A clockwise collage of birds which includes Red-billed Liocichla, Black-breasted Thrush, Mountain-Bamboo Partridge, Crested Finchbill and Rusty-capped Fulvetta. (Photo with courtey: Albin Jacob/Macaulay Library)

‘Falcon Capital of the World’ records 178 bird species

TEBC A recent birding drive organised in Nagaland New Delhi, Nov. 14th (India Science Wire): A recent birding drive – Tokhü Emong Bird Count (TEBC), organised in Nagaland during Tokhü Emong post-harvest festival of the Lotha Nagas, has documented a total of 178 bird species in the state. Birders uploaded84 checklists to eBird, an online platform to record their observations. This four-day drive organised on 04-07 Nov 2022 comprises 18 eBirders from the north-eastern state of Nagaland, known as the “Falcon Capital of the World”. Birders from Dimapur, Kohima, Peren, and Wokha districts contributed to the lists. This birding event was organised in collaboration with the Wokha Forest Division and the Divisional Management Unit, Nagaland Forest Management Project (NFMP), Wokha, Nagaland and Bird Count India. A total of 72 species, including an exciting record of Brown Shrike, was reported on the first day of the drive. Seven species of warblers—Ashy-throated, Buff-barred, Yellow-browed, Dusky, Grey-cheeked, Greenish, and Yellow-bellied Warblers were reported. Second-day drive documented 104 species—that’s 32 more than on day one. This included Spot-breasted Parrotbill, and three species of partridge—Hill, Rufous-throated, and Mountain Bamboo-Partridge. Multiple raptors were seen on the second day, which included Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Himalayan Buzzard, Oriental Scops-Owl and Amur Falcon.  Also reported were ten warbler species—Ashy-throated, Buff-barred, Yellow-browed, Greenish, Yellow-bellied, Whistler’s, Blyth’s Leaf, Grey-hooded, Brown Bush, and Brownish-flanked Bush Warbler. A total of 90 bird species were recorded on the third day of the drive. Asian Barred and Collared Owlet and three species of Scops-Owl—Mountain Scops-Owl, Collared Scops–Owl and Oriental Scops-Owl were documented on the third day. Interestingly, only four of the nine warbler species reported on the third day were also reported on 2nd day. It was a high turnover of species that left birders excited. On the final day of TEBC, 86 bird species were reported, including three individuals of Black-tailed Crake. Eight species of bulbul – Black-crested, Crested Finchbill, Striated, Red-vented, Red-whiskered, Flavescent, Himalayan Black, Mountain Bulbul; four species of thrush – Long-billed, Black-breasted, Eyebrowed, Blue Whistling-Thrush; and three species of wagtail – Grey, Eastern Yellow, and White Wagtail, were observed on the last…