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Nepal Bird Watching Tour

For a small country like Nepal, it is a major habitation and migratory spot for large species of birds, 08% of the world's population of birds (more than 857 species); Nepal is habitat for domestic and migratory birds as the country has varied levels of temperature from the low land of Terai; the mid hill 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. The national bird of Nepal is Danfe “Lophophorous”.
Here are the special areas for bird watching tours of and around Kathmandu and beyond:

Phulchowki is another ideal site with a Red headed Torgan, a very rare bird sighted there in April 2002 (it was last seen n Nepal 44 years ago). Phulchowki is 2760 meters and 18 km south-east 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.

Shivapuri watershed and wildlife reserve, & Nagarjung:
Two other areas of the valley are the Shivapuri Watershed Reserve, 12 km north of the city and Nagarjung in the north-west. Shivapuri can be reached in two ways either from Sundarijal or from Budhanilkantha. The reserve is managed by Nepal Army; some of the birds found in this area are Laughing Thrush, Crested Serpent Eagle, Little Pied Fly Catchers, Ruby-Throats and Babblers, Pheasants, Magpies and Sunbird.

Pokhara, the two well known lakes Phewa Tal and Begnas Tal and the surrounding areas are highly recommended. The particular interests 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. The other occurring birds are Gulls, Terns, Ducks, and Falcons, etc.

Begnas Tal is 15 km away from Pokhara and is easily reached by taxi or bicycle. Accommodations are available here too. Terraced hills and light forests surround the lake. One should spend time of 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 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.

Koshi Barage and Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve:
The eastern Terai to the far-east of Nepal. The Koshi 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 here including Black Ibis, Honey Kites, Ospreys, Black Headed Orioles, Peregrine Falcon, Partridges and Storks.

Chitwan National Park:
Chitwan, the lowlands of Nepal is known as the Terai. 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.

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