Birdwatching Areas in North Bengal & Sikkim

Birdwatching Areas in North Bengal & Sikkim

1. Maenam WLS, Ranjit Valley and Kewzing
Birdwatching Areas in North Bengal & SikkimKewzing located at an altitude of 1700m with the highest hill Maenam (3500m) and lower valleys of Rangit river valley 350m from the sea level is home to around 200 Bird species (recorded till date). The Maenam wildlife sanctuary is famous for Satyr Tragopan (Tragopan Satyra) which is one of the rare species of Pheasants found in Eastern Himalayas, the other star bird species to look for is Fire-tailed Myzornis. In The lower valleys of Tashiding one birds that habitat are the great Sultan Tit, Puff-throated Babbler and Streaked Spiderhunter. Some common birds in the surrounding of Farmhouse are the Great Himalayan Barbet, Grey Treepie, Green Magpie, Wedge-tailed Green Pigeon, Black Bulbul and many more. Maenam wildlife sanctuary is also home to the rare beautiful state animal of Sikkim the Red Panda or Firefox.

2. West Sikkim – Pelling, Khecheopalri and Yuksom
Pelling in West Sikkim at a distance of 24 Km from Kewzing is one of the favourite area for Birding where a number of good species like Rusty Cheeked Scimitar Babbler, Scaly Laughingthrush, Red Faced Liochichla, Fire tailed Myzornis, Scarlet Finch, Cutia, Black-headed Shrike Babbler, Scaly-breasted Wren Babbler, Spotted Wren Babbler and many more are sighted At Khecheopalri Lake “the wishing lake” 22 Km from Pelling. This visit to Yuksom is worthwhile especially to look out for the rare Yellow-rumped Honey Guide and many other rare birds.

3. West Sikkim- Barsey Rododendron Sanctuary
Barsey Rododendron Sanctuary in West Sikkim where in the month of September sighting of huge gathering of Rosefinches like Common Rosefinches, Dark-breasted Rosefinch, White-Browed Rosefinch and even Beautiful Rosefinch are quite common. Other birds to look out for in this sanctuary are the magnificent Spotted Laughingthrush, few species of Parrotbills, Small Beautiful Fire-capped Tit, Species of Shortwings like White- Browed and Lesser Shortwings, Kalij Pheasants and Satyr Tragopan. The chances of seeing the state animal of Sikkim Red Panda is also high in this sanctuary and.

4. East Sikkim- Gangtok- Bulbuly and Fambonglho WLS
If one has less time for going around remote areas for birding then this site has lot’s to offer. Here most of the birds are common but still worth looking out for the first time birders in this part of the world. Some of the birds to look out for in this area are Rufous-capped Babbler, Red headed Laughingthrush, Brownish-flanked Bush warbler, Slaty-bellied Tesia and more. In Fambonglho some of the birds to look out for are Rufous-Throated Wren Babbler, Indian Blue Robin, Grey sided Laughingthrush Rusty- fronted Barwing, Rusty-cheeked Scimitar Babbler, Blue-fronted Robin, Grey-bellied Tesia, Chestnut-Headed Tesia and many more.

5. North Sikkim – Lachen, Thangu and Gurudogmar Lake
This part of Sikkim is one of the most beautiful areas for Birdwatching because of the number of high quality altitude species like Snow Pigeon, Blood Pheasants, Himalayan Monal, White-throated Dipper, Spot-winged Grosbeak, White- winged Grosbeak and many more. There has also been a record of Tibetan Snow Cock in Gurudogmar Lake. For anyone interested in High altitude species of the Himalayas then this is one of the favourite sites for birding.

6. Yuksam-Dzongri trek
The most fascinating and common trekking route of sikkim is also a valuable spots for bird lovers. Bird watching trek can be done form Yuksam to Dzongri in the Khangchendzonga National Park where within the span of Eight to nine days, good number of Bird species like Rufous-Backed Sibia, Himalayan Cutia, Sarlet Finch, Satyr Tragopan and also a good number of high altitude species like Blood pheasant, Himalayan Monal, Garndala, Snow Pigeon can be sighted.

7. Lava- Neora Valley-North Bengal
The Neora Valley - close to the town of Kalimpong is one of the Favourite site for birdwatching in whole of North Bengal where good number of bird species like Rusty-bellied Shortwing, Golden breasted Fulvatta along with pygmy wren babbler,scaly brested wren babbler,Long billed Wren babbler, Rufous throated wren babbler can be seen in one go. It is also a wonderful place – far from the hustle and bustle of city life and is typically suitable for camping and hiking. If one want to know himself better then this is the place in the world.

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Birdwatching Areas in North Bengal & Sikkim

Birdwatching Areas in North Bengal & SikkimKewzing located at an altitude of 1700m with the highest hill Maenam (3500m) and lower valleys of Rangit river valley ...

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