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List of birds of Bangalore

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The following is a list of birds found in and around Bangalore in Karnataka, India The Nandi Hills, Bannerghatta forest ranges and the Kaveri valley/Sangam area are included in addition to the Bangalore city limits roughly extending 40 kilometres around the city centre General Post Office The area has been studied from early times due to its climate and accessibility during the Colonial period This list also includes annotations This list is largely based on an annotated checklist published in 1994 The family placement and sequence of families is based on the IOC world bird list version 29

Schematic map of birding areas in and around Bangalore Outline of routes to locations around Bangalore


  • 1 Galliformes
    • 11 Family: Phasianidae
  • 2 Anseriformes
    • 21 Family: Anatidae
  • 3 Podicipediformes
    • 31 Family: Podicipedidae
    • 32 Family: Phoenicopteridae
  • 4 Ciconiiformes
    • 41 Family: Ciconiidae
  • 5 Pelecaniformes
    • 51 Family: Threskiornithidae
    • 52 Family: Ardeidae
    • 53 Family: Pelecanidae
  • 6 Suliformes
    • 61 Family: Phalacrocoracidae
    • 62 Family: Anhingidae
  • 7 Accipitriformes
    • 71 Family Pandionidae
    • 72 Family: Accipitridae
  • 8 Falconiformes
    • 81 Family: Falconidae
  • 9 Otidiformes
    • 91 Family: Otididae
  • 10 Gruiformes
    • 101 Family: Rallidae
    • 102 Family: Gruidae
  • 11 Charadriiformes
    • 111 Family: Turnicidae
    • 112 Family: Burhinidae
    • 113 Family Recurvirostridae
    • 114 Family Charadriidae
    • 115 Family: Rostratulidae
    • 116 Family: Jacanidae
    • 117 Family: Scolopacidae
    • 118 Family: Glareolidae
    • 119 Family: Laridae
    • 1110 Family Sternidae
  • 12 Pteroclidiformes
    • 121 Family: Pteroclidae
  • 13 Columbiformes
    • 131 Family: Columbidae
  • 14 Psittaciformes
    • 141 Family: Psittacidae
  • 15 Cuculiformes
    • 151 Family: Cuculidae
  • 16 Strigiformes
    • 161 Family: Tytonidae
    • 162 Family: Strigidae
  • 17 Caprimulgiformes
    • 171 Family: Caprimulgidae
  • 18 Apodiformes
    • 181 Family: Hemiprocnidae
    • 182 Family: Apodidae
  • 19 Coraciiformes
    • 191 Family: Coraciidae
    • 192 Family: Alcedinidae
    • 193 Family: Meropidae
  • 20 Bucerotiformes
    • 201 Family: Upupidae
    • 202 Family: Bucerotidae
  • 21 Piciformes
    • 211 Family: Picidae
    • 212 Family: Megalaimidae
  • 22 Passeriformes
    • 221 Family: Pittidae
    • 222 Family: Tephrodornithidae
    • 223 Family: Artamidae
    • 224 Family: Aegithinidae
    • 225 Family: Campephagidae
    • 226 Family: Laniidae
    • 227 Family: Oriolidae
    • 228 Family: Dicruridae
    • 229 Family: Rhipiduridae
    • 2210 Family: Monarchidae
    • 2211 Family: Corvidae
    • 2212 Family: Stenostiridae
    • 2213 Family: Paridae
    • 2214 Family: Alaudidae
    • 2215 Family: Pycnonotidae
    • 2216 Family: Hirundinidae
    • 2217 Family: Phylloscopidae
    • 2218 Family: Acrocephalidae
    • 2219 Family: Cisticolidae
    • 2220 Family: Pellorneidae
    • 2221 Family: Timaliidae
    • 2222 Family: Leiothrichidae
    • 2223 Family: Sylviidae
    • 2224 Family: Zosteropidae
    • 2225 Family: Irenidae
    • 2226 Family: Sturnidae
    • 2227 Family: Turdidae
    • 2228 Family: Muscicapidae
    • 2229 Family: Chloropseidae
    • 2230 Family: Dicaeidae
    • 2231 Family: Nectariniidae
    • 2232 Family: Passeridae
    • 2233 Family: Ploceidae
    • 2234 Family: Estrildidae
    • 2235 Family: Motacillidae
    • 2236 Family: Fringillidae
    • 2237 Family: Emberizidae
  • 23 See also
  • 24 External links
  • 25 References


Family: Phasianidae

Grey francolin or grey partridge
  • Grey francolin, Francolinus pondicerianus breeding resident on outskirts
  • Common quail, Coturnix coturnix rare
  • Rain quail, Coturnix coromandelica rare
  • Jungle bush quail, Perdicula asiatica breeding resident on outskirts
  • Painted bush quail, Perdicula erythrorhyncha rare
  • Red spurfowl, Galloperdix spadicea rare
  • Painted spurfowl, Galloperdix lunulata rare
  • Grey junglefowl, Gallus sonneratii breeding resident
  • Indian peafowl, Pavo cristatus breeding resident


Family: Anatidae

Spot-billed duck
  • Lesser whistling-duck, Dendrocygna javanica
  • Greylag goose, Anser anser rare
  • Bar-headed goose, Anser indicus
  • Ruddy shelduck, Tadorna ferruginea
  • Knob-billed duck, Sarkidiornis melanotos rare
  • Cotton pygmy goose, Nettapus coromandelianus
  • Gadwall, Anas strepera historic
  • Eurasian wigeon, Anas penelope
  • Spot-billed duck, Anas poecilorhyncha
  • Northern shoveler, Anas clypeata
  • Northern pintail, Anas acuta
  • Garganey, Anas querquedula
  • Common teal, Anas crecca
  • Common pochard, Aythya ferina


Family: Podicipedidae

  • Little grebe, Tachybaptus ruficollis

Family: Phoenicopteridae

  • Greater flamingo, Phoenicopterus ruber vagrant
  • Lesser flamingo, Phoenicopterus minor vagrant


Family: Ciconiidae

Painted stork
  • Painted stork, Mycteria leucocephala
  • Asian openbill, Anastomus oscitans
  • Woolly-necked stork, Ciconia episcopus
  • White stork, Ciconia ciconia
  • Black stork, Ciconia nigra
  • Black-necked stork, Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus


Family: Threskiornithidae

  • Glossy ibis, Plegadis falcinellus
  • Black-headed ibis, Threskiornis melanocephalus
  • Red-naped ibis, Pseudibis papillosa
  • Eurasian spoonbill, Platalea leucorodia

Family: Ardeidae

Cattle egrets
  • Little egret, Egretta garzetta
  • Western reef egret, Egretta gularis
  • Grey heron, Ardea cinerea
  • Purple heron, Ardea purpurea
  • Eastern great egret, Ardea modesta
  • Intermediate egret, Mesophoyx intermedia
  • Cattle egret, Bubulcus ibis
  • Indian pond heron, Ardeola grayii
  • Striated heron, Butorides striatus
  • Black-crowned night heron, Nycticorax nycticorax
  • Little bittern, Ixobrychus minutushistorical, possibly in error
  • Yellow bittern, Ixobrychus sinensis
  • Cinnamon bittern, Ixobrychus cinnamomeus
  • Black bittern, Dupetor flavicollis
  • Great bittern, Botaurus stellaris historic
Spot-billed pelican

Family: Pelecanidae

  • Spot-billed pelican, Pelecanus philippensis
  • Great white pelican, Pelecanus onocrotalus Vagrant  First noted in 2008


Family: Phalacrocoracidae

  • Little cormorant, Microcarbo niger
  • Indian cormorant, Phalacrocorax fuscicollis
  • Great cormorant, Phalacrocorax carbo

Family: Anhingidae

  • Oriental darter, Anhinga melanogaster


Family Pandionidae

  • Osprey, Pandion haliaetus historic

Family: Accipitridae

Black kite, a scavenger Shikra
  • Black baza, Aviceda leuphotes rare, possibly passage migrant, one historic record from Bangalore Golf course, 1980's and one record from Nandi Hills
  • Crested honey buzzard, Pernis ptilorhyncus
  • Black-winged kite, Elanus caeruleus
  • Black kite, Milvus migrans
  • Brahminy kite, Haliastur indus
  • Lesser fish eagle, Ichthyophaga humilis Kaveri valley
  • Grey-headed fish eagle, Ichthyophaga ichthyaetus
  • Egyptian vulture, Neophron percnopterus
  • White-rumped vulture, Gyps bengalensis
  • Indian vulture, Gyps indicus
  • Himalayan vulture, Gyps himalayensis rare vagrant - juveniles mainly
  • Red-headed vulture, Sarcogyps calvus
  • Short-toed snake eagle, Circaetus gallicus
  • Crested serpent eagle, Spilornis cheela
  • Marsh harrier, Circus aeruginosus
  • Hen harrier, Circus cyaneus
  • Pallid harrier, Circus macrourus
  • Pied harrier, Circus melanoleucos
  • Montagu's harrier, Circus pygargus
  • Crested goshawk, Accipiter trivirgatus
  • Shikra, Accipiter badius
  • Eurasian sparrowhawk, Accipiter nisus
  • Northern goshawk, Accipiter gentilis
  • White-eyed buzzard, Butastur teesa
  • Black eagle, Ictinaetus malaiensis
  • Indian spotted eagle, Aquila hastata older records of lesser spotted eagle, Aquila pomarina may be attributed to this species
  • Greater spotted eagle, Aquila clanga
  • Tawny eagle, Aquila rapax
  • Steppe eagle, Aquila nipalensis
  • Eastern imperial eagle, Aquila heliaca
  • Bonelli's eagle, Aquila fasciata
  • Booted eagle, Hieraaetus pennatus
  • Rufous-bellied hawk-eagle, Lophotriorchis kienerii rare a photographic record of a juvenile from the Kaveri valley area
  • Changeable hawk-eagle, Nisaetus cirrhatus
  • Common buzzard, Buteo buteo Record of bird in outskirts of Bangalore - Arkavathi Layout


Family: Falconidae

  • Common kestrel, Falco tinnunculus
  • Red-necked falcon, Falco chicquera
  • Laggar falcon, Falco jugger
  • Eurasian hobby, Falco subbuteo rare
  • Amur falcon, Falco amurensis
  • Peregrine falcon, Falco peregrinus
    • Shaheen falcon, Falco peregrinus peregrinator
    • Peregrine falcon, Falco peregrinus calidus


Family: Otididae

  • Great Indian bustard, Ardeotis nigriceps historic
  • Lesser florican, Sypheotides indicus mostly old records, one in 2011-12


Family: Rallidae

White-breasted waterhen
  • White-breasted waterhen, Amaurornis phoenicurus
  • Brown crake, Amaurornis akool
  • Baillon's crake, Porzana pusilla
  • Ruddy-breasted crake, Porzana fusca
  • Slaty-breasted rail, Gallirallus striatus
  • Watercock, Gallicrex cinerea historic
  • Grey-headed swamphen, Porphyrio poliocephalus
  • Common moorhen, Gallinula chloropus
  • Eurasian coot, Fulica atra

Family: Gruidae

  • Demoiselle crane, Grus virgo historic


Family: Turnicidae

Barred buttonquail
  • Yellow-legged buttonquail, Turnix tanki rare, only records have been from the Indian Institute of Science campus
  • Barred buttonquail, Turnix suscitator Uncommon, mostly seen in the Bannerghatta and Kanakapura scrub areas

Family: Burhinidae

  • Indian stone-curlew, Burhinus indicus rare
  • Great stone-curlew, Esacus recurvirostris rare

Family Recurvirostridae

Black-winged stilt
  • Black-winged stilt, Himantopus himantopus
  • Pied avocet, Recurvirostra avosetta historic

Family Charadriidae

Red-wattled lapwing
  • Pacific golden plover, Pluvialis fulva rare
  • Grey plover, Pluvialis squatarola rare
  • Common ringed plover, Charadrius hiaticula rare
  • Little ringed plover, Charadrius dubius breeding resident
  • Kentish plover, Charadrius alexandrinus
  • Yellow-wattled lapwing, Vanellus malabaricus breeding resident Found only in open areas
  • Grey-headed lapwing, Vanellus cinereus rare winter visitor
  • Red-wattled lapwing, Vanellus indicus breeding resident

Family: Rostratulidae

Greater painted snipe
  • Greater painted snipe, Rostratula benghalensis

Family: Jacanidae

  • Pheasant-tailed jacana, Hydrophasianus chirurgus
  • Bronze-winged jacana, Metopidius indicus common resident

Family: Scolopacidae

Green sandpiper, a winter migrant
  • Eurasian woodcock, Scolopax rusticola vagrant
  • Pintail snipe, Gallinago stenura
  • Great snipe, Gallinago media historic
  • Common snipe, Gallinago gallinago
  • Wood snipe, Gallinago nemoricola historic
  • Jack snipe, Lymnocryptes minimus No recent reports
  • Black-tailed godwit, Limosa limosa
  • Eurasian curlew, Numenius arquata
  • Whimbrel, Numenius phaeopus rare passage migrant
  • Spotted redshank, Tringa erythropus
  • Common redshank, Tringa totanus
  • Marsh sandpiper, Tringa stagnatilis
  • Common greenshank, Tringa nebularia
  • Green sandpiper, Tringa ochropus
  • Wood sandpiper, Tringa glareola
  • Terek sandpiper, Xenus cinereus
  • Common sandpiper, Actitis hypoleucos
  • Curlew sandpiper, Calidris ferruginea
  • Little stint, Calidris minuta
  • Temminck's stint, Calidris temminckii
  • Long-toed stint, Calidris subminuta
  • Ruff, Philomachus pugnax
  • Red-necked phalarope, Phalaropus lobatus historic+rare passage migrant

Family: Glareolidae

  • Indian courser, Cursorius coromandelicusone Dr Robert BWatson shot an Indian Courser from a flock on 26 April 1952 and again saw 2 birds when he visited on 15 May 1952
  • Small pratincole, Glareola lactea

Family: Laridae

  • Brown-headed gull, Chroicocephalus brunnicephalus
  • Black-headed gull, Chroicocephalus ridibundus
  • Slender-billed gull, Chroicocephalus genei rare First record in Nov 2016 - 3 individuals in Madivala Lake

Family Sternidae

  • Gull-billed tern, Gelochelidon nilotica rare
  • Caspian tern, Hydroprogne caspia rare
  • River tern, Sterna aurantia
  • Black-bellied tern, Sterna acuticauda rare
  • Whiskered tern, Chlidonias hybrida


Family: Pteroclidae

  • Painted sandgrouse, Pterocles indicus rare, only a few records in recent times
  • Chestnut-bellied sandgrouse, Pterocles exustus historic, some new records from Maidenahalli


Family: Columbidae

Spotted dove
  • Rock pigeon, Columba livia
  • Nilgiri wood pigeon, Columba elphinstonii only in Nandi Hills - historic record from Bannerghatta National Park
  • Laughing dove, Spilopelia senegalensis
  • Spotted dove, Spilopelia chinensis
  • Oriental turtle dove, Streptopelia orientalis rare
  • Red turtle dove, Streptopelia tranquebarica rare
  • Eurasian collared dove, Streptopelia decaocto
  • Yellow-footed green pigeon, Treron phoenicoptera rare
  • Orange-breasted green pigeon, Treron bicincta rare A few records in 2006 and 2011 from Hesaraghatta and Indian Institute of Science


Family: Psittacidae

  • Alexandrine parakeet, Psittacula eupatria rare
  • Rose-ringed parakeet, Psittacula krameri breeding resident
  • Plum-headed parakeet, Psittacula cyanocephala Unclear pattern, but commoner in winter
  • Blue-winged parakeet, Psittacula columboides historic, but recent records from near the kanakapura and Thali forest areas
  • Red-breasted parakeet, Psittacula alexandri introduced


Family: Cuculidae

Greater coucal Sirkeer malkoha
  • Pied cuckoo, Clamator jacobinus
  • Chestnut-winged cuckoo, Clamator coromandus
  • Common hawk-cuckoo, Hierococcyx varius
  • Indian cuckoo, Cuculus micropterus
  • Common cuckoo, Cuculus canorus
  • Oriental cuckoo, Cuculus saturatus
  • Lesser cuckoo, Cuculus poliocephalus BngBirds in 2014 from Hesserghatta
  • Banded bay cuckoo, Cacomantis sonneratii
  • Grey-bellied cuckoo, Cacomantis passerinus
  • Drongo cuckoo, Surniculus lugubris
  • Asian koel, Eudynamys scolopacea
  • Blue-faced malkoha, Phaenicophaeus viridirostris
  • Sirkeer malkoha, Phaenicophaeus leschenaultii rare
  • Greater coucal, Centropus sinensis


Family: Tytonidae

  • Barn owl, Tyto alba

Family: Strigidae

Spotted owlet
  • Short-eared owl, Asio flammeus
  • Oriental scops owl, Otus sunia
  • Indian scops owl, Otus bakkamoena
  • Indian eagle-owl, Bubo bengalensis
  • Brown fish owl, Ketupa zeylonensis
  • Mottled wood owl, Strix ocellata
  • Jungle owlet, Glaucidium radiatum
  • Spotted owlet, Athene brama
  • Brown hawk owl, Ninox scutulata


Family: Caprimulgidae

  • Jungle nightjar, Caprimulgus indicus
  • Sykes's nightjar, Caprimulgus mahrattensis
  • Jerdon's nightjar, Caprimulgus atripennis
  • Indian nightjar, Caprimulgus asiaticus
  • Savanna nightjar, Caprimulgus affinis
  • Grey nightjar, Caprimulgus jotaka specimen examined by S A Hussain


Family: Hemiprocnidae

  • Crested treeswift, Hemiprocne coronata

Family: Apodidae

House swift
  • Indian swiftlet, Collocalia unicolor rare
  • White-rumped needletail, Zoonavena sylvatica rare
  • Brown-backed needletail, Hirundapus giganteus rare
  • Asian palm swift, Cypsiurus balasiensis
  • Alpine swift, Tachymarptis melba
  • House swift, Apus affinis


Family: Coraciidae

Indian roller, the state bird of Karnataka
  • Indian roller, Coracias benghalensis
  • European roller, Coracias garrulus

Family: Alcedinidae

White-throated kingfisher
  • Common kingfisher, Alcedo atthis
  • Stork-billed kingfisher, Halcyon capensis vagrant except in the Kaveri river valley area
  • White-throated kingfisher, Halcyon smyrnensis breeding resident
  • Black-capped kingfisher, Halcyon pileata vagrant
  • Pied kingfisher, Ceryle rudis

Family: Meropidae

Little green bee-eater
  • Blue-bearded bee-eater, Nyctyornis athertoni Bangalore is the type locality, but rare and known only from the Bannerghatta area
  • Green bee-eater, Merops orientalis
  • Blue-tailed bee-eater, Merops philippinus
  • European bee-eater, Merops apiaster
  • Chestnut-headed bee-eater, Merops leschenaulti vagrant


Family: Upupidae

  • Hoopoe, Upupa epops

Family: Bucerotidae

  • Indian grey hornbill, Ocyceros birostris


Family: Picidae

  • Eurasian wryneck, Jynx torquilla rare with records from GKVK and the Valley School area
  • Brown-capped woodpecker, Dendrocopos nanus
  • Yellow-crowned woodpecker, Dendrocopos mahrattensis
  • Rufous woodpecker, Celeus brachyurus
  • Streak-throated woodpecker, Picus xanthopygaeus
  • Black-rumped flameback, Dinopium benghalense
  • White-naped woodpecker, Chrysocolaptes festivus

Family: Megalaimidae

White-cheeked barbet
  • Brown-headed barbet, Psilopogon zeylanicus rare
  • White-cheeked barbet, Psilopogon viridis breeding resident
  • Coppersmith barbet, Psilopogon haemacephalus breeding resident


Family: Pittidae

Indian pitta, a colourful but secretive migrant
  • Indian pitta, Pitta brachyura

Family: Tephrodornithidae

  • Common woodshrike, Tephrodornis pondicerianus

Family: Artamidae

  • Ashy woodswallow, Artamus fuscus

Family: Aegithinidae

  • Common iora, Aegithina tiphia
  • Marshall's iora, Aegithina nigrolutea nearest records from Maidenahalli & Kaveri Valley

Family: Campephagidae

  • Large cuckoo-shrike, Coracina macei
  • Black-winged cuckoo-shrike, Coracina melaschistos
  • Black-headed cuckoo-shrike, Coracina melanoptera
  • Small minivet, Pericrocotus cinnamomeus
  • White-bellied minivet, Pericrocotus erythropygius 
  • Ashy minivet, Pericrocotus divaricatus
  • Swinhoe's minivet, Pericrocotus cantonensis

Family: Laniidae

  • Brown shrike, Lanius cristatus Regular winter visitor
    • Lanius cristatus lucionensis rare
  • Isabelline shrike, Lanius isabellinus rare Photo record 7 Dec 2008
  • Bay-backed shrike, Lanius vittatus
  • Long-tailed shrike, Lanius schach
  • Southern grey shrike, Lanius meridionalis rare

Family: Oriolidae

Indian golden oriole
  • Indian golden oriole, Oriolus kundoo
Black-naped oriole with Indian golden oriole
  • Black-naped oriole, Oriolus chinensis
  • Black-hooded oriole, Oriolus xanthornus

Family: Dicruridae

  • Black drongo, Dicrurus macrocercus
  • Ashy drongo, Dicrurus leucophaeus
  • White-bellied drongo, Dicrurus caerulescens
  • Hair-crested drongo, Dicrurus hottentottus

Family: Rhipiduridae

  • White-spotted fantail, Rhipidura albogularis
  • White-browed fantail, Rhipidura aureola

Family: Monarchidae

  • Black-naped monarch, Hypothymis azurea
  • Indian paradise flycatcher, Terpsiphone paradisi

Family: Corvidae

  • Rufous treepie, Dendrocitta vagabunda
  • White-bellied treepie, Dendrocitta leucogastra historic, possibly in error
  • House crow, Corvus splendens
  • Jungle crow, Corvus macrorhynchos
    • Indian jungle crow, Corvus macrorhynchos culminatus

Family: Stenostiridae

  • Grey-headed canary flycatcher, Culicicapa ceylonensis historic records, only recent record in 2011 from Bannerghatta National Park

Family: Paridae

  • Cinereous tit, Parus cinereus
  • White-winged tit, Parus nuchalis historic record from Bangalore, more recent records only from the Kaveri valley
  • Black-lored tit, Parus xanthogenys =Parus aplonotus historic, possibly in error

Family: Alaudidae

  • Singing bushlark, Mirafra cantillans Possibly misidentified Records known from near Mysore
  • Indian bushlark Mirafra erythroptera
  • Jerdon's bushlark, Mirafra affinis
  • Ashy-crowned sparrow-lark, Eremopterix griseus
  • Rufous-tailed lark, Ammomanes phoenicura
  • Greater short-toed lark, Calandrella brachydactyla
  • Sykes's lark, Galerida deva known only from the Thippagondanahalli Reservoir area
  • Oriental skylark, Alauda gulgula

Family: Pycnonotidae

Red-whiskered bulbul
  • Red-whiskered bulbul, Pycnonotus jocosus Earliest published record of 4 specimens of this bird from Bangalore was collected by HG Walton between 15-20 January 1899 said to be in Bombay Natural History Society collection This bird was once considered rare around Bangalore but quite common in Nandi Hills
  • White-eared bulbul, Pycnonotus leucotis possible escapee
  • Red-vented bulbul, Pycnonotus cafer
  • Yellow-throated bulbul, Pycnonotus xantholaemus
  • White-browed bulbul, Pycnonotus luteolus

Family: Hirundinidae

  • Sand martin/Pale martin, Riparia riparia/Riparia diluta vagrant
  • Grey-throated martin, Riparia chinensis
  • Dusky crag martin, Ptyonoprogne concolor
  • Barn swallow, Hirundo rustica
  • Pacific swallow, Hirundo tahitica
  • Wire-tailed swallow, Hirundo smithii
  • Red-rumped swallow, Cecropis daurica
  • Streak-throated swallow, Hirundo fluvicola

Family: Phylloscopidae

  • Tickell's leaf warbler, Phylloscopus affinis
  • Sulphur-bellied warbler, Phylloscopus griseolus
  • Yellow-browed warbler, Phylloscopus inornatus
  • Hume's leaf warbler, Phylloscopus humei Nandi Hills
  • Tytler's leaf warbler, Phylloscopus tytleri Nandi Hills
  • Greenish warbler, Phylloscopus trochiloides
  • Large-billed leaf warbler, Phylloscopus magnirostris
  • Western crowned warbler, Phylloscopus occipitalis

Family: Acrocephalidae

  • Paddyfield warbler, Acrocephalus agricola
  • Blyth's reed warbler, Acrocephalus dumetorum
  • Clamorous reed warbler, Acrocephalus stentoreus
  • Thick-billed warbler, Iduna aedon
  • Sykes' warbler, Iduna rama
  • Booted warbler, Iduna caligata

Family: Cisticolidae

Ashy prinia or ashy wren-warbler
  • Zitting cisticola, Cisticola juncidis
  • Grey-breasted prinia, Prinia hodgsonii
  • Jungle prinia, Prinia sylvatica
  • Ashy prinia, Prinia socialis
  • Plain prinia, Prinia inornata
  • Rufous-fronted prinia, Prinia buchanani nearest records from Maidenahalli
  • Common tailorbird, Orthotomus sutorius

Family: Pellorneidae

  • Puff-throated babbler, Pellorneum ruficeps

Family: Timaliidae

  • Indian scimitar babbler, Pomatorhinus horsfieldii
  • Tawny-bellied babbler, Dumetia hyperythra

Family: Leiothrichidae

Yellow-billed babbler or white-headed babbler, the commonest babbler in urban areas
  • Common babbler, Turdoides caudatus
  • Large grey babbler, Turdoides malcolmi
  • Rufous babbler, Turdoides subrufa escaped individual seen near Cubbon Park
  • Jungle babbler, Turdoides striatus
  • Yellow-billed babbler, Turdoides affinis

Family: Sylviidae

  • Eastern Orphean warbler, Sylvia crassirostris
  • Lesser whitethroat, Sylvia curruca populations not ascertained reliably
    • Hume's lesser whitethroat, S c althaea taxonomy dependant
  • Yellow-eyed babbler, Chrysomma sinense

Family: Zosteropidae

  • Oriental white-eye, Zosterops palpebrosus

Family: Irenidae

  • Fairy bluebird, Irena puella Nandi Hills vagrant 7 April 2008

Family: Sturnidae

  • Malabar starling, Sturnia blythii vagrant
  • Grey-headed starling, Sturnia malabarica winter visitor
  • Brahminy starling, Sturnia pagodarum resident
  • Rosy starling, Pastor roseus winter visitor
  • Common starling, Sturnus vulgaris vagrant
  • Common myna, Acridotheres tristis resident
  • Jungle myna, Acridotheres fuscus resident

Family: Turdidae

Oriental magpie robin found in gardens
  • Pied thrush, Geokichla wardii winter visitor, regular only in the Nandi hills
  • White-throated orange-headed thrush, Geokichla citrina cyanota
  • Scaly thrush, Zoothera dauma historic
  • Tickell's thrush, Turdus unicolor Once in 2005 at Lalbagh
  • Eurasian blackbird, Turdus merula winter, regular only in the Nandi hills
  • Eyebrowed thrush, Turdus obscurus vagrant

Family: Muscicapidae

  • Blue-capped rock thrush, Monticola cinclorhyncha winter visitor
  • Blue rock thrush, Monticola solitarius winter visitor in rocky areas
  • Malabar whistling thrush, Myophonus horsfieldii vagrant at UAS, Hebbal From 2005 found in the Nandi Hills
  • Bluethroat, Luscinia svecica
  • Indian blue robin, Luscinia brunnea winter, regular in the Nandi hills
  • Siberian rubythroat, Calliope calliope Nearest record from Maidenahalli and the Savandurga area
  • Oriental magpie robin, Copsychus saularis resident breeder
  • White-rumped shama, Copsychus malabaricus rare resident, known only from the JP Nagar Reserve Forest Doresanipalya, Bannerghatta forest area, Valley School areas and further away in the Kaveri valley
  • Indian robin, Saxicoloides fulicatus resident, found in open scrub in the outskirts
  • Black redstart, Phoenicurus ochruros winter
  • Siberian stonechat, Saxicola maurus winter
  • Pied bush chat, Saxicola caprata resident, found in open scrub in the outskirts
  • Asian brown flycatcher, Muscicapa dauurica winter
  • Brown-breasted flycatcher, Muscicapa muttui winter
  • Rusty-tailed flycatcher, Ficedula ruficauda winter, rare
  • Red-breasted flycatcher, Ficedula parva winter
  • Red-throated flycatcher, Ficedula albicilla winter
  • Kashmir flycatcher, Ficedula subrubra rare, passage
  • Ultramarine flycatcher, Ficedula superciliaris winter, regular in the Nandi hills
  • Black-and-orange flycatcher, Ficedula nigrorufa Vagrant - two records Confirmation desirable
  • Verditer flycatcher, Eumyias thalassina winter, not uncommon in scrub forest areas
  • Nilgiri flycatcher, Eumyias albicaudatus historic and needs confirmation
  • Blue-throated flycatcher, Cyornis rubeculoides winter, possibly in passage
  • Tickell's blue flycatcher, Cyornis tickelliae resident breeder

Family: Chloropseidae

  • Jerdon's leafbird, Chloropsis jerdoni
  • Golden-fronted leafbird, Chloropsis aurifrons

Family: Dicaeidae

  • Thick-billed flowerpecker, Dicaeum agile rare
  • Pale-billed flowerpecker, Dicaeum erythrorynchos

Family: Nectariniidae

Male purple-rumped sunbird
  • Purple-rumped sunbird, Nectarinia zeylonica
  • Purple sunbird, Cinnyris asiaticus
  • Loten's sunbird, Cinnyris lotenius
  • Crimson-backed sunbird, Leptocoma minima Nandi Hills only, Monsoon visitor

Family: Passeridae

  • House sparrow, Passer domesticus
  • Yellow-throated sparrow, Petronia xanthocollis

Family: Ploceidae

Baya weavers at partly built nest
  • Streaked weaver, Ploceus manyar
  • Baya weaver, Ploceus philippinus

Family: Estrildidae

  • Red munia, Amandava amandava
  • Indian silverbill, Euodice malabarica
  • White-rumped munia, Lonchura striata
  • Scaly-breasted munia, Lonchura punctulata
  • Tricoloured munia, Lochura malacca

Family: Motacillidae

White-browed wagtail
  • Forest wagtail, Dendronanthus indicus
  • White wagtail, Motacilla alba
  • White-browed wagtail, Motacilla maderaspatensis
  • Citrine wagtail, Motacilla citreola citreola
  • Yellow wagtail, Motacilla flava
  • Grey wagtail, Motacilla cinerea
  • Richard's pipit, Anthus richardi
  • Red-throated pipit, Anthus cervinus
  • Paddyfield pipit, Anthus rufulus
  • Blyth's pipit, Anthus godlewskii
  • Long-billed pipit, Anthus similis
  • Tree pipit, Anthus trivialis
  • Olive-backed pipit, Anthus hodgsoni

Family: Fringillidae

  • Common rosefinch, Carpodacus erythrinus winter visitor

Family: Emberizidae

  • Black-headed bunting, Emberiza melanocephala historic
  • Red-headed bunting, Emberiza bruniceps historic
  • Grey-necked bunting, Emberiza buchanani

See also

  • Birdwatchers' Field Club of Bangalore

External links

  • Rajashekara, S, and Venkatesha, MG, 2015 Temporal and spatial avian community composition in urban landscapes of the Bengaluru region, India Journal of Environmental Biology, 363: 607-616 ISSN 0254-8704
  • Rajashekara, S, and Venkatesha, MG, 2014 Eco-spatial and Temporal Variation in Waterbirds Composition and their relationship with Habitat Characteristics of Urban Lakes of Bengaluru city, India International Journal of Advanced Research, 27: 60-80 ISSN 2320-5407
  • Rajashekara, S, and Venkatesha, MG, 2014 Insectivorous bird communities of diverse agro-ecosystems in the Bengaluru region, India Journal of Entomology and Zoology Studies, 25: 142-155 ISSN 2349-6800


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