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Birding in Madhya Pradesh

Central India Bird Tour - 10 Days

Delhi-Bandhavgarh National Park-Kanha National Park-Delhi.

Madhya Pradesh has forest with good crown cover in a large area. The forest types are Sal and Teak interspersed with mix forest zones and Bamboo, Of the two bio-geographic zones, the semi arid zone has two subdivisions - Malwa plateau and fragmented wetlands. Madhav National Park and about 9 of the total of 25 wildlife sanctuaries in MP are located in this zone. The second zone, the Deccan Peninsula includes both the Vindhya and the Satpura hill ranges. Popular tiger reserves like Kanha, Bandhavgarh, Pench, Satpura, Panna and a score of wildlife sanctuaries are located in this zone. These are by all means excellent bird habitats. A large number of birders visit these places on bird watching tours.

Flora and Fauna

The state of Madhya Pradesh encompasses a breathtaking wilderness along with extensive flora and fauna and rich bio diversity. There are more than 1000 species of flowering trees, ferns, orchids, aromatic and medicinal plants. The tiger reserves and places like Nauradehi, Pachmarhi and other WLS are the best places for birdng in MP along with several wetlands and scrub forests.

More than three hundred species inhabit the state and birder are slowly discovering avian species of interest. The tiger reserves are best for watching forest bird and many package tours are conducting by tour operators for birding.

Day 1 Arrive Delhi & Check into your Hotel. You are then free till 1 P.M. next day.

Target Species: Migratory ducks, Raptors, Doves, Parakeets, wintering warblers, little green bee eater, white bellied drongo, longtailed shrike, blue throat, yellow bellied prinia, streak throated babbler,
Overnight: The Park Hotel

Day 2 We leave Delhi for Umariya by Super Fast in 2nd AC Train
Overnight: Sleeper Train.
Day 3 Bandhavgarh National Park
You reach Umaryia early in the morning then drive to Bandhavgarh National Park which is 34 km. Check in to our Bandhavgarh Lodge for stay. Discover sal forest and steep mountain tracts is an amazing conglomeration of rocky terrain mingling with valleys of swampy meadows and rivulets, dense patches of bamboo forest. The local bird species inhabit in large numbers due to the parks diversity. On finds large number of flowering and fruiting trees. Migratory birds, ranging from wetland birds, teals, storks, passerine birds, warblers parakeets, raptors and other forest species. Approximately 250 avain species are expected to be seen here.

Target Species: Lesser Adjutant Stork, Wooly necked Stork, Lesser Whistling Teals, Pigmy Cotton Goose, Blue winged teal, Eurasian Wigeon Red crested Pochard, Northern Pintail, Common Teal and Darter.Other species seen are Black Headed Ibis, White Ibis, racket Tailed Drongo, Peacock, White Bellied Drongo, Painted Stork . On riverside on can see Marsh Sand Piper, Wood and Green Sandpiper, Temminck's Stint, Francolin, Pheasant Tailed Jacana, Bromze Winged Jacana, Eurasian Thick-knee, White Throated Kingfisher, Pied Kingfisher, Blyth's Reed Warbler and many more.
Overnight: Nature Heritage Jungle Lodge.
Day 4 Bandhavgarh Fort
Today we will take a full day trip to Bandhavgarh Fort by Jeep including Sesh Shaiyya. The anceint fort and is an interesting birding spot well known for nest onf Grey and Malabar Hornbill. The fort and surrounding hills are good place for breeding of Long Billed Vulture, King Vulture, Blue Rock Thrush and Crag Martin. Trek up to the Bandhavgarh Fort to see Jungle Bush Quails, Sulphur bellied Warbler and Peregrine Falcon.

Target Species include: Malabar Pied Hornbill, Red headed Vulture, White Backed and Long billed Vultures, rock thrush, Alexandrine Parakeet, Plain Prinia, Ashy Prinia, Zitting Cisticola, Purple sunbird, Chestnut Shouldred Petronia, Painted Francolin, Tickell's Thrush, Grey Francolin, and Common Rosefinch.
Overnight: Nature Heritage Jungle Lodge.
Day 5 Birds Bandhavgarh National Park
Take moring safari in the forest by Jeep for bird watching. Checklist Indian Pitta, Shama, Orange headed Thrush, Racket Tailed Drongo, Hoophoe, Brwn Heade Barbet, Red headed Bunting, Black Heade Bunting, Malabar Pied Hornbill. Target Species: Raptors like Honey Buzzard, Crested Serpent Eagle, Crested Hawk Eagle, Pallas Fish Eagle, Bonelli Eagle, Asian Paradise & Verditer Flycatcher, Tickell's Blue & Grey headed Canary Flycatcher, Black Rumped FlameBack, White Naped Woodpecker, Black lored and Great Tit, Red and Painted Spurfowls, Twany Eagle Owl, Brown Fish Owl, Mottled Wood Owl, Indian Eagle Owl, Sirkeer Malkoha, White Bellied Drongo, Racket tailed Drongo, Indian Scimitar Babbler, Golden fronted Leafbird, Rosy Starling, Painted Sandgrouse, Black Headed Bunting, Crested Bunting, Tickell's Thrush, Plain Backed Thrush, Ultramarine flyctacher and Grey headed Flycatcher, Paddyfield & Blyth's Pipit, Little Minivet, Scaly Munia, Red Avadavat, Green Munia, White bellied Minivet, Scalet Minivet, Long tailed Minivet, Striated Heron, Heron, Grey Headed Fish Eagle, Puff Throated and Twany Babbler, Sarus Crane, Laughing Dove, Emerald Dove, Eurasian Turtele Dove, Rufous Woodpecker, Sulphur Bellied Warbler, Smoky Warbler, Tickell's Warbler, Purple Sunbird, Jerdons leaf bird, Shama, Black Naped Flycatcher, Brown cheeked Fulvetta and Pale billed Flowerpecker.

Target Species: Honey Buzzard, verditor flycatcher, Eurasian Sparrow Hawk, Shikra, White-eyed Buzzard, Grey Headed Fish Eagle, Booted eagle, Bonelli's Eagle, Red Necked Falcon, Common Kestrel, Bronze Dove, Yellow-footed Green Pigeon, Oriental Scops Owl, Brown Headed Barbet & Coppersmith Barbet, White Naped Woodpecker, Black-rumped Flameback, Brown Capped Pygmy Woodpecker, Yellow-crowned Woodpecker, Common Woodshrike, Black Headed Cuckoo Shrike, Large Cuckooshrike, Ashy Prinia, Zitting Cisticola, Plain Prinia, Grey Breasted Prinia, Tickell's Warbler, Sulphur bellied warbler, Greenish Warbler, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Velvet Fronted Nuthatch, Chestnut Bellied Nuthatch,Racket Tailed Drongo, Ashy & White-bellied Drongo, Purple Sunbird, Oriental White-eye, Black Naped Flycatcher, Thick-billed Flowerpecker & etc.
Overnight: Nature Heritage Jungle Lodge.
Day 6 Bandhavgarh National Park to Kanha National Park
We depart from Bandhavgarh National Park after breakfast for Kanha Hotel Accommodaton and Check in the wildlife resort. Post lunch take a safari inside Kanha. Keen bird watchers know the bird habitats of this preserve. The mixed forests, bamboo glades, grasslands, numerous rivers and water bodies make this 1945 sq. km reserve immensely suitable to avifauna and offers scope to study the forest birds. One finds rich variety of water birds that thrive on numerous lakes and rivers of this magnificent ecosystem. The river systems are Halon, Banzar, and Sulkum tributaries of Narmada River . Nestled in Maikal hill of the Satpura Range this Central Indian Highland has approximately 260 bird species. Most of the bird species at Tiger Reserve are resident and local migratory. There will also be an evening safari on Jeep. We will visit Sravan Taal Saundhar Tank and Bisanpura all in the core zone of the park.

Target Species: One can expect to Northern Pintail, Comb Duck, Common teal, Pigmu Cotton Goose, Blue-winged Teal, Lesser Whistling Teal and Spotbill Duck. Some common sightings are Temminck's Stint, Little and Indian Cormorant, Purple Heron, Wooly necked stork, Lesser Adjutant Stork, Painted Stork, Black Headed Ibis, White Ibis, Wood Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Marsh Sandpiper and Black-winged Stilts near water bodies or streams near Kisli and Mukki Range
Overnight: The Krishna Jungle Resort.

Day 7 Kanha National Park
Forest Birds - We will take Morning and Evening excursions for bird watching..
Target Species: In the grasslands see Pied bushchat, Ashy Prnia, Common stone chat, Jungle Prinia, and Pipits & Larks. On ground Painted Francolin, Painted Sandgrouse, Grey Francolin, and Red Avadavat. In the dense forest the numbers multiply. The major attractions are Verditor flycatcher, Tickell's Blue Flycatcher, Black Naped Flycatcher, Asian Brown and Asian Paradise Flycatcher. We will come across White Rumped Shama, Rufous Treepie, Indian Pitta, White Bellied Drongo, Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, Golden Oriole and Black Headed Oriole, Brown Headed Barbett, Indian Schimitar Babbler, Large Cuckoo Shrike, Indian Cuckoo, Eurasian Cuckoo and Grey Bellied Cuckoo, Sirkeer Malkoha and more.
Overnight: The Krishna Jungle Resort.
Day 8, 9 Birds Kanha National Park
Take morning Jeep safari to see migrant raptors, warblers, leaf birds, Twany babbler, Commom Babbler, Puff Throated Babbler, Jungle Babbler, Long Tailed Shrike, Coppersmith barbett, Large Green Barbet and more. A birding trip to the steep Bamni Dadar offers more than expected. This is one place where White Rimped Shama, Indian Pitta and Sciitar Babbler can be seen easily. Our evening bird watching will be in periphery of the preserve on foot. The mixed of ficus - Banyan, Peepal - Mahua, Bamboo, Dhawa, Palas, Lyndia, etc are ideal bird habitats. Excellent forests for Honey Bizzard, White Eyed Buzzard, Spotted Owlet, Barred Jungle Owlet, Sirkeer Malkoha and more.
Target Species: Brown Headed Barbet, Green-footed Pigeon, Brown Headed Pygmy Woodpecker, Tickell's Blue Flycatcher, Little Minivet, Scarlet & Long-tailed Minivet, White Backed Vulture, Long Billed Vulture, Red Headed Vulture & Egyptian Vulture, Malabar Pied & Grey Hornbill. Among the more difficult targets are Twany Fish Owl, Brown Fish Owl, Brown Rock Chat, Orange-headed Ground Thrush, & Bronze-Winged Dove. In the evening we hope to see Large Cuckoo-shrike, Plain & Grey-breasted Prinia, Greenish Warbler, Taiga, Red-breasted Flycatchers, Tawny Babbler, Velvet Fronted Nuthatch, Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch, White Tailed Nuthatch, Oriental White-eye, Black Lored Tit, Thick-billed Flowerpecker, Rufous Tree Pie, Purple Sunbird, Magpie Robin, Chestnut Shouldered Petronia, Crested Serpent Eagle, Crested Hawk Eagle, Booted Eagle, Oriental Honey Buzzard, Shikra and Common Kestrel, Spotted Owlet, Collared Scops Owl, Indian Eagle Owl as well as nightjar.
Day 10 Departure
You will reach Delhi early in the morning & transfer to airport or to your hotel if you have booked extra nights to see the sights of the vibrant city if you do, be sure to take a trip to the barrage to see a wide variety of birds.