Bhutan Bird watching tours - By area, Bhutan is one of the tiniest countries on the planet-roughly 300 km wide and 150 km across as the crow flies. Yet this tiny landlocked parcel of land has a diversity of flora and fauna far greater than that of North America.
Bhutan Bird watching tours include 700 species of birds some of which are exceedingly rare and on the verge of extinction. That is why Bhutan is increasingly being described as the birding capital of the Himalayas.
Species on the verge of extinction include the Imperial Heron, the White Bellied Heron, and the Black Necked Crane, which migrates to the warmer valleys of Bhutan in winter from the Tibetan Plateau. Bhutan Bird watching tours will discover the birds like.
Pallas’s Fish Eagle, Grey Bellied Tragopan, Satyr Tragopan, Yellow-rumped Honeyguide, Grey Crowned Prinia, Rufous Throated Wren-Babbler, Chestnut Breasted Partridge, Blyth’s Kingfisher, and Rufous Necked Hornbill are some of the endangered bird species that breed in Bhutan.
Bhutan Bird watching tours vary from all-year residents to breeding birds to migrant birds passing through with the seasons. Around 50 of the recorded bird species are winter migrants and include ducks, waders, birds of prey, thrushes, finches, and buntings. The partial migrants include cuckoos, flycatchers, swifts, and bee-eaters.
A common sight is the Wild Jungle Fowl and Violet Cuckoos. Another fairly common sighting is the Great Pied Hornbill with its bright yellow and black casque (helmet) on top of its massive beak. Among the list of species in Bhutan, you will find waterfowl and wading birds, songbirds, game birds, and swift.
A representative of our tour company will be there to receive you at the Paro airport and drive you to your hotel. In the afternoon you will visit Rinpung Dzong (fortress on a heap of jewels) built-in 1646 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the founder of Bhutan, and Ta Dzong. Once a watchtower for the defense of the Paro Rinpung Dzong the Ta Dzong today is a museum of natural history. Evening, stroll along the Paro River and spot some river birds.
After breakfast drive to Chele La, the highest road mountain pass in the country, and later to Drugyel Dzong to the north of Paro valley. The species found in these areas are Himalayan Monal, Blood Pheasant, Satyr Tragopan, Kalij Pheasant, Ibisbill, Common Sandpiper, Crested Kingfisher, Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Common Hoopoe, Nepal House Martin, Grey Wagtail, White Wagtail, Yellow-billed Blue Magpie, Spotted Nutcracker, Yellow-browed Tit, Grey-crested Tit, Rufous-fronted Tit, Black-throated Tit, Plumbeous Water Redstart, Brown Dipper, White-capped Water Redstart, Crested Serpent Eagle, Black Eagle, Himalayan Buzzard, etc.
Today you drive to Punakha, Bhutan’s old capital, passing through some of the kingdom’s most fertile river valleys. The first stop is at Dochu La (pass) at 3,050 meters. The snow-capped eastern Himalayan range can be seen from here on a clear day. You could also circumambulate the 108 stupas of the Druk Wangyal Chorten.
The birds found in Punakha and Wangduephodrang valleys are Himalayan Cutia, Yellow-billed Blue Magpie, Collared Grosbeak, Red Crossbill, Golden-breasted Fulvetta, White-browed Fulvetta, Fire-tailed Myzornis, Plain Mountain Finch, Mrs. Gould’s Sunbird, Green-tailed Sunbird, Black-throated Parrotbill, Himalayan Bluetail, White-browed Bush Robin, Rufous-breasted Bush Robin, Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher, Ultramarine Flycatcher, Brown Bullfinch, Red-headed Bullfinch, Chestnut-tailed Minla (Bar-throated Siva), Dark-breasted Rosefinch, Little Bunting, White-bellied Heron, Common Kingfisher, White-throated Kingfisher, Crested Kingfisher, Grey Treepie, Spotted Nutcracker, Speckled Wood Pigeon, Slaty-backed Forktail, Spotted Forktail, Eurasian Jay, Ultramarine Flycatcher, Rusty-cheeked Scimitar Babbler, Streaked-breasted Scimitar Babbler, etc.
In this Punakha to Gasa stretch you will sight Jungle Owlet, Asian-barred Owlet, Osprey, White-bellied Heron, Pallas’s Fish Eagle, Lesser Fish Eagle, Great Cormorant, Black-throated Sunbird, Green-tailed Sunbird, Black-throated Yuhina, Striped-throated Yuhina, Whiskered Yuhina, Striated Yuhina, Scarlet Minivet, Long-tailed Minivet, Grey-chinned Minivet, Barred Cuckoo Dove, Fire-breasted Flowerpecker, Darjeeling Woodpecker, Bay Woodpecker, Chestnut-headed Tesia, Slaty-bellied Tesia, Grey-bellied Tesia, White-gorgeted Flycatcher, Large Niltava, Small Niltava, Rufous-bellied Niltava, Great Barbet, Blue-throated Barbet, Golden-throated Barbet, Asian Koel, Grey-hooded Warbler, Golden-spectacled Warbler, Tickell’s Leaf Warbler, Lemon-rumped Warbler, Buff-barred Warbler, Yellow-bellied Fantail, White-throated Fantail, Rusty-fronted Barwing, Hoary-throated Barwing, Blue-fronted Robin, Lesser Shortwing, Himalayan Cutia, Green Shrike-babbler, Rufous-winged Fulvetta, Yellow-throated Fulvetta, Black-eared Shrike-babbler, Spotted Wren Babbler, Pygmy Wren Babbler, Speckled Piculet, Orange-bellied Leafbird, White-tailed Nuthatch, Maroon Oriole, Wedge-tailed Green Pigeon.
From Gasa, you will drive eastward toward Phobjikha through the black mountain region. The Phobjikha valley is one of the most important wildlife preserves in the country and it serves as the nesting grounds for the endangered Black-necked Crane in winter.
The bird species found in this valley are Yellow-rumped Honeyguide, Blue-capped Rock Thrush, Fire-tailed Myzornis, Great Parrotbill, Alpine Accentor, Green-tailed Sunbird, Fire-tailed Sunbird, Rufous-vented Yuhina, Whiskered Yuhina, Scaly Thrush, Tickell’s Thrush, Fire-capped Tit, Amur falcon, Ward’s Trogon, Blue Rock Thrush, Black-faced Laughingthrush, Spotted Laughingthrush, Fire-breasted Flowerpecker, Red-headed Bullfinch, Scarlet Finch, White-tailed Nuthatch, etc.
Before driving back to Thimphu, you visit the crane observation and information center. Drive to Pelela at 3,300m to spot the Himalayan Monal, Spotted Laughingthrush, Himalayan Griffon, Brown Parrotbill, Great Parrotbill. Stop at Dochula for lunch. Continue drive to Thimphu. Evening stroll around Thimphu
After Breakfast, you will drive to Paro Airport for your onward journey. Take a flight to the next destination.
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