India with more than 1250 species of birds, is a paradise for bird watching. There are over 925 breeding species (~920 residents). The Indian birds belong to 25 groups called 'Orders', which are further divided into 'Families', 'Sub-families' and 'Genera'. For birding in India, 13 bio-geographical regions can be demarcated: Trans Himalayan, Western Himalayas, Eastern Himalayas, Desert, Semi-arid, Gangetic plain, Central India, Deccan Plateau, Western Ghats, Eastern Ghats, North East, Coasts and the Andaman Nicobar Islands. The long coastline and the island territories provide an opportunity to watch and study a large number of pelagic birds.

The Blue Peafowl (Pavo cristatus), also known as the Blue Peacock, is the national bird of India.
Books
Fauna of India (Birds) vol iii 1895 by W T Blanford
Origin of Species (1860) by Charles Darwin
Nests & Eggs of Indian Birds (vol i 1889) by A O Hume
Mammalia of India & Ceylon (1884) by R A Sterndale

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Birds of Bhutan by Yeshey Dorji
Wild Animals of India by Rajiv Lather
Parus ater
Coal Tit
Circus pygargus - female
Montagu's Harrier
Caprimulgus mahrattensis
Sykes's Nightjar
Alcippe castaneceps
Rufous-winged Fulvetta
Anseriformes
Anatidae
Waterfowl - ducks, geese, swans, teals, pochards, wigeons
Dendrocygnidae
Waterfowl - whistling ducks
Apodiformes
Apodidae
Needletails, swifts, swiftlets
Hemiprocnidae
Treeswifts
Bucerotiformes
Bucerotidae
Hornbills - Malabar Grey Hornbill
Caprimulgiformes
Batrachostomidae
Frogmouths
Caprimulgidae
Nightjars
Eurostopodidae
Eared-nightjars
Charadriiformes
Burhinidae
Thick-knees (stone plovers)
Charadriidae
Avocets, dotterels, lapwings, plovers, stilts
Glareolidae
Coursers, pratincoles
Jacanidae
Jacanas
Laridae
Gulls, jaegers, noddies, skimmers, skuas, terns
Rostratulidae
Painted-snipes - Greater Painted-Snipe
Scolopacidae
Godwits, sandpipers, shanks, snipes, stints
Ciconiiformes
Ciconiidae
Adjutants, openbills, storks
Threskiornithidae
Ibises, spoonbills
Ardeidae
Bitterns, egrets, herons
Columbiformes
Columbidae
Doves, pigeons, wood-pigeons
Coraciiformes
Alcedinidae
River kingfishers (smaller)
Cerylidae
Water kingfishers (pied)
Halcyonidae
Tree kingfishers (larger)
Coraciidae
Dollarbird, rollers
Meropidae
Bee-eaters
Cuculiformes
Centropodidae
Coucals (crow pheasants)
Cuculidae
Cuckoos, koels, malkohas
Falconiformes
Falconidae
Falcons, falconets, hobbies, kestrels, merlin
Accipitridae
Buzzards, eagles, harriers, hawks, kites, vultures
Pandionidae
Osprey
Galliformes
Megapodiidae
Scrubfowl (megapodes)
Phasianidae
Francolin, junglefowl, pheasants, tragopan, quail
Gaviiformes
Gaviidae
Divers, loons - Arctic Loon
Gruiformes
Gruidae
Cranes
Heliornithidae
Finfoots - Masked Finfoot
Otididae
Bustards, floricans
Rallidae
Coots, crakes, moorhens, rails, swamphens
Phoenicopteriformes
Phoenicopteridae
Flamingos
Passeriformes
Aegithalidae
Long-tailed tits
Alaudidae
Larks, skylarks, sparrow-larks
Bombycillidae
Waxwings - Bohemian Waxwing
Certhiidae
Creepers, treecreepers, wrens
Cinclidae
Dippers - White-throated Dipper
Cisticolidae
Cisticolas, prinias
Corvidae
Crows, drongos, magpies, minivets, orioles, treepies, fantails
Eurylaimidae
Broadbills
Fringillidae
Buntings, finches, grosbeaks, rosefinches, serins
Hirundinidae
Crag-martins, house-martins, martins, swallows
Hypocoliidae
Hypocolius - Gray Hypocolius
Irenidae
Fairy-bluebird, leafbirds
Laniidae
Shrikes
Muscicapidae
Chats, flycatchers, redstarts, robins, thrushes, wheatears
Nectariniidae
Flowerpeckers, spiderhunters, sunbirds
Paridae
Typical tits
Passeridae
Munias, pipits, sparrows, wagtails, weavers, accentors
Pittidae
Pittas
Pycnonotidae
Bulbuls, finchbills
Regulidae
Crests or kinglets - Common Goldcrest
Sittidae
Nuthatches, wallcreeper
Sturnidae
Mynas (mynahs), starlings
Sylviidae
Babblers, laughingthrushes, warblers, yuhinas, tesias - Bugun Liocichla
Zosteropidae
White-eyes - Oriental White-eye
Pelecaniformes
Phaethontidae
Tropicbirds
Pelecanidae
Pelicans
Fregatidae
Frigatebirds
Sulidae
Boobies
Phalacrocoracidae
Cormorants
Anhingidae
Darters - Oriental Darter
Piciformes
Indicatoridae
Honeyguides - Yellow-rumped Honeyguide
Megalaimidae
Barbets
Picidae
Piculets, woodpeckers, wrynecks, yellownapes
Podicipediformes
Podicipedidae
Grebes
Procellariiformes
Procellariidae
Petrels, shearwaters, storm-petrels
Psittaciformes
Psittacidae
Cockatoos, lories, lorikeets, parakeets, parrots
Pteroclidiformes
Pteroclididae
Sandgrouse
Strigiformes
Strigidae
Owls - Eurasian Eagle Owl
Tytonidae
Barn-owls, bay-owls, grass-owls
Trogoniformes
Trogonidae
Trogons
Turniciformes
Turnicidae
Button-quails
Upupiformes
Upupidae
Hoopoes - Eurasian Hoopoe

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