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Rishad K. Naoroji
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Rishad K. Naoroji

   Biography

Born 30 August, 1951; completed B.Com. from Bombay University. Presently Director of Godrej Group of Companies. He is the Project Co-ordinator on Doongerwadi Advisory Committee for the Parsi Vulture Project, which calls for interaction with the Ministry & State Governments. An independent researcher specializing in raptor conservation. Has worked closely with the BNHS as Research Associate; currently an active Executive Committee member BNHS and Chairman of the Library Sub-committee. He is on the Managing Committee of the Himalayan Club. An avid photographer, photographs published nationally and internationally. Awarded a silver medal at the Raptor Photography Contest held during the third Conference of the World Working Group on Birds of Prey. Spent three years in Africa studying and photographing predators and three winters at Bharatpur studying the breeding ecology of and photographing the Pallas's Fishing Eagle. His three years stay in Rajpipla forest studying and photographing the breeding biology and ecology of raptors successfully resulted in 500 sq kms of the area being declared as the Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary. Studies and surveys raptors throughout the country. His articles and papers have been published in numerous magazines including eighteen papers in JBNHS. Authored a Handbook on Birds of Prey of the Indian Subcontinent published by Christopher Helm, London.

Raptor Research & Conservation Foundation, Mumbai
Godrej Bhavan  4A Home Street, Fort,
Mumbai,  Maharashtra  400 001  India
Phone: 0091 22 66365812 Fax: 0091 22 66365666
Email: rishad@godrej.com


   Research Interests

Studying the breeding biology and ecology of little known resident species and migration studies of some of the raptors stated below.

Species of Interest: 
  • Black Baza
  • Pallas's Fish Eagle
  • Lesser Fish Eagle
  • Bearded Vulture
  • Himalayan Vulture
  • Pied Harrier
  • Indian Black Eagle
  • Golden Eagle
  • Bonelli's Eagle
  • Rufous-bellied Eagle
  • Mountain Hawk-eagle
  • Pied Falconet
  • Collared Falconet
  • Lesser Kestrel
  • Red-headed Falcon
  • Amur Falcon
  • Black Shaheen


   Publications

Naoroji, R. 2011. Reminiscences and adventures while studying raptors in Corbett National Park. Cheetal 49(3):71-76.

Naoroji, R. 2011. Breeding of the Red-headed Falcon Falco chicquera in Saurashtra, Gujarat, India. Forktail 27:1-6.

Naoroji, R., and H.S. Sangha. 2011. Threats to habitat and wildlife in Changthang and Rupshu areas of Ladakh: a case study at Hanle. Indian birds 7(1):1-7.

Sangha, H.S, R. Naoroji, and M. Sharma. 2011. Sighting of King Cobra Ophiophagus hannah in Arunachal Pradesh, India: a new altitude record for northeastern India. Reptile Rap 11:19.

Sangha, H.S,, R. Naoroji, and K. Srivastava. 2009. Northern House Martin Delichon urbica in Arunachal Pradesh: a new species for north-eastern India. Indian Birds 5(1):27.

Naoroji, R.K./ 2007. The raptors of India. Pp. 57-75 in Z. Fatehally ed.), India through its birds. Dronequill Publishers Pvt. Ltd, Bangalore, India.

Sangha, H.S, and R. Naoroji. 2007. New and significant records in Arunachal Pradesh, north-east India. Forktail 23:179-181.

Sangha, H.S., Naoroji, R., and M. Sharma. 2007. Noteworthy records from western Arunchal Pradesh in October-November 2006. Indian Birds 3(5):199-200.

Sangha, H.S.,R. Naoroji, and M. Sharma. 2007. The Crested Tit-warbler Leptopoecile elegans in north-west Arunachal Prades: an addition to the Indian avifauna. Indian Birds 3(1):23-25.

Naoroji, R. 2006. (Book) Birds of prey of the Indian subcontinent. Christopher Helm/A&C Black Publishers Ltd., London.

Naoroji, R., and H.S. Sangha. 2006. Arunachal Pradesh, India: an ornithological diary from December 2005. Indian Birds 2(5):120-131.

Naoroji, R. 2005. In the footsteps of T.J. Roberts. Indian Birds 1:34.

Naoroji, R., H. Sangha, and M. Barua. 2005. The Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni and Amur Falcon Falco amurensis in the Garo Hills, Meghalaya, India. Journal of Bombay Natural History Society 102:103-105.

Prakash, V., R.E. Green, A.R. Rahmani, D.J. Pain, M.Z. Virani, A.A. Khan, H.S. Baral, Y.V. Jhala, R. Naoroji, N. Shah, C.G.R. Bowden, B.C. Choudhury. G. Narayan, and P. Gautam. 2005. Evidence to support that diclofenac caused catastrophic vulture population decline. Current Science 88(10):1533-1534.

Sangha, H., and R. Naoroji. 2005. Birds recorded during seven expeditions to Ladakh from 1997 to 2003. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 102(3):290-304.

Sangha, H.S., and R. Naoroji. 2005. Slender-billed Babbler Turdoides longirostris in Arunachal Pradesh. Mistnet 6(2):12.

Sangha, H.S., and R. Naoroji. 2005. Occurrence of Little Cormorant Phalacrocorax niger in Ladakh. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 102(1):99.

Sangha, H.S. & Naoroji, R. 2005. Large Pied Wagtail Motacilla maderaspatensis Gmelin in Ladakh. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 102(3):341.

Naoroji, R.K. 2004. Evolution of a raptorphile. Hornbill Oct-Dec:10-19.

Naoroji, R.K., and H. Sangha. 2004. Nesting of Great Rosefinch Carpodacus rubicilla at Loma, Ladakh, India. Forktail 20:140.

Naoroji, R.K., and H.S. Sangha. 2004. Project Golden Eagle: raptor surveys in Ladakh 1997-2003. In collaboration with the Indian Army.

Sangha, H.S. & Naoroji, R. 2004. Nidification of the Common Raven Corvus corax in the Thar Desert. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 100(2):321-323.

Naoroji, R. 2003. Observations on the biology of the Mountain Hawk Eagle. Pp. 46-52 in J.C. Daniel and G. Ugra (eds.), PETRONIA: A centenary dedication to Dr. Salim Ali. Bombay Natural History Society, Bombay and Oxford University Press, New Delhi.

Sangha, H.S., and R. Naoroji. 2003. High-altitude records of the House Crow Corvus splendens in Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, India. Forktail 19:141-142.

Sangha, H.S., R. Naoroji, and M. Barua. 2003. Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis: an addition to the avifauna of Ladakh. Journal Bombay Natural History Society 100(1):104-107.

Sangha, H.S. & Naoroji, R. 2002. Oriental Turtle-Dove Streptopelia orientalis: a new species for the Thar Desert. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 99(3):528.

Sangha, H.S., and R. Naoroji. 2002. Blue-throated Flycatcher Cyornis rubeculoides Vigors in the Thar Desert. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 99(3):534-535.

Naoroji, R., and D. Forsman. 2001. First breeding record of the Upland Buzzard Buteo hemilasius for the Indian subcontinent in Changthang, Ladakh, and identification characters of Upland Buzzard and Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus. Forktail 17:105-108.

Naoroji, R. 1999. Status of diurnal raptors of Corbett National Park with notes on their ecology and conservation. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 96:387-398.

Naoroji, R.K. 1999. Hunters of the skies. Sanctuary Magazine 19(2).

Naoroji, R.K. 1999. In Corbett National Park Part 2. Hornbill 1:24-28.

Naoroji, R.K. 1998. In Corbett National Park Part 1. Hornbill 4:4-9.

Naoroji, R., and C. d'Silva. 1998. Sighting of Red Kite Milvus milvus at Ranikhet. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 95:339-340.

Naoroji, R. 1997. First breeding record of the Collared Falconet Microhierax caerulescens for the Subcontinent in Corbett National Park, Uttar Pradesh. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 94:267-272.

Naoroji, R. 1997. Contamination in egg shells of Himalayan Greyheaded Fishing-eagle Ichthyophaga nana plumbea in Corbett National Park, India. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 94:398-400.

Samant J.S., V. Prakash, and R.K. Naoroji. 1995. Ecology and behaviour of resident raptors with special reference to endangered species, final technical report 1990-93. Bombay Natural History Society.

Naoroji, R. 1994. Observations on the courtship, nesting and hunting behaviour of the Crested Serpent-eagle. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 91:311-313.

Naoroji, R. 1994. Occurrence of the Eastern Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus spilonotus Kaup in Corbett National Park: a range extension. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 91:140.

Naoroji, R. 1992. Shikra Accipiter badius taking carrion. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 88:447-448.

Naoroji, R. 1991. Turumti -- the Redheaded Falcon. Sanctuary 11(6):28-36.

Naoroji, R.K. 1991. Sighting of Least Frigate bird in South Bombay. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 88(1):109-110.

Naoroji, R.K. 1991. Shikra Accipiter badius taking carrion. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 88(3):447.

Naoroji, R. 1990. The Bonelli's Eagles of Ramhambhor. Sanctuary 10(5):30-37.

Naoroji, R. 1990. Predation by Aquila eagles on nestling storks and herons in Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 87:37-46.

Naoroji, R.J. 1989. Unusual interactions for food. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 86(1):100.

Naoroji, R. 1987. Communal gathering of Blackwinged Kites (Elanus caeruleus vociferus). Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 83 (Centenary issue):200-201.

Naoroji, R. 1986. Raptors in Raipipla. Sanctuary 6(4):324-343, 363-369.

Naoroji, R. 1985. Raptors and their habitat in danger. Part II. Hornbill 2:28-31.

Naoroji R. 1985. Raptors and their habitat in danger. Part I. Hornbill 3:29-33.

Naoroji, R. 1985. Notes on some common breeding raptors of the Rajpipla forest. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 82:278-308.

Naoroji, R. 1984. The Crested Serpent Eagle -- watching a nest of raptors. India Magazine 4(10):48-57.

Naoroji, R.K. 1984-85. African diary. Hornbill 84(3):3-6, 84(4):13-17, 85(1):21-22, 85(2):19-21, and 85(3):36-39.

Naoroji, R., and S.G. Monga. 1983. Observations on the Crested Serpent Eagle (Spilornis cheela) in Rajpepla Forests -- South Gujarat. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 80:274-285.

Naoroji, R. 1983. Shikra -- reflections from a hide. Sanctuary 3(1):50-58.

Naoroji, R.K. 1982. Conservation article on Periyar. Onlooker Magazine 16:31.

Naoroji, R.K. 1981. The Crested Serpent Eagle. Sanctuary Magazine 1:88-94.

Naoroji, R.K. 1979. Some observations on a cheetah family in the Mara. East African Natural History Society.



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