India Birding: Goa for Western Ghats Endemics and Paleartic Migrants
Goa has a bird list of over 450 species, including 16 of the 28 species considered endemic or near-endemic to the Western Ghats. A small area, combined with a well-developed infrastructure, makes it possible for the most productive of Goa's birding localities to be thoroughly covered within a short timeframe without the need for lengthy travel and given a couple of weeks it is possible to reach a species list of 250-310 comprising regional endemics, more widespread Indian species, and overwintering migrants.
All regions are exceptional for birds - in the mangrove-lined estuaries and marshes of coastal areas expect a good selection of water birds and waders, with more widespread Indian species in scrub and grassland, while the forested interior will present a new combination of species which includes endemics of the Western Ghats and of southern India, and enigmatic forest specialties.
The perfect introduction to birding in India with an exceptional diversity of birds and butterflies in a variety of habitats. An enjoyable and popular winter birding destination.
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