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Nepal is a land of great diversity, where you can find everything from snow leopards to red pandas. But there are also some amazing birds to spot too, in Nepal.
Birding in Nepal
Nepal is a paradise for bird lovers. Eight hundred ninety-one species of birds are found in Nepal (however, the officially recorded is 887). It’s about 8% of the world’s total birds.
And interestingly, more than 400 species of birds are found in Kathmandu valley. That’s why Kathmandu valley and its peripheral and hinterlands area, such as Phulchoki, Godavari, Nagarjun, Bagmati River, Taudaha and so on, are considered to be the best places for birding tours.
Similarly, Chitwan National Park is considered one of the favourite places for bird watching, offering about 450 species of birds, including endangered birds such as the Bengal Florican, Giant Hornbill, Lesser Florican, Black Stork and White Stork.
Likewise, Bardia National Park also offers some species of birds, including the Impeyan Pheasant, or it is also well-known as Danfe in Nepali, the national bird of Nepal. Other birds, including the Bengal Florican, Lesser Florican, and Saurus Crane, are commonly found there.
So here we’ve picked the top ten spots to see them in their natural habitat.
1. Chitwan National Park
2. Bardia National Park
3. Kathmandu Valley (Phulchoki, Godavari, Nagarjun, Bagmati River, Taudaha, Hattiban, etc.)
4. Langtang Valley
5. Annapurna Conservation Area
6. Makalu Barun National Park
7: Rara National Park
8: Shey Phoksundo National Park
9: Sagarmatha National Park
10: Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve
When is the best time?
The best time for a birdwatching tour in Nepal is March and December.