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Bird Watching
 

Birdwatching Area in Sikkim
The following Bird watching Areas in Sikkim are being selected by expert birds lovers from Sikkim. These sites have been visited many times with groups with very good results.

 

1. Maenam WLS, Ranjit Valley and Kewzing
Kewzing location is in the altitude of 1700m with the highest hill Maenam (3500m) and lower valleys of Rangit river valley 350m from the sea level is home to 200 Bird species (recorded till date). The Maenam wildlife sanctuary is famous for Satyr Tragopan (Tragopan Satyra) which is one of the rare species of Pheasants found in Eastern Himalayas, the other star bird species to look for is Fire-tailed Myzornis.If one wants to photograph the Brown wood owl in day light then the only place in the world is in our private forest where there are three birds habiting there for years. In The lower valleys of Tashiding one birds that habitat are the great Sultan Tit, Puff-throated Babbler and Streaked Spiderhunter. Some common birds in the surrounding of Farmhouse are the Great Himalayan Barbet, Grey Treepie, Green Magpie, Wedge-tailed Green Pigeon, Black Bulbul and many more. Maenam wildlife sanctuary is also home to the rare beautiful state animal of Sikkim the Red Panda or Firefox which has been seen by many of the Farmhouse guests while going for birding since its look out location has been identified.

 

2. West Sikkim – Pelling, Khecheopalri and Yuksom
Pelling in West Sikkim at a distance of 24 Km from Kewzing is one of the favourite area for Birding where a number of good species like Rusty Cheeked Scimitar Babbler, Scaly Laughingthrush, Red Faced Liochichla, Fire tailed Myzornis, Scarlet Finch, Cutia, Black-headed Shrike Babbler, Scaly-breasted Wren Babbler, Spotted Wren Babbler and many more are sighted At Khecheopalri Lake “the wishing lake” 22 Km from Pelling, one can wish to see the star bird Black tailed Crake with only us .This visit can be coincided with Yuksom especially to look out for the rare Yellow-rumped Honey Guide in the secretive place known to few good Birders. The road connecting Kewzing-Pelling-Yuksom has many beautiful waterfalls where many of the family of the forktails are seen.

 

3. West Sikkim- Barsey Rododendron Sanctuary
The other favourite sites to go for a birdwatching tour is Barsey Rododendron Sanctuary in West Sikkim where in the month of September sighting of huge gathering of Rosefinches like Common Rosefinches, Dark-breasted Rosefinch, White-Browed Rosefinch and even Beautiful Rosefinch. Other birds to look out for in this sanctuary are the magnificent Spotted Laughingthrush, few species of Parrotbills, Small Beautiful Fire-capped Tit, Species of Shortwings like White- Browed and Lesser Shortwings, Kalij Pheasants and Satyr Tragopan. The chances of seeing the state animal of Sikkim Red Panda is also high in this sanctuary.

 

4. East Sikkim- Gangtok- Bulbuly and Fambonglho WLS
These birding sites have been identified for those who have landed in the capital town and wants to experience birding in this part of Sikkim. In this site most of the birds are common but still worth looking out for the first time birders in this part of the world. Some of the birds to look out for in this area are Rufous-capped Babbler, Red headed Laughingthrush, Brownish-flanked Bush warbler, Slaty-bellied Tesia and more. In Fambonglho some of the birds to look out for are Rufous-Throated Wren Babbler, Indian Blue Robin, Grey sided Laughingthrush Rusty- fronted Barwing, Rusty-cheeked Scimitar Babbler, Blue-fronted Robin, Grey-bellied Tesia, Chestnut-Headed Tesia and many more.

 

5. North Sikkim – Lachen, Thangu and Gurudogmar Lake
This part of Sikkim is one of the most beautiful areas for Birdwatching because of the number of quality high altitude species like Snow Pigeon, Blood Pheasants, Himalayan Monal, White-throated Dipper, Spot-winged Grosbeak, White- winged Grosbeak and many more. There has also been a record of Tibetan Snow Cock in Gurudogmar Lake. For anyone interested in High altitude species of the Himalayas then this is one of the favourite sites for birding.

 

6. Yuksam-Dzongri trek
The Birding watching trek can be done form Yuksam to Dzongri in the Khangchendzonga National Park where within the span of Eight to nine days good number of Bird species like Rufous-Backed Sibia, Himalayan Cutia, Sarlet Finch, Satyr Tragopan and also a good number of high altitude species like Blood pheasant, Himalayan Monal, Garndala, Snow Pigeon can be sighted during the Trek

State Tourism Award 2014

State Tourism Award 2014

Dear Zigmee Thanks for a fabulous time in North Sikkim, highlight of the trip were staying with Chopal and sonam lachenpa in lachen and the journey to Gurudargma (well worth the many hours in the jeep and the cold air). It wasn't hard to imagine just being over the border in

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