• Jun 13, 2019
  • Rubi Bhandari
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Nepal is prime destination for bird watching as around nine per cent of world’s total birds are found here. According to a recent study more than 900 species of birds are found in different parts of Nepal. Chitwan National park, Bardia Natioanl Park and Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve are some of the prominent sites for bird watching in Nepal.

According to a study, more than 540 species of birds are found in Chitwan National Park. Similarly, Bardia National Park inhabits more than 400 species of birds dwell in the sky of Bardia National Park. Both the sites are well known for preserving endangered species of birds.

Established in 1973, Chitwan National Park is the first National Park of Nepal. It got the status of World Heritage Site in 1984. Located in inner terai of Nepal the park covers 932 square kilometer. The park is stretched penetrating various districts of Nepal—Chitwan, Parsha, Makwanpur and Nawalparashi.

Bardia National Park, on the other hand, was established in 1988. The park covers an area of 968 square kilometers. It is located in Bardia district.

Chitwan National Park is the best destination for migratory birds. Many birds from Siberia, Russia, migrate here during winters. Sauraha is the main site to watch birds. Among various birds, black-chinned yuhina, a pair of Gould's sunbird, a pair of blossom-headed parakeet and one slaty-breasted rail are uncommon migratory birds of Chitwan.

During autumn greater spotted eagle, eastern imperial eagle and Pallas's fish-eagle migrate to Chitwan from northern hemisphere. Birds like brahminy ducks and goosanders along with bar-headed geese halt here for a few days in normally in the month of February.

Similarly, endangered birds like Bengal florican, adjutant, grey-crowned prinia, swamp francolin and several endangered species of grass warblers are also sighted in the park.

The park has built breeding center for threatened spotted eagle. It is one of the threatened species of world. Birds like slender-billed, babblers, oriental darter egrets, bitterns, storks and kingfishers are also commonly found in the park.

Similarly, Bardia National Park inhabits Bengal florican, white-rumped vulture, peafowl, and bar-headed geese as rare species of the park. IN the grasslands of the park their appears Lesser florican and sarus crane, grey-crowned prinia, jungle prinia, pale-footed bush warbler, aberrant bush warbler, striated grassbird, golden-headed cisticola and chestnut-capped babbler

Reaching these both sites—Chitwan National Park and Bardia Natioanl Park—are easy from Kathmandu. Every day many tourists bus ride towards Bardia and Chitwan. The guesthouses, resorts and lodge there are of standard quality meeting international measures.

Bird Watching In Chitwan National Park

Chitwan National Park is prime destination among bird watchers of the world. Bird watchers and conservationists survey bird species every year at Chitwan Natioanl Park. According to them, more than 540 species of birds are found here. The park also inhabits different endangered species of birds due to which the destination is regarded as special place for bird watchers.

Established in 1973, Chitwan National Park is the first National Park of Nepal. It got the status of World Heritage Site in 1984. Located in inner terai of Nepal the park covers 932 square kilometer. The park is stretched penetrating various districts of Nepal—Chitwan, Parsha, Makwanpur and Nawalparashi.

Besides resident birds, the park is best destination for migratory birds. Many birds from Siberia, Russia, migrate here during winters. Sauraha is the main site to watch birds.

To derive actual satisfaction and information about birds in Chitwan Regulus provides experienced nature guides. Early morning is best time to watch birds. The bank of Rapti river is right place to watch these birds.

Among various birds, black-chinned yuhina, a pair of Gould's sunbird, a pair of blossom-headed parakeet and one slaty-breasted rail are uncommon migratory birds of Chitwan.

During autumn greater spotted eagle, eastern imperial eagle and Pallas's fish-eagle migrate to Chitwan from northern hemisphere. Birds like brahminy ducks and goosanders along with bar-headed geese halt here for a few days in normally in the month of February

Similarly, endangered birds like Bengal florican, adjutant, grey-crowned prinia, swamp francolin and several endangered species of grass warblers are also sighted in the park.

The park has built breeding center for threatened spotted eagle. It is one of the threatened species of world. Birds like slender-billed, babblers, oriental darter egrets, bitterns, storks and kingfishers are also commonly found in the park.

Reaching Chitwan National park is very easy from Kathmandu. Every day many tourists bus ride there and it is around four hour drive from the capital.

Bird Watching in Barida National park

The jungles, community forests, rivers and open water area make Barida pleasant habitat for native and migratory birds. It is such a calm place where you can watch birds in complete peace and almost without disturbance. Karnali River is the right destination here to watch river birds.

Regulus will assign well experienced nature guide for you so that you can get maximum information about the site and birds. They will help you in identifying every type of bird and can inform you whether they are migratory or native birds.

Migratory birds arrive at Bardai during September to October and February to April. While on the course of bird watching you will penetrate deep inside the jungle, grasslands and rivers. This will give you close view of birds and animals too.

Bardia National Park was established in 1988. The park covers an area of 968 square kilometers. Located in Bardia district, the park borders Karnali River in the east and Babai River flows dissecting the park.  

Bardia National Park inhabits Bengal florican, white-rumped vulture, peafowl, and bar-headed geese as rare species of the park. IN the grasslands of the park their appears Lesser florican and sarus crane, grey-crowned prinia, jungle prinia, pale-footed bush warbler, aberrant bush warbler, striated grassbird, golden-headed cisticola and chestnut-capped babbler.

Shivapuri National Park Bird Watching

Established in 2002, Shivapuri National Park is the ninth national park of Nepal. The park is popular for different species of birds and animals found in Kathmandu. It is reported that more than 300 species of birds are found here.

The park is located in the north of Kathmandu. The name of the park is derived after the Shivapuri Hill which stands at an altitude of 2,732m from sea level. The park covers an area of 159 square kilometers after Nagarjun Forest Reserve of 15 square kilometer was merged with it. It stretches over three districts namely Kathmandu, Nuwakot and Sindhupalchowk. The western part of the park touches some villages of Dhading districts too.

Many tourists or say bird watchers visit here to observe birds in this peaceful area. Different native birds inhabit here. Bonelli’s Eagles, Great Himalayan Barbets, Laughing Thrush, Crested Serpent Eagle etc are some of the popular birds sighted here. Similarly, magpies, pheasants and sunbirds are also common here. Birds watchers are mesmerized here as the beauty of the park si well preserved by the birds like Eurasian eagle-owl, slender-billed scimitar-babbler, white-gorgeted flycatcher,barred cuckoo-dove and golden-throated barbet

The park also inhabits some of the wild animals including endangered species named Red Panda. The trip to Shivapuri Natioanl Park begins from Budanilakantha. It (Budanilakantha) is around 12 kilometer north from Kathmandu.

Regulus will provide four wheelers to you to reach there along with an assistance of nature guide who will inform you about different species of birds and help you to locate them. They are expert bird tracker. Besides, bird watching here you will also get opportunity to acquaint with Tibetan Buddhism as Nagi Gompa is located here. It is a Tamang monastery which is occupied by nuns at present.