Over 15,500 birdwatchers across the country contribute to a report on the state of India’s birds.
India’s national bird, the Indian Peafowl, has increased dramatically over the past decades. In contrast, 50% of other Indian species of birds have declined over this time period. These are some of the findings from the State of India’s Birds 2020 report. This pioneering report assesses the status of 867 Indian birds using a massive database of information contributed by birdwatchers.
The report is remarkable for utilising citizen science data to assess the distribution and trends in abundance of birds that regularly occur in India.
It is the culmination of a collaboration between ten research and conservation organisations within the country, spanning both governmental and non-governmental institutions: Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), Foundation for Ecological Security (FES), National Biodiversity Authority (NBA), National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS-TIFR), Nature Conservation Foundation (NCF), Sálim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History (SACON), Wetlands International South Asia (WI-SA), Wildlife Institute of India (WII) and World Wide Fund for Nature India (WWF-India).