Are you tempted by birdwatching in Nepal? If yes, get ready to spot the bird species which you have missed in other portions of the world.
Altitudinal variations in the landforms make it possible for extremely rare bird species to exist in Nepal. Birds with different characteristics dwell in different parts of the country. About 8.9% of the entire bird species of the world are found here. As a matter of fact, a lot of birdwatching sites are also available in our country. Many tourists visit Nepal for its bird-watching destinations. A total of around 8% of the tourists visiting Nepal are here for birdwatching tours.
If you’re also thinking of visiting Nepal for birding tour then, you’ve come to the right place. With our professionally curated birdwatching packages, you can relish the best birdwatching experience in Nepal.
If anything connects you best with nature, birdwatching always comes at the top. Roaming from the lowland wetlands to the forest of mid-hills and arid plateaus of the Himalayas, there are all sorts of avifauna to find in Nepal. Spiny Babbler, a bird species elusive to the entire world, Lophophorus- a marvellous feathered creature with 9 different colours on its body is also found near the enormous mountain peaks of our country.
There are plenty of options when it comes to birdwatching in Nepal. You don’t need to be a connoisseur of birds to look for birdwatching spots in Nepal. Nature is something that connects you to your roots but people usually start neglecting themselves and stop giving time to themselves. And with the birdwatching adventure, one can have the best binding with nature.
For bird watchers, all of the country’s conservation areas, wildlife reserves and national parks are excellent birdwatching spots. Many photographers dedicate the whole duration of their tour to a photo of their desired bird.
Best Bird-Watching Destination in Nepal
Surrounding Cliffs of Kathmandu Valley
Do you have no time for an escape outside the valley, but a birdwatching desire is rooted deep inside you? Take a relief, a day in Kathmandu valley is enough to fill your heart with an overwhelming experience.
Out of 887 bird species recorded in Nepal, about 530 species of birds are found solely in and around the surrounding hills of the Kathmandu valley.
Wetlands, dense forests and open fields around the buzzing Kathmandu valley provide the habitat for abundant local as well as migratory birds.
Whether you drive to the Godavari Botanical Garden and hike up to the Phulchoki hill or direct to the other hiking hills of Shivapuri National Park, Chandragiri or Champadevi, each of these hills is the best birdwatching destination in Kathmandu Valley. Further to witness the migratory birds in abundance, what can be a better option than a fruitful stroll around the Taudaha lake in Kirtipur. To witness the migratory birds, winter is the best time for Birdwatching in Nepal. The areas of Pashupatinath and Swayambhunath are also worth exploring for bird spotting.
Name of a few bird species attracting birdwatchers to the Kathmandu Valley’s hill is Rufous Bellied Pied Woodpeckers, Racket-tailed Drongo, Great Cormorant, Chestnut-headed Tesia, Eurasian Woodcock, Great Himalayan Barbets, Red Vented Bulbul, Chestnut-tailed Starling, Ultramarine Flycatcher, Rufous-bellied Niltava, Yellow-browed Tit, Red-billed Leiothrix and many others.
Koshi Tappu Wild Life Reserve
Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve in eastern Nepal is a popular spot for Nepal birding Tour. Birdwatchers who admire mostly the water birds must make their visit to this wildlife reserve once in a lifetime. The reason is the best shelter the location offers for the water bird species. The sheer population of Reed plant species inside the wetlands of the Koshi Tapu hosts a record of over 485 species to date.
Along with some migratory aquatic birds, some of the other birds found in this area are Large Adjutant Strok. Watercock, Bengal Florican, Swamp Pallas’s Fish Eagle, Francolin, Bar-headed Goose, Black-headed Cuckooshrike, and so on.
Chitwan National Park
The first-ever established Nepal national park, Chitwan National Park is the best destination for birdwatching in Nepal. The population of over 540 bird species are scattered inside the park. To name a few, Slender-billed Babbler, White Throated Kingfisher, Lesser Adjutant, Bengal Florican, Indian Skimmer, Red Vultures, Great Hornbill, Grey Colored Prinia and Great Barbet.
To have a glimpse of trans-Himalayan migrants, Bar-headed Goose, Narayani River’s bank is best. Other major locations for birdwatching in Chitwan National park are Rapti river and Bish Hazari Lake.
Bardia National Park
Bardia National Park's dense sal forest and vast grassland host around 400 bird varieties. The endangered Bengal Florican, Sarus Crane, and many other species of Geese, ducks, and so on make Bardia National Park a beautiful birdwatching location in Nepal. Further, during the winter you can even have the sight of the migratory birds flying far from Siberia.
Sagarmatha National Park
Sagarmatha National Park, the home of the mighty Mt. Everest is the residence of around 219 species of birds. Traversing the Everest trekking routes you can discover various bird species, including, Altai Accentor Great-crested Grebe, Golden Eagle, Black Kite, Blood Pheasant, Alpine Accentor, Bar Throated Siva, and many more.
Annapurna Conservation Area
Birdwatchers or Ornithologists who love to rove around the Himalayas find the combined package of birdwatching and trekking to the Annapurna region most delightful. A ramble on the trail of the Annapurna region ultimately takes you through Annapurna Conservation Area. Here you can catch sight of the vast diversity of birds.
It is where you can witness six varieties of Himalayan Pheasant and they are Himalayan Satyr Tragopan, Crimson Horned Pheasant, Blood Pheasant, Crimson Horned Pheasant, Cheer Pheasant, and Kalij Pheasant.
Langtang National Park
At an altitude of 6450m, Langtang National Park shelters diverse bird species. Some are residential and few are migratory birds.
Wood Snipe, Tibetan Patridge, Himalayan Snowcock, Himalayan Griffin, and Himalayan monal are a few of the birds spotted in the park. Besides these, the park also provides the habitat for 12 endangered species namely Ibisbill, Red-Headed Vulture, Greater Spotted Eagle, Nepal wren babbler, and Cinereous Vulture.
Langtang National Park provides a wonderful summer habitat for a variety of mammals, including Snow Leopards, Red Pandas, Musk Deer, Himalayan Thar, and Clouded Leopards.
Lumbini is of course popular as the Buddha’s Birthland and is the perfect Buddhist pilgrimage destination in Nepal. But do you have any idea about the birdwatching scope here? Well, the wetlands and the forest and open lands of Lumbini is the home to more than 300 bird species. Located 30km away from Lumbini the periphery of the Jadishpur Tal offers the best habitat for diverse bird species.
As Lumbini is in close distance to the Gautam Buddha International Airport, birdwatching in Lumbini is possible within a day.