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Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, India (Center on Interactive Map)

Map of Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, India

Map of Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, India

Bonnet Macaque (Macaca radiata) Jungle Myna (Acridotheres fuscus) Chestnut-headed Bee-eater (Merops leschenaulti) Gray Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea) Malabar Woodshrike (Tephrodornis sylvicola) Blyths Leaf-Warbler (Acrocephalus dumetorum)
Orange Minivet (Pericrocotus flammeus) Malabar Starling (Sturnia blythii) Nilgiri Flowerpecker (Dicaeum concolor) Southern Hill Myna (Gracula indica) Indian Golden Oriole (Oriolus kundoo) Malabar Barbet (Psilopogon malabaricus)
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus paradiseus) Jungle Babbler (Turdoides striata) Rufous Woodpecker (Micropternus brachyurus) Malabar Parakeet (Psittacula columboides) Greenish Warbler (Phylloscopus trochiloides) Crested Goshawk (Accipiter trivirgatus)
Velvet-fronted Nuthatch (Sitta frontalis) Common Hawk-Cuckoo (Hierococcyx varius) Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus) Orange-headed Thrush (Geokichla citrina) Malabar Trogon (Harpactes fasciatus) White-bellied Blue-Flycatcher (Cyornis pallipes)
Malabar Whistling-Thrush (Myophonus horsfieldii) Malabar Imperial-Pigeon (Ducula cuprea) Indian Scimitar-Babbler (Pomatorhinus horsfieldii) Brown-backed Needletail (Hirundapus giganteus) Oriental Pipit (Anthus rufulus) Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus)
Little Cormorant (Microcarbo niger) Black Baza (Aviceda leuphotes) Nilgiri Langur (Trachypithecus johnii) Nilgiri Langur (Trachypithecus johnii) Indian Roller (Coracias benghalensis) Red-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus)
Woolly-necked Stork (Ciconia episcopus) Greater Coucal (Centropus sinensis) Indian Pond-Heron (Ardeola grayii) Heart-spotted Woodpecker (Hemicircus canente) White Stork (Ciconia ciconia) Indian Pitta (Pitta brachyura)
White-browed Wagtail (Motacilla maderaspatensis) Tickells Blue-Flycatcher (Cyornis tickelliae) - Female White-bellied Woodpecker (Dryocopus javensis) Gaur (Bos frontalis) Jungle Owlet (Glaucidium radiatum) White-bellied Treepie (Dendrocitta leucogastra)
Dusky Crag Martin (Ptyonoprogne concolor) Long-billed Sunbird (Cinnyris lotenius) - Male Malabar Gray-Hornbill (Ocyceros griseus) Common Iora (Aegithina tiphia) Small Minivet (Pericrocotus cinnamomeus) Red-whiskered Bulbul (Pycnonotus jocosus)
Long-billed Sunbird (Cinnyris lotenius) - Female White-cheeked Barbet (Psilopogon viridis) Black-rumped Flameback (Dinopium benghalense) Gray Junglefowl (Gallus sonneratii)

Reservoir and forests.


Around The World in 66 Days

2/19/2013: After all the hassles that we encountered getting into India and traveling in Assam, we were a bit concerned about our last week. We decided to visit the south of India, and after a couple of days and connecting flights, we found ourselves in Kochi.

We immediately saw that Kerala was a lot different than Assam. For one thing, there was a very helpful tourist booth in the airport. And, I was even allowed to buy a SIM card for my cell phone. We pooled with a couple of people, and we hired a car to take us to Periyar National Park. Our hand was a bit forced in this respect due to a general strike that was planned for the next couple of days.

Arriving in Kumily, we signed up for the "Tiger Trail" hiking and camping trip in the park. This involved walking for a couple of hours to a semi-permanent campsite inside the park. Amazingly, we were the only people taking this trip.

Early the next morning, we could hear a tiger repeatedly roaring in the distance. Instead of staying away, our guide thought it might be a good idea to track the tiger. We got close to where we heard the roar, and the guy with the gun and I both saw a tiger jump up and run away from a spot very close to us. Unfortunately, the tiger was so fast that I barely was able to identify it.

A few minutes later, we were surprised when a Sloth Bear ran past us! I think that of the thousands of people who visit this park, we were the only ones lucky enough to see the tiger or the bear.

Note: Indian Nightjar, heard only.

Previous Visit (Guwahati: 2/18/2013)
Next Visit (Thattekad Bird Sanctuary: 2/23/2013)

Species Recorded (94)

Birds ( 87 )

Old World Tree Warblers ( Phylloscopidae )
Greenish Warbler - Phylloscopus trochiloides

Grebes ( Podicipedidae )
Little Grebe - Tachybaptus ruficollis

Hawks, Eagles, and Kites ( Accipitridae )
Crested Goshawk - Accipiter trivirgatus

Cormorants ( Phalacrocoracidae )
Little Cormorant - Microcarbo niger
Great Cormorant - Phalacrocorax carbo
Indian Cormorant - Phalacrocorax fuscicollis

Anhingas ( Anhingidae )
Oriental Darter - Anhinga melanogaster

Herons ( Ardeidae )
Gray Heron - Ardea cinerea
Medium Egret - Ardea intermedia
Indian Pond-Heron - Ardeola grayii
Little Egret - Egretta garzetta

Storks ( Ciconiidae )
White Stork - Ciconia ciconia
Asian Woolly-necked Stork - Ciconia episcopus

Kites, Hawks, Eagles, and Allies ( Acciptridae )
Black Baza - Aviceda leuphotes
Brahminy Kite - Haliastur indus
Osprey - Pandion haliaetus
Oriental Honey-buzzard - Pernis ptilorhynchus

Falcons and Allies ( Falconidae )
Eurasian Kestrel - Falco tinnunculus

Grouse, Turkeys, and Allies ( Phasianidae )
Gray Junglefowl - Gallus sonneratii

Plovers ( Charadriidae )
Red-wattled Lapwing - Vanellus indicus

Sandpipers and Allies ( Scolopacidae )
Green Sandpiper - Tringa ochropus

Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers ( Laridae )
River Tern - Sterna aurantia

Pigeons and Doves ( Columbidae )
Malabar Imperial Pigeon - Ducula cuprea
Spotted Dove - Spilopelia chinensis

New World Parrots ( Psittacidae )
Vernal Hanging-Parrot - Loriculus vernalis
Malabar Parakeet - Psittacula columboides

Cuckoos ( Cuculidae )
Common Hawk-Cuckoo - Hierococcyx varius

Coucals ( Centropodidae )
Greater Coucal - Centropus sinensis

Typical Owls ( Strigidae )
Jungle Owlet - Glaucidium radiatum

Swifts ( Apodidae )
Brown-backed Needletail - Hirundapus giganteus

Sunbirds ( Nectariniidae )
Purple Sunbird - Cinnyris asiaticus
Long-billed Sunbird - Cinnyris lotenius
Nilgiri Flowerpecker - Dicaeum concolor

Trogons ( Trogonidae )
Malabar Trogon - Harpactes fasciatus

Kingfishers ( Alcedinidae )
Common Kingfisher - Alcedo atthis
Pied Kingfisher - Ceryle rudis
White-throated Kingfisher - Halcyon smyrnensis

Bee-eaters ( Meropidae )
Chestnut-headed Bee-eater - Merops leschenaulti

Rollers ( Coraciidae )
Indian Roller - Coracias benghalensis

Hornbills ( Bucerotidae )
Great Hornbill - Buceros bicornis
Malabar Gray-Hornbill - Ocyceros griseus

Barbets ( Megalaimoidae )
Malabar Barbet - Psilopogon malabaricus
White-cheeked Barbet - Psilopogon viridis

Piculets and Woodpeckers ( Picidae )
Black-rumped Flameback - Dinopium benghalense
White-bellied Woodpecker - Dryocopus javensis
Heart-spotted Woodpecker - Hemicircus canente
Rufous Woodpecker - Micropternus brachyurus

Cuckoo-shrike ( Campephagidae )
Small Minivet - Pericrocotus cinnamomeus
Orange Minivet - Pericrocotus flammeus

Drongos ( Dicruridae )
Bronzed Drongo - Dicrurus aeneus
Ashy Drongo - Dicrurus leucophaeus
Black Drongo - Dicrurus macrocercus
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo - Dicrurus paradiseus

Swallows ( Hirundinidae )
Red-rumped Swallow - Cecropis daurica
Dusky Crag-Martin - Ptyonoprogne concolor

Bulbuls ( Pycnonotidae )
Red-vented Bulbul - Pycnonotus cafer
Red-whiskered Bulbul - Pycnonotus jocosus

Iora ( Aegithinidae )
Common Iora - Aegithina tiphia

Jays and Crows ( Corvidae )
Ashy Woodswallow - Artamus fuscus
Large-billed Crow - Corvus macrorhynchos
White-bellied Treepie - Dendrocitta leucogastra
Rufous Treepie - Dendrocitta vagabunda

Orioles ( Oriolidae )
Indian Golden Oriole - Oriolus kundoo

Helmetshrikes ( Prionopidae )
Common Woodshrike - Tephrodornis pondicerianus
Malabar Woodshrike - Tephrodornis sylvicola

Chickadees and Titmice ( Paridae )
Cinereous Tit - Parus cinereus

Nuthatches ( Sittidae )
Velvet-fronted Nuthatch - Sitta frontalis

Old World Warblers and Gnatcatchers ( Sylviidae )
Blyth's Reed Warbler - Acrocephalus dumetorum
Jungle Babbler - Argya striata
Common Tailorbird - Orthotomus sutorius

Laughingthrushes ( Timaliidae )
Indian Scimitar-Babbler - Pomatorhinus horsfieldii

Thrushes and Allies ( Turdidae )
Oriental Magpie-Robin - Copsychus saularis
Gray-headed Canary-Flycatcher - Culicicapa ceylonensis
White-bellied Blue Flycatcher - Cyornis pallidipes
Tickell's Blue-Flycatcher - Cyornis tickelliae
Orange-headed Thrush - Geokichla citrina
Asian Brown Flycatcher - Muscicapa dauurica
Malabar Whistling-Thrush - Myophonus horsfieldii

Wagtails and Pipits ( Motacillidae )
Paddyfield Pipit - Anthus rufulus
Gray Wagtail - Motacilla cinerea
White-browed Wagtail - Motacilla maderaspatensis

Leafbirds ( Chloropseidae )
Jerdon's Leafbird - Chloropsis jerdoni

Shrikes ( Laniidae )
Brown Shrike - Lanius cristatus

Starlings and Mynas ( Sturnidae )
Jungle Myna - Acridotheres fuscus
Southern Hill Myna - Gracula indica
Malabar Starling - Sturnia blythii

( Pittidae )
Indian Pitta - Pitta brachyura




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