T hinking about planning a bird watching tour to the acclaimed land of the happiness and well-preserved environment, Bhutan? We believe that bird watching is an adventurous journey filled with a lot of excitement; thrill and the satisfaction of finding your bird while at the same time you make new friends with the same kind of interest across the world. And, we are here to tell you that we strongly share the same passion and we want to give you the best bird watching experience in Bhutan.
WTH Bhutan takes pride in having a team of experienced and professional local field guides field guides who are keen birders themselves. Our guides have the hands-on knowledge that allows them to locate some of the best places that house rare species, including the Wren Babblers, Laughing thrushes, and other species in Bhutan. In addition to excellent birding knowledge, our guides also have a strong understanding of local cultures and traditions, as well as a good command of the English language.
With 72 percent of the country under primeval forest cover, Bhutan’s pristine ecology is home to rare and endangered flora and fauna. Not only is Bhutan carbon neutral, but it actually absorbs more carbon than it emits! For the visitor, this translates into lovely forest hikes and superb birding across a chain of national parks.
Bhutan also enjoys a reputation as a bird watcher’s paradise. 675 species of birds have been confirmed in Bhutan, including 19 species listed by Birdlife International as globally threatened and 12 as near threatened. Over 50 species birds are still not well known as they are winter migrants.
Some exotic birds like the black-necked crane known as heavenly bird, migrate from Tibet to Bhutan during winter. Not to forget the white-bellied hereon found in the lowlands of Bhutan in places like Punakha, are rare to find. Each place in Bhutan is a home to different species of birds.
Bhutan’s amazing diversity of flora and fauna is largely because of deeply held spiritual beliefs drawn from Buddhism, which propounds respect for other sentient beings with whom we share the natural world. This has ensured that Bhutan’s environment is pristine and untouched and the incredible range of natural habitat, from the sub-tropics to the high Himalayas, is largely intact.
The Buddhist principles of living in harmony with nature form the cornerstones of the government’s conservation policies, which has declared more than 26 percent of the landmass as protected areas and national parks. The Bhutanese constitution states that more than 60 percent of the country must remain under forest cover for all times to come. As of now 72 percent of the country is under forest cover (including shrub). Birds are believed to be the symbol of the inter-connectedness of the earth and Bhutan is keen in protecting the birds and its existence.
Considering her size, Bhutan has the most diverse eco system at least in Asia and has been recognised as one of the 10 global biodiversity hotspots in the world in terms of ecological biodiversity within a given land area. WTH Bhutan welcomes you to this secluded and magical part of the world to glimpse, spot, listen and photograph Bhutan amazing variety of avian species.
Birding far East
- Season : Mar – Jul
- For Migratory birds : Nov – Feb
- Date : 9 – 24 Feb 2017
- Accommodation : Tents/ Lodge
Arrive at Paro and receive by our representative at the Paro International airport. Transfer to the hotel. In evening go birding along the Paro River searching for one of the biggest target birds, Ibisbill, other species we’ll looking for are Plumbeous Redstarts, Oriental Turtle Dove, Rock Pigeon, Etc.
Paro – Thimphu
Drive to the cool alpine meadow of Chelila pass (3890m). Spot different species of Pheasants, Colorful Himalayan Monals, Blood Pheasants and Kalij Pheasants.
Thimphu – Punakha (3hrs)
Drive to Punakha over the Dochula Pass (3150), we descend down to the Lamperi Botanical Garden and take the nature walk , Spot Brown Parrotbil, Barred Cuckoo Dove, Wedge-tailed Green Pigeon, Maroon Oriole.
Overnight : Hotel in Punakha.
Punakha – Phobjekha (4hrs)
Drive to Phobjekha valley (4hrs along the way look for Brown Dipper, Ward’s Trogon, Yellow-rumpedHoneyguide, Cutia, Grey-bellied Tesia few different species of Cuckoos.
Overnight : Hotel in Phobjekha.
Phobjekha – Trongsa (4hrs)
Drive to the Pelela pass (4000) and go birding along the old road at Pelela for high altitude species like Spotted Laughingthrush, Himalayan Griffon,etc.
Overnight : Hotel in Trongsa.
Trongsa- Bumthang (3hrs)
Drive to Yongtola (3500m) searching for the species like Scaly-breasted Wren Babbler, Chestnut-headed Tesia, Grey-crested.
Overnight : Hotel in Chummey.
Bumthang- Sengor (5hrs)
Drive to Sengor going over Thrumshingla a prime habitat for Blood Pheasants and also hold other high altitude species.
Overnight : Camp Sengor 2500m|8202.1ft.
Sengor-Namling- Yongkala (3hrs)
Today we will hit the Bhutan’s wet subtropical forest. For the next day we will be birding the lush forested valley searching for Bay Woodpecker, Great and Golden-throated Barbets, Rufuos-necked Hornbill, Wedge-tailed Green Pigeon, and many more.
Overnight : Yongkala Campsite 1400m| 4593ft.
Yongkala- Limithangs Road
We spend two entire day, we may see following birds, Rufous-throated, Long-billed and Pygmy Wren Babbler, Rufous-necked Hornbill, Lesser Yellownape, Grey-headed Woodpecker, and many more…
Overnight : Camp Yongkala Campsite 1400m|4593ft.
After a final morning birding in this wonderful habitat, we head toward Trashigang In the evening free time to explore town of Trashigang, one of the main trading center in the Eastern Bhutan.
Overnight : Hotel in Trashigang.
Trashigang- Morong (6hrs)
Drive toward Morong our campsite,we will also have another chance for Beautiful Nuthatch, one of the main target birds of Bhutan.
Overnight : Camp.
Morong – SamdrupJongkhar (4hrs)
We’ll target the varieties of low elevation specialties including Pied Falconet, the extremely rare Dark-rumped Swift, Pin-tailed Green Pigeon, Sultan Tit.
Overnight : Hotel.
SamdrupJongkhar- Guwahati (4hrs)
Today you journey take you through the Indian plain of Assam, where the wildlife of these plains is totally different from the Himalayas. we will keep our eyes for very rare species like Lesser and Greater Adjutants.