Indian Bird

Satpura Bird Watching


Satpura is one of the finest National Parks in Central India or the State of Madhya Pradesh. In this article find write-up of some of the targeted species that birders from all over come to see.

With hilly terrains, gorges, wetlands and rivers, Satpura is one the best place in Madhya Pradesh for birding. Nearly 300 species of resident and migratory birds are found in the reserve. Some of the rare and uncommon species of birds are easily found here. White-browed bulbul, Black-crested Bulbul, Malabar Whistling Thrush, Rufous Woodpecker and Spangled Drongo are a few to name. If you’re lucky you can even come across Spotted Creeper, which is one the rarest sighting in the area.
Bird watching can be done on open jeeps in the core area. But birders are not allowed to get down from the vehicle due to the frequent movement of the big cats and Sloth Bears. The Malabar Pied Hornbill, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Racket-tailed Drongo, Lesser Adjutant Stork, and Indian Pitta are some commonly seen birds in the core and are found in the areas accessible by open Gypsys. 

But as the rule goes birding is best done on foot. Birds are very sensitive to sounds and tend to fly away if they sense any intrusion or danger. So a nature walk with birding guides and naturalists in the buffer area of the park is a better approach for birders. Birders are allowed to walk in the buffer. The migratory warblers and flycatchers are best seen in shrubs, thick bamboo patches and open-woodlands along the thickets. Guides are trained to walk guests through the forest helping them in locating and identifying birds.
Canoe rides on the periphery of the tiger reserve is also a great experience for birders coming from around the world. The backwaters of Tawa Dam play home to hundreds of residents and visitor species. Birders can sight a lot of waders along the river bank on the ride. But one has to be careful enough for nesting sites while birding from the canoe boat. As these banks play haven to birds laying eggs on the ground. Some of the important wetland species Satpura offers are Black-winged Stilt, River Tern, Kentish Plover, Ruddy Shelduck and the Indian Skimmer.

Some things to remember while on a birding trip:

• Always carry a camera to photograph the species you come across. Sometimes identification becomes difficult on the field, so it is advisable to carry a camera with a lens (at least 300mm) to take record shots.
• Binoculars come in handy while birding. Sometimes birds are far and are not clearly visible with naked eyes. A pair of good binoculars comes in handy in such situations
• A field guide and a small notebook to take on-field notes & identification pointers. Field books help identify birds on the field. 

Wild Indian Safari organizes guided birding trips with experienced naturalists and bird watchers of the area. Apart from tiger safari in Madhai, we suggest tourists to take a day or two out off their itinerary for a once in a lifetime bird spotting experience in Satpura.