Summary on Kole Bird Count 2019 (6 Jan 2019)

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As part of the Asian Waterbird Count-2019, the water bird count at the Kole Wetlands – a Ramsar site and an Important Bird Area, was held on 6 January 2019. This is the 29th year of organised bird count at Kole Wetlands. The whole data on the AWC 2019 has been uploaded into the eBird under the account “awckerala” and the summary below is generated from the eBird (www.eBird.org).

A total of 29082 birds in 77wetland depended species were counted this year. In 2018 the figures were 29,805 birds in 77 species. So the total bird population remain more or less the same as the previous year. The species wise count on the birds of the Kole Wetlands, during the present survey is given in Table 1. This year the count was done in 13 base camps in Kole Wetlands such as Adat, Aranattukara, Alappad-Pullu, Enamav, Palakkal, Puzhakkal, Thommana, Mulloorkayal, Manakodi, Pullazhi, Uppungal I &UppungalII and Marancherry.

About 130 birdwatchers participated in the count, and the teams were led by some of the ace birders in the State such as Dilip K G, Raju S, Shino Jacob, Vishnu Kartha, Ginu George, Manoj Karingamadathil, Anith Anilkumar, Vivek Chandran, Praveen ES, Raveendran KC, Mukundan Kizhakkemadham, Lathish R Nath Krishnakumar Iyer, Sreekumar Govindankutty, Greeshma Paleri, Nishad Pm, Riju P Nair, Arun Bhaskaran, Nesrudheen, Prasanth Sachindranath, Arun George, Anisha Tomy, Anuraj R, Subin KS, Adil Nafar A, Sumesh CG, Aparna Devi, Joseph Chittilappilly, Sujeesh Puthanvetil, Santhosh Kallingal, Mohammed Sayeer PK, Ashokraj VM, Nidheesh KB, Cicy Ann, Siji PK, Rajana PR, Akshay Kumar, Mathew Thekkethala, Sreekumar ER, Syamlil MS et al.

Annual Kole Bird Count Group Photo – Vivek Chandran

The survey was jointly organized by the Kerala State Forest Department, Kerala Agricultural University, Kole Birders & Kole Karshaka Sangham, with excellent support from NGOs across the State such as Chilla Nature Club KAU, Cochin Natural History Society(CNHS), Malappuram Birders, Indian Bird Conservation Network, Bird Count India, ACCER and the Centre for Wildlife Studies, College of Forestry, Kerala Agricultural University (KAU).

The survey was flagged off by the Mr. Rajesh Raveendran IFS, Chief Conservator of Forests, Central Circle, Thrissur, in the presence of the Divisional Forest Officer, Thrissur

P.O. NAMEER
AWC State coordinator


Table 1. Count of the birds from Kole Wetlands on 6 Jan 2019

 

Sl. No. Species NameSpecies CountSample Size
1.Lesser Whistling-Duck – Dendrocygnajavanica4277
2.Cotton Pygmy-Goose (Cotton Teal) – Nettapuscoromandelianus6577
3.Garganey – Spatula querquedula2,9265
4.Northern Shoveler – Spatula clypeata41
5.Indian Spot-billed Duck – Anaspoecilorhyncha473
6.Northern Pintail – Anasacuta1,1087
7.Green-winged Teal (Common Teal) – Anascrecca151
duck sp. – Anatinae sp.2,0502
8.Indian Peafowl – Pavocristatus21
9.Little Grebe – Tachybaptusruficollis85
10.Rock Pigeon (Blue Rock Pigeon) – Columba livia387
11.Spotted Dove – Streptopeliachinensis328
12.Greater Coucal – Centropussinensis179
13.Asian Koel – Eudynamysscolopaceus4511
14.Common Hawk-Cuckoo – Hierococcyxvarius22
15.Little Swift (Indian House Swift) – Apusaffinis376
16.Asian Palm-Swift – Cypsiurusbalasiensis184
17.Eurasian Moorhen – Gallinulachloropus11
18.Eurasian Coot – Fulicaatra383
19.Grey-headed Swamphen (Purple Swamphen) – Porphyriopoliocephalus1,3077
20.Watercock – Gallicrexcinerea22
21.White-breasted Waterhen – Amaurornisphoenicurus5111
22.Black-winged Stilt – Himantopushimantopus2175
23.Black-bellied Plover (Grey Plover) – Pluvialissquatarola51
24.Pacific Golden-Plover – Pluvialisfulva1001
25.Grey-headed Lapwing – Vanelluscinereus21
26.Red-wattled Lapwing – Vanellusindicus17912
27.Lesser Sand-Plover – Charadriusmongolus1522
28.Kentish Plover – Charadriusalexandrinus192
29.Little Ringed Plover – Charadriusdubius2165
plover sp. – Charadriidae sp.81
30.Pheasant-tailed Jacana – Hydrophasianuschirurgus1836
31.Bronze-winged Jacana – Metopidiusindicus939
32.Eurasian Curlew – Numeniusarquata11
33.Black-tailed Godwit – Limosalimosa1,0353
34.Ruff – Calidrispugnax41
35.Curlew Sandpiper – Calidrisferruginea283
36.Temminck’s Stint – Calidristemminckii284
37.Little Stint – Calidrisminuta4985
Stint sp. (Calidris sp.) – Calidris sp. (peep sp.)701
38.Common Snipe – Gallinagogallinago111
39.Pin-tailed Snipe – Gallinagostenura62
snipe sp. – Gallinago sp.42
40.Common Sandpiper – Actitishypoleucos5711
41.Green Sandpiper – Tringaochropus176
42.Spotted Redshank – Tringaerythropus11
43.Common Greenshank – Tringanebularia494
44.Marsh Sandpiper – Tringastagnatilis435
45.Wood Sandpiper – Tringaglareola1,38410
46.Common Redshank – Tringatotanus161
47.Collared/Oriental Pratincole – Glareolapratincola/maldivarum11
48.Small Pratincole – Glareolalactea4543
pratincole sp. – Glareola sp.251
49.Black-headed Gull – Chroicocephalusridibundus11
50.Little Tern – Sternulaalbifrons133
51.Gull-billed Tern – Gelochelidonnilotica22
52.Whiskered Tern – Chlidoniashybrida71013
53.River Tern – Sterna aurantia275
54.Asian Openbill – Anastomusoscitans21713
55.Woolly-necked Stork – Ciconiaepiscopus5711
56.White Stork – Ciconiaciconia233
57.Painted Stork – Mycterialeucocephala3499
stork sp. – Ciconiidae sp.81
58.Oriental Darter – Anhinga melanogaster7711
59.Little Cormorant – Microcarboniger1,83513
60.Indian Cormorant (Indian Shag) – Phalacrocoraxfuscicollis79211
61.Little/Indian Cormorant – Microcarboniger/Phalacrocoraxfuscicollis1825
cormorant sp. – Phalacrocoracidae sp.1,3653
62.Spot-billed Pelican – Pelecanusphilippensis11
63.Yellow Bittern – Ixobrychussinensis11
64.Cinnamon Bittern – Ixobrychuscinnamomeus11
65.Grey Heron – Ardeacinerea1329
66.Purple Heron – Ardeapurpurea16613
67.Great Egret – Ardea alba6511
68.Intermediate Egret – Ardeaintermedia1,13313
69.Great/Intermediate Egret – Ardea alba/intermedia113
70.Little Egret – Egrettagarzetta1,69012
71.Western Reef-Heron (Western Reef-Egret) – Egrettagularis53
72.Cattle Egret – Bubulcus ibis52912
73.white egret sp. – Ardea/Egretta/Bubulcus sp.9168
74.Indian Pond-Heron – Ardeolagrayii88013
75.Striated Heron (Little Heron) – Butoridesstriata21
76.Black-crowned Night-Heron – Nycticoraxnycticorax528
heron sp. – Ardeidae sp.11
77.Glossy Ibis – Plegadisfalcinellus6059
78.Black-headed Ibis – Threskiornismelanocephalus23812
79.Eurasian Spoonbill – Platalealeucorodia131
80.Osprey – Pandionhaliaetus33
81.Oriental Honey-buzzard (Crested Honey Buzzard) – Pernisptilorhynchus22
82.Crested Serpent-Eagle – Spilornischeela11
83.Greater Spotted Eagle – Clangaclanga85
84.Booted Eagle – Hieraaetuspennatus74
Aquila sp. – Aquila sp.11
85.Eurasian Marsh-Harrier – Circus aeruginosus4612
86.Shikra – Accipiter badius11
87.Black Kite – Milvusmigrans33
88.Brahminy Kite – Haliasturindus7313
89.Jungle Owlet – Glaucidiumradiatum42
90.Eurasian Hoopoe – Upupaepops44
91.Common Kingfisher (Small Blue Kingfisher) – Alcedoatthis3410
92.Stork-billed Kingfisher – Pelargopsiscapensis3311
93.White-throated Kingfisher – Halcyon smyrnensis13712
94.Pied Kingfisher – Cerylerudis104
kingfisher sp. – Alcedinidae sp.11
95.Green Bee-eater – Meropsorientalis309
96.Blue-tailed Bee-eater – Meropsphilippinus27012
97.Indian Roller – Coraciasbenghalensis62
98.White-cheeked Barbet (Small Green Barbet) – Psilopogonviridis126
99.Black-rumpedFlameback (Lesser Goldenbacked Woodpecker) – Dinopiumbenghalense65
100.Peregrine Falcon – Falco peregrinus11
101.Rose-ringed Parakeet – Psittaculakrameri54
102.Ashy Woodswallow – Artamusfuscus385
103.Brown Shrike – Laniuscristatus125
shrike sp. – Lanius sp.11
104.Indian Golden Oriole – Orioluskundoo309
105.Black-hooded Oriole – Oriolusxanthornus54
106.Black Drongo – Dicrurusmacrocercus11512
107.Bronzed Drongo – Dicrurusaeneus11
drongo sp. – Dicrurus sp.21
108.RufousTreepie – Dendrocittavagabunda177
109.House Crow – Corvussplendens23913
110.Large-billed Crow – Corvusmacrorhynchos5310
crow sp. – Corvus sp. (crow sp.)362
111.Sykes’s Short-toed Lark (Eastern Short-toed Lark) – Calandrelladukhunensis11
112.Barn Swallow – Hirundorustica58712
113.Red-rumped Swallow – Cecropisdaurica83
114.martin/swallow sp. – Hirundinidae sp.81
115.Red-vented Bulbul – Pycnonotuscafer156
116.Red-whiskered Bulbul – Pycnonotusjocosus11
117.Green Warbler – Phylloscopusnitidus11
118.Green/Greenish Warbler – Phylloscopusnitidus/trochiloides11
119.Booted Warbler – Idunacaligata11
120.Sykes’s Warbler – Idunarama11
121.Paddyfield Warbler – Acrocephalusagricola11
122.Blyth’s Reed Warbler – Acrocephalusdumetorum369
123.Clamorous Reed Warbler (Indian Great Reed Warbler) – Acrocephalusstentoreus369
Acrocephalus sp. – Acrocephalus sp.92
124.Pallas’s Grasshopper-Warbler – Locustellacerthiola11
125.Common Tailorbird – Orthotomussutorius75
126.Ashy Prinia – Priniasocialis259
127.Plain Prinia – Priniainornata6212
prinia sp. – Prinia sp.41
128.ZittingCisticola – Cisticolajuncidis237
129.Yellow-billed Babbler – Turdoidesaffinis61
130.Oriental Magpie-Robin – Copsychussaularis52
131.Common/Stejneger’s Stonechat (Siberian/Stejneger’s Stonechat) – Saxicolamaurus54
132.Pied Bushchat – Saxicolacaprata83
133.Rosy Starling – Pastor roseus3519
134.Chestnut-tailed Starling – Sturniamalabarica92
135.Malabar Starling (Blyth’s Starling) – Sturniablythii21
136.Common Myna – Acridotherestristis8510
137.Jungle Myna – Acridotheresfuscus103
138.Pale-billed Flowerpecker – Dicaeumerythrorhynchos32
139.Purple-rumped Sunbird – Leptocomazeylonica74
140.Long-billed Sunbird (Loten’s Sunbird) – Cinnyrislotenius11
sunbird sp. – Nectariniidae sp. (sunbird sp.)32
141.Grey Wagtail – Motacillacinerea92
142.Western Yellow Wagtail – Motacillaflava2659
143.White-browed Wagtail (Large Pied Wagtail) – Motacillamaderaspatensis84
144.White Wagtail – Motacilla alba51
wagtail sp. – Motacilla sp.582
145.Paddyfield Pipit – Anthusrufulus177
pipit sp. – Anthus sp.42
146.Streaked Weaver – Ploceusmanyar502
147.Baya Weaver – Ploceusphilippinus683
148.Red Avadavat – Amandavaamandava31
149.White-rumpedMunia – Lonchurastriata22
150.Scaly-breasted Munia (Spotted Munia) – Lonchurapunctulata465
151.Tricolored Munia (Black-headed Munia) – Lonchuramalacca1403

Total taxa: 169, Total species: 151 sp. Wetland dependent species: 77 sp.


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