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Pondicherry

 
A Checklist of the Birds of Pondicherry
by Priya Davidar & Geetha Nayak - April 2004
 
 

ORDER: GALLIFORMES

Family: Phasianidae

Grey Francolin Francolinus pondicerianus
(Grey Partridge)
Indian Peafowl Pavo cristatus
(Common Peafowl, Blue Peafowl)

ORDER: ANSERIFORMES

Anserini

Cotton Pygmy-goose Nettapus coromandelianus
(Cotton Teal)

Anatini

Eurasian Wigeon Anas penelope
Spot-billed Duck Anas poecilorhyncha
(Spotbil Duck, Spotbill)
Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata
(Shoveller)
Northern Pintail Anas acuta
(Common Pintail, Pintail)
Garganey Anas querquedula
Common Teal Anas crecca
Common Pochard Aythya ferina

ORDER: TURNICIFORMES

Family: Picidae

Black-rumped Flameback Dinopium benghalense
(Lesser Golden-backed Woodpecker)

Family: Megalaimidae

White-cheeked Barbet Megalaima viridis
(Small Green)
Coppersmith Barbet Megalaima haemacephala
(Crimson-breasted Barbet)

ORDER: UPUPIFORMES

Family: Upupidae

Common Hoopoe Upupa epops

ORDER: CORACIIFORMES

Family: Coraciidae

Indian Roller Coracias benghalensis

Family: Alcedinidae

Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis
(Small Blue Kingfisher)

Family: Halcyonidae

Stork-billed Kingfisher Halcyon capensis
White-throated Kingfisher Halcyon smyrnensis
(White-breasted Kingfisher)

Family: Cerylidae

Pied Kingfisher Ceryle rudis
(Lesser Pied Kingfisher)

Family: Meropidae

Green Bee-eater Merops orientalis
(Little Green Bee-eater)
Blue-tailed Bee-eater Merops philippinus

ORDER: CUCULIFORMES

Family: Cuculidae

Pied Cuckoo Clamator jacobinus
(Pied Crested Cuckoo)
Common Hawk Cuckoo Hierococcyx varius
Asian Koel Eudynamys scolopacea
(Koel, Common Koel)

Family: Centropodidae

Greater Coucal Centropus sinensis
(Crow-pheasant)

ORDER: PSITTACIFORMES

Family: Psittacidae

Rose-ringed Parakeet Psittacula krameri

ORDER: APODIFORMES

Family: Apodidae

Asian Palm Swift (Palm Swift) Cypsiurus balasiensis
House Swift Apus affinis
(Little Swift)

ORDER: STRIGIFORMES

Family: Strigidae

Eurasian Eagle Owl Bubo bubo hemachalana
(Great Horned Owl, Eagle Owl)
Spotted Owlet Athene brama

Family: Caprimulgidae

Indian Nightjar Caprimulgus asiaticus
(Common Indian Nightjar)

ORDER:COLUMBIFORMES

Family:Columbidae

Rock pigeon Columba livia
(Blue Rock Pigeon)
European Turtle Dove Streptopelia turtur
(Turtle Dove)
Laughing Dove Streptopelia senegalensis
(Little Brown)

ORDER: GRUIFORMES

Family: Rallidae

White-breasted Waterhen Amaurornis phoenicurus
Purple Swamphen Porphyrio porphyrio
(Purple Moorhen, Purple Gallinule)
Common Coot Fulica atra
(Coot, Eurasian Coot)

ORDER: CICONIIFORMES

Family: Pteroclidae

Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse Pterocles exustus
(Indian Sandgrouse)

Family: Scolopacidae

Scolopacinae

Pintail Snipe Gallinago stenura

Tringinae

Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa
Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica
Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus
Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata
Spotted Redshank Tringa erythropus
Common Redshank Tringa totanus
Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis
Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia
Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola
Terek Sandpiper Xenus cinereus
Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos
Little Stint Calidris minuta
Temminck’s Stint Calidris temminckii
Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea
Ruff Philomachus pugnax

Family: Jacanidae

Pheasant-tailed Jacana Hydrophasianus chirurgus

Family: Burhinidae

Eurasian Thick-knee Burhinus oedicnemus
(Stone-curlew, Stone-Plover)

Recurvirostrini

Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus

Charadriinae

Pacific Golden Plover Pluvialis fulva
(Eastern /Asiatic Golden Plover)
Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius
(Little Plover, Little Ring Plover)
Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus
Yellow-wattled Lapwing Vanellus malarbaricus
Grey-headed Lapwing Vanellus cinereus
Red-wattled Lapwing Vanellus indicus

Family: Glareolidae

Glareolinae

Indian Courser Cursorius coromandelicus
Oriental Pratincole Glareola maldivarum
(Indian Large Pratincole)
Small Pratincole Glareola lactea
(Little Pratincole)

Family: Laridae

Larini

Brown-headed Gull Larus brunnicephalus
Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus
(Common Black-headed Gull)

Sternini

Gull-billed Tern Gelochelidon nilotica
Caspian Tern Sterna caspia
River Tern Sterna aurantia
(Indian River Tern)
Common Tern Sterna hirundo
Little Tern Sterna albifrons
Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybridus

Family: Accipitridae

Pandioninae

Osprey Pandion haliaetus

Accipitrinae

Oriental Honey-buzzard Pernis ptilorhyncus
(Honey Buzzard)
Black Kite Milvus migrans
(Pariah Kite, Black-eared Kite)
Brahminy Kite Haliastur indus
White-bellied Sea Eagle Haliaeetus leucogaster
(White-bellied Fish-Eagle)
Grey-headed Fish Eagle Ichthyophaga ichthyaetus
(Grey-headed Fishing Eagle)
Eurasian Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus
(Western Marsh Harrier)
Pallid Harrier Circus macrourus
(Pale Harrier)
Pied Harrier Circus melanoleucos
Montagu’s Harrier Circus pygargus
Greater Spotted Eagle Aquila clanga
Booted Eagle Hieraaetus pennatus
(Booed Hawk Eagle)

Family: Falconidae

Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus
(Kestrel, Eurasian Kestrel)
Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
(Red-capped Falcon, Barbary Falcon)

Family: Podicipedidae

Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis

Family: Anhingidae

Darter Anhinga melanogaster
(Indian Darter, Snakebird)

Family: Phalacrocoracidae

Little Cormorant Phalacrocorax niger

Family: Ardeidae

Little Egret Egretta garzetta
Western Reef Egret Egretta gularis
(Indian Reef Heron)
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea
Purple Heron Ardea purpurea
Great Egret Casmerodius albus
(Large Egret)
Intermediate Egret Mesophoyx intermedia
(Smaller Egret, Plumed Egret)
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
Indian Pond Heron Ardeola grayii
(Pond Heron)
Little Heron Butorides striatus
(Little Green Heron, Striated Heron)
Black-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
(Night Heron)

Family: Phoenicopteridae

Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus ruber

Family: Threskiornithidae

Black-headed Ibis Threskiornis melanocephalus
(White Ibis)

Family: Pelecanidae

Spot-billed Pelican Pelecanus philippensis
(Grey Pelican)

Family: Ciconiidae

Painted Stork Mycteria leucocephala
Asian Openbill Anastomus oscitans
(Asian Openbill Stork)
Woolly-necked Stork Ciconia episcopus
(White-necked)
White Stork Ciconia ciconia
Oriental Stork Ciconia boyciana
(Oriental White Stork)

ORDER: PASSERIFORMES

Family: Pittidae

Indian Pitta Pitta brachyura

Family: Laniidae

Rufous-tailed Shrike Lanius isabellinus
(Isabelline)
Brown Shrike Lanius cristatus

Family: Corvidae

Corvini

Rufous Treepie Dendrocitta vagabunda
(Indian Treepie)
House Crow Corvus splendens
Large-billed Crow Corvus macrorhynchos
(Jungle/Black Crow)

Artamini

Ashy Woodswallow Artamus fuscus
(Ashy Swallow-shrike)

Oriolini

Eurasian Golden Oriole Oriolus oriolus
(Golden Oriole)
Large Cuckooshrike Coracina macei
Black-headed Cuckooshrike Coracina melanoptera
Scarlet Minivet Pericrocotus flammeus
(Orange Minivet)
Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike Hemipus picatus
(Pied Flycatcher-shrike)

Dicrurini

Black Drongo Dicrurus macrocercus
White-bellied Drongo Dicrurus caerulescens
(White-vented Drongo)

Monarchini

Asian Paradise-flycatcher Terpsiphone paradisi
(Paradise-flycatcher)

Aegithininae

Common Iora Aegithina tiphia

Malaconotinae

Common Woodshrike Tephrodornis pondicerianus
(Woodshrike, Lesser Wood-shrike)

Family: Muscicapidae

Muscicapini

Blue-throated Flycatcher Cyornis rubeculoides

Saxicolini

Oriental Magpie Robin Copsychus saularis
(Magpie Robin Dayal)
Indian Robin Saxicoloides fulicata
(Black Robin, Indian Chat)
Pied Bushchat Saxicola caprata
(Pied Stone-chat)

Family: Sturnidae

Chestnut-tailed Starling Sturnus malabaricus
(Grey-headed Myna)
Brahminy Starling Sturnus pagodarum
(Black-headed /Brahminy Myna)
Rosy Starling Sturnus roseus
(Rosy Pastor, Rose-coloured Starling)
Common Myna Acridotheres tristis

Family: Hirundinidae

Pacific Swallow Hirundo tahitica
(House, Hill)
Red-rumped Swallow Hirundo daurica
(Striated)

Family: Pycnonotidae

Red-vented Bulbul Pycnonotus cafer
White-browed Bulbul Pycnonotus luteolus

Family: Cisticolidae

Grey-breasted Prinia Prinia hodgsonii
(Franklin’s Wren Warbler)
Jungle Prinia Prinia sylvatica
(Jungle Wren-Warbler, Large Prinia)
Ashy Prinia Prinia socialis
(Ashy Wren Warbler)
Plain Prinia Prinia inornata
(Plain Wren-Warbler)

Family: Sylviidae

Acrocephalinae

Blyth’s Reed Warbler Acrocephalus dumetorum
Common Tailorbird Orthotomus sutorius
Greenish Warbler Phylloscopus trochiloides
(Dull Green Leaf Warbler)

Sylviinae

Yellow-billed Babbler Turdoides affinis
(White-headed Babbler)

Family: Alaudidae

Singing Bushlark Mirafra cantillans
Indian Bushlark Mirafra erythroptera
(Red-winged Bushlark, Indian Lark)
Rufous-winged Bushlark Mirafra affinis
Ashy-crowned Sparrow Lark Eremopterix grisea
(Ashy-crowned Finch Lark)

Family: Nectariniidae

Dicaeini

Pale-billed Flowerpecker Dicaeum erythrorynchos
(Tickell’s / Small Flowerpecker)

Nectariniini

Purple-rumped Sunbird Nectarinia zeylonica
Purple Sunbird Nectarinia asiatica
Loten’s Sunbird Nectarinia lotenia
(Long-billed Sunbird)

Family:Passeridae

Passerinae

House Sparrow Passer domesticus

Motacillinae

Forest Wagtail Dendronanthus indicus
White-browed Wagtail Motacilla maderaspatensis
(Large Pied Wagtail)
Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava
Paddyfield Pipit Anthus rufulus
(Indian Pipit)

Ploceinae

Baya Weaver Ploceus philippinus

Estrildinae

Indian Silverbill Lonchura malabarica
(White-throated Munia/Silverbill)
White-rumped Munia Lonchura striata
(White-backed Munia, Striated Munia)
Scaly-breasted Munia Lonchura punctulata
(Spotted Munia, Nutmeg Mannikin)
Black-headed Munia Lonchura malacca
(Chestnut Munia)

 
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