Birding & Wildlife

Birding & Wildlife

Manas National Park: (Assam)

Manas National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site, Elephant Reserve and Assam’s only Tiger reserve. The park gets its name from both the serpent Goddess Mansa as well as the Manas river which is an important tributary of the Brahmaputra River. The sanctuary has recorded 55 species of mammals, 380 species of birds, 50 of reptiles, and 3 species of amphibians.

Kaziranga National Park: (Assam)

Kaziranga National Park is a name synonymous to the Indian one-horned rhinoceros. The sanctuary is home to two-thirds of the world’s one-horned rhinoceros and is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. Animals like the Indian elephants, wild water buffalo and swamp deer are also found here. In recent years, the tiger population at Kaziranga has also seen a steady increase.

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Nameri National Park: (Assam)

Nameri National Park is a lesser known national park in Sontipur district of Assam. Nameri is a bird-watcher’s paradise with over 300 species like the white winged wood duck, great pied hornbill, wreathed hornbill, rufous necked hornbill, black stork, ibisbill, blue-bearded bee-eaters, babblers, plovers to name a few. Along with animals like – elephants, tigers, leopards, sambhar, Asian wild dog, clouded leopard and wild boar, Nameri is also home to more than 1000 species of butterflies.

Dibru Saikhowa National Park: (Assam)

Dibru-Saikhowa is a National Park as well as a Biosphere Reserve situated in the south bank of the river Brahmaputra in the extreme east of Assam state in India. It is a river island national park and one of the 19 biodiversity hotspots in the world. Originally created to help conserve the habitat of the rare white-winged wood duck, the park is also home to other rare creatures such as Hoolock gibbon, capped langur, slow loris, water buffalo, tiger, elephant, gangetic river dolphin etc.

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Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary: (Assam)

The Dehing Patkai is known as “The Amazon of the east” due to its large area and thick forests. It has the largest stretch of tropical low-land rainforests in India. It is a part of the Dehing-Patkai Elephant Reserve. Other than wild animals, Dehing is also famous for its World War II cemeteries, Digboi Oil Refinery (the oldest in the country), and the Stillwell Road that are located around it. Many exotic species of orchids grow here along with ferns, wild banana, and much more.

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Hoollongapar Wildlife Sanctuary (Assam)

Hoollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary is an isolated protected area of evergreen forest located in Jorhat district of Assam, India. It is named after the Hoolock Gibbon, the only ape to be found in India. The Hoolock Gibbon can be seen through the forest reserve usually in pairs. The reserve itself is set in a picture-perfect landscape, encompassed by scenic tea gardens and quaint villages. The flora of the reserve is dominated by the tall Hoolang trees along with Nahar trees.

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Eagle’s Nest Wildlife Sanctuary: (Arunachal Pradesh)

Eagle’s nest wildlife sanctuary, West Kameng, is located in Western Arunachal Pradesh and is the highest in elevation. This scenic Sanctuary, as the name suggests is perched at an altitude range of 500 meters to 3,250 meters. Approximately 500 different bird species have been spotted here. Besides the Bugun liocichla, Eaglenest is home to birds like the beautiful nuthatch, Ward’s trogon, red-headed trogon, red-faced liocichla, slender-billed scimitar babbler and many flycatchers.

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Mandala: (Arunachal Pradesh)

Mandala is an unknown birder’s paradise. Located in Arunachal Pradesh, the vegetation includes tropical evergreen forest in the lower areas and Coniferous forest in higher altitudes. Mandala area has rainforests, Bamboo forest ,broadleaf forests, pine forests and many other features that provide diverse habitats. In the higher reaches of Mandala there are some natural lakes, which are located at an altitude of 3000 mts & above.

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Mishmi Hills: (Arunachal Pradesh)

Mishmi Hills is a remote place in Arunachal Pradesh. It has the richest bio-geographical province of the Himalayan zone and is one of the bio-diversity hotspots of the world. The complex hill system of varying elevations receives heavy rainfall. This diversity of topographical and climatic conditions has led to the growth of luxuriant forests which are home to diverse plant and animal forms. A wide variety of plants species, species of mammals, birds, orchids, insects and butterflies can be found in this forest.

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Namdapha National Park: (Arunachal Pradesh)

Namdapha National Park is located in the Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh. Situated in the eastern most part of India, it covers an area of about 2,000 sq. km. It is surrounded by the Patkai hills to the south and the Himalayas to the north and it shares an international boundary with Myanmar (Burma) to the east. The park is a thriving habitat for rare animal species like the snow leopard and clouded leopard along with the   Himalayan bear, common leopard and tigers.

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