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Bird Watching in Uttarakhand
The hill state of Uttarakhand has terrific avifaunal diversity. Of the 1303 bird species recorded from India more than 50% (724 approximate) are found in Uttarakhand. The state’s bio-geography varies from the Terai region in the plains, the bhabhars (the outermost foothills of the Himalayas), the Lower Himalaya and finally, the high altitudinal Greter Himalayas. The amazing diversity in habitat from the plains up to the numerous mountain peaks that exceed altitudes of 7,000 meters results in marvelous avifaunal diversity. Within the 6 National Parks, 7 Wildlife Sanctuaries and 3 Conservation Reserves in the state and outside these areas too, opportunities for bird watching abound. “Best Wildlife Safari in Uttarakhand”, “Camping in Jim Corbett”, ” Uttarakhand Birding Tour in Jim Corbett”, “Jungle Safari in Jim Corbett”, “Jeep Safari in Jim Corbett”.
Uttarakhand is rightly called a paradise for birdwatchers. The state treasures a variety of species of avifauna that are exotic and in some cases rare. Uttarakhand also becomes a welcoming shelter for the migratory birds that fly to this North Indian state during with winter season or summer months from as far as north Africa, Palaearctic region and from adjoining areas. There are about 1303 bird species recorded from India, of which more than 50% (724 approximately) are said to be found in Uttarakhand. This census included the Himalayan Forest Thrush (Soothera salimali), which is the newest species discovered at Uttarakhand and China border.