Birds of India – Indore

If you are excited by all things to do with birds then you are going to love the birds you can find in Indore, India. There are a number of options when you are looking for a bird sanctuary near me so here we take a look at some of them, from wetlands to forests to urban settings. With more than 260 bird species there is something for everyone.

Wetland bird habitats

Indore has a lot of wetlands that are very important habitats for many types of birds all year. There are a lot of resident birds and then in winter migrant birds come in too. Some examples are as follows;

Yeshwant Sagar dam reservoir

Sitting on the Gambhir river this is a dam reservoir where you can find Sarus Cranes all year. They congregate in especially large numbers in the summer and local as well as international birders come to see these amazing bird of India. As their numbers are lowering elsewhere this is an important place for them to thrive. You can also see other birds including Cattle, Little and Intermediate Egrets, Little Swifts and Little Cormorants along with waterfowl like River Terns, Little-ringed Plovers and Black-winged Stilts. Other birds to enjoy depending on the season include Grey-headed Swamphens, Glossy Ibis, Pheasant-tailed Jacanas, Baya Weavers and more rare species such as the Greater Flamingo, Greater Spotted Eagle, Pallid Harrier and Oriental Pratincole.

Sirpur Lake

This is another IBBA, an Important Bird and Biodiversity Area. There are more than 150 species there as well as other wildlife including fish, insects, butterflies and reptiles. It is a man-made lake that is over 125 years old and a popular place for birth and wildlife enthusiasts. It is another haven for birds migrating in the winter and allows for close-range observation thanks to the trail that runs through the middle of the lake. Herons, Egrets, Jacanas as well as other species such as the more rare Short-eared Owl, and migratory ducks such as the Northern Pintail, Eurasian Wigeon or Red-crested Pochard.

Forest bird habitats

The forest habitats can be found in the south of Indore but they are under a lot of threat because of land development. With deforestation being a big issue a lot of birds are losing their breeding and nesting grounds.

Choral Forest

Found in the basin of the Choral river, the Choral forest is a deciduous and dry forest. Trees are mostly teak and birds you can spot include Small Minivets, Plum-headed Parakeets, Bonelli’s Eagle, Crested Serpent-eagle, Short-toed Snake Eagle and the Booted Eagle. There are also a lot of different woodpeckers and flycatchers.

Tincha Forest

When looking for a bird sanctuary near me you might want to check out Tincha forest. It is about 30km from Indore and a great place for all season bird watching including aerial birds, forest and ground birds as well as raptors such as the Mottled wood-owl, Peregrine falcon and Egyptian vulture. You can also enjoy multiple species of arboreal species including woodpeckers, nuthatches, cuckoo shrikes and flycatchers. You can also head to local villages where there are birds such as the Painted Francolin, the Rock Bush-quail and the Jungle Bush-quail. For more rare sightings look out for the Sirkeer Malkoha and the White-bellied Minivet.

Urban bird habitats

Some of the gardens and green areas even in the city also have a variety of birds to explore!

Residency area

Here there are a lot of large trees that bear fruit which attracts a lot of bird species. Following a 30 minute trail, you can easily find more than 20 species. Prinias, babblers, bulbuls, lapwings, sunbirds, treepies, crows and peafowls to name a few. Other birds of India you might spot are the Common Myne, Rose-ringed Parakeet, Spotter Owlet, Black-rumped flameback, Coppersmith Barbet and Indian Grey Hornbill.

Nehru Park

Located in the center of the city you can see many different species here at this older park. There are old and large fig trees that attract a lot of birds and offer them a refuge. Enjoy Common mynas, Rose-ringed parakeets, House Crows, Black kites, Blue rock pigeons and more.

Old Indore

In the city’s old areas there are small green areas where you can also go take a look at a lot of birds. There are old fruiting trees and along the river, there are wetland birds too.

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By Michael Caine

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