Birds and Birdwatching in Kathmandu valley Written by Vimal Thapa.
About the Writer: Vimal is an Avid Bird and Nature lover. Vimal is a passionate Naturalist since 1988. He is also an Executive member of theBird Conservation Nepal (BCN)
Birds are one of the greatest gifts of nature that Earth abounds with. Due to the wings and able to fly anywhere, Birds are one of the unique lives on earth. Birds have been associated with humans since time immemorial, and their presence around us makes a lively environment.
Nepal is blessed with abundant birdlife with the 884 species (Inskipp- Birds of Nepal) which is some 9% in the whole world. These beautiful birds include both resident and migratory species mainly, among which many are globally threatened, nationally threatened, seriously endangered and passage migratory species. Nepal has nine species of birds that are strictly under the protection law of the country. They are Danphe or Himalayan Monal (National bird of Nepal), Satyr Tragopan, Chir Pheasant, Sarus Crane, Great Hornbill, Black Stork, White Stork, Bengal Florican and Lesser Florican
Bird watching is becoming a favorite hobby in Nepal also be it for pleasure, recreational, research study and nature exploration, etc. It is also economically beneficial as local and international birders and ornithologist are traveling to Nepal to watch the birds of this area.
Kathmandu valley is also unbelievably, has rich bird diversity of about 500 species. Bird watching can be done in any places that have some greeneries, garden, farmland, open area or in the forest and hillside. Among many bird watching sites, Godawari, Phulchauki, Shivapuri-Nagarjun national parks, Machhegaon, and Tau Dah are some of the best birdwatching sites in the valley. Some of the common and uncommon species of birds recorded in the valley are- Barbets, Warblers, Babblers, Flycatchers, Laughing thrushes, Tits, Magpie and Treepies, Swallows and Swifts, Ducks and Waders, Raptors, Finches and Spiny Babbler Turdoides Nipalensis only endemic species of birds.
Bird Conservation Nepal, one of the leading bird conservation and information authority in Nepal with authentic birds’ records and related data that help in nature and bird’s education and their preservation.
Bird Conservation and FoB (Friendsofbird) organizes weekend birding tours in the valley that anyone can join and benefit a lot. All you need is your keen interest to be in nature, to see and appreciate birds in their natural habitat. A pair of binoculars, a notebook, and Birds of Nepal book is the main basics you need to carry.
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