Kathmandu is a paradise for bird – watchers and one of the most rewarding places in Nepal for spotting and study. So far more than 500 species have been recorded in the Kathmandu, and it is not uncommon for an experienced group of ornithologists to identify a hundred species in the course of a single day.
The wide variety of habitat and altitude in the valley make even casual bird watching particularly rewarding. Kathmandu has a huge variation in altitude within a short lateral distance 1300 meter to 2800 meter. Fast flowing forest streams, remaining lakes, farmlands and forests are main habitat for birds. Residents, winter visitors, summer visitors, passage migrants and vagrants’ birds can observe in Kathmandu.
If you are staying long time in Kathmandu or going out of the valley on a trek or tour for a couple of weeks or more a day ’s bird hiking in the valley both before and after your trek or tour will probably reveal a variety of species.