Call Us: +91 99991 34355

Birding in Gir

Gir National Park & Sanctuary is well represented in terms of rich avi-fauna. The riparian vegetation along streams and marshes is particularly rich as natural habitation of bird life. Apart from this, Gir National Park & Sanctuary has a variety of habitats, woodlands, grasslands, high hills, cliffs and ponds, catering to the needs of different bird species both resident and migratory. Around 350 avifaunal species are found here. This includes birds of prey, vultures, cormorants, ducks, kingfishers, herons, egrets, storks, barbets, woodpeckers, flycatchers and many others.

The overwhelming presence of the omnipotent big cat diverts the attention of the common man from the remarkable bird population that the sanctuary has. However, the birds of Gir National Park & Sanctuary did attract the great ornithologist, Dr. Salim Ali who believed that, had the Asiatic lions not been there, the area would have been one of the most fascinating bird sanctuaries of the country.

One can Find more than 55 species of birds in and around Asiatic Lion Lodge, Sasan Gir.

  • Asian Paradise Flycatcher
  • Black Drongo
  • Black Shouldered Kite
  • Common Kingfisher
  • Copper Smith Barbet
  • Green Bee Eater
  • Indian Robin
  • Oriental Magpie Robin
  • Rufus Tree pie
  • Rose Ring Parakeet
  • Plum Headed Parakeet
  • Shikra
  • Indian Pea fowl
  • Oriental White Eye
  • Red Headed Ibis
  • Oriental White Ibis/Black Headed Ibis
  • Indian Pond Heron
  • Cattle Egret
  • Oriental Honey Buzzard
  • White Breasted Water Hen
  • Black winged Stilt
  • Red-wattled Lapwing
  • Common Pigeon
  • Eurasian Collared Dove
  • Spotted Dove
  • Laughing Dove
  • Yellow Footed Green Pigeon
  • Asian Koel
  • Greater Coucal
  • Spotted Owlet
  • Indian Nightjar
  • Little Swift
  • Common Hoopoe
  • White Breasted Kingfisher
  • Red Vented Bulbul
  • Common Iora
  • Indian Jungle Crow
  • House Crow
  • Great Tit
  • Wire tailed Swallow
  • Ashy Prinia
  • Common Tailor Bird
  • Jungle Babler
  • Common Myna
  • Bank Myna
  • Brahminy Starling
  • Purple Sun Bird
  • House Sparrow
  • Baya Weaver
  • Yellow Wagtail
  • Grey Wagtail
  • White Wagtail

Do's & Don'ts for Tourists:

  • Please enter the Park only after taking the necessary permits and follow all the rules and regulations.
  • Please obtain services of tourist Guides that the Park has trained for your benefit. They are of great help to you in spotting wildlife and ensuring that you do not lose your way in the forest.
  • Drive slowly in the Park. In this way you can see, observe and enjoy the most, without disturbing wildlife.
  • Keep to the specified route. Driving off track is not allowed.
  • Respect the wild animals and maintain a safe distance from them. Remember, you are in their home and they get first priority.
  • Listen to the music of the forest instead of your car stereo or transistor. The quieter you are, the more the chances of your seeing wildlife.
  • Wear dull-coloured clothes. Bright colours alarm most wild animals.
  • Do not smoke or light fires in the forest. Accidental fires can destroy this wonderful jungle in no time.
  • Don't get off your vehicle at any point in the Park. This is for your own safety and the safety of wildlife.
  • Do not be disappointed if you don't see a Lion. There are many other interesting creatures that are to be seen and cherished.
  • Consuming alcohol or visiting sanctuary under the influence of alcohol is strictly prohibited.
  • Help keep the park pollution-free. While inside the park, please put your entire non-biodegradable litter (tin cans, plastic, glass bottles, metal foils etc.) into the bag provided and dispose of it on your way out at the Lodge.
  • Always carry drinking water
  • Respect the cultural heritage of Gir, never take pictures of Local People or their habitat without asking their permission.