MY BEST PICTURES AND BIRDWATCHING CHECKLIST OF SATTAL BHIMTAL & NAINITAL, UTTARAKHAND

BIRDWATCHING CHECKLIST OF SATTAL BHIMTAL & NAINITAL AND

MY BEST PICTURES.

In this blog I am sharing my one of my best pictures from my birdwatching trip to Sattal. These birds are also visible in Nainital and Bhimtal in Uttarakhand, India. I am also sharing the complete checklist of birds found here.

Blue Throated Barbet Sattal Bhimtal Nainital Uttarakhand Birdwatching India

My bird-watching trip to Sattal was overwhelming. Out of the 450 plus species of exotic birds found in Sattal, I and my wildlife photographer friend Sudeep Garg saw many species in just 3 sessions in 2 days. What was most striking was that most of these birds were colorful and visually delightful. Never before had I seen so much colors in birds in wild. I am sharing a check list below so that it helps you to tick off birds when you decide to go for a birdwatching trip. Even if you are not a birdwatcher, I hope these pictures inspire you to become one or at least be more observant when you are walking in the Nainital, Bhimtal and Sattal area. I am sharing some of my best bird shots from Sattal. Hope you like it.

Brown Wood Owl Sattal Bhimtal Nainital Uttarakhand Birdwatching India

GUIDE FOR SATTAL BIRDWATCHING TRIP:

Rohit Nayal is a young talented guide whom we hired. Without his expertise, it would have been difficult for us to spot so many birds. He knows which bird is to be found in which location.

Contact number of Guide Rohit Nayal: 8650218808 or 7456922805

Rohit Nayal Guide Birdwatching Sattal Bhimtal Uttarakhand India

BEST TIME TO GO TO SATTAL FOR BIRDWATCHING:

October to June is the best time for birdwatching in Sattal. I went in first week in April which gave me more sightings than I had imagines. It was a riot of colors and I think it was perfect time to be in Sattal. During winters, upper Himalayan birds migrate to Sattal temporarily. So if you are interested and can brave the chill, go for it.

Brown Fronted woodpecker Sattal Bhimtal Nainital Uttarakhand Birdwatching India

PLACES TO SEE NEAR SATTAL

Sattal has so much going for it. Be it the offbeat Sattal lake or the quaint resorts, Sattal has something for everyone. You can also go to nearby places such as Almora, Ranikhet, Mukteshwar, Nainital, Bhimtal and so many more places.

Kalij Pheasant female Birdwatching Sattal Bhimtal Uttarakhand India

WHERE TO STAY IN SATTAL FOR BIRDWATCHING?

The sprawling Aamod property is technically in Bhimtal but it is just a 10 minutes drive to all the shooting places. The guide Rohit Nayal lives at a walking distance from the property, making it convenient for both guide and birdwatcher. The property is set amidst a green valley with not much construction in sight. It is also a quiet place even on the weekend which is perfect for unwinding after a tiring birdwatching session.

Orange Headed Thrush Sattal Bhimtal Nainital Uttarakhand Birdwatching India

HOW TO REACH SATTAL OR BHIMTAL:

I had arrived at Sattal via a road trip from Lucknow and back. It took me around 8 to 9 hours (375 kms via NH30). A short road trip from Delhi is also possible. New Delhi is just 5-6 hours and 270 kilometers away from Sattal via road.

Oriental Turtle Dove Sattal Bhimtal Nainital Uttarakhand Birdwatching India

Hate road trips? There are also many trains available. The nearest station is Kathgodam which is 28 kms and 45 minutes away from Sattal.

The nearest airport from Sattal is New Delhi.

Red Billed Leiothrix Birdwatching Sattal Bhimtal Uttarakhand India

BIRDWATCHING CHECKLIST FOR SATTAL, NAINITAL AND BHIMTAL

(alphabetical order)

Barbets and Toucans

Blue-throated Barbet

Brown-headed Barbet

Coppersmith Barbet

Great Barbet

Lineated Barbet

Psilopogon sp.

Sattal Bhimtal Nainital Uttarakhand Birdwatching India

Bee-eaters, Rollers, and Allies

Blue-bearded Bee-eater

Blue-tailed Bee-eater

Chestnut-headed Bee-eater

Dollarbird

Green Bee-eater

Indian Roller

 ALSO READ: BIRD-WATCHING IN ALMORA

White crested laughing thrush Birdwatching Sattal Bhimtal Uttarakhand India

Grouse, Quail, and Allies

Koklass Pheasant
Black Francolin
Cheer Pheasant
Common Quail
Gray Francolin
Hill Partridge
Himalayan Monal
Indian Peafowl
Jungle Bush-Quail
Kalij Pheasant
Red Junglefowl
Rufous-throated Partridge

 Tickells Thrush Male Sattal Bhimtal Nainital Uttarakhand Birdwatching India

Loons and Grebes

Little Grebe

Storks

Asian Openbill

Black Stork

Cormorants and Anhingas

Great Cormorant

Indian Cormorant

Little Cormorant

Oriental Darter

 Tickells Thrush female Sattal Bhimtal Nainital Uttarakhand Birdwatching India

Herons, Ibis, and Allies

Black-crowned Night-Heron
Black-headed Ibis
Cattle Egret
Gray Heron
Great Egret
Indian Pond-Heron
Intermediate Egret
Little Egret
Pond-heron sp.
Purple Heron
Red-naped Ibis
Striated Heron

 Slaty Headed Parakeet Sattal Bhimtal Nainital Uttarakhand Birdwatching India

Vultures, Hawks, and Allies

Bearded Vulture
Besra
Black Eagle
Black Kite
Black-shouldered Kite
Bonelli’s Eagle
Booted Eagle
Buteo sp.
Changeable Hawk-Eagle
Cinereous Vulture
Crested Goshawk
Crested Serpent-Eagle
Egyptian Vulture
Eurasian Griffon
Eurasian Sparrowhawk
Greater Spotted Eagle
Himalayan Buzzard
Himalayan Griffon
Himalayan/Eurasian Griffon
Imperial Eagle
Indian Spotted Eagle
Lesser Fish-Eagle
Long-legged Buzzard
Mountain Hawk-Eagle
Northern Goshawk
Oriental Honey-buzzard
Osprey
Pallas’s Fish-Eagle
Red-headed Vulture
Shikra
Short-toed Snake-Eagle
Steppe Eagle
Upland Buzzard
White-eyed Buzzard
White-rumped Vulture

Rails, Gallinules, and Allies

Eurasian Coot

Eurasian Moorhen

Gray-headed Swamphen

Water Rail

White-breasted Waterhen

Cranes

Common Crane

Sarus Crane

 Grey-headed woodpecker Sattal Bhimtal Uttarakhand India

Shorebirds

Black-winged Stilt

Common Greenshank

Common Redshank

Common Sandpiper

Common Snipe

Eurasian Woodcock

Greater Painted-Snipe

Green Sandpiper

Jack Snipe

Kentish Plover

Little Ringed Plover

Pheasant-tailed Jacana

Red-wattled Lapwing

River Lapwing

Small Buttonquail

Solitary Snipe

Spotted Redshank

White-tailed Lapwing

Wood Sandpiper

Yellow-wattled Lapwing

Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers

Black-headed Gull

Pallas’s Gull

River Tern

Pigeons and Doves

Ashy Wood-Pigeon

Asian Emerald Dove

Eurasian Collared-Dove

Laughing Dove

Oriental Turtle-Dove

Pigeon/dove sp.

Pin-tailed Pigeon

Red Collared-Dove

Rock Pigeon

Speckled Wood-Pigeon

Spotted Dove

Wedge-tailed Pigeon

Yellow-footed Pigeon

Chestnut bellied nuthatch Birdwatching Sattal Bhimtal Uttarakhand India

Cuckoos

Asian Koel

Banded Bay Cuckoo

Common Cuckoo

Common Hawk-Cuckoo

Fork-tailed Drongo-Cuckoo

Gray-bellied Cuckoo

Greater Coucal

Himalayan Cuckoo

Indian Cuckoo

Large Hawk-Cuckoo

Pied Cuckoo

Sirkeer Malkoha

Square-tailed Drongo-Cuckoo

 Asian Emarald Dove Sattal Uttarakhand

Owls

Asian Barred Owlet

Asian Barred/Jungle Owlet

Barn Owl

Brown Fish-Owl

Brown Wood-Owl

Collared Owlet

Collared Scops-Owl

Jungle Owlet

Mountain Scops-Owl

Oriental Scops-Owl

Spot-bellied Eagle-Owl

Spotted Owlet

Tawny Fish-Owl

Nightjars

Gray Nightjar

Indian Nightjar

Large-tailed Nightjar

Swifts

Alpine Swift

Asian Palm-Swift

Blyth’s Swift

Himalayan Swiftlet

Little Swift

Swift sp.

White-rumped Needletail

Hoopoes

Eurasian Hoopoe

Hornbills

Great Hornbill

Indian Gray Hornbill

Oriental Pied-Hornbill 

Kingfishers

Common Kingfisher

Crested Kingfisher

Pied Kingfisher

White-throated Kingfisher

Woodpeckers

Black-rumped Flameback

Brown-capped Woodpecker

Brown-capped/Gray-capped

Brown-fronted Woodpecker

Eurasian Wryneck

Fulvous-breasted Woodpecker

Gray-capped Woodpecker

Gray-headed Woodpecker

Great Slaty Woodpecker

Greater Flameback

Greater Yellownape

Himalayan Flameback

Himalayan Woodpecker

Lesser Yellownape

Rufous Woodpecker

Rufous-bellied Woodpecker

Scaly-bellied Woodpecker

Speckled Piculet

Streak-throated Woodpecker

White-naped Woodpecker

Woodpecker

Woodpecker sp.

Yellow-crowned Woodpecker

Falcons and Caracaras

Collared Falconet

Diurnal raptor sp.

Eurasian Hobby

Eurasian Kestrel

Falcon sp.

Peregrine Falcon

Parrots, Parakeets, and Allies

Alexandrine Parakeet

Plum-headed Parakeet

Red-breasted Parakeet

Rose-ringed Parakeet

Slaty-headed Parakeet

Asian and Grauer’s Broadbills

Long-tailed Broadbill

Vangas, Helmetshrikes, and Allies

Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike

Common Woodshrike

Loras

Common Iora

Cuckoo and shrikes

Black-headed Cuckooshrike

Black-winged Cuckooshrike

Large Cuckooshrike

Long-tailed Minivet

Minivet sp.

Rosy Minivet

Scarlet Minivet

Small Minivet

Shrikes

Bay-backed Shrike

Gray-backed Shrike

Long-tailed Shrike

Shrike sp.

Southern Gray Shrike

Shrike-Babblers and Erpornis

Green Shrike-Babbler

Himalayan Shrike-Babbler

White-bellied Erpornis

Old World Orioles

Black-hooded Oriole

Indian Golden Oriole

Maroon Oriole

Drongos

Ashy Drongo

Black Drongo

Bronzed Drongo

Drongo sp.

Hair-crested Drongo

Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo

White-bellied Drongo

Fantails

White-browed Fantail

White-throated Fantail

Monarch Flycatchers

Black-naped Monarch

Indian Paradise-Flycatcher

Jays, Magpies, Crows, and Ravens

Black-headed Jay

Common Green-Magpie

Common Raven

Crow sp.

Eurasian Jay

Gray Treepie

House Crow

Large-billed Crow

Red-billed Blue-Magpie

Rufous Treepie

Yellow-billed Blue-Magpie

Yellow-billed Chough

Larks

Crested Lark

Martins and Swallows

Barn Swallow

Common House-Martin

Eurasian Crag-Martin

Nepal House-Martin

Pale Sand Martin

Red-rumped Swallow

Streak-throated Swallow

Swallow sp.

Wire-tailed Swallow

Fairy Flycatchers

Gray-headed Canary-Flycatcher

Yellow-bellied Fairy-Fantail

Tits, Chickadees, and Titmice

Black-breasted Tit

Black-lored Tit

Cinereous Tit

Coal Tit

Fire-capped Tit

Green-backed Tit

Rufous-vented Tit

Yellow-browed Tit

Penduline-Tits and Long-tailed Tits

Black-throated Tit

Nuthatches

Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch

Indian Nuthatch

Velvet-fronted Nuthatch

White-tailed Nuthatch

Wallcreeper

Wallcreeper

Treecreepers

Bar-tailed Treecreeper

Hodgson’s Treecreeper

Rusty-flanked Treecreeper

Treecreeper sp.

Wrens

Eurasian Wren

Dippers

Brown Dipper

Bulbuls

Ashy Bulbul

Black Bulbul

Black-crested Bulbul

Himalayan Bulbul

Mountain Bulbul

Pycnonotus sp.

Red-vented Bulbul

Red-whiskered Bulbul

Cupwings

Immaculate Cupwing

Pygmy Cupwing

Scaly-breasted Cupwing

Bush Warblers and Allies

Aberrant Bush Warbler

Black-faced Warbler

Brownish-flanked Bush Warbler

Chestnut-crowned Bush Warbler

Chestnut-headed Tesia

Gray-bellied Tesia

Gray-sided Bush Warbler

Hume’s Bush Warbler

Leaf Warblers

Ashy-throated Warbler

Blyth’s Leaf Warbler

Buff-barred Warbler

Common Chiffchaff

Dusky Warbler

Golden-spectacled Warbler

Gray-hooded Warbler

Green/Greenish Warbler

Greenish Warbler

Hume’s Warbler

Large-billed Leaf Warbler

Pale-rumped Warbler

Phylloscopus sp.

Sulphur-bellied Warbler

Tickell’s Leaf Warbler

Western Crowned Warbler

Whistler’s Warbler

Reed Warblers and Allies

Blyth’s Reed Warbler

Cisticolas and Allies

Ashy Prinia

Common Tailorbird

Gray-breasted Prinia

Jungle Prinia

Plain Prinia

Striated Prinia

Yellow-bellied Prinia

Sylviid Warblers

Lesser Whitethroat

Parrotbills, Wrentit, and Allies

Yellow-eyed Babbler

Tree-Babblers, Scimitar-Babblers, and Allies

Black-chinned Babbler

Chestnut-capped Babbler

Rusty-cheeked Scimitar-Babbler

Streak-breasted Scimitar-Babbler

White-browed Scimitar-Babbler

Laughingthrushes and Allies

Blue-winged Minla

Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush

Chestnut-tailed Minla

Common Babbler

Jungle Babbler

Large Gray Babbler

Red-billed Leiothrix

Rufous Sibia

Rufous-chinned Laughingthrush

Spotted Laughingthrush

Streaked Laughingthrush

Striated Babbler

Striated Laughingthrush

Variegated Laughingthrush

White-crested Laughingthrush

White-throated Laughingthrush

Old World Flycatchers

Asian Brown Flycatcher

Black Redstart

Blue Rock-Thrush

Blue Whistling-Thrush

Blue-capped Redstart

Blue-capped Rock-Thrush

Blue-fronted Redstart

Blue-throated Flycatcher

Chestnut-bellied Rock-Thrush

Dark-sided Flycatcher

Ficedula sp.

Golden Bush-Robin

Gray Bushchat

Himalayan Bluetail

Himalayan Rubythroat

Indian Blue Robin

Indian Chat

Indian Robin

Little Forktail

Little Pied Flycatcher

Oriental Magpie-Robin

Pied Bushchat

Plumbeous Redstart

Red-breasted Flycatcher

Redstart sp.

Rufous-bellied Niltava

Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher

Rusty-tailed Flycatcher

Siberian Rubythroat

Siberian Stonechat

Slaty-backed Forktail

Slaty-blue Flycatcher

Small Niltava

Snowy-browed Flycatcher

Spotted Forktail

Taiga Flycatcher

Taiga/Red-breasted Flycatcher

Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher

Ultramarine Flycatcher

Verditer Flycatcher

White-capped Redstart

Thrushes

Black-throated Thrush

Chestnut Thrush

Dark-sided Thrush

Gray-winged Blackbird

Long-billed Thrush

Mistle Thrush

Orange-headed Thrush

Scaly Thrush

Thrush sp.

Tibetan Blackbird

Tickell’s Thrush

White-collared Blackbird

Starlings and Mynas

Asian Pied Starling

Bank Myna

Brahminy Starling

Chestnut-tailed Starling

Common Myna

European Starling

Jungle Myna

Myna/starling sp.

Spot-winged Starling

Leafbirds

Golden-fronted Leafbird

Orange-bellied Leafbird

Flowerpeckers

Fire-breasted Flowerpecker

Plain Flowerpecker

Thick-billed Flowerpecker

Yellow-bellied Flowerpecker

Sunbirds and Spider hunters and Accentors

Black-throated Accentor

Black-throated Sunbird

Crimson Sunbird

Fire-tailed Sunbird

Green-tailed Sunbird

Himalayan Accentor

Purple Sunbird

Rufous-breasted Accentor

Wagtails and Pipits

Citrine Wagtail

Gray Wagtail

Long-billed Pipit

Olive-backed Pipit

Paddyfield Pipit

Pipit sp.

Rosy Pipit

Tawny Pipit

Tree Pipit

Upland Pipit

Wagtail sp.

Western Yellow Wagtail

White Wagtail

White-browed Wagtail

 Chestnut bellied nuthatch Sattal Bhimtal Nainital Uttarakhand Birdwatching India

Old World Buntings

Chestnut-breasted Bunting

Crested Bunting

Rock Bunting

Finches, Euphonias, and Allies

Brown Bullfinch

Common Rosefinch

Dark-breasted Rosefinch

European Goldfinch

Fire-fronted Serin

Himalayan Beautiful Rosefinch

Pink-browed Rosefinch

Plain Mountain-Finch

Red-fronted Rosefinch

Rosefinch sp.

Vinaceous Rosefinch

Yellow-breasted Greenfinch

Chestnut tailed starling Sattal Bhimtal Nainital Uttarakhand Birdwatching India

Old World Sparrows

Chestnut-shouldered Petronia

Eurasian Tree Sparrow

House Sparrow

Russet Sparrow

Strildids

Indian Silverbill

Scaly-breasted Munia

White-rumped Munia

Grey Headed Woodpecker Birdwatching Sattal Bhimtal Uttarakhand India

Waterfowl

Bar-headed Goose
Comb Duck
Cotton Pygmy-Goose
Eurasian Wigeon
Ferruginous Duck
Gadwall
Garganey
Graylag Goose
Green-winged Teal
Indian Spot-billed Duck
Lesser Whistling-Duck
Mallard
Northern Shoveler
Red-crested Pochard
Ruddy Shelduck

White-eyes, Yuhinas, and Allies

Black-chinned Yuhina

Oriental White-eye

Whiskered Yuhina

HOPE you found this birdwatching checklist for Sattal, Bhimtal and Nainital useful. Do let me know which birds you spotted in the comment section below.

Grey Winged Blackbird Male Sattal Bhimtal Nainital Uttarakhand Birdwatching India

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17 thoughts on “MY BEST PICTURES AND BIRDWATCHING CHECKLIST OF SATTAL BHIMTAL & NAINITAL, UTTARAKHAND

  1. I have never been to these places before, but would like to someday. The birds that you show in the pictures are absolutely gorgeous! 🙂 I love the colors and the beauty of these birds. It would be fun to go bird watching there someday.

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  2. Wow this is definitely an incredibly comprehensive list for birdwatching in India. And your photos are really fantastic – I am loving how up close and personal you have been able to get to these beautiful animals. It’s pretty incredible to see the sheer amount of birds that exist in this region – it’s amazing and you could spend dayyyys just watching and spotting these beautiful birds.

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  3. Wow, what an impressive list of birds! I’m not much of a birdwatcher, only from documentaries! I’ve heard of many of these species, and you took some wonderful photos!

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  4. Hi. A great post for any bird watcher or nature enthusiast. I did not ever dream that there was so much variety in the birds in these natural parks in uttarkhand. Some great tips on finding the right spots to getting local help. SATTAL BHIMTAL & NAINITAL are more famous for other things but you have showed a new aspect to these places

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  5. These birds are so beautiful! I’ve never gone bird watching but I’m interested in doing so after reading this post. The list of bird is definitely useful for bird watchers. Your photos are really amazing.

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  6. Wow! What an incredible show of colours! No doubt nature has the best set of crayons. These birds look so colourful, beautiful and simply stunning. I didn’t know there are so many species of birds and I loved reading their names. I’ve never done bird watching but it’s my dream to go for such a trip some day. Thanks for sharing this lovely post.

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