Digboi College – A Potential Place Birding Digboi College, a premiere institution of higher education in the district of Tinsukia, Assam

, is imparting quality education in all the three streams (arts, science and commerce) since its inception in 1965. Located on a hillock near the Digboi-Duliajan Road, the college is surrounded by lush green forest, covering an area of about 75 bighas. A part of the college boundary is adjacent to the famous Dehing-Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary and this might be the reason behind the availability of such a diverse range of bird and mammal species. There are also two numbers of ‘military bunkers’ located in the eastern part of the college that were constructed during the World War-II, which signifies the historical importance of the place during the war. In the year 2011, a track of about 500 meters passing through the forest falling within the College boundary was constructed that proved to be a potential route for photographing birds and other mammals. There are certain uplands that provide eye level view for taking better photographs. Bird calls are preferred but its uses should be limited only to the level of urgency, since, research has revealed that extensive use of bird calls may affect the breeding habitat of the species. Although, Digboi College is rich in its natural resources but still there are certain threats that needs to be tackled before it gets too late. One such threat is illegal chopping of trees and bamboos within the college boundary by certain section of the society due to the absence of a concrete boundary wall. Another matter of concern is the illegal poaching being carried out by certain localities. There are records that deer, mongooses, squirrels, birds, etc. were killed for their meat within the college boundary. Apart from this, the new tea garden that is being planted adjacent to the college boundary is posing a serious threat to the entire ecology. It is the high time to make people aware of the importance of conservation and motivate them to keep themselves away from activities that pose a threat to the entire biodiversity. The forest department along with the college teaching community can play a significant role in conducting programs intended towards educating public and creating awareness regarding the importance of conservation before it gets too late. Checklist of the bird species recorded within Digboi College Campus between January, 2011 and December’2013:

Green Bee-Eater 12. House Crow 19. Chestnut Winged Cuckoo 21. Red Whiskered Bulbul 16. Spotted dove 27. Pin Striped Tit Babbler 3. Great barbet 9. Ashy drongo 29. Ashy Bulbul 13. Pygmy Wren Babbler 5. Greater Coucal 18. Black Drongo 28. Greater Racket tailed drongo . Blue Throated Barbet 7. Lineated Barbet 10. Little Cormorant 17. Black Winged Cuckooshrike 23. Large Cuckooshrike 24. Blue Bearded Bee-Eater 11. Red Vented Bulbul 15. Coppersmith Barbet 8. Bronzed drongo 30. Emerald dove 25. White Hooded Babbler 6. Oriental turtle dove 26. Grey throated babbler 2. Puff Throated Babbler 4. Black Bulbul 14.Common Name 1. Eastern Jungle Crow 20. Large Hawk Cuckoo 22.

Pale chinned flycatcher 40. Cattle Egret 35. Black backed forktail 45. Grey headed canary flycatcher 39. Lesser racket tailed drongo 32. Lesser necklaced laughingthrush 54. Common Green magpie 56. Scarlet Minivet 58. Rufous gorgeted flycatcher 41. Verditer flycatcher 43. Common Hoopoe 46. Jungle Myna .31. Red throated flycatcher 44. Spangled Drongo 33. White throated kingfisher 50. Common Myna 61. Scarlet backed flowerpecker 38. Greater necklaced laughingthrush 53. Crested Serpent Eagle 34. White rumped munia 60. Oriental Pied Hornbill 47. White throated fantail 37. Chestnut Backed laughingthrush 51. Green Billed Malkoha 57. Orange bellied leafbird 55. Rufous necked laughingthrush 52. Intermediate Egret 36. Common Iora 48. Slaty blue flycatcher 42. Scaly breasted munia 59. Common Kingfisher 49.

Asian pied starling 87. Oriental magpie robin 80. Rufous bellied niltava 65. Brown shrike 84. Gould’s sunbird 92. Rose ringed parakeet 72. Yellow footed green pigeon 77. Spotted owlet 71. Streaked spiderhunter 90. Grey backed shrike 83. Chestnut tailed starling 88. Ruby cheeked sunbird . Kalij Pheasant 73. Crimson sunbird 91. White browed piculet 75. Speckled piculet 74. Small niltava 66. Rusty bellied shortwing 82. Eurasian tree sparrow 85. House sparrow 86. Mrs. White rumped shama 81.62. Olive backed pipit 78. Hodgson’s redstart 79. White vented myna 63. Asian barred owlet 70. Black hooded oriole 67. Thick billed green pigeon 76. Brown hawk owl 69. Maroon oriole 68. Little spiderhunter 89. Common hill myna 64.

101. Blue whistling thrush 98. Common tailorbird 96. 109. 108. Barn swallow 95. 117. 103. 113.93. 110. Striated swallow 94. Great tit 99. Grey treepie Rufous treepie White wagtail Yellow wagtail Blyth’s leaf warbler Chestnut crowned warbler Golden spectacled warbler Grey cheeked warbler Greenish warbler Green crowned warbler Grey sided bush warbler Pale footed bush warbler Tickell’s leaf warbler White spectacled warbler Oriental white eye Large woodshrike Greater yellownape Lesser yellownape Grey headed woodpecker Greater goldenback . 115. 104. 102. 118. 116. 107. 105. Slaty bellied tesia 97. 112. 106. Collared treepie 100. 111. 114. 119.