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This checklist includes all bird species found in Kolkata , based on the best information available at this time. It is based on a wide variety of sources that I collated over many years. I am pleased to offer these checklists as a service to birdwatchers. If you find any error, please do not hesitate to .

The taxonomic order and nomenclature follows Howard and Moore 4th edition (incl. corrigenda vol.1-2). If you prefer to view the list based on a different authority, click on one of the list available below. Globally threatened species (status in red) were identified by Birdlife International in Birdlife Data Zone (species).

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Country or region: Kolkata [map]

Other names: कोलकाता

Number of species: 413
Number of introduced species: 1
Date last reviewed: 2015-06-13
Last modified: 2024-01-05
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ANSERIFORMES: Anatidae

Fulvous Whistling DuckDendrocygna bicolor
Lesser Whistling DuckDendrocygna javanica
Mute SwanCygnus olorRare/Accidental
Whooper SwanCygnus cygnusRare/Accidental
Bar-headed GooseAnser indicus
Greylag GooseAnser anser
Ruddy ShelduckTadorna ferruginea
Red-crested PochardNetta rufina
Common PochardAythya ferina
Baer's PochardAythya baeri
Ferruginous DuckAythya nyroca
Tufted DuckAythya fuligula
GarganeySpatula querquedula
Northern ShovelerSpatula clypeata
GadwallMareca strepera
Indian Spot-billed DuckAnas poecilorhyncha
MallardAnas platyrhynchos
Northern PintailAnas acuta
Common TealAnas crecca
Comb DuckSarkidiornis melanotos
Asian Pygmy GooseNettapus coromandelianus

 
GALLIFORMES: Phasianidae

Indian PeafowlPavo cristatus
Common QuailCoturnix coturnix
Blue-breasted QuailSynoicus chinensis
Black FrancolinFrancolinus francolinus
Grey FrancolinFrancolinus pondicerianus
Red JunglefowlGallus gallus

 
PHOENICOPTERIFORMES: Podicipedidae

Little GrebeTachybaptus ruficollis
Great Crested GrebePodiceps cristatus

 
COLUMBIFORMES: Columbidae

Rock DoveColumba livia
Oriental Turtle DoveStreptopelia orientalis
Eurasian Collared DoveStreptopelia decaocto
Red Collared DoveStreptopelia tranquebarica
Spotted-necked DoveStreptopelia chinensis
Laughing DoveStreptopelia senegalensis
Orange-breasted Green PigeonTreron bicinctus
Thick-billed Green PigeonTreron curvirostra
Yellow-legged Green PigeonTreron phoenicopterus
Wedge-tailed Green PigeonTreron sphenurus
Emerald DoveChalcophaps indica

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Caprimulgidae

Grey NightjarCaprimulgus indicus
Large-tailed NightjarCaprimulgus macrurus
Indian NightjarCaprimulgus asiaticus
Savanna NightjarCaprimulgus affinis

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Apodidae

Asian Palm SwiftCypsiurus balasiensis
Fork-tailed SwiftApus pacificus
House SwiftApus nipalensis
Little SwiftApus affinis

 
CUCULIFORMES: Cuculidae

Greater CoucalCentropus sinensis
Lesser CoucalCentropus bengalensis
Green-billed MalkohaPhaenicophaeus tristis
Jacobin CuckooClamator jacobinus
Chestnut-winged CuckooClamator coromandus
Common KoelEudynamys scolopaceus
Violet CuckooChrysococcyx xanthorhynchus
Banded Bay CuckooCacomantis sonneratii
Plaintive CuckooCacomantis merulinus
Grey-bellied CuckooCacomantis passerinus
Drongo CuckooSurniculus lugubris
Large Hawk CuckooHierococcyx sparverioides
Common Hawk CuckooHierococcyx varius
Indian CuckooCuculus micropterus
Common CuckooCuculus canorus
Lesser CuckooCuculus poliocephalus

 
GRUIFORMES: Rallidae

Slaty-legged CrakeRallina eurizonoides
Eastern Water RailRallus indicus
Slaty-breasted RailLewinia striata
Ruddy-breasted CrakeZapornia fusca
Brown CrakeZapornia akool
Baillon's CrakeZapornia pusilla
White-breasted WaterhenAmaurornis phoenicurus
WatercockGallicrex cinerea
Purple SwamphenPorphyrio porphyrio
Common MoorhenGallinula chloropus
Common CootFulica atra

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Oceanitidae

Wilson's Storm-petrelOceanites oceanicus

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Procellariidae

Wedge-tailed ShearwaterArdenna pacifica
Short-tailed ShearwaterArdenna tenuirostrisRare/Accidental

 
PELECANIFORMES: Ciconiidae

Greater AdjutantLeptoptilos dubiusRare/Accidental
Lesser AdjutantLeptoptilos javanicus
Painted StorkMycteria leucocephala
Asian OpenbillAnastomus oscitans
Woolly-necked StorkCiconia episcopus

 
PELECANIFORMES: Pelecanidae

Great White PelicanPelecanus onocrotalus
Spot-billed PelicanPelecanus philippensis

 
PELECANIFORMES: Ardeidae

Yellow BitternIxobrychus sinensis
Cinnamon BitternIxobrychus cinnamomeus
Black BitternIxobrychus flavicollis
Black-crowned Night HeronNycticorax nycticorax
Striated HeronButorides striata
Indian Pond HeronArdeola grayii
Cattle EgretBubulcus ibis
Grey HeronArdea cinerea
Purple HeronArdea purpurea
Great EgretArdea alba
Intermediate EgretArdea intermedia
Little EgretEgretta garzetta

 
PELECANIFORMES: Threskiornithidae

Black-headed IbisThreskiornis melanocephalus
Eurasian SpoonbillPlatalea leucorodia
Indian Black IbisPseudibis papillosa
Glossy IbisPlegadis falcinellus

 
PELECANIFORMES: Fregatidae

Lesser FrigatebirdFregata arielRare/Accidental

 
PELECANIFORMES: Phalacrocoracidae

Little CormorantMicrocarbo niger
Great CormorantPhalacrocorax carbo
Indian CormorantPhalacrocorax fuscicollis

 
PELECANIFORMES: Anhingidae

Oriental DarterAnhinga melanogaster

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Burhinidae

Eurasian Thick-kneeBurhinus oedicnemus
Great Thick-kneeEsacus recurvirostris

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Haematopodidae

Eurasian OystercatcherHaematopus ostralegus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Recurvirostridae

Pied AvocetRecurvirostra avosetta
Black-winged StiltHimantopus himantopus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Charadriidae

Grey PloverPluvialis squatarola
Pacific Golden PloverPluvialis fulva
Little Ringed PloverCharadrius dubius
Lesser Sand PloverCharadrius mongolus
River LapwingVanellus duvaucelii
Yellow-wattled LapwingVanellus malabaricus
Grey-headed LapwingVanellus cinereus
Red-wattled LapwingVanellus indicus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Rostratulidae

Greater Painted-snipeRostratula benghalensis

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Jacanidae

Pheasant-tailed JacanaHydrophasianus chirurgus
Bronze-winged JacanaMetopidius indicus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Scolopacidae

WhimbrelNumenius phaeopus
Eurasian CurlewNumenius arquata
Bar-tailed GodwitLimosa lapponica
Black-tailed GodwitLimosa limosa
Ruddy TurnstoneArenaria interpres
Red KnotCalidris canutusRare/Accidental
RuffCalidris pugnax
Curlew SandpiperCalidris ferruginea
Temminck's StintCalidris temminckii
Spoon-billed SandpiperCalidris pygmaeaRare/Accidental
Little StintCalidris minuta
Asian DowitcherLimnodromus semipalmatus
Pintail SnipeGallinago stenura
Swinhoe's SnipeGallinago megala
Common SnipeGallinago gallinago
Jack SnipeLymnocryptes minimus
Common SandpiperActitis hypoleucos
Green SandpiperTringa ochropus
Spotted RedshankTringa erythropus
Common GreenshankTringa nebularia
Common RedshankTringa totanus
Wood SandpiperTringa glareola
Marsh SandpiperTringa stagnatilis

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Turnicidae

Common ButtonquailTurnix sylvaticus
Yellow-legged ButtonquailTurnix tanki
Barred ButtonquailTurnix suscitator

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Glareolidae

Oriental PratincoleGlareola maldivarum
Little PratincoleGlareola lactea

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Laridae

Brown-headed GullChroicocephalus brunnicephalus
Black-headed GullChroicocephalus ridibundus
Pallas's GullIchthyaetus ichthyaetus
Sooty TernOnychoprion fuscatus
Bridled TernOnychoprion anaethetus
Little TernSternula albifrons
Caspian TernHydroprogne caspia
Whiskered TernChlidonias hybrida
River TernSterna aurantia
Common TernSterna hirundo
Black-bellied TernSterna acuticauda
Lesser Crested TernThalasseus bengalensis
Greater Crested TernThalasseus bergii

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Pandionidae

OspreyPandion haliaetus

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Accipitridae

Black-winged KiteElanus caeruleus
Oriental Honey BuzzardPernis ptilorhynchus
Crested Serpent EagleSpilornis cheela
Red-headed VultureSarcogyps calvus
White-rumped VultureGyps bengalensis
Indian VultureGyps indicus
Slender-billed VultureGyps tenuirostrisRare/Accidental
Changeable Hawk EagleNisaetus cirrhatus
Indian Spotted EagleClanga hastata
Greater Spotted EagleClanga clanga
Steppe EagleAquila nipalensis
Eastern Imperial EagleAquila heliaca
Booted EagleHieraaetus pennatus
Western Marsh HarrierCircus aeruginosus
Eastern Marsh HarrierCircus spilonotusRare/Accidental
Hen HarrierCircus cyaneus
Pallid HarrierCircus macrourus
Pied HarrierCircus melanoleucos
ShikraAccipiter badius
White-bellied Sea EagleHaliaeetus leucogaster
Pallas's Fish EagleHaliaeetus leucoryphus
Grey-headed Fish EagleIcthyophaga ichthyaetus
Brahminy KiteHaliastur indus
Black KiteMilvus migrans
White-eyed BuzzardButastur teesa
Long-legged BuzzardButeo rufinus

 
STRIGIFORMES: Tytonidae

Common Barn OwlTyto alba

 
STRIGIFORMES: Strigidae

Brown BoobookNinox scutulata
Jungle OwletGlaucidium radiatum
Spotted OwletAthene brama
Oriental Scops OwlOtus sunia
Collared Scops OwlOtus bakkamoena
Short-eared OwlAsio flammeus
Brown Wood OwlStrix leptogrammica
Rock Eagle OwlBubo bengalensis
Dusky Eagle OwlBubo coromandus
Brown Fish OwlKetupa zeylonensis
Buffy Fish OwlKetupa ketupu

 
BUCEROTIFORMES: Bucerotidae

Oriental Pied HornbillAnthracoceros albirostris
Indian Grey HornbillOcyceros birostris

 
BUCEROTIFORMES: Upupidae

Common HoopoeUpupa epops

 
PICIFORMES: Picidae

Northern WryneckJynx torquilla
Common Flame-backed WoodpeckerDinopium javanense
Black-rumped WoodpeckerDinopium benghalense
Rufous WoodpeckerMicropternus brachyurus
Lesser Yellow-naped WoodpeckerPicus chlorolophus
Streak-throated WoodpeckerPicus xanthopygaeus
Grey-headed WoodpeckerPicus canus
Greater Flame-backed WoodpeckerChrysocolaptes lucidus
Brown-capped WoodpeckerDendrocopos moluccensis
Fulvous-breasted WoodpeckerDendrocopos macei

 
PICIFORMES: Ramphastidae

Lineated BarbetPsilopogon lineatus
Blue-throated BarbetPsilopogon asiaticus
Coppersmith BarbetPsilopogon haemacephalus

 
CORACIIFORMES: Meropidae

Green Bee-eaterMerops orientalis
Chestnut-headed Bee-eaterMerops leschenaulti
Blue-tailed Bee-eaterMerops philippinus

 
CORACIIFORMES: Coraciidae

Indian RollerCoracias benghalensis
DollarbirdEurystomus orientalis

 
CORACIIFORMES: Alcedinidae

Common KingfisherAlcedo atthis
Pied KingfisherCeryle rudis
Stork-billed KingfisherPelargopsis capensis
Ruddy KingfisherHalcyon coromanda
White-throated KingfisherHalcyon smyrnensis
Black-capped KingfisherHalcyon pileata
Collared KingfisherTodiramphus chloris

 
FALCONIFORMES: Falconidae

Common KestrelFalco tinnunculus
Red-necked FalconFalco chicquera
Amur FalconFalco amurensis
Eurasian HobbyFalco subbuteo
Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus

 
PSITTACIFORMES: Psittaculidae

Slaty-headed ParakeetPsittacula himalayana
Plum-headed ParakeetPsittacula cyanocephala
Red-breasted ParakeetPsittacula alexandri
Alexandrine ParakeetPsittacula eupatria
Rose-ringed ParakeetPsittacula krameri

 
PASSERIFORMES: Pittidae

Indian PittaPitta brachyura
Hooded PittaPitta sordida

 
PASSERIFORMES: Campephagidae

Small MinivetPericrocotus cinnamomeus
Scarlet MinivetPericrocotus flammeus
Swinhoe's MinivetPericrocotus cantonensisRare/Accidental
Rosy MinivetPericrocotus roseus
Large CuckooshrikeCoracina javensis
Black-winged CuckooshrikeLalage melaschistos
Black-headed CuckooshrikeLalage melanoptera

 
PASSERIFORMES: Pachycephalidae

Mangrove WhistlerPachycephala cinerea

 
PASSERIFORMES: Oriolidae

Black-hooded OrioleOriolus xanthornus
Indian Golden OrioleOriolus kundoo
Black-naped OrioleOriolus chinensis
Slender-billed OrioleOriolus tenuirostris

 
PASSERIFORMES: Artamidae

Ashy WoodswallowArtamus fuscus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Vangidae

Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrikeHemipus picatus
Common WoodshrikeTephrodornis pondicerianus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Aegithinidae

Common IoraAegithina tiphia

 
PASSERIFORMES: Dicruridae

Black DrongoDicrurus macrocercus
Ashy DrongoDicrurus leucophaeus
White-bellied DrongoDicrurus caerulescens
Crow-billed DrongoDicrurus annectens
Bronzed DrongoDicrurus aeneus
Lesser Racket-tailed DrongoDicrurus remifer
Hair-crested DrongoDicrurus hottentottus
Greater Racket-tailed DrongoDicrurus paradiseus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Rhipiduridae

White-throated FantailRhipidura albicollis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Laniidae

Brown ShrikeLanius cristatusRare/Accidental
Bay-backed ShrikeLanius vittatus
Long-tailed ShrikeLanius schach
Grey-backed ShrikeLanius tephronotus
Great Grey ShrikeLanius excubitor

 
PASSERIFORMES: Corvidae

Rufous TreepieDendrocitta vagabunda
House CrowCorvus splendens
Large-billed CrowCorvus macrorhynchos

 
PASSERIFORMES: Monarchidae

Black-naped MonarchHypothymis azurea
Indian Paradise-flycatcherTerpsiphone paradisi

 
PASSERIFORMES: Dicaeidae

Thick-billed FlowerpeckerDicaeum agile
Pale-billed FlowerpeckerDicaeum erythrorhynchos
Scarlet-backed FlowerpeckerDicaeum cruentatum

 
PASSERIFORMES: Nectariniidae

Purple-rumped SunbirdLeptocoma zeylonica
Purple SunbirdCinnyris asiaticus
Loten's SunbirdCinnyris lotenius
Crimson SunbirdAethopyga siparaja

 
PASSERIFORMES: Irenidae

Golden-fronted LeafbirdChloropsis aurifrons
Jerdon's LeafbirdChloropsis jerdoni

 
PASSERIFORMES: Ploceidae

Black-breasted WeaverPloceus benghalensis
Streaked WeaverPloceus manyar
Baya WeaverPloceus philippinus
Finn's WeaverPloceus megarhynchus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Estrildidae

Red AvadavatAmandava amandava
Indian SilverbillEuodice malabarica
White-rumped MuniaLonchura striata
Scaly-breasted MuniaLonchura punctulata
Black-headed MuniaLonchura malacca

 
PASSERIFORMES: Passeridae

House SparrowPasser domesticus
Chestnut-shouldered Bush SparrowGymnoris xanthocollis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Motacillidae

Forest WagtailDendronanthus indicus
Olive-backed PipitAnthus hodgsoni
Richard's PipitAnthus richardi
Paddyfield PipitAnthus rufulus
Blyth's PipitAnthus godlewskii
Yellow WagtailMotacilla flava
Grey WagtailMotacilla cinerea
Citrine WagtailMotacilla citreola
White-browed WagtailMotacilla maderaspatensis
White WagtailMotacilla alba

 
PASSERIFORMES: Fringillidae

Common RosefinchErythrina erythrina

 
PASSERIFORMES: Emberizidae

Black-headed BuntingGranativora melanocephala

 
PASSERIFORMES: Stenostiridae

Grey-headed Canary-flycatcherCulicicapa ceylonensis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Paridae

Cinereous TitParus cinereus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Alaudidae

Ashy-crowned Sparrow LarkEremopterix griseus
Bengal LarkMirafra assamica
Sand LarkAlaudala raytal
Oriental Sky LarkAlauda gulgula

 
PASSERIFORMES: Cisticolidae

Zitting CisticolaCisticola juncidis
Yellow-bellied PriniaPrinia flaviventris
Ashy PriniaPrinia socialis
Plain PriniaPrinia inornata
Common TailorbirdOrthotomus sutorius

 
PASSERIFORMES: Locustellidae

Rusty-rumped WarblerLocustella certhiola
Lanceolated WarblerLocustella lanceolata
Grasshopper WarblerLocustella naevia
Striated GrassbirdMegalurus palustris
Bristled Grass WarblerChaetornis striata

 
PASSERIFORMES: Acrocephalidae

Thick-billed WarblerArundinax aedon
Booted WarblerIduna caligata
Black-browed Reed WarblerAcrocephalus bistrigiceps
Large-billed Reed WarblerAcrocephalus orinus
Blyth's Reed WarblerAcrocephalus dumetorum
Paddyfield WarblerAcrocephalus agricola
Blunt-winged WarblerAcrocephalus concinens
Oriental Reed WarblerAcrocephalus orientalis
Clamorous Reed WarblerAcrocephalus stentoreus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Hirundinidae

Streak-throated SwallowPetrochelidon fluvicola
Red-rumped SwallowCecropis daurica
Wire-tailed SwallowHirundo smithii
Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
Plain MartinRiparia paludicola

 
PASSERIFORMES: Pycnonotidae

Black BulbulHypsipetes leucocephalus
Red-whiskered BulbulPycnonotus jocosus
Himalayan BulbulPycnonotus leucogenis
Red-vented BulbulPycnonotus cafer

 
PASSERIFORMES: Phylloscopidae

Yellow-browed WarblerAbrornis inornatus
Hume's Leaf WarblerAbrornis humei
Lemon-rumped WarblerAbrornis chloronotus
Dusky WarblerPhylloscopus fuscatus
Common ChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybita
Tickell's Leaf WarblerPhylloscopus affinis
Golden-spectacled Leaf WarblerSeicercus burkii
Whistler's Leaf WarblerSeicercus whistleri
Green Leaf WarblerSeicercus nitidus
Greenish Leaf WarblerSeicercus trochiloides
Large-billed Leaf WarblerSeicercus magnirostris
Yellow-vented Leaf WarblerSeicercus cantator
Ticehurst's Leaf WarblerSeicercus claudiae
Blyth's Leaf WarblerSeicercus reguloides
Western Crowned Leaf WarblerSeicercus occipitalis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Scotocercidae

Asian StubtailUrosphena squameicepsRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Aegithalidae

Black-browed TitAegithalos iouschistos

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sylviidae

Lesser WhitethroatCurruca curruca
Yellow-eyed BabblerChrysomma sinense

 
PASSERIFORMES: Zosteropidae

Oriental White-eyeZosterops palpebrosus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Timaliidae

Striped Tit BabblerMixornis gularis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Leiothrichidae

Striated BabblerArgya earlei
Scrub BabblerArgya caudata
Jungle BabblerTurdoides striata

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sittidae

Chestnut-bellied NuthatchSitta castanea
Velvet-fronted NuthatchSitta frontalis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sturnidae

Rosy StarlingPastor roseus
Asian Pied StarlingGracupica contra
Brahminy StarlingSturnia pagodarum
Chestnut-tailed StarlingSturnia malabarica
Common MynaAcridotheres tristis
Bank MynaAcridotheres ginginianusIntroduced species
Jungle MynaAcridotheres fuscus
Hill MynaGracula religiosa

 
PASSERIFORMES: Muscicapidae

Indian RobinSaxicoloides fulicatus
Oriental Magpie RobinCopsychus saularis
White-rumped ShamaKittacincla malabarica
Dark-sided FlycatcherMuscicapa sibirica
Asian Brown FlycatcherMuscicapa dauurica
Brown-breasted FlycatcherMuscicapa muttui
Rusty-tailed FlycatcherMuscicapa ruficauda
Ferruginous FlycatcherMuscicapa ferruginea
Tickell's Blue FlycatcherCyornis tickelliae
Blue-throated Blue FlycatcherCyornis rubeculoides
Small NiltavaNiltava macgrigoriae
Asian Verditer FlycatcherEumyias thalassinus
Indian Blue RobinLarvivora brunnea
Siberian Blue RobinLarvivora cyane
BluethroatLuscinia svecica
FirethroatCalliope pectardensRare/Accidental
Siberian RubythroatCalliope calliope
White-tailed RobinMyiomela leucura
Red-breasted FlycatcherFicedula parva
Taiga FlycatcherFicedula albicilla
Snowy-browed FlycatcherFicedula hyperythra
Ultramarine FlycatcherFicedula superciliaris
Little Pied FlycatcherFicedula westermanni
Slaty-backed FlycatcherFicedula sordida
Black RedstartPhoenicurus ochruros
Blue-capped Rock ThrushMonticola cinclorhyncha
Blue Rock ThrushMonticola solitarius
Eastern StonechatSaxicola maurus
White-tailed StonechatSaxicola leucurus
Pied Bush ChatSaxicola caprata
Pied WheatearOenanthe pleschankaRare/Accidental

 
PASSERIFORMES: Turdidae

Scaly ThrushZoothera dauma
Pied ThrushGeokichla wardii
Orange-headed ThrushGeokichla citrina
Tickell's ThrushTurdus unicolor
Eyebrowed ThrushTurdus obscurus

 

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