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Bird Checklist of Bandhavgarh National Park

Checklist of the Birds of Bandavgarh Tiger Reserve
This checklist is based on the list compiled by Hashim Tyabji, Dushyant Singh, Vivek Sharma and Anil Khawas. Additional sightings by Bikram Grewal and Bill Harvey
August 2003


ORDER: GALLIFORMES Family: Phasianidae                                                  


Painted Francolin (Painted Partridge)                         R         Francolinus pictus         

Grey Francolin (Grey Partridge)                                   R         Francolinus pondicerianus      

Jungle Bush Quail                                                           R         Perdicula asiatica         

Painted Spurfowl                                                            R         Galloperdix lunulata     

Red Junglefowl                                                               R         Gallus gallus      

Indian Peafowl                                                                R         Pavo cristatus    

(Common Peafowl, Blue Peafowl )                             



Family: Dendrocygndiae                                          


Lesser Whistling-duck                                                   R         Dendrocygna javanica 

(Lesser Whistling-teal, Lesser Treeduck )                  


Family: Anatidae




Bar-headed Goose                                                        W        Anser indicus      

Ruddy Shelduck (Ruddy Sheldrake)                            W        Tadorna ferruginea       

Comb Duck                                                                     R         Sarkidiornis melanotos

Cotton Pygmy-goose (Cotton Teal)                              R         Nettapus coromandelianus     




Common Teal                                                                 W        Anas crecca       

Red-crested Pochard                                                    W        Rhodonessa rufina       

Common Pochard                                                          W        Aythya ferina      



Family: Turnicidae                                                     


Barred Buttonquail                                                         R         Turnix suscitator

(Common Bustardquail, Barred Bustard-Quail)         




Family: Picidae                                                            


Eurasian Wryneck (Wryneck)                                        W        Jynx torquilla       

Brown-capped Pygmy Woodpecker                            R         Dendrocopos nanus     

(Brown-crowned Pigmy Woodpecker)                        

Yellow-crowned Woodpecker                                       R         Dendrocopos mahrattensis     

(Yellow-fronted  Woodpecker)                                     

RufousWoodpecker(BrownWoodpec                          R         Celeus brachyurus        

Streak-throated Woodpecker                                       R         Picus xanthopygaeus   

(Little Scaly-bellied Green Woodpecker))                  

Black-rumped Flameback                                             R         Dinopium benghalense 

(Lesser Golden-backed Woodpecker)                       

White-naped Woodpecker                                            R         Chrysocolaptes festivus           

(Black-backed Woodpecker)                                       


Family: Megalaimidae                                                


Brown-headed Barbet (GreenBarbet)                         R         Megalaima zeylanica   

Coppersmith Barbet                                                      R         Megalaima haemacephala     

(Crimson-breasted Barbet)                                          



Family: Bucerotidae                                                  

Indian Grey Hornbill                                                        R         Ocyceros birostris         

(Common Grey Hornbill, Gray Hornbill)                       

Malabar Pied Hornbill                                                    R         Anthracoceros coronatus         



Family: Upupidae                                                       


Common Hoopoe (Hoopoe)                                         R         Upupa epops     



Family: Coraciidae                                                     


Indian Roller                                                                    R         Coracias benghalensis 


Family: Alcedinidae                                                   


Common Kingfisher                                                       R         Alcedo atthis      

(Small Blue Kingfisher, Eurasian Kingfisher)             


Family: Halcyonidae


Stork-billed Kingfisher                                                   R         Halcyon capensis         

White-throated Kingfisher                                              R         Halcyon smyrnensis     

(White-breasted Kingfisher)                                         


Family: Cerylidae                                                        


Pied Kingfisher                                                               R         Ceryle rudis        

(Lesser Pied Kingfisher)                                              


Family: Meropidae                                                      


Blue-bearded Bee-eater                                               R         Nyctyornis athertoni      

Green Bee-eater                                                            R         Merops orientalis           

(Little Green Bee-eater)                                                



Family: Cuculidae                                                      


Pied Cuckoo                                                                   S         Clamator jacobinus        

(Pied Crested Cuckoo, Jacobin Cuckoo)                  

Common Hawk Cuckoo                                                R         Hierococcyx varius       

Indian Cuckoo                                                                 R         Cuculus micropterus    

Eurasian Cuckoo                                                            R         Cuculus canorus           

(The Cuckoo, Common Cuckoo)                                 

Grey-bellied Cuckoo                                                      R         Cacomantis passerinus           

(Indian Plaintive Cuckoo)                                              

Drongo Cuckoo                                                              S         Surniculus lugubris       

Asian Koel                                                                       R         Eudynamys scolopacea          


Sirkeer Malkoha                                                             R         Phaenicophaeus leschenaultii           

(Sirkeer Cuckoo, Sirkeer)                                            


Family: Centropodidae                                             


Greater Coucal                                                               R         Centropus sinensis        

(Crow-pheasant, Common Coucal)                            



Family: Psittacidae                                                     


Alexandrine Parakeet                                                    R         Psittacula eupatria        

(Large Indian Parakeet, Large Parakeet)                  

Rose-ringed Parakeet                                                   R         Psittacula krameri         

Plum-headed Parakeet                                                 R         Psittacula cyanocephala          

(Blossom-headed Parakeet)                                       



Family: Apodidae                                                       


White-rumped Needletail                                               R         Collocalia esculenta     

(White-rumped Spinetail)                                             

House Swift(Little Swift)                                                 R         Apus affinis        

Crested Treeswift(Crested Swift)                                 R         Hemiprocne coronata   




Family: Strigidae


Collared Scops Owl                                                       R         Otus bakkamoena         

Brown Fish Owl                                                               R         Ketupa zeylonensis      

Mottled Wood Owl                                                          R         Strix ocellata      

Jungle Owlet                                                                    R         Glaucidium radiatum    

(Barred Jungle Owlet)                                                   

Spotted Owlet                                                                 R         Athene brama    

Brown Hawk Owl (Brown Boobook)                             R         Ninox scutulata  


Family: Caprimulgidae                                              


Grey Nightjar                                                                   R         Caprimulgus indicus      

(Indian Jungle Nightjar, Jungle Nightjar)                      

Indian Nightjar                                                                 R         Caprimulgus asiaticus 

(Common Indian Nightjar, Common Nightjar)            

Savanna Nightjar (Franklin's)                                        R         Caprimulgus affinis       





Rock Pigeon (Blue Rock Pigeon)                                R         Columba livia    

Oriental Turtle Dove                                                       R         Streptopelia orientalis  

(Rufous Turtle Dove)                                                     

Laughing Dove (Little Brown)                                        R         Streptopelia senegalensis       

Spotted Dove                                                                  R         Streptopelia chinensis  

Red Collared Dove (Red Turtle)                                   R         Streptopelia tranquebarica      

Eurasian Collared Dove (Indian Ring)                         R         Streptopelia decaocto  

Emerald Dove                                                                 R         Chalcophaps indica      

Yellow-footed Green Pigeon                                         R         Treron phoenicoptera   

(Yellow-legged Green or Bengal)                                




Family: Gruidae                                                           


Sarus Crane                                                                    R         Grus antigone     


Family: Rallidae                                                          


White-breasted Waterhen                                             R         Amaurornis phoenicurus         

Common Moorhen                                                         R         Gallinula chloropus       

(Moorhen, Indian Gallinule)                                           

Common Coot                                                                W        Fulica atra          

(Coot, Eurasian Coot, Black Coot)                             



Family: Pteroclidae


Painted Sandgrouse (Close-barred)                           R         Pterocles indicus           


Family: Scolopacidae                                                




Spotted Redshank                                                         W        Tringa erythropus          

Common Redshank (Redshank)                                  W        Tringa totanus    

Green Sandpiper                                                            W        Tringa ochropus

Wood Sandpiper                                                            W        Tringa glareola  

Common Sandpiper                                                      W        Actitis hypoleucos         

Little Stint                                                                         W        Calidris minuta  

Temminck's Stint                                                            W        Calidris temminckii       


Family: Rostratulidae                                                


Greater Painted-snipe                                                   R         Rostratula benghalensis          

(Painted Snipe)                                                             


Family: Jacanidae                                                      


Pheasant-tailed Jacana                                                 R         Hydrophasianus chirurgus      

Bronze-winged Jacana                                                  R         Metopidius indicus        


Family: Burhinidae                                                     


Eurasian Thick-knee                                                      R         Burhinus oedicnemus  

(Stone-curlew, Stone-Plover)                                       

Great Thick-knee                                                            R         Esacus recurvirostris    

(Great Stone Plover)                                                     


Family: Charadriidae                                                 



Black-winged Stilt                                                           R         Himantopus himantopus         




Yellow-wattled Lapwing                                                 R         Vanellus malarbaricus 

River Lapwing (Spur-winged)                                       R         Vanellus duvaucelii      

Red-wattled Lapwing                                                     R         Vanellus indicus

Little Ringed Plover                                                        R         Charadrius dubius        

(Little Plover, Little Ring Plover)                                   

Lesser Sand Plover (Mongolian)                                  P        Charadrius mongolus




River Tern                                                                        R         Sterna aurantia  

(Indian River Tern)                                                         

Black-bellied Tern                                                          V         Sterna acuticauda         


Family: Accipitridae                                                   




Osprey                                                                             W        Pandion haliaetus         




Oriental Honey-buzzard                                                 R         Pernis ptilorhyncus       

(Honey Buzzard, Eurasian Honey Buzzard,)               

Black-shouldered Kite                                                   R         Elanus caeruleus          

(Black-winged Kite)                                                       

Black Kite                                                                        R         Milvus migrans  

(Pariah Kite, Dark Kite, Black-eared Kite)                 

Egyptian Vulture                                                             R         Neophron percnopterus           

(Small White, Scavenger)                                             

White-rumped Vulture                                                    R         Gyps bengalensis         

(Indian White-backed Vulture,)                                     

Indian Vulture                                                                  R         Gyps indicus      

(Indian Long-billed, Indian Griffon)

Red-headed Vulture                                                       R         Sarcopyps calvus          

Short-toed Snake Eagle                                                R         Circaetus gallicus         

(Short-toed Eagle)                                                         

Crested Serpent Eagle                                                  R         Spilornis cheela

Eurasian Marsh Harrier                                                 W        Circus aeruginosus       

(Western Marsh Harrier)                                               

Hen Harrier                                                                      W        Circus cyaneus  

(Northern Harrier)                                                          

Pied Harrier                                                                    V         Circus melanoleucos   

Shikra                                                                              R         Accipiter badius 

Eurasian Sparrowhawk                                                 W        Accipiter nisus   

(Sparrow Hawk, Northern Sparrowhawk)                   

White-eyed Buzzard                                                       R         Butastur teesa    

(White-eyed Buzzard Eagle)                                                    

Black Eagle                                                                     R         Ictinaetus malayensis   

Indian Spotted Eagle                                                     R         Aquila hastata

Steppe Eagle                                                                  W        Aquila nipalensis          

Bonelli's Eagle                                                                W        Hieraaetus fasciatus     

(Bonelli's Hawk Eagle)                                                 

Changeable Hawk Eagle                                              R         Spizaetus cirrhatus        

(Crested Hawk Eagle)                                                              


Family: Falconidae                                                     


Common Kestrel                                                            W        Falco tinnunculus          

(Kestrel, Eurasian Kestrel)                                           

Eurasian Hobby                                                              P         Falco subbuteo  

(Hobby, Northern Hobby)                                              

Peregrine Falcon                                                            W        Falco peregrinus           

(Red-capped Falcon, Barbary Falcon)                       


Family: Podicipedidae


Little Grebe                                                                     R         Tachybaptus ruficollis  


Family: Anhingidae                                                    


Darter                                                                               R         Anhinga melanogaster 

(Indian Darter, Oriental Darter, Snakebird)                


Family: Phalacrocoracidae                                      


Great Cormorant                                                            R         Phalacrocorax carbo     

(Cormorant, Large Cormorant)                                    


Family: Ardeidae


Little Egret                                                                       R         Egretta garzetta 

Grey Heron                                                                      R         Ardea cinerea    

Purple Heron                                                                   R         Ardea purpurea 

Great Egret (Large Egret)                                             R         Casmerodius albus      

Intermediate Egret                                                          R         Mesophoyx intermedia

(Smaller Egret, Plumed Egret, Median Egret)           

Cattle Egret                                                                     R         Bubulcus ibis     

Indian Pond Heron                                                          R         Ardeola grayii    

(Pond Heron)                                                                 

Black-crowned Night Heron                                          R         Nycticorax nycticorax   

(Night Heron)                                                                  

Cinnamon Bittern (Chestnut Bittern)                             R         Ixobrychus cinnamomeus       

Black Bittern                                                                    R         Dupetor flavicollis         


Family: Threskiornithidae


White-headed Ibis                                                          R         Threskiornis aethiopica

Black Ibis                                                                         R         Pseudibis papillosa      

(Red-naped Ibis)                                                            

Eurasian Spoonbill                                                         R         Platalea leucorodia       

(Spoonbill, White Spoonbill)                                         


Family: Ciconiidae                                                     


Painted Stork                                                                  R         Mycteria leucocephala 

Asian Openbill                                                                R         Anastomus oscitans     

(Asian Openbill Stork,)                                                  

Black Stork                                                                      W        Ciconia nigra     

Woolly-necked Stork (White-necked)                          R         Ciconia episcopus        

Lesser Adjutant                                                               R         Leptoptilos javanicus    

(Lesser Adjutant Stork)                                                 


ORDER: PASSERIFORMES                                      


Family: Pittidae                                                           



Indian Pitta                                                                      S         Pitta brachyura  


Family Irenidae                                                              

Golden-fronted Leafbird                                                R         Chloropsis aurifrons     

Blue-winged Leafbird                                                     R         Chloropsis cochinchensis                                                          

Family: Laniidae                                                             

Brown Shrike                                                                  W        Lanius cristatus 

Bay-backed Shrike                                                        R         Lanius vittatus    

Long-tailed Shrike                                                          R         Lanius schach   


Family: Corvidae                                                        



Rufous Treepie (Indian Treepie)                                   R         Dendrocitta vagabunda

House Crow                                                                    R         Corvus splendens         

Large-billed Crow (Jungle/Black Crow)                       R         Corvus macrorhynchos                            


Eurasian Golden Oriole                                                 R         Oriolus oriolus   

(Golden Oriole)                                                              

Black-hooded Oriole (Black-headed)                          R         Oriolus xanthornus        

Large Cuckooshrike                                                      R         Coracina macei 

Black-winged Cuckooshrike                                         R         Coracina melaschistos

(Smaller Grey/Dark Cuckooshrike)                             

Black-headed Cuckooshrike                                        R         Coracina melanoptera 

Small Minivet(Little Minivet)                                           R         Pericrocotus cinnamomeus    

White-bellied Minivet                                                      W        Pericrocotus erythropygius      

Long-tailed Minivet                                                         R         Pericrocotus ethologus

(Orange Minivet)                                                                        

Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike                                       R         Hemipus picatus           

(Pied Flycatcher-shrike)                                                



White-browed Fantail (Flycatcher)                               R         Rhipidura aureola         

(White-breasted Fantail Flycatcher)                                   


Black Drongo                                                                  R         Dicrurus macrocercus  

Ashy Drongo(Grey)                                                        W        Dicrurus leucophaeus  

White-bellied Drongo                                                     R         Dicrurus caerulescens 

(White-vented Drongo)                                                 

Spangled Drongo (Hair-crested)                                  R         Dicrurus hottentottus     

Greater Racket-tailed Drongo                                      R         Dicrurus paradiseus     

(Large Racquet-tailed Drongo)                                                      


Black-naped Monarch                                                    R         Hypothymis azurea       

(Black-naped Flycatcher, Azure Flycatcher)               

Asian Paradise-flycatcher                                             S         Terpsiphone paradisi   



Common Iora (Iora)                                                        R         Aegithina tiphia 


Large Woodshrike                                                         R         Tephrodornis gularis    

Common Woodshrike                                                    R         Tephrodornis pondicerianus   

(Woodshrike, Lesser Wood-shrike)                            

Family: Muscicapidae                                               


Blue-capped Rock Thrush                                             R         Monticola cinclorhynchus        

(Blue-headed Rock Thrush)                                         

Blue Rock Thrush                                                           R         Monticola solitarius       

White-throated Thrush                                                    R         Zoothera citrina cyanotus        

(Orange-headed Ground Thrush)                                

Plain-backed Thrush                                                      V         Zoothera mollissima

Tickell's Thrush                                                               W        Turdus unicolor 

(Indian Grey Thrush)                                                      



Asian Brown Flycatcher                                                 R         Muscicapa dauurica     

(Brown Flycatcher)                                                        

Red-throated Flycatcher                                                W        Ficedula parva   

(Red-breasted Flycatcher)                                                       

Ultramarine Flycatcher                                                   W        Ficedula superciliaris   

(White-browed Blue Flycatcher)                                  

Slaty-blue Flycatcher                                                      W        Ficedula tricolor 

Verditer Flycatcher                                                         P         Eumyias thalassina      

Tickell's Blue Flycatcher                                                R         Cyornis tickelliae           

(Orange-breasted Blue Flycatcher)                             

Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher                                   R         Culicicapa ceylonensis

(Grey-headed Flycatcher)                                             


Bluethroat                                                                        W        Erithacus svecicus        

Siberian Rubythroat                                                       W        Erithacus calliope         

Oriental Magpie Robin                                                   R         Copsychus saularis      

(Magpie Robin, Dayal)                                                  

White-rumped Shama (Shama)                                    R         Copsychus malabaricus          

Indian Robin                                                                    R         Saxicoloides fulicata    

(Black Robin, Indian Chat)                                            

Black Redstart                                                                W        Phoenicurus ochruros  

Common Stonechat                                                       W        Saxicola torquata          

(Collared BushchatStonechat)                                     

Pied Bushchat                                                                R         Saxicola caprata           

(Pied Stone-chat)                                                          

Grey Bushchat                                                                V         Saxicola ferrea  

(Dark-grey Bushchat)                                                    

Brown Rock-chat                                                            R         Cercomela fusca           

(Indian Chat)                                                                                                                           

Family: Sturnidae                                                                                         

Chestnut-tailed Starling                                                 R         Sturnus malabaricus    

(Grey-headed Myna)                                                     

Brahminy Starling                                                           R         Sturnus pagodarum      

(Black-headed /Brahminy Myna)                                 

Rosy Starling                                                                   P         Sturnus roseus  

(Rosy Pastor, Rose-coloured Starling)                       

Asian Pied Starling                                                        R         Sturnus contra   

(Pied Myna)                                                                    

Common Myna (Mynah)                                                 R         Acridotheres tristis        

Bank Myna                                                                      R         Acridotheres ginginianus         

Jungle Myna                                                                    R         Acridotheres fuscus      

Family: Sittidae


Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch                                              R         Sitta castanea                                                                 


Spotted Creeper (Grey)                                                 R         Salpornis spilonotus


Great Tit (Grey Tit)                                                          R         Parus major                                                 

Family: Hirundinidae                                                                                         

Plain Martin                                                                     R         Riparia paludicola         

(Plain Sand Martin)                                                       

Eurasian Crag Martin                                                     P         Hirundo rupestris           

(Crag Martin, Northern Crag Martin)                           

Dusky Crag Martin                                                         R         Hirundo concolor           

Barn Swallow                                                                  R         Hirundo rustica  

(Swallow, Common Swallow)                                       

Wire-tailed Swallow                                                       R         Hirundo smithii  

Red-rumped Swallow (Striated)                                   R         Hirundo daurica

Family: Pycnonotidae                                                                                          

Red-vented Bulbul                                                          R         Pycnonotus cafer

Family: Cisticolidae                                                   

Zitting Cisticola                                                               R         Cisticola juncidis           

(Streaked Fantail Warbler)                                           

Grey-breasted Prinia                                                     R         Prinia hodgsonii

Jungle Prinia                                                                   R         Prinia sylvatica                                                 

Family: Zosteropidae                                       

Oriental White-eye                                                          R         Zosterops palpebrosus

(White-eye, Small White-eye)                                                         

Family: Sylviidae                                                                                         

Blyth's Reed Warbler                                                     W        Acrocephalus dumetorum       

Clamorous Reed Warbler                                             R         Acrocephalus stentoreus         

(Indian Great Reed Warbler)                                        

Common Tailorbird(Tailorbird)                                     R         Orthotomus sutorius     

Common Chiffchaff                                                        W        Phylloscopus collybita 

(Brown Leaf Warbler, Chiffchaff)                                 

Dusky Warbler                                                                V         Phylloscopus fuscatus 

(Dusky Leaf Warbler)                                                    

Tickell's Leaf Warbler                                                    P         Phylloscopus affinis      

(Tickell's Warbler)                                                         

Sulphur-bellied Warbler                                                 W        Phylloscopus griseolus

(Olivaceous Leaf Warbler)                                           

Yellow-browed Warbler                                                  V         Phylloscopus inornatus

(Inornate Leaf  Warbler, Plain Leaf Warbler)              

Hume's Warbler                                                              W        Phylloscopus humei     

(Plain Leaf Warbler, Yellow-browed Warbler)            

Greenish Warbler                                                           W        Phylloscopus trochiloides        

(Dull Green Leaf  Warbler)                                           

Blyth's Leaf Warbler (Crowned)                                    V         Phylloscopus reguloides



Puff-throated Babbler                                                     R         Pellorneum ruficeps     

(Spotted Babbler)                                                          

White-browed Scimitar Babbler                                   R         Pomatorhinus schisticeps       

(Slaty-headed Scimitar Babbler)                                 

Tawny-bellied Babbler                                                   R         Dumetia hyperythra      

(Rufous-bellied Babbler,)                                              

Yellow-eyed Babbler                                                      R         Chrysomma sinense    

Large Grey Babbler                                                       R         Turdoides malcolmi      

Jungle Babbler                                                                R         Turdoides striatus         

(Brown-headed Tit Babbler)                                         

Brown-cheeked Fulvetta                                                R         Alcippe poioicephala    

(Quaker Babbler)                                                           


Lesser Whitethroat                                                         W        Sylvia curruca blythi                                                       

Family: Alaudidae                                                                                           

Bengal Bushlark                                                             R         Mirafra assamica          

Ashy-crowned Sparrow Lark                                         R         Eremopterix grisea       

Rufous-tailed Lark                                                          R         Ammomanes phoenicurus

Family: Nectariniidae                                                 



Thick-billed Flowerpecker                                             R         Dicaeum agile   

Pale-billed Flowerpecker                                              R         Dicaeum erythrorynchos          

(Tickell's / Small Flowerpecker)                                   


Purple Sunbird                                                                R         Nectarinia asiatica                                                      



House Sparrow                                                               R         Passer domesticus       

Chestnut-shouldered Petronia                                      R         Petronia xanthocollis    

(Yellow-throated Sparrow)                                            


Forest Wagtail                                                                W        Dendronanthus indicus

White Wagtail (Pied Wagtail)                                       W        Motacilla alba personata         

White Wagtail (Pied Wagtail)                                       W        Motacilla alba alboides

White Wagtail (Pied Wagtail)                                       W        Motacilla alba dukhunensis    

White-browed Wagtail                                                   R         Motacilla maderaspatensis     

(Large Pied Wagtail)                                                    

Citrine Wagtail                                                                W        Motacilla citreola citreola         

(Yellow-headed/hooded Wagtail)                                

Citrine Wagtail                                                                W        Motacilla citreola calcarata      

Yellow Wagtail                                                                W        Motacilla flava   

Grey Wagtail                                                                   W        Motacilla cinerea           

Paddyfield Pipit                                                              R         Anthus rufulus    

(Indian Pipit)                                                                   

Tawny Pipit                                                                      W        Anthus campestris        

Long-billed Pipit                                                             W        Anthus similis    

(Brown Rock pipit)                                                         

Olive-backed Pipit                                                          W        Anthus hodgsoni           

(Indian Tree Pipit)                                                          


Baya Weaver (Baya)                                                      R         Ploceus philippinus                                    


Indian Silverbill                                                                R         Lonchura malabarica   

(White-throated Munia)                                                 

White-rumped Munia                                                      R         Lonchura striata 

(White-backed Munia)                                                   R        

Black-throated Munia                                                     R         Lonchura kelaarti          

(Rufous-bellied Munia)                                                              

Scaly-breasted Munia                                                    R         Lonchura punctulata     

(Spotted Munia, Nutmeg Mannikin)


Common Rosefinch                                                       W        Carpodacus erythrinus  


Crested Bunting                                                              R         Melophus lathami         

Grey-necked Bunting                                                     W        Emberiza buchanani    

White-capped Bunting                                                   W        Emberiza stewarti          

(Chestnut-breasted Bunting)                                        

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