Birding at Kanha

Courtyard House

Winged Wonders Kanha

Kanha abounds in forest birds besides some species of grassland and wetland habitats. A large part of bird watching takes place during the tiger safaris in the open jeeps in the tourism area. Birding in Kanha periphery adds to the list as it takes place in a diverse habitats.
Known more for its magnificent tigers, Kanha is one of the finest birding destinations in India. Forest birds abound at Courtyard House, the neighboring fields, wetlands and forests offer a diverse habitat. Birding treks along with our bird guide yields stunning avian all around.
Including migrants there are more than two hundred fifty species at Kanha National Park. Forest and grassland birds are found in plentiful.
The habitat in the core zone comprises of grasslands, pure Sal, bamboo and mixed forest zones. Small rivulets and wetlands abound in the critical tiger habitat. Trekking is not allowed inside the park hence bird watching takes place on open jeeps on safari.
Our birding guide will escort you to the best birding spots especially in the mixed forest zones. He is solely dedicated to you to make your expedition a big success.
Some of jewels of Kanha are red jungle fowl, painted francolin, black naped monarch, Asian paradise flycatcher, Malabar pied hornbill, common gray hornbill, red avadavat, crested hawk eagle, serpent eagle, honey buzzard, grey headed fishing eagle, osprey, Pallas's fishing eagle, Indian pitta, white rumped shama, gold mantled chloropsis, Tickell's blue flycatcher, Jerdon's leaf bird, plum headed parakeet, Alexandrine Parakeet, brown fish owl, tawny eagle owl, mottled wood owl, barred jungle owlet, Indian scops owl, spotted owlet, bar winged flycatcher shrike, pied bush chat, common stone chat, small minivet, scarlet minivet, black rumped flameback, white naped woodpecker, yellow crowned woodpecker, Hume's warbler, sulphur bellied warbler, greenish warbler, rain quail, common bush quail, ashy prinia, common tailor bird, plain prinia and many more.
The forests of Kanha never cease to surprise. On your expedition what waits you. A big bundle of surprise.

Kanha Bird Checklist:

Family: Phasianidae

  • Black Francolin 
  • Painted Francolin 
  • Grey Francolin 
  • Common Rock Quail 
  • Rain Quail 
  • Blue-breasted Quail 
  • Jungle Bush Quail 
  • Red Spurfowl 
  • Painted Spurfowl
  • Red Junglefowl 
  • Indian Peafowl

Family: Dendrocygndiae

  • Lesser Whistling Teal

Family: Anatidae

  • Greylag Goose
  • Brahminy Duck
  • Nakta
  • Cotton Pygmy Goose
  • Common Pochard
  • Eurasian Wigeon
  • Mallard
  • Spot-billed Duck
  • Tufted Duck
  • Northern Shoveler
  • Pintail
  • Blue Winged Teal
  • Common Teal

Family: Turnicidae

  • Small Buttonquail 
  • Yellow Legged Buttonquail 
  • Barred Buttonquail

Family: Picidae

  • Brown Capped Pygmy Woodpecker 
  • Yellow Crowned Woodpecker 
  • Rufous Woodpecker 
  • Black Rumped Flameback 
  • White Naped Woodpecker

Family: Megalaimidae

  • Brown Headed Barbet 
  • Coppersmith Barbet

Family: Bucerotidae

  • Indian Grey Hornbill 
  • Malabar Pied Hornbill

Family: Upupidae

  • Common Hoopoe

Family: Coraciidae

  • Indian Roller

Family: Alcedinidae

  • Common Kingfisher

Family: Halcyonidae

  • Stork Billed Kingfisher 
  • White Throated Kingfisher 
  • Black Capped Kingfisher

Family: Cerylidae

  • Pied Kingfisher

Family: Meropidae

  • Blue-bearded Bee-eater 
  • Little Green Bee-eater 
  • Blue-tailed Bee-eater 
  • Chestnut-headed Bee-eater

Family: Cuculidae

  • Pied Cuckoo 
  • Common Hawk Cuckoo 
  • Indian Cuckoo 
  • Eurasian Cuckoo 
  • Banded Bay Cuckoo 
  • Grey Bellied Cuckoo
  • Asian Koel 
  • Sirkeer Malkoha

Family: Centropodidae

  • Greater Coucal

Family: Psittacidae

  • Alexandrine Parakeet 
  • Rose Ringed Parakeet 
  • Plum Headed Parakeet

Family: Apodidae

  • House Swift

Family: Hemiprocnidae

  • Crested Treeswift

Family: Tytonidae

  • Barn Owl

Family: Strigidae

  • Collared Scops Owl 
  • Rock Eagle Owl 
  • Brown Fish Owl 
  • Mottled Wood Owl 
  • Jungle Owlet 
  • Spotted Owlet
  • Brown Hawk Owl
  • Short-eared Owl

Family: Caprimulgidae

  • Grey Nightjar 
  • Indian Nightjar 
  • Savanna Nightjar


  • Rock Pigeon 
  • Oriental Turtle Dove 
  • Laughing Dove 
  • Spotted Dove 
  • Red Collared Dove 
  • Eurasian Collared Dove 
  • Bronze Winged Dove 
  • Yellow-footed Green Pigeon

Family: Gruidae

  • Sarus Crane

Family: Rallidae

  • Slaty-breasted Rail 
  • Brown Crake 
  • White Breasted Waterhen 
  • Baillon's Crake 
  • Common Moorhen 
  • Purple Moorhen

Family: Scolopacidae

  • Common Snipe
  • Spotted Redshank 
  • Common Redshank 
  • Marsh Sandpiper 
  • Common Greenshank 
  • Green Sandpiper 
  • Wood Sandpiper 
  • Common Sandpiper

Family: Rostratulidae

  • Painted-snipe

Family: Jacanidae

  • Pheasant Tailed Jacana 
  • Bronze-winged Jacana

Family: Burhinidae

  • Eurasian Thickknee

Family: Charadriidae

  • Black Winged Stilt
  • Little Ringed Plover 
  • Yellow Wattled Lapwing 
  • Red Wattled Lapwing

Family: Laridae

  • River Tern

Family: Accipitridae

  • Osprey
  • Oriental Honey-buzzard 
  • Black Shouldered Kite 
  • Black Kite 
  • Grey-Headed 
  • Egyptian Vulture
  • White Rumped Vulture 
  • Long-billed Vulture
  • King Vulture 
  • Crested Serpent Eagle 
  • Eurasian Marsh Harrier
  • Pallid Harrier 
  • Pied Harrier 
  • Shikra 
  • White Eyed Buzzard 
  • Bonelli's Eagle 
  • Booted Eagle 
  • Crested Hawk Eagle

Family: Falconidae

  • Common Kestrel 
  • Laggar Falcon 
  • Peregrine Falcon

Family: Podicipedidae

  • Little Grebe

Family: Anhingidae

  • Darter Bird

Family: Phalacrocoracidae

  • Little Cormorant 
  • Indian Shag 
  • Great Cormorant

Family: Ardeidae

  • Little Egret 
  • Grey Heron 
  • Purple Heron 
  • Great Egret
  • Cattle Egret 
  • Indian Pond Heron 
  • Striated Heron
  • Black Crowned Night Heron

Family: Threskiornithidae

  • Black Headed Ibis
  • Glossy Ibis
  • Black Ibis

Family: Ciconiidae

  • Painted Stork 
  • Asian Openbill Stork
  • Black Stork W Ciconia nigra
  • Woolly Necked Stork
  • Lesser Adjutant

Family: Pittidae

  • Indian Pitta

Family: Irenidae

  • Blue Winged Leafbird 
  • Golden Fronted Leafbird

Family: Laniidae

  • Brown Shrike 
  • Bay-backed Shrike 
  • Long-tailed Shrike 
  • Great Grey Shrike

Family: Corvidae

  • Rufous Treepie 
  • House Crow 
  • Large-billed Crow
  • Eurasian Golden Oriole 
  • Black Headed Oriole
  • Large Cuckooshrike
  • Black-headed Cuckooshrike 
  • Small Minivet 
  • Scarlet Minivet 
  • Bar-winged Flycatcher-Shrike
  • White-throated Fantail 
  • White-browed Fantail
  • Black Drongo 
  • Ashy Drongo 
  • White-bellied Drongo 
  • Spangled Drongo 
  • Greater Racket Tailed
  • Black Naped Monarch 
  • Asian Paradise-flycatcher
  • Common Iora
  • Common Woodshrike

Family: Muscicapidae

  • Blue-capped Rock Thrush 
  • Orange-headed Ground Thrush
  • Tickell's Thrush 
  • Eurasian Blackbird
  • Asian Brown Flycatcher 
  • Red-throated Flycatcher 
  • Ultramarine Flycatcher 
  • Verditer Flycatcher 
  • Tickell's Blue Flycatcher 
  • Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher 
  • Bluethroat
  • Oriental Magpie Robin 
  • Shama
  • Indian Robin
  • Black Redstart 
  • Common Stonechat 
  • Pied Bushchat 
  • Grey Bushchat

Family: Sturnidae

  • Chestnut-tailed Starling 
  • Brahminy Myna
  • Asian Pied Starling 
  • Common Myna
  • Bank Myna 
  • Jungle Myna

Family: Sittidae

  • Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch 
  • Velvet-fronted Nuthatch R Sitta frontalis

Family: Paridae

  • Great Tit 
  • Black-lored Tit

Family: Hirundinidae

  • Dusky Crag Martin 
  • Barn Swallow 
  • Wire-tailed Swallow 
  • Red-rumped Swallow
  • Streak-throated Swallow 
  • House Martin

Family: Pycnonotidae

  • Red-vented Bulbul

Family: Cisticolidae

  • Zitting Cisticola 
  • Grey-breasted Prinia 
  • Jungle Prinia 
  • Ashy Prinia
  • Plain Prinia

Family: Zosteropidae

  • Oriental White-eye 

Family: Sylviidae

  • Common Tailorbird
  • Common Chiffchaff 
  • Hume's Warbler
  • Tickell's Leaf Warbler 
  • Greenish Warbler
  • Puff-throated Babbler
  • Indian Scimitar Babbler 
  • Tawny Babbler 
  • Yellow-eyed Babbler 
  • Large Grey Babbler 
  • Jungle Babbler R Turdoides striatus
  • Brown-cheeked Fulvetta
  • Lesser Whitethroat 

Family: Alaudidae

  • Indian Bushlark 
  • Ashy-crowned Finch Lark
  • Rufous Tailed Lark 
  • Greater Short-toed Lark
  • Oriental Skylark

Family: Nectariniidae

  • Thick-billed Flowerpecker 
  • Pale-billed Flowerpecker
  • Purple Sunbird 


  • House Sparrow 
  • Chestnut Shouldered Petronia 
  • White Wagtail 
  • White-browed Wagtail 
  • Citrine Wagtail 
  • Yellow Wagtail 
  • Grey Wagtail 
  • Richard's Pipit
  • Paddyfield Pipit 
  • Tawny Pipit 
  • Blyth's Pipit W
  • Olive-backed Pipit 
  • Tree Pipit
  • Baya Weaver
  • Red Avadavat 
  • Indian Silver Bill
  • Green Avadavat 
  • White Backed Munia
  • Scaly Breasted Munia 
  • Black Headed Munia

Family: Fringillidae

  • Common Rosefinch
  • Crested Bunting 
  • Black Headed Bunting
  • Red Headed Bunting
  • Grey Capped Bunting