The factor that makes the rich flora and fauna of the great forests of the Corbett national park even richer and grander is the presence of an exotic variety of native and migratory birds which flock the dense forests and Rocky River trails throughout the length and breadth of the magnificent reserve. a mind numbing variety of 600 chirping creatures form the bulk of bird species in Corbett. Many of these are migrant birds coming from far off lands in search of water and food. Some of the most famous and often clicked varieties include robin, beef eater, hornbill, finch, eagle, parrots, kingfisher and babbler.
Most of the species of birds in Corbett are strewn all across different zones and have habitats in their particular zone. There are roosting zones of birds like vultures, storks, eagles, kingfishers, sandpipers, martins and some species of lapwing birds in the Haati Dangar trail in the reserve. Likewise kosi barrage and Sitabani areas have habitats of herons, eagles, Ruddy shell duck, red starts, lesser and greater cormorants. Woodpeckers, lapwings, babblers, bulbuls and barbet nut hatches’ are some species found in the kyari to powalgarh area of the reserve.
Corbett national park is also the hub of many migratory birds which visit every year in flocks and call it their temporary abode for the season. Some of the most famous foreign species of birds are Wall creepers, grey headed fish eagles, wagtails, plumbous, brown dipper, fork tails and white capped water redstarts. Presence of such an amount of exotic bird species attracts avid birdwatchers from all over the world to get a glimpse of their favorite species. If you count yourself amongst the group of bird watching enthusiasts, you definitely need to pack your bags for a magical trip to Corbett.
Different seasons also affect the migratory patterns of many bird species present in Corbett reserve. During autumn or in October one can get to catch a glimpse of rare species of birds like white stork, black crowned night heron, cattle egret, cinnamon bittern and great white pelican. Best season to visit is the November to march as a wide variety of bird species could be spotted with ease. During this time the reserve is full of Himalayan and sub Himalayan bird species including the migratory birds.
The bird watching expedition in Corbett is easily one of the most intriguing and enjoyable aspects of visiting the Corbett national park.