Manila, Uttarakhand: A Birding Haven

Just (50 km) ahead of Jim Corbett (Ramnagar) lies the town of Manila, Uttarakhand a birding haven for nature enthusiasts. Apart from its natural beauty, the town offers panoramic views of the lower Himalayan hills, which contribute to its growing popularity. Additionally, Manila is home to the revered Manila Devi Mandir, an important historical site that attracts many visitors.

Manila in the Almora district of Uttarakhand, is a paradise for bird-watching. Its diverse ecosystems offer an ideal habitat for various bird species. Explore the captivating world of bird watching in Manila and discover the unique birds that adorn the region throughout the year. Here is your guide to explore the local avian population and bird-watching opportunities all year round.

Blue Whistling Thrush
Picture Source: eBird


As winter blankets the region, Manila welcomes several winter visitors from the high-altitude regions. For example, the majestic Himalayan Monal, Snow Pigeon, and the elusive Wallcreeper, as they navigate the snow-clad forests and rocky terrains.


With the arrival of February, the avian activity in Manila reaches its peak. This month is a great time to spot various species and is considered a great season for bird-watching. Witness birds such as the colorful Fire-tailed Sunbird, White-capped Water Redstart, and the enchanting Golden Bush Robin, as they engage in courtship displays and nesting preparations.


As spring arrives, the forests of Manila come alive with an abundance of birdlife. Listen to the melodious songs of the Oriental Magpie Robin and Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher. Additionally, keep an eye out for the stunning Rufous-bellied Woodpecker and Blue Whistling Thrush.


April brings a burst of vibrant colours and migratory birds to Manila. Witness the graceful Plum-headed Parakeet, the striking Verditer Flycatcher, and the majestic Himalayan Griffon soaring through the skies. This month is also an opportune time to spot the rare and endangered Cheer Pheasant in the higher altitudes.


As summer takes hold, the bird activity in Manila continues to thrive. Scan the treetops for the delightful Chestnut-crowned Warbler and the gorgeous Himalayan Bluetail. Keep an ear out for the distinct calls of the Rufous-bellied Niltava and the Black-faced Warbler as they establish territories and attract mates.


June brings monsoon rains to Manila, transforming the landscape into a lush green paradise. This is an ideal time to spot the vibrant birds such as Rufous Sibia, the acrobatic Crested Kingfisher, and the elegant Rufous-breasted Accentor.


Despite the rainy season, July offers exciting bird-watching opportunities in Manila. Seek out the beautiful Grey Treepie, the elusive Brown Dipper, and the charismatic Yellow-bellied Fantail as they seek shelter and forage amidst the rain-drenched forests and streams.


As the monsoon begins to recede, August is a prime time for bird watching in Manila. Spot the majestic birds such as the Great Barbet, the striking Ultramarine Flycatcher, and the elusive Rusty-tailed Flycatcher as they emerge from their hiding places and make their presence known.


September marks the transition from the monsoon season to autumn in Manila. Witness breathtaking avians such as the Himalayan Rubythroat, the charismatic Spotted Forktail, and the stunning Slaty-blue Flycatcher as they prepare for their migratory journeys to lower altitudes.


With the arrival of October, migratory birds begin to arrive in Manila once again. Look out for the vibrant Verditer Flycatcher, the delightful White-throated Fantail, and the elegant White-collared Blackbird as they explore the forests and valleys before winter sets in.


November offers an excellent opportunity to spot a variety of birds in Manila. Keep an eye out for the striking Blue-fronted Redstart, the elusive Black Bulbul, and the beautiful Green-backed Tit as they establish territories and prepare for the upcoming winter.


As the year comes to a close, Manila’s avian residents and winter visitors offer a spectacular farewell. Witness the magnificent White-throated Laughing Thrush, the charming Rufous Sibia, and the graceful Grey-winged Blackbird as they navigate the winter landscapes in search of food and shelter.

SaffronStays brings you a luxe homestay which amalgamates the experience of bird-watching with luxury living. SaffronStays Friendship Lane near Bajkhet is a set of 7 cottages perched on a slopping hill which offers a bird-watching experience right from its balcony. Birding enthusiasts and families can enjoy a dreamy getaway in the lap of nature. Grab your binoculars, explore the trails, and immerse yourself in the captivating world of bird-watching in Manila, Uttarakhand.

SaffronStays Friendship Lane

How to reach here?
By Air: The closest airport to SaffronStays Friendship Lane is Pantnagar Airport (163 km) 4.5 hours.

By Train: The closest Railway station to SaffronStays Friendship Lane is Ramnagar Railway Station (80.8 km) 2 hours 41 minutes.

By Road: SaffronStays Friendship Lane is 339 km away from Delhi and is about a 7.5 hours drive and (470 km) 10 hrs drive from Chandigarh.

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