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Map of Nainital, India

Map of Nainital, India

Nainital Lake
Brown-fronted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos auriceps) Streaked Laughingthrush (Trochalopteron lineatum) Blue-capped Redstart (Phoenicurus coeruleocephala) Male

Nainital is a town in the Himalayan foothills that sees a lot of Indian vacationers. To get there requires riding the bus on a very slow winding road, distances are a lot further by road than you would expect. There are plenty of hotels and restaurants in town, and a short hike will take you to some good birding spots.




1/18/2006: We stayed a couple of nights here in Nainital. Due to the higher elevation and latitude, it was freezing here at night, and we even saw some snow. Nainital Lake was not good for birds, but the forested hills around town had some species not found at lower elevations.

Previous Visit (Varanasi: 1/14/2006)
Next Visit (Jim Corbett National Park - Dhikala: 1/19/2006)

Species Recorded (24)

Birds ( 24 )

Old World Tree Warblers ( Phylloscopidae )
Gray-cheeked Warbler - Phylloscopus poliogenys
Gray-hooded Warbler - Phylloscopus xanthoschistos

Old World Flycatchers and Chats ( Muscicapidae )
Spotted Forktail - Enicurus maculatus

Grouse, Turkeys, and Allies ( Phasianidae )
Kalij Pheasant - Lophura leucomelanos

Cranes ( Gruidae )
Sarus Crane - Antigone antigone

Piculets and Woodpeckers ( Picidae )
Himalayan Woodpecker - Dendrocopos himalayensis
Brown-fronted Woodpecker - Dendrocoptes auriceps

Bulbuls ( Pycnonotidae )
White-Cheeked Bulbul - Pycnonotus leucogenys

White-eyes ( Zosteropidae )
Indian White-eye - Zosterops palpebrosus

Jays and Crows ( Corvidae )
Common Raven - Corvus corax

Chickadees and Titmice ( Paridae )
Black-lored Tit - Machlolophus xanthogenys
Green-backed Tit - Parus monticolus

Bushtits ( Aegithalidae )
Black-throated Tit - Aegithalos concinnus

Treecreepers ( Certhiidae )
Bar-tailed Treecreeper - Certhia himalayana

Laughingthrushes ( Timaliidae )
Striated Laughingthrush - Grammatoptila striata
Rufous Sibia - Heterophasia capistrata
Streaked Laughingthrush - Trochalopteron lineatum

Thrushes and Allies ( Turdidae )
Blue Whistling-Thrush - Myophonus caeruleus
Blue-capped Redstart - Phoenicurus coeruleocephala
Plumbeous Redstart - Phoenicurus fuliginosus
White-Capped Redstart - Phoenicurus leucocephalus
Himalayan Bluetail - Tarsiger rufilatus

Leafbirds ( Chloropseidae )
Orange-bellied Leafbird - Chloropsis hardwickii

Old World Sparrows ( Passeridae )
Russet Sparrow - Passer cinnamomeus




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