Birdwatching At King's Cottage

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Birds and Birdwatching

The state of Karnataka is home to over 500 species of birds, of which the Western Ghats is also home to. In addition, over 25 species of birds are found nowhere else on planet Earth, making them truly special.
King's Cottage is an ideal place for birdwatchers as there is a mix of forest land, paddy fields and coffee estates: All the perfect places to find avian friends!

You'll find White Browed Wagtails flitting around the resort property, the raucous calls of Malabar Grey Hornbills echoing in the air, Red Whiskered Bulbuls chasing other birds around. You'll also hear the sweet and soft song of the Malabar Whistling Thrush or the more chirpy song of the Tickell's Blue Flycatcher on your bird walks. Crested Serpent Eagles are also common residents around King's Cottage, and the paddy fields are home to Egrets and Pond Herons. If you're very lucky, you may even see a Flame Throated bulbul or a Malabar Trogon, the latter being one of the shiest birds we have!  

We recommend you visit during the winter months if you want to visit specifically for birding, as winter is migratory season in India and your chances of seeing more birds is much higher. Although that doesn't mean there are no birds during the rest of the year! 

Please do go through this checklist from E-Bird to get an idea of what birds you can see in the region. 

  • King's Cottage has a guidebook for Indian birds which we would be more than happy to lend to you on request. 

  • We request that all guests maintain silence around the property when birdwatching, as it offers them the best chance to hear and spot birds. 

  • Binoculars would elevate the experience of birdwatching, so do carry a good pair of 10x50 or 8x40 binoculars if you intend to go birdwatching, although you can have just as pleasant an experience without them! 
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