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Birdwatching in Goa

Birdwatching in Goa

Paul Doherty

Excellent footage of 147 species. the small Indian state of Goa has become hugely popular with birdwatchers. It boasts a remarkable variety of species in a small area. Add on blue skies, sandy beaches and friendly locals and you can see why people are describing it as the perfect introduction to Oriental birding. 143 min.

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Common NameScientific Name
Oriental DarterAnhinga melanogaster
Indian CormorantPhalacrocorax fuscicollis
Little CormorantPhalacrocorax niger
Grey HeronArdea cinerea
Purple HeronArdea purpurea
Cattle EgretBubulcus ibis
Intermediate EgretMesophoyx intermedia
Little EgretEgretta garzetta
Western Reef-HeronEgretta gularis
Indian Pond-HeronArdeola grayii
Cinnamon BitternIxobrychus cinnamomeus
Woolly-necked StorkCiconia episcopus
Lesser AdjutantLeptoptilos javanicus
Lesser Whistling-DuckDendrocygna javanica
Ruddy ShelduckTadorna ferruginea
Cotton Pygmy-GooseNettapus coromandelianus
GarganeyAnas querquedula
OspreyPandion haliaetus
Oriental Honey-BuzzardPernis ptilorhyncus
Black KiteMilvus migrans
Brahminy KiteHaliastur indus
White-bellied Sea-EagleHaliaeetus leucogaster
Eurasian Marsh HarrierCircus aeruginosus
ShikraAccipiter badius
Lesser Spotted EagleAquila pomarina
Greater Spotted EagleAquila clanga
Tawny EagleAquila rapax
Booted EagleHieraaetus pennatus
Common KestrelFalco tinnunculus
Amur FalconFalco amurensis
White-breasted WaterhenAmaurornis phoenicurus
WatercockGallicrex cinerea
Common MoorhenGallinula chloropus
Purple SwamphenPorphyrio porphyrio
Common CootFulica atra
Pheasant-tailed JacanaHydrophasianus chirurgus
Common NameScientific Name
Bronze-winged JacanaMetopidius indicus
Greater Painted-SnipeRostratula benghalensis
Eurasian OystercatcherHaematopus ostralegus
Black-winged StiltHimantopus himantopus
Small PratincoleGlareola lactea
Yellow-wattled LapwingVanellus malabaricus
White-tailed LapwingVanellus leucurus
Red-wattled PloverVanellus indicus
Pacific Golden PloverPluvialis fulva
Little PloverCharadrius dubius
Kentish PloverCharadrius alexandrinus
Lesser Sand PloverCharadrius mongolus
Greater Sand PloverCharadrius leschenaultii
Common RedshankTringa totanus
Common GreenshankTringa nebularia
Wood SandpiperTringa glareola
Common SandpiperActitis hypoleucos
SanderlingCalidris alba
Little StintCalidris minuta
Temminck's StintCalidris temminckii
DunlinCalidris alpina
Indian Black-headed GullLarus brunnicephalus
Whiskered TernChlidonias hybrida
Gull-billed TernGelochelidon nilotica
Rock PigeonColumba livia
Spotted DoveStreptopelia chinensis
Pompadour Green-PigeonTreron pompadora
Rose-ringed ParakeetPsittacula krameri
Plum-headed ParakeetPsittacula cyanocephala
Jacobin CuckooOxylophus jacobinus
Common CuckooCuculus canorus
Asian KoelEudynamys scolopacea
Greater CoucalCentropus sinensis
Spotted OwletAthene brama
Little SwiftApus affinis
Common KingfisherAlcedo atthis
Common NameScientific Name
Brown-headed Stork-billed-KingfisherPelargopsis capensis
White-breasted KingfisherHalcyon smyrnensis
Black-capped KingfisherHalcyon pileata
Little Green Bee-eaterMerops orientalis
Blue-tailed Bee-eaterMerops philippinus
European RollerCoracias garrulus
Indian RollerCoracias benghalensis
HoopoeUpupa epops
Malabar Grey HornbillOcyceros griseus
Crimson-fronted BarbetMegalaima rubricapilla
Coppersmith BarbetMegalaima haemacephala
Brown-capped WoodpeckerPicoides nanus
Black-rumped FlamebackDinopium benghalense
Indian PittaPitta brachyura
Malabar Crested LarkGalerida malabarica
Ashy-crowned Sparrow-LarkEremopterix grisea
Wire-tailed SwallowHirundo smithii
Red-rumped SwallowHirundo daurica
Yellow WagtailMotacilla flava
Citrine WagtailMotacilla citreola
Grey WagtailMotacilla cinerea
White-browed WagtailMotacilla madaraspatensis
Richard's PipitAnthus richardi
Paddyfield PipitAnthus rufulus
Blyth's PipitAnthus godlewskii
Tawny PipitAnthus campestris
Tree PipitAnthus trivialis
Black-headed CuckooshrikeCoracina melanoptera
Scarlet MinivetPericrocotus flammeus
Black-crested BulbulPycnonotus melanicterus
Red-whiskered BulbulPycnonotus jocosus
Red-vented BulbulPycnonotus cafer
White-browed BulbulPycnonotus luteolus
Common IoraAegithina tiphia
Golden-fronted LeafbirdChloropsis aurifrons
Brown ShrikeLanius cristatus
Common NameScientific Name
Long-tailed ShrikeLanius schach
Indian RobinSaxicoloides fulicata
Oriental Magpie-RobinCopsychus saularis
StonechatSaxicola torquata
Pied StonechatSaxicola caprata
Puff-throated BabblerPellorneum ruficeps
Oriental Yellow-eyed BabblerChrysomma sinense
Jungle-BabblerTurdoides striatus
Zitting CisticolaCisticola juncidis
Ashy PriniaPrinia socialis
Plain-colored PriniaPrinia inornata
Green WarblerPhylloscopus trochiloides nitidus
Asian Brown FlycatcherMuscicapa dauurica
Red-throated FlycatcherFicedula albicilla
Asian Paradise-FlycatcherTerpsiphone paradisi
Black-naped MonarchHypothymis azurea
Black-lored Yellow-TitMachlolophus xanthogenys
Velvet-fronted NuthatchSitta frontalis
Black DrongoDicrurus macrocercus
Bronzed DrongoDicrurus aeneus
Greater Racquet-tailed DrongoDicrurus paradiseus
Ashy WoodswallowArtamus fuscus
Rufous TreepieDendrocitta vagabunda
House CrowCorvus splendens
Large-billed CrowCorvus macrorhynchos
Eurasian Golden OrioleOriolus oriolus
Black-hooded OrioleOriolus xanthornus
Jungle MynaAcridotheres fuscus
Chestnut-tailed StarlingSturnia malabarica
Brahminy StarlingTemenuchus pagodarum
Rosy StarlingPastor roseus
Black-headed BuntingEmberiza melanocephala
White-rumped MuniaLonchura striata
Tricolored MuniaLonchura malacca
Baya WeaverPloceus philippinus
Yellow-throated PetroniaPetronia xanthocollis

Disclaimer The species list above is in systematic order, the taxonomy and nomenclature of which generally follows the Wells World Birds list on Birder's Diary v3.0 (courtesy of Thayer Software:, with adaptations by WildSounds.
The Wells World Birds list is based on a classification created by Mic Wells.
Please note that the above list may not be in the same order or be a full and accurate representation of the species on the title concerned. We take due care to ensure the accuracy of the list, but should you find any errors, please notify us.

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