6 Species of Bird Of Prey Found in Thar Desert of Rajasthan

Great Indian Desert covers an large area of Rajasthan state and extends into Gujarat, Punjab and Haryana too. The region is haven for largest number of migratory and resident desert birds species. Here is the list of resident desert birds and Bird Of Prey found in Thar Desert of Rajasthan, India.


Greater Spotted Eagle

Eagle are the largest species of birds of prey found in India, powerfully-built with heavy head, leg and beaks. There are list of 10 species of Eagles Found in India, Here are few one to spot in Thar desert national park of Rajasthan.

Tawny Eagle
Steppe Eagle
Eastern Imperial Eagle
Greater Spotted Eagle
Short-toed Eagle



Falcon are birds of prey which includes about 40 species around the globe. There are 10 most beautiful species of Falcons found in India and one can spot most these species in Thar Desert of Rajasthan.

Peregrine Falcon
Laggar Falcon
Saker Falcon
Amur Falcon
Red-necked Falcon



A harrier bird of prey mostly found hunting on open ground by flying low over the grassland, feeding on small mammals, rats and reptiles. The genus contains 16 species and out of those 4 types of harrier bird of prey found in India.

Pied Harrier
Pallid Harrier
Montagu’s Harrier
Western Marsh Harrier



Buzzard is the common name of several species of birds of prey of the genus Buteo and are medium-sized birds of prey. The common names for various buzzard birds of prey are based on structure, location and size, Here is the list of Buzzard Birds found in India.

Common Buzzard
Long-legged Buzzard
White-eyed Buzzard
Crested honey Buzzard



Kites are medium-sized birds of prey and are diurnal raptors. The black kite and black-shouldered kite are small raptor found in open habitats throughout Desert National Park.

Black Kite
Black-shouldered Kite



Vultures are scavengers and all belonging to the Cathartidae family of bird of prey. There are 9 species of vultures found in India including both migratory and residential, Here is the list of few vulture species from Thar Desert.

Egyptian Vulture
Cinereous Vulture
White-rumped Vulture
Red-headed Vulture
Himalayan Griffon Vulture

Thar Desert is the only home to some of the fast vanishing wildlife species found in India, including the blackbuck in grasslands, chinkara in desert, Indian wild ass in Rann of Kutch and caracal in jungle. Barn Owl, Short-eared Owl and Indian Eagle Owl are the few nocturnal raptors found in Thar Desert.

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