Accipitrinae

Black-shouldered Kite

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Elanus axillaris
Nepali Name: मुसे चील (Muse Cheel)

Black-shouldered Kite at Jagadishpur Reservoir, Kapilvastu, Nepal
Jagadishpur Reservoir, Kapilvastu, Nepal. 110 m. 3 February, 2017. Photo: Ashish Shrestha.

Long-legged Buzzard

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Buteo rufinus
Nepali Name: लामखुट्टे श्येनबाज (Lamkhutte Shyenbaaz)

Long-legged Buzzard in Kathmandu
Bagheswori, Bhaktapur, Nepal. ~1,400m. 6 January 2018. Photo: Ashish Shrestha.
Long-legged Buzzard at Chobhar Kathmandu
Chobhar Bagmati, Kathmandu, Nepal. 1,300m. 25 February 2017. Photo: Ashish Shrestha
Long-legged Buzzard
Bagheswori, Bhaktapur, Nepal. ~1,400m. 21 January 2017. Photo: Ashish Shrestha.

Common Buzzard

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Buteo buteo
Nepali Name: श्यनबाज (Shyan Baaz)

Common Buzzard
Bagheswori, Bhaktapur, Nepal. ~1,400m. 21 January 2017. Photo: Ashish Shrestha.

Shikra

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Accipiter badius
Nepali Name: शीक्रा (Shikra)

Bonelli’s Eagle

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Aquila fasciata
Nepali Name: मोरङ्गी चील (Morangi Cheel)

Notes:
1. Observed hunting from a perch during the current visit but does hunt on the wing.

Eurasian Sparrowhawk

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Accipiter nisus
Nepali Name: वनबाज Banbaaj

Eurasian Sparrowhawk
Taudaha, Kathmandu, Nepal. 1,300m. 16 November, 2014. Photo: Ashish Shrestha.

Mountain Hawk Eagle

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Nisaetus nipalensis
Nepali Name: पहाडी शदलचील Pahadi Shadaha Cheel

Oriental Honey-Buzzard

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Pernis ptilorhyncus
Nepali Name: मधुहा Madhuha

Notes:
1. Despite its name it has none of the behavior of the buzzards well except perhaps it has variable plumage.

Himalayan Griffon

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Gyps himalayensis
Nepali Name: हिमाली गिद्ध (Himali Gidda)

Notes:
1. HUGE!!!
2. To get closeup shots, either catch them while they feed or near their roosting place before the thermals build up.
3. A brochure to locate vulture restaurants in Nepal, a commendable and highly successful conservation project: www.birdlifenepal.org/download.php?f=86

Egyptian Vulture

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Neophron percnopterus
Nepali Name: सेतो गिद्ध Seto Gidda