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660 species
in 65 families

No endemic species but around 20 west 
Himalayan endemics
44 speciality species
26 endangered species 

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Short-toed Snake-Eagle - Photo copyright Vijay Cavale
Photo copyright Vijay Cavale

Sarus Crane - Photo copyright Liz Leyden

Photo copyright Liz Leyden

Sirkeer Malkoha (Cuckoo) - Photo copyright Vijay Cavale

Photo copyright Vijay Cavale

Red-wattled Lapwing - Photo copyright Vijay Cavale

Photo copyright Vijay Cavale

    ....Pakistan - Directory of Wetlands of International Importance

      includes information on all Pakistan's Ramsar designated sites, including:
      • Thanedar Wala
      • Malugul Dhand
      • Kandar Dam
      • Tanda Dam
      • Kheshki Reservoir
      • Khabbaki Lake
      • Kinjhar (Kalri) Lake
      • Drigh Lake
      • Haleji Lake
    ....Haleji Lake - Asia's greatest water fowl reserve, Haleji Lake is 70 km
      (about 52 miles) from Karachi. During winter, a hundred thousand birds fly down to Haleji from the cold of Siberia. It is a bird watchers' paradise. Between Bhanbhore and Thatta, if you turn into the countrylane by the 82km (51/1 mile-furlong stone) a 6-km long drive will bring you to the largest bird sanctuary of the country, Haleji Lake. During the winter, migatory birds come to this lake in very large numbers to the great delight of the bird watchers.  You can drive along the 16 km. (10 miles) track around the lake for photography or bird watching. 
    ....Protected Areas in Pakistan - includes brief information about national
      parks, wildlife sanctuaries and game reserves. Wildlife sanctuaries are all remote former hunting grounds of local rulers. For each sanctuary there is at least one designated game watcher. There is no visible indication of the sanctuary status of these areas. In theory, hunting is banned.
    ....Trip Report: Islamabad Bird Report, 2002 (Rawal Lake) - by Anssi
      Kullberg. Here I intend to offer some information for birdwatchers resident or visiting Islamabad, Pakistan's administrative capital. I had the pleasure of working there for six months from April to October, 2002. Although Islamabad is quite boring as a city (it's small, unhistorical, and artificial, like Brazil's capital Brasilia), it is one of the best possible postings in the world for a birdwatcher.
    ....Nigel Wheatley, Where to watch birds in Asia - (buy the book for more
      information). In addition to Haleji Lake, include:
      • Khirthar National Park contains a number of localized species
      • Murree - the forested hills near Murree, an old hill station 60 km. northeast of Islamabad, support a few west Himalayan specialities
      • Palas Valley - the temperate forest in this high valley supports around 325 pairs of the very rare and beautiful Western Tragopan, along with a number of other west Himalayan specialities.  

    Factoids taken from Where to watch birds in Asia  - by Nigel Wheatley

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...>> A Birding Pal is not a paid guide, but someone who likes to help out of town visitors. You can become a Birding Pal today! Help someone to enjoy your local birding spots and find a pal to help you when you travel. Click here for Pakistan Birding Pals, or join to be a Birding Pal!
Black-necked Stork - Photo copyright Tony Coatsworth
Photo copyright Tony Coatsworth


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Endemics and Specialities

in Pakistan

Information on endemics and specialities is derived from Sibley & Monroe checklists and bird distribution lists in Thayer's Birder's Diary - Version 2.05, supplemented by material found in Where to watch birds in Asia  - by Nigel Wheatley. Asian speciality birds, while not endemic, are those that can only be found in three or less countries of Asia. Information on endangered birds is derived from the IUCN Red List, Birdlife International. The endemic, endangered and speciality birds may be uncommon, extremely rare vagrants, may be extirpated in the country now or may only be present in migration. However, documented sightings of each species noted below have been made in Pakistan.
Western Tragopan - Tragopan Pheasantry, Belgium
Western Tragopan
Photo copyright Tragopan 
Pheasantry, Belgium

Endemics in Pakistan
Endangered Birds in Pakistan
(endemics are printed in bold italic)

Breeding Birds

Non-Breeding Birds

___ Black-bellied Tern
___ Bristled Grassbird
___ Cheer Pheasant
___ Greater Adjutant
___ Greater Spotted Eagle
___ Green Avadavat
___ Indian Skimmer
___ Jerdon's Babbler
___ Kashmir Flycatcher
___ Long-billed Bush-Warbler
___ Marbled Teal
___ Pallas's Fish-Eagle
___ Rufous-vented Prinia
___ Western Tragopan
___ White-browed Bushchat
___ Wood Snipe
___ Baer's Pochard
___ Dalmation Pelican
___ Ferrruginous Pochard
___ Imperial Eagle
___ Lesser Kestrel
___ Lesser White-fronted Goose
___ Pale-backed Pigeon
___ Siberian Crane
___ Sociable Lapwing
___ White-headed Duck

Other Near-endemic and Speciality Birds in Pakistan
(adapted from Where to watch birds in Asia  - by Nigel Wheatley.)

___ Black-and-yellow Grosbeak
___ Black-chinned Babbler
___ Black-crested Tit
___ Black-headed Jay
___ Blandford's Snowfinch
___ Brown-fronted Woodpecker
___ Demoiselle Crane
___ Himalayan Snowcock
___ Himalayan Woodpecker
___ Hume's Wheatear
___ Hypocolius
___ Indian Chat
___ Indian Courser
___ Indian Grey Thrush
___ Jungle Prinia
___ Kashmir Nuthatch
___ Koklass Pheasant
___ Orange Bullfinch
___ Painted Sandgrouse
___ Pale-backed Pigeon
___ Plain Leaf-Warbler
___ Red-fronted Rosefinch
___ Robin Accentor
___ Rufous-breasted Accentor
___ Rufous-fronted Prinia
___ Rufous-tailed Lark
___ Rusty-tailed Flycatcher
___ Sind Sparrow
___ Sind Woodpecker
___ Spectacled Finch
___ Streak-throated Swallow
___ Sykes Nightjar
___ Tibetan Sandgrouse
___ Tytler's Leaf-Warbler
___ Variegated Laughingthrush
___ Western Crowned-Warbler
___ White-browed Tit-Warbler
___ White-cheeked Nuthatch
___ White-cheeked Tit
___ White-throated Tit
___ White-tailed Iora
___ White-winged Redstart
___ Yellow-breasted Tit

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Yellow-wattled Lapwing - Photo copyright Clement Francis and Vijaykumar Thondaman
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