Pangot Sattal Bird Watching
Pangot is located about 15 kilometers from Nainital, which is a popular
hill station. The drive to here passes through the forested area of
Cheena Peak Range via Snow View Point and Kilbury, which are birding spots. The main attraction
of Pangot are its birds; around 200 bird species have been recorded in this area.
One can see a variety of Himalayan species Himalayan griffon, blue-winged minla,
spotted & slaty-backed forktail, rufous-bellied woodpecker,
rufous-bellied niltava, khalij pheasant, variety of thrushes etc.
Almost 150 bird species have been recorded at Pangot and the surrounding areas.
Sattal : The lake has an altitude of 1370 metres. Sattal is unique for its biodiversity and ecological amplitude. It has 150 species of resident and migratory birds, 20 species of mammals, over 525 species of butterflies and over 11,000 species of moths, beetles, bugs and other insects. A combine tour of Pangot-Sattal is appropriate for best birding experience.
green-tailed sunbird, Eurasian griffon, stork-billed kingfisher, red-billed blue magpie, grey-capped pygmy woodpecker, lesser yellownape woodpecker, kingfishers, blue-throated and brown-headed barbets, lineated barbet, golden-throated barbet, crimson-fronted barbet, coppersmith barbet plum-headed parakeet, slaty-headed parakeet, chestnut bellied rock thrush, tits, babblers, jungle owlet, pied woodpecker, brown-capped pygmy woodpecker, brown-fronted woodpecker, stripe-breasted woodpecker, yellow-crowned woodpecker, rufous-bellied woodpecker, crimson-breasted woodpecker, Himalayan woodpecker, greater yellow-naped woodpecker, streak-throated woodpecker, grey-headed woodpecker, scaly-bellied woodpecker, common flameback woodpecker, Indian tree pies, blue whistling-thrush, lammergeier, Himalayan griffon, crested serpent eagle, flycatchers, cheer pheasants, Kalij pheasant, Koklas pheasants, dollarbird, leaf birds, flowerpecker, purple sunbird, brown headed stork-billed kingfisher, crested kingfisher, white-throated kingfisher, pied kingfisher, common kingfisher, blue-eared kingfisher, Himalayan kingfisher, Mrs. Gould's sunbird, black-throated sunbird, black-breasted sunbird, crimson sunbird, fire-tailed sunbird, thick-billed flowerpecker, plain-leaf flowerpecker, fire-breasted flowerpecker, russet sparrow, rufous babbler, black-headed jay, scaly-breasted wren-babbler, black-capped sibia, blue whistling thrush, finches, mountain hawk eagle, black eagle, Eurasian jay, white-rumped needletail, black-headed jay, black-lored, black-throated tits, black bulbul, ashy-throated warblers, black-chinned babbler, rufous-breasted accentor, red-billed blue magpie, grey-winged blackbird, common buzzard, black-chinned babbler, pink-browed rosefinch, common wood pigeon, slaty-headed parakeet, laughingthrush, chestnut-tailed minla, lemon-rumped warblers, and many more.
At Pangot, you can cover Woodpecker point (2 km), Timla Pani area (9 km) and
Vinayak Cheer Pheasant point (11 km). For the more
adventure trip a full day birding up to Cheena Peak (8 km)
Studio place : Sattal have one place called studio which is no less than a miracle where one can just sit with his camera or binocular and the birds comes for bath both in summers and winters.
A week (6-7 days) long tour is required to cover both Pangot and Sattal. If have less time you can choose any one among Pangot or Sattal.
Best time to visit:
Summers(March-July), Winter (October-January), Snow fall occurs in January .
Private Camp Sites, Resorts, FRH, and KMVN Guest House
View VideoNews: Uttarakhand Goverment declared New bird sanctuary near Pangot named "Naina Devi Himalayan Bird Reserve". Now this areas is more important to explore birding. Area is for promoting eco tourism in Uttarakhand, in which 250 villages will adopt the culture to develop their Home Stay in thier village.
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