Kanha Birding

Flying Wonders

Kanha National Park, India’s finest protected area is home to exciting bird species. The park is situated in Central India or Madhya Pradesh near about 160 km from Jabalpur. More famous for tiger safaris the park boasts of impressive number of birds including migrants from far and wide. The topography is unique with verdant hills, valleys and grasslands on the plains. The diversity gives rise to niche habitats preferred by the birds. As per latest survey there are approximately 250 plus avian species.

Kanha is a Sal forest reportedly not good for birding. But Sal forests are only a part of the diverse ecosystem hence good birding zones are present in the Park. One should have a good idea of locations before birding. A very big advantage is location of Kanha Village Eco Resort which is in Buffer zone of Kanha Tiger Reserve in an area which is mixed forest with bamboo and other species and good water bodies. The best is to hire a birding guide which we can arrange with prior intimation.

Here is a check list of Birds found in and around Kanha National Park:

Gold mantled chloropsis

Jerdons Leaf Bird

Pied Starling

Jungle Myna

Spangled Drongo

White Bellied Drongo

Ashy Drongo

Black Drongo

Racket Tailed Drongo

Oriental Turtel Dove

White Rumped Shama

Yellow fronted Woodpecker

Brown Capped Pigmy Woodpecker

White Naped Woodpecker

Black rumped flameback

White Throated Flycatcher

Asian Borwn flycatcher

White Browed Flycatcher

Asian Paradise Flycatcher

Verditor Flycatcher

Black Naped Monarch

Black Hooded Oriole

Blyth's Reed Warbler

Clamarous Reed Warbler

Hume's Warbler

Golden Oriole

Booted Warbler

Sulphur Bellied Warbler

Common Iora

Greenish Warbler

Common Chiff Chaff

White Eyed Buzzard

Ultramarine Flycatcher

Indian Pitta

White Eye

Brown Headed Barbet

Crimson Breasted Barbet

Bronze Winged Dove

Painted Snipe

Common Snipe

Indian Silver Bill

Red Avadavat

White Rumped Munia

Zitting Cisticola

Red Rumped Swallows

Wire Tailed Swallows

Eurasian Cuckoo

Black Headed Munia

Crested Tree Swift

Common Baya

Plain martin

Grey Francolin

Painted Francolin

Tickell's Flycatcher

Thick Billed Flycatcher

Red Breasted Flycatcher

Magpie Robin

Brown Cheeked Fulvetta

Painted Spurfowl

Red Spurfowl

Red Jungle Fowl

Oriental Honey Buzzard

Pallas Fish Eagle

Crested Serpent Eagle

Eurasian Marsh Harrier

Crested Hawk Eagle


Long Billed Vulture

White Rumped Vulture

Egyptian Vulture

King Vulture


Eurasian Sparrow Hawk

Common Kestrel

Spotted Dove

Ring Dove

Laughing Dove

Mottled Wood Owl

Barred Jungle Owlet

Brown Fish Owl

Spotted Owlet

Tawny Eagle Owl

Indian Eagle Owl

Indian Scops Owl

Yellow Fronted Green Pigeon

Orange Breasted Green Pigeon

Indian Scimitar Babbler

Tawny Babbler

Jungle Babbler

Purple Sunbird

Scarlet Minivet

Long Tailed Minivet

Small minivet

Rufous Treepie

Eurasian Wigeon

Northern Pintail

Lesser Adjutant Stork

Wooly Necked Stork

Chestnut Shouldered Petronia

Rose Ringed Parakeet

Common Kingfisher

Plum Headed Parakeet

Alexandrine Parakeet

Pied Kingfisher

Stork Billed Kingfisher

White Throated Kingfisher

Common Stonechat

Common Tailor Bird

Pied Stonechat

White Ibis

Plain prinia

Brown Rock Chat

Jungle Prinia

Ashy Prinia

Yellow Eyed Babbler

Little Cormorant

Glossy Ibis

Indian Cormorant

Brahminy Starling

Rosy starling

Yellow Wattled Lapwing

Red Wattled Lapwing

Eurasian Thicknee

Rufous Tailed Lark

Tree Pipit

Olive Backed Pippit

Chestnut Bellied Nuthatch

Malabar Pied Hornbill

Common Grey Hornbill

Barn Swallows

Chestnut Tailed Starling

Brown Shrike

Bay Backed Shrike

Long Tailed Shrike

Indian Robin

Large Cuckoo Shrike

Common Hawk Cuckoo

Grey Headed Canary Flycatcher

Shirkeer Malkoha

Lesser Whistling teals

The best season for a bird watching trip to Kanha Tiger Reserve is winters., this is due to increased number augmented by migrants. April first and second week is very good to see local birds as Mahua and other local plants are in full bloom so bird sightings increase. With the confines of the reserve one can sight plenty of forest birds, but number of species increase if surrounding forests, grassland and scrub are visited. Our Wildlife lodge at Kanha has a locational advantage with a pond (Stop Dam) and forest nearby which increases the chances of seeing birds a lot.

For Bird and Wildlife Photography at Kanha National Park do bring a minimum 400 mm lens or higher. Best way of enjoying bird watching trip is to hire a local guide and trek in buffer zone of Kanha where you will get to see the most species. Do carry a Binocular and Bird Guide book with you being most important tools for bird watching. We at Kanha Village Eco Resort will be most happy to help in your birding trip where you will be accompanied by a naturalist along with a local tribal whom we are training in bird watching.

If you are planning bird watching tour to other parts of India also we can help you plan the same. Most birding tours to India include Keoladeo Ghanna Bird sanctuary at Bharatpur along with a tiger reserves of central India or other bird watching destination of northern India as well as southern India. Whole country has some good birding destinations be it any state in India, Uttranchal, Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Orissa, West Bengal or other North Eastern Indian states. India is a vast country and with well known and not so well known destinations it is advisable to plan your birding tour to India well in advance with a good birding guide to enjoy your bird watching holiday to its best.

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