Birds of Sattal

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A bird-watching trek to the town of Sattal, located in Uttaranchal, India

The lower Himalayas is home to a hundreds of indigenous birds of India. Adding to the local avian fauna are the migratory birds who make the lower himalayas their home every winter. An opportunity to see such a vast range of birds took me to Sattal. Sattal, the land of seven lakes, is in the lower Himalayan region in the state of Uttaranchal and is home to a vast variety of indigenous & migratory birds, approximately over 230 in number. Over one weekend, I got to see and click over 50 beautiful birds that one can never ever see over the metro skyline.

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Khaleej Pheasant (male)
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Rufous-bellied Niltava
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Himalayan Bulbul
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Mountain Bulbul
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Red-Billed Blue Magpie
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Greater Yellownape ( Male & Female)
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Oriental Turtle Dove
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Red-Billed Leiothrix
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Grey-headed Woodpecker
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Brown-fronted Woodpecker (male)
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Himalayan Bluetail
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Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher
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Great Barbet
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Brown Fish Owl
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Blue Whistling Thrush
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Rufous Sibia
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Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch (Male)
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Oriental White Eye
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Blue-fronted Redstart

Where to go: Sattal & Pangot are popular locations for bird watching. Both are at app 300 kms from Delhi and can be accessed by road or rail that goes till Haldwani & Kathgodam.

When to Go: Nov-Feb is best time; the  weather is good and the avian population comes to life in the North Indian winter.