India is home to a diverse wildlife with Bengal tigers, deer, pythons, wolves, foxes, bears, crocodiles, camels, wild dogs, monkeys, snakes, antelope species, and varieties of bison and not to mention the mighty Asian elephant. The region's wildlife is preserved in 89 national parks, 18 Bio reserves and 400+ wildlife sanctuaries across the country. With more than 1250 species of birds, India is the bird watcher's paradise. There are over 925 breeding species (920 residents) in the region. For birding in India, 13 bio-geographical regions can be demarcated: Trans Himalayan, Western Himalayas, Eastern Himalayas, Desert, Semi-arid, Gangetic plain, Central India, Deccan Plateau, Western Ghats, Eastern Ghats, North East, Coasts and the Andaman Nicobar Islands. The long coastline and the island territories provide an opportunity to watch and study a large number of pelagic birds.