Report- Campus Bird Count 2019

The Centre for Urban Ecology and Sustainability (CUES) organized the Campus Bird Count (CBC) 2019 in Ambedkar University Delhi (AUD) on 15, 16 and 18 February 2019. With the active participation of students, researchers and staff of the University, bird counts were conducted in AUD’s present and upcoming campuses – Kashmere Gate, Karampura, Lodhi Road, Dheerpur and Rohini. The basic protocol for counting birds involved using binoculars and bird books, and conducting several 15-minute counts at various spots within each campus. Birding began at 7 AM and went on till about 9 AM. Some of the common bird species that were seen across all campuses were Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto), Rose-ringed Parakeet (Psittacula krameri), Red-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus cafer), Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis), Black Kite (Milvus migrans), Rock Pigeon (Columbia livia), and House Crow (Corvus splendens). Some of the other species that were seen were Laughing Dove (Spilopelia senegalensis), Red-wattled Lapwing (Vanelus indicus), Rufous Treepie (Dendrocitta vagabunda), Ashy Prinia (Prinia socialis), Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica), Oriental White-eye (Zosterops palpebrosus), Common Tailorbird (Orthotomus sutorius), Yellow-Footed Green Pigeon (Treron phoenicoptera) and Pied Bushchat (Saxicola caprata). At the end of CBC 2019, a total of 42 bird species were recorded across all five campuses of Ambedkar University Delhi. Birds data, in the form of species name and number of individuals of each species, was uploaded on eBird – a global online platform for gathering observations of birds, and for birders to maintain their personal records. By organizing the Campus Bird Count in AUD each year, CUES is actively participating in the collection of baseline data on bird distribution and abundance, and monitoring changes in species richness over time in the various campuses of the University.

Campus Bird Count 2019 at Ambedkar University Delhi- Kashmere Gate Campus
Zitting Cisticola (Cisticola juncidis)
White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis)
Temminicks Stint (Calidris temminckii)
Black Kite (Milvus migrans)
Black Drongo (Dicrurus macrocercus)