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Bird Checklist of Ranthambhore National Park

Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve

The classification and scientific nomenclature follows:
Birds of Indian Subcontinent.
The sightings are mostly from within the Ranthambhore National Park which is the main destination for the wildlife tourists. However major  water bodies lie either at the edge of the Tiger reserve or with in 10 Km distance.

R:            Resident
P:            Passage (autumn and / or spring) migrant

S:            Summer visitor
W:          Winter visitor
V:            Vagrant (erratic)
FAMILY: PHASIANIDAE - Pheasants, Junglefowl, Patridges, Quails  
BLACK FRANCOLIN Francolinus francolinus R Rare
PAINTED FRANCOLIN Francolinus pictus R Rare
GREY FRANCOLIN Francolinus pondicerianus R Very Common
COMMON QUAIL Coturnix coturnix W Very Rare
RAIN QUAIL Coturnix coromandelica R Rare
BLUE BREASTED QUAIL Coturnix chinensis R Very Rare
JUNGLE BUSH QUAIL Perdicula asiatica R Very Common
ROCK BUSH QUAIL Perdicula argoondah R Common
PAINTED SPURFOWL Galloperdix lunulata R Common
INDIAN PEAFOWL Pavo cristatus R Very Common
  FAMILY: DENDROCYGNIDAE - Tree Ducks        
 LESSER WHISTLING DUCK Dedrocygna javanica W Very Common
    FAMILY : ANATIDAE - Geese , Ducks  
GREYLAG GOOSE Anser anser W Common
BARHEADED GOOSE Anser indicus W Common
RUDDY SHELDUCK Tadorna ferruginea R/W Very Common
COMMON SHELDUCK Tadorna tadorna W Rare
COMB DUCK Sarkidiornis melanotos W Common
COTTON PYGMY GOOSE Nettapus coromandelianus W Very Common
GADWALL Anas strepera W Common
EURASIAN WIGEON Anas Penelope W Common
MALLARD Anas platyrhynchos W Rare
SPOT-BILLED DUCK Anas poecilorhyncha W Common
COMMON TEAL Anas crecca R/W Very Common
GARGANEY Anas querquedula W Common
NORTHERN PINTAIL Anas acuta W Common
NORTHERN SHOVELLER Anas clypeata W Very Common
RED-CRESTED POCHARD Rhodonessa rufina W Rare
COMMON POCHARD Aythya ferina W Common
FERRUGINOUS POCHARD Aythya nyroca W Common
TUFTED DUCK Aythya fuligula W Rare
  FAMILY: TURNICIDAE - Bustard and Button Quails  


SMALL BUTTON QUAIL Turnix sylvatica S Rare
BARRED BUTTONQUAILS Turnix suscitator R Rare


FAMILY: PICIDAE - Woodpeckers  
EURASIAN WRYNECK Jynx torquilla W Rare
YELLOW-CROWNED WOODPECKER Dendrocopos mahrattensis R Rare
BLACK-RUMPED FLAMEBACK Dinopium benghalense R Very Common
WHITE NAPED WOODPECKER Chrysocolaptes festivus R Rare


BROWN HEADED BARBET Megalaima zeylanica R Common
COPPPERSMITH BARBET Megalaima haemacephala R Very Common
      FAMILY: BUCEROTIDAE - Hornbills  


INDIAN GREY HORNBILL Ocyceros birostris R Rare


COMMON HOOPOE Upupa epops R Very Common




EUROPEAN ROLLER Coracias garrulus P Rare
INDIAN ROLLER Coracias benghalensis R Very Common


FAMILY: ALCENDINIDAE - Kingfishers ( Genera Alcedo )  
COMMON KINGFISHER Alcedo atthis R Common
  FAMILY: HALCYONIDAE - Kingfishers ( Genera Halcyon )  


WHITE-THROATED KINGFISHER Halcyon smyrnensis R Very Common
  FAMILY: CERYLIDAE - Kingfishers ( Genera  Ceryle )  


 PIED KINGFISHER    Ceryle rudis R Common


                        FAMILY: MEROPIDAE - Bee-eaters  
GREEN BEE EATER Merops orientalis                                                                                R Very   Common
BLUE TAILED BEE EATER Merops philippinus W                                                        Common
CHESTNUT HEADED BEE EATER Merops leschnaulti w Common
    FAMILY: CUCULIDAE - Cuckoos  
PIED CUCKOO Clamator jacobinus S Common
COMMON HAWK CUCKOO Hierococcyx varius R Common
EURASIAN CUCKOO Cuculus canorus S Rare
GREY BELLIED CUCKOO Cacomantis passerinus R Very rare
ASIAN KOEL Eudynamys scolopacea R Common
SIRKEER MALKOHA Phaenicophaeus leschenaultii R Common
GREATER COUCAL Centropus sinensis R Very Common
  FAMILY: PSITTACIDAE - Parakeets, Lorikeets  
ALEXANDRINE PARAKEET Psittacula eupatria R Common
ROSE-RINGED PARAKEET Psittacula krameri R Very Common
PLUM-HEADED PARAKEET    Psittacula cynaocephala R Very Common
ASIAN PALM SWIFT Cypsiurus balasiensis R Common
FORK-TAILED SWIFT Apus pacifus R Rare
ALPINE SWIFT Tachymarptis melba V Very Rare (only few sighting)
HOUSE SWIFT Apus affinis R Common


    FAMILY: TYTONIDAE - Barn owl  
BARN OWL Tyto alba R Rare
  FAMILY: STRIGIDAE - Owls        
COLLARD SCOPS OWL lesser Otus bakkamoena R Common
DUSKY EAGLE OWL Bubo coromandus R Rare
BROWN FISH OWL Ketupa zeylonensis R Rare
SPOTTED OWLET Athene brama R Very Common
SHORT-EARED OWL Asio flammeus W Very Rare
  FAMILY: CAPRIMULGIDAE - Nightjars          
GREY NIGHTJAR Caprimulgus indicus R Common
LARGE-TAILED NIGHTJAR Caprimulgus macrurus R Common
INDIAN NIGHTJAR Caprimulgus asiaticus R Common
SAVANNA NIGHTJAR Caprimulgus affinis R Common
  FAMILY: COLUMBIDAE - Pigeons , Doves         
ROCK PIGEON Columba livia R Very Common
ORIENTAL TURTLE DOVE Streptopelia orientalis W Rare
LAUGHING DOVE Streptopelia senegalensis R Common
SPOTTED DOVE Streptopelia chinensis R Very Common
RED COLLARED DOVE Streptopelia tranquebarica R Very Common
 EURASIAN COLLARED DOVE Streptopelia decaocto R Very Common
YELLOW-FOOTED GREEN PIGEON Treron phoenicoptera R Common
  FAMILY: GRUIDAE - Cranes        
SARUS CRANE Grus antigone R Rare
COMMON CRANE Grus grus W Rare
  FAMILY: RALLIDAE - Rails, Moorhens, Coots  
BROWN CRAKE Amaurornis akool R Common
WHITE-BRESTED WATERHEN Amaurornis phoenicurus R Common
PURPLE SWAMPHEN Porphyrio porphyrio R Rare
COMMON MOORHEN Gallinula chloropus R Common
COMMON COOT Fulica atra R Common
  FAMILY: PTEROCLIDDIAE - Sandgrouse        
CHESTNUT-BELLIED SANDGROUSE Pterocles exustus R Rare surval sighted,
PAINTED SANDGROUSE Pterocles indicus R Common
  FAMILY: SCOLOPACIDAE - Snipes, Godwits, Curlew, Stints, Sandpipers        
PINTAIL SNIPE Gallinago stenura W Common
COMMON SNIPE Gallinago gallinago W Common
JACK SNIPE doubtful Lymnocryptes minimus W Rare
BLACK-TAILED GODWIT Limosa limosa W Very Common
 EURASIAN CURLEW Numenius arquata W Rare
 SPOTTED REDSHANK Tringa erythropus W Common
COMMON REDSHANK Tringa tetanus W Common
MARSH SANDPIPER Tringa stagnatilis W Common
COMMON GREENSHANK Tringa nebularia W Common
GREEN SANDPIPER Tringa ochropus W Common
WOOD SANDPIPER Tringa glareola W Common
COMMON SANDPIPER Actitis hypoleucos W Common
LITTLE STINT Calidris minuta W Common
DUNLIN Calidris alpina W Rare
TEMMINCK'S STINT Calidris temminckii W Rare
RUFF Philomachus pugnax W Common

FAMILY: ROSTRATULIDAE - Painted Snipe         
GREATER PAITED SNIPE Rostratula benghalensis R Rare
PINTAIL SNIPE Gallinago stenura W Rare, sighted in Devpura SMSanctuary
PHEASANT - TAILED JACANA       Hydrophasianus chirurgus R Rare
BRONZE-WINGED JACANA      Metopidius indicus R Common
  FAMILY: BURHINIDAE - Thick Knees         
EURASIAN THICK-KNEE Burhinus oedicnemus R Rare
GREAT      THICK-KNEE  Esacus recurvirostris R Common
FAMILY: CHARADRIIDAE - Plovers, Lapwings  
BLACK-WINGED STILT      Himantopus himantopus R Very Common
PIED      AVOCET Recurvirostra avosetta W Common
GREY PLOVER Pluvialis Squatarola W Rare
LITTLE      RINGED PLOVER Charadrius dubius R Common
KENTISH PLOVER      Charadrius alexandrinus W Rare
NORTHERN LAPWING Vanellus vaellus W Rare
YELLOW-WATTLED LAPWING      Vanellus malarbaricus R Rare
RIVER      LAPWING Vanellus duvaucelii R Common
RED-      WATTLED LAPWING Vanellus indicus R Very Common
SOCIABLE LAPWING      Vanellus gregarius W Rare
    FAMILY: GLAREOLIDAE - Crab Plovers, Coursers, Pranticole        
INDIAN COURSER Cursorius coromandelicus R Very Rare
SMALL      PRANTICOLE  Glareola lactea R Rare
    FAMILY: LARIDAE -Skimmers, Gulls, Terns       
YELLOW-LEGGED GULL Larus cachinnans W Rare
HEUGLIN'S GULL     Larus heuglini W Very Rare (Only few sightings in Surwal)
PALLA'S      GULL Larus ichthyaetus W Rare
BROWN-     HEADED GULL Larus brunnicephalus W Common
BLACK-     HEADED GULL Larus ridibundus W Common
GULL-     BILLED TERN Gelochelidon nilotica W Common
RIVER     TERN Sterna aurantia R Very Common
LITTLE     TERN Sterna albifrons V Very Rare (Only few sightings in Surwal)
BLACK-     BELLIED TERN Sterna acuticauda R Common
WHISKERED TERN     Chlidonias hybridus W Common
INDIAN     SKIMMER Rynchops albicollis R Rare
  FAMILY: ACCIPITRIDAE - Hawks, Kites, Eagles, Vultures        
OSPREY Pandion haliaetus W Common
BLACK-      SHOULDERED KITE Elanus caeruleus R Very Common
BLACK KITE      Milvus migrans R Common
PALLA'S FISH      EAGLE Haliaeetus leucoryphus R Rare
GREY-      HEADED FISH EAGLE Ichthyophaga ichthyaetus V Very Rare (One specimen in Bhakola 1999-00)
LAMMERGEIER        Gypaetus barbatus V Very Rare (Few specimen in Bodal during winters)
EGYPTIAN      VULTURE Neophron percnopterus R Rare
WHITE-      RUMPED VULTURE Gyps bengalensis R Common
LONG-      BILLED VULTURE Gyps indicus R Common
EURASIAN      GRIFFON Gyps fulvus W Rare
RED-HEADED      VULTURE Sacrogyps calvus R Common
SHORT-TOED      SNAKE EAGLE Circaetus gallicus R Common
CRESTED      SERPENT EAGLE Spilornis cheela R Very Common
EURASIAN      MARSH HARRIER Circus aeruginosus W Common
PALLID      HARRIER Circus macrourus W Rare
MONTAGU'S       HARRIER Circus pygargus W Rare
SHIKRA      Accipiter badius R Common
EURASIAN      SPARROWHAWK Accipiter nisus W Rare
ORIENTAL     HONEY BUZZARD Pernis ptilorhyncus R Very Common
WHITE-EYED      BUZZARD Butastur teesa R Common
LESSER      SPOTTED EAGLE Aquila pomarina R Common
BLACK EAGLE Icntinaetus malayensis R Only 3 -4 sightings
TAWNY      EAGLE Aquila rapax R Rare
STEPPE      EAGLE Aquila nipalensis W Rare
BONELLI'S       EAGLE Hieraaetus fasciatus R Common
BOOTED      EAGLE Hieraaetus pennatus W Rare
CHANGEABLE HAWK EAGLE      Spizaetus cirrhatus R Rare
GREY HEADED FISH EAGLE Ichthyophaga ichthyaetus w Signted  in the year 99-2000, 2000-01.
  FAMILY: FALCONIDAE - Falcons       
COMMON KESTREL Falco tinnunculus W Rare
LAGGAR     FALCON Falco jugger R Rare
EURASIN HOBBY Falco subbuteo W Rare 3 sightings
  FAMILY: PODICIPEDIDAE - Grebes        
LITTLE GREBE Tachybaptus ruficollis R Very Common
BLACK-NECKED GREBE Podiceps nigricollis W Very Rare
GREAT CRESTED GREBE     Podiceps cristatus W Rare
DARTER Anhinga malanogaster R Very Common
LITTLE CORMORANT Phalacrocorax niger R Very Common
INDIAN     CORMORANT Phalacrocorax fuscicollis R Common
GREAT     CORMORANT Phalacrocorax carbo R Common
  FAMILY: ARDEIDAE - Egrets , Herons, Bitterns  
LITTLE EGRET Egretta garzetta R Very Common
GREAT EGRET Casmerodius albus R Very Common
INTERMEDIATE EGRET Mesophoyx intermedia R Very Common
CATTLE EGRET Bubulcus ibis R Very Common
INDIAN POND HERON Ardeola grayii R Very Common
GREY HERON Ardea cinerea W Common
PURPLE HERON Ardea purpurea R Common
LITTLE HERON Butorides striatus R Rare
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON Nycticorax nycticorax R Common
YELLOW BITTERN Ixobrychus sinensis V Rare
CINNAMON BITTERN Ixobrychus cinnamomeus W Very Rare
     FAMILY: PHOENICOPTERIDAE - Flamingos       
GREATER FLAMINGO Phoenicopterus rubber W Common Surwal lake.
  FAMILY: THRESKIONITHIDAE - Ibis, Spoonbills       
GLOSSY IBIS Plegadis falcinellus W Rare
BLACK-HEADED IBIS Threskiornis melanocephalus R Common
BLACK IBIS Pseudibis papillosa R Rare
EURASIAN SPOONBILL Platalea leucorodia R Common
  FAMILY: PELECANIDAE - Pelicans       
GREAT WHITE PELICAN Pelecanus onocrotalus W Common
DALMATIAN PELICAN     Pelecanus crispus W Rare
  FAMILY: CICONIDAE - Storks       
PAINTED STORK Mycteria lecocephala R Common
ASIAN     OPENBILL Anastomus oscitans R Rare
WOOLY-NECKED STORK     Ciconia episcopus R Common
BLACK     STORK Ciconia nigra W Common
BLACK-     NECKED STORK Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus W Rare
  FAMILY: PITTIDAE - Pittas       
INDIAN PITTA Pitta brachyura S Very Common
    FAMILY: LANIIDAE - Shrikes  
RUFOUS-TAILED SHRIKE     Lanius isabellinus W Common
BROW   N SHRIKE Lanius cristatus W Rare
BAY-     BACKED SHRIKE Lanius vittatus  R Common
LONG-     TAILED SHRIKE Lanius schach    R Common
SOUTHERN GREY SHRIKE     Lanius meridionalis  R Common

  FAMILY: CORVIDAE - Treepies, Magpies, Crows, Orioles, Cuckoo-Shrikes, Minivets, Fantail Flycatchers,  Drongos, Paradise Flycatchers, Ioras, Wood-Shrikes       
RUFOUS TREEPIE Dendrocitta vagabunda  R Very Common
HOUSE CROW     Corvus splendens  R Very Common
LARGE- BILLED CROW Corvus macrorhynchos  R Very Common
EURASIAN GOLDEN ORIOLE Oriolus oriolus  S Common
LARGE CUCKOOSHRIKE Coracina macie  R Common
BLACK-HEADED CUCKOOSHRIKE Coracina melanoptera  R Rare
SMALL MINIVET  Pericrocotus cinnamomeus  R Very Common
LONG-TAILED MINIVET Pericrocotus ethologus R Rare
WHITE BELLIED MIIVET Pericricotus erytropygius R Sighted once ulliyana ghati
WHITE-BROWED FANTAIL Rhipidura aureola  R Very Common
ASHY DRONGO Dicrurus leucophaeus R Rare
BLACK DRONGO Dicrurus macrocercus  R Very Common
WHITE BELLIED DRONGO Dicrurus caerulescens  R Very Common
ASIAN PARADISE FLY-CATCHER Terpsiphone paradisi  S Common
COMMON IORA Aegithina tiphia  R Common
MARSHALL'S IORA Aegithina nigrolutea  R Very Rare
COMMON WOODSHRIKE Tephrodornis pondicerianus  R Common
FAMILY : MUSCICAPIDAE - Thrushes, Flycatchers, Chats, Robins, Redstarts, Magpie-Robins 
BLUE ROCK THRUSH Monticola solitarius  W Rare
ORANGE-HEADED THRUSH Zoothera citrina  W Rare
EURASIAN BLACK BIRD Turdus merula w 99-2000  only
ASIAN BROWN FLYCATCHER Muscicapa dauurica  W Rare
RUSTY-TAILED FLYCATCHER Muscicapa ruficauda   V Very Rare
VERDITER FLYCATCHER Eumyias thalassina  W Rare
TICKELL'S BLUE FLYCATCHER Cyornis tickelliae  R Common
GREY-HEADED CANARY FLYCATCHER          Culicicapa ceylonensis  W Common
 BLUE THROAT Luscinia svecica  W Rare
 ORIENTAL MAGPIE ROBIN Copsychus saularis  R Very Common
INDIAN ROBIN Saxicoloides fulicata  R Very Common
BLACK REDSTART Phoenicurus ochruros  W Common
COMMON STONE CHAT Saxicola torquata  W Very Common
PIED BUSH CHAT Saxicola caprata  R Very Common
GREY BUSHCHAT Saxicola ferrea R Rare
BROWN ROCK CHAT Cercomela fusca  R Common
VARIBLE WHEATER   Oenanthe picata  W Common
 RUFOUS TAILED WHEATER Oenanthe xanthoprymna  W Rare
DESERT WHEATER Oenanthe deresti  W Common
ISABELLINE WHEATER Oenanthe isabellina  W Common
PIED WHEATER Oenanthe pleschanka W Rare
FAMILY: STURNIDAE - Starlings, Mynas     
BRAHMINY STARLING Sturnus pagodarum  R Very Common
ROSY    STARLING Sturnus roseus  W Common
COMMON STARLING      Sturnus vulgaris  W Rare
ASIAN      PIED STARLING Sturnus contra  R Common
COMMON MYNA      Acridotheres tristis  R Very Common
BANK      MYNA Acridotheres ginginianus  R Very Common
FAMILY: SITTIDAE - Nuthatches, Wallcreeper     
SPOTTED CREEPER      Salpornis spilonotus  R Very Rare (Very few sightings near Surwal)
 FAMILY: PARIDAE - Tits     
GREY TIT      Parus major  R Common
FIRE CAPPED TIT Cephalopyrus fammiceps W Very rare.
FAMILY: AEGITHALIDAE - Martins, Swallows     
PLAIN MARTIN Riparia paludicola  R Common
EURASIAN CRAG MARTIN Hirundo rupestris R Rare
DUSKY      CRAG MARTIN Hirundo concolor  R Very Common
BARN      SWALLOW Hirundo rustica  W Very Common
WIRE-      TALED SWALLOW Hirundo smithii  R Common
RED-      RUMPED SWALLOW Hirundo daurica  R Common
ASIAN      HOUSE MARTIN Delichon dasypus  W Rare
WHITE-EARED BULBUL Pycnonotus leucotis  R Rare
RED-      VENTED BULBUL Pycnonotus cafer  R Very Common
RUFOUS-FRONTED PRINIA      Prinia buchanani  R Rare
GREY-      BRESTED PRINIA Prinia hodgsonii  R Rare
JUNGLE      PRINIA Prinia sylvatica  R Common
PLAIN      PRINIA Prinia inornata  R Common
ASHY      PRINIA Prinia socialis  R Rare
ZITTING CISTICOLA      Cisticola juncidis  R  Common during winter
ORIENTAL WHITE EYE Zosterops palpebrosus                                                                                    R Very Common
FAMILY: SILVIDAE - Warblers, Babblers, Whitethroat      
BLYTH'S REED WARBLER Acrocephalus dumetorum   P Rare
 GREATER    WHITETHROAT Sylvia communis  V Rare
LESSER      WHITE THROAT  Sylvia curruca  W Rare
HUME'S      LESSER WHITETHROAT Sylvia (curruca) althaea  W Rare
ORPHEAN      WARBLER Sylvia hortensis  W Rare
COMMON      TAILORBIRD Orthotomus sutorius  R Very Common
COMMON      CHIFFCHAFF Phylloscopus collybita  W Common
BROOK'S LEAF WARBLER Phylloscopus subvirdis W Rare
SULPHER      BELLIED WARBLER Phylloscopus griseolus  W Rare
HUME'S       WARBLER Phylloscopus humei  W Rare
GREENISH      WARBLER Phylloscopus trochiloides  W Common
YELLOW-      EYED BABBLER Chrysomma sinense  R Rare
COMMON      BABBLER Turdoides caudatus  R Common
LARGE      GREY BABBLER Turdoides malcolmi  R Very Common
JUNGLE      BABBLER Turdoides striatus  R Very Common
SINGING BUSHLARK Mirafra cantillans  R Common
INDIAN     BUSHLARK Mirafra erythroptera  R Common
ASHY-      CROWNED SPARROW LARK Eremopterix grisea  R Common
RUFOUS      TAILED LARK Ammomanes phoenicurus  R Common
BIMACULATED LARK      Melanocorypha bimaculata  W Rare
GREATER      SHORT-TOED LARK Calandrella brachydactyla  W Rare
HUME'S      SHORT-TOED LARK Calandrella acutirosris  W Rare
 CRESTED    LARK Galerida cristata  R Common
ORIENTAL      SKYLARK Alauda gulgula  R Common
FAMILY: NECTARINIDAE - Flowerpeckers, Sunbirds     
PURPLE SUNBIRD      Nectarinia asiatica  R Very common
MRS      GOULD'S SUNBIRD Aethopyga gouldiae  V Very Rare  only two sightings TIGER MOON
FAMILY: PASSERIDAE - Sparrows, Finches, Wagtails, Pipits, Bayas, Munias     
HOUSE SPARROW Passer domesticus  R Very Common
SPANISH      SPARROW Passer hispaniolensis  W Rare
CHESTNUT-SHOULDERED PETRONIA      Petronia xanthocollis  R Very Common
 WHITE    WAGTAIL Motacilla alba  W Common
WHITE -      BROWED WAGTAIL Motacilla maderaspatensis  R Very Common
CITRINE      WAGTAIL Motacilla citreola  W Common
YELLOW      WAGTAIL Motacilla flava  W Common
GREY      WAGTAIL Motacilla cinerea  W Rare
LONG-BILLED PIPIT Anthus similis W Rare
OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT Anthus hodgsoni R Rare
ROSY PIPIT Anthus roseus R Rare
PADDYFEILD PIPIT      Anthus rufulus  R Common
TAWNY      PIPIT Anthus campestris  W Common
TREE      PIPIT Anthus trivialis  W Rare
BAYA      WEAVER Ploceus philippinus  R Common
RED      AVADAVAT Amandava amandava  R Rare
INDIAN      SILVERBIL Lonchura malabarica  R Very Common
SCALY-      BREASTED MUNIA Lonchura punctulata  R Rare
BLACK-      HEADED MUNIA Lonchura Malacca  R Very Rare
FAMILY: FRINGILLIDAE - Rosefinch, Buntings      
COMMON ROSEFINCH Carpodacus erythrinus  W Rare
CRESTED BUNTING      Melophus lathami  S Very Common
WHITE -CAPPED BUNTING Emberiza stewarti  W Very Rare
BLACK-HEADED BUNTING Emberiza melanocephala  W Rare

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