Birding in Kanha
Colorful wings, swirling moods and flying powers with carefree attitudes- a bird has it all.
Kanha National Park brings this loveliest creature of nature in its captivating serenity. Being famed as the major central Indian highlands, the Kanha Tiger Reserve is the most admiring destination for the varieties of faunae including the avifauna with almost 300 species of it.
These species of birds can catch many attentions of the bird enthusiasts. The tropical environment of Kanha Reserve is simply outstanding to make it a paradise for bird watching. At this tropical land, the bird lovers can surely find wide ranges of birds. These great varieties include:
Water Birds- storks, teals, pintails, herons and egrets
Common Ground Birds- Peafowl, jungle fowl, partridge and quail are witnessed in Kanha Reserve.
Birds of Prey- eagles and kites
Nocturnal Birds- owls, owlets and night jars
Some more interesting and commonly found birds in Kanha are:
Asian Paradise Flycatcher, White Rumped Shama, White Bellied Drongo, Spangled Drongo. Racket Tailed Drongo, Twany Babbler, Jungle Babbler, Indian Scimitar Babbler, Grey Francolin, Painted Francolin, Black Naped Flycatcher,Common Iora, Eurasian Blackbird, Gold Mantled Chloropsis, Jerdon's Leaf Bird, Golden Oriole, Black Hooded Oriole, Common Grey Hornbill, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Asian Brown Flycatcher, Tickell's Flowerpecker, Verditor Flycatcher, Twany Fish Owl, Barred Jungle Owlet, Spotted Owlet, Brown Fish Owl, Indian Scops Owl, Mottled Wood Owl, Crested Serpent Eagle, Shikra, Common Kestrel, Changeable Hawk Eagle, Pariah Kite, White Eyed Buzzard, Oriental Honey Buzzard and Indian Pitta.
Obviously, the number and the varieties vary with time in any forested area where many birds are to be witnessed as the migratory one. Surprisingly, a fortnight's visit to the Kanha National Park would yield more than 100 species of birds. Although the Kanha Park is famous for the king of the jungle, the tiger that rules the ground but on the other hand the birds also excels the sky domains around the vicinity of Kanha.
Best time for bird watching in Kanha National Park: November to May