Monday, February 22, 2010

White capped bunting

Our second great discovery in Central Indian city of Jabalpur was recent sighting of white capped bunting along with a group of common rosefinch. The first was sighting of white browed Bulbul. This was at Barha which is a forest near Jabalpur full of bird life.

This bird is a ground feeder and visits Central India in winters. The only other bunting I have seen in and around Jabalpur is the crested bunting

Once populated with big cats tigers and leopards the forest do not hold any mammalian life thanks to poaching. The forest is excellent bird habitat with winter migrants like Hume's warbler, Sulpher bellied warbler and Greenish warbler seen with regularity. Other migrants are black redstart, red throated flycatcher and wagtails.   

On our regular bird watching trips we see lot of forest birds that are found in Kanha and Bandhavgarh.  I have check listed more than 80 species of forest birds.

Barha Reserve forest is the best birding spot to those on birding trips at Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh.

Indian bird picture

Bird Photographs by Gopal Desai