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Upcoming Event

Salim Ali Bird Count

 Salim Ali Bird Count

13th November 2016


 To commemorate the birth anniversary (12th November 1896) of the ‘Bird Man of India’, late Dr Sálim Ali (1896-1987), BNHS-India announces the revival of the Sálim Ali Bird Count across India. The date for this year’s Bird Count has been finalized for 13th November 2016 and will continue every year on the Sunday following 12th November. It is a one day event with no barriers for participation, the only criteria being one’s interest in birds.


Bird watchers are invited to participate in this event by observing birds wherever they like and wherever it is possible for at least 15 minutes, and preferably for over an hour. Complete lists of all species spotted (ideally with counts of individuals) can be submit by filling count summary sheet which is available on and send via email ( ). One can visit multiple locations during the day, but it is imperative to maintain and upload separate bird list (and count) for each location.



Count Summary Sheets


It is pre-prepared excel sheet containing a comprehensive list of bird species commonly encountered in and around your location. The data collected in the field and noted on the data sheet must be entered onto the count summary excel sheet and sent to us.


The event presents a good opportunity for birders to visit the Important Bird Areas (IBAs), as well as protected areas or community conserved wilderness areas around them. The Sálim Ali Bird Count can become a means for monitoring the status of birds and their habitats if one visits the same location every year. Bird conservation and natural history groups could also use this occasion to organize other events to popularize bird watching among the general public.


Contact for further details: -, 08087738422/09004924731




Download checklist of birds of India


Many thanks for helping with this important programme and enjoy your counting