Nepal is bird watcher's paradise. Nepal has various types of
birds that are endangered too. It boasts 848-recorded species of
birds. An ardent bird watcher can travel the length and breadth
of Nepal doing little else for bird watching. Birding is
possible everywhere in Nepal from the hot plains to the
SOME MAJOR PLACES FOR BIRD WATCHING.
Koshi Barrage and Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve :-
These lies to the far east of Nepal. The Koshi is great for
waterfowl and waders, with about 26 varieties of ducks alone.
The method of viewing birds in the Koshi by boat, gliding
through the waters in the stillness of the early morning and
evening. The reserve has more than 450 species of birds
including Honey Kites, Ospreys; Black headed Orioles, Black
Ibis, Peregrine Falcon, Storks, and Partridges.
The Shivapuri Watershed and Wildlife Reserve :-
The area lies 12km north of the capital city. Laughing Thrush,
Crested Serpent Eagle, Ruby-Throats, Babblers and Little pied
flycatchers have been sighted in this area. Besides Shivapuri,
Nagarjune at an altitude 2100m displays various types of birds
such pheasants, magpies, Ruby-throats and Sunbirds.
The Royal Chitwan National Park :-
The park is the well-known site in Nepal for bird watching
activities. The park has around 500-recorded species of birds
including Stork billed kingfishers, Asian paradise flycatchers,
Bee-eaters, Blue Indian roller and Cormorants.
Bardia National Park :-
Bardia is also the paradise for bird watching. The best location
to see the birds is the mighty flowing Karnali River. Boating on
the Karnali River is a great way to see the various types of
birds such as Oriental pied
hornbills, Night Herons, Ruddy Shell duck, Purple herons.
The Kathmandu valley :-
It has four main bird watching areas. One can start on the banks
of the Bagmati and Manohara Rivers. Kingfishers, Egrets, Ibis
bill, Wood sand pipers, Plovers, Herons are sighted along these
areas. The Chovar gorge is particularly recommended as an area
for birds as its isolation from human habitation has encouraged
Phulchowki hill :-
It is another ideal site, with a Red-headed Trogan (It was last
seen 44 years ago), a very rare bird sighted here in 2000. It
lies 18km southeast of Kathmandu at an altitude 2760m. About 90
species of birds have been recorded in this area including
Babbler, Cutia, Endemic spring, Mountain hawk Eagle,
bill and Rufous Bellied pied woodpeckers.
The Pokhara valley :-
The Phewa and Begnas Lakes and its surrounded areas are the
perfect location to see the bird watching, particularly in the
less inhabited area. Around Phewa Lake, you discover such types
of birds Herons, ducks, falcons, pipits, egrets, terns and
buntings plus gulls. Likewise, The Begnas Lake, where Happie
Grey Bellied Tesias, ducks, bulbuls, pheasant-tailed jacana can
be seen. In the higher areas of Nepal on the trekking routes are
also excellent for bird watching. Such trekking areas, Jomsom
Trek, Annapurna sanctuary, Rara Jumla Trek, Arun valley,
Sagarmatha national park, Langtang and Gosainkunda Trek are best
location to see the birds. Besides trekking routes, Lumbini also
the good spot to discover the birds. Sarus crane the world's
tallest and endangered bird can be found in Lumbini.