A home to 534 species of birds including 18 globally threatened species, Kathmandu Valley and its surrounding is rich in birds and biodiversity. The valley shelters a National Park, two important Bird Area (IBAs) and several other important birding areas, and stunning landscapes that capture the imagination of any travelers.
Not only the valley is famous for its scenic beauty but it also blessed with a rich array of historical and cultural monuments and habitats for wildlife.
A Birdwatcher’s Guide to the Kathmandu Valley provides an unrivalled introduction to the diverse birdlife of the valley. The author has really done a wonderful job of compiling every essential information about the avifaunal biodiversity of the Kathmandu Valley and surrounding mountains.
I am of sincere hope that the guide will certainly help to broaden the knowledge of the bird watchers on the avifauna of the Kathmandu Valley area that is highly important towards the conservation of birds as well as the overall environment in a sustainable way.
The publication of the guide is timely as there was a growing demand of such an illustrative guide from birds’ enthusiasts and nature lovers.
This guide book will also contribute to raise awareness and understanding of rich bird diversity to the local people of Kathmandu valley and its vicinity. We believe that only with the active and direct participation of local communities and economic incentives returned to the locals, future of protected and important unprotected areas could be more secure.
Besides the local communities, the guidebook will serve the dual purpose of resource material for the tourist to explore and enjoy the birds of Kathmandu Valley.