vagabunda: Lowland areas of the park.
Grey Treepie
Dendrocitta formosae: Several seen on the road to Machure
House Crow
Corvus splendens
Large-billed Crow
Corvus macrorhynchos: Common. Several seen daily
Eurasian Golden Oriole
Oriolus oriolus: Summer visitor. Several seen and heard.
Black-hooded Oriole
Oriolus xanthornus: Several seen in various parts of the park
Black-winged Cuckooshrike
Coracina melaschistos: One seen at Chimtakhal
Rosy Minivet
Pericrocotus roseus: Summer visitor but strangely the most common of the minivets seen.
Small Minivet
Pericrocotus cinnamomeus: A pair seen near Lohachaur
Long-tailed Minivet
Pericrocotus ethologus: Common. Several seen.
Scarlet Minivet
Pericrocotus flammeus: Common. Several seen
Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike
Hemipus picatus: A group was seen in Lohachaur and a pair near Sarapduli.
White-throated Fantail
Rhipidura albicollis: Common.
Black Drongo
Dicrurus macrocercus: Common, seen everywhere and every day.
Ashy Drongo
Dicrurus leucophaeus: Several seen
Bronzed Drongo
Dicrurus aeneus: Seen mostly in the Lohachaur area.
Spangled Drongo
Dicrurus hottentottus: Seen in the Bijrani area.
Black-naped Monarch
Hypothymis azurea: Seen near the Amla Sot on Sambhar road and at Infinity resort.
Asian Paradise-flycatcher
Terpsiphone paradisi: Up to twenty pairs were seen.
Common Iora
Aegithina tiphia: Observed on the main road between Ramnagar and Dhangari Gate, several heard.
Common Woodshrike
Tephrodornis pondicerianus: A single bird was observed in Lohachaur
Blue-capped Rock Thrush
Monticola cinclorhynchus: Very common both inside and outside the pair.
Blue Rock Thrush
Monticola solitarius: Seen near Claridges Resort and one at Dhikala Complex.
Blue Whistling Thrush
Myophonus caeruleus: Common. Several seen in a day
Orange-headed Thrush
Zoothera citrina: Another common summer visitor. Several seen daily
Tickell’s Thrush
Turdus unicolor: A single bird seen on the edge of the forest near Dhikala
Asian Brown Flycatcher
Muscicapa dauurica: A single bird seen in a "nullah" beyond Dhangari gate
Red-breasted Flycatcher
Ficedula parva: Not common. Only two were seen in the entire stay
Ultramarine Flycatcher
Ficedula superciliaris: A single bird was seen in the forest
Verditer Flycatcher
Eumyias thalassina: Common on the road to Machure. A few were seen inside the park
Small Niltava
Niltava macgrigoriae: Seen in low scrub outside the park
Rufous-bellied Niltava
Niltava sundara: Seen once in the Machure trip
Blue-throated Flycatcher
Cyornis rubeculoides: Seen several times in the highlands
Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher
Cyornis tickelliae: Three specimens seen in the forested areas of the park
Luscinia svecica: Very common in the grasslands. Several seen on each trip to the Dhikala Chaur.
Oriental Magpie Robin
Copsychus saularis: Possibly the most common bird in the park
White-rumped Shama
Copsychus malabaricus: Four seen on the road to Kanda. Several seen in the Bijrani area.
Indian Robin
Saxicoloides fulicata: Seen at Bijrani
Black Redstart
Phoenicurus ochruros: Three birds seen in Dhikala and Bijrani
White-capped Water Redstart
Chaimarrornis leucocephalus: Seen on both the Ramganga and the Kosi rivers
Plumbeous Water Redstart
Rhyacornis fuliginosus: One pair seen on the way to Machure
Spotted Forktail
Enicurus maculates: A pair was seen on the Machure- Chimtakhal Road far away from any water.
Common Stonechat
Saxicola torquata: Very common in the grasslands
Pied Bushchat
Saxicola caprata: Common. Several seen
Grey Bushchat
Saxicola ferrea: A pair seen on the road to Machure
Spot-winged Starling
Saroglossa spiloptera: A single bird was seen briefly near the Dhangari Gate
Chestnut-tailed Starling
Sturnus malabaricus: Seen in hundreds everyday.
Brahminy Starling
Sturnus pagodarum: Seen in Dhikala and outside the park
Asian Pied Starling
Sturnus contra: Seen at the Amdanda gate
Common Myna
Acridotheres tristis
Bank Myna Acridotheres ginginianus: Seen en-route to the area.
Jungle Myna
Acridotheres fuscus: Not uncommon. Seen several times.
Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch
Sitta castanea
White-tailed Nuthatch
Sitta himalayensis
Velvet-fronted Nuthatch
Sitta frontalis
- all three nuthatches were seen within the park and in different places.
Great Tit
Parus major: Another common bird. Seen several times each day
Green-backed Tit
Parus monticolus: Seen on the Machure-Chimtakhal road.
Black-lored Tit
Parus xanthogenys: One bird seen at the edge of the forest near Dhikala and another at Kumeria
Plain Martin: A flock seen of the Dhikala Chaur
Dusky Crag Martin
Hirundo concolor: Several birds seen over the river parallel to the Sambhar road
Barn Swallow
Hirundo rustica: Several birds seen near the river at Gairal
Red-rumped Swallow
Hirundo daurica: Two birds observed on a wire near Machure
Black-crested Bulbul
Pycnonotus melanicterus: Several seen. Not shy and can be seen at close quarters
Red-whiskered Bulbul
Pycnonotus jocosus: Not uncommon. Several seen
Himalayan Bulbul
Pycnonotus leucogenys: All over the place. Very common
Red-vented Bulbul
Pycnonotus cafer: Common. Several pairs seen
Ashy Bulbul
Hemixos flavala: Several seen throughout the stay.
Black Bulbul
Hypsipetes leucocephalus: Seen on the way to Kanda as well as on the road to Machure
Zitting Cisticola
Cisticola juncidis: Several seen in Dhikala Chaur
Bright-headed Cisticola
Cisticola exilis: Not as common as the above but easily seen in Dhikala Chaur
Striated Prinia
Prinia criniger: Strangely seen low-down near Kanda
Grey-breasted Prinia
Prinia hodgsonii: Very common. Seen several times
Ashy Prinia
Prinia socialis: Seen at Dhikala and at Gairal
Plain Prinia
Prinia inornata: Seen at Dhikala Chaur
Oriental White-eye
Zosterops palpebrosus: Very common
Blyth’s Reed Warbler
Acrocephalus dumetorum: Common passage migrant. Seen often
Common Tailorbird
Orthotomus sutorius: Only one seen near Infinity Resort
Common Chiffchaff
Phylloscopus collybita: Few seen over the period
Tickell’s Leaf Warbler
Phylloscopus affinis: Several seen through the period. Common
Sulphur-bellied Warbler
Phylloscopus griseolus: Two birds seen near the Dhikala Canteen.
Grey-hooded Warbler
Seicercus xanthoschistos: One in Dhikala and the other on the Sultan-Gairal Road
Striated Grassbird
Megalurus palustris: Only one bird seen in the Dhikala Chaur
White-throated Laughingthrush
Garrulax albogularis
White-crested Laughingthrush
Garrulax leucolophus
- several flocks of the above two birds were met in the forest. Common and easily seen
Streaked Laughingthrush
Garrulax lineatus: One bird on the Machure-Chimtakhal Road
Rusty-cheeked Scimitar Babbler
Pomatorhinus erythrogenys: More heard than seen. One on Sambhar Road.
Black-chinned Babbler
Stachyris pyrrhops: Seen and heard every day. Common
Yellow-eyed Babbler
Chrysomma sinense: One seen near Lohachaur
Large Grey Babbler
Turdoides malcolmi: A pair seen near Dhangari Gate
Jungle Babbler
Turdoides striatus: Common and ubiquitous
Black-chinned Yuhina
Yuhina nigrimenta: A few birds seen on the Sultan-Gairal Road
Greater Short-toed Lark
Calandrella brachydactyla: Pair seen in Dhikala Chaur
Oriental Skylark
Alauda gulgula: Several birds were seen in Dhikala Chaur
Pale-billed Flowerpecker
Dicaeum erythrorynchos: Seen at Dhikala Tourist complex
Purple Sunbird
Nectarinia asiatica: Very Common. Seen everyday
Crimson Sunbird
Aethopyga siparaja: Seen in the forest and at Infinity Resort
House Sparrow
Passer domesticus: Seen In Dhikala and around other forest rest-houses
Russet Sparrow
Passer rutilans: Seen on the road to Machure
Chestnut-shouldered Petronia
Petronia xanthocollis: Seen near Claridges Resort and the Bijrani area.
White Wagtail
Motacilla alba
White-browed Wagtail
Motacilla maderaspatensi
- common
Citrine Wagtail
Motacilla citreola
Yellow Wagtail
Motacilla flava
Grey Wagtail
Motacilla cinerea
Paddyfield Pipit
Anthus rufulus
Tawny Pipit
Anthus campestris
Long-billed Pipit
Anthus similes
- the Dhikala Chaur held a good number of pipits and were relatively tame and easy to see.
Olive-backed Pipit
Anthus hodgsoni: A few seen
Upland Pipit
Anthus sylvanus: A single bird was observed near Machure
Baya Weaver
Ploceus philippinus
Red Avadavat
Amandava amandava
Indian Silverbill
Lonchura malabarica
- all the above were seen in the Dhikala Chaur
Common Rosefinch
Carpodacus erythrinus: A single bird was seen in Fulai Chaur
Crested Bunting
Melophus lathami: Seen the Dhikala Tourist Complex and the Machure-Chimtakhal Road.
White-capped Bunting
Emberiza stewarti: A pair was seen sitting on a wire in the Dhikala Tourist complex


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