From Dar E Salaam to Nepal and Beyond
|Text by : Amar B Shrestha
Photograph by : ECS Media
There are around 20 globally endangered bird species in Nepal, including the Ibis Bill and the Lesser Adjutant Storshoi. The Barn Owl, which is in imminent danger in many countries due to indiscriminate use of harmful chemicals, is relatively safe here, as is the Eurasian Large Owl. The white rumped vultures in the Terai are now in the critically endangered list of birds.
The Eurasian Griffon, the Black Kite (of Mustang) and the Lammergeuer (a magnificent eagle having a 3 meter wing span) that soars over the Himalayan valley and is called the ‘Protector of the Himalayas’, are especially interesting specimens found in the country. Among the large variety of cranes, the Sarus Crane of Lumbini, (tallest of flying birds) is said to be the harbinger of bumper harvests as well as a happy conjugal life.
The Demoiselle Cranes (locally known as ‘Karyang Kurung’) are popular migratory birds that can be seen during the 2nd week of October. They travel from Dar E Salaam over the Himalayas and on to Gujarat and Rajasthan in India. Shivapuri, Pokhara, Chitwan, Lumbini and Koshi Tappu are prime locations in Nepal where many of the more than 870 species of birds recorded in the country can be viewed.