Plumes of Paradise: Endemic Birds To See In Dharamshala

Jan 26 17:39 2021 Nandish Print This Article

Visiting Rakkh with a pair of binoculars in hand? Or looking for a fun outdoors challenge? Try identifying these 3 magnificent bird species that are endemic to the Himalayas.

The Kangra Valley is home to a massive selection of birdlife,Guest Posting with a documented 200 odd individual species, including migrants. Rakkh is located quite conveniently outside Urbania, being a resort in the Palampur region, thus giving you the perfect opportunity to go on the search for this beautiful avifauna. While there are around 200 species, there are a few special ones that can be found nowhere else in India, endemic to the Himalayas. In this story, we’ll be talking about a few of them!   The Himalayan Monal Chances are, you will have seen a few photographs of this gorgeous bird on the internet. To see it in real life will leave you speechless. The Himalayan Monal is a mid-sized bird related to the pheasant family, and is also Nepal’s national bird along with being Uttarakhand’s state bird!    It has a distribution range across the Himalayas, and while it’s listed as “least common” in the IUCN red list, sighting it out in the open can be a task for it’s a relatively shy bird. But you’ll instantly recognize it from its striking plumage. Primary hues of blue, purple, red, then some orange and even yellow and green along the neck. And then a few crest feathers to complete this apparition. You’ll likely see the Monal during the early hours of dawn (and not during the evenings) along with Palampur’s tea estates, at the peripheries. That is if they feel like coming out at all!  

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