JHILMIL JHEEL C R BIRD WATCHING
Watching birds in Swamp Deer Territory
Jhilmil Jheel Conservation Reserve (JJCR), about 20 minutes drive from Haridwar, is renowned for swamp deer and the great diversity of birds. In the last few months, researchers have noticed about 120 bird species. At sunset, as the birds return to roost, there is a chorus of bird calls. There are threatened species too roosting here – the bristled grassbird, for instance, and species of vultures.
Many other rare birds like the paradise flycatcher, oriole, scarlet minivet, sunbird, crimson sunbird, leafbird, plum-headed and rose-ringed parakeet, oriental magpie robin, emerald dove, green pigeon, spot-billed duck, Asian open-bill, woolly-necked stork, four species of kingfisher and many species of ducks are in plenty in this reserve.
It is still unexplored birding area of Himalaya and new destination for birders those wish to explore the new birding area.
The dancing peafowl also can be spotted here. The male of this species, much more resplendent than the female, can be seen dancing to attract a mate. Insectivorous species of birds like woodpecker too are common. These birds feed on insects, mostly termites. The woodpecker thus is important for the health of trees, as termites otherwise feed on wood particles, emptying trees of cellulose and making them hollow. Click here to view Check List of Jhilmil CR birds.
BIRDS OF JHILMIL JHEEL CONSERVATION RESERVE
Oriental pied hornbill, paradise flycatcher, oriole, scarlet minivet, sunbird, crimson sunbird, leafbird, plum-headed and rose-ringed parakeet, oriental magpie robin, emerald dove, green pigeon, spot-billed duck, Asian open-bill, woolly-necked stork, four species of kingfisher and many species of ducks
BIRDS GALLERY JHIMIL JHEEL CONSERVATION RESERVE
Images by: Krishna Avtar
How to Reach
By road, you can come first Haridwar city or Rishikesh. From Haridwar drive to Chandi Devi, Cross Chandi Devi Bridge (1km long), turn right and continue till 20 Km on Najibabad Road. You will find following board at the right side on National Highway. Turn right and continue till 1 km straight. You will be at Jhilmil Jheel entrance. View Landmark.
Nearest Bus Stand
Jolly Grant, Dehradun
250 to 300 meter
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