Birds at Corbett National Park
While Corbett is justly famous for its healthy population
of large mammals including the Indian Tiger and the
Asiatic Elephant, it is as famous for its birds with over
500 species recorded from the area. Lesser Fish Eagle,
Cinereous Vulture, Pallas's Fish Eagle, Tawny Fish and
Spot-bellied Eagle Owl, Great Slaty Woodpecker, Ibisbill,
Wallcreeper, Hodgson's Bushchat, Bright-headed Cisticola,
Rosy Minivet, White-tailed Rubythroat are just some of the
species that are regularly seen in and around the park.
Corbett National Park is exceptionally rich in its
avifauna. According to a survey conducted by the
Zoological Survey of India team, there are about 600 birds
species in the Corbett National Park, that comprises of
domestic as well as migratory birds including a variety
water-birds and waterside-birds. The variety and the
number of birds, the Corbett National Park offers, never
fail to impress its visitors.
For your convenience, the birds of the Corbett National
Park can be divided into the following 6 categories.
Water-birds and Waterside-birds: The water-birds and the
waterside-birds in the Corbett National Park comprises of
both resident and migrant species. The commonly noticed
resident species include Cormorants, the Darter, the Grey
Heron, Egrets, the Cattle Egret, the White-necked and
Black-necked Storks, the Spotbill, the Large Pied Wagtail
and White-capped Redstart.
The migrant species of water-birds in the park include the
Great Crested Grebe, Graylag Geese, White Storks, Black
Storks, Sandpipers, Snipe, the Great Black-headed Gull,
about 15 kinds of ducks, and a variety of Wagtails.
Another occasionally noticed water-bird in the park is
White or Rosy Pelicans.
Birds of Prey: The resident birds of prey include Crested
Serpent Eagle, the Black-winged Kite, the Indian Shikra,
the Himalayan Grey-headed Fishing Eagle, Himalayan
Vultures and Lesser and Greater Spotted Eagles. Other
resident birds (not very commonly found) are Hawk-Eagles,
the Crested Honey Buzzard and the Black Eagle.
The migratory birds of prey include the Osprey, the
Peregrine Falcon, the Booted Hawk- Eagle and the Steppe
Night Birds: In this category come the owls, the nightjars
and the thick-knees. There are over 18 kinds of owls
identified in the Corbett National Park including the
Spotted Owlet, Fish Owls, and the Scops Owls. The
nightjars in the park include the Jungle Nightjar, the
Franklin's Nightjar, the Stone Curlew and the Great Stone
Woodland Birds: In this category come the Green Pigeons,
Parakeets, Cuckoos, Hornbills, Barbets, Woodpeckers,
Orioles, Drongos, Pies, Babblers and Thrushes. Among the
ground-birds (woodland) are the Peafowl, the Red
Junglefowl, and the White-crested Kalij Pheasant.
Grassland and Open Ground Birds: The birds included in
this category are the Black Partridge, Doves, Bea-eaters,
Rollers, the Hoopoe, Shrikes, Larks, Mynas, Bulbuls,
Warblers, Tailor Bird, Robins, Chats, Redstarts, Bayas and
Air-Birds: In this category belong the Swifts including
the famous Indian Alpine Swift, Crested Swifts, the Dusky
Crag Martin, Striated (or Red-rumpled) Swallows, the
Indian Cliff Shallow, and the Wire-tailed Swallow.
A visit to the Corbett National Park would surely be a
rewarding experience for ornithologists as well as bird
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