Nepal

Six star species to spot in a land­scape fa­mously dom­i­nated by the icy peaks of the Hi­malayas. And if you man­age to en­counter them all, you can al­ways try for the yeti.

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Q&A -

IBISBILL

Up­per Lang­tang Val­ley With its dis­tinc­tive long, down­ward-curv­ing bill, the ibisbill is re­garded by bird­ers as one of Nepal’s most sought-af­ter species. It can be found on high-al­ti­tude shin­gle river­banks.

HI­MALAYAN MONAL

Nam­che Bazaar The male’s stun­ning iri­des­cent plumage makes it easy to see why the monal is Nepal’s na­tional bird. It in­hab­its forested ar­eas and higher grassy slopes where it feeds on roots, tu­bers, berries and in­sects.

WILD WA­TER BUF­FALO

Koshi Tappu Wildlife Re­serve You will see plenty of do­mes­ti­cated wa­ter buf­falo in Nepal, but this is the only area where you can see their wild cousins. Note their much big­ger horns.

GREATER ONEHORNED RHINO

Chit­wan NP The one-horned rhino’s ex­tra­or­di­nary folds of skin and lumpy sur­face give this rare be­he­moth an ar­mour­plated ap­pear­ance. Tighter se­cu­rity has seen num­bers in­crease to 650 or more.

BEN­GAL TIGER

Bar­dia NP Bar­dia’s tigers were heav­ily poached in the 90s and 2000s, but in­creased protection has seen num­bers more than dou­ble to some 60 or more an­i­mals.

BHARAL

An­na­purna Con­ser­va­tion Area It was the bharal (blue sheep) that bi­ol­o­gist Ge­orge Schaller was re­search­ing in Peter Matthiesse­n’s fa­mous ac­count of their trav­els, The Snow Leop­ard. You’ll have to as­cend above 4,000m to see it, though.

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