Birding in Bandhavgarh

Bandhavgarh Bird Watching

More than two hundred fifty avian species are found here which include winter visitors from far and wide. Some of the attractions are Malabar Pied Hornbill, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Racket Tailed Drongo, Golden Priole, Black Hooded Oriole, White Bellied Drongo, Black Naped Monarch, Verditor Flycatcher, Crested Serpent Eagle, Changeable Hawk Eagle, Honey Buzzard, White Eyed Buzzard, Shama, Indian Scimitar Babbler, Painted Francolin, Koel, Mottled Wood Owl, Brown Fish Owl, Tawny Fish Owl, Iora, Gold Mantled Chloropsis, Blue Cheeked Leaf Bird, Painted Stork, Lesser Adjutant Stork, Peacock, Red Jungle Fowl, Grey Hornbill, Alexandrine, Rose Ringed and Plum Headed Parakeets, Black Lored and Great Tits, Yellow Footed Green Pigeon, Oriental Turtle Dove, Chestnut Headed Bee eater, Velvet Fronted Nuthatch, Chestnut Bellied Nuthatch, Black Headed Ibis, Black Ibis, White Eye, Yellow Eyed Babbler, Tawny Babbler, Pallas Fish Eagle, Grey Headed Fish Eagle, Boneli's Eagle, Barred Jungle Owlet, Spotted Owlet, Collared Scops Owl, Brown Hawk Owl, Wire Tailed Swallow, Red Rumped Swallow, Plain Martin, Eurasian Crag Martin, Dusky Crag Martin, Crested Tree Swift,House Martin, Barn Swallow, Comb, Duck, Ruddy Shelduck, Common teal, red Crested Pochard, Northern Pintail, Lesser Whistling Duck, Cotton Pigmy Goose, Brown Cheeked Fulvetta, Red Jungle Fowl, Red Spurfowl, Painted Spurfowl, Peacock and many more.

The core area with dense forest canopy, Bamboo and swampy grasslands are ideal for forest birding and grassland species like prinias, pipits, larks and many species of munias. The wetlands within the park confines are small, but Gadpuri Dam and Bamera Dam situated outside the core zone are ideal spots for wetland birds. At Bandhavgarh Forests good quality binoculars are a must while spotting scopes may be required at wetlands. Spotted Redshank, Common Red Shank, Green Shank, Green Sandpiper, Wood Sand Piper, Marsh Sand Piper, Common Sandpiper, Stilts, Little Stint, Temminck's Stint can be easily sighted.

The cliffs at the preserve are ideal for vulture nesting especially the Long Billed Vulture. Peregrine Falcon also inhabits the cliffs and the hillock. One comes across White Backed Vulture and both are rare. The Egyptian And King Vulture are commonly seen they also breed here. The table lands on the hillocks provide nesting ground for Malabar Pied Hornbills.

Migratory Phylloscopus warblers abound in winters and some of the species regularly seen are Hume's, Greenish, Sulphur Bellied and Tickel's Warbler, Yellow Browed Warbler, Dusky Warbler. Acrocephalus are also seen with Booted Warbler and Blyth's Reed Warbler being most common and less seen more heard Clamorous Reed Warbler. Other related avian species are Common Chiff Chaff, Lesser White Throat and Blue Throat. Among the Flycatchers Red Breasted Flycatcher, Asian Brown Flycatcher, Tickel's Blue Flycatcher, Gray Headed Canary Flycatcher can be seen often.

The best time for bird watching at BTR is winters from mid October to mid March but summers are best for resident birds since the cnopy thins down and visibility increases. Atleast three night stay is required for good birding expedition in company of experienced birding/naturalist guide. Bird watching takes place within the tourism zones as well as outside.