Nepal may only be a small country, but its biological diversity is huge. For example it is a birdwatcher’s paradise: It is home to 8% of the world’s total bird population, staggering 864 species have been recorded so far! They live in the lowland jungles of the Terai, in the rhododendron and oak forests of the hills and on the bare and windswept slopes of the high altitudes – wherever you go in Nepal, the chitter of birds will always keep you company.
Nepal lies on the boundary of Asia’s two big eco-biological domains, and therefore provides habitat for this astounding number of species – more than the entire North American continent! 149 of the species are recorded as endangered.
You don’t have to go to remote corners of the country to see a great variety of birds: Kathmandu valley alone boasts more than 500 species! The surrounding hills offer a range of different habitats for a multitude of species. In the most popular bird watching spot, Phulchoki Hill on the valley rim, about 265 species have been recorded so far.
In the National Parks Chitwan and Bardia there are a great number of species to discover as well. Here bird watching can be combined with exciting elephant safaris and spotting rare mammals like the Bengal Tiger and the One Horned Rhino. Boat rides on Karnali and Rapti rivers give plenty of opportunities to spot a vast variety of birds.
Bird Watching treks and tours
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