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Number of bird species: 616
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A Field Guide to the Birds of BhutanCarol Inskipp, Tim Inskipp and Richard Grimmett Series: CHRISTOPHER HELM IDENTIFICATION GUIDE SERIES 192 pages, 70 col plates, col photos, maps, b/w line illus. Christopher Helm 2004
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A Photographic Guide to Birds of India[Including Nepal, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Pakistan, Bangladesh & Bhutan] Bikram Grewal, Bill Harvey and Otto Pfister 512 pages, 850 col photos, 800 maps. Christopher Helm
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Birds in Bhutan: Status and DistributionPeter Spierenburg 383 pages, maps, illus. Oriental Bird Club 2005
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Birds of BhutanSalim Ali, Biswamoy Biswas and S Dillon Ripley Series: RECORDS OF THE ZOOLOGICAL SURVEY OF INDIA 136 250 pages, b/w photos, tabs, map. Zoological Survey of India 1996
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Birds of the Indian SubcontinentBy Richard Grimmett, Carol Inskipp & Tim Inskipp | Christopher Helm | Softcover | 2012 | Edition: 2 | 528 Pages | 226 Colour Plates | Colour Distribution Maps | Black & White Illustrations
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2004 [May] - John McAllisterReport
The participants were the Chicken Chasers (Birders who had Red Jungle Fowl as a major target species) - John McAllister and Elize McAllister of Wakkerstroom, South Africa and Jo Johnson of Cape Town, South Africa and the Culture Vultures (the Non-birders) - Shirley and Lisa Johnson of Cape Town, South Africa...
2005 [April] - Paul Prevett & Candy McManimanReport
Just as certain bird species tend to appear again and again on birders’ most-wished-for lists, so special parts of the world have become widely coveted dream destinations. An example of a country that has emerged relatively recently to fire birders’ imaginations in this way is Bhutan...
2007 [March] - Mark Finn - Birdwatching BreaksReport
This was the second Birdwatching Breaks tour to Bhutan nestling in the shadow of the mighty Himalayan mountain chain. March is a good month to visit as we had a wide range of wintering species in addition to migrants from further south. Highlights were many but included Himalayan Monal, Blood Pheasant, Ibisbill, Rufous-necked and Wreathed Hornbills, Wood Snipe, Beautiful Nuthatch, Rufous-throated Wren Babbler, Cutia, a wide range of laughingthrushes and scimitar babblers and mixed flocks of migrant warblers...
2008 [April] - Christian BoixReport
...Access to this prime birding area, the montane forest of the eastern Himalayas, has long been difficult, but birders have begun taking advantage of Bhutan opening its doors to tourists. This provides access to a wide variety of rare and little-known birds, many of which we saw on this year's tour, including Satyr Tragopan, Himalayan Monal, Ward's Trogon, Beautiful Nuthatch, Slender-billed Scimitar-Babbler, Rufous-throated Wren-Babbler, Dark-rumped Swift, Rufous-necked Hornbill and Yellow-rumped Honeyguide...
2008 [April] - Dave FarrowReport
Having considered various adjectives to describe this year’s Birdquest tour to Bhutan, that one stands out as being the most succinctly descriptive! I could also begin with just the final figure, 453 species (a tour record), of which 364 species were within the borders of Bhutan...
2008 [April] - David ShackelfordReport PDF
... Elephant back rides afforded us our best chance at seeing one of the rarest birds in India, Bengal Florican, of which we had excellent views of a male on the ground and in flight. Great scope views were also obtained of this mega on our second last morning in the park...
2009 [April] - Ravi, Namita & Medha PotluriReport
We managed to get exceedingly good and multiple sightings of the top 3 birds in our target list – the Satyr Tragopan, the Himalayan Monal and the Blood Pheasant. Of the other target birds we had, while we dipped on a few, we bagged a few surprises which more than made up. In all, we had close to 200 species (highlights below), many of which are lifers to us, and were a pure delight to be able to see after only fantasizing about them all these years...
2009 [May] - Dave FarrowReport
Once again we enjoyed another superlative Birdquest to the wonderful mountain kingdom of Bhutan. We recorded 387 species on the tour, 351 that were inside Bhutan itself - our second highest ever total for the country...
2010 [April] - Eustace BarnesReport
...A nearby marsh held Rosy Pipit, Grey-backed Shrike, Hodgson’s Redstart and innumerable Russet and Tree Sparrows, while the rather dry little marsh along the roadside produced a single Black-tailed Crake...
2010 [April] - Josh EngelReport
Starting in Kaziranga, in the plains and lowland forests of the northeast Indian state of Assam, we saw well over 100 species that we would not see again in Bhutan. The park is best known for its charismatic megafauna—we saw innumerable Indian one- horned rhinos, Indian elephants, wild Asian water buffalo, as well as deer, otters, boars, and primates...
2010 [April] -Markus LiljeReport
The Himalayan Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan is unique as the only country that still supports huge areas of undisturbed and pristine forest-clad mountain slopes in this extensive mountain range of southern Asia. Spectacular blazes of flowering Rhododendron and magnolias, magnificent Dzongs and ancient forms of cultivation still dominate this inspiring landscape. In these now quickly modernising surroundings we were able to still experience the natural wealth as well as find out about some of its history and fascinating culture...
2011 [April] - Glen ValentinePDF
...The grasslands yielded specialties such as Chestnut-capped and Striated Babblers, Swamp Francolin, Red Junglefowl, Pied Harrier, Lesser Coucal, superb Blue-tailed and Chestnut-headed Bee-eaters, Eurasian Wryneck, Bengal Bush Lark, White-tailed Rubythroat, Black-breasted, Streaked and Baya Weavers, Western Yellow Wagtail and Rosy Pipit, while the vast wetlands supported an array of waterbirds...
2011 [April] - Glen Valentine - Bhutan & AssamReport
India and Bhutan are two truly magical countries, both offering a wealth of fabulous birds, impressive mammals, awe-inspiring scenery and fascinating and unique cultures. Very few tours can combine such a diversity of habitats, scenery and culture with the likes of some of Asia’s most sought-after birds….
2011 [May] - Glen ValentinePDF
We were treated to a banquet of fantastic and little known species during this magical birding adventure and some of these mouth-watering specialties that were seen included the near-mythical Satyr Tragopan, Blood Pheasant, resplendent Himalayan Monal, endangered White-bellied Heron, incredibly rare and localized White-winged Duck, Greater Adjutant, Pied Harrier, Ward’s and Red- headed Trogons, impressive Rufous-necked Hornbill, much sought-after Yellow-rumped Honeyguide, spectacular Long-tailed Broadbill, elusive Black-headed Shrike-babbler, Coral-billed and Slender- billed Scimitar Babblers, Long-billed Wren-Babbler, Sikkim Wedge-billed Babbler, seldom-seen Rufous-rumped and Bristled Grassbirds, aptly-named Beautiful Nuthatch, Fire-tailed Myzornis, rare and secretive Blue-fronted Robin, exquisite Golden-naped Finch and a staggering six species of Parrotbill!
2011 [May] - Glen Valentine - Bhutan & AssamReport
Our second scheduled tour of 2011 to the spectacular Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan and adjacent Assam was timed to coincide with the end of spring and the beginning of summer, offering an exceptional visual and cultural spectacle like nothing on earth. We were treated to a banquet of fantastic and little known species during this magical birding adventure including Satyr Tragopan, Blood Pheasant, Himalayan Monal, White-bellied Heron, White-winged Duck….
2012 [April] - Glen Valentine - Bhutan & AssamReport
Our birding adventure to the north-east Indian national parks of Kaziranga and Nameri and the Himalayan birding paradise of Bhutan was timed perfectly to coincide with the onset of spring. This ensured that we scored a host of exciting winter visitors that were still present before migrating to higher altitudes to breed. Our trip succeeded in recording an impressive 467 species, which included some of Asia’s (and the world’s) most exciting and highly desired species….
2012 [May] - Dave FarrowReport PDF
...Some of the headliners included a lengthy encounter with the magnificent White-bellied Heron – the leaders bogey-bird that chose this year’s tour to finally gave itself up, twenty sightings of fourteen Satyr Tragopans (surely a record count!), stunning views of Chestnut-breasted Partridge, the colourful partnership of Blood Pheasant and Himalayan Monal on our first morning, a stunning pair of Beautiful Nuthatches attending their football-like nest, and numerous Rufous-necked Hornbills including a great encounter with a female walling herself into her nest hole....
2012 [November] - Mike Nelson - Bhutan & AssamReport PDF
...It was time for a scrumptious lunch at our base in Paro – the beautiful Ugyen Phendeyling Resort & Meditation Center. After lunch, a visit to the nearby river delivered a group of Rufous-breasted Accentors but the strong winds were not in our favor. We also enjoyed further views of Plumbeous and White-capped Water Redstarts – both common species that always impress. In the later afternoon it was time for another attempt at Ibisbill...
2013 [April] - K David BishopReport PDF
...Some years we have done very nicely with the enigmatic and globally critically endangered White-bellied Heron while in other years no one has seen it at all. Sometimes we struggle with Satyr Tragopan while in other years they behave like a dream and males show off to us–as they did this year! Beautiful Nuthatch is yet another blue-ribbon bird, but has become very difficult at one site, possibly because of excessive use of tape play-back. Because we know Bhutan and its birds so well, we are able to take our participants to less utilised sites...
2013 [April] - Keith ValentineReport PDF
...Legendary birds included Satyr Tragopan, resplendent Himalayan Monal, Blood Pheasant, bizarre Ibisbill, monotypic Wallcreeper, all 7 Wren-Babblers including the extremely localized and rare Long-billed and Bar-winged Wren-Babblers, Sikkim Wedge-billed Babbler, 2 species of parrotbill (including the rare Pale-billed), seldom-seen White-hooded Babbler, impressive Rufous-necked, Great and Wreathed Hornbills, extremely rare White-bellied Heron, much- regarded Beautiful Nuthatch, spectacular Long-tailed Broadbill, Slaty-bellied Tesia, Himalayan Cutia, stunning Fire-tailed Sunbird, Golden-naped Finch, endangered Greater Adjutant, Swamp Francolin and Pied Harrier, these being just some of the many exciting species that were sighted on this fabulous birding tour!...
2013 [April] - NorbuReport PDF
...The temperature had dropped and a bitter wind blew down the valley once the sun disappeared as we watched a Grey- backed Shrike and tried to relocate a Solitary Snipe that flew over our heads. Norbu eventually drew out a Black- tailed Crake using one of the many recordings that he has on his iPod this was the first of the species that I had failed to see on my previous visit to Bhutan....
2013 [May] - Eustace BarnesReport PDF
...We recorded 377 bird species on the tour, 346 of these in Bhutan of which a mere 15 were heard only. The tour highlights, too many to recount all in a short paragraph did include great views of the critically endangered White-bellied Heron at one of its more regular haunts. We also enjoyed stunning views of several male and female Satyr Tragopans at Sengor feeding on the broad verges. On our first morning at Chele La we saw numerous magnificent Blood Pheasants and several Himalayan Monals....
Across BhutanTour Operator
Despite the Bhutanese people’s abiding love of nature, bird watching as an organized pursuit is a new concept in Bhutan, and most of the birding tours are lead by foreign tour guides. While generally knowledgeable, these guides typically lack the in-country experience necessary to maximize the chances for successful sightings. In contrast, at ACROSS BHUTAN, we take pride in having a team of experienced and professional Bhutanese bird watching guides....
Bhutan Bird QuestTour Operator
Bhutan Bird Quest prides itself as being the only operator in Bhutan specializing exclusively in birding tours. Bhutan Bird Quest's founder Yeshey Dorji is a renowned professional bird photographer. His works have appeared in BirdAsia Magazine and several birding websites and in 2008 he will release his first book of photographs, Bhutan Birds…
Bhutan BirdingTour Operator
Quality Birding in the Himalayas - Organizing birds watching and wildlife photography tours. Despite the Bhutanese people abiding love of nature, bird watching as an organized pursuit is a new concept in Bhutan, and most of the birding tours are lead by foreign tour guides. While generally knowledgeable, these guides typically lack the in-country experience necessary to maximize the chances for successful sightings. In contrast, at Bhutan Birding we take pride in having a team of experienced and professional Bhutanese bird watching guides…
Bhutan Footprints TravelTour Operator
We provide specialized historic highlights with well-organized transportations, accommodations, and impressive treks in the tranquil Himalayas, in a professional and dependable manner....
Bhutan Majestic TravelTour Operator
The highlight of this trip is the Festival for the Endangered Black Necked Crane. By legend the cranes are believed to be the reincarnated souls of Lamas that come to pay homage at the monastery of Gangtey Gompa. Each year at the cranes return it is said that they circle the monastery three times before landing in the wetlands below. The Festival is sponsored each year by the Royal Society for the Protection of Nature and the Phobjikha Valley community. Foreign guests are asked to make a small donation for attending the festival...
Birding EcotoursTour Operator
We expect to find most of Bhutan’s fabled Eastern Himalayan species such as Beautiful Nuthatch (and other nuthatches), Ward’s Trogon, the unbelievable Fire-tailed Myzornis, Rufous-necked Hornbill, Yellow-rumped Honeyguide, Ibisbill, and of course Satyr Tragopan, Himalayan Monal, and other vivid pheasants. Other highlights include Wallcreeper, spectacular sunbirds, five species of parrotbills, up to ten species of laughingthrushes, striking and gorgeous forktails along the fast-flowing rivers – in addition to a plethora of other tantalizing jewels....
Local birders willing to show visiting birders around their area...
Jachung TravelTour Operator
Jachung Travel is a Bhutanese-owned, San Francisco-based tour company offering cultural tours and trekking in Bhutan, in cooperation with its partner, White Lake Adventures, a professional, licensed tour operator in Bhutan. We promote good travel ethics and respect for the environment and culture while making sure that you enjoy your adventure and that you experience Bhutan to the fullest. Through us you will learn about the Bhutanese culture, expand your mind, and leave with the feeling that you've had a unique, unforgettable experience. We hold ourselves to the highest standards and provide the best services possible, with the goal of giving you the adventure of your life.
Kauntei Tours IndiaTour Operator
Kauntei Tour has been in the field operating special Interest Bird tours since 1991. Our special bird tours are carefully designed by professional and nature loving team. The only aim for operating the bird tours is to provide the best that is available and we continually make sure that each team member work hard to provide you with a memorable experience and great value for your money...
Rockjumper Birding ToursTour Operator
With seemingly endless forests and arguably the most magnificent mountain scenery in the world, Bhutan is a thoroughly recommended and highly enjoyable destination. Our tour targets include Satyr Tragopan, Himalayan Monal, Blood Pheasant, Ibisbill, Rufous-necked Hornbill, Ward’s Trogon, Fire-tailed Myzornis, Beautiful Nuthatch and an astounding selection of wren-babblers and parrotbills.
Tashi Gongphel ToursTour Operator
The natural habitat of Bhutan is home to more than six hundred species of birds. More birds are being discovered every year and special surveys are going on to identify the magnitude of bird life in the country. Experts tout Bhutan as a bird watcher’s paradise...
Bhutan - The Last Shangri-LaWebsite
The Himalayas in general are an ornithological paradise: Nepal has more than 800 species, Sikkim and Bhutan more. Depending upon whose tally one adheres to, this compares favorably with the 1,200 to 1,800 species found in the entire Indian subcontinent. The abundance of birdlife reflects the extent of the diversity of life zones and habitats, as well as the central position of the Himalaya between two major biogeographical zones...
Bhutan Environmental ConservationWebsite
In 1988 Bhutan was identified by Norman Myers as one of the ten biodiversity hot spots in the world. It has also been identified as the centre of 221 global endemic bird areas. Bhutan`s ecosystem harbours some of the most exotic, endemic species of the eastern Himalayas. It has an estimated 770 species of birds, and over 50 species of rhododendron. The mountains brim with other exotic species like the blue poppy and different medicinal herbs. Animals like takins, snow leopards, golden langurs, tigers and elephants roam its forests.
Checklist - Birds of BhutanChecklist
The Road Between Ura and Limithang in Eastern BhutanWebsite
Bhutan has recently cracked its door ajar, permitting birders to sample some of its truly sumptuous avian delights...
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