Pangot – A Birding Paradise!



“To be standing together in a frosty field, looking up into the sky,
marveling at birds and reveling in the natural world around us, was a simple miracle.
And I wondered why we were so rarely able to appreciate it.”
Lynn Thomson, Birding with Yeats: A Mother’s Memoir

This June I was blessed with an invite to my childhood friend’s beautiful home in the hills. I have been there before on 2 days stay but this time it was different ❤

The delighters — the uninterrupted view of the hills and valleys, the lovely collection of plants and trees in their property and most importantly a birder’s paradise (Its within the Pangot & Kilbury region which is now a part of the Naina Devi Himalayan Birds Conservation Reserve). This region is known to have the oak, pine and rhododendron trees in plenty in its forests.

This is a photo post mainly as I share the photos and videos captured of the birds I came across while just chilling out at her abode. A major portion of her property was not scanned for these flighty beauties …… just the area around the bungalow.

The photos and videos have been captured on a new Sony Cybershot (point and shoot) thus tested for the first time through these pictures & AVs (99% of the photos are on full zoom)

I have tried my best to identify the birds but in case there is an err please do share the correct name; it would be of great help.

Blue-Capped Rock Thrush (Monticola Cinclorhyncha)

Blue-Capped Rock Thrush Male

Blue-Capped Rock Thrush Female

Black Headed Jay (or Lanceolated Jay or Garrulus Lanceolatus)

Wedge-Tailed Green Pigeon or Kokla Green Pigeon (Treron Sphenurus)

Wedge-Tailed Green Pigeon Male

Brown-Fronted Woodpecker (Dendrocoptes Auriceps)

Brown-Fronted Woodpecker Female

Brown-Fronted Woodpecker Male

Grey-Hooded Warbler (Phylloscopus Xanthoschistos)

Himalayan Bulbul (Pycnonotus Leucogenys) or White-Cheeked Bulbul

Jungle Babbler (Argya Striata)

Crimson Sunbird (Aethopyga Siparaja)

Red Billed Blue Magpie (Urocissa Erythroryncha)

Black Throated Bushtit (Aegithalos Concinnus)

Chestnut Bellied Rock Thrush Juvenile (Monticola Rufiventris)

 Large-Billed Crow (Corvus Macrorhynchos)

Maroon Oriole (Oriolus Traillii)

Maroon Oriole Female

Oriental or Indian White-Eye (Zosterops Palpebrosus)

Indian Golden Oriole (Oriolus Kundoo)

Indian Golden Oriole Female

Streaked Laughing Thrush (Trochalopteron Lineatum)

Bar Winged Flycatcher Shrike (Hemipus Picatus)

Ashy Drongo (Dicrurus Leucophaeus)

Spotted Dove (Spilopelia Chinensis)

Oriental Turtle Dove or Rufous Turtle Dove (Streptopelia Orientalis)

Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia Decaocto)

Great Barbet (Megalaima Virens)

Plum-headed Parakeet (Psittacula Cyanocephala)

Plum-Headed Parakeet Female

Green-Backed Tit (Parus Monticolus)

Jungle Myna (Acridotheres Fuscus)

Blue Whistling Thrush (Myophonus Caeruleus)

Red-Rumped Swallow (Cecropis Daurica)

Barn Swallow (Hirundo Rustica)

List of birds seen (pics / AV shared) in random order (this was just sitting at our private space. Now one can imagine the treasure within the Pangot & Kilbury birding zone):

  1. Green-Backed Tit (Parus Monticolus)
  2. Spotted Dove (Streptopelia Chinensis)
  3. Eurasian-Collared Dove (Streptopelia Decaocto)
  4. Great Barbet (Megalaima Virens)
  5. Oriental Turtle Dove or Rufous Turtle Dove (Streptopelia Orientalis)
  6. Ashy Drongo (Dicrurus Leucophaeus)
  7. Plum-headed Parakeet Female (Psittacula Cyanocephala)
  8. Red-Billed Blue Magpie (Urocissa Erythroryncha)
  9. Black-headed Jay or Lanceolated Jay (Garrulus Lanceolatus)
  10. Wedge-Tailed Green Pigeon or Kokla Green Pigeon Male & Female(Treron Sphenurus)
  11. Blue-Capped Rock Thrush Male & Female (Monticola Cinclorhyncha)
  12. Himalayan Bulbul (Pycnonotus Leucogenys) or White-Cheeked Bulbul
  13. Brown-Fronted Woodpecker (Dendrocoptes Auriceps)
  14. Black-Throated Bushtit (Aegithalos Concinnus)
  15. Crimson Sunbird (Aethopyga Siparaja)
  16. Grey-Hooded Warbler (Phylloscopus Xanthoschistos)
  17. Oriental or Indian White-Eye (Zosterops Palpebrosus)
  18. Bar-Winged Flycatcher Shrike (Hemipus Picatus)
  19. Maroon Oriole Female (Oriolus Traillii)
  20. Red-Rumped Swallow (Cecropis Daurica)
  21. Barn Swallow (Hirundo Rustica)
  22. Blue Whistling-Thrush (Myophonus Caeruleus)
  23. Jungle Myna (Acridotheres Fuscus)
  24. Large-Billed Crow (Corvus Macrorhynchos)
  25. Streaked Laughing Thrush (Trochalopteron Lineatum)
  26. Indian Golden Oriole Female (Oriolus Kundoo)
  27. Chestnut-Bellied Rock Thrush Juvenile (Monticola Rufiventris)
  28. Jungle Babbler (Argya Striata)
  29. Purple Sunbird (Cinnyris Asiaticus) ……. no photo
  30. Ultramarine Flycatcher  (Ficedula Superciliaris) ……. no photo
  31. Red-Vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus Cafer) ……. no photo
  32. Russet Sparrow (Passer Cinnamomeus)
  33. House Sparrow ……. no photo
  34. House Crow ……. no photo
  35. Common Myna ……. no photo
  36. Rock Pigeon ……. no photo
  37. Little Swift (Apus Affinis)

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Monika Ohson | TravelerInMe

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  3. OMG! This is a huuuuuge list and I just fell in love with the place. Your friend must be so lucky to see these large varieties of rare birds on a daily basis. It is like ‘gear baithe bird sanctuary sair’. Loved your post.

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