Bird watching at Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary
Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary (Earlier known as Mollem Sanctuary) is situated on the east of Goa on the Karnataka border and accessible from Panjim / Madgaon.
Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary is an haven for experienced birds especially during months of Nov, Dec, Jan when one is able to spot some of the more exotic and rare bird species.
Popular birds which can be seen in the sanctuary include: Drongo, Emerald dove, Fairy bluebird, Golden oriole, Greater Indian hornbill, Indian black woodpecker, Malabar grey hornbill, Malabar pied hornbill, Grey-headed myna, Grey jungle fowl, Large green barbet, Paradise flycatcher, Racket-tailed drongo, Ruby-throated yellow bulbul (the Goa state bird), Shrikes, Three-toed kingfisher, Sri Lanka Frogmouth, Wagtails, Blue Flycatcher, Common Iora etc.
Wild mammals recorded in the sanctuary include: barking deer, Leopard, bonnet macaque, common langur, civet, flying squirrel, gaur, malabar giant squirrel, mouse deer, pangolin, porcupine, slender loris, sambar, spotted deer, wild boar and wild dog.
Bird watching here involves a bit of walking and exploring through thick reserve. Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary is recommended for bird watcher and those interested in reserve forest explorations.
Season-Nov-Feb for migratory birds