Fauna Documentation at Ashoka University, Sonipat, Haryana


I am a student in Ashoka University, studying Environmental Studies, Sociology and Anthropology. During my time here, I have spent hours exploring the surroundings for wildlife. This is all the wildlife I and some friends have found here.

Egret with wings spread out. Shot in Kozhikode, Kerala, India.

Common birds

Note that these distribution maps are not 100% accurate. They merely reflect the locations that I’ve documented these respective birds; they are free ranging creatures and can move about as they wish.

These findings are continually being updated as and when I make new observations. If you find any discrepancy in the data, or you just want to talk in general, write to me at ishan.shanavas@gmail.com.

  • Common Pigeon (Columba livia)
  1. Age: 6 years
  2. Weight: 0.240 – 0.380 kg
  3. Length: 30 – 35 cm


Common Pigeon Distribution map of Ashoka
  • Rose Ringed Parakeet (Psittacula krameri)
  1. Age: 34 years in captivity
  2. Weight: 0.130 kg
  3. Length: 16 inches


Rose Ringed Parakeet Distribution map of Ashoka
  • Red Wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus)
  1. Age: 9 years
  2. Weight: 0.180 kg
  3. Length: 35 cm


Red Wattled Lapwing Distribution map of Ashoka
  • Brown Rock Chat (Cercomela fusca)
  1. Length: 17 cm


Brown Rock Chat Distribution map of Ashoka
  • White Browed Wagtail (Motacilla maderaspatensis)
  1. Length: 21 cm


White Browed Wagtail Distribution map of Ashoka
  • Jungle Babblers (Turdoides striata)
  1. Length: 21 cm


Jungle Babbler Distribution map of Ashoka
  • Red Vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus cafer)
  1. Weight: 26- 45g
  2. Length: 21 cm


Red Vented Bulbul Distribution map of Ashoka

You can find the full list of birds and mammals that I have documented in and around Ashoka down below.


  • Red Wattled Lapwing
  • Red Whiskered Bulbul
  • Red Vented Bulbul
  • White eyed babblers
  • Tailor Bird
  • White Breasted Kingfisher (Around water bodies)
  • Lesser Cormorant (Around water bodies)
  • Crow Pheasant / Coucal
  • Rose Ringed Parakeet
  • Asian Koel
  • Spotted Dove
  • Common Pigeon
  • Indian Sparrow
  • Little Swift
  • Indian Robin
  • Laughing Dove
  • Shikra
  • White browed Wagtail
  • Common Hawk Cuckoo
  • Pond Heron
  • Loten’s Sunbird
  • Indian Grey Hornbill
  • Green bee-eater
  • House Crow
  • Grey Heron
  • Hoopoe
  • Black-headed Ibis
  • Red-headed Ibis
  • Black Winged Stilts
  • Little Egret
  • Cattle Egret
  • Indian Roller
  • Grey Francolin
  • Indian Peafowl
  • Black Drongo
  • White Cheeked Barbet
  • Rufous Treepie
  • Brown Rock Chat
  • White Breasted Waterhen
Bird Images
  • Red whiskered Bulbul. Shot in Munnar, Kerala, India by Ishan Shanavas
  • Female Sunbird. Shot in Munnar, Kerala, India by Ishan Shanavas
  • Little Cormorant. Shot by Ishan Shanavas in Kochi, Kerala, India
  • Indian Pond Heron portrait. Shot by Ishan Shanavas in Calicut , Kerala, India
  • Egret with wings spread out. Shot in Kozhikode, Kerala, India.

Reptiles and Amphibians

  • Bronzeback Tree Snake
  • Spectacled Cobra
  • House Gecko
  • Common Wolf Snake
  • Checkered Keelback
  • Common Krait
  • Oriental Garden Lizard

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  • Nilgai
  • Rhesus Macaque
  • Three striped squirrel
  • Porcupine
  • House Shrew

Cover image is from Ashoka University website.

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Published by Ishan Shanavas

I am a young adult, interested in nature, photography, art and culture. An aspiring polymath, I share my learnings through my blog. I also include insights from my favourite books.

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