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Neha Sharma Jan 27 2015

Can you elaborate on the Spring Bird Festival in Uttarakhand?

Etti Bali Jan 27 2015
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Presenting the 2nd edition of the Spring Bird Festival, the Eco Tourism wing of the Uttarakhand Forest Department continues with the legacy of creating awareness and promoting conservation of our country’s avifaunal diversity. It is an important aspect of Uttrakhand tourism, and rapidly gaining popularity amongst the backpackers in the country.


Pallas's Fish Eagle (by Koshy Koshy)

This year, the event will take place from 4-8 February at the Pawalgarh Conservation Reserve in the heart of lush and biodiverse forests of Ramnagar. Home to at least 350 species of birds, Pawalgarh will be hosting a range of activities including guided bird-watching, cultural performances, exhibitions, film shows and many more.


Rich farmland of the Terai belt (from the official tourism website)

Here’s a sneak-peak at some of the bird species you can spot in the region during this annual festival. You can find a mix of migratory and native birds along with a splendid variety of flora and fauna.

Blue-Tailed Bee-Eater


This migratory species is a summer visitor to the Corbett Landscape. It arrives during early March and can be seen catching insects in-flight in open grasslands and river valleys. The species is colonial when it comes to nesting and makes tunnel nests on the river banks. The richly coloured bird has a distinctive green colour with a blue tail and yellow-brown throat.


Blue-Tailed Bee-Eater (by Srikant Rao)

Blue-Winged Minla


A resident of the Himalayas, the Blue-Winged Minla is pale brown in colour with bright blue wings. The birds have a distinctive crown streaked with shades of blue and grey. The forests of Uttarakhand with a variety of evergreen trees provide the perfect habitat for this species.


Blue-Winged Minla (by Sham Edmond)

Chestnut-Bellied Nuthatch


This species gets its name from the dark colour of the rich chestnut trees that adorns its belly. A native of the region from Murree Hills to the Uttarakhand foothills, extending as far as Lushai Hills in Mizoram. It feeds on insects that hide in the bark of trees and branches.


Chestnut-Bellied Nuthatch (by Dibyendu Ash)

Crested Serpent Eagle


This species is a common resident raptor of the area. It specializes in feeding on snakes and lizards. Long feathers adorn the back of their crowns, giving the Crested Serpent Eagle a royal and crested appearance. They have a loud, piercing call which can be heard most distinctly in the early hours of the morning.


Crested Serpent Eagle (by Srikaanth Sekar)

Ibisbill


This is a much celebrated species of the region. It is a winter visitor and comes down from the upper reaches of Himalayas and can be seen in the Kosi River Valley near Garjia. The colour of the bird is pre-dominantly grey with a white belly, reddish-brown legs and a downward curved bill.


Ibisbill(by Subramanya C K)

Jungle Owlet


Found most often in pairs or small groups, Jungle Owlets are recognized by their calls at dusk or dawn. One of the most unique characteristic behaviour of the bird is that it freezes when disturbed and appears like a dead tree stump!


Jungle Owlet(by Soumyajit Nandy)

Red Jungle Fowl


The brightly coloured birds are known to be ancestral to the domestic chicken. The bright gold and bronze feathers are highlighted with streaks of blue, green and purple. They are omnivorous and feed on insects, fruits and seeds. The Red Jungle Fowl regularly bathes in dust to maintain the balance of their plumage.


Red Jungle Fowl (by Manoj Sharma)

A lot of accommodation options are available in the vicinity of the Pawalgarh Conservation Reserve and Ramnagar. When coming to attend the Spring Bird Festival, guests can choose book a room at the campsites or a homestay. After booking a room, make sure to register for the bird-watching trails you are interested in exploring. For an extended vacation, you can also choose to check-in at the one of the many hotels in Corbett.


Hornbill Campsite at Kyari (from the official website)

The reserve is well-connected by road and rail routes, with regular buses plying from Haldwani to Ramnagar. The nearest airport is at Pantnagar, which is served by direct Delhi to Pantnagar flights. Cabs are available from the airport as well as the bus and railway stations.
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