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Fauna In Jim Corbett

Fauna In Jim Corbett

Jim Corbett is famous all over the world for being the best tiger reserve. However, there is more to the national park than the royal beast. The park is home to a large variety of mammals, birds, reptiles, and fishes. Here's a look at the various animals found in the Corbett tiger reserve (CTR).


CTR has the highest density of tigers compared to other national parks. The Royal Bengal tiger is the reason that tourists throng to visit the national park. However, it is not the only animal worth your time. The fauna in Corbett is highly varied and contains a wide variety of animals. Other animals that occupy the region and can be seen during safari include -

  • Tiger (Panthera tigris)
  • Asiatic Elephant (Elephas maximus)
  • Leopard (Panthera pardus)
  • Chital (Axis axis)
  • Sambar (Cervus uniclolor)
  • Barking deer (Muntiacus muntjak)
  • Hog deer (Axis porcinus)
  • Wild boar (Sus scrofa)
  • Langur (Semnopithecus entellus)
  • Rhesus monkey (Macaca mulatta)
  • Jackal (Canis aureus)
  • Jungle cat
  • Fishing cat
  • Leopard cat
  • Asiatic black bear
  • Sloth bear
  • Yellow-throated marten
  • Otters - common otter (Lutra lutra monticola), smooth-coated otter (Lutra perspicillata) and small-clawed otter (Anoyx cinerea)
  • Indian grey mongoose
  • Himalayan ghoral or goat antelope(Naemorhedus goral)
  • Indian pangolins
  • Wild dogs
  • Red fox
  • Marten
  • Indian civet
  • Black-napped hare
  • Indian porcupine
  • Palm squirrel
  • Musk rat
  • Long-eared hedgehog
  • Flying fox
  • Nilgai
  • Wild boar
  • Birds

Corbett national park is home to a wide variety of exotic and rare birds. The Sitabani buffer zone is famous for playing host to a wide variety of bird species, many of which might be migratory. Tourists can spot many of these birds on their safari to CTR.

  • Peacock
  • Common peafowl
  • Red Junglefowl
  • Black Partridge
  • Kaleej Pheasant
  • Crow
  • White-backed and Cinereous Vulture
  • Blossom-headed, Alexandrine, RoseringedParakeet
  • Kingfisher (Stork-billed, Himalayan Pied, Lesser Pied, common kingfisher, White-breasted)
  • Laughing Thrush
  • Oriole (Golden, Maroon, Blackheaded)
  • Dove (Indian Ringdove, Emerald Dove, Turtle Dove, Spotted dove, Rufous turtle dove)
  • Woodpecker (black-naped green woodpecker, lesser golden-backed woodpecker)
  • Duck
  • Stork (Black-necked, White, Black)
  • Cormorant
  • Seagull
  • Teal
  • Bronzed and Black Drongo
  • Hornbill (Great pied, Indian Pied, Common Grey)
  • Hodgson's bushcat
  • Orange-breasted, Pintailed Green and Blue Rock Pigeon
  • Eagle (Pallas fishing, Himalayan Grey-headed fishing, Crested serpent, Crested Hawk, Booted Hawk)
  • Tawny fish owl
  • Indian Pitta
  • Scarlet Minivet
  • Osprey
  • Barbet (lineated, Blue-throated, crimson-breasted, great hill)
  • Little Green Heron
  • Hoopoe
  • Common and Greyheaded Myna
  • Forktail
  • Darter
  • Bee-eater (green, chestnut headed, blue-tailed)
  • Pelican
  • Egret
  • Tailorbird
  • Robin
  • Warbler
  • Babbler and Thrushes
  • Myna
  • Baya
  • Swallows


The tiger reserve is also a home to many species of reptiles including:

  • Ghariyal
  • Indian marsh crocodile (mugger crocodile)
  • King cobra
  • Common Krait
  • Russell's viper
  • Indian Rock Python
  • Monitor lizard
  • Indian cobra
  • Bengal monitor
  • Skink
  • Gecko
  • Agamas
  • Boas
  • Cat snake
  • Wolf snake
  • Lizards
  • Tortoise
  • Turtles


Jim Corbett plays host to the rare Mahaseer fish (Tor putitora) which breeds in the fresh water of river Ramganga. The different varieties of fishes found in CTR include

  • Mahaseer (Golden, Silver, and Black)
  • Kalimuchi
  • Kalabasu
  • Chilwa
  • Goonch or catfish (Bagarius bagarius)
  • Indian trout (Barilius bola)
  • Rohu (Labeo rohita)

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