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Northern India Norther Himalaya, Uttaranchal, Corbett, Kaladhungi, Naini Tal, New Delhi
NorthWest India Rajasthan, Bharatpur, Western Himalaya
North East India West Bengal, Sikkim, Assam, Darjeeling, Lava
Goa (this page) Goa, Backwoods, Western Ghats
Southern India Kerala, Andaman Islands,Mysore,Cochin, Tamil Nadu

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Goa, India Jan 28th-Feb 12th, 2008

  • Short report and list from Tom Tams

Goa update 10th-25th January 2008

  • An update on the good birding sites in the Goa area....John Kirby and Garry Hughes

Goa, 6-13 Feb 2007

  • Goa is a great introduction for getting to grips with exotic Indian birds. Many reports are detailed and are an invaluable resource to any one visiting this part of India. With this in mind I do not intend to reproduce said reports here, just give an indication as to what can be achieved in seven days of intense birding...Steve Baines reports.

Maen Lake nightjar

Goa 16th February-16th March 2006

  • With over 1,000 species in India and a possible 500 in Goa (most not seen in Europe) no-matter how good a birder you are, it’s like starting all over again.  And so it was on that first morning across the road from the hotel beside the salt pans and woodland edges...Roy Ticehurst reports

Seven days in Goa 21-28 Feb 2006

  • During a visit to Goa in winter, several Indian endemic species and/or subspecies can be encountered. These endemics concerns sometimes birds restricted to the Western Ghats or Southern India, but also more widespread Indian endemics are encountered....Eddy Nieuwstraten reports

Goa, India 6th - 21st February 2006

  • This report contains the bird observations made during a two week holiday trip to Goa. Birding was normally restricted to a few hours before breakfast as well as a few afternoons. Exceptions were a full day trip to the Carambolim area (birding until lunch) and a four day visit to Backwoods and the Bondla forest...Hans-Åke Gustavsson reports.

Goa Revisited: 12th January to 9th February 2006

  • When we awoke on our first morning in Goa, “surprise-surprise”, the sun was shining in a clear blue sky, and the temperature pleasantly warm. After a hearty breakfast, our first port of call had to be the adjacent salt pans, just over the road from the hotel, where there were species in abundance, especially if you were a newcomer to the Indian Subcontinent...Brian and Isabel Eady report.

Goa 29/1 – 11/2 2005

  • Our strategy was quite simple, look at birds you donīt recognize at first glimpse. Most of those are probably new ones. We didnīt waste any time in salt ponds or tidal mudflats to chase common Scandinavian waders. We did the same with white egrets. Once we had seen Intermediate satisfactorily, not much time was spent on those...Lars Olausson reports

Goa 6th-28th January 2005

  • This report is by way of an update on the many previous reports from other birders. My wife (Pat) and I were making our first trip birding/sightseeing outside of Europe, having heard so much about it from friends and other birders, most of whom make it an annual pilgrimage. We were not disappointed and are already making plans for next year!...Roy Ticehurst reports

Goa 14-29th February 2004

  • Goa is an excellent birding location with very friendly people and a wide variety of restaurants providing food for all tastes at ridiculously cheap prices (by European standards).... Despite all drawbacks and the lengthy flight we both enjoyed Goa and in all likelihood will return to India at any early opportunity....David Mason reports

Goa: Birding by beginners. 15th January 2004 to 6th February 2004

  • We spotted both the Little Green, and Blue Tailed Bee Eaters, and across on a nearby lake Little Cormorants perched waiting for a fishing opportunity...Brian & Isabel Eady report.

India - Goa 20 December 03 – 04 January 2004

  • An afternoon walk across the paddy fields on the way to the Beira Mar produced Pintail Snipe, Richard's Pipit, Tree Pipit, Short-toed Larks and good views of a Malabar Lark...Mark Easterbrook reports.

Goa, India: December 20 -30 , 2003

  • The best, and easiest, birding in Baga must be from the pool deck of the Beira Mar Hotel. Starting at about 5PM, birders arrive with scopes to watch a small patch of nearby reeds for waders. This is also a great time to exchange hot tips and advice over a cold drink. There was an amazing variety of waders in this small reedy area....Gary Babic reports.

Goa, India 6th - 21st December 2003

  • Got to Morgim for 9.30 and scored the nonbreeding adult Caspian Plover immediately on arrival. It was on the beach at high tide with about 100 Lesser and 3 Greater SandPlovers. Apparently the third record for Goa and a lifer for me....Simon Hartill reports

Goa 7th-22nd February 2002

  • Because of the long journey, we decided to stay on the hotel complex, and after finding our rooms and unpacking we finally settled down by the swimming pool overlooking the marsh. There were a few small pools off to the right. In front, and to the left, were dried paddyfields and also some fields grazed by cows and water buffalo. From 16.00 - dusk we picked up about 40 species: - White-throated Kingfisher, Green Bee-eaters, Blue-tailed Bee-eaters....Ray Thorneycroft reports

Goa Trip Report 24th January to 8th February 2002

  • Goa, a state about half way down the west coast of India, can supply some excellent birding. Apart from having many of the usual Asian species the area has a number of species endemic to south India: Red Spurfowl, Grey Junglefowl, Nilgiri Wood-Pigeon, Malabar Parakeet, Malabar Grey Hornbill, White-cheeked Barbet, Spot-breasted Fantail, Malabar Whistling Thrush, Nilgiri Flycatcher, White-bellied Blue Flycatcher, Grey-headed Bulbul, Rufous Babbler, Malabar Lark and Crimson-backed Sunbird. There are also a number of Indian endemics such as Yellow-wattled Lapwing....Rhion Pritchard reports

Goa - India Feb 2000

  • This tiny province on India's west coast is wonderful for a laid back introduction to Indian birding and boasts an impressive array of habitats and consequently of birds. It has excellent wetland (paddies, marshes, mangroves, mud flats), scrub and dry grassland habitats as well as good forest sanctuaries in the nearby Western Ghats to explore....Jan Vermeulen reports

India: Goa 28th Jan - 19th Feb 2000

  • Full details of a trip to Goa including travel, transport, health, food, accommodation, birds and photographs. A report by Willy Aelvoet





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Birds of the Indian subcontinent
Carol Inskipp, Richard Grimmett, Tim Inskipp: Buy from or

  • This highly recommended field guide covers all the bird species found in India, Pakistian, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and the Maldives. The plates face the descriptions and maps for quick at-a-glance reference. Many of the plates have been repainted for this edition and a number of new species added. This guide also provides tables, summarising identification features of particularly difficult groups such as nightjars, warblers and rosefinches.

Birds of Northern India
Richard Grimmett, Tim Inskipp: Buy from or

  • From the wet evergreen forests and alpine peaks of the Himalayas, to the Thar Desert and the vast wetlands, grasslands, and agricultural habitats that stretch to New Delhi and beyond, northern India is a diverse and welcoming paradise for birders and ecotourists. This field guide provides a concise, fully illustrated introduction to the region's known species.

A Photographic guide to India (including Nepal, Sri Lanka, The maldives, Pakistan, Bhutan and Bangladesh.)
Bikram Grewal: Buy from or

  • This is the most comprehensive photographic guide to the birds of India and the Indian subcontinent. Never before have so many of the region's species been illustrated in one book. This is an essential volume for all birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts as well as for anyone traveling to India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Pakistan, Bangladesh, or Bhutan.

A Field Guide to Birds of the Indian Subcontinent
Krys Kazmierczak: Buy from or

  • This up-to-date pocket-sized guide is essential for anyone interested in the birds of Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, or Sri Lanka. The book includes information on field identification, habitat, range, and status of the 1,300 species of birds found these countries, as well as illustrations and distribution maps for each.

Collins Birds of India
Martin Wedgwood: Buy from or

  • This compact work has full colour illustrations of the more common and striking birds on the Indian sub-continent. It covers 545 bird species in a vast diversity of habitats ranging from the Himalayas to Sri Lanka, and from Pakistan to Bangladesh

Pocket guide to Birds of the Indian subcontinent
Grimmett, Inskipp & Inskipp.(2002): Buy from

  • Concentrating on identification, this guide to the birds of the Indian subcontinent covers over 1300 species, with information on habits and distribution. It also includes a detailed map for each species.

A Photographic Guide to Birds of India and Nepal
Bikram Grewal: Buy from

  • A photographic guide to the bird species most frequently seen in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Over 250 species are included, with thumbnail silhouettes identifying visually the different family groups. The book's introduction explains how to use the guide effectively and also contains information on bird biology and behaviour.

A Pictorial Guide to the Birds of the Indian Subcontinent
Salim Ali & Dillon Ripley: Buy from

  • This comprehensive book depicts all bird species found on the Indian Subcontinent. The entries are arranged familywise on 106 colour plates which follow each other in systematic order and are thus easy to find. Beautifully illustrated by the American bird painter, John Henry Dick, the book provides concise information concerning status, size, habitat and distribution within subcontinental limits. The text has also been completely revised and updated with a great deal of new data.


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Goa: Rough Guide
David Abram: Buy from or

  • If any word could be said to encapsulate the essence of GOA, it would have to be the Portuguese sossegarde, meaning "carefree". For the birder the area is a paradise, two hundred species should be available during a two week period with a hundred more on a long stay. Goa's National Parks all get a mention, along with key access details. Other intriquing wild life notes include, the "Mugger" Crocodile and how to see the endangered "Olive Ridley" Marine Turtle.

Lonely Planet Delhi
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  • includes the Taj Mahal and Jaipur. This covered everything I needed before travelling to India. It is full of useful tips and information and was enough for our limited needs.
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