Nepal's unique geography has created habitat for many rare species of birds from Himalayan Griffon, Himalayan Monal, Satyr Tragopan, in the inner valley of the world's highest mountains peaks to the rarest bird of the world Bengal Florican, Sarus Crane in the plain of Terai. The indigenous bird like Slaty Wood-pecker (common in Bardia National Park) and Spiny Babbler (in mid hills only) are the birds that have been sighted often in Nepal. The riverine plains of Nepal are the habitat of the hosts of migratory birds from as far as Siberia, Indus Valley, Laddakh, and Tibetan Himalayas. The insight guide writes, "Nepal is a paradise for bird-lovers, with more than 800 species recorded, representing 10 percent of the world's population in a fraction of landmass".
Major Birding Sites in Nepal:
Around Kathmandu:Shivapuri National Park, Godavari Botanical Garden, Phulchoki.
Alpine Sites:Annapurna Base Camp Route, Ghasa in Tatopani - Jomsom Route, Phorste in Everest Region, Gosainkunda in Langtang Helambu region, Rara Lake.
Tropical Sites:Chitwan National Park-Rapti River Bank, 20Thousand Lake, Tamor Lake, Lami Lake; Bardia National Park- Karnali River bank and Ghoda-Ghodi Lake, Babai Valley; Suklaphanat Wildlife Reserve; Koshi Tappu- Koshi River Bank and around Koshi Barrage.
Nepal is a paradise for bird lovers with over 848 species (almost 8% of the world total) of birds. And among them almost 5 hundred species are found in the Kathmandu Valley alone. The most popular bird watching spots in Kathmandu valley, Annapurna areas, National Parks and so on. Get your binoculars and look forward to a rewarding experience. The wetlands and open fields inside the valley make up a diverse habitat for many species of birds. Besides this, lots of birds but in different species found in Nepal depending on the vegetation and altitude of Nepal. Nepal is home of some endangered birds like Impeyan Pheasant, Nepal’s national bird and Spiny Babler, found only in Nepal. This program takes one, to explore the birds of the very famous wetlands, alpine sites of Nepal.
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