Indian Pitta

It inhabits scrub jungle, deciduous and dense evergreen forest.

Nilgiri Flycatcher

An endemic resident in the Western Ghats of southern India.

Brown-winged Kingfisher

These kingfisher species excavate their nests in a river mud bank.


Tales from the Land of Mowgli


Feeds mostly on small birds, capturing them in mid-air in rapid pursuit.

Malabar Trogon

A resident of dense tropical forests.

Malabar Pied Hornbill

This species is omnivorous, taking fruit, fish and small mammals.

Crimson-backed Sunbird

Diet of sunbirds is based mostly on nectar

Golden-breasted Fulvetta

They prefer dense undergrowth, usually dominated by bamboo forest.


Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Birding in the land of the dawn-lit mountains

Land of the dawn-lit mountains has been phrased and refers to the easternmost place in India, Dong in Arunachal Pradesh, as it receives the first rays of the sun. It was supposedly discovered in the year 1999, later confirmed by Survey of India. Since, then it has prompted many visitors to visit this remote place, which is now known as the sunrise village.

At 1240 metres, Dong is located at the confluence of the turquoise coloured rivers, Lohit (a tributary of the mighty Brahmaputra) and Sati, that flow in all its glory, to the misty blue mountains of Walong in the Eastern Himalayas. Strategically placed at the tri-junction of India, China and Myanmar. 

Walong (1094 meters) is a small army cantonment and the easternmost town, in Anjaw district of Arunachal. From here we continued our quest to look for birds, drove towards helmet top, Namti Plains and the farthest tiny hamlet of Dong which was unknown to most of the world, Kibithu (Kibithoo), near China border. 

Derbyan Parakeets had not arrived, however we could sight the other birds of the region. The Godlewski's bunting, Goldcrests were seen in very large numbers, apart from the Black-headed Greenfinches who preferred to perch on wires and flew away at slight movements. 
Godlewski's bunting (Emberiza godlewskii)
Spot-breasted Parrotbills were heard almost at every location we stopped. They would call out and keep moving up the thin bamboo plants and fly to the next, usually in a group of 4-5
Spot-breasted parrotbill (Paradoxornis guttaticollis)
The Yunnan nuthatch was sighted along with the flock of Goldcrests but preferred to stay high among the tall pine trees. The winter winds would make the clouds rise above and felt like mist rising through the pine trees and the whistling sounds was a treat to the ears.

Goldcrest (Regulus regulus)
A pair of Spotted nutcrackers were seen too foraging into the bark of the pine trees. Watching them, with the valley into the background was a delight. They had a large region to them and very little competitors.
Spotted nutcracker (Nucifraga caryocatactes)
Most of the time weather was gloomy and it would snow in the night, the transformations would make the terrain wildly enchanting and totally very picturesque.

The Himalayan range looked very tempting and there were times when we would look far into the mountains and forgot we were birding!. 

The very reason, earlier had seen the Yunnan nuthatch, among the flock of Goldcrest's and had missed taking its image, as the landscapes kept us mesmerised. 

Yunnan nuthatch (Sitta yunnanensis)
As we drove along towards Kibithoo, could get network on the cellphone, from across the Chinese border. Otherwise most of the networks don't work in the region, which surely is a blessing. The weather gets cooler as one goes higher in the region. The roads are maintained by BRO and are in decent condition.

We stopped, as we sighted a Rufous-breasted Accentor, perched on a far away fallen log. However luck was on our side and we sighted the White-throated Redstart (male and female) and Chestnut-eared Bunting, foraging under a large canopy.
Chestnut-eared bunting (Emberiza fucata)
White-throated Redstart (Phoenicurus schisticeps)
We did find the forest towards Helmet Top very promising for pheasants and a couple of hunters with guns riding into the dense forests endorsed our doubt. We had seen most to the target species of the region except the Black-browed Tit, though Ravi could hear them faintly and seemed very far. 

Himalayan Buzzard was seen hovering amongst the pine forest, occasionally it was being chased away by a pair of crows. The birding here like any other north-east destination was along the road.
Himalayan buzzard (Buteo refectus)
The other commonly seen species here were the Black-throated Tit, Green-tailed Sunbird and Flowerpeckers apart from the Rufous-gorgeted flycatcher.
Black-throated tit (Aegithalos concinnus)
How to reach:
To reach this place, we had flown from Mumbai to Dibrugarh on 10th Feb 2019 and prior to reaching Walong on 16th Feb 2019, spent three days in Maguri Beel (118 metres), which is a large wetland located 3.8 Km away from Guijan Ghat, gateway of the Dibru-Saikhowa National Park and a day each in Roing and Tezu.

Roing was a region, that we had missed due to heavy rains in 2017 so made a quick visit in the evening, here we sighted the Jerdon's Babbler. The grasslands had recently experienced forest fire and the reeds were just getting back to their normal height.

Jerdon's babbler (Chrysomma altirostre)
Roing is where we had met our guide for the region, Ravi Mekola and began our journey to the eastern most region, as the roads were just being broadened choose to drive upto Udayak pass and return to stay in Tezu for a day. We could have driven further, however the options were limited and bookings were not available.
The Route - Source Google Maps
Udayak pass (1650m) was were we saw a flock of Chevron breasted Babblers, there was about six of them. Rusty-fronted Barwings came in very close on a tree and the flock slowly moved upwards, while we kept waiting for the skulker to pose, they did respond but were in no mood to be photographed.

The two places we stopped around Tezu was purely coincidental, the first was when we stopped to photograph a Striated grassbird and realised our tripods had fallen off, lucky in the Mishmi Hill Camp in Roing, where we had stayed the previous night.

This is where we met Mr. Jibi Pulu, the owner of the Mishmi Hill camp, he was a very interesting person and during our discussion with him in the veranda discovered a lot of possible sightings. He has been helping a lot of NGO's and students who do research work. Having helped them over the years, was surprised with his passion, to run this lovely place.

Mishmi Hill Camp - Roing 
One can listen to the rhythmic flow of the stream that travels just below the resort.

While we waited, the vehicle went back to pick the fallen tripods, Ravi ensured we stayed busy and took us on a walk into the nearby forest, that was was along a large dried stream. We sighted many common birds and the Spot-breasted Scimitar Babbler stole the show.
Spot-breasted Scimitar Babbler (Pomatorhinus mcclellandi)
The second instance we accidentally stopped was when the vehicle we had hired broke down, this time at the other side of Tezu town, while the alternate vehicle arrived, sighted birds like the Rufous-necklaced Laughingthrush and the Rufous-throated Fulvetta.
Rufous-throated fulvetta (Alcippe rufogularis) 
There were many hanging bridges along the road, it’s an unique and a thrilling experience just to walk over one of these. While one stands in the middle of the bridge, it sways from left to right, while the river gushes below is an adventure by itself. 
Suspension rope bridge 
On the way back from Walong, we experienced some landslide on the road and could only travel back after about six hours!

During these six hours we could not explore much as it was drizzling most of the times, very few vehicles come to this region and not many were affected by this landslide.

We had arrived the camp (Maguri Beel) late at night and it was just the right time to go out and see the owls, that were hooting around in the backyard.
Asian barred owlet (Glaucidium cuculoides)
Oriental scops owl (Otus sunia) 
A small channel that connects Maguri Beel with the Dibru River to the North, is home to some of the resident bird species and attracts varied species of birds from around the globe. The very reason why it has already been declared as an Important Birding Site (IBA) by BirdLife International.

Some of the migratory bird species visiting the beel includes the Ruddy Shelduck, Bar-headed Goose, Falcated Duck (which we missed inspite of taking two boat rides on different instances), Ferruginous Duck, Tufted Duck, Northern Pintail, Greylag Goose,  Black-headed Ibis, Glossy Ibis, Eurasian Wigeon, to name a few.

We got to see the Pied Harrier who was flying very low over the water body, the birds would take flight and move to safer grounds or water, which ever was convenient to them.
Tufted duck (Aythya fuligula)
Indian spot-billed duck (Anas poecilorhyncha)
Bar-headed goose (Anser indicus)
Small Indian pratincole (Glareola lactea)
Greylag goose (Anser anser)
The adjacent areas of the beel has wide open grassland, creating a safe haven for grassland birds. However the Baikal bush-warbler would only keep calling from the clutter and disappear. The bird usually that is heard at dusk and dawn was seen patrolling back to its roosting ground, the Swamp Francolin.
Swamp francolin (Francolinus gularis)
Chestnut-capped babbler (Timalia pileata)
Striated Babbler (Turdoides earlei)
Water rail (Rallus indicus)
Jibon Dutta, insisted we visit Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary, a sanctuary, located in Assam, India. It is home to as many bird species, that we could likely see the Bay Owl, Pale-capped Pigeon, these are threatened birds due to region going into  development. 

Situated in the foot hill of Himalayan range of Arunachal Pradesh. Dehing is the river flows through this forest and Patkai is the name of the hill on the foot of which it lies.
Red-headed trogon (Harpactes erythrocephalus)
Within the sanctuary we saw oil wells in two odd locations. Not known to many that the dense forests of the north east corner of India is actually home to the only wet tropical rainforest of the country. The Pale-capped pigeon were roosting on the ground, in a marshy patch of land within the sanctuary. On close observation, could see large foot marks, definitely the region belonged to elephants.
Elephant footmarks
Soon a small heard of local cattle walked in and the pigeons flew to the nearby tree. They felt safe there and even after the cattle left, did not perch lower. 
Pale-capped Pigeon (Columba punicea)
The Dehing-Patkai, was declared as Wildlife Sanctuary in 2004, includes parts of Upper Dehing West reserve forest, Dirok rainforest and part of Joypur. The forest covered part of both Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts of Assam. The bird activity was good, but like any other forest only at higher branches.

We did visit the pond, where the sighting of White-winged Duck was reported on two different instances, but could not sight them.

As night fell, we set out in search of the Bay Owl, it responded very well to the call, however it wouldn't stay still for a image, as we were waiting in the silence along the not so busy road, heard cracking of a large twig, could be a branch as well. It did not take long for all of us to unanimously agree to leave back for the camp.

How to reach
The nearest airport is Dibrugarh which is just 80 km from the Dehing-Patkai Sanctuary. Digboi is one of  the closest town to the forest. The town is within 20 km from the forest.

21st Feb to 24rd Feb (Two days birding)

Pakke Tiger Reserve was our next stop in this trip, we picked up our next guide for the region Papu Choudhury from Kaziranga, which is en route to Pakke, which is situated in the East Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh.

It borders Assam and is a part of the Khellong Forest Division that was declared as a game sanctuary in 1977 until 2002, when the sanctuary was declared as a Tiger Reserve. 

We were told by Ohey, the local guide and member of the team, who had been known as the "nest protector" of the region, that the Nyishi community protects hornbill nests, imposes hefty and strict fines for hunting, cutting down of hornbill nest trees.

He and his team were awarded the Wildlife Service Award at the Sanctuary Wildlife Awards in 2014.

One of the first of its kind in India, the emphasis here is on the local village chiefs, the Gaon Burahs of the Nyishi tribe, who command respect and play an influential role in persuading people towards sustainability and protection of the jungle and its inhabitants.

We saw more than a dozen Wreathed Hornbills, the moment we entered the region. We were told that due to the conservation and ban on hunting in the region, the numbers of many birds has risen. There is strict fines for those who try to hunt hornbills during the breeding season.
Wreathed hornbill (Rhyticeros undulatus)
We stayed in a wonderful camp that was erected just outside the reserve forest. The sun sets as early as 5pm here and along with the darkness arrive the predators of the night.
Pakke Camp 
Brown hawk-owl (Ninox scutulata)
Collared scops owl (Otus bakkamoena)
Personally, wasn't aware of rich Biodiversity and had planned to be here only for a day or two. The reason was to see the Blyth's Kingfisher. India is home to about 12 species of Kingfishers and this was the only one that was left to be seen by me and by my co-birders.

We were told, its being seen, but has gone shy. The reason was, it had started to prepare for nesting and during this period, they become very cautious.

The trek along the stream was not very easy, as we had to walk in and out of water, sometimes even wading at knee high lengths. An hour later, we did reach the sight and hearing us the bird took to flight. We waited around the corner for more than an hour, the largest of its kind, would fly in and out at amazing speeds and calling out.

We felt, were too close to the nest and waited behind some bushes, occasionally looking at our feet, which were exposed to the leeches. Glad could see it many times, but could take only a record image.
Blyth's kingfisher (Alcedo hercules) - Habitat
While we came back again the next day and trekked even longer and deeper into the stream, We did see it sitting near its nest and cleaning it. We knew if we went too close, it would fly off and also get disturbed. So we waited far away and watched it come and go. While we waited, did see common birds like the Plumbeous water redstart, White-capped Water Redstart, Great Hornbills.
Wait along the stream 
Today, the Ghora Aabhe society, the Forest Department and few other NGOs support the conservation of these forests. The camp where we stayed also have many birds in and around their campus.
Daurian redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus) 
Manas National Park (85 m) 
24th Feb 2019 to 27th Feb 2019 (Three and half days birding)

Situated on the bank of the river Manas, which is named after the serpent goddess Manasa,  at the foothills of the Himalayas, Manas National Park was our next and final stop for this trip. The river is is the largest Himalayan tributary of the mighty Brahmaputra. Coming down the Bhutan Hills from the north, the crystal clear waters of the Manas river runs through the centre of the Park.

Located in the State of Assam in North-East India, is again a  biodiversity hotspot.  It spans the Manas river and is bounded to the north by the forests of Bhutan. 

The region includes a range of forested hills, alluvial grasslands and tropical evergreen forests.  Manas has exceptional importance within the Indian sub-continent’s protected areas, as one of the most significant remaining natural areas in the region, where sizeable populations of a large number of threatened species continue to survive, like the Bengal florican.

The Bengal Florican is a very shy bird and thanks to the conservation in the region has survived and is growing in numbers too. There was an instance, when we sighted one and it soon, simply sat down in the not so tall grass. We soon set up our camera and focused on its eye.

The wait began, we kept turning our sides and adjusting ourselves. Each time, saw through the view finder, the bird had not moved an inch. It was indeed a game of patience, almost after an hour we were tired of peeping and waiting.
Bengal Florican (Houbaropsis bengalensis)
As we moved a little ahead it took to flight, we had lost against the game for sure!
Bengal Florican (Houbaropsis bengalensis)
Lying on the foothills of the Himalaya, Manas is the most stunning pristine wildlife habitat in India, comparable to the best in the world in the beauty of its spectacular landscape. 
Manas National Park - Grasslands
Here again we kept driving on the very narrow pathway, with grasslands on both sides, the grasslands here as well had experienced fire and was short and at a distance from the pathway. We did sight the Slender-billed babbler but at a distance. Rustom, slowly asked us to look on the opposite side, the Indian grassbird was waiting for us. Surely a skulker and it went down in a jiffy.
Indian Grassbird (Graminicola bengalensis)
At a distance, we could hear the black-breasted parrotbills, all we could do was wait, minutes later they arrived and were busy foraging.
Black-breasted Parrotbill (Paradoxornis flavirostris)
As the grasslands come to an end, we started our journey back to the camp, this time via the woodlands, the woodlands were amazing, could see a large herd of elephants and while we kept driving, saw many species of woodpeckers, however the light wasn't great for photographing and the distance was too much.

As we drove, suddenly saw a crested serpent eagle catch a snake and perched itself on a tree. We drove upto a distance it felt safe. It had held the snake by its head. 
Crested serpent eagle (Spilornis cheela) 
The habitat of Manas was diversified, an ideal home for a variety of birds. Manas not only boasts the largest population of the endangered Bengal Florican in the world and is also a great place to see many other species of birds.
Bengal Florican (Houbaropsis bengalensis)
The National Park lists around 400 species and the adjoining hilly terrain of Bhutan can easily add a few more hundred birds to this count. As evening fell and started to get a little dark, could see nightjars flying in good numbers. 
 Savanna nightjar (Caprimulgus affinis)
large-tailed nightjar (Caprimulgus macrurus)
My sincere thanks to Ravi Mekola, Jibon Dutta, Papu Choudhury, Ohey Tayem and Rustom Basumatary, who provided us with excellent support with not only birding but also with the stay, travel and meals.

(Guides - In order of appearance in the blog)
Special thanks to Satish Thayapurath who arranged and co-ordinated with such ease and perfection and to Dr. Ian D'souza who made an awesome company in our trip to the Dawn lit mountains.
Satish Thayapurath, Dr Ian D'souza and myself  - left to right (Clockwise)
Would like to mention Peter Lobo, who has always helped us with his wonderful tips and suggestions and my birding pals who could not make it to this trip, we missed you guys, Yash Kothiala, Chewang Bonpo and Shiva Shankar. With this trip and few more (29) lifers, have inched a few digits beyond 800 (Life List). Thank you readers and well wishers without whom this quest would never have been possible. 

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1Bar-headed GooseAnser indicusMaguri Beel
2Greylag GooseAnser anserMaguri Beel
3Ruddy ShelduckTadorna ferrugineaMaguri Beel
4Red-crested PochardNetta rufinaMaguri Beel
5Common PochardAythya ferinaMaguri Beel
6Ferruginous DuckAythya nyrocaMaguri Beel
7Tufted DuckAythya fuligulaMaguri Beel
8GarganeySpatula querquedulaMaguri Beel
9Northern ShovelerSpatula clypeataMaguri Beel
10GadwallMareca streperaMaguri Beel
11Eurasian WigeonMareca penelopeMaguri Beel
12Indian Spot-billed DuckAnas poecilorhynchaMaguri Beel
13Northern PintailAnas acutaMaguri Beel
GALLIFORMES: Phasianidae
14Indian PeafowlPavo cristatusManas 
15Grey Peacock PheasantPolyplectron bicalcaratumTeju and Joypur 
16Swamp FrancolinFrancolinus gularisMaguri Beel
17Red JunglefowlGallus gallusManas 
18Kalij PheasantLophura leucomelanosJoypur and Manas
19Little GrebeTachybaptus ruficollisMaguri Beel
20Rock DoveColumba liviaCommonly seen
21Pale-capped PigeonColumba puniceaDehing Patkai
22Oriental Turtle DoveStreptopelia orientalisCommonly seen
23Eurasian Collared DoveStreptopelia decaoctoCommonly seen
24Red Collared DoveStreptopelia tranquebaricaJoypur
25Spotted-necked DoveStreptopelia chinensisCommonly seen
26Barred Cuckoo DoveMacropygia unchallManas
27Pompadour Green PigeonTreron pompadoraManas
28Yellow-legged Green PigeonTreron phoenicopterusManas
29Pin-tailed Green PigeonTreron apicaudaManas
30Wedge-tailed Green PigeonTreron sphenurusManas
31Emerald DoveChalcophaps indicaManas
32Green Imperial PigeonDucula aeneaDehing Patkai and Manas
33Mountain Imperial PigeonDucula badiaDehing Patkai
34Large-tailed NightjarCaprimulgus macrurusManas
35Savanna NightjarCaprimulgus affinisManas
36Crested TreeswiftHemiprocne coronataManas
37Asian Palm SwiftCypsiurus balasiensisManas
38Lesser CoucalCentropus bengalensisManas
39Green-billed MalkohaPhaenicophaeus tristisPakke
40Banded Bay CuckooCacomantis sonneratiiManas
41Large Hawk CuckooHierococcyx sparverioidesPakke
42Western Water RailRallus aquaticusMaguri Beel
43Eastern Water RailRallus indicusMaguri Beel
44Ruddy-breasted CrakeZapornia fuscaMaguri Beel and Manas
45Black-tailed CrakeZapornia bicolorManas
46White-breasted WaterhenAmaurornis phoenicurusCommonly Seen
47Purple SwamphenPorphyrio porphyrioMaguri Beel
48Common MoorhenGallinula chloropusMaguri Beel
49Common CootFulica atraMaguri Beel
50Bengal FloricanHoubaropsis bengalensisManas
51Greater AdjutantLeptoptilos dubiusGuwahati
52Lesser AdjutantLeptoptilos javanicusManas
53Asian OpenbillAnastomus oscitansManas
54Black StorkCiconia nigraManas
55Yellow BitternIxobrychus sinensisMaguri Beel
56Indian Pond HeronArdeola grayiiCommonly Seen
57Cattle EgretBubulcus ibisCommonly Seen
58Grey HeronArdea cinereaMaguri Beel
PELECANIFORMES: Threskiornithidae
59Black-headed IbisThreskiornis melanocephalusMaguri Beel
60Glossy IbisPlegadis falcinellusMaguri Beel
PELECANIFORMES: Phalacrocoracidae
61Little CormorantMicrocarbo nigerMaguri Beel
62Great CormorantPhalacrocorax carboMaguri Beel
63Oriental DarterAnhinga melanogasterManas
64Little Ringed PloverCharadrius dubiusManas
65Northern LapwingVanellus vanellusMaguri Beel and Manas
66River LapwingVanellus duvauceliiManas
67Grey-headed LapwingVanellus cinereusManas and Kaziranga
68Red-wattled LapwingVanellus indicusCommonly seen
69Pheasant-tailed JacanaHydrophasianus chirurgusMaguri Beel
70Bronze-winged JacanaMetopidius indicusMaguri Beel
71Little StintCalidris minuta
72Common SandpiperActitis hypoleucosMaguri Beel
73Yellow-legged ButtonquailTurnix tankiManas
74Little PratincoleGlareola lacteaMaguri Beel
75Oriental Honey BuzzardPernis ptilorhynchusJoypur
76Crested Serpent EagleSpilornis cheelaManas
77Short-toed EagleCircaetus gallicusManas
78Slender-billed VultureGyps tenuirostrisManas
79Griffon VultureGyps fulvusManas
80Changeable Hawk EagleNisaetus cirrhatusDehing Patkai
81Black EagleIctinaetus malaiensisDehing Patkai
82Hen HarrierCircus cyaneusManas
83Pied HarrierCircus melanoleucosMaguri Beel
84Crested GoshawkAccipiter trivirgatusManas
85ShikraAccipiter badiusCommonly seen
86Eurasian SparrowhawkAccipiter nisusManas
87Black KiteMilvus migransCommonly seen
88Himalayan BuzzardButeo refectusWalong
89Bay OwlPhodilus badiusDehing Patkai
90Brown BoobookNinox scutulataMaguri Beel and Pakke
91Asian Barred OwletGlaucidium cuculoidesMaguri Beel and Manas
92Spotted OwletAthene bramaManas
93Oriental Scops OwlOtus suniaMaguri Beel and Pakke
94Collared Scops OwlOtus bakkamoenaMaguri Beel
95Red-headed TrogonHarpactes erythrocephalusDehing Patkai
96Great HornbillBuceros bicornisManas
97Oriental Pied HornbillAnthracoceros albirostrisManas
98Wreathed HornbillRhyticeros undulatusPakke
99Common HoopoeUpupa epopsManas
100Northern WryneckJynx torquillaMaguri Beel
101Speckled PiculetPicumnus innominatusManas
102Black-rumped WoodpeckerDinopium benghalenseKaziranga 
103Rufous WoodpeckerMicropternus brachyurusManas
104Greater Yellow-naped WoodpeckerChrysophlegma flavinuchaCommonly Seen
105Lesser Yellow-naped WoodpeckerPicus chlorolophusCommonly Seen
106Streak-throated WoodpeckerPicus xanthopygaeusManas
107Grey-headed WoodpeckerPicus canusManas
108Grey-capped Pygmy WoodpeckerDendrocopos canicapillusManas
PICIFORMES: Ramphastidae
109Lineated BarbetPsilopogon lineatusPakke
110Blue-throated BarbetPsilopogon asiaticusPakke
111Blue-bearded Bee-eaterNyctyornis athertoniManas
112Green Bee-eaterMerops orientalisManas
113Chestnut-headed Bee-eaterMerops leschenaultiManas
114Indian RollerCoracias benghalensisManas
115DollarbirdEurystomus orientalisKaziranga
116Blyth's KingfisherAlcedo herculesPakke
117Common KingfisherAlcedo atthisPakke
118Crested KingfisherMegaceryle lugubrisPakke
119White-throated KingfisherHalcyon smyrnensisMaguri Beel
120Collared FalconetMicrohierax caerulescensManas
121Common KestrelFalco tinnunculusManas
122Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinusManas
125Red-breasted ParakeetPsittacula alexandriManas
126Rose-ringed ParakeetPsittacula krameriManas
127Long-tailed BroadbillPsarisomus dalhousiaeJoypur
128Silver-breasted BroadbillSerilophus lunatusJoypur
PASSERIFORMES: Campephagidae
129Long-tailed MinivetPericrocotus ethologusManas
130Scarlet MinivetPericrocotus flammeusManas
131Large CuckooshrikeCoracina javensisManas
132Black-winged CuckooshrikeLalage melaschistosManas
133Maroon OrioleOriolus trailliiManas
134Black-hooded OrioleOriolus xanthornusManas
135Large WoodshrikeTephrodornis virgatusManas
136Common IoraAegithina tiphiaManas
137Black DrongoDicrurus macrocercusManas
138Bronzed DrongoDicrurus aeneusManas
139Lesser Racket-tailed DrongoDicrurus remiferManas
140Hair-crested DrongoDicrurus hottentottusManas
141Greater Racket-tailed DrongoDicrurus paradiseusManas
142White-throated FantailRhipidura albicollisPakke
143Brown ShrikeLanius cristatusManas
144Long-tailed ShrikeLanius schachManas
145Grey-backed ShrikeLanius tephronotusMaguri Beel
146Rufous TreepieDendrocitta vagabundaJoypur
147Common Green MagpieCissa chinensisDehiing Patkai
148Eurasian NutcrackerNucifraga caryocatactesWalong
149House CrowCorvus splendensCommonly seen
150Large-billed CrowCorvus macrorhynchosWalong
151Yellow-bellied FlowerpeckerDicaeum melanozanthumManas
152Yellow-vented FlowerpeckerDicaeum chrysorrheumManas
153Plain FlowerpeckerDicaeum concolorPakke
154Fire-breasted FlowerpeckerDicaeum ignipectusWalong
155Scarlet-backed FlowerpeckerPakke
PASSERIFORMES: Nectariniidae
156Little SpiderhunterArachnothera longirostraPakke
157Streaked SpiderhunterArachnothera magnaPakke and Manas
158Green-tailed SunbirdAethopyga nipalensisTezu
159Crimson SunbirdAethopyga siparajaTezu
160Asian Fairy-bluebirdIrena puellaPakke
161Golden-fronted LeafbirdChloropsis aurifronsUdayak Pass
162Orange-bellied LeafbirdChloropsis hardwickiiUdayak Pass
163Blue-winged LeafbirdChloropsis cochinchinensisUdayak Pass
164Rufous-breasted AccentorPrunella strophiataWalong
165Black-breasted WeaverPloceus benghalensisManas
166Streaked WeaverRoing
167White-rumped MuniaLonchura striataRoing
168Scaly-breasted MuniaLonchura punctulataRoing
169House SparrowPasser domesticusCommonly Seen
170Eurasian Tree SparrowPasser montanusTezu
171Olive-backed PipitAnthus hodgsoniPakke
172Rosy PipitAnthus roseatusPakke
173Paddyfield PipitAnthus rufulusMaguri Beel
174Yellow WagtailMotacilla flavaMaguri Beel
175Grey WagtailMotacilla cinereaMaguri Beel
176Citrine WagtailMotacilla citreolaMaguri Beel
177White-browed WagtailMotacilla maderaspatensisMaguri Beel
178White WagtailMotacilla albaMaguri Beel
179Crested BuntingMelophus lathamiManas
180Chestnut-eared BuntingEmberiza fucataWalong
181Godlewski's BuntingEmberiza godlewskiiWalong
182Little BuntingSchoeniclus pusillusWalong
183Yellow-browed TitSylviparus modestusDehing Patkai
184Sultan TitMelanochlora sultaneaDehing Patkai
185Coal TitPeriparus aterDehing Patkai
186Green-backed TitParus monticolusDehing Patkai
187Cinereous TitParus cinereusDehing Patkai
188Yellow-cheeked TitMachlolophus spilonotusDehing Patkai
189Great TitDehing Patkai
190Bengal LarkMirafra assamicaPakke
191Golden-headed CisticolaCisticola exilisManas
192Striated PriniaPrinia crinigeraWalong
193Yellow-bellied PriniaPrinia flaviventrisManas
194Grey-breasted PriniaManas
195Plain PriniaPrinia inornataMaguri Beel
196Common TailorbirdOrthotomus sutoriusDehing Patkai
197Dark-necked TailorbirdOrthotomus atrogularisDehing Patkai
PASSERIFORMES: Locustellidae
198Baikal Bush WarblerLocustella davidiMaguri Beel
199Striated GrassbirdMegalurus palustrisMaguri Beel
200Indian Grassbird Graminicola bengalensisManas
PASSERIFORMES: Acrocephalidae
201Paddyfield WarblerAcrocephalus agricolaRoing and Manas
202Red-rumped SwallowCecropis dauricaMaguri Beel
203Barn SwallowHirundo rusticaMaguri Beel
204White-throated BulbulAlophoixus flaveolusDehing Patkai
205Ashy BulbulHemixos flavalaManas
206Mountain BulbulIxos mcclellandiiTezu
207Striated BulbulPycnonotus striatusUdayak Pass
208Black-crested BulbulPycnonotus melanicterusUdayak Pass
209Red-whiskered BulbulPycnonotus jocosusCommonly Seen
210Red-vented BulbulPycnonotus caferCommonly Seen
211Black BulbulUdayak Pass
PASSERIFORMES: Phylloscopidae
212Lemon-rumped WarblerAbrornis chloronotusUdayak Pass
213Smoky WarblerPhylloscopus fuligiventerMaguri Beel
214Black-throated TitAegithalos concinnusWalong
215Jerdon's BabblerChrysomma altirostreRoing and Manas
216Black-breasted ParrotbillParadoxornis flavirostrisRoing and Manas
217Spot-breasted ParrotbillParadoxornis guttaticollisWalong
218Whiskered YuhinaYuhina flavicollisWalong
219Rufous-vented YuhinaYuhina occipitalisWalong
220Spot-breasted Scimitar BabblerErythrogenys erythrocnemisTezu
221Chestnut-capped BabblerTimalia pileataMaguri Beel and Manas
222Striped Tit BabblerMixornis gularisDehing Patkai
223Rufous-throated FulvettaSchoeniparus rufogularisTezu
PASSERIFORMES: Leiothrichidae
224Slender-billed BabblerChatarrhaea longirostrisManas
225Jungle BabblerTurdoides striataManas
226White-crested Laughing-thrushGarrulax leucolophusDehing Patkai
227Greater Necklaced Laughing-thrushGarrulax pectoralisDehing Patkai
228Rufous-necked Laughing-thrushGarrulax ruficollisTezu 
229Beautiful SibiaHeterophasia pulchellaPakke
230Silver-eared MesiaLeiothrix argentaurisUdayak Pass
231Red-tailed MinlaMinla ignotinctaUdayak Pass
232Blue-winged MinlaSiva cyanouropteraUdayak Pass
233Rusty-fronted BarwingActinodura egertoniUdayak Pass
234GoldcrestRegulus regulusWalong
235Bar-tailed TreecreeperCerthia himalayanaWalong
236Chestnut-bellied NuthatchSitta castanea
237Yunnan NuthatchSitta yunnanensisWalong
238Velvet-fronted NuthatchSitta frontalis
239Asian Pied StarlingGracupica contraKaziranga
240Chestnut-tailed StarlingJoypur
241Common MynaAcridotheres tristisMaguri Beel
242Bank MynaAcridotheres ginginianusMaguri Beel
243Jungle MynaAcridotheres fuscusDehing Patkai
244Great MynaAcridotheres grandisDigboi
245Hill MynaGracula religiosaDigboi
246Oriental Magpie RobinCopsychus saularisJoypur
247White-rumped ShamaKittacincla malabaricaJoypur
248Pale Blue FlycatcherCyornis unicolorJoypur
249Rufous-bellied NiltavaNiltava sundara
250Large NiltavaNiltava grandis
251Small NiltavaNiltava macgrigoriaeManas
252Asian Verditer FlycatcherEumyias thalassinus
253BluethroatLuscinia svecicaMaguri Beel
254Black-backed ForktailEnicurus immaculatusDehing Patkai
255Slaty-backed ForktailEnicurus schistaceusWalong
256Blue-fronted RobinCinclidium frontaleWalong
257Blue Whistling ThrushMyophonus caeruleusCommonly seen
258Siberian RubythroatCalliope calliopePakke
259Rufous-gorgetted FlycatcherFicedula strophiataWalong
260Little Pied FlycatcherFicedula westermanniPakke
261White-throated RedstartAdelura schisticepsWalong
262Plumbeous Water RedstartRhyacornis fuliginosaPakke
263White-capped Water RedstartChaimarrornis leucocephalusPakke
264Hodgson's RedstartPhoenicurus hodgsoniWalong
265Daurian RedstartPhoenicurus auroreusPakke
266Blue-capped Rock ThrushMonticola cinclorhynchaPakke
267Chestnut-bellied Rock ThrushMonticola rufiventrisPakke
268Eastern StonechatSaxicola mauruscommonly seen
269Grey Bush ChatSaxicola ferreusCommonly seen
270Black-throated ThrushTurdus atrogularisManas

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