Birds Of Pench National Park, Madhya Pradesh – Bird Photography


Birds of Pench National Park are a delight. We all went looking for big cats, and they did oblige us with ample generosity. However, I have never had such good luck with birds as I had at Pench National Park and around.

Birds of Pench National Park

Allow me to walk you through some of my prized captures. I must thank the birds for allowing me enough time to capture them with my point-and-shoot camera.

A pair of Indian Scops Owl

I am putting this pair on top as this is the first time I managed to observe and click owls. They sat quietly half perched inside the tree, a natural camouflage. They let us click to our heart’s content when one of them decided to slide a bit low. The other one followed. I was mesmerized and if they had not decided to go back in – we might have just stood there missing out on the rest of the diversity that the jungle has to offer.

Indian Scops Owl - Birds of Pench National Park
Indian Scops Owl

Colorful birds of Pench

The diversity of colors that the birds offer to a nature lover can probably be only matched by the underwater world in certain ocean beds. Of course, the fact that underwater, you see all the colors in one go, in the forest you have to spot these elusive beings. You have to follow their flight, wait for them to sit for a while, and then hopefully manage to click them.

Some of the colorful birds of Pench for you.

Jungle Fowls

Jungle Fowls do not fly too high but it is an effort to follow them on the ground.

Indian Roller

Indian Roller can be found across India. It looks not so colorful when it is sitting quietly like this but its colors show when it is in flight. It is such a delight to watch.

Indian Pitta

The Indian Pitta is called Navranga in Hindi – literally meaning the one with 9 colors. It is difficult to see all 9 colors in one go but try and count the colors in this picture.

Birds of Pench Indian Roller, Junglefowl and Indian Pitta
Indian Roller, Junglefowl, and Indian Pitta clockwise from bottom left


June End – when I visited the Pench National Park, it was the time when skies were yet to open up. We were all hoping for rain. The peacocks perched on trees it seems we’re trying to entice the sky – so that it pours to meet this beautiful bird. Do you not think it sits like a lover waiting anxiously for its beloved? It displays all that it has to impress her. I found this pose enchanting.


We all know these green birds who wear different colors on their head and sometimes around their neck. Sometimes they let you doubt if they are yellow or green. I love them when they sit in the windows of old monuments and add some life to them.


If you see golden birds flying around in India, they are more often than not – Orioles. For me, they are the most difficult ones to click, for they hardly sit on a branch. Even if they do, it is never the branch that is within my camera’s shooting range.

Birds of Pench Indian Peafowl, Golden Oriole, and Plum-headed Parakeet
Indian Peafowl, Golden Oriole, and Plum-headed Parakeet clockwise from left


Look at that colorful back.

Not-so-common birds at Pench National Park

Kites & Eagles

Crested serpent eagle – I have clicked this bird a few times. My camera loves it for this is one bird that does not fly away and sits steadfast like a non-moving object. The eyes of the Crested Serpent Eagle always give me a chill. Big yellow eyes have an emptiness that can suck you in. These eyes taught me the meaning of the Eagle Eye.

Black Shouldered Kite

I think I spotted this bird for the first time at Pench National Park – actually not inside the park, but on a dry tree near the fields.

Birds of Pench Rufous Treepie, Black-shouldered Kite, and Crested-serpent Eagle
Rufous Treepie, Black-shouldered Kite, and Crested-serpent Eagle from left to right

Yellow Crowned Woodpecker

A hard knock is their identity. The bright colors on them make them easy to spot but a very restless nature makes them move swiftly. This time, I got lucky and caught Yellow Crowned Woodpecker.

Yellow-crowned Woodpecker
Yellow-crowned Woodpecker

Jacobin Cuckoo

I learned that this cuckoo is known as the harbinger of rain. In Indian mythology, you might have heard of it as Chatak.

White-Eyed Buzzard

A hawk with a white Iris – I assume it is not as gentle as it sounds in this picture.

Yellow-Throated Sparrow

Yellow-throated Sparrow is also known as chestnut-shouldered Petronia – a member of the sparrow family. Notice the little yellow on its throat.

Yellow-throated Sparrow, White-eyed Buzzard, and Jacobin Cuckoo birds
Birds of Pench Yellow-throated Sparrow, White-eyed Buzzard, and Jacobin Cuckoo from left clockwise

Indian Grey Hornbill

Indian Grey Hornbill as seen at Pench National Park. Check out our post on Malabar Pied Hornbills at Dandeli.

Spotted Dove, Laughing Doves, and Indian Grey Hornbill
Spotted Dove, Laughing Doves, and Indian Grey Hornbill clockwise from left bottom

Common Birds found near the National Park

Laughing Doves

Laughing Doves are quite common across India. What I find amusing about this pair was the way they were interacting – almost like a couple – talking, fighting but staying together.

Spotted Dove

Another of doves that be commonly found.

Asian Koel (Female)

This Koel was drinking water when the sun was shining hot – but not for a second had it lost its alertness. It would dip its beak for a second and then look around. We were probably guilty too with so many of our cameras pointing towards a small little Koel.

Asian Openbill

The Asian Openbill was spotted in a distant water body inside the Pench National Park.

Indian Black Ibis

The Indian Black Ibis was also spotted near a water body although this is also known to live in fields.

Asian Pied Starling

The Asian Pied Starling was talking aloud, as you can see from its wide-open mouth. There were others from its fraternity around her and it just could not stop talking.

Indian Black Ibis, Asian Koel female, Asian Pied Starling, and Asian Openbill
Indian Black Ibis, Asian Koel female, Asian Pied Starling, and Asian Openbill clockwise from left bottom

Bay Backed Shrike

Do not know much about this bird, would be happy to update this post on any inputs received.

Black Drongo

A bird that loves to open its wings and dry them, can be seen flying in groups mostly in the evenings.

Chestnut-tailed Starling

Oriental Magpie Robin

I always identify Oriental Magpie Robin by its distinct black and white pattern.

Oriental Magpie Robin, Chestnut-tailed Starling, Bay-backed Shrike, and Black Drongo clockwise from bottom left

Flame-backed Woodpecker

The flame-backed Woodpecker is a lovely bird. I love this pose of it when it is ready to pick the wood balancing itself almost vertically on the tree.

Red-wattled Lapwing

I have usually seen Red-wattled Lapwing around the edges of lakes or ponds.

White-throated Kingfisher

White-throated Kingfisher is probably the most easily spotted bird in India. Its bright colors never let you miss it.

Red-wattled Lapwing, White-throated Kingfisher, and Flame-backed Woodpecker
Red-wattled Lapwing, White-throated Kingfisher, and Flame-backed Woodpecker clockwise from bottom left

I wonder if I could spot so many birds in the hot summer month of June, would Pench National Park be a paradise for birding during winter?

Recommend you to read the following travel blog posts on national parks.


  1. wow! What a wonderful creatures. Indian scops owl look so cute. My uncle used to have a jungle fowls when I was young and it was absolutely true, they can’t fly far enough but it’s too hard to catch them on the ground.

  2. Pictures are really Awesome. Great reading your simple but very informative and creative presentation with simple words. Please keep it up. Please tell also what kind of Camera You use and the lenses.


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