Nepal is home to over 800 different species of birds spread across 6 varieties of vegetation,
tropical, subtropical, lower-temperate, temperate, sub-alpine and alpine. Nepal’s wetlands, national parks, lakes, rivers and mountains offer first class bird watching experience. Herein given are some of the prominent birds that are rare, have a distinguished fascinating features.
Blue Throated Barbet
The blue-throated barbet is an Asian barbet native to the foothills of the Himalayas and Southeast Asia. It inhabits lowland and montane forests at elevations of 200–2,000 m. It has bright green, blue and red plumage.
The number of individual birds recorded in the winter census increased by 947 compared to the previous year when 5,754 individuals were recorded. The urban bird count was conducted by Bird Conservation Nepal. Overall, the top ten species recorded in the valley were mostly the same as the previous year, with rock dove, house crow, house sparrow, barn swallow and common myna comprising the top five. In addition, the most common species of birds spotted in the valley during winter season are the red-vented bulbul, jungle myna, Eurasian tree sparrow, black kite, and cattle Egret.
The great cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo), known as the black shag in New Zealand and formerly also known as the great black cormorant across the Northern Hemisphere, the black cormorant in Australia, and the large cormorant in India and Nepal, is a widespread member of the cormorant family of seabirds.
Hoppoes are colourful birds found across Africa, Asia, and Europe, notable for their distinctive "crown" of feathers. Three living and one extinct species are recognized, though for many years all of the extant species were lumped as a single species—Upupa epops.
The jungle babbler (Argya striata) is a member of the family Leiothrichidae found in the Indian subcontinent. They are gregarious birds that forage in small groups of six to ten birds, a habit that has given them the popular name of "Seven Sisters" in urban Northern India, and Saath bhai (seven brothers) in Bengali, with cognates in other regional languages which also mean "seven brothers".
Red Vented Bulbul
Hoopoes are colourful birds found across Africa, Asia, and Europe, notable for their distinctive "crown" of feathers. Three living and one extinct species are recognized, though for many years all of the extant species were lumped as a single species—Upupa epops.
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