Birding From Bhutan

Birding From Bhutan

Birding From Bhutan
Birding From Bhutan

Bird watching and Culture Tour

Bhutan is a paradise for bird lovers and ornithologists. Over 670 species of birds have been recorded and many more are yet to be discovered. Around 50 species of the known birds are winter migrants. These include ducks, waders, birds of prey, thrushes, finches and buntings.

The partial migrants to Bhutan include cuckoos, swifts, bee-eaters, warblers and flycatchers. The country harbors more than 16 species of vulnerable birds. They are the Pallas’s Fish Eagle, White bellied Heron, Satyr Tragopan, Gray-bellied Tragopan, Ward’s Trogon, Blyth’s King Fisher, Yellow-rumped Honey Guide, Rufous Throated Wren Babbler, Chestnut-breasted Partridge, Blyth’s Trogon, Wood Snipe, Dark-rumped Swift, Rufous-necked Hornbill, Gray-crowned Prinia and the Beautiful Nuthatch all of which breed in Bhutan.

Bhutan is home to many species of birds that are in danger of extinction, including the Imperial Heron, which is one of the fifty rarest birds in the world and the rare Black-Necked Crane, which breeds in Tibet and then migrates over the Himalayas to Bhutan during the winter months. The Cranes can be spotted in Phobjikha Valley in Western Bhutan, Bumthang in Central Bhutan and in Bumdeling in Eastern Bhutan. They migrate to these winter roosting sites in the months of September and October and fly back to Tibet between February and March.

The following is a comprehensive list of the endangered birds of Bhutan:

Baer’s Pochard Beautiful Nuthatch Black-necked Stork Blackish-breasted Babbler Blyth’s Kingfisher Chestnut-breasted Partridge Dark-rumped Swift Eurasian Curlew Eurasian Peregrine Falcon Ferruginous Duck Gray-crowned Prinia Great Hornbill Lesser Fish-eagle Palla’s Fish-eagle Pallid Harrier Rufous-necked Hornbill Rufous-throated Wren-babbler Satyr Tragopan Ward’s Trogon White-rumped Vulture White-throated Bushcat Woodsnipe Yellow-rumped Honeyguide Black-necked Crane Imperial Heron White-bellied Heron.

Package Details

Duration: 7 Nights/ 8 Days

Covers: Thimphu,Punakha,Paro and Wangdue

Day 1
Arrival at Paro

Local sightseeing and evening bird-watching along Paro river (Ibisbill, River Lapwing, Black- tailed Crake, ducks and other shore birds).

(Overnight at Hotel)

Day 2
Paro Chelela pass & to Thimphu

On the way you will see Himalayan Monal, Blood Pheasant and Kalij Pheasant, Redstarts, Accentors, Grosbeaks, Warblers, Rosefinch, Snow Pigeon, Buzzard and White-browed Fulvetta

(Overnight at Hotel)

Day 3
Thimphu to Punakha

Dochula pass, chances of sighting the Fire-tailed Myzornis, Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher, Tits, Warblers, Brown Parrotbill, Eurasian Jay and Yellow-billed Blue Magpie. Visit Punakha Dzong & birding in the evening with a chance of observing the White-bellied Heron

(Overnight at Hotel)

Day 4
Punakha to Phobjikha

On the way the main birds will be Yellow-rumped Honeygiude, Ward’s Trogon, Laughingthrushes, and high altitudes birds like Eurasian wren, wall creeper, Himalayan Griffon and Rosefinches

(Overnight at Hotel)

Day 5

Explore Phobjikha and observe the Black Necked Cranes.

Notes:The Black necked crane can be seen only if you come in November- End of March.

(Overnight at Hotel)

Day 6
Phobjikha to Paro

In the morning to Pelela to observe high altitude birds, later back to Paro.

(Overnight at Hotel)

Day 7
Hike to Tiger’s Nest

In the morning, take an excursion to Taktsang Monastery, also known as Tiger’s Nest. It is believed that Guru Rinpoche, founding father of the Bhutanese form of Mahayana Buddhism, arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery. The main structure was severely damaged by fire in 1998, but after many years of painstaking restoration work, the complex has now been fully restored to its former glory. (Overnight at Hotel)

Day 8
Depart Paro:

Early breakfast in the hotel, then drive to the airport for flight to onward destination.

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