Asian Birds

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In December 2014, I changed the taxonomic order for the Non-Passerines to that used by the HBW and Birdlife international Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World, Volume 1 and in January 2016 I did the same for the Passerines. I have also adopted both the English and scientific names used by that publication.


Partridges, Pheasants, Grouse - Phasianidae:
Himalayan Monal (Lophophorus impejanus) February 2009
Satyr Tragopan (Tragopan satyra) October 2009
Blood Pheasant (Ithaginis cruentus) February 2009
Kalij Pheasant (Lophura leucomelanos) February 2009

Ducks, Geese, Swans - Anatidae:
Goosander (Mergus merganser) March 2009

Pigeons - Columbidae:
Snow Pigeon (Columba leuconota) July 2008
Oriental Turtle-dove (Streptopelia orientalis) September 2009
Western Spotted Dove (Spilopelia suratensis) September 2009
Barred Cuckoo-dove (Macropygia unchall) February 2009
Pin-tailed Green-pigeon (Treron apicauda) October 2009
Wedge-tailed Green-pigeon (Treron sphenurus) October 2009
Mountain Imperial-pigeon (Ducula badia) October 2008

Swifts - Apodidae:
Pacific Swift (Apus pacificus) June 2008

Cuckoos - Cuculidae:
Green-billed Malkoha (Phaenicophaeus tristis) July 2009
Large Hawk-cuckoo (Hierococcyx sparverioides) July 2008
Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) July 2008
Oriental Cuckoo (Cuculus saturatus) July 2008

Cranes - Gruidae:
Black-necked Crane (Grus nigricollis) December 2008

Herons - Ardeidae:
White-bellied Heron (Ardea insignis) June 2008

Ibisbill - Ibidorhynchidae:
Ibisbill (Ibidorhyncha struthersii) January 2009

Plovers & Lapwings - Charadriidae:
River Lapwing (Vanellus duvaucelii) October 2009

Owls - Strigidae:
Collared Owlet (Glaucidium brodiei) December 2008
Asian Barred Owlet (Glaucidium cuculoides) December 2008

Kites, Hawks & Eagles - Accipitridae:
Crested Serpent-eagle (Spilornis cheela) September 2009
Himalayan Griffon (Gyps himalayensis) December 2008
Mountain Hawk-eagle (Nisaetus nipalensis) September 2009
Rufous-bellied Eagle (Lophotriorchis kienerii) January 2009
Black Eagle (Ictinaetus malaiensis) January 2009
Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) April 2008

Trogons - Trogonidae:
Red-headed Trogon (Harpactes erythrocephalus) December 2008

Hornbills - Bucerotidae:
Great Hornbill (Buceros bicornis) June 2008
Rufous-necked Hornbill (Aceros nipalensis) April 2008
Wreathed Hornbill (Rhyticeros undulatus) April 2008

Hoopoes - Upipidae:
Common Hoopoe (Upupa epops) October 2009

Bee-eaters - Meropidae:
Blue-bearded Bee-eater (Nyctyornis athertoni) March 2009

Kingfishers - Alcedinidae:
Crested Kingfisher (Megaceryle lugubris) February 2009
White-breasted Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis) December 2008

Barbets - PhasianidaeMegalaemidae:
Great Barbet (Psilopogon virens) February 2009
Golden-throated Barbet (Psilopogon franklinii) February 2009
Blue-throated Barbet (Psiliopogon asiaticus) February 2009

Honeyguides - Indicatoridae:
Yellow-rumped Honeyguide (Indicator xanthonotus) January 2009

Woodpeckers - Picidae:
Bay Woodpecker (Blythipicus pyrrhotis) June 2008
Lesser Yellownape (Picus chlorolophus) July 2009
Grey-capped Woodpecker (Picoides canicapillus) October 2008
Scarlet-breasted Woodpecker (Dryobates cathpharius) October 2008
Rufous-bellied Woodpecker (Dendrocopos hyperythrus) October 2008

Falcons - Falconidae:
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) December 2008


Broadbills - Eurylaimidae:
Long-tailed Broadbill (Psarisomus dalhousiae) July 2009

Orioles - Oriolidae:
Maroon Oriole (Oriolus traillii) April 2009

Vireos - Vireonidae:
White-browed Shrike-Babbler (Pteruthius aeralatus) July 2009

Cuckoo-shrikes - Campephagidae:
Grey-chinned Minivet (Pericrocotus solaris) April 2009
Short-billed Minivet (Pericrocotus brevirostris) April 2009
Long-tailed Minivet (Pericrocotus ethologus) April 2009
Scarlet Minivet (Pericrocotus flammeus) April 2009

Fantails - Rhipiduridae:
White-throated Fantail (Rhipidura albicollis) July 2009

Drongos - Dicruridae:
Ashy Drongo (Dicrurus leucophaeus) October 2008
Bronzed Drongo (Dicrurus aeneus) October 2008
Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus remifer) October 2008

Shrikes - Laniidae:
Long-tailed Shrike (Lanius schach) February 2009

Crows - Corvidae:
Yellow-billed Blue Magpie (Urocissa flavirostris) October 2009
Common Green Magpie (Cissa chinensis) July 2008
Eurasian Nutcracker (Nucifraga caryocatactes) March 2009
Large-billed Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos) July 2008

Fairy Flycatcher and allies - Stenostiridae:
Yellow-bellied Fairy-fantail (Chelidorhynx hypoxanthus) July 2009

Tits - Paridae:
Fire-capped Tit (Cephalopyrus flammiceps) July 2008
Yellow-browed Tit (Sylviparus modestus) September 2009
Sultan Tit (Melanochlora sultanea) March 2009
Grey-crested Tit (Lophophanes dichrous) April 2009
Green-backed Tit (Parus monticolus) April 2009
Yellow-cheeked Tit (Machlolophus spilonotus) April 2009

Cisticolas and allies - Cisticolidae:
Striated Prinia (Prinia crinigera) July 2009
Hill Prinia (Prinia atrogularis) July 2009

Cupwings - Pnoepygidae:
Pygmy Cupwing (Pnoepyga pusilla) July 2009

Swallows and Martins - Hirundinidae:
Nepal House Martin (Delichon nipalense) October 2008

Bulbuls - Pycnonotidae:
Ashy Bulbul (Hemixos flavala) January 2009
Black Bulbul (Hypsipetes leucocephalus) January 2009
Striated Bulbul (Pycnonotus striatus) July 2009
Red-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus cafer) July 2009

Leaf-warblers - Phylloscopidae:
Lemon-rumped Warbler (Phylloscopus chloronotus) July 2009
Buff-barred Warbler (Phylloscopus pulcher) July 2009
Ashy-throated Warbler (Phylloscopus maculipennis) July 2009
White-spectacled Warbler (Phylloscopus intermedius) August 2009
Grey-cheeked Warbler (Phylloscopus poliogenys) August 2009
Whistler's Warbler (Phylloscopus whistleri) August 2009
Chestnut-crowned Warbler (Phylloscopus castaniceps) August 2009
Yellow-vented Warbler (Phylloscopus cantator) July 2009
Blyth's Leaf-Warbler (Phylloscopus reguloides) July 2009
Grey-hooded Warbler (Phylloscopus xanthoschistos) August 2009

Bush-warblers - Scotocercidae:
Slaty-bellied Tesia (Tesia olivea) September 2009
Black-faced Warbler (Abroscopus schisticeps) April 2008
Brownish-flanked Bush-warbler (Horornis fortipes) July 2008

Long-tailed Tits - Aegithalidae:
Black-throated Tit (Aegithalos concinnus) April 2008

Old World Warblers and Parrotbills - Sylviidae:
White-browed Fulvetta (Fulvetta vinipectus) May 2008
White-breasted Parrotbill (Psittaparus ruficeps) April 2009

White-eyes and Yuhinas - Zosteropidae:
Black-chinned Yuhina (Yuhina nigrimenta) November 2009
Whiskered Yuhina (Yuhina flavicollis) November 2009
Rufous-vented Yuhina (Yuhina occipitalis) November 2009
White-naped Yuhina (Yuhina bakeri) November 2009

Scimitar-babblers and allies - Timaliidae:
Rusty-cheeked Scimitar-babbler (Erythrogenys erythrogenys) July 2009
Golden Babbler (Cyanoderma chryseum) September 2009
Rufous-capped Babbler (Cyanoderma ruficeps) September 2009

Ground Babblers - Pellorneidae:
Yellow-throated Fulvetta (Schoeniparus cinereus) May 2008
Rufous-winged Fulvetta (Schoeniparus castaneceps) May 2008

Laughingthrushes and allies - Leiotrichidae:
Nepal Fulvetta (Alcippe nipalensis) May 2008
Striated Laughingthrush (Grammatoptila striatus) December 2008
Himalayan Cutia (Cutia nipalensis) October 2008
White-crested Laughingthrush (Garrulax leucolophus) December 2008
Spotted Laughingthrush (Garrulax ocellatus) December 2008
Rufous-chinned Laughingthrush (Garrulax rufogularis) December 2008
White-throated Laughingthrush (Garrulax albogularis) December 2008
Bhutan Laughingthrush (Trochalopteron imbricatum) December 2008
Black-faced Laughingthrush (Trochalopteron affine) December 2008
Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush (Trochalopteron erythrocephalum) December 2008
Long-tailed Sibia (Heterophasia picaoides) January 2009
Rufous Sibia (Heterophasia capistrata) January 2009
Silver-eared Mesia (Leiothrix argentauris) February 2009
Red-tailed Minla (Minla ignotincta) March 2009
Red-faced Liocichla (Liocichla phoenicea) February 2009
Hoary-throated Barwing (Sibia nipalensis) April 2008
Bar-throated Minla (Chrysominla strigula) March 2009
Rusty-fronted Barwing (Actinodura egertoni) April 2008

Nuthatches - Sittidae:
Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch (Sitta cinnamoventris) August 2009
White-tailed Nuthatch (Sitta himalayensis) August 2009
Beautiful Nuthatch (Sitta formosa) August 2009

Dippers - Cinclidae:
Brown Dipper (Cinclus pallasii) July 2008

Starlings - Sturnidae:
Chestnut-tailed Starling (Sturnia malabarica) September 2009
Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis) April 2008

Thrushes - Turdidae:
Grey-winged Blackbird (Turdus boulboul) October 2009
White-collared Blackbird (Turdus albocinctus) October 2009

Old World Flycatchers and Chats - Muscicapidae:
Oriental Magpie-robin (Copsychus saularis) July 2008
Rufous-bellied Niltava (Niltava sundara) March 2009
Small Niltava (Niltava macgrigoriae) March 2009
Verditer Flycatcher (Eumyias thalassina) December 2008
Rufous-breasted Bush-robin (Tarsiger hyperythrus) September 2009
Himalayan Bush-robin (Tarsiger rufilatus) September 2009
Blue Whistling-thrush (Myophonus caeruleus) March 2009
Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher (Ficedula strophiata) December 2008
Blue-fronted Redstart (Phoenicurus frontalis) July 2009
White-capped Water-redstart (Phoenicurus leucocephalus) July 2008
Plumbeous Water-redstart (Phoenicurus fuliginosa) July 2009
Hodgson's Redstart (Phoenicurus hodgsoni) July 2009
Blue-capped Rock-thrush (Monticola cinclorhyncha) March 2009
Grey Bushchat (Saxicola ferreus) August 2009

Leafbirds - Chloropseidae:
Orange-bellied Leafbird (Chloropsis hardwickii) July 2008

Flowerpeckers - Dicaeidae:
Fire-breasted Flowerpecker (Dicaeum ignipectus) October 2008

Sunbirds - Nectariniidae:
Streaked Spiderhunter (Arachnothera magna) June 2008
Fire-tailed Sunbird (Aethopyga ignicauda) May 2008
Black-throated Sunbird (Aethopyga saturata) May 2008
Gould's Sunbird (Aethopyga gouldiae) May 2008
Crimson Sunbird (Aethopyga siparaja) May 2008

Accentors - Prunellidae:
Rufous-breasted Accentor (Prunella strophiata) July 2009

Pipits and Wagtails - Motacillidae:
Olive-backed Pipit (Anthus hodgsoni) June 2008
Rosy Pipit (Anthus roseatus) June 2008
White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) March 2009

Finches - Fringillidae:
Collared Grosbeak (Mycerobas affinis) March 2009
Scarlet Finch (Carpodacus sipahi) December 2008
Himalayan White-browed Rosefinch (Carpodacus thura) June 2008
Brown Bullfinch (Pyrrhula nipalensis) July 2009
Red-headed Bullfinch (Pyrrhula erythrocephala) July 2009
Plain Mountain-finch (Leucosticte nemoricola) February 2009
Gold-naped Finch (Pyrrhoplectes epauletta) July 2009
Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) February 2009

Buntings - Emberizidae:
Crested Bunting (Emberiza lathami) March 2009

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