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Birding trip to South India

Flame-throated Bulbul | Birding IndiaMunnar is a hill sation in the Cardamom Hills in Kerala State, India. There are nice patches of forest (shola) here surrounded by scenic tea and cardamom plantations. The sholas are home to endemic Nilgiri Wood Pigeon, Nilgiri Flycatcher, Black-and-orange Flycatcher, Kerala Laughingthrush, Indian Scimitar Babbler, White-bellied Blue Robin and Crimson-backed Sunbird. Nearby Eravikulam National Park is the best place to see Nilgiri Tahr, a goat species endemic to the Western Ghats and Nilgiri Pipit.

Nilgiri Tahr | Birding IndiaOoty is another hill station situated in the Nilgiri Hills. The remaining sholas provide shelter for some sough-after endemics including Black-chinned Laughingthrush, Nilgiri Thrush, Malabar Whistling Thrush and Nilgiri Blue Robin. Nilgiri Langurs are endemic monkeys with distinctive loud calls often heard near the forest.

Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary lies in Tamil Nadu state, India. The reserve is home to many large mammals of which Indian Elephant, Leopard, Sloth Bear and Wild Dog are often seen on the wildlife safaris organized by the reserve.Blue-winged Parakeet, also known as the Malabar Parakeet (Psittacula columboides) | Birding India lue-faced Malkoha, Jungle Nightjar, Malabar Grey Hornbill, White-cheeked Barbet, White-naped Woodpecker, Indian Pitta, White-bellied Minivet, Hill Swallow, Malabar Lark, Yellow-browed Bulbul, Indian Nuthatch, Indian Blue Robin and Jerdon’s Leafbird.

Malabar Grey Hornbill (Ocyceros griseus) | Birding IndiaRanganathittu Bird Sanctuary near the famous town of Mysore is an excellent place to have close views of several nesting waterbirds during a birding tour. Spot-billed Pelican, Asian Openbill, Painted Stork, Black-headed Ibis, Indian Cormorant are breeding in noisy mixed colonies along the Cauvery River. Oriental Darter, Little Cormorant, Black Ibis, Great Thick-knee, River Tern, Stork-billed and Pied Kingfisher, Streak-throated Swallow and White-browed Wagtail are also found here along with huge Marsh Crocodiles.

During the recce we also visited some nice resorts in beautiful settings, tried the tasty local food and the famous locally grown coffee and tea. South Indians are friendly and welcoming and there is a good infrastructure for ecotourism. We are sure the upcoming birding tour in India will be a great success with many memorable sightings of birds and wildlife.

Oriental Darter or Indian Darter (Anhinga melanogaster ) | Birding India Little Cormorant (Microcarbo niger) | Birding India Great Stone-curlew or Great Thick-knee (Esacus recurvirostris) | Birding India Birding India landscapes

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