Bhutan Birding Tour
Bhutan Birding Tour with Cultural Tour
Bhutan Birding Tour is a bird wacthers paradise. With its topography ranging from 200 meters above sea level to 7500 meters the country is rich in flora and fauna. The species that are found in Bhutan Himalayas include the beautiful Ward’s Tragon, endangered Rofous-necked Hornbill, all three of the little known Spelacornis babblers, Satyr Tragopan, Nuthatch, glowing sunbirds, dapper grosbeaks, rosefinches, fabulous Ibisbill, Fire-tailed Myzornis, famed Black necked cranes and a large variety of other gorgeous and little known Himalayan species.
TRIP FACTS :
- Duration: 19Days
- Starting Point: Paro.
- Ending Point: Paro
- Tour Availibility: No group Departures.
- Only Private Tours for a minimum of Two Persons
- Best Season: Suitable time for bird watching is from mid March to April end.
Bhutan Birding Tour Itinerary Day 1 : Paro Valley (2200 m). Paro valley is one of the most beautiful places in Bhutan. Birding at Paro. Following birds are found in Paro Valley from March – April: Ibisbill, Pied Wagtail, White-capped River Chat, Blue Whistling-thrush, Blue-fronted redstarts, Plumbeous Redstarts, Oriental Turtle-dove, Crested Goshawk, Eurasian Kestrel, Kalij Pheasant, Brown Dipper, White-collared Blackbird, Long-tailed and Grey-backed shrikes, Spotted Laughingthrush, Indian Blue Chats, Black neck cranes (sighted in 2003 in the month of February), etc.
A drive to Chelila Pass (4200 meters) provides an opportunity to ascend above tree line into alpine meadows and possibility of seeing several birds such as Himalayan Monal, Blood Pheasants, Collared Grosbeaks, Himalayan Griffon, Lammergeier, Kalij Pheasant, Spotted Laughingthrush, Rosy Pipit, Blue-fronted Redstart, Rofous-breasted Accentor, White-browed Rosefinches, etc. On the lower slopes you may encounter Phylloscopous leaf warblers, mixed flocks of tits, Great Parrotbill, etc.It is advisable to keep two days for cultural and birding at Paro.
Day 2: Thimphu Valley (2300 m ). Birding in Thimphu
There are places where birds can be watched in Thimpu valley surrounded by temperate evergreen forests. There is also an aviary for Pheasants and a small zoo where you find the Taikin (the national animal of Bhutan).Following birds are found in Thimphu valley, Ibisbill, Crested Pied Kingfisher, Rufous-bellied woodpeckers, Hoopoe, Nepal House Martin, Long-tailed Minivet, Yellow-billed Blue Magpie, Spotted Nutcracker, Red-billed Chough, Black-browed and Grey-crested tits, Striated and Black-faced laughingthrushes, Chestnut-bellied Rock-thrush, Mrs. Gould’s Sunbird, White-tailed Nuthatch, Black-capped Sibia, Common Merganzer, Crested Serpent-eagle, Black eagle, etc. It is advisable to reserve two days for this area.
Day 3: Punakha Valley . Birding in Punakha (1300 m)
Following birds can be watched en-route to Punakha and Punakha valley: Satyr Tragopan, Fire-tailed Myzornis, Mrs Gould’s, Fire-tailed and Green-tailed sunbirds, Lemon-rumped Leaf-warblers, Blue-bellied Flowerpeckers, Green Shrike-babblers, Olive-backed Pipits, Gold-billed Magpies, Plain –backed Thrush, Red Crossbills, Common Hill Partridges, etc on the higher slopes.At lower elevations, Mountain Hawk-eagle, Northern Treecreeper, Slender-billed Scimitar-babbler, Golden Bush-robin, Fire-capped Tit, Little and Slatty-backed forktails, Gold-napped Finch, etc.It is advisable to reserve two days for this area.
Day 4: Tashithang Valley. Birding along Mochu to Tashithang.
To north of Punakha lies Tashithang. This valley follows the Mo Chu river. You can find a number of waterfowl. Some of the species found here are: White-bellied Heron (rare and difficult), Tawny Fish Owl, River Lapwing, Red-headed Trogon, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Striated Bulbul, Little Niltava, all three tesias, Pygmy Blue Flycatcher, Pygmy Wren-Babbler, Rufous-chinned Laughingthrush, Red-faced Liocichla, Scarlet Finch, Spotted Wren-Babbler, Ibisbill, Bar-headed Geese, Great-headed Gulls, etc. In 1994 the first Baer’s Pochard was also sighted. It is advisable to keep one day for birding.
Day 5: Trongsa Valley (2200 m)
On the way to Trongsa valley, ascending from Wangduephodrang you travel through exquisite, mixed broad-leafed forests, evergreen forests of mixed conifers, rhododendrons and magnolias till you reach the Pelela Pass (11,400 ft), where you might find yaks grazing amidst blankets of Primulas. Descending Pelela Pass, you enter the temeperate alpine forests and medows. Avifauna one encounters include the following: Blood Pheasants, Kalij Pheasants, Satyr Tragopan, Spotted Forktail, Black-throated and Brown Parrotbills, Gold-napped finch, Fire-tailed Myzornis, Crested Kingfisher, Brown Dippers, White-capped Water Redstarts, Yellow –billed Blue Magpie, etc
Birding along Mangdi Chu. Lower down the valley of the Mangdi Chu towards Zhemgang, the species found are: Yellow-rumped Honeyguide, Rufous-bellied Eagle, Wedge-tailed Green Pigeon, Barred Cuckoo-Dove, Himalayan Swiftlet, Fork-tailed Swifts, Crimson-breasted and Darjeeling Woodpeckers, Striated Bulbul, Spotted Bush-Warbler, Red-billed Leiothrix, Long-tailed Minivets, Little Pied Flycatchers, Scaly Thrushes, Little and Spotted Forktails, Blue-bearded Bee-eaters, Purple Cochoa, Spot-winged Starling, Great Hornbills, Pin-tailed Green Pigeons, etc. It is advisable to reserve two days for cultural and birding tour for Trongsa.
Day 6: Zhemgang-Tingtibi
Rich avifauna in this region includes Chestnut-breasted Partridges, Pin-tailed Green Pigeons, Barred Cuckoo-Dove, nine species of cuckoos, Red-headed Trogon, Blyth’s Kingfisher (with a bit of Luck), Blue-bearded Bee-eater, Rufous-neked Hornbill, White-browed Piculet, Bay Woodpeker, Lesser Shortwing, White-tailed Robin, several scimitar-babblers, Black-faced laughingthrush and other thrushes, fulvettas and yuhinas, Grey-headed Parrotbill, Rufous-faced Warbler, Pygmy Blue Flycatcher, Sultan Tit, etc. It is also possible with a bit of luck to see the Beautiful Nuthatch, White-bellied Heron, Collared Treepie and Lesser Rufous-headed Parrotbill. It is advisable to reserve two days for this area.
Day 7: Bumthang (2700 m)
Bumthang consists of four valleys – Chume, Choekhor, Tang and Ura- separated from each other by mountains.On the higher slopes descending from Yotula pass, you can see Khalij Pheasant, Wallcreeper, Great Parrotbill and Broad-billed Parrotbill, Fire-tailed sunbird, Mrs Gould’s sunbird and Green-tailed sunbirds, Lemon-rumped Warbler, Grey-hooded Warbler, Ashy-throated Warbler, Whited-throated Laughingthrush, Black-faced Laughingthrush, etc. Besides in Bumthang Valley you can also see the Ibisbill. It is advisable to keep two days for Bumthang.
Day 8: Bumthang-Thrumsingla-Sengor
Some of the birds you may encounter are : Blood Pheasant, Mrs. Gould’s and Green-tailed sunbirds, Orange-barred, Grey-throated, Lemon-rumped, Grey-hooded and Blyth’s leaf-warblers, White-browed and Rufous-winged Fulvettas, Stripe-throated Yuhina, Green Shrike-babbler, Satyr Tragopan, Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Mountain Hawk-eagle, Chestnut-bellied Rock-thrush, Plain-backed and Long-billed (rare and elusive) thrushes, Orange-flanked , White-browed Bush-Robins, Blue-fronted Redstart, Orange-gorgeted and Slaty-Blue Flycatchers, Eurasian, Rusty-flanked and Brown-throated treecreepers, Rufous-bellied Niltava, Bar-winged Wren-babblers, Grey-sided Bush Warbler, Black-faced and chestnut-crowned laughingthrush, Red Crossbill, Red-headed Bullfinch, White-winged and Collared Grosbeaks, Gold-naped Finch, Fire-tailed Myzornis, Slender-billed Scimitar-Babbler, etc
Day 9: Sengor-Yongkola-Limithang Some of the avifauna you can see include: Satyr-Tragopan, Rufous-throated Hill-partridges, Rufous-bellied and Chestnut Serpent-Eagles, Rufous-necked Hornbill, Speckled Wood-Pigeon, Blue-bearded Bee-eater, Ward’sTrogon, Red-headed Trogon, Crimsom-breasted, Bay and Lesser Yellow-naped Woodpeckers, Golden-throated and Blue-throated barbets, Collared Owlet, Himalayan Treepie, Oriental hawk-cuckoos, Short-billed and Long-tailed minivets, Yellow and White-bellied fantails, Brown Dipper, White-browed Shortwing, Verditer Flycatcher, Lrge Niltava, Hodgson’s Redstart, Plumbeous Redstart, White-caped Redstart, Slaty-backed Forktail, Brown-flanked Treecreeper, Red-heade, Rufous-fronted, Yellow-browed and Yellow-cheeked tits, Mountain and Ashy Bulbuls, Chestnut-headed, Slaty-bellied and Grey-bellied tesias, Grey-sided and Brown Bush-warblers, a variety of leaf-warblers, Black-browed, Grey-headed, White-speckled, Chestnut-crowned, Broad-billed, Rufous-faced and Black-faced Flycatcher Warblers, Blue-winged laughingthrush, Slender-billed scimitar-babblers, Rufous-throated wren-babblers, Rufous-capped and Golden babblers, Red-billed Leiothrix, Cutia, Rufous-bellied, White-browed and Black-eared Shrike-Babblers, Chestnut-tailed and Red-tailed Minlas, White-naped Whiskered, and Black-chinned Yuhinas, Golden-breasted and Yellow-throated fulvettas, Greater and Rufous-headed Parrotbill, Fire-breasted Flowerpecker, Crimson-browed Finch, Spot-winged Grosbeak, Scarlet Finch, Yellow-rumped Honeyguide, etc End of Bhutan Birding Tour.
Note: The above itinerary is a sample, intended to give you a general idea of the likely trip schedule. Numerous factors such as weather, road conditions, the physical ability of the participants,etc., may dictate itinerary changes either before departure or while on the trail. We reserve the right to change this schedule in the interest of the trip participants’ safety, comfort and general well being.
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