Bird Watching In Goa

Goa, besides having the seaside beckoning myriad visitors, plays home to several amazing and beautiful bird species. Birding in Goa can be quite a thrilling and adventurous experience considering the fact that Goa is blessed with a contiguous coastline of almost 125 kilometres, hence sea/water as well as  tropical  birds dominate the birding landscape. Since Goa is blessed with a sultry clime and picturesque scenic beauty, several areas in   Goa display predominant bird populace in all its variety and , splendour. An ideal nesting ground for various species of birds, migratory birds also find their way into the hinterlands of Goa, especially some areas of Curtorim that provides a great feast for eyes during the winter season given the fact that Curtorim has several fresh water bodies.

Water borne and fallow paddy fields also are potentially great birding sites. The tropical evergreen forest areas play home to several species of birds from thewoodpecker to several species of owls. From the rare appearance of a hornbill, a bioindicator of healthy environmental  nature, to the abundance of egrets and kingfishers, Goa is a hotspot for some amazinq birdinq sites . Some of the more popular bird guides that one can keep handy are "Birds of the Indian Subcontinent" by Richard Grimmett and Carol & Tom Inskipp and "A Birdwatchers Guide To India" by Krys Kazmierczak. A video, "Birdwatching in Goa," narrated by Bill Oddie, is also a ready reckoner and can prove to be handy for all those bird lovers potential birding sites. Some great birding sites in Goa are Beira Mar Baga Fields, Baga Hill, Morjim Beach, Lake Maem, Tikana and Chorao Island.  Fort Aguada, Backwoods (inc Tambdi Surla, near mollem national park), Carambolim Lake, Santa Cruz ,and Candolim Marsh. Saligao Zor, Pi lerne Lake, Velim Lake, Dona Paula, Santa Cruz, Ribandar Ferry, and Dr. Salim Ali bird sanctuary which is closer to Panjim and can be reached by boat offers ideal locations for the bird watching enthusiast. .Bhagwan Mahavir wildlife Sanctuary,Cotigao wildlife sanctuary and Bondla wildlife sanctuary all of which are part of the western ghats ( mountain ranges) are ideal spots for bird watching.

Kinds of birds Most of the birding sites play home to several species of Bee-eater, Parakeet, Kingfisher, Egret, Lapwing, Eagle, Dove, Flycatcher, Drongo, Weaver, Koel, Sandpipers, Kite, Robin, Wagtail, Prinia, Snipe, Heron, Warbler, Oriole, Sparrow, Shrike, Starlings, Harrier, Osprey, Bird imageMunia, Goshawk, Shikra, Buzzard, Bulbul, Swift, Myna, Water hen, Hoopoe, Pipit, Roller,Kestrel, Sunbird, Barbet, Munia, Cowpat, Minivet, Fulvetta, Flowerpecker, Owl, Plovers, Gull, Tern, Thrush, Quail, Night jar, lora, Cormorant, Ibis, Curlew, Peafowl and Pitta.

While the premier bird in the Maem Lake area is the Brown Fish Owl, the major and commonly sighted birds that dominate the Goan landscape are Brahminy Kites, Black Kites, Oriental Magpie Robin, Prinia, Cattle Egrets, Little Egret, Great Egret, House Crows, Whiteebrowed Wagtail etc.

While a clear segregation cannot be easily made as to what kind of birds are spotted in the different birding sites as cross habitation is a peculiar feature of the birds in Goa, except for the avian species that are predominantly found along the coastal areas and other water bodies.






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Dr.Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
Location: Chorao Island, near Panaji