Birding in Masinagudi

Resident birds are species that inhabit this region all year round, but are not confined only to this region and may be found elsewhere as well.

Jungle Bush Quail

Yellow-wattled Lapwing

Vernal Hanging Parrot

Malabar Prakaeet

Banded Bay Shrike

Blue-faced Malkoha

Jerdons Nightjar

Indian Scimitar Babbler

Yellow-browed Bulbul

Grey Junglefowl

Black Eagle

Savanna Nightjar

Brown Wood Owl

Brown Fish Owl

Crested Treeswift

Asian Palm Swift

White-cheeked Barbet

Rufous  Woodpecker

Lesser Yellownape

Asian Fairy Bluebird

White-bellied Drongo

Black-headed Cuckooshrike

Tawny-bellied Babbler

Yellow-eyed Babbler

Large grey Babbler

White-spotted Fantail

Velvet-fronted Nuthatch

Indian Nuthatch

Orange-headed Thrush

White-rumped Shama

Asian Paradise Flycatcher

Endemic species are those that are unique to a specific geographic location or habitat type, and are not found anywhere else in the world. The following species are endemic to the Nilgiris region:

Painted Bush Quail

Nilgiri Wood Pigeon

Nilgiri Blue Robin

Roufus Babbler

Dark-fronted Babbler

Black-chinned Laughing Thrush

Nilgiri Pippit

Nilgiri Flowerpecker

Malabar Lark

Malabar Woodshrike

White-bellied Treepie

Grey-footed Green Pigeon

Grey-bellied Cuckoo

Indian Scops Owl

Blue-bearded Bee-eater

White-cheeked Barbet

White-naped Woodpecker

Greater Goldenback

Yellow-throated Bulbul

Hume’s Whitethroat

Grey-headed Bulbul

White-bellied Minivet

Jerdon’s Bushlark

White bellied Woodpecker

Great Hornbill

Malabar Grey Hornbill

Malabar Whistling Thrush

Lesser Hill Myna

Crimson-backed Sunbird

Red Spurfowl

Grey Jungle Fowl

Emerald Dove

Sirkeer Malkoha

Spot-bellied Eagle Owl

Migratory birds are those that visit us during a particular season, some from as far away as East Europe, and are not found here all year round.

Indian Pitta

Sri Lanka Frogmouth

Indian Blue Robin

Olive-backed Pipit

Forest Wagtail

Verditer Flycatcher

Kashmir Flycatcher

Rosy Starling

Who takes you birdwatching?

When you go bird-watching in and around Jungle Retreat, you will be accompanied by one or both of our bird-watching guides, Rajesh and Rajkumar, depending on the size of the group.

As part of the initiative to develop ornithology in the area, we combined Rajesh and Rajkumar’s inherent skill and local knowledge with our own research. We further drew on our experience of setting up this wilderness lodge along with guidance from ornithology experts from India and abroad.

Our guides are well equipped with relevant birding books, binoculars, scopes and tripods. They are adept in the use of state-of-the-art cameras & have played a significant role in creating an audio-visual birding guide, shot entirely in and around campus, and which serves as a handy tool for veteran & amateur birders alike.

Both guides are from the Irula tribe and hail from Thottalingi tribal village, just under 2kms from Jungle Retreat.


Rajesh, also known as Sira, is a soft-spoken and astute observer. He studied in a local Tamil medium school and while he was taught the English script, only learnt spoken English at Jungle Retreat, where he started working in 2012. Today, he is fluent. His confidence has steadily grown and he is now comfortable communicating effectively with people from around the world. In addition to being an excellent guide on walks and game drives, his passion for birding makes itself apparent in his ability to pick up on the tiniest of details that may lead you to the bird you seek.



Rajkumar joined Jungle Retreat in 2010. Energetic and cheerful, when not accompanying guests on activities, Rajkumar will most often be found either setting up his scope or camera in various places, looking for birds or pouring over research material and films related to the subject. His natural and contagious interest in the ecology, calm disposition and a sharp eye make him a delightful companion on walks and drives.