“Nepal Himalaya a paradise for exotic bird-life around pristine natural environment”
Birds Watch Tour leads you to exotic destinations from the high mid hills to low land of Nepal flat lands of Terai, that stretches from East to West where verdant and deep jungles are located with semi-tropical temperature to cool Himalayan alpine climate on the mid hills, this dramatic change in climate and landscapes makes Nepal a favorite habitats for all types of exotic bird life including many migratory birds with ducks-storks and cranes.
Nepal, one of world’s richest countries in terms of bio-diversity due to its unique geographical position and variation in altitude of the country, that ranges from 60 m above sea level to the highest point on earth on top Mt. Everest at 8,848 m, all within a distance of 150 km resulting into climatic changes from Sub-tropical-alpine to arctic temperatures.
Varied landscapes and climate makes Nepal home to 02 % of all the flowering plants in the world; 08 % of the world’s of birds (more than 857 species); 04 % of mammals on earth; 11 of the world’s 15 families of butterflies (more than 500 species); 7500 indigenous plant families; 319 species of exotic orchids.
For Bird Watch Tour visits in Nepal with four major seasons, namely, (1) Spring
(2) Summer: June to August, (3) Autumn: September-November, (4) Winter: December-February. Nepal can be visited the whole year round.
Nepal Holiday Organizer with our expert naturalist and ornithologist will show you various species of bird life according to season wise from a day tour to week duration or more on request, starting from Kathmandu valley to the mid hills and all the way to southern areas of Nepal all in driving and flying distance as per the designated location of your choice.
Nepal habitats domestic and migratory birds as the country has varied levels of temperature from the low land of Terai the mid hill and to the high alpine range where varieties of birds exists from small finch-partridge- jungle fowls-water birds to large Himalayan brown eagle and hawks.
Here are bird watch tour spots in and around Kathmandu valley and beyond:
Phulchowki is another ideal site, with a Redheaded Trogan, a rare bird sighted in April 2002 (it was last seen n Nepal 44 years ago). Phulchowki is 2760 meters and 18kms southeast of Kathmandu and is reached via Godawari and the Botanical Gardens. Walking can start from behind the gardens, with a combination of trails and roads. The hillside is covered with forest featuring outstanding flora as well as diverse birds. About 90 species have been recorded in this area including the endemic spring babbler, as well as the Curia, Mountain Hawk Eagle, Rufous Bellied Pied Woodpeckers and the Black-throated Parrot bill, to name a few.
Shivapuri Watershed and Wildlife Reserve, & Nagarjun:
Two other areas of the valley are the Shivapuri Watershed Reserve, 12kms north of the city, and Nagarjun in the North West. Shivapuri can be reached two ways either from Sundarijal or from Budhanilkantha. The reserve is managed by Nepalese Army. Some of the birds in the area are the magpies, sunbirds, and ruby throats are found.
At Pokhara, the two well known lakes Phewa Tal and Begnas Tal and the surrounding areas are highly recommended. Of particular interest are the areas with minimum disturbances, away from human inhabitation the forests around the south shore of Phewa lake. Look out in the fields and pools especially in the winter for Egrets, Herons, Pipits, and Buntings etc. other birds are occurring are Gulls, Terns, Ducks, and Falcons etc.
Begnas Tal is 15Km away from Pokhara and it easily reached by taxi or bicycle. Accommodations are available here too. Terraced hills and light forests surround the lake. One should spend time on the slopes and wet fields. Birds sighted here are Ducks, pheasant-tailed jacana; Hoppie Grey bellied Tesias, common pintail snipe, bulbuls etc. Pokhara lakeside is basically a tourist town, which caters to all the needs f visitors. From cheap lodges to very expensive star hotels are available in and around Pokhara. Lakeside is full of restaurants of all kinds. Pokhara can be reached by air or by road. Bird watching is best in October and April.
Kosi Tappu Wildlife Reserve:
Located in eastern Terai Far East of Nepal. The Kosi is great for waterfowl and waders, with about 26 varieties of ducks alone. Here the method of viewing is by boat, gliding through the waters in the stillness of the early morning and evenings. Over 450 species have been sighted hare, including Black Ibis, Honey Kites, Ospreys, Black Headed Orioles, Peregrine Falcon, Partridges, and Storks.
Chitwan National Park:
Chitwan is in the lowlands of Nepal, known as the Terai. The Chitwan National park is the best-known site in Nepal for bird watching. Bird watching need to be done from the safely of a chair, the back of an elephant or in a jeep (by far the last choice), and if you wish to walk, accompanied by a guide or a naturalist, or preferably an ornithologist. The area consists of Sal Forest, Riverine forest, and grasslands, with three rivers forming the boundaries of the park. Some 500 species have been recorded in Chitwan and some of them are Blue Indian Roller, Stork-billed Kingfishers, Bengal Florican, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Bee-eaters, and Cormorants.
Please contact us for more information and bird watching tour areas and program:
Here are the lists of some of the Birds species that can be seen in Kathmandu and outside the valley:
Speckled Piculet (Picumnus innominatus), Grey-headed Woodpecker (Picus canus) call only, Great Barbet (Megalaima virens) call only, Rose-ringed Parakeet (Psittacula krameri), Rock Pigeon, Oriental Turtle Dove (Streptopelia orienatalis), Black Kite (Milvus migrans), Black Eagle (Ictinaetus malayensis), Steppe Eagle (Aquila nipalensis), Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis), Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus), Long-tailed Shrike (Lanius schach), Red-billed Blue Magpie (Urocissa erythrorhyncha), Grey Treepie (Dendricitta formosae), House Crow (Corvus splendens), Large-billed Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos), Marron Oriole (Orialus trailli) cal only, Long-tailed Minivet (Pericrocotus ethologus), Ashy Drongo (Dicrurus leucophaeus), Blue Whistling Thrush (Myophonus caeruleus), Rufous-gorgetted Flycatcher (Ficedula strophiata), Verditer Flycatcher (Eumyias thalassina), Lesser Shortwing (Brachypteryx leucophrys), Oriental Magpie Robin (Copsychus saularis), Hodgson's Redstart (Phoenicurus schisticeps), Plumbeous Water Redstart (Rhyacornis fuliginosus), Grey Bushchat (Saxicola ferrea), Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis), Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch (Sitta castanea), Green-backed Tit (Parus monticolus), Black-lored Tit (Parus xanthogenys), Black-throated Tit (Aegithalos concinus), Himalayan Bulbul (Pycnonotus leucogenys) - big flock seen, Red-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus cafer), Mountain Bulbul (Hypsipetus mcclellandii), Black Bulbul (Hysipetus leucocephalus), Oriental White-eye (Zosterops palpebrosus), Ashy-throated Warbler ( Phylloscopus maculipennis), Lemon-rumped Warbler (Phylloscopus chloronotus), Grey-hooded Warbler (Seicercus xanthoschistos), Black-chinned Babbler (Stachyris chrysaea), Nepal Fulveta (Alcippe nipalensis), Whiskered Yuhina (Yuhina flavicollis), Stripe-throated Yuhina (Yuhina gularis), Fire-tailed Sunbird (Aethopyga ignicauda), House Sparrow (Passer domesticus), Eurasian Sparrow (Passer montanus).