Common Merganser

Scientific Name: Mergus merganser

Classification: Anseriformes Anatidae

Protection Class: N/A

Size: body length 54-71 cm, wingspan 86 cm, weight 900-2160g

You can look for this kind of bird by the river. They are excellent divers.


White Eared-pheasant

Scientific Name: Crossoptilon crossoptilon

Classification: Galliformes Phasianidae

Protection Class: National Class II

Size: male body length 69-100cm, weight 1017-300g; female body length 73-102cm, weight 1250-2050g.

Very commonly seen in the valley. Large flocks can often be sighted along the roadside. Their calls can be heard in the morning and afternoon.

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Buff-throated Partridge

Scientific Name: Tetraophasis szechenyii

Classification: Galliformes Phasianidae

Protection Class: National Class I

Size: body length 29-50 cm

One may look for its signature call in the early morning. They often appear in pairs or groups in the forest.


Tibetan Partridge

Scientific Name: Perdix hodgsoniae

Classification: Galliformes Phasianidae

Protection Class: N/A

Size: body length 28-31 cm, weight 294-450g

Very common in the Valley, and not far from where people live, and sometimes they are not afraid of people. One can pay attention to their calls.


Himalayan Vulture

Scientific Name: Gyps himalayensis

Classification: Accipitriforme Accipitridae

Protection Class: National Class II

Size: body length 103-110cm, wingspan 260-290cm, weight 8000-12000g

Very commonly seen in the valley. When they are seen, it may mean that an animal has been recently hunted by a predator. They will hover in the sky or rest on the cliffs.

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Scientific Name: Gypaetus barbatus

Classification: Accipitriforme Accipitridae

Protection Class: National Class I

Size: body length 94-125 cm, wingspan 231-283 cm, weight 4500-7100g

Very commonly seen in the valley. They will hover high above the ground in search of food. The lammergeier has a distinctive tail, so it can be easily recognised.

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Golden Eagle

Scientific Name: Aquila chrysaetos

Classification: Accipitriforme Accipitridae

Protection Class: National Class I

Size: body length 70-84cm, wingspan 185-220cm, weight 3000-6125g

Inhabits in the Valley. When soaring, their wings resemble a V-shape.


Steppe Eagle

Scientific Name: Aquila nipalensis

ClassificationAccipitriforme Accipitridae

Protection ClassNational Class I

Size: body length 60-81cm, wingspan 165-214cm, male weight 2000-3500g, female weight 2300-4900g

Migrant birds in Valley.


Saker Falcon

Scientific Name: Falco cherrug

Classification: Falconiformes Falconidae

Protection Class: National Class I

Size: body length 45-57cm, wingspan 97-126cm, male weight 730-990g, female weight 970-1300g

Fairly common resident.  A powerful falcon often seen soaring over mountain ridges or sitting on prominent perches from where it looks for pika!


Common Kestrel

Scientific Name: Falco tinnunculus

Classification: Falconiformes Falconidae

Protection ClassNational Class II

Size: body length 27-35cm, male weight 136-252g, female weight 154-314g

Common in the Valley.

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Scientific Name: Ibidorhyncha struthersii

Classification: Charadriiformes Recurvirostridea

Protection Class: National Class II

Size: body length 39-41cm, wingspan 74cm, weight 270-320g

Sometimes seen along the fast-flowing rivers, especially in stony areas.


Common Cuckoo

Scientific Name: Cuculus canorus bakeri

Classification: Cuculiformes  Cuculidae

Protection Class: N/A

Size: body length 32-34cm, male weight 114-133g, female weight 106-112g

Very common in summer.  Listen for its distinctive “cuck-oo” call.


Common Hoopoe

Scientific Name: Upupa epops

ClassificationBucerotiformes Upupidae

Protection ClassN/A

Size: body length 19-32cm

Common summer visitor.


Large-billed Crow

Scientific Name: Corvus macrorhynchos

Classification: Passeriformes Corvidae

Protection Class: N/A

Size: body length 46-59cm, wingspan 100-130cm, weight 450-1000g

A common resident bird in the valley.


Black-rumped Magpie

Scientific NamePica pica bottanensis

Classification: Passeriformes Corvidae

Protection Class: N/A

Size: male body length 46-50cm, female body length 52-60cm, weight 200-270g

A commonly seen bird in the Valley.

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Hill Pigeon

Scientific Name: Columba rupestris

Classification: Columbiformes Columbidae

Protection Class: N/A

Size: body length 31-35cm.

A commonly seen bird in the Valley.

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Snow Pigeon

Scientific NameColumba leuconota

Classification: Columbiformes Columbidae

Protection Class: N/A

Size: body length 31-34cm, weight 255-307g

Regular at higher elevations; probably breeds.

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Grey-headed Woodpecker

Scientific Name: Picus canus

Classification: Piciformes Picidae

Protection Class: N/A

Size: body length 28-33cm, weight 110-206g

Common resident.  Listen for its laughing call.


Tibetan Bunting

Scientific Name: Emberiza koslow

Classification: Passeriformes Emberizidae

Protection Class: National Class II

Size: body length 16cm, weight 25g

Scarce resident on the higher open areas with low bushes.

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