Over a million migratory waterfowl from Siberia, Central Asia and Japan use the wetlands in Kashmir as transitory camps enroute to their wintering quarters in the plains of India. The main species migrating along this 'Central Asian-Indian Flyway' also called the 'Indus Flyway' include:

Bar-headed Goose
Black Stork
Black-headed Gull
Brahminy Duck
Brown-headed Gull
Caspian/Yellow-legged Gull
Common Merganser
Common Pochard
Common Teal
Comon Coot
Eurasian Wigeon
Ferruginous Pochard
Greylag Goose
Northern Pintail
Northern Shoveler
Red-crested Pochard
Ruddy Shelduck
Tufted Duck

The inward migration occurs during September and October and the birds return again around springtime to the wetlands in Kashmir for the reverse migration.


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