Goa announces its first ever bird festival

Updated on Sep 14, 2016 by Alastair McClymont

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Goa will be hosting a brand new three-day bird festival in November to promote the state's incredible and diverse birdlife.

Goa has announced its very own three-day bird festival later this year in recognition of the state's intriguing and extensive birdlife, presenting a portfolio of events across a number of different locations.

From November 11 to 13, the state will become a hive of ornithological activity and education, showcasing the 450 or so species of bird which populate Goa, as well as Goa's potential as a destination for bird tourism. The bird population in Goa accounts for 35% of India's 1,224 bird species, ranging from herons and kingfishers to cormorants and kites to name but a few. Its avian diversity is only matched by the beauty of the settings and landscapes in which to spot some of the state's most intriguing bird species.

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The Western Ghats, where many of Goa's birds can be discovered, is listed as one of the 25 mega bio-diversity hotspots in the world, directly combining two distinct eco-systems, that of a marine environment and of a forest environment. This directly contributes to the incredible diversity of species found within Goa as a whole. One of the best ways to pay a visit to the Western Ghats and engage with its incredible wildlife is via the Wildernest tour, set in the Swapnagandha Valley where you can enjoy nature walks and birdwatching tours.

Many other areas of Goa will act as focal points of the festival, including the Bondla and Mollem wildlife sanctuaries, where bird watching events will take place, as well as films on the birds of Goa. 


Another key location throughout the festival will be the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, located in Chorao, just across the Mandovi River from Panjim. Here there will be opportunities to embark on birdwatching experiences, as well as spot a whole host of other species.

If you don't manage to visit the sanctuary during the festival, you can still absorb its majestic range of birdlife by booking yourself on our very own birding tour to Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary. The tour, Land for Bird Lovers, will give you the chance to admire the beauty of the sanctuary and its diverse and exotic birds via a relaxing canoe ride along the waters which dissect the landscape.


If the festival is deemed a success, it is hoped that it will feature as an annual event in the Goa calendar, and given that it will be taking place in the heart of the tourist season, it certainly has the potential to introduce countless people to the incredible wildlife found across the state.

Tempted to explore Goa and its wildlife? We have a number of rewarding tours and excursions which will allow you to delve into the beauty and secrets of Goa.


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