|Brown Wood-owl Strix leptogrammica ©Laurence Poh http://www.laurencepoh.com/|
Number of bird species: 891
Number of endemics: 1
Spiny Babbler Turdoides nipalensis
* Field Guides & Bird SongFor a comprehensive list of recommended titles covering Asia as a whole - please see the Asia page of Fatbirder - for guides etc. covering the Indian sub-continent please see the India page
A Field Guide to Birds of the Indian SubcontinentKrys Kazmierczak, Ber van Perlo (Illustrator) Hardcover - 336 pages (30 May, 2000) The Pica Press
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A Guide to the Birds of NepalC Inskipp and T Inskipp 400 pages, 8 col plates, b/w illus, 703 distribution maps. Christopher Helm 1991
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A Photographic Guide to Birds of India and NepalBikram Grewal, Bill Harvey and Otto Pfister 512 pages, 850 col photos, 800 maps. Christopher Helm
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Field Guide to the Birds of NepalRichard Grimmett, Carol Inskipp and Tim Inskipp 288 pages, 110 col plates, 8 col photos. Christopher Helm 2000
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Helm Identification GuidesBy Richard Grimmett, Carol Inskipp & Tim Inskipp | Christopher Helm | Softcover | 2012 | Edition: 2 | 528 Pages | 226 Colour Plates | Colour Distribution Maps | Black & White Illustrations
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Koshi Tappu Wildlife ReserveInformation
Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve is an example of one of the finest birding sites in Asia. Koshi Tappu was established as a wildlife reserve in 1976 with an aim to protect the last remaining population of Asiatic Wild Buffaloes in Nepal. The reserve has a total area of 175sq. km. and is roughly rectangular in shape. The principal habitats in the reserve include: wetlands, grasslands and small patches of riverine forest. To date this is the only Ramsar Site (a wetland of international significance) in Nepal. More than half of Nepal's birds are recorded from Koshi Tappu! Among the mammals, besides Wild Water Buffaloes, the elusive Gangetic Dolphin and Fishing Cat are occasionally seen here.
Nepal is endowed with rich and varied biodiversity.Altitudinal variances in short distance give Nepal's biogeography variety that range from lush moist forests and sparse alpine deserts to luxurious grasslands in lowland Terai. The mountainous country also shelters some of the world's most rare animals...
Royal Chitwan National ParkWebsite
There are more than 43 species of mammals, over 450 species of birds, and more than 45 species of amphibians and reptiles in the park...
Sagarmatha National ParkWebsite
Inskipp (1989) lists 152 species of birds, 36 of which are breeding species for which Nepal may hold internationally significant populations. The park is important for a number of species breeding at high altitudes, such as blood pheasant Ithaginis cruentus, robin accentor Prunella rubeculoides, white-throated redstart Phoenicurus schisticeps, grandala Grandala coelicolor and several rosefinches...
Nepal presently has 1 site designated as a Wetland of International Importance, with a surface area of 17,500 hectares...
2005 [April] - John B O'Connell-DavidsonReport
Kathmandu & Annapurna Circuit Trek...
2005 [March] - June Lloyd & John van der DolReport
...in spite of these threats to our safety 18 intrepid bird watchers set off from Sandwich Bay to enjoy an adventure of a lifetime. We travelled 10 hours to Kathmandu but with a break of 4 hours in Doha in the Gulf States arriving at Kathmandu in the late afternoon...
2007 [May] - Stijn De WinReport
Annotated list and diary...
2008 [February] - Martin TribeReport
Birdfinders’ 2008 tour to Nepal began with the group meeting at Heathrow for the flight to Doha (Qatar) and then onto Kathmandu. On landing at Kathmandu we were met by our local guide Suchet Basnet, who turned out to be an excellent birder with a terrific knowledge of Nepal’s birds, amazing eyes and ears when it came to finding birds and a great person to be with...
2010 [April] - Oscar CampbellReport
...It is also worth trying the nearby Damside Park for some forest edge birding. Species logged here but not further up into the hills, apart from the predictable egrets and the odd wader, included Khalij Pheasant (easy along the lake shore early am), Fulvous-breasted and Grey-headed Woodpeckers (woodpeckers were actually amazingly scarce, or at least hard to pin down on the trek), Blue-throated Barbet, Dusky Warbler and Taiga Flycatcher...
2010 [March] - Peter & Rosemary RoyleReport
My husband, Peter and I had visited Nepal in January 1982 - we spent time at Chitwan, Pokhara and did a 7 day Helambu Trek. We loved it and had always wanted to return and do the Langtang Trek which is reckoned to be one of the best for birdwatching and wildlife in general...
2010 [March] - Suchit BasnetReport
...We also came across a small flock of Black-faced warblers, Black-throated Tits, and Fire-breasted Flowerpecker amongst others. After a picnic lunch, we walked further down for about 2 and half hours before driving back to the hotel...
2012 [January] - Mark D. Read & Terri-Lynn BrennanReport
Our budget trip to Pokhara was planned as a break from Dhangadhi, in the Far-West Terai region of Nepal, where we have been working for the last 6 months...
2013 [April] - Ann GiffordReport PDF
..Anyway, we thought it a good omen when we stopped fairly early on to observe a Red-headed Vulture – massive with very striking features and after we had gained more height we stopped in a village and decided to climb up the hillside...
2013 [April] - Pete Aley - Langtang & ChitwanReport
...We arrived at Hotel Trekker’s Inn in Syabru Besi and watched a Blue Whistling Thrush (subsequently commonly seen) and some Long-tailed Shrikes from the balcony, before the festival ended and it was safe to venture out along the river! Here we saw the first of many beautiful White-capped and Plumbeous Water Redstarts of the trip, had prolonged views of a Wallcreeper on the rock face and glimpsed a Crested Kingfisher. Other sightings included: Grey Treepie, Black-throated Tit, Himalayan Bulbuls, Striated Prinias, and Grey-hooded Warblers....
2013 [March] - Jim RoseBlog
...The locals had more than one way to cross the river. I imagine the river would be difficult to cross in boats during the monsoon season. A long way to the local shops!...
2013 [March] - Richard Coomber & Hem Sagar Baral - Chitwan, Koshi & PhulchowkiReport PDF
...We still had to go through security and as luck would have it we followed a very large party from China. However there was still time to stroll along to the departure gate birding whenever the possibility arose. The list included White-breasted Waterhen, Brown Rock Chat, Jungle Babbler, Red-vented Bulbul and Purple Sunbird – quite respectable...
Active Eye ToursTour Operator
Nepal with its exceptional topography and climate provides a habitat to a vast array of rich bird life. Over 850 species have been recorded to date, 8% of the worlds recorded species...
Anytime ToursTour Operator
Birding Ecotours prides itself on two things above all; tour quality and conservation and offer many trips world wide. They have teamed up with Fatbirder to offer exclusive 'anytime' tours to couples and small groups...
Asian AdventuresTour Operator
We offer the best birding tour in Nepal and provide specially trained guides for the tour...
Birding EcotoursTour Operator
This 21 day trek is incorporates all the highlights of the bird-rich and spectacular Langtang valley. Our trekking route traverses one of the most spectacular Himalayan landscapes in Nepal. Includes Phulchowki mountain, rugged valleys around Kyanjin and the Langtang village, as well as the sacred Gosainkunda Lake (4300m above sea level).
Local birders willing to show visiting birders around their area...
First 48Tour Operator
First 48 are a UK based tour operator. They operate a number of bird/wildlife based tours (mainly in India/Nepal). Backpacker Tours & Adventure Travel. As a land only tour operator we greet all of our clients at the airport on their arrival. Experience has shown us that many budget flights tend to arrive in the early hours of the morning. After a long flight this can be a daunting time to have to arrange your own transport and accommodation, especially through the noise and apparent chaos that meets you when the airport doors close behind you.
Kauntei Tours IndiaTour Operator
Kauntei Tour has been in the field operating special Interest Bird tours since 1991. Our special bird tours are carefully designed by professional and nature loving team. The only aim for operating the bird tours is to provide the best that is available and we continually make sure that each team member work hard to provide you with a memorable experience and great value for your money...
Mosaic AdvenureTour Operator
Nepal is a major destination for amateur bird-watchers and professional ornithologists alike. It boasts an immense variety of birds and avian habitats, and a long history of bird-watching. Nepal is a bird watching destination of international importance. For a country of its size Nepal is exceptionally rich in its biodiversity, specially its avifauna. A total of 862 species of birds is an incredible number for such a small country. (The number varies; others say it is 875.)...
Mountain Leaders Treks & ExpeditionTour Operator
Nepal is blessed with a vast array of exceptionally rich bird life, with a total of over 850 species recorded (more then 500 out of them are found in the wetlands and open fields inside the Kathmandu valley). Nepal's diverse topography and climate have resulted in a variety of habitats within the country, home to over 8% of the world's total bird population. Therefore Nepal is a paradise for birdwatchers! From the lowland jungle of the terai through dense rhododendron and oak forests of the middle hills to the windswept plateaus of the high Himalaya: there are birds everywhere to keep your attention. We can arrange birdwatching tours for you from short to long, walking, driving or floating, with a guide or bird specialist, however you like you trip to be. Below, we displayed the most popular birdwatching places in Nepal with their details, so you can decide which area(s) are of your biggest interest. Please contact us if you are interested to book a birdwatching trip. We are pleased to help you discover this rich variety of beautiful animals during your travel through Nepal...
Nepal NatureTour Operator
Nepalnature.com (P) Ltd is a highly trusted and reputed company run by well-known professional naturalists in association with KGH Group of Hotels and Resorts which has 40 years of experience in hospitality industry in Nepal. nepalnature.com dedicates 10 percent of its profit to biodiversity research and environmental education programs in Nepal.
Nepal TrekingTour Operator
Lots of companies offering Nepal treks.
Tiger MountainTour Operator
From the jungles of the Terai, stronghold of the Royal Bengal tiger, and the Greater One-Horned rhinoceros, the land begins to rise. At first it climbs gently through hills chequered with fertile terraces, small villages and ancient cities. Then the slope of the earth steepens and merges into massive walls where trees cease to exist and snow and ice begin. Even higher, the savage beauty culminates in Sagarmath, Goddess Mother of the World, the highest mountain on earth, Mount Everest!
I've been to Nepal lots of times but only in recent years as a birder, so I re-visited places to see whay kind of birdlife I had missed. It's hard to choose between Annapurna and Langtang for birding.
This area was good for Olive-backed Pipit, Blue-throated Barbet and Fire-breasted Flowerpecker. After the flight to Biritnagar we travelled by road along flat agricultural land to the Kosi Tappu Game Reserve near the Kosi Barrage, a major irrigation project...
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