Bird Watching in Nepal


             General Information

 
NEPAL is a land of great altitudinal and scenic contrasts. Nepal can boast of exceptional beauty as well as unusual diversity in its flora and fauna. The open courteousness and the friendliness of the Nepalese have been publicized widely. This variety is due to altitude fluctuations and also to Nepal’s geographical Position in Asia. In a bio-geo-graphical sense, Nepal is at the centre of Asia. This can be seen from a study of its birds are Accentors from Asia, Nepal shares as a meeting point of Asian animals and plants, it is so unusual that of all the birds here only the Spiny Babbler is thought to be endemic to the country. This means that studies of particular species as well as conservation principles involved will be of interest far beyond the borders of the country. National Parks along with Wildlife Preserves and Sanctuaries protect the vital habitat upon which birds as well as other species depend for their living.

Nepal is a paradise for the birdwatcher. Bird watching in Nepal can be a very rewarding experience for colourful birds live here amid one of the most scenic regions on earth. Blessed within unique setting live nearly 900 species a vast array of exceptionally rich bird life with total of over recorded. A diverse topography and climate has resulted in a variety of habitats within the country, which are home to over 10% of the Worlds total bird population. Numbers of endemic Himalayan laughing-thrushes, babblers, yuhinas and pheasants are quite shy; your chances of seeing them increase if you move slowly. For one interested in seeing as many different birds as possible, we recommend going from low to high elevations. A concentrated three-week visit in Nepal should produce a bird list of between 400 to 500 species.

 


On the other side of bird life you can enjoy as much as with various Plants, Amphibians & Reptiles, flowers, butterflies, Mammals and other colourful living things. We continue with arguably the most impressive mountain backdrop anywhere in Nepal and birds to match.

So we bring to you many varied tour allowing an ideal opportunity to view the birds in ecological locations and various altitudes from the lowland jungle of the Terai and the Kosi Tappu barrage through dense rhododendron and Oak forest of the middle hills to the windswept plateaus of the high Himalaya there is always something to keep one twitching. Commencing within the exotic Kathmandu valley we travel to the Annapurna Himal situated at an altitude of 6,400 feet. As well as the tour is designed for those with less time. It is a full of interesting tour providing the best locations for bird spotting in the time available.
 
 
Identification of Birds 

Identifications of most adult birds in good light and at close range should not be difficult. Once you have visit, you will be looking for important points including size, shape, behavior and plumage details. You will note eve-rings, wingbars and special color combinations. A positive identification may be impossible, though, if the bird does not cooperate. Birds often slip away too soon; – one learns to be patient. Identifications will come more easily and accurately with increased experience, especially if you are able to recognize bird calls. Many visually secretive Himalayan species, interestingly enough, are often quite vocal; their presence can be detected instantly by a trained ear. 
 
  
 Personal Equipments for Bird watching 

Bird watching is an activity which requires some energy but little equipment. Binoculars though are essential; we tend to choose lightweight varieties due to the Nepalese terrain. Successful bird watching centers on the principle: “don’t frighten the quarry.” This means that one should proceed as quietly and inconspicuously as possible.

 
 
Guides 

We have international and professional licensed English speaking guides special for birdwatching. However, our agency also has guides who can speak other international languages for the convenience of tourists. Your frequent questioning will encourage him/her to explain well, question by question. 
 
Permit & Fees of Birdwatching 

There are no any special permit and fees for birdwatching within Nepal. But you should have to pay Entrance, National park and Conservation fees according to your place of visit except restricted areas i.e. upper mustang, Dolpa etc.

Sample Itinerary

 Days/4 Nights

Bird watching

Phulchowki, Godavari, Shivapuri & Nagarjun

03 Days ( Drive/drive)

 
Itinerary
Day 01  Phulchowki & Godavari


AM: drive to Phulchowki.
Briefing about birds and acclimatizes the surroundings.
We served packed lunch on the top of Phulchowki.
PM: walk down to the Godavari to explore the birds at Godavari botanical garden.
Drive back to the hotel.

Day 02   Shivapuri


Drive to Budhanilkantha
Walk to Shivapuri Hill.
Viewing the birds and packed lunch is served.
A short walking to the top of the hill.
Back to hotel.

Day 03   Nagarjun


Drive to Balaju.
Walk through Nagarjun forest.
Explore the birds.
Packed lunch is served.
Drive back to hotel.
 

Source : Destination Nepal Tours and Travels

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