Birds in Bandipur National Park
I value my garden more for being full of blackbirds than of cherries, and very frankly give them fruit for their songs.-Joseph Addison, 'The Spectator', 1712. In Bandipur National Park, Mother Nature feeds birds for their songs which determine the mysterious and wild atmosphere of this jungle. A sizable avian population indeed adds a new and unique charm to the varied wildlife of this sanctuary. Over 200 species of birds have already been marked and recognized in the park. And the variation is indeed proved sufficient in case of attracting ornithologists as well as general tourists to this sanctuary.
The most commonly noticed bird in the Bandipur National Park:
Peafowl is the bird which is most widely seen in this forest. Besides, the game birds like Grey Jungle Fowl or Red Spur Fowl are also frequently visited by the tourists.
Among the woodland birds category one can find-
The Hawk Eagle, Serpent Eagle, Scops Owl, the yellow-legged Green Pigeon, Parakeets, Woodpeckers, Barbets, Hornbills, Drongos, Scarlet Minivets, and Warblers
Other major bird species in Bandipur National Park:
Black Woodpeckers, Blue-bearded Bee-Eaters, Cormorants, Crested Hawk Eagles, Ducks, Gray Partridges, Gray Headed Firhings, Honey Buzzards, Malabar Pied Hornbills, Hill Mynas, King Vultures, Malabar Trogon, Ospreys, Indian Pittas, Park Malabar Trogon, Parakeets, Paradise Flycatchers, Teals, Herons, Waders, Red Spur Fowl, Shaheen Falcons, Scarlet Minivets, Scimitar Babbler, Fairy Blue Birds, Scimitar Babblers, Malabar Whistling Thrushes, Green Imperial Pigeons, Nightjars and Owls. Therefore, in this 'Tiger Reserve Forest' the avian population adds a new charm to the bird watchers.