India Birding Tour - Birds & Tigers
This India birding tour is for birders who would like a mix of wildlife viewing with great birding. This is a ten day tour and offers a good chance to see the elusive tiger in its natural habitat.
|Southern India||scrub forest, deciduous and tropical rainforests, montane forests and grasslands||
Bannerghatta National Park, Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, Bandipur National Park, Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary
|Malabar Grey Hornbill, White-cheeked Barbet, Nilgiri Wood Pigeon, White-bellied Treepie, Crimson-backed Sunbird, Nilgiri Flycatcher, Black-and-orange Flycatcher, White-bellied Blue Flycatcher, White-bellied Shortwing, Grey-headed Bulbul, Yellow-throated Bulbul, Broad-tailed Grassbird, Wynaad Laughingthrush, Nilgiri Laughingthrush, Grey-breasted Laughingthrush, Rufous Babbler, Malabar Lark, Nilgiri Pipit, Malabar Parakeet, Long-billed Vulture, Ceylon Frogmouth, Malabar Trogon, Pompadour Green Pigeon, Imperial Pigeon, Indian Grey Hornbill, Purple-rumped Sunbird, Lotens Sunbird, Tawny-bellied Babbler, Yellow-billed babbler, Black Eagle, Rock Eagle Owl, Bronze-winged and Pheasant-tailed Jacana, Chestnut-bellied and Velvet-fronted Nuthatches, Scarlet Minivet, Asian Fairy Bluebird, Common Hawk Cuckoo, Yellow-eyed Babbler, Tickells Blue Flycatcher, Asian Brown Flycatcher, Greater Coucal, Black-headed Munia, Vernal Hanging Parrot, Purple Heron, Spot-billed Pelican, Painted Stork, Asian Open-bill Stork, Black Ibis, Short-toed Eagle, Red Spurfowl, Grey Junglefowl, Yellow-wattled Lapwing, Spotted Owlet, Pied Kingfisher, Blue-bearded Bee Eater, Booted Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Grey Francolin, Laughing Dove, Plum-headed Parakeet, Blue-faced Malkoha, White-rumped Spinetail, Chestnut-headed Bee-eater, Crimson-fronted Barbet, White-bellied Woodpecker, Black-rumped Flameback, Heart-spotted Woodpecker, Red-rumped Swallow, White-browed Wagtail, Golden-fronted Leafbird, Greenish Warbler, Grey-headed Canary-flycatcher, Dark-fronted Babbler, Indian Yellow Tit, Long-tailed Shrike, Bronzed Drongo, Ashy Woodswallow, Chestnut-tailed Starling|
Bannerghatta National Park is situated 22 km south of Bangalore, Karnataka, India. This hilly place is home to one of the richest natural, zoological reserves.This 104 sq.km national park consists mostly of dense forest and scrub land, and is home to wild animals such as gaur, leopard, wild boar as well as being an important corridor for elephants migrating between the eastern and western ghats. With over 150 species of birds this park is excellent for scrub birding. The park is also home to the endemic yellow-throated bulbul.
Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary is located in the Mandya District of the state of Karnataka in India. It is occupies only 0.67 km². in area, and comprises six islets on the banks of the Kaveri River. Ranganathittu is located near the historic town of Srirangapatna and is very close to the city of Mysore.The islets came into being when a dam across the Kaveri River was built in the 1700s. The famous Indian ornithologist Dr. Salim Ali observed that the isles formed an important nesting ground for birds, and persuaded the Wodeyar kings of Mysore to declare the area a wildlife sanctuary in 1940.
The islands host numerous mammals and migratory birds. Some of them are bonnet macaque, colonies of flying fox and common small mammals like Indian gray mongoose, the monitor lizard and civet. The marsh crocodile also called the mugger crocodile is a common inhabitant of the riverine reed beds. Migratory water birds include Painted Storks, Asian Open bill Storks, Eurasian Spoonbills, Woolly-necked Storks, Black-headed Ibis, White Ibis, Lesser Whistling Duck, Indian Shag, Stork-billed Kingfisher and other birds like egrets, cormorants, oriental darter, and herons. The Great Stone Plover, and River Tern also nest here.
Nestled in the foothills of the Western Ghats, Bandipur National Park is known for its tiger population. The sanctuary offers this endangered animal the best natural habitat to thrive. In 1973, it was declared a Tiger Reserve under Project Tiger Program, and in 1975, it was upgraded to the status of National Park. The Moyar River forms the natural boundary between Bandipur National Park and Madhumalai Widlife Sanctuary, while Kabini River separates it from Nagarhole.
The vegetation here is of mixed type. The eastern parts are covered with scrub, while the central area is covered with dry deciduous forests, and moist mixed deciduous forests cover the western area of the sanctuary. The park shelters some of the most rare and endangered species of Indian Wildlife. It's reported that there is a high population of elephants and tigers in the sanctuary. According to 1997 census, around seventy tigers and over three thousand Asian elephants have made this sylvan park their abode. Recognised as an Important Bird Area, the park houses more than 180 species of birds including around eight restricted species.
Bandipur National Park is one of the protected areas within Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, which is an International Biosphere Reserve in the Western Ghats. The park is surrounded by Mudumalai National Park, Wynad Wildlife Sanctuary, and the Nagarhole National Park. A safari into this park offers a very good chance to see the tiger in the wild.
Aralam wildlife sanctuary is the northernmost protected area of Kerala state, situated in the southeast part of Kannur District. Altitude ranges from 60 m to 1489 m. above MSL over a horizontal profile less than 8 km, suggesting steep slopes. A detailed bird survey has shown a total of 188 species of birds in the sanctuary. Of these 12 species are endemic to Western Ghats and 8 species are globally threatened birds
Twelve of the 16 bird species endemic to the Western Ghats live in this sanctuary including species like the Blue-winged Parakeet, White-bellied Treepie, Malabar Whistling Thrush, White-bellied Shortwing, Malabar Grey Hornbill, Grey-headed Bulbul, Rufous Babbler, Wynaad Laughingthrush, Crimson-backed Sunbird, Black-and-orange Flycatcher, White-bellied Blue Flycatcher and the Nilgiri Wood Pigeon.
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