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Varanasi

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This checklist includes all bird species found in Varanasi , 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 Clements, version 2019. 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: Varanasi [map]

Number of species: 338
Number of globally threatened species: 18
Date last reviewed: 2015-06-13
Last modified: 2019-10-20
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ANSERIFORMES: Anatidae

Fulvous Whistling-DuckDendrocygna bicolorRare/Accidental
Lesser Whistling-DuckDendrocygna javanica
Bar-headed GooseAnser indicus
Graylag GooseAnser anser
Knob-billed DuckSarkidiornis melanotos
Ruddy ShelduckTadorna ferruginea
Cotton Pygmy-GooseNettapus coromandelianus
GarganeySpatula querquedula
Northern ShovelerSpatula clypeata
GadwallMareca strepera
Falcated DuckMareca falcataNear-threatened
Eurasian WigeonMareca penelope
Indian Spot-billed DuckAnas poecilorhyncha
MallardAnas platyrhynchos
Northern PintailAnas acuta
Green-winged TealAnas crecca
Red-crested PochardNetta rufina
Common PochardAythya ferinaVulnerable
Ferruginous DuckAythya nyrocaNear-threatened
Tufted DuckAythya fuligula

 
GALLIFORMES: Phasianidae

Indian PeafowlPavo cristatus
Common QuailCoturnix coturnix
Rain QuailCoturnix coromandelica
Jungle Bush-QuailPerdicula asiatica
Black FrancolinFrancolinus francolinus
Gray FrancolinFrancolinus pondicerianus
Red JunglefowlGallus gallus

 
PHOENICOPTERIFORMES: Phoenicopteridae

Greater FlamingoPhoenicopterus roseus

 
PODICIPEDIFORMES: Podicipedidae

Little GrebeTachybaptus ruficollis
Great Crested GrebePodiceps cristatus

 
COLUMBIFORMES: Columbidae

Rock PigeonColumba livia
Oriental Turtle-DoveStreptopelia orientalis
Eurasian Collared-DoveStreptopelia decaocto
Red Collared-DoveStreptopelia tranquebarica
Spotted DoveStreptopelia chinensis
Laughing DoveStreptopelia senegalensis
Yellow-footed Green-PigeonTreron phoenicopterus

 
PTEROCLIFORMES: Pteroclidae

Chestnut-bellied SandgrousePterocles exustus

 
OTIDIFORMES: Otididae

Lesser FloricanSypheotides indicusRare/Accidental Endangered

 
CUCULIFORMES: Cuculidae

Greater CoucalCentropus sinensis
Sirkeer MalkohaTaccocua leschenaultii
Chestnut-winged CuckooClamator coromandus
Pied CuckooClamator jacobinus
Asian KoelEudynamys scolopaceus
Banded Bay CuckooCacomantis sonneratii
Gray-bellied CuckooCacomantis passerinus
Common Hawk-CuckooHierococcyx varius

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Caprimulgidae

Large-tailed NightjarCaprimulgus macrurus
Indian NightjarCaprimulgus asiaticus
Savanna NightjarCaprimulgus affinis

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Apodidae

Little SwiftApus affinis
Asian Palm-SwiftCypsiurus balasiensis

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Hemiprocnidae

Crested TreeswiftHemiprocne coronata

 
GRUIFORMES: Rallidae

Eurasian MoorhenGallinula chloropus
Eurasian CootFulica atra
Gray-headed SwamphenPorphyrio poliocephalus
WatercockGallicrex cinerea
White-breasted WaterhenAmaurornis phoenicurus
Brown CrakeZapornia akool

 
GRUIFORMES: Gruidae

Demoiselle CraneAnthropoides virgo
Sarus CraneAntigone antigoneVulnerable

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Burhinidae

Indian Thick-kneeBurhinus indicus
Great Thick-kneeEsacus recurvirostrisNear-threatened

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Recurvirostridae

Black-winged StiltHimantopus himantopus
Pied AvocetRecurvirostra avosetta

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Charadriidae

River LapwingVanellus duvauceliiNear-threatened
Yellow-wattled LapwingVanellus malabaricus
Red-wattled LapwingVanellus indicus
White-tailed LapwingVanellus leucurus
Lesser Sand-PloverCharadrius mongolus
Kentish PloverCharadrius alexandrinus
Little Ringed PloverCharadrius dubius

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Rostratulidae

Greater Painted-SnipeRostratula benghalensis

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Jacanidae

Pheasant-tailed JacanaHydrophasianus chirurgus
Bronze-winged JacanaMetopidius indicus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Scolopacidae

Eurasian CurlewNumenius arquataNear-threatened
Black-tailed GodwitLimosa limosaNear-threatened
RuffCalidris pugnax
Temminck's StintCalidris temminckii
DunlinCalidris alpina
Little StintCalidris minuta
Jack SnipeLymnocryptes minimus
Common SnipeGallinago gallinago
Pin-tailed SnipeGallinago stenura
Common SandpiperActitis hypoleucos
Green SandpiperTringa ochropus
Spotted RedshankTringa erythropus
Common GreenshankTringa nebularia
Marsh SandpiperTringa stagnatilis
Wood SandpiperTringa glareola
Common RedshankTringa totanus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Turnicidae

Small ButtonquailTurnix sylvaticus
Yellow-legged ButtonquailTurnix tanki

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Glareolidae

Indian CourserCursorius coromandelicus
Oriental PratincoleGlareola maldivarum
Small PratincoleGlareola lactea

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Laridae

Black-headed GullChroicocephalus ridibundus
Brown-headed GullChroicocephalus brunnicephalus
Pallas's GullIchthyaetus ichthyaetus
Lesser Black-backed GullLarus fuscus
Little TernSternula albifrons
Gull-billed TernGelochelidon nilotica
Caspian TernHydroprogne caspia
Whiskered TernChlidonias hybrida
Black-bellied TernSterna acuticaudaEndangered
River TernSterna aurantiaNear-threatened
Indian SkimmerRynchops albicollisVulnerable

 
CICONIIFORMES: Ciconiidae

Asian OpenbillAnastomus oscitans
Black StorkCiconia nigra
Woolly-necked StorkCiconia episcopus
Black-necked StorkEphippiorhynchus asiaticusNear-threatened
Lesser AdjutantLeptoptilos javanicusVulnerable
Greater AdjutantLeptoptilos dubiusRare/Accidental Endangered
Painted StorkMycteria leucocephalaNear-threatened

 
SULIFORMES: Anhingidae

Oriental DarterAnhinga melanogasterNear-threatened

 
SULIFORMES: Phalacrocoracidae

Little CormorantMicrocarbo niger
Great CormorantPhalacrocorax carbo
Indian CormorantPhalacrocorax fuscicollis

 
PELECANIFORMES: Pelecanidae

Great White PelicanPelecanus onocrotalus
Spot-billed PelicanPelecanus philippensisNear-threatened

 
PELECANIFORMES: Ardeidae

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

 
PELECANIFORMES: Threskiornithidae

Glossy IbisPlegadis falcinellus
Red-naped IbisPseudibis papillosa
Eurasian SpoonbillPlatalea leucorodia

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Pandionidae

OspreyPandion haliaetus

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Accipitridae

Black-winged KiteElanus caeruleus
Egyptian VultureNeophron percnopterusEndangered
Oriental Honey-buzzardPernis ptilorhynchus
Red-headed VultureSarcogyps calvusCritically endangered
White-rumped VultureGyps bengalensisCritically endangered
Indian VultureGyps indicusCritically endangered
Eurasian GriffonGyps fulvus
Crested Serpent-EagleSpilornis cheela
Short-toed Snake-EagleCircaetus gallicus
Changeable Hawk-EagleNisaetus cirrhatus
Indian Spotted EagleClanga hastataVulnerable
Greater Spotted EagleClanga clangaVulnerable
Booted EagleHieraaetus pennatus
Tawny EagleAquila rapaxVulnerable
Steppe EagleAquila nipalensisEndangered
Imperial EagleAquila heliacaVulnerable
Bonelli's EagleAquila fasciata
White-eyed BuzzardButastur teesa
Eurasian Marsh-HarrierCircus aeruginosus
Hen HarrierCircus cyaneus
Pallid HarrierCircus macrourusNear-threatened
Pied HarrierCircus melanoleucos
ShikraAccipiter badius
Eurasian SparrowhawkAccipiter nisus
Black KiteMilvus migrans
Brahminy KiteHaliastur indus
Pallas's Fish-EagleHaliaeetus leucoryphusEndangered
Gray-headed Fish-EagleHaliaeetus ichthyaetusNear-threatened
Long-legged BuzzardButeo rufinus

 
STRIGIFORMES: Tytonidae

Barn OwlTyto alba

 
STRIGIFORMES: Strigidae

Indian Scops-OwlOtus bakkamoena
Rock Eagle-OwlBubo bengalensis
Dusky Eagle-OwlBubo coromandus
Brown Fish-OwlKetupa zeylonensis
Jungle OwletGlaucidium radiatum
Spotted OwletAthene brama
Mottled Wood-OwlStrix ocellata
Short-eared OwlAsio flammeus
Brown BoobookNinox scutulata

 
BUCEROTIFORMES: Upupidae

Eurasian HoopoeUpupa epops

 
BUCEROTIFORMES: Bucerotidae

Indian Gray HornbillOcyceros birostris
Oriental Pied-HornbillAnthracoceros albirostris

 
CORACIIFORMES: Alcedinidae

Common KingfisherAlcedo atthis
Stork-billed KingfisherPelargopsis capensis
White-throated KingfisherHalcyon smyrnensis
Black-capped KingfisherHalcyon pileata
Pied KingfisherCeryle rudis

 
CORACIIFORMES: Meropidae

Green Bee-eaterMerops orientalis
Blue-cheeked Bee-eaterMerops persicus
Blue-tailed Bee-eaterMerops philippinus

 
CORACIIFORMES: Coraciidae

Indian RollerCoracias benghalensis

 
PICIFORMES: Megalaimidae

Coppersmith BarbetPsilopogon haemacephalus
Brown-headed BarbetPsilopogon zeylanicus

 
PICIFORMES: Picidae

Eurasian WryneckJynx torquilla
Brown-capped WoodpeckerYungipicus nanus
Yellow-crowned WoodpeckerLeiopicus mahrattensis
Black-rumped FlamebackDinopium benghalense

 
FALCONIFORMES: Falconidae

Lesser KestrelFalco naumanni
Eurasian KestrelFalco tinnunculus
Red-necked FalconFalco chicquera
Amur FalconFalco amurensis
Laggar FalconFalco juggerNear-threatened
Saker FalconFalco cherrugEndangered
Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus

 
PSITTACIFORMES: Psittaculidae

Alexandrine ParakeetPsittacula eupatriaNear-threatened
Rose-ringed ParakeetPsittacula krameri
Plum-headed ParakeetPsittacula cyanocephala

 
PASSERIFORMES: Pittidae

Indian PittaPitta brachyura

 
PASSERIFORMES: Campephagidae

Small MinivetPericrocotus cinnamomeus
Long-tailed MinivetPericrocotus ethologus
Large CuckooshrikeCoracina macei
Black-winged CuckooshrikeLalage melaschistos
Black-headed CuckooshrikeLalage melanoptera

 
PASSERIFORMES: Oriolidae

Indian Golden OrioleOriolus kundoo
Black-hooded OrioleOriolus xanthornus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Vangidae

Common WoodshrikeTephrodornis pondicerianus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Aegithinidae

Common IoraAegithina tiphia

 
PASSERIFORMES: Rhipiduridae

White-browed FantailRhipidura aureola

 
PASSERIFORMES: Dicruridae

Black DrongoDicrurus macrocercus
Ashy DrongoDicrurus leucophaeus
White-bellied DrongoDicrurus caerulescens
Greater Racket-tailed DrongoDicrurus paradiseus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Monarchidae

Black-naped MonarchHypothymis azurea
Indian Paradise-FlycatcherTerpsiphone paradisi

 
PASSERIFORMES: Laniidae

Isabelline ShrikeLanius isabellinus
Brown ShrikeLanius cristatus
Bay-backed ShrikeLanius vittatus
Long-tailed ShrikeLanius schach
Great Gray ShrikeLanius excubitor

 
PASSERIFORMES: Corvidae

Rufous TreepieDendrocitta vagabunda
House CrowCorvus splendens
Large-billed CrowCorvus macrorhynchos

 
PASSERIFORMES: Stenostiridae

Gray-headed Canary-FlycatcherCulicicapa ceylonensis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Paridae

Cinereous TitParus cinereus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Alaudidae

Ashy-crowned Sparrow-LarkEremopterix griseus
Singing BushlarkMirafra cantillans
Bengal BushlarkMirafra assamica
Indian BushlarkMirafra erythroptera
Sykes's Short-toed LarkCalandrella dukhunensis
Hume's LarkCalandrella acutirostris
Sand LarkAlaudala raytal
Oriental SkylarkAlauda gulgula
Crested LarkGalerida cristata

 
PASSERIFORMES: Cisticolidae

Common TailorbirdOrthotomus sutorius
Rufous-fronted PriniaPrinia buchanani
Gray-breasted PriniaPrinia hodgsonii
Graceful PriniaPrinia gracilis
Jungle PriniaPrinia sylvatica
Ashy PriniaPrinia socialis
Plain PriniaPrinia inornata
Zitting CisticolaCisticola juncidis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Acrocephalidae

Thick-billed WarblerArundinax aedon
Booted WarblerIduna caligata
Sykes's WarblerIduna rama
Blyth's Reed WarblerAcrocephalus dumetorum
Clamorous Reed WarblerAcrocephalus stentoreus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Locustellidae

Striated GrassbirdMegalurus palustris

 
PASSERIFORMES: Hirundinidae

Gray-throated MartinRiparia chinensis
Pale Sand MartinRiparia diluta
Dusky Crag-MartinPtyonoprogne concolor
Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
Wire-tailed SwallowHirundo smithii
Red-rumped SwallowCecropis daurica
Streak-throated SwallowPetrochelidon fluvicola
Asian House-MartinDelichon dasypus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Pycnonotidae

Red-vented BulbulPycnonotus cafer
Red-whiskered BulbulPycnonotus jocosus
White-eared BulbulPycnonotus leucotis
Himalayan BulbulPycnonotus leucogenys

 
PASSERIFORMES: Phylloscopidae

Hume's WarblerPhylloscopus humei
Sulphur-bellied WarblerPhylloscopus griseolus
Tickell's Leaf WarblerPhylloscopus affinis
Common ChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybita
Greenish WarblerPhylloscopus trochiloides
Large-billed Leaf WarblerPhylloscopus magnirostris

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sylviidae

Lesser WhitethroatSylvia curruca
Eastern Orphean WarblerSylvia crassirostris
Yellow-eyed BabblerChrysomma sinense

 
PASSERIFORMES: Zosteropidae

Indian White-eyeZosterops palpebrosus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Timaliidae

Tawny-bellied BabblerDumetia hyperythra

 
PASSERIFORMES: Leiothrichidae

Common BabblerTurdoides caudata
Striated BabblerTurdoides earlei
Large Gray BabblerTurdoides malcolmi
Jungle BabblerTurdoides striata

 
PASSERIFORMES: Tichodromidae

WallcreeperTichodroma muraria

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sittidae

Indian NuthatchSitta castanea

 
PASSERIFORMES: Certhiidae

Indian Spotted CreeperSalpornis spilonota

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sturnidae

Common Hill MynaGracula religiosa
European StarlingSturnus vulgaris
Rosy StarlingPastor roseus
Asian Pied StarlingGracupica contra
Brahminy StarlingSturnia pagodarum
Chestnut-tailed StarlingSturnia malabarica
Common MynaAcridotheres tristis
Bank MynaAcridotheres ginginianus
Jungle MynaAcridotheres fuscus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Turdidae

Scaly ThrushZoothera dauma
Black-throated ThrushTurdus atrogularis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Muscicapidae

Indian RobinCopsychus fulicatus
Oriental Magpie-RobinCopsychus saularis
White-rumped ShamaCopsychus malabaricus
Blue-throated FlycatcherCyornis rubeculoides
Tickell's Blue FlycatcherCyornis tickelliae
Verditer FlycatcherEumyias thalassinus
BluethroatLuscinia svecica
Siberian RubythroatCalliope calliope
Taiga FlycatcherFicedula albicilla
Red-breasted FlycatcherFicedula parva
Black RedstartPhoenicurus ochruros
Blue Rock-ThrushMonticola solitarius
Siberian StonechatSaxicola maurus
Pied BushchatSaxicola caprata
Gray BushchatSaxicola ferreus
Isabelline WheatearOenanthe isabellina
Brown Rock ChatOenanthe fusca

 
PASSERIFORMES: Dicaeidae

Thick-billed FlowerpeckerDicaeum agile

 
PASSERIFORMES: Nectariniidae

Purple SunbirdCinnyris asiaticus
Crimson SunbirdAethopyga siparaja

 
PASSERIFORMES: Chloropseidae

Jerdon's LeafbirdChloropsis jerdoni

 
PASSERIFORMES: Ploceidae

Streaked WeaverPloceus manyar
Baya WeaverPloceus philippinus
Black-breasted WeaverPloceus benghalensis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Estrildidae

Red AvadavatAmandava amandava
Indian SilverbillEuodice malabarica
Scaly-breasted MuniaLonchura punctulata
Tricolored MuniaLonchura malacca
Chestnut MuniaLonchura atricapilla

 
PASSERIFORMES: Passeridae

House SparrowPasser domesticus
Yellow-throated SparrowGymnoris xanthocollis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Motacillidae

Gray WagtailMotacilla cinerea
Western Yellow WagtailMotacilla flava
Citrine WagtailMotacilla citreola
White-browed WagtailMotacilla maderaspatensis
White WagtailMotacilla alba
Richard's PipitAnthus richardi
Paddyfield PipitAnthus rufulus
Long-billed PipitAnthus similis
Blyth's PipitAnthus godlewskii
Tree PipitAnthus trivialis
Olive-backed PipitAnthus hodgsoni

 
PASSERIFORMES: Fringillidae

Common RosefinchCarpodacus erythrinus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Emberizidae

Red-headed BuntingEmberiza bruniceps

 

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