Bird-watching at Sinhagad Valley

If you are into bird watching and from Pune, then Sinhagad is surely one of the must visit places. Till now I have visited Sinhagad multiple times, out of which we have trekked all the way up to the fort twice.

The Sinhagad valley is pretty famous amongst birds especially for sighting the Asian Paradise flycatcher, Verditer flycatcher and the Ultramarine flycatcher. Once you take the left, you will start hearing calls of different birds and will start spotting birds in the valley. Soon you will see a huge tree which has a shrine at its base and small stream passes next to it. A lot of birds come at this point for water, hence a place with sure-shot sightings. Moving forward; you can keep moving along the trail which passes through the paddy fields; and after crossing the fields you need to take a right. You will realize that the trail disappears soon and you reach an open space beyond which is a relatively dense and woody jungle buzzing with bird calls. You may also occasionally hear and spot the barking deers.

Best time to visit the valley is as early as possible, and you will surely get to see some “not-so-common” birds perching. We generally try to reach at least by 6 AM or at max by 6:30 AM. When we went to Sinhagad for the 1st time, we got to see a pair of the beautiful Crested tree-swifts..! Credit goes to my wife Shraddha for spotting it and Sandip for identifying it. Yes, it was this place where I 1st met Sandip. Other species which we have spotted till date are white-spotted fantail flycatcher, Tickell’s blue flycatcher, Oriental white-eye, Scaly-breasted Munias, Black-naped Monarch flycatcher, Crested Serpent Eagle, Shikra, Black-shouldered kite, Jungle bush quail, Orange-headed thrush, Rufous Treepie, Coppersmith Barbet, White-cheeked Barbet, Black Drongo, White-bellied Drongo, Jungle Myna, Brahminy Myna, Indian Lored tit, Great tit, Sunbird, Common tailorbird, Jungle babbler, Tawny bellied Babbler, Puff-throated babbler, Common Iora, Indian robin, Oriental Magpie Robin, White-throated Kingfisher and the Indian blackbird.

You may also choose to trek to the fort, and you will surely get some good shots at the Crested Bunting, better known as the “Yuvraj”. When we trekked to the fort, we also managed to see the Yellow-eyed Babblers, Grey-breasted Prinia and the majestic Black Eagle. Once you reach the fort, you will be greeted by Jungle Mynas and the Indian Blackbirds. However the highlight was a pair of juvenile Pergerine Falcons we were able to spot from the fort…! Undoubtedly that was my best sighting till date.

Till now we have been to Sinhagad both in the summer season (May, June), once in the rainy season (August) and twice in winter season (October, December). Eagerly looking forward to visit this place more in the winter season.

Watch out for the more updates on this post… till then enjoy some of the birds I managed to click at Sinhagad Valley.

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Directions: Once you pass Khadakvasla, you need to take the route all the way up-to Aatekar Vasti. This is the base village from where the trekking route to Sinhagad fort starts. In-order to access the Sinhagad bird valley; one should take a left just at the start of the trek route.

Preserve Nature and enjoy birding 🙂

-Rudra

Here is a list of birds I have spotted at Sinhagad (Updated as on 26th Dec 2014):

Common Rosefinch
Yellow-crowned Woodpecker
Crested Treeswift

Eurasian Wryneck
Plum-headed Parakeet
Golden Oriole
Asian Paradise Flycatcher
Verditer Flycatcher
Red-breaster Flycatcher
White-spotted Fantail Flycatcher

Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher
Ultramarine Flycatcher
Black-naped Monarch Flycatcher
Crested Bunting
Jungle Bushquail
Black Drongo
Ashy Drongo
White-Bellied Drongo
Oriental White-eye
Small Minivet
Long-tailed Shrike
Dusky Craig Martin
Wire-tailed Swallow
Barn Swallow
Common Myna
Brahminy Starling
Jungle Myna
Indian Blackbird
Common Iora
Greenish Warbler
Gold-fronted Leaf Bird
Yellow Wagtail
White-browed Wagtail
Jungle Babbler
Large Grey Babbler
Yellow-eyed Babbler
Puff-throated Babbler
Tawny-bellied Babbler
Rufous Treepie
Orange-headed Thrush
Indian-lored tit
Great tit
Coppersmith Barbet
White-cheeked Barbet
Purple Sunbird
Purple-rumped Sunbird
Oriental Magpie Robin
Indian Robin
Baya Weaver
Yellow-throated Sparrow
Scaly breasted Munia
White-rumped Munia
Plain Prinia
Ashy Prinia
Grey-breasted Prinia
White-throated Kingfisher
Laughing Dove
Spotted Dove
Pergerine Falcon

Crested Serpent Eagle
Oriental Honey Buzzard
Shikra
Black Eagle
Black-winged Kite

Few more additions from Khadakvasla (Updated as on 26th Dec 2014):

Little Grebe
River tern
Black kite
Pied Kingfisher
Common Coot
Common Pochard
Indian Spot-billed duck

14 thoughts on “Bird-watching at Sinhagad Valley

  • October 9, 2014 at 7:53 am
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    Article was really informative. I have not yet explored this area till now. But now it will be on my hot list.

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  • October 9, 2014 at 9:18 am
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    I must say you have managed to click quite a few birds ….some of them are on mt wishlist too .

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    • October 9, 2014 at 9:24 am
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      Thanks Radhika. Glad that you are following our blog. Stay tuned for more updates 🙂

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      • April 17, 2016 at 10:34 am
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        Hi Rudra
        need your suggestions.
        Can I have u r contact ?

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    • June 6, 2016 at 1:48 pm
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      Thank you Sanjay. Not aware of any local guides there.

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  • June 9, 2016 at 6:20 am
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    Very nice and informative article, I am a beginner in wild life and birding.My first tour was to Corbett, Pangot, sattal.Since I am from Pune, I will definitely go to Sihagadh valley,
    Thank you very much.
    Gore Krishna,

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    • June 10, 2016 at 8:38 am
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      Thank you 🙂

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  • August 10, 2016 at 11:39 am
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    i am dr.Nainesh Parikh,interested to visit Singhad valley.what will be the ideal time to visit valley in mid Nov this year.I mean around 6.0am or later

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    • October 19, 2016 at 12:12 am
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      Thanks for writing in Nainesh. Due to extended rains, I feel anytime after mid dec upto feb end should be a good time to visit Sinhagad Valley. Activity at valley generally starts at 8 am or so, so reaching by 7:30 am is good enough. Although i wouls suggest you to visit on a weekday to avoid crowd.

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  • December 9, 2016 at 2:16 pm
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    Hi I am Rohit Patel from Mumbai, is there staying facility nearby this place? want to go in end of Dec. 16

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    • December 15, 2016 at 1:11 pm
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      Hello Rohit,

      Thanks for writing in. Not sure of any stay near the fort area, however you can look up for something on Sinhagad road near Mumbai – Bangalore highway junction. It will be around 30 odd minutes to Sinhagad Valley.

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  • April 21, 2017 at 1:03 pm
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    Intresting article. i would surely like yo visit the place

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  • July 30, 2017 at 2:37 pm
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    I am Pune for 10 days. I intend to be at the fort on 1st August. Hope to see some of you guys there as I am into birding .

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