00o00´N/00o00´E 29,700ha 3,000 (Keoladeo Park), flat 251m 
Hilly with river and manmade lagoons 
October to February (09.02.94) 

Birding Site Guide

This is a temple with reservoir set in gentle rolling hills and is located a couple of hours drive from Keoladeo (see that account) and it is advisable to hire a guide for a few rupees to show the way through the streets and villages and also to look after the vehicle while birding. The main species we saw here is Indian Skimmer, more likely are Indian River and Whiskered Terns. We also found Red-winged Bushlark, Blossom-headed Parakeet, Great Stone Plover also seen were Comb Duck, Brown Rockchat, Dusky Crag Martin, Whiskered Tern.

As you arrive at the reservoir, you cross a big bridge and just beyond that there is a dirt track that leads to a promontory where there were fishermen. This is a good spot for the terns and Red Winged Bushlark. A few kilometres further there is a Palace that sits on a hill overlooking the lake. The road is quite bad here so it is best to park a little way short of the building, this is the place for Brown Rockchat One island viewed from here held the Great Stone Plovers, and there were Skimmers sitting on one of the more distant islands. There is a site by the bridge for Brown Crake although during our visit it was too wet, so we were disappointed. Apparently there is a better site in the lily patches near the railway line that you cross a short distance before reaching the bridge. 

Species seen 

  • Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis
  • Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo
  • Gray Heron Ardea cinerea
  • Great Egret Ardea alba
  • Little Egret Egretta garzetta
  • Indian Pond-Heron Ardeola grayii
  • Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
  • Striated Heron Butorides striata
  • Asian Openbill Anastomus oscitans K, BB
  • Sacred Ibis Threskiornis aethiopicus several places
  • Bar-headed Goose Anser indicus K, BB
  • Comb Duck Sarkidiornis melanotos BB
  • Spot-billed Duck Anas poecilorhyncha K, BB
  • Osprey Pandion haliaetus several places
  • Black-shouldered Kite Elanus caeruleus several places
  • Black Kite Milvus migrans everywhere
  • Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus many places
  • Eurasian Griffon Gyps fulvus many places
  • Crested Serpent-Eagle Spilornis cheela many places
  • Indian Peafowl Pavo cristatus several places
  • White-breasted Waterhen Amaurornis phoenicurus several places
  • Purple Swamphen Porphyrio porphyrio K, BB
  • Great Thick-knee Burhinus recurvirostris BB, KR
  • Spotted Redshank Tringa erythropus K, BB
  • Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis K, BB
  • Common Redshank Tringa totanus BB, A
  • Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida several places
  • River Tern Sterna aurantia A, BB
  • Indian Skimmer Rynchops albicollis Vulnerable BB
  • Blossom-headed Parakeet Psittacula roseata KR, BB
  • Common Hawk-Cuckoo Cuculus varius K, BB
  • Little Swift Apus affinis several places
  • Indian Bushlark Mirafra erythroptera BB
  • Crested Lark Galerida cristata BB
  • Wire-tailed Swallow Hirundo smithii K, BB
  • Dusky Crag-Martin Ptyonoprogne concolor BB, A
  • Tree Pipit Anthus trivialis BB
  • Citrine Wagtail Motacilla citreola several places
  • Small Minivet Pericrocotus cinnamomeus K, BB
  • Rufescent Prinia Prinia rufescens K, BB, N
  • Common Tailorbird Orthotomus sutorius BB, A
  • Bluethroat Luscinia svecica K, BB
  • Oriental Magpie-Robin Copsychus saularis KR, K, BB
  • Indian Robin Saxicoloides fulicatus K, BB, C
  • Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochruros K, BB
  • Gray Bushchat Saxicola ferreus BB, ST
  • Indian Chat Cercomela fusca BB
  • White-browed Fantail Rhipidura aureola BB
  • Yellow-eyed Babbler Chrysomma sinense K, BB
  • Large Gray Babbler Turdoides malcolmi several places
  • Purple Sunbird Cinnyris asiaticus K, BB
  • Rufous Treepie Dendrocitta vagabunda K, BB, KR
  • House Crow Corvus splendens D, K, BB, A
  • Large-billed Crow Corvus macrorhynchos many sites
  • Asian Pied Starling Gracupica contra D, K, BB, A
  • House Sparrow Passer domesticus D, BB, A, N
  • Red Avadavat Amandava amandava K, BB


  • areas not given for commoner species
  • SAT TAL and/or BIMTAL ST
  • DELHI or near D
  • AGRA A

Mammals seen

  • Five-striped Palm Squirrel Funambulus pennanti D, K, BB, A

Butterflies seen (all sites)

  • Indian Tortoiseshell Aglais cashmiriensis
  • Pioneer Anaphaeis aurota
  • Indian Cabbage White Artogeia canidia
  • Malabar Spotted Flat Celaenorrhinus ambareesa
  • Common Crow Euploea core
  • Common Grass Yellow Eurema hecabe
  • Grass Jewel Freyeria trochylus
  • Great Eggfly Hypolimnas bolina
  • White Orange Tip Ixias marianne
  • Peacock Pansy Junonia almana
  • Yellow Pansy Junonia hierta
  • Lemon Pansy Junonia lemonias
  • Blue Pansy Junonia orthya
  • Common Sailor Neptis hylas
  • Lime Butterfly Papilio demoleus
  • Common Mormon Papilio polytes
  • Glassy Tiger Paratica aglea
  • Spot Swordtail Pathysa nomius
  • Pale Grass Blue Zizeeria maha


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Author: BSG and Geof Grafton