10 Exotic Birds of India for Your Next Bird-watching Trip

India is a country which is rich in flora and fauna. Birds form an essential part of the same. Over 1300 species of birds are found throughout the country. These include some of the most exotic flyers of the world. Bird-watching season is up again with the winters long gone and we bring you a perfect list of exotic birds you can spot around India and capture in your lense if you will.

Check them out!


1. Indian Peacock


Location- Throughout Indian Subcontinent

The Indian Peacock is revered throughout the country due to its praised presence in Hindu mythology. This beautiful bird looks all the more alluring when it dances with its feathers open during rainy season. It is also the national bird of India.


2. Satyr Tragopan


Location- Himalayan Foothills

One of the five species of Tragopans found in India, Satyr Tragopan has crimson hues. They are unfortunately targets for entertainment hunting and are therefore rarely seen.


3. Himalayan Quail


Location- Uttarakhand

Himalayan Quail was last recorded in 1876 after which it was said that the specie might be extinct. In 2015, a study revealed that the mountain quail might still be surviving in the forests of Mussoorie in Uttarakhand.


4. Malabar Parakeet


Location- Western Ghats

Malabar Parakeet is also known as Blue-winged Parakeet. They make screeching noises and are found to roam about in flocks. They derive their name from their beautifully blue coloured tail.


5. Bugun Liocichla


Location- Arunachal Pradesh

Bugun Liocichla have been discovered recently in the country. This specie of birds is endangered with a population of only 14. They are now protected and bread under surveillance to avoid extinction.


6. Himalayan Monal


Location- Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh

Himalayan Monal is a pheasant belonging to the himalayan region. It is also placed in the list of endangered species and is protected at various centres around hilly states.


7. Nilgiri Flycatcher


Location- Western Ghats and Nilgiri Hills

Nilgiri Flycatchers are light blue in colour and mark the hilly forests of southern India with their blue coloured presence. They are more prominently witnessed during winters.


8. Asian Paradise Flycatcher


Location- Tropical Indian Forests

Asian Paradise Flycatcher is a migratory bird with a really long tail. They feed on insects and make shrill noises while flying from one place to the other.


9. Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher


Location- Konkan Forests

The three-toed Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher is found in the Western Ghats. They are coloured in red and yellow throughout the body and have a black coloured back.


10. Fire-tailed Myzornis


Location- Upper Himalayas

Fire-tailed Myzornis derive their name from their tail which is coloured in bright yellow, red and orange. It has a green body which complements well with the colours of its tail.

Now that you have a list of exotic birds in hand, go on exploring them through the various topographical regions of India. We bet you’ll have a wonderful time boasting your knowledge of exotic birds at your bird-watching trip.

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