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Islamic Republic of Pakistan

Blue-throated Flycatcher Cyornis rubeculoides ©Zill Niazi Website

Pakistan is a country of diverse wild life in its Indus valley planes, fresh water lakes, ice capped mountains, deserts, plateaus, and its 1000 KM coastline. There is wide variety of bird species in this region.

Pakistan is not well equipped for birding activities in general. There are no regularly planned birding trips. The sites below are recommended for safe birding activities.

The ideal bird watching season is winter when a wide variety of birds visit the wetlands and planes of Pakistan from Siberia. However, during summer the high altitude mountain areas (from 5,000m to 8,000m) of Northern Pakistan can be visited for watching unique species of resident birds. Famous areas include: Chitral National Park, Gilgit Valley, Biltistan, Khunjrab National Park, Hunza Valley and Nanga Parbat tracking area. There are ample facilities for bird watching tourists in these areas.

Some other important areas are, among others: Chiltan National Park at Hazar Ganji, Ayubia National Park, Doesai National Park, and Kirthar National Park.

Top Sites

Haleji Lake

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It is Asia's greatest waterfowl reserve. Haleji lake is situated about 70km from Karachi. During winter thousands of birds fly down to Haleji from Siberian colder areas. It is the largest bird sanctuary of Pakistan.

Kinjhar Lake

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Kinjhar Lake is the largest fresh water lake of Pakistan. It is situated further 50km from Haleji near 2,500 years old civilization of Makli, Thatta and Bhambhore. It houses variety of tourist huts and boating facilities.

Hadero Lake

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Hadeiro Lake is situated 5 km north of Haleji. It is a small lake famous for pelicans and flamingos.

Mai-Kolachi by-pass

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This by-pass road is situated right in he heart of Karachi near 5-Star hotel complex off M T Khan road. It is a unique spot for watching flamingos in sea lagoons across the road even on a very short trip to Karachi.

Rawal Lake & Shakar Parian National Park

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Visitors to the lush green capital of Pakistan can enjoy birding in and around Rawal Lake area in the heart of Islamabad. It is famous for resident as well as visiting birds.

Margalla Hills National Park

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Margalla hills form the skyline of Islamabad. There are a variety of resident birds which can be seen there during a normal jogging trip on the hills or on a special birding trip.

Ucchali Lake Complex

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Ucchali Lake Complex consists of three small lakes. It is situated in the salt range plateaus in north-central Punjab. This area is famous for the regular winter visitor white-headed duck Oxyura Leucocephala.

Lal Suhanra National Park

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This Park is situated in Choolistan desert about 40km from Bahawalpur. It is a nice place for watching desert species. It houses tourists huts and watch towers.

Contributor

T R Aashi

Secretary Pakistan Birdwatchers Association

traashi@yahoo.co.in

Number of Species

Number of bird species: 709

National Bird: Chukar Partridge Alectoris chukar

Checklist

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Useful Reading

Helm Identification Guides

By Richard Grimmett, Carol Inskipp & Tim Inskipp | Christopher Helm | Softcover | 2012 | Edition: 2 | 528 Pages | 226 Colour Plates | Colour Distribution Maps | Black & White Illustrations

ISBN: 9781408127636

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A Field Guide to Birds of the Indian Subcontinent

Krys Kazmierczak, Ber van Perlo (Illustrator) Hardcover - 336 pages (30 May, 2000) The Pica Press

ISBN: 1873403798

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A Photographic Guide to Birds of India

[Including Nepal, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Pakistan, Bangladesh & Bhutan] Bikram Grewal, Bill Harvey and Otto Pfister 512 pages, 850 col photos, 800 maps. Christopher Helm

ISBN: 0713664037

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* Field Guides & Bird Song

For a comprehensive list of recommended titles covering Asia as a whole - please see the Asia page of Fatbirder - for guides etc. covering the Indian sub-continent please see the India page

Birds of Pakistan

by Richard Grimmett, Tom Roberts and Tim Inskipp | 256 pages, col plates throughout | Christopher Helm | Softcover | 2009 | £24.99 | approx. $36/€28

ISBN: 0713688009

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Guides & Tour Operators

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Birding Pal

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Local birders willing to show visiting birders around their area…

Trip Reports

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Organisations

Ornithological Society of Pakistan

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Block D Near Farawa Chowk, PO Box 73, Dera Ohazi Khan, 32200. + 92 641 62339osp@mul.paknet.com.pk

Birdwatchers Club of Pakistan

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The Birdwatcher's Club of Pakistan (BCP) was founded in summer 2005 by a group of dedicated birdwatchers in Pakistan to conserve the diverse and beautiful avifauna of Pakistan. Our aim is to help promote and encourage bird watching among fellow birders who are interested in the birds of Pakistan and the neighboring countries…

Reserves

Wetlands

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Pakistan presently has 19 sites designated as Wetlands of International Importance, with a surface area of 1,343,627 hectares…

Blogs

Birding Islamabad

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I have decided to create a Blog of my birding exploits in and around Islamabad in Pakistan. Probably a little late as I have just recorded my 300th species. Islamabad is a wonderful place to watch birds; situated as it is at the base of the beautiful Margalla Hills and on the migration highways of many species. Each season brings new birds to the areas around the city as others depart. I hope, in some small way, to generate interest in the birds of Islamabad and the surrounding areas…

Birding Pakistan

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Reports, reflections, and resources of an independent birder living in Pakistan. For the last ten years, the author has lived, worked, birded, and blogged in Ecuador, Tanzania, and Brazil, some of the most bird-rich countries in the world.

Other Links

Protected Areas in Pakistan

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Birds of Pakistan

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Some species accounts and pictures…

Bird Watching in Pakistan

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Two major Zoogeographical zones overlap along the length of Pakistan and even the third faunal zone, which is over Africa, has its influence in extreme southern Pakistan. Bird life is particularly rich because of the latitudinal zones of the mighty Himalayas, Karakoram and Hindukush ranges…

Birdwatching in Pakistan

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Pakistan is a country with rich wildlife that offers great opportunities for wonderful birdwatching. Moderate weather conditions throughout the year and diverse habitat from coastal areas to northern mountains make different species of birds available in all seasons…