TIGER, TIGER...

Namdapha was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1983 under Project Tiger.

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Amur Falcons are among the rare Avian migrants passing through.

Four Big Cats...

Only National Park to host the Leopard, the Snow Leopard, the Clouded Leopard and the Tiger.

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Rufous Necked HornbillThe park has about 425 bird species with many more to be recorded from work in the higher areas.

There are five species of Hornbills recorded from the area. Several species of rare wren-babblers have been recorded in Namdapha. Other bird groups include laughing thrushes, parrotbills, fulvettas, shrike babblers and scimitar babblers. The Snowythroated Babbler is a rare species of Babbler found only in the Patkai and Mishmi hills and nearby areas in Northern Myanmar can be seen in Namdapha.

Other rare, restricted range or globally endangered species include the Rufous-necked Hornbill (pictured on the left), Green Cochoa, Purple Cochoa, Beautiful Nuthatch, Ward’s Trogon, Ruddy Kingfisher, Blue-eared Kingfisher, White-tailed fish eagle, Eurasian Hobby, Pied Falconet, White-winged Wood Duck, Himalayan Wood-owl, Rufous-throated Hill-partridge, and Whitecheeked hill partridge. Several leaf warblers and migrants such as Amur Falcon and several Thrushes can be seen here. The first mid-winter waterfowl census in Namdapha was conducted in 1994 when species such as the White-bellied Heron, a Critically Endangered bird was recorded for the first time.

Click here for Birds recorded in Namdapha National Park.

Hoolock GibbonThe diverse vegetation and habitats of Namdapha grooms diverse species of animals and birds. Seven species of non-human primates including Stump-tailed macaque and Slow Loris, Capped Langurs, Assamese Macaques, Rhesus Macaque and the distinctive Hoolock Gibbons (Hylobates Hoolock), highly endangered and the only ‘ape’ species found in India, call the Park their home.

Apart from the Big Four Cats, other large predators are dholes, and Asiatic black bears. Smaller carnivores include red panda, yellow-throated marten, Eurasian otter, Oriental small-clawed otter, spotted linsang, binturong, common palm civet, small indian civet, large indian civet, masked palm civet, marbled cat, fishing cat, Asiatic golden cat, and two species of mongoose. Large herbivores are represented by elephants, wild boar, forest musk deer, indian muntjac, hog deer, sambar, gaur, goral, mainland serow, takin and bharal.

Namdapha National Park is also home to 222 species of butterflies (at last count).

Click here for a Checklist of Mammals Recorded in Namdapha National Park.

Click here for a Checklist of Butterflies Recorded in Namdapha National Park.

Picture of Blue Vanda orchid

The Blue Vanda

The beautiful forests of Namdapha possess great biodiversity of Flora and Fauna. A detailed study of its species and genetic variation has not yet been thoroughly done. Namdapha is a botanist’s dream and it may take as long as 50 years to complete a comprehensive survey of its botanical resources. There are more than 150 timber species. The Pinus merkusi and Abies delavavi are not found elsewhere in India.

One of the rarest and most endangered orchids, the Blue Vanda (pictured on the left) is found here. The famous local medicinal plant Mishimi Teeta (Coptis teeta), which is used by the local tribals for treating all kinds of diseases is available here but its export has been banned.

Panthera tigris

Panthera tigris

Four big cat species occur in the park: leopards (Panthera Pardus),snow leopards (Panthera Uncia), clouded leopards(Neofelis Nebulosa) and tigers (Panthera Tigris). Lesser cats like the marbled cat, the fishing cat and the Asiatic golden cat also claim the Park as their home.