Rajasthan: The Spotted Sandgrouse and more in India
Known primarily for grand old forts, palaces, and mansions, Rajasthan is also a great opportunity to spot some rare birds including a host of raptors. Travel off the main birdwatching destinations to explore more of this unique landscape.
What iO thinks
Rajasthan is the perfect place to see a host of birds in a reasonably small window. Along with the Bharatpur wetlands, the region of Tal Chhappar and Bikaner are quietly being recognised as having a host of raptors and rarities. The grasslands in combination with the Bikaner dumpyard provide a unique avenue to go birding. These included singing bushlarks, demoiselle cranes, Stolickza’s bushchat, Laggar Falcons, spotted sandgrouse and a host of others.
Lesser Whistling Duck, White-headed Duck, Bar-headed Goose, Greylag Goose, Ruddy Shelduck, Marbled Teal, Red-crested Pochard, Common Pochard, Ferruginous Duck, Tufted Duck, Northern Shoveler, Gadwall, Eurasian Wigeon, Indian Spot-billed Duck, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Common Teal, Comb Duck, Asian Pygmy Goose, Indian Peafowl, Common Quail, Rain Quail, Rock Bush Quail, Black Francolin, Grey Francolin, Greater Flamingo, Little Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Rock Dove, Pale-backed Pigeon, Eurasian Collared Dove, Red Collared Dove, Spotted-necked Dove, Laughing Dove, Yellow-legged Green Pigeon, Pin-tailed Sandgrouse, Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse, Spotted Sandgrouse, Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Sykes’s Nightjar, Indian Nightjar, Little Swift, Greater Coucal, Jacobin Cuckoo, Common Koel, Common Hawk Cuckoo, Brown Crake, White-breasted Waterhen, Purple Swamphen, Common Moorhen, Common Coot, Demoiselle Crane, Common Crane