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What’s on in January

The new year is here and January has a lot to offer to ensure that 2018 begins with a bang! We are in the middle of the winter migration season, and for larger parts of the country, there is rarely a better month for enjoying birdwatching. [Read more…]

What’s on in December

Winter has now settled in, and so have many migrants. Birders from across the country are reporting expected and unexpected species and this season has been absolutely riveting thus far. No wonder, then, that the 3 most active states on eBird have already had over 2400 checklists submitted (more…)

Reporting Backtracking Distance on eBird

Distance within eBird should be the unique distance you covered while birding along a trail, road, or water body, whether by foot, bike, car, or any other means of moving across the landscape. If you submit a single checklist for an out-and-back birding event, only report the one-way distance.

eBird server maintenance on 8 November

All of eBird will be unavailable on 8 November between 14:00 and 20:30 hrs Indian Standard Time due to regularly scheduled server and database maintenance. We have to do this semi-annually to keep everything up to date and offer the best user experience possible. We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause. During that time, please note down your sightings in a notebook or in the eBird Mobile app for later entry, since you will be unable to enter them here on ebird.org/india. Thank you for your understanding!

What’s on in November

November arrives with the promise of more birds and more birding. Warblers, raptors, waterfowl, and a bunch of passerines have been enthralling birders who’ve been reporting them all over the country. This month is usually the time of the year when Amur Falcons pass by through the mainland, Common Cuckoos tend to be seen in larger numbers in South India and Geese begin to arrive in Northern India in large numbers. [Read more…]

eBird: Sensitive Species

Open-access data can be a risk for birds that are targeted for exploitation—either through capture, killing, or significant disturbance. eBird has recently been altered to protect sensitive species at risk and for this, eBird data output is restricted in some ways to protect these particular birds, while allowing important data to continue to come into eBird. [Read more…]

What’s on in October

October is one of the most awaited months of the year for birders. Wetlands start filling up with migratory waterfowl and shorebirds, while forests and shrubbery are abuzz with the chatter of warblers. It’s a month filled with excitement, change and some great birding! [Read more…]

October eBirder of the Month Challenge

This month’s eBirder of the Month challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, will keep get you snapping photos and recording bird sounds. Every time you take a photo or hold out a microphone, you’re creating an incredibly powerful piece of data. Media help document records, provide resources for learning and education, and also pave the way for future eBird and birding tools like Merlin Photo ID. The eBirder of the month will be drawn from eBirders who submit 15 or more eligible checklists in September containing at least one rated photo or sound. Checklists must be for observations during this month; not historical checklists entered during September. Winners will be notified by the 10th of the following month.

What’s on in September

September is an exciting time of the year for birders. Waterbodies across the country now rapidly populate themselves with incoming shorebirds from other parts of the world, while resident waterfowl often have a group of their young ones following them around. Bird Movements September is also a very good time to witness birds in passage […]

2017 taxonomy update for Indian birds

Each year, eBird updates the base eBird/Clements checklist to take into account any changes resulting from newly discovered species or better taxonomic understanding. These changes include species splits, lumps, name changes and changes in sequence. In addition, various new helpful options for data entry for birds that cannot be identified to species are added, e.g. spuhs, slashes, […]