Pench National Park

by Natue Safari India Tiger Safari and Wildlife Tours in India

Pench national park is located in two states, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. Part of the Highlands of Central India. One of the few areas in central India which has a teak forest. It shares a healthy corridor with Kanha National Park. There is a lot of movement of animals in this corridor including the Tigers. There have been occasions when some Tigers have migrated from Kanha to Pench and backwards. Tiger population is very healthy in Pench, and has infact increased in last 4-5 years. But what is really good about Pench is the healthy population of Dholes, the Indian Wild Dog. In one range of Pench Indian Grey Wolves are also sighted which are very rare. Population of Indian Gaur is very healthy here. Pench river flows through the forest, and a huge Totladoh dam is also a part of this national park. Pench has very good birding as well. Close to 300 species of birds have made Pench their home.

Pench is where the Jungle Book comes to life. In the district of Seoni[erstwhile Seonee, where Mowgli was born], not more than 2.5 hours away from Nagpur City, lies this very important reserve.

Forming corridors for movement of tigers between Kanha, Nagzira as well as Bor Wildlife Sanctuary – Pench is one of the most significant landscapes although living dangerously amongst area of great “development” potential for the powers that be.

This Tiger Reserve is spread across 2000 sq km in the states of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, although the areas close to and in Madhya Pradesh are the most. The core area of Pench Maharashtra is around 400 sq. km whose popularity has risen due to the groundbreaking documentary film by the BBC called “Tiger : Spy in the Jungle” wherein elephants have been trained to take intimate footage of a family of a dominant tigress and her 04 cubs right from birth to adulthood! The equipment used was ahead of its time with a story well woven.


Pench has one of the highest densities of Spotted Deer in India, and animals such as the Indian Leopard and the Dhol or Indian Wild Dog exist while carefully avoiding conflict with the 80-odd tigers in the wild here. Here, evidence of large villages which have been relocated to bring back the grasslands is apparent with sprawling grasslands now as far as the eye can see, amongst the gently rolling hills which are gorgeous just after the monsoons.


The life-giving Pench river is a hot-bed of activity with water-birds and herbivores which attract the Jackal, Wild Dog as well as the Tiger who make it one of their hunting grounds. Vultures roost atop the dry trees, looking to scavenge on the remains. Here is exclusive list of birds along with Common name and Scientific Name.






Common name

Scientific name

Lesser Whistling-Duck

Dendrocygna javanica

Ruddy Shelduck

Tadorna ferruginea

Cotton Pygmy-Goose

Nettapus coromandelianus


Spatula querquedula


Mareca strepera

Eurasian Wigeon

Mareca penelope

Indian Spot-billed Duck

Anas poecilorhyncha


Anas platyrhynchos

Northern Pintail

Anas acuta

Green-winged Teal

Anas crecca

Red-crested Pochard

Netta rufina

Common Pochard

Aythya ferina

Ferruginous Duck

Aythya nyroca

Tufted Duck

Aythya fuligula



GALLIFORMES: Phasianidae


Indian Peafowl

Pavo cristatus

Red Spurfowl

Galloperdix spadicea

Painted Spurfowl

Galloperdix lunulata

Jungle Bush-Quail

Perdicula asiatica

Painted Francolin

Francolinus pictus

Gray Francolin

Francolinus pondicerianus

Red Junglefowl

Gallus gallus





Little Grebe

Tachybaptus ruficollis





Rock Pigeon

Columba livia

Oriental Turtle-Dove

Streptopelia orientalis

Eurasian Collared-Dove

Streptopelia decaocto

Red Collared-Dove

Streptopelia tranquebarica

Spotted Dove

Streptopelia chinensis

Laughing Dove

Streptopelia senegalensis

Asian Emerald Dove

Chalcophaps indica

Yellow-footed Green-Pigeon

Treron phoenicopterus





Painted Sandgrouse

Pterocles indicus





Greater Coucal

Centropus sinensis

Sirkeer Malkoha

Taccocua leschenaultii

Pied Cuckoo

Clamator jacobinus

Asian Koel

Eudynamys scolopaceus

Gray-bellied Cuckoo

Cacomantis passerinus

Common Hawk-Cuckoo

Hierococcyx varius

Indian Cuckoo

Cuculus micropterus





Jungle Nightjar

Caprimulgus indicus

Indian Nightjar

Caprimulgus asiaticus

Savanna Nightjar

Caprimulgus affinis





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