A bird's eye view

Updated: Nov 07, 2019, 08:53 IST | Dalreen Ramos | Mumbai

As we head into the season of avian activity, gear up to explore Mumbai's winged diversity with this illustrated map

Graphic/Uday Mohite; Information courtesy/WWF India, eBird
Graphic/Uday Mohite; Information courtesy/WWF India, eBird

Mumbai boasts of nearly a quarter of the country's avifauna and yet, locals without an eye for or awareness about birdwatching attribute this diversity to the outlines of birds featured in a primary school colouring book — the crow, pigeon, eagle or sparrow.

With the migratory bird season starting this month, and extending till February, here are nine places in and around the city that are hotspots for birds with habitats ranging from hilly forests to wetlands. And in Karnala, Vasai, Uran, Dombivali and the Sanjay Gandhi National Park you get to spot over 200 species.

Asif KhanAsif Khan, orinthologist

Know your birds

Books:
Birds of South Asia: The Ripley Guide by Pamela C Rasmussen
Birds of the Indian Subcontinent by Richard Grimmett, Carol Inskipp and Tim Inskipp
The Book of Indian Birds by Salim Ali
City Forest: Mumbai's National Park by Sunjoy Monga
Websites:
chirpsntweets.blogspot.com
ebird.org
www.birdlife.org

The place                             Bird to watch out for

Sanjay Gandhi National Park                            Yellow-throated sparrow
Maharashtra Nature Park                                 Asian paradise flycatcher
Saatpool, Dombivli                                          Bronze-winged Jacana
Bhandup Pumping Station                                Spot-billed duck
Panje, Uran                                                     Northern pintail
Coastal and Marine Biodiversity Centre              Greater / Lesser Flamingo
Arnala Beach, Vasai                                          Eurasian Marsh Harrier               
Karnala Bird Sanctuary                                     Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher
Nerul Flamingo Point                                         Eurasian Spoonbill

250+
The number of species that can be spotted in Panje, Uran. In addition to Panje, avifauna can also be found in the neighbouring Jasai

Four ways to enjoy outdoors 

Mind on migration

Migation

Watch Witness migratory birds including the Kentish Plover, Eurasian Curlew and Common Redshank.
On December 8, 8 am to 10.30 am
At Bhandup Pumping Station, Bhandup West.
Call 9969798447
Cost Rs 500 to Rs 600

Top it all off

Migation

Walk Hear the chirping of birds while wading through rapid streams during a forest walk at Yeoor Hills.
On November 17, 7 am
At Sanjay Gandhi National Park, main entrance, Thane West.
Log on to insider.in
Cost Rs 1199

Identify the wings

Migation

Climb Learn field techniques for bird identification at a workshop comprising a talk and field trip.
On December 28, 3.30 pm and December 29, 6 am
At Hornbill House, near Kala Ghoda.
Call 22871202
Cost Rs 2,500 to Rs 2,700

Afloat with flamingos

Migation

Safari Spot thousands of Lesser Flamingos during a boat safari and photograph them, too.
On December 22, 8 am
At Coastal and Marine Biodiversity Centre, Airoli.
Email. bnhs.programmes@gmail.com
Cost Rs 1,000 to Rs 1,200

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