Harike Wetland, located in the Indian state of Punjab, is a haven for birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts. Spread over an area of 41 sq km, it is one of the largest wetlands in northern India and an important birding destination. The wetland is created by the confluence of the Beas and Sutlej rivers and is home to a diverse range of bird species. Here are some of the key bird species you can expect to see while birdwatching in Harike.
Rufous-vented Grass Babbler: Formerly known as the Rufous-vented Prinia, this small babbler is restricted to the Indus plains in Punjab and Pakistan. It inhabits tall grasslands, preferring the vicinity of water bodies.
Jerdon’s Babbler: Jerdon's Babbler lives year-round near river courses, where it inhabits dense reedbeds and tall grasslands. They usually forage by taking apart grass stems to reveal their prey - small invertebrates.
Striated Grassbird: The Striated Grassbird is a large noisy conspicuous warbler, that is often found sitting and calling exposed on tops of grasses, bushes, and telephone wires. While classified as “Least Concern”, it may face threats due to habitat loss.
Bristled Grassbird: The habitat in which the Bristled Grassbird occurs is tall grass-covered marshlands. The species is threatened by the destruction of grassland and marshland habitats.
Streaked Weaver: Although not as common as the Baya Weaver, the Streaked Weaver is quite similar in appearance, with the exception of streaked underparts that give this bird its name. They nest in small colonies, often in reed beds near water bodies.
Black-breasted Weaver: Another beautiful weaver, also known as the Bengal Weaver. The males of this species are easily identifiable by their bold black chest.
Knob-billed Duck: This resident waterfowl is a large duck, light in colour. The male has a beautiful crest on its beak, which serves as a display for sexual selection and showing dominance.
Apart from these key species, you can also expect to see a range of other waterbirds, including herons, egrets, ibises, and cormorants. Birdwatching in Harike is a unique experience that will leave you with memories for a lifetime. So, grab your binoculars and head to the wetland for a birding adventure!
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