Hotel in Pangot Nainital, Uttarakhand

Birds Found Near Pangot

Pangot has been a birdwatcher’s paradise for over 35 years. The tall forest ridge facing the deep jungles of Corbet make this the ideal place for birds that migrate from Corbet upward to beat the heat in the summer and downward to beat the heat from the cold of the Himalayas. Home the famous [black bird of pangot] which can be found nesting with local humans in the local shops is treat for nature lovers. Pangot has over 560 species of birds recorded as per references on the web. Our Hotel Aranaya Virasat was primary positioned at the bottom of the Pangot village so we touch the natural reserve with our lower boundary. The list below was compiled by our local staff on personal experiances.


The bearded vulture also known as the lammergeyer or ossifrage,is very famous near pangot and is called a bird of prey and the only member of the genus gypaetus. Traditionally considered an Old World vulture, it actually forms a minor lineage of accipitridae together with the Egyptian vulture ,its closest living relative. It is not much more closely related to the Old World vultures proper than to, for example, hawks, and differs from the former by its feathered neck. Although dissimilar, the Egyptian and bearded vulture each have a lozenge-shaped tail — unusual among birds of prey. In July 2014, the IUCN Red List has reassessed this species to be near threatened. Before July 2014, it was actually classed as Least Concern. Their population trend is decreasing. The bearded vulture is the only known animal whose diet is almost exclusively bone (70-90%). It lives and breeds on crags in high mountains in southern Europe, the Caucasus, Africa, the Indian subcontinent.

Himalayan griffon

The Himalayan vulture or Himalayan griffon vulture can be often seen near Aranya Virasat is an old world vulture in the family Accipitridae. Closely related to the European griffon vulture and once considered a subspecies of it, this species is found along the Himalayas and the adjoining Tibetan Plateau. It is one of the two largest Old World vultures and true raptors. This is a huge vulture, and is perhaps the largest and heaviest bird found in the Himalayas. Adults have a ruff that is long and pale brown with white streaks. The ruff feathers are long and spiky. The head is covered in down which is yellowish in adults but whitish in immature vultures. The underside and under-wing coverts are quite pale brown or buff, being almost white in some specimens. The legs are covered with Buffy feathers and the feet can vary from greenish grey to white. The upper side is unstreaked, pale buff with the tail quills, outer greater coverts and wing quills being a contrasting dark brown. The inner-secondary’s have paler tips.

Blue-winged minla

The blue-winged minla also known as the blue-winged siva, is a species of bird in the family Leiothrichidae. It has in the past been placed in the genus Minla instead of the monotypic Siva.It is found in the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia, ranging across Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia,China, India, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, Tibet, and Vietnam. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.Races orientalis (with wirthi), sordidior and rufodorsalis fairly distinctive; iris colour appears to be dark in nominate and aglae but pale in other taxa. Proposed race croizati (from Sichuan, in SC China) treated as a synonym of wingatei. Eight subspecies recognized.

Slaty-backed forktail

The slaty-backed forktail a species of forktail in the family Muscicapidae. A slim, medium-sized forktail, it is distinguished from similar species by its slate grey forehead, crown, and mantle. It has a long and deeply forked tail banded in black and white, a white rump, and a white bar across its primary feathers; the rest of the plumage is predominantly white. The sexes look alike. The bird frequents the edges of fast-flowing streams and rivers, where it hunts small invertebrates by hopping among rocks or flying out over the water. It breeds between February and July, laying 3–4 pinkish, bluish, or white eggs; both sexes incubate the eggs. The slaty-backed forktail is found near streams and rivers in tropical and subtropical regions, occasionally straying further from flowing water to the edges of roads and trails.

Rufous-bellied woodpecker

The rufous-bellied woodpecker or rufus-bellied sapsucker is a species of bird in the family Picidae. This woodpecker has a habit of making a series of small pits on the bark of trees leading to its being considered an Asiatic member of the sapsuckers in the past. It is found along the Himalayas in the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia, ranging across Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, North Korea, South Korea, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, and Vietnam. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.rufous-bellied woodpecker ranges in length from about 19 to 23 cm (7.5 to 9.1 in). The male has a red crown while the female has a black crown, speckled with white. Both sexes have a black mantle and back, while the wings are black barred with white. The upper tail is black,

khalij pheasant

The kalij pheasant is a pheasant found in forests and thickets, especially in the Himalayan foothills, from Pakistan to western Thailand. Males are rather variable depending on the subspecies involved, but all have an at least partially glossy bluish-black plumage, while females are overall brownish. Both sexes have a bare red face and greyish legs (the latter separating it from the red-legged silver pheasant). It is generally common and widespread, though three of its eastern subspecies are considered threatened and moffitti is virtually unknown in the wild. The name is also spelt kaleege in old texts, such as Game Birds of India and Asia by Frank Finn, though no longer in his Indian Sporting Birds.


The flowerpeckers are a family, Dicaeidae, of passerine birds. The family comprises two genera, Prionochilus and Dicaeum, with 44 species in total. The family has sometimes been included in an enlarged sunbird family Nectariniidae. The berrypeckers of the family Melanocharitidae and the painted berrypeckers, Paramythiidae, were once lumped into this family as well. The family is distributed through tropical southern Asia and Australasia from India east to the Philippines and south to Australia. The family has a wide range occupying a wide range of environments from sea level to montane habitats. Some species, such as the mistletoebird of Australia, are recorded as being highly nomadic over parts of their range. There is little variation in structure between species in the family although many have distinctive and colourful plumage.

Old World babbler

The Old World babblers or Timaliidae are a family of mostly Old World passerine birds. They are rather diverse in size and coloration, but are characterised by soft fluffy plumage. These are birds of tropical areas, with the greatest variety in Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent. The timaliids are one of two unrelated groups of birds known as babblers, the other being the Australasian babblers of the family Pomatostomidae Morphological diversity is rather high; most species resemble "warblers", jays or thrushes. This group is among those Old World bird families with the highest number of species still being discovered.

grey-capped pygmy woodpecker

The grey-capped pygmy woodpecker is an Asian bird species of the woodpecker family. It has a subspecies, Yungipicus canicapillus doerriesi, located primarily in Manchuria, eastern Siberia, and Korea.This is a small, dark woodpecker with dark irides. Barred black and white above, it usually has unbarred central tail feathers. Its dark buff underside has prominent dark streaking. The dark grey crown,strong black eyestripes, and thin dark malar stripes contrast with broad white supercilia and cheeks.