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Nepal is a socially and biologically diverse country. Its landscapes range from 60 meters above sea level to the top of the world. This makes Nepal rich in biodiversity. It is home for animals and birds that are found in tropical to tundra regions. We initiated Wiki Loves Birds project with the aim to increase the amount of free licensed materials of available bird species of Nepal. The project aimed to add photographs of birds found Nepal in Wikimedia Commons; and improve the quality and quantity of Wikipedia articles (mainly in the Nepali Language) about the birds of Nepal.

User: Nirmal Dulal with Niraj Dahal at Bird Conservation Nepal

On 05 October 2018, we reached to Bird Conservation Nepal (BCN), an organization that is working on the conservation of birds, their habitats and sites since 1982. This helped us to form a group who has knowledge and interest in birds. We also collaborated with special interest groups including reputed birds experts, journalists, photographers, and researchers. The collaboration helped to introduce Wikipedia and its importance in bird conversation. As a result, these important figures have become active Wikipedians and WLB project team members. Here the names and identity of these reputed figures:

  • Mr. Rajendra Gurung: President of Bird Conservation Nepal and bird expert.[1]
  • Mr Vimal Thapa: General Secretary of Bird Conservation Nepal and bird expert.[1]
  • Mr Ramesh Chaudhary: Board Member of Bird Conservation Nepal and bird expert.[1]
Project Coordinator User: Nirmal Dulal with Mr. Rajendra Gurung (President of BCN) and bird expert Mr. Ramesh Chaudhary

Covered Place for Outreach and Photowalks[edit]

SN Name of Location Geo Coordinate
1 Chitwan National Park, Chitwan Coordinates: 27.5341069°, 84.4502779°
2 Shivapuri National Park - Pani Muhan & Jama Chowk Area Coordinates: 27.7908993°, 85.4250515°
3 Suryabinayak Forest, Bhaktapur Coordinates: 27.6477111°, 85.4053486°
4 Nagarkot Area, Bhaktapur Coordinates: 27.7144333°, 85.4643196°
5 Bhimdhunga - Nagarjun Forest Reserve Area, Kathmandu Coordinates: 27.7452555°, 85.254535°
6 Taudaha Area, Kathmandu Coordinates: 27.6423552°, 85.2859219°
7 Chobhar - Bagmati River, Kathmandu Coordinates: 27.6576878°, 85.2675899°
8 Godawari - Phulchowki Area, Lalitpur Coordinates: 27.5962562°, 85.3357022°
9 Sankhu Area, Kathmandu Coordinates: 27.7297864°, 85.4578131°
10 Sundarijal Area, Kathmandu Coordinates: 27.7851285°, 85.393595°

Program Output Metrics[edit]

First photograph of spiny babbler (Turdoides nipalensis) upoaded in wikimedia commons

The metrics counts of this project are described below:

Description Target Outcomes Remarks
1. Number of Total Participants (including core team) 15+ 22
2. Number of newly registered users - 10
3. Number of articles added or improved on Wikimedia projects 100+ 103
3 a.In Nepali Wikipedia - 100[2]
3 b. In English Wikipedia - 3
4. Number of total new images/media uploaded to Wikimedia Commons - 1089[3]
5. Number of new images of birds uploaded to Wikimedia Commons 1000+ 1020[4]
5 a. Number of Species captured 100+ 209
5 b. Number of Valued images - 14[5]
5 c.Number of Quality images - 36[6]


We have recorded following birds during photowalks
  1. Fulvous Breasted Woodpecker
  2. Gray Headed Woodpecker
  3. Great Barbet
  4. Blue Throated Barbet
  5. Golden Throated Barbet
  6. Green Billed Malkoha
  7. Alexandrine Parakeet
  8. Rose- ringed Parakeet
  9. House Swift
  10. Asian Bard Owlet
  11. Common Rock Pigeon
  12. Oriental Turtle Dove
  13. Himalayan Vulture
  14. Himalayan Buzzard
  15. Booted Eagle
  16. Black Kite
  17. Mountain Hawk Eagle
  18. Crested Serpent Eagle
  19. Black Eagle
  20. Cattle Egret
  21. Orange Bellied Leafbird
  22. Red Billed Blue Magpie
  23. Gray Treepie
  24. House Crow
  25. Large Billed Jungle Crow
  26. Maroon Oriole
  27. Long Tailed Minivet
  28. Scarlet Minivet
  29. Yellow Bellied Fantail
  30. White Throated fantail
  31. Bronzed Drongo
  32. Spangled Drongo
  33. Blue Whistling Thrush
  34. Dark Sided Flycatcher
  35. Verditar Flycatcher
  36. Rufus Bellied Niltava
  37. Small Niltava
  38. Blue Fronted Redstart
  39. White Capped Water Redstart
  40. Common myna
  41. Jungle Myna
  42. Chestnut Bellied Nuthach
  43. White tailed Nuthach
  44. Velvet Fronted Nuthach
  45. Great Tit
  46. Black Throated Tit
  47. Black Lored Tit
  48. Green Backed Tit
  49. Barn Swallow
  50. Red Vented Bulbul
  51. Black Bulbul
  52. Himalayan Bulbul
  53. Mountain Bulbul
  54. Oriental White Eye
  55. Common Tailorbird
  56. Hum's Warbler
  57. Greenish Warbler
  58. Gray Hooded Warbler
  59. Buff-Barred Warble
  60. Lemon-Rumed Warbler
  61. Blyth's Leaf warbler
  62. Ashy Throated Warbler
  63. White Throated Laughing Thrush
  64. White-Crested Laughing Thrush
  65. Striated Laughing Thrush
  66. Rusty-CheekedScimitar Babbler
  67. Streak- Breasted scimitar Babbler
  68. Grey-Throated babbler
  69. Rufus Winged Fulveta
  70. Nepal Fulveta
  71. Whiskered Yuhina
  72. White Bellied Yuhina
  73. Rufus Sibia
  74. Fire Breasted Flowerpecker
  75. Plain Flower-pecker
  76. Black Throated Sunbird
  77. Fire-Tailed Sunbird
  78. Green-Tailed Sunbird
  79. House Sparrow
  80. Eurasian Tree Sparrow
  81. Gray Wagtail
  82. Olive Backed Pipit
  83. Grey-Headed Bulfinch
  84. Peregrine falcon
  85. Rose ringed parakit
  86. Grey headed lapwing
  87. Common Sandpiper
  88. Wallcreeper
  89. Indian pond heron
  90. Oriental Magpie robin
  91. White Wagtail
  92. Grey headed warbler
  93. Plumbeous water redstart
  94. White browed wagtail
  95. Green Sandpiper
  96. Grey wagtail
  97. Stepped eagle
  98. White throated kingfisher
  99. Tickle’s warbler
  100. Dusky warbler
  101. Common redshank
  102. Common Stonechat
  103. Rosy pipit
  104. Spotted dove
  105. Eurasian collared dove
  106. Brahmini starling
  107. Black drongo
  108. Baya weaver
  109. Hodgson's redstart
  110. Common hooppe
  111. Long legged buzzard
  112. Long tailed shrink
  113. Pied Bushchat
  114. Eurasian sparrow hawk
  115. Rufous Treepie
  116. Black throated thrush
  117. Bar headed goose
  118. Common snipe
  119. Long billed plover
  120. Grey backed shrike
  121. Common teal
  122. Great cormorant
  123. Gadwall
  124. Mallard
  125. Northern shoveler
  126. Eurasian wegoon
  127. Common raven
  128. Eurasian coot
  129. Little egret
  130. Asian openbill
  131. Lesser adjutant
  132. Little cormorant
  133. Oriental darter
  134. Red-naped ibis
  135. Ruddy shelduck
  136. Short-toed snake eagle
  137. Red junglefowl
  138. Kalij pheasant
  139. Indian peafowl
  140. White-breasted waterhen
  141. Red-wattled lapwing
  142. Red turtle dove
  143. Wedge-tailed green pigeon
  144. Indian cuckoo
  145. Spotted owlet
  146. Common kingfisher
  147. White-throated kingfisher
  148. Stork-billed kingfisher
  149. Pied kingfisher
  150. Blue-tailed bee-eater
  151. Green bee-eater
  152. Oriental pied hornbill
  153. Rufous woodpecker
  154. Grey-headed woodpecker
  155. Fulvous-breasted woodpecker
  156. Grey Wagtail
  157. Himalayan bulbul
  158. Mountain bulbul
  159. Red-vented bulbul
  160. Red-whiskered bulbul
  161. Large cuckooshrike
  162. White-throated Laughingthrush
  163. Spiny Babber
  164. Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch
  165. Purple Sunbird
  166. Crimson Sunbird
  167. Rufous-bellied Niltava
  168. Greater racket-tailed drongo
  169. Lesser racket-tailed drongo
  170. Indian paradise flycatcher
  171. Himalayan black-lored tit
  172. Green-backed tit

Good Sides of the Project[edit]

  • Coordination and collaboration: The project was able to introduce Wikipedia article creation technique to the people working on birds by producing literature, pictures, and research works. It has built up nice coordination and relationship with Bird Conservation Nepal, birds experts of Nepal, and reputed authors. Their collaboration and active participation in this project by way of photo uploading, species identification, and article creation have enriched Wikipedia.
User:Nrik Kiran preparing camera before taking photo
  • Photographic team's work: The Wiki Loves Birds project has collaborated with a good number of professional photographers who have great equipment for macro photography. So this project has formed an enthusiastic team of photographers who are willing to contribute to Wikimedia Commons.
  • Creation and expansion of articles: This project has created and developed more than 100 articles on birds of Nepal in Nepali Wikipedia which has upheld the very motto of Wikimedia movement of knowledge development and sharing.

Bad Sides of the Project[edit]

  • Weather condition: This year unexpected weather condition affected our plan on Photowalks.
  • Less Participation from Community: On 27 November 2018 I put a proposal on Nepali Wikipedia Vilagepump regarding call for participation in this event[7] but only few among nepali wikipedian showed interest on it. However we started project collaborating with BCN and Friend of Birds Group.

Valued and quality images gallery[edit]

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