Due to the many water bodies that can be found across Ranthambore National Park, the reserve is home to a multitude of avian life. With its vast grasslands, golden meadows, lush forests, deep lakes and marshes, the Park is home to over 300 migratory and native bird species. As the reserve is home to a number of predators and other four-legged residents, the best walking opportunities are on the outskirts of the park. The best times to frequent Ranthambore for bird watching are during the monsoon and winter season, when birds are at their most active and fly into the park in droves.
The dry deciduous forests create exceptional photographic opportunities, with multi colourised bird species adding a touch of vibrance to the parched landscape. The key areas to witness the park’s graceful feathered inhabitants are in and around the Malik Talao Lake, the jade-hued Rajbagh Talao Lake, the ruined Ranthambore Fort, which is also often visited by tigers, and the Jhalra area.
Bird watching tours set out open 4×4 jeeps, with the opportunity to disembark from the vehicle for short periods in the safer areas. The park is renowned throughout the world for hosting an outstanding heronry, which is also home to a large number of other migratory and resident birds. The grey heron stands out spectacularly against the deep blue waters that it tentatively hovers over, with its elongated, elegant neck and regal frame. The main attraction within the park’s smorgasbord of avian life is the painted spurfowl, boasting bright colours and incandescent spots that are peppered around its plump frame. Meander across the park, using the winged silhouettes of birds above to guide you, and discover a colourful world in the sky above.