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Views of the Himalayas were a constant feature of our stay in this area

Birding Darjeeling and Sikkim, India

This is a species list for birds seen in the areas around Kurseong and Glenburn (not far from Darjeeling), India  and Biksthang, Sikkim, between 07 November and 13 November 2017.

For more details and a lot more photos see the trip report for Birding Darjeeling and Sikkim see this page

This is the field guide I took with me, it proved to work well both in India and Bhutan:

We also used the Lonely Planet guide to India extensively both for planning and during the trip itself:


Himalayan Vulture, Biksthang, Sikkim, November 2017

Himalayan Vulture, Biksthang, Sikkim, November 2017

Indian Peafowl,Glenburn, India, November 2017
Indian Peafowl,Glenburn, India, November 2017

A total of 81 species were positively identified during this part of the trip (probably a dozen or so more were not specifically identified)

* = 1-9
** = 9 - 100

G = Glenburn
B = Biksthang
K = Kurseong

Englsih Name Scientific Name Numbers Comment
Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea * K
Indian Peafowl Pavo cristatus * G
Oriental Turtle Dove Streptopelia orientalis * K, B
Himalayan Swiftlet Aerodramus brevirostris ** B
House Swift Apus nipalensis ** K
Green-billed Malkoha Phaenicophaeus tristis * G
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis ** Common in lowlands (seen from car during transits)
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus * Saligura
Crested Serpent Eagle Spilornis cheela * K
Himalayan Vulture Gyps himalayensis * B
Mountain Hawk Eagle Nisaetus nipalensis * G
Black Eagle Ictinaetus malaiensis * K
Steppe Eagle Aquila nipalensis * K, B
Black Kite Milvus migrans ** Common in lowlands (seen from car during transits)
Brown Boobook Ninox scutulata * G
Asian Barred Owlet Glaucidium cuculoides * B
Common Hoopoe Upupa epops * Delhi airport
Speckled Piculet Picumnus innominatus * B
Greater Yellow-naped Woodpecker Chrysophlegma flavinucha * G
Grey-headed Woodpecker Picus canus * G
Great Barbet Psilopogon virens * K, B
Blue-throated Barbet Psilopogon asiaticus * K, B
White-throated Kingfisher Halcyon smyrnensis * Delhi airport
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni * G
Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus * K
Eurasian Hobby Falco subbuteo * K
Long-tailed Minivet Pericrocotus ethologus * G
Scarlet Minivet Pericrocotus flammeus * B
Large Cuckooshrike Coracina javensis * G
Black Drongo Dicrurus macrocercus **  
Ashy Drongo Dicrurus leucophaeus *  
Bronzed Drongo Dicrurus aeneus * G
Hair-crested Drongo Dicrurus hottentottus * B
Brown Shrike Lanius cristatus *  
Grey-backed Shrike Lanius tephronotus * K, G
Grey Treepie Dendrocitta formosae **  
Common Green Magpie Cissa chinensis * Widespread
House Crow Corvus splendens **  
Large-billed Crow Corvus macrorhynchos *  
Green-tailed Sunbird Aethopyga nipalensis * K
Mrs. Gould's Sunbird Aethopyga gouldiae * K
Eurasian Tree Sparrow Passer montanus * K
Olive-backed Pipit Anthus hodgsoni *  
White-browed Wagtail Motacilla maderaspatensis *  
Yellow-breasted Greenfinch Chloris spinoides * K
Red Crossbill Loxia curvirostra * K
Grey-headed Canary-flycatcher Culicicapa ceylonensis * G, B
Green-backed Tit Parus monticolus **  
Common Tailorbird Orthotomus sutorius **  
Pygmy Wren Babbler Pnoepyga pusilla * B
Black Bulbul Hypsipetes leucocephalus ** K, B
Himalayan Bulbul Pycnonotus leucogenis ** G, B
Red-vented Bulbul Pycnonotus cafer **  
Buff-barred Warbler Abrornis pulcher **  
Dusky Warbler Phylloscopus fuscatus * G
Tickell's Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus affinis * G
White-spectacled Leaf Warbler Seicercus affinis * K
Grey-hooded Leaf Warbler Seicercus xanthoschistos **  
Yellow-bellied Warbler Abroscopus superciliaris * G
Stripe-throated Yuhina Yuhina gularis * K
Oriental White-eye Zosterops palpebrosus ** G, B
Rusty-cheeked Scimitar Babbler Erythrogenys erythrogenys * G
Rufous-winged Fulvetta Schoeniparus castaneceps **  
Rufous-necked Laughing-thrush Garrulax ruficollis *  
Rufous Sibia Heterophasia capistrata *  
Silver-eared Mesia Leiothrix argentauris *  
Red-billed Leiothrix Leiothrix lutea ** L
Red-tailed Minla Minla ignotincta * K, B
Rusty-flanked Treecreeper Certhia nipalensis * K
Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch Sitta castanea * G, B
Asian Pied Starling Gracupica contra * Lowlands (seen whilst driving)
Common Myna Acridotheres tristis **  
Rufous-bellied Niltava Niltava sundara * B
Small Niltava Niltava macgrigoriae * B
Asian Verditer Flycatcher Eumyias thalassinus * K
Blue Whistling Thrush Myophonus caeruleus **  
Red-breasted Flycatcher Ficedula parva * G
Blue-fronted Redstart Adelura frontalis *  
White-capped Water Redstart Chaimarrornis leucocephalus *  
Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush Monticola rufiventris * G
Grey Bush Chat Saxicola ferreus **  

Asian Barred Owlet, Biksthang, Sikkim, November 2017

Asian Barred Owlet, Biksthang, Sikkim, November 2017

Long-tailed Minivet, Glenburn, India, November 2017
Long-tailed Minivet, Glenburn, India, November 2017

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