“Some birds are not meant to be caged, that’s all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild. So you let them go, or when you open the cage to feed them they somehow fly out past you. And the part of you that knows it was wrong to imprison them in the first place rejoices, but still, the place where you live is that much more drab and empty for their departure.” – Stephen King
From great Himalayas in the north to the plain Terai in the south, Nepal has three types of geographical zones with the hilly region sandwiched in the middle. Being a small country, Nepal manifests rich wildlife including 873 bird species, which is the 10% of total species of birds found on earth. Dense forest in the Terai and Hilly region of the country houses a unique combination of in-house and migratory birds. For anyone who wishes to visit Nepal especially for bird watching, it will be an amazing experience for sure.
Chitwan National park, Bardia National Park,Sagarmatha National Park, Koshitappu Wildlife Reserve and ten other protected areas in Nepal are the famous bird watching destinations of the country.
Hundreds of species of birds migrate to Nepal during their long migratory journeys from Siberia, Africa, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Mongolia and Tibet China. Eurasian Cuckoo, Pied Thrush and Asian Paradise Flycatcher are some of the unique species of migratory birds recorded in the country.
For getting an ultimate bird watching experience, one does not even have to go far from Kathmandu. Forested Regions like Shivapuri National park, Godawari, Taudha (lake) are ideal bird-watching destinations, few kilometers far from the valley. Around 120 species of migratory birds and around 400 species of in-house birds can be found around the valley itself.
Today we have posted few photographs of birds found around Kathmandu Valley. Hopefully, these images of birds found around Kathmandu will give all bird-watchers the some idea on Kathmandu’s prime destinations for bird watching tours.
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Dolpo requires some extra logsistics and Pemba made all necessary arrangements. We also benefited. Both treks were wonderful! from having a local guide- Baba –in Mustang- as this is more of a cultural trek-his personal knowledge was useful.