October 27, 2017 Titash Chakrabarti

School of Birds – Excursion to Mukutmanipur


Chnadra village in Bankura district of West Bengal, India is our venue for the project ‘School of Birds’ with 52 local children under its wings.

The birding excursion was conducted at Mukutmanipur in Bankura district, the site for the confluence of Kangsabati and Kumari rivers. It’s also home to a giant water dam reservoir. Bangopalpur Reserve Forest, home to rich flora and fauna lies approximately 2kms from the reservoir.


The work has been carried out in association with “Kalyan Sangha”, an institute dedicated towards the welfare of the twin villages of Chnadra and Netkamla, its people, their nutrition and health, preservation of their culture and traditions and primarily educating the young minds.

Read more about ‘SCHOOL OF BIRDS’ on the following links;





26th August 2017



It was a partly cloudy yet with lots of sunshine, good for bird activity as well as bird identification.

Details of Excursion:

No. of participants: 36 (Ranging from the age 10 years to 16 years old)

We started early in the morning from Chnadra village on a mini bus and reached Mukutmanipur (at a distance of 75 Km) by 9am. After setting up our kitchen camp by the water’s edge and a quick snack for all, we started exploring the region. Our birding mission was conducted on foot, motor boats and motor vans.

The major foot trail was a 5 Km walk inside the Bangopalpur Reserve Forest, which yielded many resident birds of South Bengal, and of course beaming smiles of the children within the greenery. This was followed by a late but sumptuous lunch. For the remainder of the evening, the children exercised their free and spirited will by our camp before we headed for Chnadra again, as the sun dipped beyond the horizon.


The following is a comprehensive list of all the species that we could spot enroute Mukutmanipur and on our diverse birding trails in and around the place. All the birds are residents of South Bengal plains.

  1. Common House Crow
  2. Jungle crow
  3. Common House Sparrow
  4. Common Myna
  5. Jungle Myna
  6. Asian Pied Starling
  7. Common Tailorbird
  8. Plain Prinia
  9. Palm Swift
  10. Black-headed Oriole
  11. White-breasted Kingfisher
  12. Common Kingfisher
  13. Indian Roller
  14. Green Bee-eater
  15. Rufous Treepie
  16. Rose-ringed Parakeet
  17. Spotted Dove
  18. Eurasian Collared Dove
  19. Rock Pigeon
  20. Common Hawk Cuckoo
  21. Asian Koel
  22. Greater Coucal
  23. Paddyfield Pipit
  24. White-browed Wagtail
  25. Pond Heron
  26. Cattle Egret
  27. Little Egret
  28. Indian Cormorant
  29. Asian Openbill
  30. Red-vented Bulbul
  31. Oriental Magpie Robin
  32. Black Drongo
  33. Black Kite


Waste Management:

The children took special care in disposing off all the non-biodegradable waste accumulated during the day in a sack, which were carried back and disposed of in the proper place.

Read more about our Project ‘RISE ABOVE PLASTIC’ on the following link;




The excursion would not have been possible without the initiative of Mt. Debabrata Dutta and Mrs. Deborpita Das who supported our project by gathering and donating funds on the occasion of their daughter Danika’s 1st birthday.

People who funded the cause:

  1. Bharat Deep
  2. Harsh Soni
  3. Dhiraj Prakash
  4. Bithotra Chatterjee
  5. Abhishek Dasgupta
  6. Pubali Somebasu
  7. Gaurav Sancheti
  8. Keya Gupta
  9. Ranjita Chakrabarty
  10. Sarita Bandari
  11. Ranit Saha

We decided to execute the excursion on the same day as little Danika’s birthday (26th Aug).

Rupin Pass Waterfall crossing - in pre season

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Titash Chakrabarti
Titash Chakrabarti Musician.Birdwatcher.Traveler.Dreamer.

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