Residents take to birding amid coronavirus lockdown #BalconyBirding

By: Siya Bhatia

With air quality improving and everything remains quiet due to the nationwide lockdown, more birds are coming back to the neighborhoods, making it the best time for people to observe, capture and listen to them.

In India, a total of around 1301 species of birds are found, out of which 42 are endemic to the Indian subcontinent and the rest of others are Introduced and accidental species.

The birds include a large variety of unique and rare species of birds including Great Indian Hornbill, Great Indian Bustard, Green Avadavat and sunbirds.

As part of Let Me Breathe’s on going campaign, #BalconyBirding, people have clicked pictures of birds in their backyards/terrace and shared it with us.

Day 1 of #BalconyBirding saw some amazing discoveries! Many birders shared breathtaking pictures of many birds which we commonly don’t notice in our normal everyday lives. Here are the names of them:

1. The Coppersmith Barbet‬
‪2. Black Drongo‬
‪3. Pallid Swift ‬
‪4. Black Kite‬
‪5. Anarita Cyprus‬
‪6. And a parrot 

The Coppersmith Barbet
The Coppersmith Barbet (Psilopogon haemacephalus). Credits: Pankaj Sharma
Pallid Swift
Pallid Swift. Credits: Wouter Vansteelant

On Day 2 of the #BalconyBirding, the community discussed these birds:

1. Himalayan Bulbul
2. House Sparrows
3. Brown-headed Barbet
4. House Crow
5. Green Dove
6. Alexandrine Parakeet
7. Parrot

Himalayan Bulbul
Himalayan Bulbul ( (Pycnonotus leucogenys). Credits: Ananda Banerjee
House Crow
House Crow. Credits: Pankaj Sharma
Brownheaded Barbet
Brownheaded Barbet. Credits: Nirupama Kotru

#BalconyBirding Day 3 included images and resources about the following:

1. Spotted Owlet
2. Common Rosefinch
3. Turtle Dove
4. Red Whiskered Bulbul
5. Coppersmith Barbet
6. Alexandrine Parakeet
7. Masked Shrike
8. Sunbirds
9. House Sparrow
10. Green Bee-eater

Common Rosefinch
Common Rosefinch. Credits: Adhirup Gosh
Spotted Owlet
Spotted Owlet. Credits: Pankaj Sharma
Oriental Turtle Dove
Oriental Turtle Dove. Credit: Akanksha Asthana

(Want to know what birds are you clicking? We’ve collected a bunch of experts who can help you with this! Share a tweet using #BalconyBirding and we’ll get you the answers.)

Siya Bhatia

Siya Bhatia

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