Awesome 10 Winter Migratory Birds in India

These migratory birds contribute to the rich avian biodiversity of India during the winter months, attracting birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts from around the world. Keep in mind that the specific birds and their locations may vary, and conservation efforts are crucial to ensure the well-being of these migratory species.

Siberian Cranes (Grus leucogeranus): These large, elegant birds migrate from their breeding grounds in Siberia to various wetlands in India, including Bharatpur and Chilika Lake.

Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus): These tall, pink birds migrate to various parts of India, especially coastal areas and salt pans, during the winter.

Rosy Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus): These large birds with a characteristic pinkish hue on their wings visit India’s wetlands and lakes during the winter.

Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica): Bluethroat is a migratory species of bird that winters in the Indian subcontinent, The bluethroat birds are similar in size to the robin and other flycatcher.


Osprey (Pandion haliaetus): These raptors migrate to India during the winter, and you can spot them near water bodies as they are expert fish hunters.


Bar-headed Goose (Anser indicus): Known for their incredible high-altitude migrations, these geese fly over the Himalayas to winter in India, often seen in wetlands and lakes.


Blue-tailed Bee-eater (Merops philippinus): This species, of bee-eater is a strongly migratory bird, seen mostly in open habitats close to water.


Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa): The black-tailed godwit spend the winter in swamps and dam areas as of the Indian subcontinent.


Rosy Starling (Pastor roseus): The rosy starling is a pink body and glossy black head passerine bird,
a strong migrant, and winters in India with local starlings and mynas.


Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta): Pied avocet is a migratory species and most winter in India or southern Asia. One of four species of avocet that make up the genus Recurvirostra.

Keoladeo National Park in Rajasthan rated as one of the best place in India to spot migratory birds in winter season. Especially during the winter season, Over 350 species of birds are known to be resident.

Beautiful Migratory Ducks in India

Ruddy Shelduck, Northern Shoveler, Eurasian Teal and Northern Pintail are the most beautiful species of ducks migrate to India during the winter, inhabiting wetlands and freshwater lakes.

Ruddy Shelduck (Tadorna ferruginea): Ruddy shelduck known as the Brahminy duck in India and one of the most beautiful species of duck found in India along with garganey.


Northern Pintail (Anas acuta): These slender ducks breed in northern regions and migrate to India during the winter, inhabiting wetlands and freshwater lakes.


Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca): These small dabbling ducks breed in the northern hemisphere and migrate to India for the winter, often found in wetlands and shallow waters.

Garganey (Spatula querquedula): The garganey dabbling ducks breeds in Europe and strictly migratory to India in particular Santragachi.


Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata): The northern shoveler wintering in the Indian subcontinent and a bird of open wetlands, such as wet grassland or marshes.

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