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
Dollarbird 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.
Shikra 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
Darter 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
Bluethroat 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
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