A Visit to Dibru-Saikhowa National Park

Text by Rupsikha Bhuyan

Photos by Dr. Rituraj Bhuyan

A pair of feral horses in Dibru-Saikhowa National Park

Dibru-Saikhowa National Park is situated on the south bank of the river Brahmaputra in the extreme east of Assam, India. With an area of 350 square kilometers, Dibru-Saikhowa provides a safe haven for many endangered and uncommon species of wildlife. Some rare and globally threatened species of animals found in this region are the hoolock gibbon, capped langur, slow loris, water buffalo, Gangetic river dolphin. However, Dibru-Saikhowa is most famous for its feral horses and avifauna. Over 300 species of birds, resident and migratory, are found in this National Park.

Maguri Beel- the gateway of Dibru Saikhowa

Bird watchers and ornithologists are well aware of the importance and beauty of the Maguri Motapung Beel. A wetland located around 3.5 kms away from the Guijan Ghat, Maguri Beel acts as a gateway of the Dibru Saikhowa National Park and Biosphere Reserve. It has grown its importance over the years due to the presence of many threatened resident and migratory birds that visit the place during the winter season. Some species of birds, that this area provides an abode include Jerdon’s Babbler, Marsh Babbler, Striated Grassbird, Little Cormorant, Little Grebe, Asian Openbill Stork, Purple Swamphen, Little Ringed Plover, Bar-headed Goose, White Wagtail, Yellow Wagtail, Citrine Wagtail, Northern Pintail, Northern Shoveler and many more.

Top: Jerdon's Babbler

Bottom: Marsh Babbler