India’s Newest Bird Conservation Reserve Opens In Uttarakhand

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A version of this article appeared as “Bird Paradise” in the April 2015 edition of National Geographic Traveller magazine.

The Himalayan Quail was last reported in 1876 in the vicinity of Nainital, and there are many zealous ornithologists who nurse the hope that the quail may still lurk somewhere in these environs; like the forest owlet, believed to be extinct, but rediscovered in 1997 after 113 years in Melghat Tiger Reserve.

Hope got another chance, with the forests in Nainital … Read More