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Bird Watching in Nepal

Bird Watching in Nepal, Jungle Safari Nepal is a bird watcher's paradise with over 850 species of birds within short distance. Among them, almost 500 are found in the Kathmandu Valley alone. The surrounding hills offer a varied ecology ranging from primary and secondary forests to rhododendron, oak and pine forests. In addition, the wetlands and opend fields inside the Valley make up a diverse habitat for many species of birds.

The most popular bird watching spot is the Phulchoki hill, the highest peak on the Valley rim situated 20 Km south-east of Kathmandu, with some 265 species recorded till date. The birds seen here include babblers, warblers, tits, thrushes, minivets, woodpeckers, eagles and many migrant birds. Godavari, at the foot of Phulchoki hill where the Botanical Garden is situated, records over 100 species of birds including the lesser Racket-tailed drongo, Tibetan siskin and the spotted forktail.

The Shivapuri Watershed and Wildlife Reserve, situated the north of Kathmandu is another exciting location. Nagarjung Forest, also known as Jamacho or Rani Ban, is situated 5 Km from Kathmandu on the way to Kakani from Balaju. It delights bird enthusiasts with Blue magpies, kalij pheasants, Bonelli's eagles, Great Himalayan barbets and other exotic birds. Gokarna forest, 7 Km to the northeast of Kathmandu, boasts the speckled Mountain thrush, orange-headed ground-thrush, brown wood owl and the white-bellied yuhina among other colorful varieties.

As for the wetlands in the Valley, the banks of Manohara river on the way to Bhaktapur, and the Bagmati river, which flows into the Valley from Shivapuri hill and out through Chobhar Gorge, are good places for watching waders and waterfowls. Harboring 40 species of birds mostly dependent on wetlands, Taudaha, a lake on the way to Dakshinkali, attracts flocks of migrant birds.

Koshi Toppu wildlife reserve situated in the terai lowlands. The vegetation here is mainly wetland grassland ,scrub and deciduous forests. The reserve is unique of it's wild arna buffaloes.Other mammals are the hog deer , wild boar, spotted deer and blue bull. Over 350 species of birds including ibises, storks, egrets, herons, swamp, partridge and Bengal floricans are found here. The endangered gharial ,marsh crocodile and gangetic dolphin are also recorded in the Koshi river.

All Nepal Bird Watching

Duration: 15 , Grade: 1,
Kathmandu - Koshi Tappu Bird Watching Tour
Duration: 10 , Grade: 1,

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