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The Indian leg of the Great Backyard Bird Count records an impressive 1,017 species

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    17th May, 2022


Bird Count India supervised the India portion of the four-day event, of counting birds. Participants reported their observations to eBird (www.ebird.org/india), the world's biggest citizen research platform for biodiversity.


Key findings:

  • Checklist resulted in witnessing of 1,017 species, or 75% of the total number of species known to exist in the nation.
  • The house crow, common mynah, and black drongos remained the most regularly seen birds in South India.
  • The Andaman coucal, red-whiskered bulbul, white-throated kingfisher, and brown shrike are among the top five new species recorded in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
  • Kerala, Karnataka, Gujarat, and Maharashtra were the states that contributed the most data.
  • In Tamil Nadu's Salem district alone, nearly 8,000 checklists were posted.
  • While India had previously placed third behind the United States and Canada in number of checklists posted, it now ranks second after the United States, which has uploaded about two lakh checklists.

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