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List of Birds Spotted Here
Birds Spotted in March 2007

This list includes all birds identified by me (Stefan Ericsson, Ekologi, milijö och geovetenskap, Umeå Universitet, SE - 901 87 Umeå, Sweden) near Laitkynsew and along the road between Laitkynsew and Mawmluh during the period 15-20 march 2007. The sequence and names follow Grimmett, Inskipp & Inskipp 2001: Birds of the Indian subcontinent (Helm, London). In other books, some birds might have different names.

Under "Status" I have tried to analyze the probable status of the individuals I have seen of each species, i.e. if they were likely to represent resident [R], wintering [W] or migrants [M]. For many altitudinal migrants, the status is difficult to judge, since both resident and wintering individuals might be present.

Under "Notes" I have given additional remarks of some species, mostly rarer or less encountered ones. In this column, "Low" indicates that the species was seen along the trail to the root bridge below Laitkynsew, "High" that the bird was seen along the steep part of the road below Mawmluh.

Scientific name English Name Status Notes
Arborophila atrogularis White-cheeked Partridge R Low. Two seen crossing path.
Lophura leucomelaenos Kalij Pheasant R At least two above the Pony Trail.
Sasia ochracea White-browed Piculet R Two seen in bamboo. Low and high.
Celeus brachyurus Rufous Woodpecker R
Hemicircus canente Heart-spotted Woodpecker R Low. A single female.
Dendrocopus macei Fulvous-breasted Woodpecker R
Picus chlorolophus Lesser Yellownape R
Picus xanthopygaeus Streak-throated Woodpecker R
Picus canus Grey-headed Woodpecker R
Chrysocolaptes lucidus Greater Flameback R
Megalaima virens Great Barbet R
Megalaima lineata Lineated Barbet R
Megalaima franklinii Golden-throated Barbet R
Megalaima asiatica Blue-throated Barbet R Very common, heard almost constantly.
Megalaima australis Blue-eared Barbet R
Anthracoceros albirostris Oriental Pied Hornbill R Two spotted far below from road near Mawshamok.
Upupa epops Common Hoopoe M? Birds found singly might have been residents, but a band of a dozen (high) indicates migrating individuals.
Harpactes erythrocephalus Red-headed Trogon R High.
Coracias benghalensis Indian Roller R Mawmluh.
Eurystomus orientalis Dollarbird R Ridge Path.
Halcyon smyrnensis White-throated Kingfisher R Low.
Nyctyornis athertoni Blue-bearded Bee-eater R
Hierococcyx sparverioides Large Hawk Cuckoo R One heard from near Mawshamok.
Cuculus sp. Cuckoo (not identified) ? Cuckoos of this genus are very difficult when not calling.
Cacomantis merulinus Plaintive Cuckoo R
Phaenicophaeus tristis Green-billed Malkoha R High.
Loriculus vernalis Vernal Hanging Parrot R
Psittacula finschii Grey-headed Parakeet R
Psittacula roseata Blossom-headed Parakeet R
Psittacula alexandri Red-breasted Parakeet R
Collocalia brevirostris Himalayan Swiftlet R
Hirundapus giganteus Brown-backed Needletail R
Apus acuticauda Dark-rumped Swift R A rare species which I found unexpectedly frequent. Seen several times, and a large concentration near cliffs close to the summit.
Otus sunia Oriental Scops Owl R One heard 1 km back from the resort.
Otus bakkamoena Collared Scops Owl R At least two heard near the resort.
Bubo coromandus Dusk Eagle Owl R One individual spotted hiding from Lumwahkrem road in broad daylight.
Ducula badia Mountain Imperial Pigeon R
Streptopelia orientalis Oriental Turtle Dove W Mawmluh.
Streptopelia chinensis Spotted Dove R
Macropygia unchall Barred Cuckoo Dove R Pony Trail.
Chalcophaps indica Emerald Dove R
Treron curvirostra Thick-billed Green Pigeon R
Treron phoenicoptera Yellow-footed Green Pigeon R Low.
Treron apicauda Pin-tailed Green Pigeon R Low.
Tringa glareola Wood Sandpiper M? One by the stream beyond the cement factory in Mawmluh.
Aviceda leuphotes Black Baza R One seen.
Milvus migrans Black Kite R Only a few seen.
Spilornis cheela Crested Serpent Eagle R Seen daily, several times carrying nest material.
Accipiter badius Shikra R
Accipter sp. Hawk (not identified) ? Hawks of this genus are difficult if not seen well.
Hieraaetus kienerii Rufous-bellied Eagle R? One seen well from the resort.
Falco tinnunculus Common Kestrel W? Seen daily at any level, possibly migrating.
Serilophus lunatus Silvery-breasted Broadbill R
Psarisomus dalhousiae Long-tailed Broadbill R
Irena puella Asian Fairy Bluebird R
Chloropsis cochinchinensis Blue-winged Leafbird R
Chloropsis aurifrons Golden-fronted Leafbird R
Chloropsis hardwickii Orange-bellied Leafbird R
Lanius cristatus Brown Shrike W One individual seen daily at clearing along Lumwahkrem road.
Cissa chinensis Common Green Magpie R One group along Lumwahkrem road.
Dendrocitta formosae Grey Treepie R High.
Oriolus chinensis Black-naped Oriole M? Not well known in India, but winters in nearby Bangladesh. Three seen, one of them daily at red-flowering tree close to the resort. Could be wintering.
Oriolus xanthornus Black-hooded Oriole R Low.
Oriolus traillii Maroon Oriole R
Coracina macei Large Cuckooshrike R
Coracina melaschistos Black-winged Cuckooshrike R
Pericrocotus solaris Grey-chinned Minivet R
Pericrocotus ethologus Long-tailed Minivet W
Pericrocotus brevirostris Short-billed Minivet W
Pericrocotus flammeus Scarlet Minivet R
Hemipus picatus Bar-winged Flycatcher Shrike R
Rhipidura albicollis White-throated Fantail R
Dicrurus macrocercus Black Drongo R Very conspicuous.
Dicrurus leucophaeus Ashy Drongo W? One seen along Lumwahkrem road.
Dicrurus aeneus Bronzed Drongo R
Dicrurus hottentottus Spangled Drongo R
Hypothymis azurea Black-naped Monarch R
Aegithina tiphia Common Iora R
Tephrodornis gularis Large Woodshrike R
Monticola rufiventris Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush R
Zoothera wardii Pied Thrush M Unexpected. A single female in second growth above the Lumwahkrem road.
Zoothera dauma Scaly Thrush W One seen between Pony Trail and Ridge Path.
Zoothera monticola Long-billed Thrush R Low.
Turdus boulboul Grey-winged Blackbird W
Turdus obscurus Eyebrowed Thrush W Several seen first day, after that none.
Turdus ruficollis Dark-throated Thrush W Mawmluh.
Brachypteryx montana White-browed Shortwing W
Ficedula strophiata Rufous-gorgetted Flycastcher W Pony trail.
Ficedula parvula Red-throated Flycatcher W
Ficedula monileger White-gorgetted Flycatcher R One seen above  “the third path”.
Ficedula westermanni Little Pied Flycatcher W
Ficedula superciliaris Ultramarine Flycatcher W Two seen high above “the third path”.
Ficedula tricolor Slaty-blue Flycatcher W Pony Trail.
Niltava grandis Large Niltava R
Niltava macrgrigoriae Small Niltava W?
Niltava sundara Rufous-bellied Niltava R
Cyornis poliogenys Pale-chinned Flycatcher R
Cyornis unicolor Pale Blue Flycatcher W
Cyornis rubeculoides Blue-throated Flycatcher W Pony Trail.
Culicicapa ceylonensis Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher R
Luscinia brunnea Indian Blue Robin W
Tarsiger cyanurus Orange-flanked Bush Robin W One seen above Pony Trail.
Tarsiger hyperythrus Rufous-breasted Bush Robin W High.
Copsychus saularis Oriental Magpie Robin R
Enicurus maculatus Spotted Forktail R Low. One below the root bridge was the only forktail seen – all rivers were dry.
Cochoa viridis Green Cochoa R A rare species. One male between Pony Trail and Ridge Path.
Saxicola caprata Pied Bushchat R Mawmluh.
Saxicola ferrea Grey Bushchat W High, at former cultivation.
Acridotheres tristis Common Myna R
Sitta castanea Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch R
Sitta frontalis Velvet-fronted Nuthatch R
Parus major Great Tit R
Hirundo rustica Barn Swallow W
Delichon nipalensis Nepal House Martin R? Mawmluh.
Spizixos canifrons Crested Finchbill R A rare species. A pair (group?) seen twice above the road about 1,5 km back from the resort.
Pycnonotus melanicterus Black-crested Bulbul R
Pycnonotus jocosus Red-whiskered Bulbul R
Pycnonotus cafer Red-vented Bulbul R
Alophoixus flaveolus White-throated Bulbul R High.
Hemixos flavala Ashy Bulbul R
Hypsipetes leucocephalus Black bulbul R
Prinia atrogularis Hill Prinia R
Prinia criniger Striated Prinia W High.
Prinia rufescens Rufescent Prinia R High.
Prinia hodgsonii Grey-breasted Prinia R
Zosterops palpebrosus Oriental White-eye R
Tesia castaneocoronata Chestnut-headed Tesia R
Cettia fortipes Brownish-flanked Bush Warbler R High.
Orthotomus cuculatus Mountain Tailorbird R High.
Orthotomus sutorius Common Tailorbird R
Phylloscopus affinis Tickell’s Leaf Warbler W
Phylloscopus pulcher Buff-barred Warbler W
Phylloscopus chloronotus Lemon-rumped Warbler W
Phylloscopus humei Hume’s Warbler W
Phylloscopus inornatus Yellow-browed Warbler W
Phylloscopus cf. trochiloides Greenish Warbler (likely) W Almost certainly this species, in that case rather common.
Phylloscopus coronatus Eastern Crowned Warbler W
Phylloscopus reguloides Blyth’s Leaf Warbler R
Phylloscopus cantator Yellow-vented Warbler R
Seicercus affinis White-spectacled Warbler R
Seicercus poliogenys Grey-cheeked Warbler R
Seicercus castaniceps Chestnut-crowned Warbler R
Abroscopus albogularis Rufous-faced Warbler R
Garrulax leucolophus White-crested Laughingthrush R
Garrulax monileger Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrush R
Garrulax pectoralis Greater Necklaced Laughingthr. R Seems to be the most common laughingthrush.
Garrulax ruficollis Rufous-necked Laughingthrush R
Garrulax gularis Rufous-vented Laughingthrush R High.
Garrulax squamatus Blue-winged Laughingthrush R Said to be a rare species, but seen twice: High and Pony Trail.
Liocichla phoenicea Red-faced Liocichla R High.
Pellorneum tickellii Buff-breasted Babbler R
Pellorneum ruficeps Puff-throated Babbler R
Pellorneum albiventre Spot-throated Babbler R
Pomatorhinus schisticeps White-browed Scimitar Babbler R
Pomatorhinus ochraceiceps Red-billed Scimitar Babbler R Low.
Pomatorhinus ferruginosus Coral-billed Scimitar Babbler R High.
Napothera brevicaudata Streaked Wren Babbler R
Pnoepyga albiventer Scaly-breasted Wren Babbler R
Pnoepyga pusilla Pygmy Wren Babbler R
Stachyris chrysaea Golden Babbler R
Stachyris nigriceps Grey-throated Babbler R
Macronous gularis Striped Tit Babbler R
Leiothrix argentauris Silver-eared Mesia R
Leiothrix lutea Red-billed Leiothrix W?
Pteruthius melanotis Black-eared Shrike Babbler R
Gampsorhynchus rufulus White-hooded Babbler R Low.
Actinodura egertoni Rusty-fronted Barwing R High.
Minla cyanouroptera Blue-winged Minla W?
Alcippe castaneceps Rufous-winged Fulvetta W?
Alcippe dubia Rusty-capped Fulvetta R Low.
Alcippe poioicephala Brown-cheeked Fulvetta R
Alcippe nipalensis Nepal Fulvetta W? One of the most frequently encountered birds.
Yuhina castaniceps Striated Yuhina R
Yuhina bakeri White-naped Yuhina W?
Yuhina flavicollis Whiskered Yuhina W?
Yuhina zantholeuca White-bellied Yuhina W?
Heterophasia annectans Rufous-backed Sibia W?
Heterophasia gracilis Grey Sibia R
Heterophasia pulchella Beautiful Sibia R
Paradoxornis gularis Grey-headed Parrotbill R High.
Paradoxornis atrosuperciliaris Lesser Rufous-headed Parrotbill R Low.
Mirafra assamica Rufous-winged Bushlark R Mawmluh.
Anthreptes singalensis Ruby-cheeked Sunbird R
Aethopyga nipalensis Green-tailed Sunbird W?
Aethopyga saturata Black-throated Sunbird W?
Aethopyga  siparaja Crimson sunbird W?
Passer rutilans Russet Sparrow R Mawmluh.
Passer montanus Eurasian Tree Sparrow R Mawmluh.
Dendronanthus indicus Forest Wagtail W
Motacilla alba White Wagtail W Mawmluh.
Motacilla cinerea Grey Wagtail W Mawmluh.
Anthus rufulus Paddyfield Pipit R Mawmluh.
Anthus hodgsoni Olive-backed Pipit W
Lonchura striata White-rumped Munia R
Lonchura punctulata Scaly-breasted Munia R
Melophus lathami Crested Bunting W? High.

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