Majestic Munsiyari – Get High of Birding

February 25, 2020

A thing that can be said safely about Munisyari, where ever your eyes will go, you will always find snow clad mountains as well as chirping birds in front of your eyeline.

Nestled in Panchakuli mountain ranges at 2400 Meters, it’s a paradise for birds and birders alike.  Munsiyari has birds all round in all seasons.  In winters it offers lesser and more habitable temperatures to Eurasian species like Gold Finches, Thrushes, Redstarts. These species are followed by Sparrow Hawks, after all how long a prey can be kept away from Predators.

The rocky cliffs and barren trees offer adobe to a multitude of birds like snow pigeons, Griffons, Himalayan Griffons as well as the most elusive and rare the bearded one aka Lammergeier.

Munsiyari offers all kinds of habitats to birds and birders alike.  It has dry  grass slopes, offering food and residence to finches. It has mountain slopes covered with sparsely marked broad leaved trees giving shelter to the flagship species of Himalayas “The Himalayan Monal”.

Green grass slopes hold one more gem of Himalayas “The Koklass Pheasant”.

 The rocky grass slopes are home to Cheer Pheasants.

This winter’s we went to Munsiyari and came back with various delighful frames as well as Joyful memories.

See the trip album on our YouTube Channel to be a part of our journey


The Bird Checklist is as below

Sr. NoBird Names
1 *Bearded Vulture*
2 *Black-throated Thrush* — First winter plumage.
3 *Blue-capped Redstart*
4 *Blue-fronted Redstart*
5 *Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush*
6 *Chestnut-tailed Minla — Bar winged minla*
7 *Dark-breasted Rosefinch*
8 *Gray-crested Tit*
9 *Gray-winged Blackbird*
10 *Greater Yellownape*
11 *Himalayan Beautiful Rosefinch*
12 *Himalayan Bluetail*
13 *Himalayan Griffon*
14 *Himalayan White-browed Rosefinch*
15 *Lesser Yellownape*
16 *Plain Mountain-Finch*
17 *Rock Bunting*
18 *Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher*
19 *Slaty-blue Flycatcher*
20 *Small Niltava*
21 *Tawny Fish-Owl*
22 *White-tailed Nuthatch*
23 *White-throated Laughingthrush*
24 accentor sp. — Brown accentor
25 Altai Accentor
26 Ashy Drongo
27 Black Bulbul
28 Black Francolin
29 Black Kite
30 Black-chinned Babbler
31 Black-headed Jay
32 Black-throated Tit
33 Blue Whistling-Thrush
34 Blue-throated Barbet
35 Blue-winged Minla
36 Brown Dipper
37 Cheer Pheasant
38 Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch
39 Cinereous Tit
40 Coal Tit
41 Common Kingfisher
42 Common Myna
43 Common Rosefinch
44 Crested Kingfisher
45 Eurasian Jay
46 Eurasian Wren
47 Gray Bushchat
48 Gray Treepie
49 Gray-headed Woodpecker
50 Green-backed Tit
51 Himalayan Black-lored Tit
52 Himalayan Bulbul
53 Himalayan Monal
54 Himalayan Woodpecker
55 House Sparrow
56 Hume’s Warbler
57 Kalij Pheasant
58 Large-billed Crow
59 Lemon-rumped Warbler
60 Olive-backed Pipit
61 Plumbeous Redstart
62 Red Junglefowl
63 Red-billed Blue-Magpie
64 Red-billed Chough — Overhead in flight
65 Red-billed Leiothrix
66 Red-vented Bulbul
67 Red-wattled Lapwing
68 Rock Pigeon
69 Rufous Sibia
70 Rufous-breasted Accentor
71 Rufous-vented Tit
72 Russet Sparrow
73 Rusty-cheeked Scimitar-Babbler
74 Scaly-bellied Woodpecker
75 Scarlet Minivet
76 Shikra
77 Siberian Stonechat
78 Slaty-headed Parakeet
79 Snow Pigeon
80 Spotted Forktail
81 Spot-winged Rosefinch
82 Streak-breasted Scimitar-Babbler
83 Streaked Laughingthrush
84 Whistler’s Warbler
85 White-capped Redstart
86 Yellow-billed Blue-Magpie
87* Maroon Oriole*
88* Striated Laughingthrush*
89* Variegated Laughingthrush*
90*Bar-tailed Treecreeper*
91*Chestnut-eared Bunting*
92*Eurasian Gold Finch*
93*Eurasian Sparrowhawk*
94*Great Barbet*
95*Green-tailed Sunbird*
96*Little Forktail*
97*Pink-browed Rosefinch*
98*Red-fronted Serin*
99*Speckled Piculet*
100*Spotted Laughing Thrush*
101*White Collared Blackbird*
102*Yellow Breasted Green Finch*
103*Yellow-bellied Fairy-Fantail*
104Black Redstart
105Egyptian Vulture
106Jungle Owlet
107Little Pied Flycacther
108Oriental Turtle-Dove
109Rufous Chinned Laughing Thrush
110*Rufous fronted rock thrush*
Golden Jackal
Yellow Throated Marten
Himalayan Weasle
Himalayan Langoor

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