Pangot Kilbury Bird Sanctuary Uttarakhand
(Naina Devi Himalayan Bird Conservation Reserve)
Pangot and Kilbury are a paradise for bird lovers. Pangot is a small and scenic hamlet, which falls under the district administration of Nainital. The region consists of several creeks, where animals like Leopard, Civet, Goral and Deer reside. While Pangot is a beautiful place to be explored by trekking, Pangot Kilbury Bird Sanctuary is a wonderful destination for bird-watching. Both these places provide ample of opportunities for photography.
Pangot Kilbury Bird Sanctuary provides the plenty of bird species in the surroundings of green and thick oak & pine forests. Similarly, Kilbury Bird sanctuary provides the sufficient opportunities for bird watchers. These small and scenic areas of Nainital city have good populations of avian species.
One can easily spot the both endemic and migratory bird species in these regions, owing to its splendid fauna a large part of its territory has been combined to form a sanctuary. Known as the Pangot Kilbury Bird Sanctuary (Naina Devi Himalayan Bird Conservation Reserve),
The total notified area under this reserve is 111.9 km2. Few small hamlets are there inside and around the periphery of this sanctuary; which are namely Barapathar, Kilbury, Vinayak etc. Several riverine tributaries are flowing through this forest patch and later they discharge inRamganga. These riverine tributaries flowing from north enriches its biodiversity. This sanctuary falls at the junction of Palearctic ecozone and Indomalaya ecozone, supporting a large variety of mammalian and avian fauna.
This bird haven has more than 580 recorded avian species. Both migratory and endemic birds can be spotted in the region, which make it a paradise for bird-watching. Brown Wood Owls, White-Throated Laughing Thrushes, Collared Grosbeaks and Forktails are some of the birds that can be seen in this sanctuary and its surrounding areas. The destination is thus considered a paradise for nature lovers and birdwatchers.
|Black Fracolin||Eurasian Sparrowhawk||Common Cuckoo||Brown-fronted Woodpecker|
|Himalayan Quail||Indian Black Eagle||Himalayan Cuckoo||Himalayan Woodpecker|
|Common Hill Partridge||Changeable Hawk-Eagle||Mountain Scops Owl||Greater Yellow-naped|
|Kalij Pheasant||Mountain Hawk-Eagle||Asian Barred Owlet||Woodpecker|
|Cheer Pheasant||Rock Dove||Large-tailed Nightjar||Streak-throated Woodpecker|
|Common Kestrel||Oriental Turtle Dove||Asian Palm Swift||Scaly-bellied Woodpecker|
|Peregrine Falcon||Eurasian Collared Dove||Little Swift||Grey-headed Woodpecker|
|Black Kite||Spotted-necked Dove||White-throated Kingfisher||Large Woodshrike|
|Bearded Vulture/Lammergeier||Laughing Dove||Green Bee-eater||Large Cuckoo-shrike|
|Egyptian Vulture||Emerald Dove||Common Hoopoe||Long-tailed Minivet|
|Indian White-backed Vulture||Wedge-tailed Green Pigeon||Great Barbet||Grey-backed Shrike|
|Indian Vulture||Slaty-headed Parakeet||Speckled Piculet||Black-hooded Oriole|
|Himalayan Griffon||Plum-headed Parakeet||Rufous-bellied Woodpecker||Maroon Oriole|
|Red-headed Vulture||Large Hawk-Cuckoo||Grey-capped Pygmy||Black Drongo|
|Crested Serpent Eagle||Common Hawk-Cuckoo||Woodpecker||Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo|
|Shikra||Indian Cuckoo||Stripe-breasted Woodpecker||Eurasian Jay|
Credit : http://www.nainitalzoo.org.in