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Bird watching paradise of India
Birdwatching, a recreational activity, is a form of wildlife observation and whats better place to do birdwatching than India. Winter months are ideal for spotting birds in India. India, a home to a lot of rare and enchanting species, the following is a list of places that provide kaleidoscopic sights of the feathered beauties. Birds found in India includes Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Indian Pitta, Indian Peafowl, Kingfisher, Sarus Crane, Tragopan, Himalayan Monal, Little Cormorant, Common Myna.
Bird Watching at Singalila National Park
The National Park is a delight for birdwatchers as more than 120 species of birds are seen, which includes many rare birds like scarlet minivet, kalij pheasant, satyr tragopan, blood pheasant, etc. The park also serves as home to migratory birds. One of the best places for bird watching is between Singalila entrance at Tumling and Gairibas, near a place called Batasi. However there is an Armed Border Force camp here and photography is prohibited around the camp. But you can still stay clear from the camp site and take a few pictures of the birds.
Siju Bird Sanctuary
Close by on the other side of Simsang River is the Siju bird sanctuary, a home for many rare and protected birds and other wildlife. The Siberian ducks also migrated here during the winter months. The lesser or Grey Hornbill is also seen around Siju. One interesting and rare bird is the Peacock Pheasant seen in Siju. Although you can visit any time in the year, November to March is the ideal time to visit Siju Bird Sanctuary where you can come across with many birds migrating from foreign regions.
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
If you are a bird enthusiast, visit the sanctuary between June and August, the breeding season of resident wetland birds such as Indian Darter, Little cormorant, different species of egrets and herons, white ibis, several species of kingfishers, etc. Between the months of November and May, the bushes and woods of the sanctuary play host to some rare migratory birds. The Vembanad lake body attracts waterfowl like pin-tailed duck, garganey teal, spot-billed duck, birds of prey like osprey, marsh harrier, steppe eagle, etc Bird lovers can also take a boat trip to the nearby Kaipuzha Muttu, Pathiramanal, Narakathara, Thollayiram Kayal and Boothapandi Kayal to watch local birdlife and migrants which could easily be more than a hundred species.
Apart from a large variety of wild animals, Sariska also offers you a rich variety of birds, resident as well as migratory. Golden-backed woodpecker, tree pie, peafowl, crested serpent eagle, sand grouse, the great Indian horned owl, grey partridge, and bush quail, are some of the species that you can easily spot inside the national park.