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Bird watching in Nepal- the country is home to some of the world’s most spectacular birds!

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A Northern Shoveler duck seen in its natural habitat at Taudaha Lake, a renowned bird-watching spot in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Grace on Water: A Northern Shoveler Glides Peacefully on Taudaha Lake, Kathmandu’s Tranquil Bird Paradise

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 haven for bird enthusiasts, hosting about 8% of global bird species, with an official record of 887 species. Interestingly, over 400 species reside in Kathmandu Valley, making places like Phulchoki, Godavari, and Bagmati River prime birding spots. Similarly, Chitwan National Park offers around 450 species, featuring rare birds like the Bengal Florican and Giant Hornbill. Additionally, Bardia National Park is home to the national bird, the Impeyan Pheasant (known as Danfe in Nepali), along with others like the Lesser Florican.

A vibrant Orange-Headed Thrush, characterized by its bright orange head and contrasting greyish body, spotted amidst the lush greenery of Kathmandu, Nepal.
Kathmandu’s Vibrant Visitor: The Orange-Headed Thrush.

So here we’ve picked the top ten spots to see them in their natural habitat.

1. Chitwan National Park

2. Bardiya 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 

A Greater Flameback woodpecker, distinguished by its vibrant plumage and prominent crest, spotted in the diverse ecosystem of Chitwan National Park, Nepal.Nature’s Brilliance on Display: A Greater Flameback Graces the Verdant Expanse of Chitwan National Park.

When is the best time?

The best time for a birdwatching tour in Nepal is March and December.

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