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Birds of the
Indian Subcontinent

Covers India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Subcontinent has over 1375 species in cluding all residents, migrants and vagrants.

The subcontinents geographical position overlap between three biogeographical provinces: the Indomalayan (south and southeast Asia), Palearctic (Europe and northern Asia) and Afrotropical (Africa). As a result, species typical of all threee regions occur.

Climate of subcontinent

There are great contrasts in climate within the subcontinent. The extremes range from the almost rainless Thar dessert to the wet evergreen forests of Khasi hills, Meghalaya where an annual rainfall of 1300 cm has been recorded at Cherrapunji, and to the arctic conditions of the Himalayan peaks.

Despite these variations, one feature dominates the subcontinent's climate, that is Monsoons. Most of the rain in the region falls between June and September during the southwest-monsonn season.

Habitat and Bird Species

The bird habitats of the Indian subcontinent can be roughly divided into forest, scrub, wetlands, marine, grassland, dessert and agreeculture land. There is some overlap between habitats, for example, mangrove forest can also be considered as wetland, as can seasonally flooded grassland. Many bird species require mixed habitat types.

Subcontinent is rich in species because of its wide altitudinal range, extending from sea level upto the summit of the Himalayas, highly varies climate and associated diversity of vegetation.

Current Threats

Birds in the region are currently confronted with many threats, the most important of which are habitat loss and deterioration. Threats to forests, wetlands, grasslands, dessert and wrong agreecultural practices are some of the main threats.

The enlightened culture here helped to conserve the rich natural heritage of the Indian Subcontinent. Sacred groves, village tanks and temples where the hunting and killing of all forms of life are prohibited can be found throughout India.


Birding Hides
for photography

Eldhose Birding HideThattekad, Munnar, Kerala, India
The Kipling HidePench Tree Lodge, Pench, Madhya Pradesh, India
Nature's Nest GoaSurla, Sacordem, Dharbandora, Goa, India
Ambyache PaniRedetalwadi, Pangrad, Maharashtra, India
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Adarwadi, Tamhini, Maharashtra, India

Nature's Nest

Tamhini Outdoors Birding Hide provides an excellent opportunity to observe and photograph a wide variety of birds at close proximity. Bird hide is having total capacity of 4-5 people; directly overlooking an artificial water hole.

Hide can be booked for a whole day between 8:00AM to 6:30PM Plan Includes; Comfortable hide , drinking water inside, clean washrooms (common and western style), shed cover, privacy, meals, safe parking space near hide, mosquito repellents etc.