Are you a bird lover and enjoy watching birds and nature walks then monsoon is the right time for you to explore the birding hotspots in Goa.
Give water sports and beaches a miss and enjoy the natural beauty of Goa by indulging in serious birding in jungles, villages, and islands of Goa. Read on to find out more about the bird sanctuaries located in Goa.
- Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
The best way in spotting birds at Dr. Salim Ali Bird sanctuary is to tale a boat ride to Chorao Island on the banks of Mandovi River.
Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is home to a huge number of water birds and purple heron, Temminck’s stint, Terek sandpipers are the most common birds found at this place.
- Carambolim Lake
Carambolim lake is a birder’s paradise. It is the best place for spotting a plethora of avifauna in the beautiful state of Goa.
Carambolim lake and the surrounding forest are turned in to a protected habitat by Goa and special care is taken in order to maintain the ecosystem for birds. The nature lovers can find northern pintails, purple swamphens and the oriental darters here.
- Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary
If you have plans to visit South Goa and are wondering the right place for bird watching then don’t worry Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary is the right place.
Many rare bird species are found here especially the white-billiard woodpecker, Malabar trogon and Ceylon frogmouth. As it is located near Dudhsagar falls, the tourists can also enjoy a trek thereby exploring its park.
- Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary
Mahadei Wildlife Sanctuary is located away from main towns and popular beaches. Mahadei Wildlife Sanctuary is declared an international biodiversity hotspot.
It is because, Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary in Goa is home to globally threatened species like blue-faced malkoha, crimson-backed sunbird, white-bellied blue flycatcher, rufous babbler, grey-headed bulbul, Malabar grey hornbill, hair crested drongo, Malabar parakeet, and Nilgiri wood-pigeon.
- Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary
A well-known sanctuary for its dense and tall trees, cascading waterfalls and the meandering streams are Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary in South Goa.
The wildlife enthusiasts can take a walk via park and make way to the watchtower for spotting the most beautiful birds species like Malabar-crested eagle, heart-spotted woodpecker, and white-bellied woodpecker.
I hope you find this article helpful during your visit to Goa.