BANDHAVGARH TIGER RESERVE

Avifauna

Even though Bandhavgarh is mainly famous for Tiger and other large mammals but regularly many tourists come here who are keen to catch the glimpses of Bandhavgarh’s rich avifauna. More than 250 species of birds have been identified in the Reserve. Many waterbirds can also be seen in the park and there are some migratory birds too which can be found in the park during the winter season.

A few prominent species of birds which are commonly sighted in the park are:

• Peafowl

• Red Jungle Fowl

• Grey Hornbill

• Common Teal

• Red Wattle Lapwing

• Crested Serpent Eagle

• White Breasted Kingfisher

• Lesser Adjutant Stork

• Long Billed Vulture

• Red Headed Vulture

• Oriental White-backed Vulture

• Egyptian Vulture

Three of the four species of vultures occurring in Bandhavgarh; Oriental White-backed Vulture, Indian vulture or the Long-billed Vulture and Red-headed Vulture have been identified to be having high risk of global extinction and are listed as critically endangered in the IUCN list. The fourth, Egyptian Vulture has been categorised as endangered. Due to presence of many hillocks, cliffs and elevated areas its common to see the nesting colonies of vultures inside the park which raises the hope that all is not lost for these birds.