Bird Watching in Nepal

  • Apr 24, 2023
  • Prathana

Bird watching has become one of the quickly developing leisure activities all over the world. Birdwatching is presently an extravagant endeavor and probably the most treasured attraction for ecotourism. Nepal is one of the most mind-blowing wildlife activities for the people who enjoy the sounds of birds tweeting in lavishing colossal timberland. Nepal is home to in excess of 887 types of birds. These assortments of bird species reside in over 37 significant Bird and Biodiversity Areas of Nepal. In the variety of climatic zones and dramatic landscape of Nepal dwells numerous rare, flawless, and dynamic bird species. Rare species like Impeyan Pheasant, Crimson Horned Pheasant, and so forth sing and dance in the Himalayas. Likewise, an endemic species like the bird Spiny Babbler is tracked down just in the hilly region of Nepal. Similarly, the forests of terai feel revitalized with the murmuring of vultures.

Discover the spacious universe of bird watching in Nepal, a country that slants from the high Himalayas to the hot and sticky fields in the terai. The geological variety has driven Nepal to be a living space for a wide scope of bird species making the country a sought-after objective for birding. Nepal has a recorded 848 types of birds (8% of the complete birds on the planet) and is additionally home to uncommon and endangered species like the Impeyan Pheasant, the National bird of the nation, and Spiny Babbler, the rare bird found in Nepal.

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Bird Watching in Kathmandu Valley 

Inside the Kathmandu valley alone, a recorded 500 types of birds can be noticed, essentially in objections like Nagarjun, Godavari, Phulchowki, Tau Daha, Bagmati, and Manohara stream. Kathmandu's moderate climatic circumstances with its forested slopes encompassing open fields and wetlands make this spot a reasonable territory for different types of birds.

Birding in Kathmandu is in itself a superb encounter, as it is additionally appropriately engaged to climb and experience searchers. Trips for bird watching are likewise an effort for extraordinary landscape including mountain views, wildlife exploration, interaction with neighborhood communities, and perception of their way of life and tradition.

Some Places for Bird Watching around Kathmandu Valley

Phulchoki and Godawori

Among the famous destinations for bird watching, the Phulchoki hill with its recorded 265 species of birds is more favored. The most noteworthy slope encompassing the valley, Pulchoki is 20 km towards the southeast of Kathmandu Valley. Windbags, larks, minivets, thrushes, hawks, woodpeckers, and numerous migratory birds can be seen here. The Godavari Botanical Garden at the foot of the hill itself records in excess of 100 types of birds consequently making this spot a famous spot for amateurs as well as specialists. 

Possible Bird Sightings: Cutia, Mrs. Gould's Sunbird, Black-headed shrike babbler, Babblers, Warblers, Tits, Woodpeckers, Eagles, Yuhina, the lesser racket-tailed drongo, Thrushes, Bulbul, Tibetan siskin, spotted forktail, and many other migrant birds are the main birds of the area. 

Shivapuri National Park 

The Shivapuri conservation area spreads along the north of Kathmandu. The Jamacho Hill (otherwise called Nagarjun Royal Forest), which is around 5 km beyond the center of Kathmandu is the most ideal for bird watching. This hill is a prominent site for bird fanatics with blue jaybirds, Kali fowls, Bonelli's falcons, extraordinary Himalayan barbets, and numerous others. 

Possible Bird Sightings: Long-tailed broadbill, Blue Magpies, spiny babbler, long-tail minivet, forktail, Kali pheasants, warbler, finches, Bonelli's eagles, bulbul, and Thrushes, great Himalayan barbets, with other many more.

Nagarjun national park

Nagarjun National Park is 9 km a long away from Kathmandu Valley at a height of 2128m. Nagarjun hill is situated inside the Shivapuri National Park. The trek offers bird watching experience inside the wilderness also astounding views of mountains from the top.

We can see various classifications of birds like Northern Eagle, Owl, Red-charged Blue Magpie, Long-tailed Mountain Thrush, Chestnut-headed Bee-Eater, Maroon Oriole, and some more. The climb towards the highest point of the slope requires nearly 2 hours and from that point, we can have marvelous perspectives of mountain ranges. We can see there Buddhist religious communities loaded up with petitioning heaven banners. 

Possible Bird Sightings: Piculet, woodpecker, thrush, Minivet, warbler pheasant, and many more.


Tau Daha is among the most fascinating wetlands for bird watching in Kathmandu. The lake is a tranquil home to more than 40 species of birds and sees the continuous visit of migratory birds. Coming back, you can likewise visit the Chovar gorge which is one more intriguing site for tranquil birding.

The banks of Manohara (way to Bhaktapur) and Bagmati (the principal waterway moving from Shivapur to Chovar in the valley) River act as wetlands to many birds including kingfishers, herons, ibis bill, wood sandpipers, and so forth.

Possible Bird Sightings: Lapwing, Ruddy shelduck, mallard, sandpiper, snipe, wagtail, and many more can be seen. 

Bird Watching in Chitwan National Park 

Chitwan National Park is the best place in Nepal to watch numerous types of a bird at a solitary site. There are 576 types of birds that have been accounted for alone in Chitwan National Park which is around 65% of the all-out bird species in Nepal. Around 8.9% of all bird species on the planet are found in Nepal. A stroll with an accomplished naturalist and bird master lead us to the superb bird-watching destinations at Chitwan National Park. Bird sweethearts all over the planet visit Chitwan National Park to detect the lovely birds in their normal natural surroundings. Around 160 types of transient birds visit Chitwan National Park every year. A significant number of them are winter guests and some are summer and spring guest birds. Chitwan National park is rich in various wetlands. 83 wetland destinations have been planned in the public park.

Possible Bird Sightings: Great Hornbill, Bengal Florican, Blue Indian Roller, Siver-eared Mesia, Grey Headed-fish eagle, Pallas fish eagle, Stork-billed Kingfishers, Cormorants Great hornbill, pied hornbill, Woodpeckers, Bee-eaters, parakeets, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, tragopan, etc. are the highlight of the area.

Bird Watching in Bardia National Park 

Not every person who comes to Bardia National Park is searching for tigers. Indeed, they're wonderful, yet Bardia is home to the north of 400 assortments of birds. Some are here year-round, and others are from Siberia and stop here on the flyovers. The excellent Karnali River highlights a wide range of assortments of waterfowl. A portion of these birds is just seen in and around Bardia National Park.

 You could add on extra days that will bring you into either the Babai River Valley or the Karnali River district for extra chances to locate uncommon cases. Come during the transient seasons and you will track down significantly more assortments.

Ornithologists concur that there are not many spots on the planet that surpass Bardia National Park for bird watching. There are countless extraordinary birds to see as you walk the ways of Bardia National Park. At Babai Resort our kin know birds. So trust our advisers to get you the best bird watching in all of Nepal.

Possible Bird Sightings: Black Storks, Black Ibis, Woolly-necked Stork, Crow, Myna, Dove, Vulture, Crane, Slaty-Woodpecker, Kingfishers, Waders, Raptors, Sparrow, Parrot, Eagle, Pigeon, Humming Bird,  Kite, Cookoo, Egrets,  warbler, Duck, Francolins, Hornbills, and many more.

Bird Watching in Pokhara 

Pokhara is one of the pleasant places for Bird watching and witnessing exotic birds in the shade of the Himalayas. This excursion additionally offers a social verifiable excursion to popular UNESCO World Heritage locales and recreation exercises in excellent Nepal. Pokhara is the superb living space for the endemic birds of "Spiny Babbler" (Kande Bhyakur) in the Nepali language and numerous wetland birds like winter guests and summer guests birds and different species. Pokhara has numerous wetlands for the water birds that the lake names Fewa Lake, Begnas Lake, and Rupa Lakes. An energetically suggested field for Bird watchers.

Possible Bird Sightings: Asian Barred Owls, Great Barbets, Niltavas Kalij, Pheasant, Puff-throated Babbler, Crimson Sunbird, Green Magpie, Red-billed Blue Magpie Nepal’s only endemic bird, the Spiny Babbler (endemic to Nepal), Mountain Hawk-Eagle, Bonelli’s Eagle, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Steppe Eagle, Shaheen Falcon, Himalayan Griffon Vulture, Egyptian Vulture, Shikra, Eurasian Griffon, northern sparrow-hawk, Common Kestrel and various sun-birds. 

Some Places for Bird Watching around Pokhara 
Fewa Lake around Pame Wetland 
Possible Bird Sightings: Duck, Gull, Tern, Kestrel, Bunting, Pipit, Egret, Vulture, a few Raptors, and many more. 

Begnas Lake and Pachabhaiya Danda
Possible Bird Sightings: Ashy Bulbul, Minivet, Treepie, and some wetland birds with Raptors will be seen here.

Bird Watching in Mardi Himal (Trek) 

Bird watching and traveling in the Mardi Himal is one of the most ideal locations for all bird enthusiasts, nature lovers, mountain fanatics, and explorers. Mardi Himal birding journey offers you countless various types of birds including the Himalayan monal ( National bird of Nepal ), Satyr tragopan, woodpeckers, etc. 
Next to this, the Mardi Himal trip offers you a radiant perspective on the Annapurna range, Fishtail, Lamjung Himal, excellent dawn and dusk, Gurung culture, Magar culture, and lovely scene.

Possible Bird Sightings: Himalayan monal ( national bird of Nepal ), Satyr tragopan, woodpeckers, laughing thrushes, Himalayan vulture, Magpie, tits, Warblers, Bulbul, finches, chough, minivets, and more.

Some other famous Bird watching locations

Bird Watching in Gosaikunda Pass (Trek) 
Possible Bird Sightings: Kalij pheasant, blood pheasant, Himalayan monal, snow partridge, parrot bill, snow pigeon, woodpecker, minivet, bulbul, owls, and many more.

Bird Watching in Langtang Valley (Trek) 
Possible Bird Sightings: Himalayan monal ( national bird of Nepal ), Tibetan snow cock, snow partridge, Ibisbill, different types of laughing thrushes, woodpeckers, sunbirds, bulbuls, minivets, snow pigeons, alpine cough, red-bill cough, tits, treecreepers, warblers and many more. 

Bird Watching in Manaslu (Trek) 
Possible Bird Sightings: Bee-eaters, Cuckoo, bulbul, minivet, Drongo, kalij pheasant, blood pheasant, Himalayan monal, Tibetan snow cock, snow partridge, snow pigeon, Barbets, woodpeckers, vultures, tits, spotted nutcrackers, bullfinch, rose finches, alpine chough, warblers, babblers, laughing thrushes, sibia, buntings, pipits, accentors and many more.

Bird Watching in Everest Base Camp (Trek) 
Possible Bird Sightings: Himalayan monal the national bird of Nepal, Tibetan snow cock, Himalayan vulture, bared vulture, finches, blood pheasant, thrushes, accentor, grosbeak, tit, and many more.

Bird Watching in Koshi Tapu (Trek) 
Possible Bird Sightings: Gallicrex cinerea, Caprimulgus asiaticus(Indian nightjar), Bubo coromandus, Coracina melanoptera, Saxicola leucura, and Megalurus palustris, Bengal Florican, Sarus Crane, Black-necked Stork, Red-necked Falcon, etc.

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