Synopsis No. Common Name Scientific Name Local Names
1. Blackthroated Diver Gavia arctica
2. Redthroated Diver Gavia stellata
3. Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus Ass: Shiva-hanh, Guj: Chotili dubki, Chotili moti dubki
3a. Rednecked Grebe Podiceps griseigena Guj: Shiyalu moti dubki
4. Blacknecked Grebe Podiceps nigricollis Guj: Shyamagreeva dubki, Shiyalu nani dubki
5. Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis Sind: Tubino, Hindi: Pandubbi, Pantiri, Dubdubi, Churaka, Sans: Laghoo vajjul, Kash: Pind, Pun: Dubkani, Ben: Dubdubi, Pandubi, Duburi, Guj: Dubki, Nani dubki, Mar: Pandubi, Ori: Dubudubi, Ta: Mukkulippan, Tanni pullu, Te: Munugudi-kodi, Chinna munugu, Kan: Jala chatare
6. Cape Petrel Daption capensis
7. Streaked Shearwater Calonestris leucomelas
8. Pinkfooted Shearwater Procellaria carneipes
9. Wedgetailed Shearwater Procellaria pacifica
10. Short-tailed Shearwater Procellaria tenuirostris
11, 12 Audubon’s Shearwater Procellaria lherminieri Mald: Hoogula
13. Mascarene Black Petrel Bulweria aterrima
13a. Jonanin’s Gadfly Petrel Bulweria fallax
13b. Bulwer’s Gadfly Petrel Bulweria bulwerii
14. Wilson’s Storm Petrel Oceanites oceanicus
15. Duskyvented Storm Petrel Fregetta tropica
16. Leache’s/Forktailed Storm Petrel Oceanodroma leucorhoa
17. Redbilled/Short-tailed Tropic-bird Phaethon aethereus
18. Redtailed Tropic-bird Phaethon rubricauda
19. Longtailed/White Tropic-bird Phaethon lepturus
20. White/Rosy Pelican Pelecanus onocrotalus Sind: Pen, Hindi: Hawasil, Bi: Bellua, Birwa, Bherwa, Ben: Ganggoya, Gaganber, Garapolo, Gorapullo, Ass: Dhera, Bhela, Mani: Uphong, Guj: Gulabi pen, Kutch: Pen, Ori: Raja hansa, Ta: Koolakeda, Te: Chinkabatu, Mal: Kotumpannom, Sinh: Pas boruwa, Pasbara
21, 22. Spottedbilled/ Grey Pelican Pelecanus philippensis Same as above, additionally Sans: Mahaplav, Guj: Ruperi pen, Chotli pen (for subspecies crispus), Mar: Zholiwala, Hawaseel
23. Masked Booby Sula dactylatra Guj: Shyam mukh waghomada
24. Redfooted Booby Sula sula
25. Brown Bobby Sula leucogaster Guj: Badami waghomada
26. Large Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo Sind: Wada silli, Hindi: Ghogur, Paan-kowwa, Jal-kowwa, Sans: Maha jalkak, Kash: Neiar, Pun: Wadda jal kan, Ass: Bor Pani kaori, Cachar: Di dao-Kwa, Ben: Paan-kawri, Guj: Jal kagdo, Moto kajiyo, Mar: Motha pankawla, Kardhok, Te: Bontakaki, Pedda neeti kaki, Mal: Valiya neerakakka

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Data Base on trees of Western ghats


( Biodiversity Informatics and co- Operation in Taxonomy
for Interactive shared Knowledge base)

The project aims at creating a first network of South Asian and European partners interested in sharing their knowledge in applied computer science for taxonomy and in the preparation of two CD-ROMs for identifying trees species in two “hotspots” of biodiversity: the rain forests in the Western Ghats of India and in the northern Annamite Mountain range of Lao PDR.

The database contains data of 302 trees in 4 languages (English, Kannada, Malayalam,Tamil) with lot of images under Botanical descriptions, Ecology, Distribution and Literatures. The most important thing is all the data are Downloadable Free of cost! Its one of the most informative site for scholars of Indian medicine and botany.

Species list


Posted by on November 7, 2008 in Plants



Campus trees of CES, Amirtha University

Centre for environmental studies, Amirtha university hosted the database of campus trees with lots of images. The list is given below in alphabetical order. An appriciable work!

  1. Acacia holosersia
  2. Acacia leucocephala (Roxb.) Willd.
  3. Acacia mangium Willd.
  4. Acacia nilotica (L.) Willd.
  5. Aegle marmelos (L.) Correa Ex. Schultz
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Posted by on November 7, 2008 in Plants



Siddha Ornithology

esiddha launches DVD on Siddha Ornithology

esiddha launches the first DVD-video on Siddha ornithology which depicts the birds cited in siddha medicine literatures. This is one of a very first work on the digitalisation of siddha literatures. this DVD is helpful for the students, teachers and doctors of siddha medicine and public also to explore the birds they never saw!

This DVD is coming with the pictures, scientific classification, sounds of the birds, their behaviour and siddha medicinal uses.

The launching cermony will be held at Chennai on 11.09.2008.

We hope that this DVD can break the grounds of the concepts in siddha medicine.


Posted by on September 9, 2008 in Ornithology




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Posted by on August 7, 2008 in Uncategorized



Ancient Sanskrit manuscript goes digital


Ancient Sanskrit manuscript goes digital

By Harsh Kabra
In Pune

Indian manuscripts being restored
Scientists acquiring images of the original palm leaves

Scientists from the US are using modern imaging techniques to digitally restore a rare 700-year-old Indian palm leaf manuscript on Hinduism.

Restorers from New York’s Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) are working on Sarvamoola Grantha which expounds on the essence of Hindu philosophy, the meaning of life and the role of God.

This priceless collection of 36 erudite commentaries was written in Sanskrit by Sri Madvacharya (1238-1317 AD), one of India’s greatest theologians.

In addition to commentaries based on sacred Hindu scriptures such as the Vedas, Upanishads, Gita, Puranas, Brahma-sutras, Mahabharata and others, the collection also includes independent philosophical tracts, a commentary on daily rites, and several hymns in praise of God.

Dr PR Mukund, a professor of electrical engineering at RIT, is leading the project along with his colleague Roger Easton.

“Among the various scholars and spiritual leaders in India during the last millennium, Sri Madvacharya had a profound impact on the society,” explains Dr Mukund.

“He analysed all aspects of Hindu holy texts and showed the structure of the spiritual world that serves as a backbone of the world’s diversities. As a result, preservation of this collection for future generations is essential,” he says. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on August 7, 2008 in Literary Research



Indigenous Methods of Preserving Manuscripts

Indigenous Methods of Preserving Manuscripts


Jan 11, ORISSA, INDIA (SUN) — The holdings of libraries, museums, archives, and other documentation centers are the priceless heritage of mankind. Not only in the context ancient lore but also in the context of medieval and modern age manuscripts are considered as the most important source of authenticity. The manuscripts constitute our most precious national and cultural heritage. Thus Preservation of manuscripts is a serious issue for the custodians, Librarians, Information scientists, Archivist, Curators, and Scholars.

In spite of the advent of suitable chemicals for preservation and their availability, traditional methods for preservation are in practice. In this paper an attempt has been made to summarize the effectiveness of the Indigenous Methods of preservation.

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Posted by on August 7, 2008 in Literary Research