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Birding
For every birder out there, the sound of birds is nature's symphony. And at Te Aroha, you can listen to this music round the year. With its rich diversity of flora and fauna, and a terrain which varies from the beautiful Oak and Rhododendron to Pine forests, Dhanachuli - home to Te Aroha - is a perfect destination for avid birders, or the enthusiastic naturalist seeking to enjoy the regions rich bird life. Birds reside in abundance on the fruit and wild trees that inhabit the Te Aroha mountain. On the Rhododendrons at the rim of Te Aroha, clouds of Grey Bush chats, Blue-capped Rock and Streaked Laughing Thrushes chatter away. Scarlet Minivets compete with Blue-fronted Redstart on the tree tops, while Warblers and Babblers whoosh overhead.
Birding in Tearoha
   
For every birder out there, the sound of birds is nature’s symphony. And at Te Aroha, you can listen to this music round the year.
With its rich diversity of flora and fauna, and a terrain which varies from the beautiful Oak and Rhododendron to Pine forests, Dhanachuli - home to Te Aroha - is a perfect destination for avid birders, or the enthusiastic naturalist seeking to enjoy the regions rich bird life. Birds reside in abundance on the fruit and wild trees that inhabit the Te Aroha mountain. On the Rhododendrons at the rim of Te Aroha, clouds of Grey Bush chats, Blue-capped Rock and Streaked Laughing Thrushes chatter away. Scarlet Minivets compete with Blue-fronted Redstart on the tree tops, while Warblers and Babblers whoosh overhead. Red-billed Blue Magpie mix with Barn Swallow, and occasionally one comes across the elusive Blue-capped Rock Thrush to soak in the fragrance of flowering apples in Te Aroha front yard. Coal Tits, Ashy Drongo and Blue-winged Sivas prefer to sit on a baron tree next to Te Aroha front office.

In the forest on the edge of the Te Aroha dwell flocks of Bulbuls, Finches, Flycatchers and White Eyes. Along the nearby streams and riverbeds, Pied Kingfishers ply the waterways with their cousins the White-breasted and Little Blue Kingfishers. A little further from Te Aroha, the cliffs and rock faces of Mukteshwar are the domain of the great Raptors. Here the Himalayan Golden Eagle, Himalayan Griffon and magnificent Lammergeier reign supreme.

In the nearby Oak and Pine forests, Rock Bunting, White-browed Shrike Babbler, Grey-hooded Warbler, Oriental White-eye and Great Barbet make their presence known, and The Maroon Oriole sings its melodious tune from the tree tops, while Red Billed Blue Magpies scavenge in the bushes along with Sibias, Jays, Finches and many others.

During her stay at Te Aroha recently, Nitoo Das, an enthusiastic birder and photographer spotted over 30 birds in just Te Aroha and its surroundings and kindly agreed to share her sightings, knowledge and pictures with Te Aroha.

Other birds that can be spotted in and around Dhanachuli are the Himalayan Griffon , Crested Serpent Eagle, Common Buzard, Steppe Eagle, Mountain Hawk Eagle, Common Kestrel, Kalij Pheasant, Oriental Turtle Dove, Slaty Headed Parakeet, Asian Barred Owlet, Himalayan Swiftlet, White Rumped Needletail, Common Hoopoe, Grey Headed woodpecker, White Throated Fantail, Eurasian Jay, Green Treepie, Long Taled Minivet, Chestnut bellied Rockthrush, Grey Winged Black Bird, Little Pied Flycatcher, Golden Bush Robbin, Blue-capped Redstart, Black-backed Forktail, Brownish-flanked Bush Warbler, Black-throated Tit, Common Stonechat, Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch, Spotted Creeper, Plain Martin and others.
Come birding in Dhanachuli!