Animal Encounter #1: Catching up with Spiny Babbler (A Bird found only in Nepal)

Nepal is a paradise for ornithologists and avid bird watchers. There are currently 900 species of birds found in Nepal (as of 2012), of which 30 species are globally threatened, 1 species in endemic and 1 species has been recently introduced by humans. Spiny Babbler is the only species of bird endemic to Nepal.



Spiny cheeked Honeyeater

Spiny Babbler

Spiny Babbler (Nepali: काँडे भ्याकुर) is the only bird endemic to Nepal. It has been listed in the “Least Concern” category by IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. It is a medium sized bird with a sharp beak and is quite shy an elegant and spectacular brown bird. Formerly, they were only to be found in restricted range but recently the researches have suggested they aren’t to be kept under vulnerable category anymore.

Spiny Babbler was thought to be extinct for over centuries, however,  it came under attention when Sidney Dillon Ripley, an American ornithologist, came to know about its existence.


Kingdom Animalia
Phyllum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Passeriformes
Family Leiothraichida
Genus Turdoides
Species Turdois Nipalensis

~Habitat & Location~

It is known to be found only in Nepal. They are currently found in central, eastern, mid-western and far-western regions of Nepal, with higher influx in subtropical and tropical moist regions of Terai and Hills. Kathmandu, Shivapuri National Park, Koshi Tappu, Chitwan National Park and Bardia National Park are few of the popular destinations for the bird lovers to watch some most diverse species of birds in the planet.


Bird Watching in Nepal

Bird watching or birding is a popular hobby of most people. Most bird watchers tend to take this wildlife observation as a recreation activity. Nepal consist of 8% of the total bird species in the world, therefore, most of the geographic regions of Nepal can be a haven for bird lovers and ornithologists. Read more on Bird watching in Nepal.

Lophophorus or Danphe

Lophophorus or Danphe

Stork, Pheasant, Cuckoo, Crow, Cormorant, Egret, Black ibis, Eagle, Falcon, Duck, Chukar, Partridge, Sarus (Crane), Lapwing pigeon, Bengal green pigeon, Dove, Parakeet, Cuckoo, Owl, Vulture, Peafowl, Red jungle fowl, Swallow, Black drong, Blue jay, Wood pecker, Black-headed shrike, Common myna, Red-vented bulbul, Paradise flycatcher, Brahminy duck, House sparrow, Red mania, Hawk and Spiny Babbler are commonly found in Nepal.



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