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Birds in Periyar

The Periyar National Park is an example of a sanctuary that offers its tourists a magnificent change of soothing sounds, from the din and babble of their city to the sweet chirpings of varied birds at this park. Famous for its diverse flora and fauna in India, the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is also recognized for its sizable avian population. Over 265 species of birds have already been marked and recognized in the park by the forest department. And this is enough to lure thousands of ornithologists and bird lovers to this ultimate tourist destination.

The most commonly seen birds in the Periyar National Park include-

Western ghat endemics found in Periyar

  • Blue Winged Parakeet [Psittacula columboides]
  • Malabar grey hornbill [Tockus griseus]
  • Crimson throated barbet [Megalaima rubricapilla]
  • White bellied blue flycatcher [M. pallipes]
  • White breasted laughting thrush [Garrulax jerdoni]
  • Black & Orange Flycatcher [Muscicapa nigrorufa]
  • Nilgiri flycatcher [Megalaima albicaudata]
  • Rufous Babbler [Turdoides subrufus]
  • White bellied shortwing [Brachypteryx major]
  • Broad tailed grass warbler [Schoericola platyura]
  • Nilgiri pipit [Anthus nilghiriensis]
  • Nilgiri wood pigeon [Columba elphinstoni]
  • Small sunbird [Nectarinia minima]

Disjunct Species

  • Black baza [Aviceda leuphotes]
  • Forest eagle owl [Bubo nipalensis]
  • Great pied hornbill [Buceros bicornis]
  • Rufous bellied hawk eagle [Lophotriorchis kienerii]
  • Ceylon frogmouth [Batrachostomus moniliger]
  • Broad billed roller [Eurystomus orientalis]
  • Great eared nightjar [Eurostopodus macrotis]
  • Little spider hunter [Arachnothera longipennis]
  • Nilgiri thrush [Zoothera dauma]

The Periyar Lake, which originated at the time of the construction of the Periyar dam over the Periyar River, attracts a large population of aquatic birds. Migratory birds also flock here during their season to visit the spot. Because of the gatherings of large animals and birds at this core area of the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, tourists find the place one of the most charming tourist destinations in India. Therefore, the avian population in this forest adds a new charm to bird watchers and ornithologists. So, what are you waiting for? Plan your Periyar tour package with Indian Holiday.