Bird Watching in Bandipur

Nestled on the foothills of the lush green Nilgiri Hills, Bandipur Wildlife Sanctuary is famously known to house the second highest tiger population in the country. It is also the largest protected area in South India, which is one of the most well-maintained national parks. Besides its tiger population, the sanctuary is a habitat for a myriad of bird species, of which 200 have been identified and labelled. The dynamic population of the winged creatures allures keen bird-watchers, ornithologists and leisure tourists. One can opt to go on safaris to view the avian population residing here along with sightings of other flora and fauna.

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peafowl in Bandipur National Park

Travelling to Bandipur

Bangalore is the closest metropolitan city to Bandipur. It is about 218 km from Bandipur Wildlife Sanctuary, which makes for a 5-hour drive. The road takes you through smooth highways with captivating panoramas accompanying you throughout your journey. The road is dotted with several restaurants and dining establishments, ideal for short breaks and refreshments along the way. Although Bandipur is ideal for visits throughout the year, the early months of January to April are the perfect time to spot an assorted display of exotic and migratory birds.

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Bird Species to Look Out For

The population of birds in Bandipur Wildlife Sanctuary range from the common Indian cuckoo to the rare Ferruginous duck, which has been labelled to be a near-threatened species. Some of the smaller birds include the ebony black Bush Chat, the Magpie Robin with its distinct black and white body and the Bay-backed Shrike with its orange, grey and white feathers. If you hear a pecking sound, be sure to look around as it might be one of the unique woodpecker species such as the Streak-throated woodpecker, Heart-spotted woodpecker or Black-rumped woodpecker.

During the monsoon months, peacocks and peahens are also a common sight and if you are lucky enough, you might even catch one of them in a glorious dance displaying their vividly shaded tail feathers. Some of the water birds you might catch a glimpse of are the Lesser Whistling duck, the bear-headed goose, the Common Pochard and the Indian Spot-billed duck. The dense forests and the green grasslands are also a hunting ground for the birds of prey - the Crested Serpent Eagle, the Crested Hawk Eagle, the Red-headed Vulture, the Indian Spotted Eagle and the White-rumped Vulture.

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a pair of binoculars

What to Carry

It is extremely important to dress appropriately and to carry the necessary items when you go on a bird-watching trip. You should ideally be dressed in dark or subdued colours, preferably dark greens and dark browns which will enable you to camouflage with the surroundings. Wearing bright coloured clothes might scare the winged creatures. Make sure you have a pair of binoculars that lets you spot birds from a considerable distance. If you are keen on capturing the birds on film, you can carry your cameras and DSLRs as well.

Where to Stay

The Serai Bandipur is located just at the edge of Bandipur Tiger Reserve. The property imbibes on the feels and aesthetics of the jungle, offering a unique experience to its patrons. We also provide our guests with guided bird-watching tours that are carried out by our well-informed in-house naturalists. The accommodations at our resort have been curated to encompass all modern facilities and amenities along with the luxuries of a contemporary stay.