Welcome to MigrantWatch

Each winter, millions of birds belonging to hundreds of species migrate into India from latitudes further north. When do these birds come and how do they spread across the country? Join us in contributing your sightings of migrants, visit our blog to see how sightings contributed by participants have been used to better understand migration to and from India. Also take a look at the MigrantWatch 5-year summary.

Recent News  

Recent photos view gallery

Kishorenath Jayachandar

Shantilal Varu

Shantilal Varu

Samiran Jha

recent reports

Indian Pitta from Guntur-Chennai Highway by Kishorenath Jayachandar (19-Apr)
Indian Pitta from Ramnagar by Mohan Chandra Joshi, Corbett (18-Apr)
Pied Cuckoo (Jacobin Cuckoo) from Garjiya by Mohan Chandra Joshi, Corbett (16-Apr)
Rosy Starling from Nakhatrana by Shantilal Varu (05-Apr)
Black-headed Bunting from Netra by Shantilal Varu (05-Apr)
top contributors
28-Mar-2015 to 28-Apr-2015

popular species
28-Mar-2015 to 28-Apr-2015

migrantwatch blog

Pied Cuckoos are back!

Legend has it that the Pied Cuckoo (also called the Pied-crested Cuckoo) heralds the coming of the monsoon. Is this true? Help us find out by reporting sightings of this widespread migrant. See here for details. The latest summary of the Pied Cuckoo arrivals in relation to the monsoon is here, and here is an animated map of cuckoo migration. You can also use our data page to see all Pied Cuckoo sightings on a map or in a table.

Do you see the patterns?

MigrantWatch participants have reported arrival and departure data for over five years (starting in August 2007) now. Would you like to join us in sifting through the numbers, detecting patterns and general geekery? If so, search and download the data here! (You need to be logged in to download the raw data). For example, here is a map and table of all Greenish Warbler records in the database.
Design: Pavithra Sankaran. MigrantWatch is a project of the Citizen Science Programme of NCBS in association with Indian Birds Journal