Discover stunning birding, Endemic Bird Watching at Dzuleke Nagaland with our senior birder Tarun. Email: [email protected]
‘DZULEKE’ is a lovely place in Nagaland, around 2.5 hours’ drive from Dimapur airport. The river flows underground here which makes it a special epidemic stay for many resident and rare varieties of birds. We were lucky to spot many of them during our 4-days tour in enedemic bird watching at dzuleke nagaland.
A village, full of lush greenery and highly productive agriculture has created a remarkable example. The residents of this village are mainly from famous Angami Naga Tribes of Nagaland. They are particularly expert in agriculture, cultural activities and in Education too. This State has more or less 16 recognised Tribes as residents. All these 16 Tribes meet once every year in a vibrant cultural meet of the state, called Hornbill Festival. The week long heritage festival is organised at Kohima in the first week of every year.
Mountain Bamboo Partridge (001) is the most beautiful and important endemic bird of Nagaland. It’s a hen like bird with colourful beauty.
The very next beautiful endemic bird of the state is Crested Finchbill (002). A Bulbul like lemon green colour bird normally keeps distance with human and perches over the higher parts on the trees. Out of the grain loving and small insect feeding birds, all most all of them prefer to stay inside bushes and usually avoid higher perches. One more reason is there also ; sky of the Himalayan valleys are filled with various raptors like, Falcons, Eagles, Harriers etc and who look for the small birds for their easy meal.
Two types of Niltava are the beauties of Himalayas, available probably in all sides. Large Niltava (003) & Small Niltava (004) are the two almost same looking birds, vary in size and are having their beautiful calls and sounds.
Himalayan Bluetail (005) is a small blue colour bird too of nice appearance, forages in ground and small plants. Common Rose Finch (006) and Green-backed Tit (007) are the two birds whose calls are everywhere in the forest but you can’t see them easily. They always move inside the leafy trees and are highly camouflaged.
Out of the small birds, White-tailed Nuthatch (008) & Blue-fronted Redstart (009) are rather comparatively sighted on the trees and bushes. Even small hills and gap of the big rocks in the Himalayas are seen holding flowing water, may be a thin flow, still it’s there.
And where there is continuous water flow over the rocks, ferns and mosses grow. Small insects are there too as also some birds for feeding. White-capped Water Redstart (010) and Forktails (011) must be there.
Without much delay, Dzuleke being a remote village, we returned back to our homestay well before sunset. The next day was booked for our Khonoma tour.This was our experience in endemic bird watching in dzuleke nagaland.