Birdwatching in Bhitarkanika
Bhitarkanika View from Boat safari
The Bhitarkanika Mangroves are home to 55 of India's 58 known mangrove species. The mangroves harbor one of India's largest populations of saltwater crocodiles.
The wetland also hosts a large and diverse population of resident and migratory birds. Bhitarkanika Mangroves were designated a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance in 2002.
Boat safari here is an excellent way to explore the area for birds. Target birds for the area include kingfishers (Brown winged, Black Capped, Collared, Pied, White Thorated and Ruddy), Woodpeckers (6 varieties), Owls, mangrove pitta and wide ranging exotic birds such as Orange headed thrush, black hooded oriole.
Forest Rest House (FRH) is a simple stay option but best for birding. There are a number of camp style eco-resorts here as well that are good for exploration and birding.
Season - Oct - March is the best time to visit for migratory birds.