Region (Kathmandu)

Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl

Protected/registered status

January-April (28.03.1995)

Birding Site Guide

This is another good area which can be birded in a day trip from Kathmandu. Unfortunately unless you have arranged a taxi return pick-up you could be stuck for getting back in the evening, as the buses are full to overflowing and there are no taxis about. Birding here can turn up some species you may not get elsewhere, but some of the places that looked good to bird were simply inaccessible (along the gorge) and the temple held few birds. The pools were dry when we were there but we birded around the footbridge and river. The best species here was Upland Buzzard, and we also saw Bar-headed Geese.

Species seen (commonest species not listed)

Bar-headed Goose Anser indicus BR, KB

Mallard Anas platyrhynchos BR

White-rumped Vulture Gyps bengalensis CR BR

Indian Vulture Gyps indicus CR BR, CS

Eurasian Griffon Gyps fulvus BR, KB

Red-headed Vulture Sarcogyps calvus NT BR, R

Eurasian Buzzard Buteo buteo BR

Upland Buzzard Buteo hemilasius BR

Tawny Eagle Aquila rapax BR, K

Pintail Snipe Gallinago stenura BR, KT

Blue-throated Barbet Megalaima asiatica BR, P

Dark-throated Thrush Turdus ruficollis BR, CK, CS, KT

Rusty-tailed Flycatcher Muscicapa ruficauda BR

Bluethroat Luscinia svecica BR, KT, KB

White-capped Redstart Chaimarrornis leucocephalus BR

Brown Shrike Lanius cristatus BR, KT, P

Long-tailed Shrike Lanius schach BR, CS, P

Ashy Drongo Dicrurus leucophaeus BR, CK, P

Bank Myna Acridotheres ginginianus BR, KB

Red Avadavat Amandava amandava BR



CR = Critical

E = Endangered

V = Vulnerable

NT = Near-threatened

e = endemic

intro = introduced


0 = no sites given for common species

BR = Bagmati River

CS = Chitwan (Sauraha)

CK = Chitwan (Khagendra Mali)

G = Godaveri Gardens

KB = Kosi Barrage

KT = Kosi Tappu

K = Kathmandu

N = Najarjung

P = Pulchowki

R = road Kathmandu to Kosi

S = Shepuri

20 = 20000 Lakes


Butterflies seen in Nepal (not just here) were: Indian Tortoiseshell Aglais cashmirensis aesis Indian Red Admiral Vanessa indica Painted Lady Vanessa cardui Pale Grassblue Zizeeria maha maha Pale clouded Yellow Colias erate lativitta Glassy Bluebottle Graphium cloanthus cloanthus Great Zebra Graphium xenocles phrontis Lime Swallowtail Papilio demoleus demoleus BrimstoneGonepteryx rhamni nepalensis Common Red Flash Rapala iarbus Glassy Tiger Parantica aglea melanoides Common Sailor Neptis hylas kamarupa Blue Admiral Kaniska canace canace Palin Tiger Danaus chrysippus chrysippus Common Indian Crow Euploea core core Tabby Pseudergolis wedah Common Windmill Atrophaneura polyeuctes letincius Lilacfork Zophoessa sura and White Royal Tajuria illurgis.

Author: BSG, Geof Grafton