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Winged Wonders of Rashtrapati Bhavan

AVIAN Life in Rashtrapati Bhavan

"111 species were located and photographed over a period of one year in the President’s Estate. The details of the species, the frequency of their sightings along with the locations they were seen were published in the book the Winged Wonders of Rashtrapati Bhavan, which was released by the Hon’ble Prime Minister in 2014. Three more species were located subsequently."

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    Not common in the President’s Estate. Can be found during the winter months searching for flies in Dalikhana. Siberian Stonechat
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    A visitor now seen frequently after introduction of fishlings in the Dalikhana Lake. Grey Pond Heron
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    Uncommon in the President’s Estate and was only spotted twice perching on tall trees at night. Bengal Eagle Owl
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    They are not common in the President’s Estate. Tawny Pipit
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    They are not very uncommon in the President’s Estate. They can be seen during the winter in open lawns and particularly in the Golf ground of the Estate. Paddyfield Pipit
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    They are not very common in the President’s Estate. They can be seen in the winter months in the open lawns, particularly near the Golf ground. Olive-Backed Pipit
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    They are not very common in the President’s Estate. They can be seen in the Gold ground in the Estate in winter. Long-Billed Pipit
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    They are not very common in the President’s Estate. They can be occasionally seen in the Polo and Golf grounds of the Estate. Yellow Wagtail
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    They are quite common in the President’s Estate. They can be seen more commonly in the Mughal Garden. White-Browed Wagtail
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    They can be occasionally seen in the open parts and lawns during the winter months in the President’s Estate. White Wagtail
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    They are not very common in the President’s Estate. During winter months, they can be spotted in the open areas and parks of the Estate. Grey Wagtail
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    They are not very common in the President’s Estate. During winter, they can be spotted in the open areas and parks in the Estate. They are more likely to be spotted near the Dalikhana and the tank in the wooded area on the western part of the Polo ground. Citrine Wagtail
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    They are not uncommon in the President’s Estate. They can be spotted in flocks in the vegetable gardens of the Dalikhana. Scaly-Breasted Munia
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    They are not common in the President’s Estate. A few were seen in the Dalikhana. Red Avadavat
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    They are not uncommon in the President’s Estate. They can be spotted in groups in the vegetable gardens of the Dalikhana. Indian Silverbill
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    They are not very common in the President’s Estate. They were spotted occasionally in the Dalikhana. Baya Weaver
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    They are quite rare in the President’s Estate. A couple of them were spotted in the wooded areas near the Polo ground. Spanish Sparrow
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    They have become less common in the President’s Estate, as in the city. House Sparrow
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    They are not uncommon in the Estate. They can be spotted in the wooded areas near the Polo ground of the President’s Estate. Chestnut-Shouldered Petronia
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    They are abundant in the President’s Estate. Purple Sunbird
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    They are very rare in the President’s Estate. Tickell’s Blue-Flycatcher
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    Though not commonly seen in Delhi, they were spotted in pairs in the President’s Estate near the fruit trees and vermicomposting yards. Verditer Flycatcher
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    They are seen more frequently than the Asian Brown Flycatcher. During winter months, they are commonly seen diving for flies in the woody area contiguous to the Gold ground in the President’s Estate. Red-Breasted Flycatcher
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    They are very rare in the President’s Estate. Only two birds were spotted during the one-year survey within the Estate. Grey-Headed Canary Flycatcher
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    They are not very common in the President’s Estate. A few were spotted near the tank in the woods near the Golf grounds. Asian Brown Flycatcher
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    They are not very common in the President’s Estate. Brown Rockchat
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    They are not common in the President’s Estate. A few were spotted in the Dalikhana. Common Stonechat
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    They are not common in the President’s Estate. Pied Bushchat
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    They are commonly seen in woody areas and adjoining gardens in the President’s Estate. Black Redstart
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    They are found virtually everywhere in the President’s Estate. Oriental Magpie Robin
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    They can be commonly seen in the nurseries in the President’s Estate. Indian Robin
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    They are quite rare in the President’s Estate and only a few were spotted near nurseries and vermicomposting yards. Bluethroat
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    They are abundant in the President’s Estate. Common Myna
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    They are not very common in the President’s Estate. Bank Myna
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    They can be seen perching in large numbers on fruit trees in the Estate during the months when they pass through Delhi. Rosy Starling
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    They are quite common in the President’s Estate and can be seen in its open grounds. Brahminy Starling
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    They are quite common in the President’s Estate and can be seen foraging for food in its open grounds. Asian Pied Starling
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    They are common in the President’s Estate and can be seen in large flocks on smaller to medium sized trees. Oriental White-Eye
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    They can be found virtually everywhere in the President’s Estate. Common Babbler
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    They are not very common in the President’s Estate. Large Grey Babbler
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    They are very common in the President’s Estate. Jungle Babbler
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    They are not uncommon in the President’s Estate and can be usually seen in the shrubs near the Golf ground. Blyth’s Reed Warbler
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    They are not uncommon in the President’s Estate and can be usually seen in the shrubs near the Golf ground. Common Chiffchaff
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    They are not very common in the President’s Estate. Sulphur-Bellied Warbler
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    These are quite common in the President’s Estate. Common Tailorbird
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    They are quite common in the President’s Estate. Grey-Breasted Prinia
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    They are quite common in the President’s Estate and can be seen in the Mughal Garden and adjoining areas. Ashy Prinia
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    They are quite common in the President’s Estate. Red-Whiskered Bulbul
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    They are quite common in the President’s Estate. Red-Vented Bulbul
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    They are rarely found in the President’s Estate. One such was spotted in the Dalikhana in March. Wire-Tailed Swallow
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    Hundreds of Dusky Crag-Martin have built nests in the southern entrance of the main building of the Rashtrapati Bhavan and have been residing there for decades. Dusky Crag-Martin
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    They are uncommon in the President’s Estate. Great Tit
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    Although less common than the House Crow, they are common in the President’s Estate. Indian Jungle Crow
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    These can be seen everywhere in the President’s Estate. House Crow
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    These are quite common in the President’s Estate. Rufous Treepie
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    They are quite rare in the President’s Estate and are difficult to photograph, as their tails are long and usually hidden by foliage. They were seen in the woody areas adjacent to the lake in Dalikhana and in the garden of 1 MTC, within the President’s
 Estate. Asian Paradise-flycatcher
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    Not very common within the President’s Estate. A pair was sighted only for a few days in the first half of April 2014. Indian Golden Oriole
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    These are quite common in the President’s Estate. Black Drongo
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    They are not very common in the President’s Estate. Some were sighted in the wooded areas adjacent to the Dalikhana. Isabelline Shrike
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    Long-Tailed Shrike They are not very common in the President’s Estate. Some were sighted in the wooded areas adjacent to the Dalikhana. Long-Tailed Shrike
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    They are not very common in the President’s estate. Some were sighted in the wooded areas adjacent to the Dalikhana. Bay-Backed Shrike
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    They are rather rare in the President’s Estate. Some of them were seen in the Dalikhana. Scarlet Minivet
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    They are uncommon in the President’s Estate. A couple of them were spotted in the forest west of the Polo ground. Common Woodshrike
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    They are quite common in the President’s Estate. Black-Rumped flameback
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    They are quite common in the President’s Estate though less than the Brown-headed Barber. Coppersmith Barbet
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    They are very common in the President’s Estate. Brown-Headed Barbet
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    'In courtship perched over nest' - They are very common in the President’s Estate. Indian Grey Honrbill
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    They can be commonly seen in the Dalikhana. Green Bee-Eater
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    They are commonly seen around the lake in the Dalikhana. White-Throated Kingfisher
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    They are spotted rarely in the President’s Estate. Only one Indian roller was spotted in the Dalikhana. Indian Roller
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    They are not uncommon in the President’s Estate. They can be seen in its open fields. Common Hoopoe
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    They are common in the President’s Estate. They can be found roosting in some of the old unused building in the Estate. Little Swift
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    They are very rare in the President’s Estate. Only one was spotted in the wooded area west of the Polo ground. Indian Scops-Owl
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    They are quite common in the President’s Estate. Spotted Owlet
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    They are rare in the President’s Estate. One of the owls photographed was spotted after it sought refuge under the bushes of the forest west of the Polo ground after being attacked by other birds Barn Owl
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    They are not very common in the President’s estate. A few were seen in the Dalikhana Area. Greater Coucal
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    'Indian Koels in Courtship' - They are quite common in the President’s Estate, but are heard more often than they are seen. Indian Koel
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    Although they are not uncommon in the President’s Estate, they are less sighted than heard rendering their exasperated call. Common Hawk Cuckoo
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    They are not common in the President’s Estate. A few of them were spotted in summer months in the Dalikhana. Jacobin Cuckoo
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    They have become quite rare over the years in the President’s Estate. They were spotted only once where grains are scattered adjacent to the north steps of the main building for birds to feed. Plum-headed Parakeet
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    They are very common in the President’s Estate. Rose-Ringed Parakeet
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    They are not very common in the President’s Estate. They can occasionally be seen helping themselves to barriers and fruits on the trees in the Estate. Alexandrine Parakeet
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    They are quite common in the President’s Estate. Yellow-footed Green Pigeon
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    Though not very common, they can be occasionally seen perching on the medium sized trees in the President’s Estate. Spotted Dove
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    They are common in the President’s Estate. Laughing Dove
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    These are very common in the President’s Estate. Common Pigeon
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    They are quite rare in the President’s Estate. Only one pair was spotted twice in the dry areas of Dalikhana. Yellow-Wattled Lapwing
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    They are very common throughout the President’s Estate. Red Wattled Lapwing
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    Not very common in the President’s Estate. A few were spotted in 2014 around the lake in Dalikhana. Black-Winged Stilt
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    They can be commonly sighted in the vegetable gardens in Dalikhana and open areas of the President’s Estate. Indian Thick Knee
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    They are uncommon in the President’s Estate. Only two were seen in the lake in Dalikhana on three occasions. Purple Swamphen
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    They are residents of the lake and the shrubs around it in the Dalikhana Common Moorhen
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    They are residents of the lake and the shrubs around it in the Dalikhana. White-Breasted Waterhen
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    They are rare in the President’s Estate. A few were spotted from September to November of 2013 in the woodlands around the Polo ground of the Estate. White-eyed Buzzard
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    They are quite common in the President’s Estate. Shikra
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    They are not uncommon in the President’s Estate, and can be usually seen sitting on the open grounds in pairs. Egyptian Vulture
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    Although rare, they can be seen in various morphs usually sitting on tall trees or near the lake in the Dalikhana Oriental Honey-Buzzard
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    Black-eared Kites are common in the Western, central and Eastern Himalayas. In winter, migrant birds appear in North India and the Peninsula up to Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh Black Eared Kite
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    They are found virtually everywhere in the President’s Estate. They can be seen perching on virtually all the tall trees and sitting in flocks on the open grounds in the Estate. Black Kite
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    They were occasionally seen during may-June at the Dalikhana lake in the President’s Estate. They can, however, be sighted more frequently after fingerlings were introduced in 2013 in the lake in Dalikhana. Indian Cormorant
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    They are not very common in the President’s Estate. They were occasionally seen from May to June in the Dalikhana lake. Their numbers, however, increased after fingerlings were introduced in 2013 in the lake in Dalikhana. Little Cormorant
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    They are common in the vegetable gardens in Dalikhana. Intermediate Egret
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    They are abundant in the vegetable gardens in Dalikhana. Cattle Egret
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    They are a common sight in the vicinity of the lake in the Dalikhana. With the introduction of fingerlings in the lake in 2013, their population has increased substantially within the Estate. Indian Pond Heron
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    They are rarely seen in the President’s Estate. The ones that were spotted were seen perched on a tree adjacent to the lake in the Dalikhana. Black Crowned Night Heron
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    They are a common sight in the vicinity of the golf and polo grounds in the President’s Estate. Red Naped Ibis
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    They are not commonly found in the President’s Estate. Only two were spotted in the Polo ground. Black – Headed Ibis
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    They are occasional visitors in the summer months and can be seen in the lake in Dalikhana in the Presidents’ Estate, where they come to feed. Little Grebe
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    In the President’s Estate, they reside in and around the lake in Dalikhana Indian Spot Billed duck
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    They are in abundance in the President’s Estate and can be commonly sighted perched on houses and rooftops, loudly calling out in the mornings and evenings. Indian Peafowl
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    They are commonly found in Dalikhana and other wooded areas in the President’s Estate. Grey Francolin
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