Bird Watching in Chopta

Trekking to Chopta means having a closer look of the lush grandeur and The Vivacious Himalayas, while enjoying the pleasant weather of The Himalayas. Chopta is not only an exotic location for trekking in the Himalayas but it is also a haven; for Ornithologists. It has a diverse range of Flora and Fauna with towering Rhododendron and Deodar trees.

As the dense forests of Chopta is a part of The Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary, Chopta has some beautiful wildlife to be spotted while trekking your way on the trail of this sanctuary. It is home to more than 551 species of Birds and 121 species of big size mammals. If you’re an avid  birdie then Chopta is the ultimate Paradise for Bird watchers.

Bird watching in Chopta not only helps to understand nature in a better way but it also creates a new dimension of enthusiasm in the hearts of the trekker. At Chopta one can find a varied species of birds in their natural habitat. March to September is considered to be the best time to Visit Chopta for Bird watching.

Some very famous birds like The Himalayan Monal, Bearded Vultures and Laughter Thrust are spotted in this area. If you’re travelling to Chopta in Winter then you will surely feel lucky on spotting the Snow Patridge from close quarters.

When travelling to Makkumath in the Chopta region, you will find the rare finches and maybe a nested Pine Thrush. Move down this elevation and stop to see the Yellow-Rumped Honeyguide. In Chopta an early summer trip might help you to spot the mysterious Spot-Winged Starling and other gorgeous species.

The avian world of Chopta will take you into a paradise that will touch your very soul. Chopta is easily accessible from various locations in Uttarakhand. There are many guidelines on How to Reach Chopta, which will lead you to your desired trek where you can bask in the bliss of Bird watching in Chopta.

 Types of Birds found in Chopta / Chopta Birds

This landscape has one of the richest bird diversities and is declared Important Bird Area (BHNS and Birdlife International). 

There is a long list of different types of bird which you can spot in Chopta ,specially the signature bird Himalayan Mona which is relatively easy bird to see with several other birds including Koklass Pheasant, Various species of Tits like, Rufous-vented, Grey-crested, Fire-capped, Black-throated, Spot-winged, Green-backed etc and several species of Warblers like,  Grey-hooded; Black-faced; Ashy-throated; Buff-barred; Western-crowned etc. Other birds which you can spot are Mrs. Gould and Green-tailed Sunbird; Collard,  Black & Yellow and Spot-winged Grosbeak; White-throated, Striated, Streaked & Variegated Laughingthrush, Rufous-gorgeted, Blue-throated, Ultramarine &Verditer Flycatcher, Himalayan, Rufous-bellied & Grey-headed Woodpecker; Great Barbet; White-tailed and Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch; Bar-tailed Treecreeper; Mistle Thrush etc.  

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