The birds of Nepal are multi-coloured and many. Nepal is famous for its biodiversity and birdwatchers often visit the Himalayan region to catch a sight of some of the more fabulous and rare species. We’re lucky we get to see plenty of them all year around, from our garden!
There are various different species of birds around our home, 130 species in this area alone, while 886 species have been recorded all over the country. Among them are many of endangered or endemic status.
You can find at least 3% of the world’s species of birds in Nepal. There are also many seasonal birds who migrate from faraway places like Syria and Africa. This makes birdwatching in Nepal an exciting activity.
In fact, it’s one of my favourite moments to sit in my garden here in the foothills of the Himalayas and hear the sound of birds. I find listening to birdsong very relaxing and am grateful for how many birds I can see without going very far.
Here are some of the birds I’ve encountered recently around our home in Nepal.
1) Scarlet Minivet
Most mornings I wake up hearing the pleasant sound of a pair of Scarlet Minivets. Birdwatching in Nepal is often rewarded by small but impressive birds like this one.
Scarlet Minivets are fairly common in the hilly regions of Nepal below 2000m altitude. Their colourful orange feathers are always a fantastic sight and I never get tired of seeing them here. This one is a male.
2) Black Drongo
You don’t have to look for long before you see a Drongo as there are many variations of this particular bird in Nepal. I spotted this Black Drongo in a tree next to our garden as they often come here in search of insects.
Drongos tend to hunt near to the ground and mostly in agriculture lands, because of this and their iconic long forked tails, they are very easy to spot.
3) Maroon Oriole
I often see a Maroon Oriole perched in the berry trees and when the season comes around for ripe berries, we get more of these fascinating birds coming to visit here in rural Nepal.
Despite his striking look of silky black and deep red-brown feathers, a Maroon Oriole is a silent type of bird and I usually spot him alone, foraging for fruits or looking cautiously at me from afar with that bright yellow eye.
4) Blue Winged Leaf Bird
One of the prettiest birds of Nepal, in my opinion! The Blue Winged Leaf Bird is a common but wonderful sight to see when birdwatching in Nepal.
I spotted this one, a female, near to the lake by my home, resting in a tree. She was very beautiful. The males’ feathers are blended with more colours. They have yellow tinged heads and a little blue moustache. Because of this, it’s quite easy to tell them apart.
5) Green Billed Malkoha
These ominous looking birds are actually very shy!
They usually stay hidden in deep jungle, but we were lucky to see this one so close when it came to dry itself on a big tree on the outskirts of the garden.
It had been a particularly heavy monsoon rain and we got to watch the Green Billed Malkoha ruffling its feathers comically and occasionally looking at us with that devillish red eye.
This large and fascinating looking bird is possibly one of the most interesting to see here in Nepal.
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