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Common Birds of Bombay (Mumbai)

This is a simple pictorial list of the 25 commonest birds (in my opinion) that one is likely to see in urban Bombay. In greener areas like IIT and the Borivali National Park, one is obviously likely to see many more species. Pictures are from Wikipedia and each species has a link to the relevant Wikipedia page for further information.

House Sparrow
  • More or less Brown (all shades)

Size: Sparrow 15± cm.

Associated Colours: black, chestnut, white

more info... Wikipedia
House Crow
  • More or less wholly Black

Size: Crow 43± cm.

more info... Wikipedia
Blue Rock Pigeon
  • Largely Ashy Grey, Blue Grey or Slaty

Size: Pigeon 33± cm.

Associated Colours: black, glistening purple and green

more info... Wikipedia
Black Kite
  • More or less Brown (all shades)

Size: Kite 61± cm.

Associated Colours: single colour

more info... Wikipedia
Rose-ringed Parakeet
  • Prominent tail
  • Chiefly Green

Size: Myna 23± cm.

Predominantly: black, grass green, rose

Associated Colours: black (pink in male), rose

Tail: 23 cm.

more info... Wikipedia
Red-whiskered Bulbul
  • Prominent crest
  • More or less Brown (all shades)

Size: Bulbul 20± cm.

Predominantly: brown, white

Associated Colours: black, red, white

more info... Wikipedia
Red-vented Bulbul
  • More or less Brown (all shades)

Size: Bulbul 20± cm.

Associated Colours: red, white

more info... Wikipedia
Common Myna
  • More or less Brown (all shades)

Size: Myna 23± cm.

Associated Colours: white (wing patch)

more info... Wikipedia
Asian Koel
  • Prominent tail
  • More or less wholly Black
  • More or less Brown (all shades)

Size: Crow 43± cm.

Predominantly: black (male), brown (female)

Tail: 20 cm.

more info... Wikipedia
Purple-rumped Sunbird
  • Prominent bill
  • Several bright colours in plumage

Size: Sparrow 15± cm.

Predominantly: crimson, green, purplish, yellow

Associated Colours: green, metallic crimson, purple, yellow

Bill: 2.5 cm.; curved, black

more info... Wikipedia
Oriental Magpie-Robin
  • Pied Black and White

Size: Bulbul 20± cm.

more info... Wikipedia
Common Tailor Bird
  • Prominent tail
  • Chiefly Green

Size: Sparrow 15± cm.

Predominantly: olive green, white

Associated Colours: rusty red, white

Tail: 4-8 cm.

more info... Wikipedia
Indian Pond-Heron
  • Prominent bill
  • Long legs
  • More or less Brown (all shades)

Size: Village Hen 46-76± cm.

Predominantly: earthy brown, white

Associated Colours: white

Bill: 6 cm.; straight, pointed, brown and yellow, greenish yellow, blue at base

Legs: dull green

more info... Wikipedia
Little Egret
  • Prominent bill
  • Long legs
  • More or less White

Size: Village Hen 46-76± cm.

Predominantly: white

Bill: 10 cm.; straight, pointed, black

Legs: black

more info... Wikipedia
White throated Fantail Flycatcher
  • More or less Brown (all shades)

Size: Sparrow 15± cm.

Associated Colours: white

more info... Wikipedia
Jungle Crow
  • More or less wholly Black

Size: Crow 43± cm.

more info... Wikipedia
Alexandrine Parakeet
  • Prominent tail
  • Chiefly Green

Size: Pigeon 33± cm.

Predominantly: black, grass green, maroon, pink

Associated Colours: black, maroon, pink

Tail: 36 cm.

more info... Wikipedia
Black Drongo
  • Prominent tail
  • More or less wholly Black

Size: Bulbul 20± cm.

Predominantly: black

Tail: 17 cm.

more info... Wikipedia
White-breasted Kingfisher
  • Prominent bill
  • Several bright colours in plumage

Size: Myna 23± cm.

Predominantly: blue, brown, chocolate, white

Associated Colours: blue, chocolate brown, white

Bill: 7.5 cm.; straight, pointed, red

more info... Wikipedia
Small Bee-eater
  • Prominent tail
  • Prominent bill
  • Chiefly Green

Size: Sparrow 15± cm.

Predominantly: green, rusty

Associated Colours: black, rusty brown

Bill: 3 cm.; curved, slender, brownish black

Tail: 14 cm.

more info... Wikipedia
Coppersmith Barbet
  • Chiefly Green

Size: Sparrow 15± cm.

Associated Colours: crimson, yellow

more info... Wikipedia
Rufous-backed Shrike
  • More or less Brown (all shades)

Size: Bulbul 20± cm.

Associated Colours: black, grey

more info... Wikipedia
Red-wattled Lapwing
  • Long legs
  • Pied Black and White

Size: Partridge 33± cm.

Predominantly: bronze brown

Associated Colours: red lappets, white

Bill: orange red and black

Legs: yellow

more info... Wikipedia
Asian Paradise-Flycatcher
  • Prominent tail
  • Prominent crest
  • More or less White

Size: Bulbul 20± cm.

Predominantly: black on head (adult male), chestnut, chestnut (immature), white, white (adult male)

Tail: 20 cm.

more info... Wikipedia
Indian Golden Oriole
  • Chiefly Yellow

Size: Myna 23± cm.

Associated Colours: black

more info... Wikipedia