10 Most Beautiful Birds In India And Where To Spot Them

OT Staff

Lesser Flamingo

Lesser flamingos are known for their striking pink plumage, long legs, and distinctive downward-curving bills. The Sambhar Lake in Rajasthan is one of India's largest wintering sites for Lesser Flamingos.

Lesser Flamingo | Deposit Photos

Indian Paradise Flycatcher

The Indian Paradise Flycatcher, especially the male, boasts long, white tail feathers that can reach over a foot in length. They can be spotted in the Western Ghats, the Himalayan foothills, and some parts of central India, such as Shivpuri Sanctuary in Madhya Pradesh. 

Indian Paradise Flycatcher | Depositphotos

Painted Stork

Painted storks have a distinctive pink bill and legs, along with a white body adorned with vibrant pink patches on their wings. Key locations include Keoladeo National Park in Rajasthan and Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary in Karnataka.

Painted Stork | Depositphotos

Indian Roller

Indian rollers are known for their vivid sky-blue feathers, complemented by hints of purple and turquoise. You can spot them in Corbett National Park, Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary, Rajaji National Park, Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, Nagarhole National Park and Kanha National Park. 

Indian Roller | Depositphotos

Himalayan Monal

The Himalayan monal is celebrated for its iridescent plumage in various shades, such as blue, green, red, and yellow. Head to Sikkim's Pangolakha Wildlife Sanctuary or Uttarakhand's Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary to spot them. 

Himalayan Monal | Depositphotos

Indian Pitta

Indian pittas have a striking colouration with bright green upperparts, a coral-red belly, and bold black markings. They are known for their distinctive two-note whistling call. Spot them in Odisha's Kuldiha Wildlife Sanctuary. 

Indian Pitta | Depositphotos

Rufous-Necked Hornbill

Rufous-necked hornbills have a remarkable appearance with a large curved bill, a stunning rufous neck, and for their distinctive aerial acrobatics. Find them in Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary in Arunachal Pradesh and other national parks across North East. 

Rufous-necked Hornbill | Wikimedia Commons

Malabar Trogon

Malabar trogons are small birds with striking plumage, featuring shades of green, red, and black. Find them in Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary, Karnataka.

Malabar Trogon | Depositphotos

Indian Blue Robin

Male Indian blue robins are known for their deep blue plumage and white belly. Indian blue robins are migratory and can be spotted in Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, Karnataka. 

Indian Blue Robin | Depositphotos

Purple Sunbird

Sunbirds are tiny birds with iridescent plumage, often displaying bright colors like purple, green, and red. They have specialized long, slender bills adapted for nectar-feeding, making them resemble hummingbirds. Find them in Gir National Park, Gujarat. 

Purple Sunbird | Depositphotos