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Melghat Tiger Reserve lies in the Satpura Hill Range in Maharashtra, central India. The hills are covered with dry decidous forest, dominated by teak.
October to February is the best time to visit as many winter visitors (like Sulphur-bellied Warbler) are present. It can get quite cold in mid-winter so be sure to take a sweater with you. March to May is very hot and the rainy season lasts from June to September.
 Notable Species
In total more than 270 species have been recorded in Melghat.
Birds you can see here include:
Little Egret, Intermediate Egret, Indian Pond Heron, Striated Heron, Grey Junglefowl, Crested Serpent-Eagle, Black Eagle, Black-winged Kite, Shikra, White-eyed Buzzard, Common Kestrel, Indian Peafowl, Red-wattled Lapwing, Common Sandpiper, Oriental Turtle Dove, Spotted Dove, Plum-headed Parakeet, Rose-ringed Parakeet, Alexandrine Parakeet, Greater Coucal, Sirkeer Malkoha, Jungle Owlet, Forest Owlet, Crested Treeswift, Indian Roller, White-throated Kingfisher, Pied Kingfisher, Common Kingfisher, Little Green Bee-eater, Indian Grey Hornbill, Coppersmith Barbet, Brown-headed Barbet, Brown-capped Woodpecker, Yellow-crowned Woodpecker, Black-rumped Flameback, White-naped Woodpecker, Grey-throated Martin, Eurasian Crag-Martin, Red-rumped Swallow, Barn Swallow, Olive-backed Pipit, Tree Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Large Cuckoo-shrike, Small Minivet, Red-whiskered Bulbul, Red-vented Bulbul, Common Iora, Long-tailed Shrike, Indian Blackbird, Oriental Magpie-Robin, Black Redstart, Indian Robin, Pied Bushchat, European Stonechat, Asian Brown Flycatcher, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Tickell's Blue Flycatcher, Grey-headed Canary-Flycatcher, Large Grey Babbler, Jungle Babbler, Yellow-eyed Babbler, Brown-cheeked Fulvetta, Grey-breasted Prinia, Ashy Prinia, Jungle Prinia, Siberian Chiffchaff, Tickell's Leaf-Warbler, Sulphur-bellied Warbler, Hume's Leaf-Warbler, Greenish Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Spot-breasted Fantail, White-browed Fantail, Black-naped Monarch, Asian Paradise-Flycatcher, Great Tit, Indian Black-lored Tit, Indian Nuthatch, Velvet-fronted Nuthatch, Oriental White-eye, Common Tailorbird, Purple Sunbird, Pale-billed Flowerpecker, Scaly-breasted Munia, Green Avadavat, Common Rosefinch, House Sparrow, Chestnut-shouldered Petronia, Common Woodshrike, Black Drongo, White-bellied Drongo, Eurasian Golden Oriole, Common Myna, House Crow, Jungle Crow, Rufous Treepie
 Other Wildlife
Tiger occurs but is hard to see. The best chances are on jeep safaris organised by the park itself. However even on this safaris less than 1 in 10 see a tiger.
 Site Information
 History and Use
The area is under protection since 1973. Large parts are declared National Park under the name Gangamal, the rest of the 1670km2 are the Melghat Sanctuary were some human interference is allowed.
 Areas of Interest
Interesting birds can be found around the Tourist Complex at Semadoh, including Green Avadavat.
 Access and Facilities
The nearest airport is Nagpur from where you need some 5 to 6 hours to Chikhaldara. Trains from Mumbai to Nagpur stop in Badnera from where busses are available to Paratwada or to Chikhaldara (via Amravati).
To enter the reserve you have to pass checkposts and buy cheap day tickets. They normally open at 6.30am, but you may be able to pass before and convince the forest departement watchmen that you are just birding. Another checkpost in Chikhaldara costs 10Rs to pass each time. The money is used for the community.
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