Bandhavgarh Flora & Fauna

Fauna

Chinkara, still rather shy, can be sighted on the grassland areas of the park, particularly on the formerly cultivated land in the southern extension area on the edges of the main viewing area. The main prey animal, however for the Tigers and the park’s rarely sighted leopards are the chital, which now number a few thousand.

Also to be seen in the grasslands are Nilgai, Chausingha and sounders of Wild Boar, as well as the occasional Jackal or Fox. Muntjac and sambhar prefer denser vegetation. There are two types of monkeys common in the park-the rhesus macaque and the black faced langur. ;Drives can also reveal jungle cats, hyenas, ratels, porcupines and a variety of other mammals.

Bandhavgarh attracts many migratory birds in the winter months, including the birds of prey like the steppe eagle and a variety of wildfowl.

However as it has limited water surfaces it cannot compete with parks with large areas of wetland. Attracted by flowering and fruiting trees, some; very attractive and less common birds can be seen – like the blue bearded bee eater, white bellied drongo, Tickell’s blue flycatcher, white browed fantail, minivets, white Malabar hornbills and wood shrikes. Other fruiting trees reveal a large population of green pigeons, the noisy blossom headed parakeets.

Flora

Common Name

Scientific Name

Sal

Shorea robusta

Saj

Terminalia tomentosa

Dhaora

Anogeissus latifolia

Tendu

Diospyros melanoxylon

Arjun

Terminalia arjuna

Amla

Emblica officinalis

Palas

Butea monosperma

Salai

Boswellia serrata

Bhirra

Chloroxylon sweitenia

Camar

Gmelina arborea

Dhaman

Grewia tilifolia

Mango

Mangifera indica

Jamun

Syzygium Cumini

Bamboo

Dendrocalamus Strictus

Reptiles

Common Name

Scientific Name

Indian Mud or Flap – shell Turtle

Lissemys punctata

Northern House Gecko

Hemidactylus flaviviridis

Fat – tailed Gecko

Eublepharis macularius

Common Garden Lizard

Calotes versicolor

Forest calotes

Calotes rouxi

Common Skink

Mabuya carinata

Common Indian Monitor

Varanus bengalensis

Indian Python

Python Molurus

Common Rat Snake

Ptyas mucosus

Common Wolf Snake

Lycodon aulicus

Buffstriped Keelback

Amphiesma stolata

Common Green Whip Snake

Ahaetulla nasutus

Common indian Krait

Bungarus caeruleus

Russell’s Viper

Vipera russelli

Butterflies

Group

Species

Swallowtails

Whites & Yellows

Blues

Milkweed Butterflies

Browns

Nymphalids

Skippers

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