The second highest 2730 m mountain that surrounds the Kathmandu valley is Shivapuri. The park was established as a Watershed and Wildlife Reserve in 1976 and was declared as a national park in 2002 for the protection of its flora and fauna. It lies Northern side of Kathmandu valley. This is the main source of the rivers Bagmati and Bishnumati. Shivapuri having the mostly secondary forest. Vegetation varieties in the park include its 129 species of mushrooms, 19 species mammals, 102 species of butterflies and a total of 318 bird species has been recorded in Shivapuri.
Birds to see at Shivapuri
Hill Patridge, Kalij pheasant, Speckled Piculet, Fulvous - breasted Woodpecker, Lesser Yellownape, Grey - headed Woodpecker, Great Barbet, Golden- throated Barbet, Large Hawk Cuckoo ( s ), Eurasian Cuckoo ( s ), Himalayan Cuckoo ( s ), Collared Owlet, Wedge - tailed Green Pigeon, Common Buzzard, Booted Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Long - tailed Broadbill, Orange - bellied Leafbird, Red - billed Blue Magpie, Grey Treepie, Maroon Oriole, Large Cuckooshrike, Long - tailed Minivet, Scarlet Minivet, Yellow - bellied Fantail, White- throated Fantail, Black Drongo, Lesser Racket - tailed Drongo, Blue whistling Thrush, Rufous - gorgetted Flycatcher, Verditer Flycatcher, Grey - headed Canary Flycatcher, Rufous - bellied Niltava, Small Niltava, Himalayn Bluetail, Blue - fronted Redstart, White - capped water Redstart, Plumbeous Water Redstart, Slaty - backed forkatail, Spotted Forktail, Chestnut - bellied Nuthatch, Velvet - fronted Nuthatch, Brown - throated Treecreeper, Green - backed Tit, Black - Lored Tit, Yellow - browed Tit, Black - throated Tit, Mountain Bulbul, Black Bulbul, Buff - barred Warbler, Ashy - thrated Warbler, Hume's Warbler, Greenish Warbler, Grey - hooded Warbler, White - throated Laughingthrush, White - Crested Laughingthrush, Streaked Laughingthrush, Streak - breasted Scimitar Babbler, Pygmy Wren Babbler, Black - chinned Babbler, White - browed Shrike Babbler, Hoary - throated Barwing, Blue winged Minla, Nepal Fulvetta, Whiskered Yuhina, Stripe - throated Yuhina, Rufous Sibia, Black - throated Sunbird, Green - tailed Sunbird, Brown Bullfinch
Nagarjun forest is a part of the Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park the Northwest of Kathmandu valley. Most of the area is covered by secondary forest. After entering the National Park from Phulbari gate there are two routes to do birding. One is with the steep climb up to Jamacho Gumba, which is one of the sacred places of Tibetan Buddhists that live in Kathmandu, another route is straight to Raniban and pheasant farming site.
Birds to see at Nagarjun Forest
Kalij Pheasant, Speckled Piculet, Fulvous – breasted Woodpecker, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Lesser Yellonape, Greater Yellownape, Great Barbet, Blue-throated Barbet, Indian Cuckoo, Eurasian Cuckoo, Green-billed Malkoha, Asian Koel, Asian Barred Owlet, Shikra, Orange-bellied Leafbird, Red-billed Blue Magpie, Grey Treepie, Maroon Oriole, Large Cuckooshrike, Scarlet Minivet, Black Drongo, Ashy Drongo, Blue-capped Rock Thrush, Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush, Verditer Flycatcher, Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher, Large Niltava, Small Niltava, Blue-throated Blue Flycatcher, White-tailed Robin, Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch, Velvet – fronted Nuthatch, Great Tit, Black – lored Tit, Mountain Bulbul, Red-vented Bulbul, Hume’s Warbler, Grey-hooded Warbler, Buff - barred Warbler, Lemon- rumped Warbler, White - Crested Laughingthrush, Rusty cheeked Scimitar Babbler, Black-chinned Babbler, Nepal Fulvetta, Fire - breasted Flowerpecker and raptors.
|Duration||6 to 7 hours|
|Location||Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park|
|When to Visit||October to May|