Latin name: Pavo cristatus
A very widespread bird - I have never seen so many peafowl in one place at any one time before. Male has spectacular glossy green train - although we did not see them display it.
Found mainly in forest undergrowth, the male grows to a maximum size of 230 cm, whereas the female will stay at around 100 cm.
Latin name: Dendrocitta vagabunda
A really common bird which becomes quite tame in places. In fact, as you can see, it was so tame that it would eat from your hand!
Usually found in open wooded country and gardens with trees and bushes, the treepie will grow to a maximum size of 50 cm.
Latin name: Platalea leucorodia
Found mainly on and around inland wetlands, the spoonbill with grow to a maximum size of 90 cm.
I find it fascinating to watch they way they feed, using their odd shaped beaks to sieve the fish from the water.
Also known as the Snake Bird.
Latin name: Anhinga melanogaster
The darter often swims with its body submerged with just its long, slim neck above water, making it look like a snake - hence its name.
Latin name: Grus antigone
Mainly found in cultivated and well-watered areas, this one was seen in a field by the side of the railway line. It is a large bird, growing to a maximum size of 156 cm.
Latin name: Halcyon smyrnensis
This gorgeous kingfisher is widespread and is found in and around cultivated areas, forest edges, gardens and freshwater / coastal wetlands. It grows to a maximum size of 28 cm.
Latin name: Athene brama
Found mainly within habitation and cultivation, the owlet has a call of a hrsh, shreeky chirurr-chirrur-chirrur, followed by cheevak, cheevak, cheevak.. Will grow to a maximum size of 21 cm.
Take a trip into the old town of Sawai Madhopur! Its a great area for shopping, loads of textiles, jewelry and various things! Not many tourists go here and you will find a crowd of people following you around as you shop!!
The great Ranthambhor Fort is the oldest Fort in Rajasthan, bult in 944 A.D. by Chauhan's perched atop a creek 200 mts above the forested valley, it is built on an awesome scale. Its massive ramparts, gates and bastions sent a stern message to its enemies. Rao Hamir, the most valiant ruler, is said to have refused to bow his head before Khilji, despite the severe food shortage and lack of other provisions. Though the palace lies in ruins, there are still a few ancient landmarks, the visitor can see.You can see panoramic views of the park from its high walls.
About three miles Sawai Madhopur, the views breathtaking plenty of wild life to see here, drive though local village's see them bringing their flocks of sheep and goat's in to protect them from the leopards.
Latin name: Turdoides striatus
Found in decidous forests and near cultivated areas, this gregarious bird was quite tame. This one was sitting on the roll-over bar of our truck.
Latin name: Lanius vattatus
Found in open dry shrub and bushes near cultivated areas. Grows up to 17 cm long.
Latin name: Tringa glareola
This wading bird is found near freshwater and coastal wetlands and makes a soft chiff-if-if flight call.
Latin name: Elanus caeruleus
Quite a small kite, growing to a maximum 35 cm. Found in areas of grassland with cultivation and open shrub.
Latin name: Ketupa zeylonesis
This owl is found in forest and well-wooded areas near water. Grows to a maximum size of 56 cm.