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Bird Watching in Nepal - Himalayan Footsteps

A birdwatchers paradise

Nepal may only be a small country, but its biological diversity is huge. It is a birdwatcher’s paradise! Home to 8% of the world’s total bird population, a staggering 864 species have been recorded so far! The birds can be found 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.

Hundreds of species

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.

Combine with other wildlife

In the National Parks of 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.

If you would like to explore Nepal’s bird life yourself we can help.