Ashy Drongo

White-spotted Fantail

Common Tailorbird

Purple-rumped Sunbird

Scaly-breasted Munia

Red-whiskered Bulbul

Common Myna

Indian Golden Oriole

Greater Coucal

Coppersmith Barbet

House Crow

Tickell's Blue Flycatcher

Asian Koel

Barn Owl

White-throated Kingfisher

Feral Pigeon

Red-vented Bulbul

Black Kite

Ashy Prinia

Indian White-eye

Indian Pond Heron

Indian Grey Hornbill

Oriental Magpie Robin

Rose-ringed Parakeet

Green Bee-eater

House Sparrow

Pale-billed Flowerpecker

Birds at HBCSE

Click/Tap on the bird to listen to its call

Birds at HBCSE

Birds are amongst the most abundant group in vertebrates in our environment. They inhabit almost all places on earth! One does not have to visit a forest to see birds. We see birds even outside our homes and offices. Even green pockets in the concrete jungle can support a variety and abundance of birds. Let us take a look at some of the birds that are sighted on HBCSE campus, Mumbai.
Click/Tap on the bird to listen to its call!
Many of these birds are commonly found across the country. So keep an eye and ear out for them!
This website has been made as an interactive educational resource for those who curious about birds and want to take up bird-watching and the nuances of it.

Disclaimer: Excessive usage of audio clips as "playback" calls to attract birds can disturb birds. Read more about it here and here.

Initiative by Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, TIFR, Mumbai, India

Looking forward to your feedback and suggestions! You can also provide your comments and suggestions here - theearthlynotes, metaStudio.

Cite as:
Sinha, R., & Muralidhar, A. (2021, June). Birds at HBCSE: An Interactive Resource. Retrieved from

To further explore, you may find the following articles interesting,

Muralidhar, A. (2021, February). “While” away at the window. Teacher Plus 19(2), 46-48.

Muralidhar, A., & Krishnan, A. (2021). Rediscover, describe, and draw birds. In B. Choksi, G. Date, A. Gupta, R. Mani and K. Subramaniam (Eds.), Exploring science and mathematics with Vigyan Pratibha Learning Units, Class 8: Teacher Version (pp. 105-136). Mumbai: HBCSE.

Muralidhar, A. (2021). Worksheets for Rediscover, describe, and draw birds. In B. Choksi, G. Date, A. Gupta, R. Mani and K. Subramaniam (Eds.), Exploring science and mathematics with Vigyan Pratibha Learning Units, Class 8: Student version (pp. 47-56). Mumbai: HBCSE.

Muralidhar, A. (2019, January). Discover, describe and draw birds: Handouts and resource list for the activity on observing birds. Teacher Plus 17(1), 52-56.

Muralidhar, A. & Krishnan, A. (2018, August). Why study birds?. Teacher Plus 16(7), 48-50.



Inspired by: Discover the River
Concept by: Ravi Sinha & Adithi Muralidhar
Designed by: Ravi Sinha | Source Code: Here
Image Credits: Adithi Muralidhar (clicked in and around HBCSE campus)
Thanks to Ashish Singh for deployment support

Audio Credits:
Source: Xeno-Canto
Ashy Drongo - Yogesh Patel CC BY-NC-SA 4.0
White-spotted Fantail - Vinay Rajwade CC BY-NC-SA 4.0
Common Tailorbird- Dhruba Saikia CC BY-NC-SA 4.0
Purple-rumped Sunbird - Rajan Pilakandy CC BY-NC-SA 4.0
Scaly-breasted Munia- Mandar Bhagat CC BY-NC-SA 4.0
Common Myna- Rajgopal Patil CC BY-NC-SA 4.0
Indian Golden Oriole- Dhruba Saikia CC BY-NC-SA 4.0
Greater Coucal- Andrew Mascarenhas CC BY-NC-SA 4.0
Coppersmith Barbet- Dilip KG CC BY-NC-SA 4.0
House Crow- Dhruba Saikia CC BY-NC-SA 4.0
Asian Koel- Shashikant S Naik CC BY-NC-SA 4.0
Barn Owl- Colin Richardson CC BY-NC-SA 4.0
Feral Pigeon- Mike Nelson CC BY-NC-SA 4.0
Red-vented bulbul -Rajgopal Patil CC BY-NC-SA 4.0
Black Kite- Yogesh Patel CC BY-NC-SA 4.0
House Sparrow- Yogesh Patel CC4 NC SA
Green Bee-eater- Rajgopal Patil CC4 NC SA
Rose-ringed Parakeet- Dhruba Saikia CC4 NC SA
Indian Pond Heron- Dilip KG CC4 NC SA
Source: Other | (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)
Ashy Prinia- Ashwin Mohan
Indian White-eye- Ashwin Mohan
Red-whiskered Bulbul - Adithi Muralidhar
White throated Kingfisher- Adithi Muralidhar
Tickell's Blue Flycatcher- Adithi Muralidhar
Indian Grey Hornbill- Adithi Muralidhar
Oriental Magpie Robin- Adithi Muralidhar
Pale-billed Flowerpecker- Ashwin Mohan