Birds in Kota, Bundi, Baran, Jhalawar
Migratory birds from neighbouring China as
well as Europe have begun flocking to
ecologically rich districts in Rajasthan
this year, although a little later than
With their wetlands, thick forests and water
bodies, the four districts of Hadoti, Kota,
Bundi, Baran and Jhalawar have now come to
be recognized as a paradise for migratory
birds among foreign as well as domestic
Hadoti is the second home for the migratory
birds from China, Ladakh and other European
countries. The arrival of these birds is a
bit late this year.
Every winter, hundreds of migratory birds
from various species throng to the
spontaneous water bodies of Hadoti region
and stay here from October to late March. It
is also the season for tourist industry in
the region where thousands of foreign and
domestic tourists rush during winter.
According to the bird watching experts there
are mainly two seasons for the activities of
migratory birds in the region - the monsoon
season and the winter season from October to
March end when they return to their native
Birds in Kota, Bundi, Baran, Jhalawar
spieces like the Bar Headed Goose, and the Ruddy
Shelduck Gray Lag Goose have arrived here from
Europe and Central Asia.
The spontaneous agitation of the migratory birds
reaches to its climax in December, January and
throughout the season, these birds make their
presence felt with the melodious singing and
chirping over the placid water bodies.
Demoille cranes, from China and Mongolia have begun
visiting the region in large numbers since the last
Pelicans, particularly Gray Pelicans that live up to
eating fish as heavy as to one and a half kilogram
start reaching here in the first week of January.
Dams, reservoirs, tanks and land rivers of Hadoti
offer excellent bird watching opportunities. The
reservoir of Kota barrage, Rana Pratap sagar dam are
huge wetlands and support a healthy population of
resident and migratory birds.
Sightings of over 110 species of water birds have
been reported from the medium sized dams of Bardha,
Alniya, Sawan Bhado and Abheda, Ranpur, Hindoli,
Girdharpura, Sorsan and anaksagar tanks.
Also, Darrah, Ramgarh, Vishdhari and Shergarh
sanctuaries are known to have rich avian diversity
of forest loving birds.
The painted stork breeding colony of Udpuria village
is worth a visit during winter months when the whole
area is abuzz with the calls of hundreds of young
birds competing with each other for food and
Among the migratory birds that reach Hadoti during
winter are geese and ducks with their two species,
grey lag – Bar Headed and Ruddy Shelduck- common
Herons - the common grey, purple, night and pond
herons and four varieties of Egrets - large,
intermediate, little and cattle Egrets are also
regular flying visitors to the region during winter,
besides, being home to black and glossy Ibis.
Bundi city in Hadoti region becomes heavenly abode
for Spoonbills that are found in numbers during the
season hunting shoals of fish over the water bodies.
Pelicans - large, rosy and dalmatian pelicans about
the shallow water bodies and flamingoes can also be
seen during the winter though they are visible in
large number only on the onset of monsoon.
Five species of storks out of world's total
seventeen can be spotted in Hadoti during winter.
Mostly visible is Painted Storks that nest in the
higher branches of babool trees.
Another species of stork, generally seen here are
open billed storks and necked storks that because of
their being shy avoid communities and stay in
solitary. Other migratory birds, that offer a
fascinating site to the birdwatchers are jacanas,
coots, moorhens, water hens, kingfishers, rollers,
golden oriole etc.
The National Chambal Ghariyal
Jawarsagar, Ramgarh, Kishoresagar, Alnia Dam, Ummed
Ganj in Kota district, dams of Bardha, Guda, Garada
and Chakan, Jait Ramgarh Sanctuary, Ratan Sagar at
Talwas, Ram Sagar at Hindoli, Paibalapura at Nainwa,
Roonija dam and Abhayapura dam in Bundi district and
Ramgarh, Narsinghpura, in Baran district are some of
the water places in Hadoutti where bird lover can
easily enjoy bird watching during winter. *