Birding Tour India: The Northeast – Spectacular Birds and Mammals


Dates and Costs:

 

01April – 15 April 2025

Price (includes domestic flights): US$7,810 / £6,474 / €7,655 per person sharing, based on 4-8 participants.

Single Supplement: US$1,160 / £962 / €1,137

 

* Please note that currency conversion is calculated in real-time, therefore is subject to slight change. Please refer back to the base price when making final payments.

 

01 April – 15 April 2026

Price (includes domestic flights): US$8,700 / £7,211 / €8,526 per person sharing, based on 4-8 participants.

Single Supplement: US$1,288  / £1,068 / €1,262

 

 


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Tour Details

Duration: 15 days
Group Size: 4 – 8
Tour Start: Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi
Tour End: Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi


Price includes:

Domestic flight New Delhi to Guwahati

Domestic flight Guwahati to New Delhi

All accommodation (as described above, please note that the accommodation in the mountains of northeastern India is basic to very basic, often with shared bathroom/toilets in permanent camp sites away from the cities). In Kaziranga, we use better than average accommodation though.

Meals (from dinner on day 1 until breakfast on day 15)

Bottled water from the vehicle, please bring a refillable water bottle (if taken from the hotel this will be at your own cost)

Expert tour leader

Local bird and wildlife guide fees

National park/birdwatching reserve entrance fees and jeep safaris

All ground transport and tolls while on tour, including airport pick-up and drop-off

Raft trip at Nameri

Protected Area Permit (required for some of the areas we will visit during the tour)

Price excludes:

Flights to/from Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi

Visa

Items of a personal nature, e.g. gifts, laundry, internet access, phone calls, etc.

Optional tours (e.g. monument entrance fees and associated additional travel expenses)

Any pre- or post-tour accommodation, meals, or birding/sightseeing/monument excursions

Soft/alcoholic drinks

Camera (still/video) permits

Personal travel insurance
Gratuities (please see our tipping guidelines blog)

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Birding Tour India: The Northeast – Spectacular Birds and Mammals
April 2025/2026

This small-group birding tour of northeast India visits some spectacular scenery in the eastern Himalayas and the floodplain of the mighty (and extremely lengthy) Brahmaputra River long before it joins the River Ganges in Bangladesh. The mountains and floodplains here are two of the most biologically diverse places in India, and our tour will focus on these areas.

Northeast India birding toursTemminck’s Tragopan is one of our stunning target birds on this trip (photo Summer Wong).

After our arrival in New Delhi, we will take a domestic flight (included in the tour cost) to the largest city in Assam, Guwahati, situated on the bank of the Brahmaputra River. From here, we will head into the undisturbed wilderness of the Himalayan foothills of Nameri National Park. This area protects numerous species, and we will look for special birds including at least two that are classified as Endangered by IUCN, Greater Adjutant and White-winged Duck (a secretive forest duck). We will also search the area for the highly sought monotypic Ibisbill, one of three monotypic families of birds possible on this tour, the others being Wallcreeper and Spotted Elachura. Nameri also hosts many other interesting birds, such as Great Hornbill, Wreathed Hornbill, Red-breasted Parakeet, Grey-headed Fish Eagle, Great Stone-curlew, River Tern, Small Pratincole, Bengal Bush Lark, and Sand Lark.

Northeastern India birding toursThe monotypic Ibisbill is of great interest to bird family listers and all birders wanting to see a unique and interesting species.

After our stop at Nameri, we will climb into the incredibly beautiful mountains and spend almost a week birding within and around the Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary in Arunachal Pradesh, one of the best-known and highly regarded mountain birding sites in the whole of Asia. This is one of our favorite birding destinations in the world. The scenery, forests, and birding here are all spectacular, and we will be looking for some amazing birds such as Temminck’s Tragopan, Blyth’s Tragopan, Blood Pheasant, Snow Partridge, Himalayan Monal, Spotted Elachura, Bugun Liocichla, Ward’s Trogon, Beautiful Nuthatch, Yellow-rumped Honeyguide, Himalayan Cutia, and Fire-tailed Myzornis, along with plenty more gorgeous laughingthrushes, parrotbills, rosefinches, barwings, and related species, with species such as Spotted Laughingthrush, White-breasted Parrotbill, and Rusty-fronted Barwing likely to be some of the highlights. The area is also great for babblers, of which we will seek out many, with Sikkim Wedge-billed Babbler and Bar-winged Wren-babbler being on the opposite sides of the size spectrum. But there is so much more to this area than the brief highlight reel above!

Northeastern India birding toursThere are so many highlights when birding at Eaglenest; however, we are sure you will be impressed by the rather large and very pretty Ward’s Trogon.

 

Itinerary (15 days/14 nights)

 

Day 1. Arrival in New Delhi

After your arrival at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi you will be transferred to our hotel, where the rest of the day will be at your leisure, followed by a group welcome meal.

Overnight: New Delhi

Day 2. New Delhi to Guwahati, transfer to Nameri National Park

Leaving New Delhi in the morning we will fly to Guwahati, the capital of the state of Assam, arriving there around noon. After leaving the airport we will most likely head straight to the local waste facility, where we should find the humongous (and exceedingly ugly) Greater Adjutant and Lesser Adjutant foraging/scavenging among the rubbish. After stopping here we will start our journey in earnest to Nameri, where we will likely arrive late in the afternoon, hopefully for some time birding in our accommodation grounds before dark, where we may find Great Hornbill, Red-breasted Parakeet, Yellow-footed Green Pigeon, and Oriental Scops Owl.

Overnight: Nameri National Park


Day 3. Nameri National Park

We will have a morning and afternoon birding session in Nameri National Park (also known as Nameri Tiger Reserve). Nameri is a gorgeous, undulating wilderness area in the foothills of the eastern Himalayas. A large proportion of the national park area consists of swamp forest interspersed with areas of open grassland split up by many river tributaries. Nameri is one of the best places in the world to find the rare, highly elusive, and Endangered (IUCN) White-winged Duck, and this will be one of our major objectives during our time here (sightings are not guaranteed, but we will try!). There is also a small chance of seeing Bengal Tiger here, but there will be better chances for that later in the tour.

There are, however, numerous other great species possible, such as Greater Adjutant, Great and Wreathed Hornbills, Blue-bearded Bee-eater, Pied Falconet, Pied Harrier, Oriental Hobby, White-browed Piculet, Pale-chinned Blue Flycatcher, and Black-backed Forktail. A boat ride along the river here might produce some highly sought species such as Small Pratincole, Ibisbill, River Tern, River Lapwing, Great Stone-curlew, Sand Lark, Striated Grassbird, and the huge Crested Kingfisher. We will make sure to try to find as many of these as possible during the day and during the following morning before leaving the area.

Overnight: Nameri National Park

Northeast India birding toursThe shy, secretive, and rare White-winged Duck can be found in swampy forest areas in Nameri National Park. 

Day 4. Nameri National Park to Dirang

After a morning birding session in the Nameri National Park we will head toward Dirang. This part of India is one of the most diverse in the country due to the huge gain in elevation of the Eastern Himalayas in a relatively small area, e.g. sea-level to 7,000 meters (22,650 feet) in about 150 kilometers (93 miles). We will pass through some gorgeous scenery and a wide range of habitats (stopping along the way to look for the monotypic Ibisbill) as we make our way up to the 1,500 meters (5,259 feet) elevation zone. Over the course of our journey and the rest of the afternoon we may find Rufous-bellied Eagle, Northern Goshawk, Pied Falconet, Hill Partridge, Golden-throated Barbet, Grey-chinned Minivet, Blue-fronted Robin, Little Forktail, Golden Bush Robin, Rufous-breasted Bush Robin, Green Cochoa, Purple Cochoa, Long-tailed Broadbill, Scaly Laughingthrush, Coral-billed Scimitar Babbler, Slender-billed Scimitar Babbler, Himalayan Cutia, Black-headed Shrike-babbler, Green Shrike-babbler, White-naped Yuhina, White-breasted Parrotbill, Pale-billed Parrotbill, and Sultan Tit.

Overnight: Dirang


Day 5.
Birding the Sela Pass and Sangti Valley

A very exciting and sure to be a memorable day will have us visiting a wide-range of habitats and elevations. After an early start we will head up to around 4,200 meters (14,108 feet) on the famous Sela Pass – one of the highest drivable mountain passes in all of the Himalayas. Here in the alpine meadows we will focus on some very special, highly sought, and seriously stunning montane species such as Blood Pheasant, Snow Partridge, Himalayan Monal, Himalayan Vulture, Snow Pigeon, Grandala, Hodgson’s Redstart, Alpine Accentor, Tibetan Serin, Plain Mountain Finch, Himalayan White-browed Rosefinch, Spotted Laughingthrush, Rufous-breasted Bush Robin, and White-browed Tit-warbler.

Northeast India birding toursGrandala is a rather striking bird of the high-elevation zone (photo Summer Wong).

Northeast India birding toursWe will look for Spotted Laughingthrush during the tour.

It is certain to be a memorable morning’s birding, and the afternoon is sure to be just as good as we will visit the Sangti Valley at an altitude of around 1,500-1,600 meters (4,920-5,413 feet), where we will look for several equally exciting species as those possible during our morning birdwatching session, such as the unique and monotypic Ibisbill, the secretive Black-tailed Crake, and the uncommon Long-billed Plover. Other interesting species in the valley at this time of year include Rosy Pipit, Olive-backed Pipit, Yellow-breasted Greenfinch, Brown Dipper, the stunning White-capped Redstart, Little Forktail, and the second possible monotypic family, Wallcreeper. There is a good chance that the ‘bird of the trip’ may be found today, because the quality of birds on offer is so high! We will end the day in Dirang.

Overnight: Dirang

Northeastern India birding toursWallcreeper doing what it does best

Day 6. Mandala birding

We will spend the full day birding around Mandala. Target species are plentiful and may include one of the world’s best-looking birds, Temminck’s Tragopan. It is scarce here, but we will certainly be putting a great deal of effort into trying to find it. There will be plenty of other species in the forests here, such as Blanford’s Rosefinch, Bhutan, Black-faced, and Spotted Laughingthrushes, Gould’s Shortwing, Fire-tailed Myzornis, White-collared and Grey-winged Blackbirds, Grey-headed Bullfinch, Crimson-breasted Woodpecker, Rufous-breasted and Maroon-backed Accentors, Hodgson’s and White-throated Redstarts, Golden-naped Finch, Rufous-fronted Bushtit, Grey Crested Tit, and Spotted Nutcracker. Ward’s Trogon is also a scarce possibility here. We are sure to have another memorable day.

Overnight: Dirang

Day 7. Dirang to Lama Camp

After breakfast we will bird our way between Mandala and Lama Camp, where we will spend the night at a fully serviced camp. Lama Camp is on the periphery of the Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary, a phenomenal area and one of the best birding locations in India and in fact in all of Asia. We will have a total of five days in and around this exciting sanctuary, which will allow us to fully explore the wide altitudinal range and resultant habitats and birdlife on offer here.

There is a wide range of species possible during the day. There is some overlap with the previous and following days, but there are plenty of new and exciting birds too. Some of the most thrilling birds may include Blyth’s Tragopan and Temminck’s Tragopan (two very impressive, but scarce and often shy birds) along with Himalayan Bluetail, Blyth’s Shrike-babbler, Brown-throated and Golden-breasted Fulvettas, Himalayan Cutia, Stripe-throated Yuhina, Rusty-fronted and Streak-throated Barwings, Himalayan Thrush, Rufous-chinned and Grey-sided Laughingthrushes, Fulvous and Black-throated Parrotbills, Slender-billed and Streak-breasted Scimitar Babblers, and Green-tailed Sunbird.

Overnight: Lama Camp

Northeastern India birding toursThe male Himalayan Bluetail is an incredible hit of color.

Days 8 – 10. Lama Camp to Bompu Birding Camp

We will leave Lama Camp and bird our way to Bompu Birding Camp at 1,940 meters (6,364 feet), where we will spend the next three nights at a fully serviced camp inside the wonderful Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary. Due to the good access here we will be able to enjoy three full days’ birding across a wide elevational range to maximize our chances for the most exciting species and mixed-flocks/bird-waves on offer here. Barwings, yuhinas, laughingthrushes, and related species are likely to be evident, such as the recently discovered Bugun Liocichla, the more well-known Red-faced Liocichla, Himalayan Cutia, Fire-tailed Myzornis, Blue-winged Minla, Red-billed Leiothrix, Silver-eared Mesia, Rusty-fronted and Streak-throated Barwings, Long-tailed and Beautiful Sibias, White-naped, Whiskered, and Rufous-vented Yuhinas, Golden-breasted Fulvetta, and Blue-winged, Bhutan, and Black-faced Laughingthrushes. Beautiful Nuthatch and Rusty-flanked Treecreeper along with Yellow-cheeked and Sultan Tits are likely to be in the bird-waves. A range of parrotbills too could be on offer, with Black-headed, Pale-billed and Brown Parrotbills all possible. Some color and further quality might be provided by Ward’s Trogon, Red-headed Trogon, Yellow-billed Blue Magpie, Rufous-necked Hornbill, and Scarlet Finch.

Northeast India birding toursFound only in the Eaglenest area, Bugun Liocichla is Critically Endangered (IUCN), was only discovered in 1995, and was first described in 2006.

By spending a few days here we will be able to concentrate our efforts on some of the more secretive and skulking but highly rewarding species such as Spotted Elachura (a recent elevation to monotypic family status), Gould’s Shortwing, Grey Peacock-Pheasant, Chestnut-breasted Partridge, Hodgson’s Frogmouth, Blyth’s Kingfisher, Brown Wood Owl, Speckled Wood Pigeon, Darjeeling Woodpecker, Black-faced Warbler, Chestnut-headed Tesia, White-browed Bush Robin, Golden Bush Robin, Long-tailed and Himalayan Thrushes, and another possible ‘bird of the trip’, the shy and difficult but totally worth-the-effort Blyth’s Tragopan. Two mammals we will be looking for here are the very rare and both Endangered (IUCN) Red Panda and Arunachal Macaque; with luck we may find one or even both of these in the forests.

Overnight: Bompu Birding Camp

Northeast India birding toursSpotted Elachura is sought-after, as it is in its own family, but it is also a serious skulker!

Day 11. Bompu Birding Camp to Lama Camp

We will spend the day birding our way back from Bompu Birding Camp to Lama Camp, looking for the birds already listed above.

Overnight: Lama Camp

 

Day 12. Lama Camp to Kaziranga National Park

Today we will start our descent from the mountains to the Assamese plains. Leaving Lama Camp we will drop down to the famous and huge Kaziranga National Park in central Assam, eventually crossing the mighty and equally famous Brahmaputra River. Indeed, the national park is the largest undisturbed area of the river’s floodplain and a spectacular sight in its own right, stacked full of jaw-dropping wildlife. This is one area of India that is a ‘must-visit’ for any birder and wildlife lover. After our arrival we will spend the afternoon on safari (as game drives are called in India) in the national park, where we will try to get a head start on finding some of the many incredible birds and wildlife listed for day 13, such as the magnificent, pre-historic-looking Greater One-horned (Indian) Rhinoceros (this is the only place in the world where you can see this huge and incredibly impressive species reliably).

Overnight: Kaziranga National Park

 

Day 13. Kaziranga National Park

Some very special birds are possible today, and we will primarily look for Bengal Florican (but it is now rare here), Greater Adjutant, Blue-naped Pitta, Indian Grassbird, Swamp Francolin, Spot-billed Pelican, and Pallas’s Fish Eagle. However, while looking for the above species (and the mammals referenced below) there are plenty of other birds for which we will keep an eye out as we make our way through various open grasslands and wetlands of the area, such as Black-necked Stork, Painted Stork, Woolly-necked Stork, Black Stork, Asian Openbill, Cotton Pygmy Goose, Bar-headed Goose, Grey-headed Lapwing, Alexandrine and Red-breasted Parakeets, Grey-headed Fish Eagle, Zitting Cisticola, Chestnut Munia, Red Avadavat, Bengal Bush Lark, Finn’s Weaver, Baya Weaver, Streaked Weaver, Black-breasted Weaver, and Spot-winged Starling.

The more scrubby and wooded areas in and around the national park hold Siberian Rubythroat, Common Green Magpie, Kalij Pheasant, Red Junglefowl, Common Emerald Dove, White-rumped Shama, Rufous Woodpecker, Grey-headed (Black-naped) Woodpecker, Fulvous-breasted Woodpecker, Speckled Piculet, White-browed Scimitar Babbler, Greater Necklaced, Lesser Necklaced, and Rufous-necked Laughingthrushes, Maroon Oriole, Blue-eared Barbet, Great Barbet, Verditer Flycatcher, and Smoky Warbler.

Northeast India birding toursA fantastic portrait of a male Kalij Pheasant.

A fine suite of mammals also occurs in Kaziranga National Park, and we will look for Greater One-horned (Indian) Rhinoceros, Asian Elephant, Gaur, Wild Water Buffalo, Barasingha (Swamp Deer), Sloth Bear, and Western Hoolock Gibbon. With some luck we may even come across the rare and secretive Bengal Tiger, Indian Leopard, Clouded Leopard, Jungle Cat, Fishing Cat, or Leopard Cat while here. Our visit in and around this national park is sure to be a very interesting, bird-and-wildlife-packed time.

Overnight: Kaziranga National Park

Northeast India birding toursThe Greater One-horned (Indian) Rhinoceros is an incredible sight.

Day 14. Kaziranga National Park to Guwahati and New Delhi

Depending on our flight time from Guwahati to New Delhi there may be some time for a bit of early-morning, pre-breakfast birding and wildlife watching in the Kaziranga area. We will transfer to Guwahati in the morning and fly back to New Delhi, arriving there late in the afternoon or early in the evening.

Overnight: New Delhi

 

Day 15. International departure

This is a non-birding day with departure from New Delhi.

If you would rather not fly back home on this day we can organize additional nights in New Delhi, or we can arrange a birding or cultural tour around New Delhi or another part of India. Just let us know what you would like to do, maybe an extension to visit the Taj Mahal, or Ranthambhore National Park to look for the majestic Bengal Tiger and a whole load of different birds to those seen on this tour, like Painted Spurfowl and Indian Courser. Just let us know!

Overnight: Not included

 

Please note that the itinerary cannot be guaranteed as it is only a rough guide and can be changed (usually slightly) due to factors such as availability of accommodation, updated information on the state of accommodation, roads, or birding sites, the discretion of the guides and other factors. In addition, we sometimes have to use a different international guide from the one advertised due to tour scheduling.

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India – The Northeast: Set Departure Birding Trip Report, February 2024

26 FEBRUARY – 11 MARCH 2024

By Chris Lotz

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Northeast India birding

Ibisbill was one of three monotypic family birds we found on this tour

 

Overview

Northeast India is one of the best places for finding IbisbillWallcreeper and Spotted Elachura. These three species are the only members of their families, and are therefore sought-after by bird family listers, like the three participants on this tour. Thankfully, we found these major targets. This part of the world is also excellent for a suite of Himalayan foothill forest bird species such as Beautiful NuthatchYellow-rumped HoneyguideFire-tailed MyzornisHimalayan Cutia and many other star birds; we saw the four mentioned above really well. The Sela Pass provides easy access to sought-after high altitude Himalayan birds like the luminous GrandalaBlood Pheasant and various rosefinches, all of which we enjoyed seeing on this tour.

In stark contrast to all these mountain species, the Assamese Plains on either side of the massive Brahmaputra River provide refuge for big mammals including Greater One-horned (Indian) RhinocerosAsian Elephant and many others, along with a rich assemblage of bird species.

All in all, this was a tour with spectacular, varied scenery, lots of birds, and brilliant mammals which also included an unexpected Marbled Cat in Nameri National Park.

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Yellow-rumped Honeyguide showed well towards the end of the tour

 

Detailed Report

Day 1, 26th February 2024. Arrival in Delhi and birding Lodi Gardens

John and I had arrived the previous day, so we had time to bird the Lodi Gardens in Delhi for a couple of hours this afternoon (the other tour participants arrived this afternoon and opted out of this introductory birding session). Before heading there, we enjoyed seeing some very tame Bank Mynas just outside the hotel, a nice species to see compared to the ever-abundant Common Mynas that are literally everywhere.At the Lodi Gardens, we enjoyed seeing some great birds such as Brown-headed BarbetIndian Grey HornbillYellow-footed Green PigeonWhite-breasted WaterhenRed-naped IbisIndian Pond HeronCommon Tailorbird, personality-filled Jungle Babbler, large numbers of Rose-ringed Parakeets and a handful of their larger relatives, Alexandrine Parakeets. These gardens are a fascinating place to visit not only for birds, but also to see the 15th century Lodi dynasty tombs. After our visit to the park, we went to the Khan Market before heading back to our hotel for dinner and to get some rest for our flight to Assam the next day.

 

Day 2, 27th February 2024. Flight to Guwahati and transfer to Nameri Tiger Reserve

This was mainly a travel day. After arrival in Guwahati in the late morning, we immediately visited the Deepor Beel Garbage Dump. This is not a pleasant place to visit but is famous in birding circles. Indeed, we were rewarded with close-up sightings of the rare and localized Greater Adjutant, among impressive numbers of Black Kites and Eastern Cattle Egrets.

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The huge Greater Adjutant.

 

We then continued our journey, making some brief birding stops along the way, one of them being at some Lesser Adjutant nests so we could compare this species with its larger relative. A Cinereous Tit, singing alongside the adjutant nests, showed well.

With much anticipation about the next day’s birding, we arrived at Baligara Camp, Nameri National Park (aka Nameri Tiger Reserve) and checked in for our two-night stay.

 

Day 3, 28th February 2024. Birding Nameri National Park

This morning, we were distracted by a flowering Coral Tree that was attracting many excellent birds, including Lineated BarbetBlue-throated BarbetGreen Imperial PigeonChestnut-tailed Starling and a few others. This slightly delayed our morning visit to Nameri where, upon stopping at the park office, we got great views of some Capped Langurs, always a good-looking monkey to see.

Our main birding site for the morning was Jia Bhoroli Camp, where we amassed 50 bird species. One of the biggest highlights of this session was, however, seeing a mammal, not a bird, in the form of a Marbled Cat crossing the trail in front of us, wow! We also saw and heard Northern Red Muntjac (Barking Deer). Bird-wise, the pickings included a couple of Peregrine Falcons which we scoped, Red Junglefowl (ancestors of domestic chickens), Barred Cuckoo-DoveGreen-billed MalkohaIndian Stone-curlew, some nice woodpeckers in the form of Greater Flameback and Fulvous-breasted WoodpeckerRed-breasted Parakeets feeding on Coral Tree flowers, and three species of  colorful minivets: ScarletShort-billed and Grey-chinned Minivets. The unusual Maroon Oriole showed well, albeit briefly, as did Black-naped MonarchSmall NiltavaPale-chinned Flycatcher and a fabulous Little Pied Flycatcher. A White-capped (Water) Redstart was yet another of many extremely colorful birds we saw. Abbott’s Babbler, many Pin-striped Tit-Babblers and a host of other species kept us busy until we had to head back for lunch.

After lunch, we went rafting on the Kameng River. Our most important target, which we saw very well near the start of the session, was the unique Ibisbill. This bizarre wader is in its own family and hence sought after by family listers, like the participants on this tour. We enjoyed getting close views of four individuals. We also loved seeing the spectacle of hundreds of Small Pratincoles, such striking birds in flight with their pied wing pattern; they are more subtle when resting on the bank. A pair of massive-billed Great Thick-knees were a real highlight. This is truly an impressive-looking species and we saw them pretty close-up. A range of other great birds put in appearances along the bank, including beautiful River Lapwings, really close-up Little Ringed PloverCommon GreenshankGreen SandpiperCommon SandpiperSand LarkSiberian Stonechat and three kingfisher species. Many pairs of Ruddy Shelducks, and smaller numbers of Eurasian TealsCommon Mergansers and a few other ducks, were in evidence. Flocks of Little Cormorants and the occasional Great Cormorant were also around. Sand Larks showed now and again, and there were also a couple flocks of Rosy Pipits, with one individual in beautiful pink breeding plumage. A couple of brightly-colored Indochinese Rollers sat conspicuously on open perches as we rafted by. An Asian Openbill flew past at one point.

After our very successful session on the river, we made a short birding stop on our way back to our lodgings. This did not disappoint, as we added some good trip birds like Black-winged Cuckooshrike, our first of many Dusky WarblersRed-wattled LapwingRufous Treepie,more Greater Flamebacks and a new woodpecker, Black-rumped Flameback.

Before dinner, we did a 45-minute-long owling session, seeing Brown Boobook (Brown Hawk-Owl) nicely. We heard two other owl species but were unable to lay eyes on them.

 

Day 4, 29th February 2024. Climbing in altitude from Nameri to Dirang

At breakfast time, we found more good birds around our lodgings, the highlight being Taiga Flycatcher. We then began our drive towards the mountains, soon entering the state of Arunachal Pradesh (and saying goodbye to Assam for a few days). Shortly after crossing the state line, we scoped a stunning pair of Oriental Hobbies and a brightly-colored Chestnut-headed Bee-eater.

We then rapidly started climbing higher and higher into the Himalayan foothills, reaching 6,000 feet (1,830 meters) at the highest point before later descending a little to Dirang, which would be our base for the next three nights. We soon entered the bamboo zone where we obtained good views of a few Yellow-bellied Warblers.

Further up, we scoped some birds far down in the river below us. These included some attractive species like Slaty-backed ForktailWhite-capped (Water) RedstartPlumbeous Water Redstart and Blue Whistling Thrush. Another stream-associated bird, Grey Wagtail, visited us right on the road. Also very close to the road, but remaining well-hidden most of the time, was a beautiful but elusive Chestnut-headed Tesia. We got excellent views of a male Black-throated Sunbird, whileon the slope between the road and the river, we scoped a female Blue Rock Thrush. In the scrubby hillside, we enjoyed looking at a mobile flock of Silver-eared Mesias, another really colorful species.

Driving further and stopping for roadside birding along the way generated new trip birds like a scoped Mountain Hawk-Eagle, a Buff-barred Warbler, Blyth’s Leaf Warblers, a female Blue-fronted Redstart and a flock of Whiskered and White-naped Yuhinas.

Our lunch stop was arguably the best birding stop yet. While we waited for lunch to be prepared, we got close views of a handful of Little Buntings, while a Black-throated Prinia also co-operated well. A showy Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher provided a nice comparison with the similar Taiga Flycatcher we’d seen earlier. We also found a number of other nice species like Green-backed Tits, a Grey-headed Canary-flycatcher, a female Hodgson’s Redstart, some Olive-backed Pipits and another Dusky Warbler. A couple of Eurasian Tree Sparrows were also around.

We then went to a site along the Tenga River to look for Long-billed Plover and we weren’t disappointed! This enigmatic plover breeds on mountain rivers with shingle islands and banks, a habitat shared with Ibisbills, and indeed we saw a dozen of these too. We also saw some other great birds, such as Red-wattled Lapwings,a showy Brown Dipper, good numbers of White Wagtails (at least three subspecies), a couple of White-browed Wagtails, a Grey Wagtail and various other bird species we had already seen.

Our last stop just before reaching our hotel was a site for the stunning Wallcreeper, and this charismatic species co-operated awesomely; we could not have asked for better views!

Northeast India birding

Wallcreeper was one of three monotypic family birds we were looking for on this tour

 

Day 5, 1st March 2024. High altitude birds of the Sela Pass

We had a 4 am start to head to 14,108 feet (4,200 meters), where we were able to find star birds against the backdrop of spectacular Himalayan scenery. The vividly blue Grandala did not disappoint, and neither did the beautiful Blood PheasantWhite-browed Tit-warbler was another real highlight, as were the dapper Snow Pigeons thatwere around. The high altitude is great for rosefinchspecies and we saw Dark-breastedHimalayan White-browed and Red-fronted Rosefinches. We also saw the much less colorful Plain Mountain FinchAlpine Accentor and Alpine Chough were also around, and during the drive up, there were good numbers of Eurasian Nutcracker, a White-collared Blackbird and a spectacular Yellow-billed Blue Magpie.The charismatic Spotted and Black-faced Laughingthrushes were quite entertaining, and we were also treated to a magnificent Bearded Vulture.In the afternoon, we tried finding Black-tailed Crake but only heard it.

 

Day 6, 2nd March 2024. Birding Mandala

We spent most of the day birding Mandala, up to about 10,500 feet (3,200 meters). Three Black Eagles, a Shikra dashing below us and a Himalayan Vulture were all good to see. We scoped fabulous-looking Red-headed and Grey-headed Bullfinches and unusual female Golden-naped Finch.We enjoyed seeing a lot of Russet Sparrows at breakfast time near the top, and a close-up pair of Darjeeling Woodpeckers co-operated nicely. Several striking tit species with crests were around: Grey-crested TitCoal Tit (of the crested subspecies), Rufous-vented Tit and the colorful Yellow-cheeked TitBlack-throated Bushtit also provided a splash of color in a tree full of equally bright Black-faced Warblers. In another area, there was a tree full of Ashy-throated Warblers. Personality-filled Black-faced and Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrushes were also around. A couple of Green Shrike-babblers were next to show themselves to us. An exciting mixed flock contained several Brown ParrotbillsBrown-throated Fulvettas and, unexpectedly, Manipur Fulvettas (the latter was a lucky find). Our first of many flocks of Beautiful Sibias wowed us, as did a flock of Stripe-throated Yuhinas. We found our first Himalayan Bluetails, a couple of White-browed Bush Robins,which proved challenging to see and a couple of vibrant Green-tailed Sunbirds.

 

Day 7, 3rd March 2024. Birding Mandala again before transferring to Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary

We started the day with some productive birding just above Dirang. Highlights included Grey-backed ShrikeGrey Bush ChatTibetan SerinDaurian Redstart and several Blue-fronted RedstartsChestnut-bellied Rock Thrush, Large Hawk-Cuckoo, Fire-breasted Flowerpecker and the scarce Yellow-bellied Flowerpecker. We also saw our first Black Bulbuls, and several warblers including new ones like Grey-hooded WarblerGrey-flanked Bush Warbler and Grey-sided Bush Warbler.

Ascending towards Mandala again, we found some mixed flocks containing new trip birds like Golden-breasted FulvettaRufous-capped BabblerStreak-breasted Scimitar Babbler and others. A small flock of Crimson-browed Finches also co-operated well.

Beyond Mandala, we made further birding stops all along the way to Lama Camp, the gateway to Eaglenest Sanctuary. We added quite a number of bird species to our growing list. These included Rufous-vented YuhinaRufous-breasted AccentorBar-throated MinlaRed-tailed Minla and Golden-throated Barbet.

We reached Lama Camp at dusk, eagerly anticipating further great birding.

 

Day 8, 4th March 2024. Our first Eaglenest area birding

We started the day birding the Singchung Bugun Community Reserve and nearby areas. Exciting mixed species flocks were much in evidence in the early morning. These contained Golden BabblerBhutan LaughingthrushRusty-fronted BarwingBar-throated Minla, and various other species we’d seen earlier in the trip.

Good-looking Striated and Black Bulbuls were very vocal and at times showed well. At one point, a White-tailed Nuthatch sat on a rock (trying to be a rock nuthatch) and showed well. We scoped a nice Rufous-bellied Woodpecker. We found both Black-throated and Rufous-fronted Bushtits, the latter being new for the trip. A few lovely Grey-winged Blackbirds provided brief views.

It was an awesome morning for raptors, with a beautiful pair of Mountain Hawk-Eagles putting on a show, and three accipiter species in the form of Crested GoshawkEurasian Sparrowhawk and our second Shikra of the trip.

After breakfast, we embarked on the long drive to Bompu Birding Camp, which ended up taking five hours with all the birding stops!  This proved to be productive, and we gradually added new species to our growing trip list all along the scenic mountain road. As is typical for them, a pair of highly vocal Bay Woodpeckers only gave us flight views, always hiding out of site when perched. We gratefully accepted this as it’s better than not seeing the species at all! We also saw our first Great Barbet for the trip, a real whopper of a barbet, being roughly a foot-long!  While walking along a trail, we startled a female Blyth’s Tragopan which quickly vanished after brief views, but tantalizingly, creating hope that we would lay eyes on a gorgeous male at some point. John saw a Scaly-breasted Cupwing just as we were getting into the vehicles to drive off, but the rest of us only heard it. We saw a lot of old friends we had already seen before, plus some new trip birds like Hoary-throated Barwing and a mobile flock of White-throated Laughingthrushes. We then settled in to our accommodation at Bompu Camp, where we would be based for the next three nights.

 

Day 9, 5th March 2024. Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary birding

Early this morning we saw a few Hill Partridges and Kalij Pheasants on the road in front of us. We also saw good numbers of all three Barwings, namely Hoary-throatedStreak-throated and Rusty-fronted. Additionally, we encountered a flock of Yellow-throated Fulvettas and groups of Striated and Grey-sided Laughingthrushes. A Long-tailed Thrush showed well right next to the road, and we also scoped a flock of nine Brown Bullfinches. The highlight of the morning, and indeed the day, was an extremely co-operative and beautiful Fire-tailed Myzornis feeding on tree sap in a stand of bamboo.

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Fire-tailed Myzornis feeding on sap

 

The afternoon birding below Bompu Camp was spectacular. It didn’t take us long to find a mixed flock containing Beautiful NuthatchWhite-browed and Black-headed Shrike-babblers and various other goodies. As we descended to lower altitude, we were very pleased to see five Sikkim Wedge-billed Babblers, each one stopping besides the road before flying off, one after the other. Other new trip birds included a Greater Yellownape, a few Long-tailed Sibias, a spectacular Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo and others. Our first of many Yellow-bellied Fantails put on an awesome show and a White-throated Fantail made a brief appearance for comparison. No less than five Spotted Elachuras were vocal at various points in the afternoon, but only one of them allowed brief views, this afternoon and again the next morning. The elachura was the third and final monotypic family bird we needed on this tour.

We also heard Asian Elephants trumpeting in the distance, and saw their signs along the road.

 

Day 10, 6th March 2024. Another full day around Bompu Birding Camp, Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary

We birded quite an altitudinal range from 6,400 feet (about 1,960 meters), down to 2,900 feet (890 meters). As we descended, we found a couple of Red-headed Trogons, some Emerald Doves on the road, Red JunglefowlKalij Pheasants and some exciting mixed species flocks. Good birds in the mixed flocks included a group of six Beautiful Nuthatches, Black-eared Shrike-babblerWhite-breasted ParrotbillBlack-crowned Scimitar BabblerRufous-winged FulvettaWhite-bellied Erpornis, Blue-winged MinlaRed-faced LiocichlaSikkim TreecreeperChestnut-crowned Warbler and others.

Other excellent birds not associated with the mixed flocks included a pair of massive Rufous-necked Hornbills, a tree with three minivetspecies; Grey-chinnedShort-billed and Scarlet MinivetsMaroon OrioleWhite-throated BulbulGrey-cheeked WarblerBlack-chinned YuhinaWhite-naped Yuhina and more.

There were (again) a number of Spotted Elachuras around but getting decent visuals proved difficult; John managed to see one through his binoculars but the others only got brief naked eye views. A Spotted Forktail gave brief flight views. Conversely, a Pygmy Flycatcher bathing in a puddle in the road was viewed well, as was a female Large NiltavaHimalayan Bluetails often appeared in the road in front of us; these included a couple of brightly-colored males. We also scoped an Orange-bellied Leafbird and a Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush.

We enjoyed seeing some good mammals today, notably Black Giant Squirrel and Yellow-throated Marten.

 

Day 11, 7th March 2024. Birding Bompu Camp back to Lama Camp

After a 6am breakfast, we birded a bit below Bompu Camp and then above it, before heading back to Lama Camp for another night there. Birding near Bompu was excellent, with a few high-quality new trip birds. The best of these were Yellow-rumped Honeyguide (which showed for a long time and put on a great show) and a beautiful male Himalayan Cutia through the scope. Other great bird species included Rusty-flanked TreecreeperSultan TitYellow-cheeked Tit, Yellow-browed Tit, Golden-throated BarbetGreat BarbetCrimson-naped WoodpeckerRufous-bellied WoodpeckerDarjeeling WoodpeckerBlack-winged Cuckooshrike and many birds we had already seen before.

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Himalayan Cutia, a beautiful and charismatic species

 

The afternoon birding back near Lama Camp afforded prolonged close-up views of a Rufous-throated Wren-Babbler, beautiful Golden-breasted Fulvettas and many other species we’d seen previously. We continued to enjoy exciting, fast-moving mixed-species flocks.

In the evening, we heard Grey NightjarHodgson’s Frogmouth and Mountain Scops Owl near Lama Camp, and saw a Bhutan Giant Flying Squirrel.

 

Day 12, 8th March 2024. Lama Camp to Kaziranga National Park

We left Lama Camp just as it was getting light, and immediately heard a Grey Nightjar which we stopped for and finally got good views of. We then embarked on our long drive down onto the Assamese plains where we would spend two nights at Kaziranga National Park. Shortly after crossing the huge Brahmaputra River, we stopped at Lake Brahmaputra for some great birding. A female Smew, a handful of Ferruginous Ducks and various more common wildfowl such as Indian Spot-billed DuckEurasian WigeonEurasian TealRuddy Shelduck and Bar-headed Geese were around. There were stacks of Citrine Wagtails and a couple of White Wagtails around, and we also found PaddyfieldRichard’s and Rosy Pipits. We also saw a couple of Bengal Bush Larks and several Oriental Skylarks and Zitting Cisticolas. Both Bronze-winged and Pheasant-tailed Jacanas and a single Temminck’s Stint were present, while Black-headed Ibises, five heron species and a number of other birds were seen around the lake.

These incredible Greater One-horned (Indian) Rhinoceros were seen in Kaziranga National Park

 

We got to our comfortable hotel near Kaziranga National Park in time for lunch and an afternoon birding and game drive. This generated 70 bird species and a good number of big mammals. The stars of the show were large numbers of Greater One-horned (Indian) Rhinoceroses (some of them close-up). Also excellent (mammal-wise) were Barasinghas (Swamp Deer), Hog Deers,a couple of Sambars and wild Water Buffalos. Bird-wise, we saw many waterbirds like Spot-billed PelicansBar-headed GeeseAsian OpenbillsAsian Woolly-necked Storks and a few Black-necked Storks. There were a few shorebirds around, including Common GreenshanksMarsh Sandpipers, Common Snipes and some others we had seen earlier in the tour. Grey-headedNorthern and Red-wattled Lapwings were also out in numbers.

Apart from the waterbirds, we saw Eurasian Collared, Red Collared and Spotted DovesYellow-footed Green Pigeon, a Green-billed Malkoha, a lot of beautiful Red-breasted Parakeets and smaller numbers of Rose-ringed and Alexandrine Parakeets. Three kingfisher species, including Stork-billed Kingfisher, were good to see, and other splashes of vivid color came in the form of Black-hooded OrioleIndochinese Roller and several barbet species. A singing Striated Grassbird was also a highlight. Hundreds of Barn Swallows were around and a cute Asian Barred Owlet watched us as we watched it.

 

Day 13, 9th March 2024. A full day in Kaziranga National Park

We started the day seeing a few good birds around our hotel, including Tickell’s Leaf WarblerBlack-hooded OrioleBlossom-headed ParakeetAlexandrine Parakeet, and a male Daurian Redstart amongst others.

We then did a morning game and birding drive into the eastern side of Kaziranga National Park, finding 87 bird species and numerous good mammals. An adorable family of Smooth-coated Otters entertained us for a while, and our first of two Wild Boars showed near the road. We also saw our first Asian Elephants in good numbers, and a Burmese Python right next to the road was a real highlight. Bird-wise, we added several new species to our list. These included a single Lesser Whistling DuckGreater and Lesser CoucalsBlack Storks, a cute Spotted OwletEurasian HoopoeLong-tailed MinivetBrown Shrike, Great Myna and others.

After lunch, we spent the afternoon in the central section of Kaziranga National Park. Here, we obtained good views of Blossom-headed Parakeet, closer views of Slender-billed Vultures than yesterday, Long-tailed ShrikeSpot-winged StarlingFinn’s Weaver and others. A number of Swamp Francolins were seen well in the late afternoon, but we unfortunately just missed a Bengal Tiger nearby. We ended the day back at our hotel with heard-only Blue-naped Pitta.

 

Day 14, 10th March 2024. Drive back to Guwahati for flight back to Delhi

This was a travel day in preparation for departure from Delhi homewards the following day.

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Grey-headed Fish Eagle looking at a rhino

 

Day 15, 11th March 2024. Delhi

John flew out of Delhi early, on his way to Ghana to go and see more family birds, while Joy and Dave did a city tour of Delhi before their evening flights home.

 

Bird List – Following IOC (14.1 – December 2023)

Birds ‘heard only’ are marked with (H) after the common name, all other species were seen.

The following notation after species names is used to show conservation status following BirdLife International: CR = Critically Endangered, EN = Endangered, VU = Vulnerable.

Common name Scientific name
Ducks, Geese, Swans (Anatidae)
Lesser Whistling Duck Dendrocygna javanica
Bar-headed Goose Anser indicus
Common Shelduck Tadorna tadorna
Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea
Gadwall Mareca strepera
Eurasian Wigeon Mareca penelope
Indian Spot-billed Duck Anas poecilorhyncha
Northern Pintail Anas acuta
Eurasian Teal Anas crecca
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca
Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula
Smew Mergellus albellus
Common Merganser Mergus merganser
Pheasants & Allies (Phasianidae)
Hill Partridge Arborophila torqueola
Rufous-throated Partridge Arborophila rufogularis
Blood Pheasant Ithaginis cruentus
Blyth’s Tragopan – VU Tragopan blythii
Kalij Pheasant Lophura leucomelanos
Grey Peacock-Pheasant (H) Polyplectron bicalcaratum
Red Junglefowl Gallus gallus
Swamp Francolin – VU Ortygornis gularis
Nightjars (Caprimulgidae)
Grey Nightjar Caprimulgus jotaka
Frogmouths (Podargidae)
Hodgson’s Frogmouth (H) Batrachostomus hodgsoni
Swifts (Apodidae)
Himalayan Swiftlet Aerodramus brevirostris
Asian Palm Swift Cypsiurus balasiensis
Cuckoos (Cuculidae)
Greater Coucal Centropus sinensis
Lesser Coucal Centropus bengalensis
Green-billed Malkoha Phaenicophaeus tristis
Common Hawk-Cuckoo Hierococcyx varius
Large Hawk-Cuckoo Hierococcyx sparveroides
Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)
Rock Dove Columba livia
Snow Pigeon Columba leuconota
Oriental Turtle Dove Streptopelia orientalis
Eurasian Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto
Red Collared Dove Streptopelia tranquebarica
Spotted Dove Spilopelia chinensis
Barred Cuckoo-Dove Macropygia unchall
Common Emerald Dove Chalcophaps indica
Yellow-footed Green Pigeon Treron phoenicopterus
Green Imperial Pigeon Ducula aenea
Mountain Imperial Pigeon Ducula badia
Rails, Crakes & Coots (Rallidae)
Eurasian Coot Fulica atra
Black-tailed Crake (H) Zapornia bicolor
White-breasted Waterhen Amaurornis phoenicurus
Grebes (Podicipedidae)
Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis
Stone-curlews, Thick-knees (Burhinidae)
Great Stone-curlew Esacus recurvirostris
Indian Stone-curlew Burhinus indicus
Ibisbill (Ibidorhynchidae)
Ibisbill Ibidorhyncha struthersii
Plovers (Charadriidae)
Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius
Long-billed Plover Charadrius placidus
Northern Lapwing Vanellus vanellus
River Lapwing Vanellus duvaucelii
Grey-headed Lapwing Vanellus cinereus
Red-wattled Lapwing Vanellus indicus
Jacanas (Jacanidae)
Pheasant-tailed Jacana Hydrophasianus chirurgus
Bronze-winged Jacana Metopidius indicus
Sandpipers, Snipes (Scolopacidae)
Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago
Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos
Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus
Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis
Common Redshank Tringa totanus
Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia
Temminck’s Stint Calidris temminckii
Coursers, Pratincoles (Glareolidae)
Small Pratincole Glareola lactea
Gulls, Terns, Skimmers (Laridae)
River Tern – VU Sterna aurantia
Storks (Ciconiidae)
Asian Openbill Anastomus oscitans
Lesser Adjutant Leptoptilos javanicus
Greater Adjutant Leptoptilos dubius
Black-necked Stork Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus
Asian Woolly-necked Stork Ciconia episcopus
Black Stork Ciconia nigra
Cormorants, Shags (Phalacrocoracidae)
Little Cormorant Microcarbo niger
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo
Ibises, Spoonbills (Threskiornithidae)
Black-headed Ibis Threskiornis melanocephalus
Red-naped Ibis Pseudibis papillosa
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus
Herons, Bitterns (Ardeidae)
Little Egret Egretta garzetta
Indian Pond Heron Ardeola grayii
Eastern Cattle Egret Bubulcus coromandus
Great Egret Ardea alba
Medium Egret Ardea intermedia
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea
Purple Heron Ardea purpurea
Pelicans (Pelecanidae)
Spot-billed Pelican Pelecanus philippensis
Ospreys (Pandionidae)
Osprey Pandion haliaetus
Kites, Hawks, Eagles (Accipitridae)
Black-winged Kite Elanus caeruleus
Bearded Vulture Gypaetus barbatus
Slender-billed Vulture – CR Gyps tenuirostris
Himalayan Vulture Gyps himalayensis
Crested Serpent Eagle Spilornis cheela
Mountain Hawk-Eagle Nisaetus nipalensis
Changeable Hawk-Eagle Nisaetus cirrhatus
Black Eagle Ictinaetus malaiensis
Eastern Imperial Eagle – VU Aquila heliaca
Crested Goshawk Accipiter trivirgatus
Shikra Accipiter badius
Eurasian Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus
Black Kite Milvus migrans
Pallas’s Fish Eagle – EN Haliaeetus leucoryphus
Grey-headed Fish Eagle Icthyophaga ichthyaetus
Owls (Strigidae)
Brown Boobook Ninox scutulata
Collared Owlet (H) Taenioptynx brodiei
Spotted Owlet Athene brama
Asian Barred Owlet Glaucidium cuculoides
Mountain Scops Owl (H) Otus spilocephalus
Oriental Scops Owl (H) Otus sunia
Collared Scops Owl (H) Otus lettia
Trogons (Trogonidae)
Red-headed Trogon Harpactes erythrocephalus
Hoopoes (Upupidae)
Eurasian Hoopoe Upupa epops
Hornbills (Bucerotidae)
Great Hornbill – VU Buceros bicornis
Indian Grey Hornbill Ocyceros birostris
Rufous-necked Hornbill – VU Aceros nipalensis
Rollers (Coraciidae)
Indochinese Roller Coracias affinis
Kingfishers (Alcedinidae)
Stork-billed Kingfisher Pelargopsis capensis
White-throated Kingfisher Halcyon smyrnensis
Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis
Pied Kingfisher Ceryle rudis
Bee-eaters (Meropidae)
Asian Green Bee-eater Merops orientalis
Chestnut-headed Bee-eater Merops leschenaulti
Asian Barbets (Megalaimidae)
Great Barbet Psilopogon virens
Brown-headed Barbet Psilopogon zeylanicus
Lineated Barbet Psilopogon lineatus
Golden-throated Barbet Psilopogon franklinii
Blue-throated Barbet Psilopogon asiaticus
Coppersmith Barbet (H) Psilopogon haemacephalus
Honeyguides (Indicatoridae)
Yellow-rumped Honeyguide Indicator xanthonotus
Woodpeckers (Picidae)
Crimson-naped Woodpecker Dryobates cathpharius
Rufous-bellied Woodpecker Dendrocopos hyperythrus
Fulvous-breasted Woodpecker Dendrocopos macei
Darjeeling Woodpecker Dendrocopos darjellensis
Greater Yellownape Chrysophlegma flavinucha
Lesser Yellownape Picus chlorolophus
Black-rumped Flameback Dinopium benghalense
Greater Flameback Chrysocolaptes guttacristatus
Bay Woodpecker Blythipicus pyrrhotis
Caracaras, Falcons (Falconidae)
Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus
Oriental Hobby Falco severus
Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
Old World Parrots (Psittaculidae)
Blossom-headed Parakeet Psittacula roseata
Red-breasted Parakeet Psittacula alexandri
Alexandrine Parakeet Psittacula eupatria
Rose-ringed Parakeet Psittacula krameri
Pittas (Pittidae)
Blue-naped Pitta (H) Hydrornis nipalensis
Ioras (Aegithinidae)
Common Iora Aegithina tiphia
Cuckooshrikes (Campephagidae)
Grey-chinned Minivet Pericrocotus solaris
Short-billed Minivet Pericrocotus brevirostris
Long-tailed Minivet Pericrocotus ethologus
Scarlet Minivet Pericrocotus speciosus
Black-winged Cuckooshrike Lalage melaschistos
Vireos, Greenlets, Shrike-babblers (Vireonid6ae)
Green Shrike-babbler Pteruthius xanthochlorus
Black-eared Shrike-babbler Pteruthius melanotis
Black-headed Shrike-babbler Pteruthius rufiventer
White-browed Shrike-babbler Pteruthius aeralatus
White-bellied Erpornis Erpornis zantholeuca
Figbirds, Old World Orioles, Piopios (Oriolidae)
Maroon Oriole Oriolus traillii
Black-hooded Oriole Oriolus xanthornus
Drongos (Dicruridae)
Bronzed Drongo Dicrurus aeneus
Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo Dicrurus remifer
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo Dicrurus paradiseus
Hair-crested Drongo Dicrurus hottentottus
Ashy Drongo Dicrurus leucophaeus
Black Drongo Dicrurus macrocercus
Fantails (Rhipiduridae)
White-throated Fantail Rhipidura albicollis
Monarchs (Monarchidae)
Black-naped Monarch Hypothymis azurea
Shrikes (Laniidae)
Brown Shrike Lanius cristatus
Long-tailed Shrike Lanius schach
Grey-backed Shrike Lanius tephronotus
Crows, Jays (Corvidae)
Yellow-billed Blue Magpie Urocissa flavirostris
Rufous Treepie Dendrocitta vagabunda
Spotted Nutcracker Nucifraga caryocatactes
Red-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax
House Crow Corvus splendens
Large-billed Crow Corvus macrorhynchos
Fairy Flycatchers (Stenostiridae)
Yellow-bellied Fantail Chelidorhynx hypoxanthus
Grey-headed Canary-flycatcher Culicicapa ceylonensis
Tits, Chickadees (Paridae)
Yellow-browed Tit Sylviparus modestus
Sultan Tit Melanochlora sultanea
Rufous-vented Tit Periparus rubidiventris
Coal Tit Periparus ater
Grey-crested Tit Lophophanes dichrous
Cinereous Tit Parus cinereus
Green-backed Tit Parus monticolus
Yellow-cheeked Tit Machlolophus spilonotus
Larks (Alaudidae)
Bengal Bush Lark Mirafra assamica
Oriental Skylark Alauda gulgula
Sand Lark Alaudala raytal
Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)
White-throated Bulbul Alophoixus flaveolus
Striated Bulbul Alcurus striatus
Black Bulbul Hypsipetes leucocephalus
Black-crested Bulbul Rubigula flaviventris
Red-whiskered Bulbul Pycnonotus jocosus
Red-vented Bulbul Pycnonotus cafer
Swallows, Martins (Hirundinidae)
Pale Martin Riparia diluta
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
Cupwings (Pnoepygidae)
Pygmy Cupwing (H) Pnoepyga pusilla
Scaly-breasted Cupwing Pnoepyga albiventer
Cettia Bush Warblers & Allies (Cettiidae)
Yellow-bellied Warbler Abroscopus superciliaris
Black-faced Warbler Abroscopus schisticeps
Brown-flanked Bush Warbler Horornis fortipes
Aberrant Bush Warbler Horornis flavolivaceus
Slaty-bellied Tesia (H) Tesia olivea
Grey-sided Bush Warbler Cettia brunnifrons
Chestnut-headed Tesia Cettia castaneocoronata
Bushtits (Aegithalidae)
White-browed Tit-warbler Leptopoecile sophiae
Black-throated Bushtit Aegithalos concinnus
Rufous-fronted Bushtit Aegithalos iouschistos
Leaf Warblers (Phylloscopidae)
Buff-barred Warbler Phylloscopus pulcher
Ashy-throated Warbler Phylloscopus maculipennis
Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus
Lemon-rumped Warbler Phylloscopus chloronotus
Tickell’s Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus affinis
Dusky Warbler Phylloscopus fuscatus
Common Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita
Grey-cheeked Warbler Phylloscopus poliogenys
Chestnut-crowned Warbler Phylloscopus castaniceps
Blyth’s Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus reguloides
Grey-hooded Warbler Phylloscopus xanthoschistos
Grassbirds & Allies (Locustellidae)
Striated Grassbird Megalurus palustris
Cisticolas & Allies (Cisticolidae)
Fan-tailed Warbler Cisticola juncidis
Black-throated Prinia Prinia atrogularis
Grey-breasted Prinia Prinia hodgsonii
Common Tailorbird Orthotomus sutorius
Parrotbills & Allies (Paradoxornithidae)
Fire-tailed Myzornis Myzornis pyrrhoura
Golden-breasted Fulvetta Lioparus chrysotis
Brown-throated Fulvetta Fulvetta ludlowi
Manipur Fulvetta Fulvetta manipurensis
Brown Parrotbill Paradoxornis unicolor
White-breasted Parrotbill Paradoxornis ruficeps
White-eyes (Zosteropidae)
Black-chinned Yuhina Yuhina nigrimenta
Whiskered Yuhina Yuhina flavicollis
White-naped Yuhina Yuhina bakeri
Stripe-throated Yuhina Yuhina gularis
Rufous-vented Yuhina Yuhina occipitalis
Indian White-eye Zosterops palpebrosus
Babblers, Scimitar Babblers (Timaliidae)
Pin-striped Tit-Babbler Mixornis gularis
Golden Babbler Cyanoderma chrysaeum
Rufous-capped Babbler Cyanoderma ruficeps
Rufous-throated Wren-Babbler Spelaeornis caudatus
Black-crowned Scimitar Babbler Pomatorhinus ferruginosus
Streak-breasted Scimitar Babbler Pomatorhinus ruficollis
Sikkim Wedge-billed Babbler Stachyris humei
Ground Babblers (Pellorneidae)
Yellow-throated Fulvetta Schoeniparus cinereus
Rufous-winged Fulvetta Schoeniparus castaneceps
Buff-breasted Babbler Pellorneum tickelli
Abbott’s Babbler Malacocincla abbotti
Laughingthrushes & Allies (Leiothrichidae)
Striated Laughingthrush Grammatoptila striata
Himalayan Cutia Cutia nipalensis
Bhutan Laughingthrush Trochalopteron imbricatum
Black-faced Laughingthrush Trochalopteron affine
Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush Trochalopteron erythrocephalum
Long-tailed Sibia Heterophasia picaoides
Beautiful Sibia Heterophasia pulchella
Hoary-throated Barwing Actinodura nipalensis
Streak-throated Barwing Actinodura waldeni
Blue-winged Minla Actinodura cyanouroptera
Bar-throated Minla Actinodura strigula
Rusty-fronted Barwing Actinodura egertoni
Silver-eared Mesia – EN Leiothrix argentauris
Red-tailed Minla Minla ignotincta
Red-faced Liocichla Liocichla phoenicea
Jungle Babbler Argya striata
White-crested Laughingthrush (H) Garrulax leucolophus
Spotted Laughingthrush Ianthocincla ocellata
White-throated Laughingthrush Pterorhinus albogularis
Grey-sided Laughingthrush Pterorhinus caerulatus
Goldcrests, Kinglets (Regulidae)
Goldcrest Regulus regulus
Elachura (Elachuridae)
Spotted Elachura Elachura formosa
Wrens (Troglodytidae)
Eurasian Wren Troglodytes troglodytes
Nuthatches (Sittidae)
Sitta formosa
White-tailed Nuthatch Sitta himalayensis
Wallcreeper (Tichodromidae)
Wallcreeper Tichodroma muraria
Treecreepers (Certhiidae)
Rusty-flanked Treecreeper Certhia nipalensis
Sikkim Treecreeper Certhia discolor
Starlings, Rhabdornises (Sturnidae)
Spot-winged Starling Saroglossa spilopterus
Great Myna Acridotheres grandis
Jungle Myna Acridotheres fuscus
Bank Myna Acridotheres ginginianus
Common Myna Acridotheres tristis
Indian Pied Myna Gracupica contra
Chestnut-tailed Starling Sturnia malabarica
Thrushes (Turdidae)
Grandala Grandala coelicolor
Green Cochoa (H) Cochoa viridis
Long-tailed Thrush Zoothera dixoni
Grey-winged Blackbird Turdus boulboul
White-collared Blackbird Turdus albocinctus
Chats, Old World Flycatchers (Muscicapidae)
Oriental Magpie-Robin Copsychus saularis
Small Niltava Niltava macgrigoriae
Large Niltava Niltava grandis
Pale-chinned Flycatcher Cyornis poliogenys
Slaty-backed Forktail Enicurus schistaceus
Spotted Forktail Enicurus maculatus
Blue Whistling Thrush Myophonus caeruleus
Pygmy Flycatcher Ficedula hodgsoni
Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher Ficedula strophiata
Little Pied Flycatcher Ficedula westermanni
Taiga Flycatcher Ficedula albicilla
White-browed Bush Robin Tarsiger indicus
Himalayan Bluetail Tarsiger rufilatus
Blue-fronted Redstart Phoenicurus frontalis
Plumbeous Water Redstart Phoenicurus fuliginosus
White-capped Redstart Phoenicurus leucocephalus
Daurian Redstart Phoenicurus auroreus
Hodgson’s Redstart Phoenicurus hodgsoni
Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush Monticola rufiventris
Blue Rock Thrush Monticola solitarius
Grey Bush Chat Saxicola ferreus
Siberian Stonechat Saxicola maurus
Dippers (Cinclidae)
Brown Dipper Cinclus pallasii
Leafbirds (Chloropseidae)
Golden-fronted Leafbird Chloropsis aurifrons
Orange-bellied Leafbird Chloropsis hardwickii
Flowerpeckers (Dicaeidae)
Yellow-bellied Flowerpecker Dicaeum melanozanthum
Fire-breasted Flowerpecker Dicaeum ignipectus
Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker Dicaeum cruentatum
Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)
Green-tailed Sunbird Aethopyga nipalensis
Black-throated Sunbird Aethopyga saturata
Crimson Sunbird Aethopyga siparaja
Streaked Spiderhunter Arachnothera magna
Old World Sparrows, Snowfinches (Passeridae)
Russet Sparrow Passer cinnamomeus
Eurasian Tree Sparrow Passer montanus
House Sparrow Passer domesticus
Weavers, Widowbirds (Ploceidae)
Finn’s Weaver – EN Ploceus megarhynchus
Accentors (Prunellidae)
Alpine Accentor Prunella collaris
Rufous-breasted Accentor Prunella strophiata
Wagtails, Pipits (Motacillidae)
Eastern Yellow Wagtail Motacilla tschutschensis
Citrine Wagtail Motacilla citreola
Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea
White Wagtail Motacilla alba
White-browed Wagtail Motacilla maderaspatensis
Richard’s Pipit Anthus richardi
Paddyfield Pipit Anthus rufulus
Olive-backed Pipit Anthus hodgsoni
Rosy Pipit Anthus roseatus
Finches, Euphonias (Fringillidae)
Brown Bullfinch Pyrrhula nipalensis
Red-headed Bullfinch Pyrrhula erythrocephala
Grey-headed Bullfinch Pyrrhula erythaca
Golden-naped Finch Pyrrhoplectes epauletta
Dark-breasted Rosefinch Procarduelis nipalensis
Plain Mountain Finch Leucosticte nemoricola
Himalayan White-browed Rosefinch Carpodacus thura
Red-fronted Rosefinch Carpodacus puniceus
Crimson-browed Finch Carpodacus subhimachalus
Yellow-breasted Greenfinch Chloris spinoides
Tibetan Serin Spinus thibetanus
Buntings (Emberizidae)
Little Bunting Emberiza pusilla
Total seen 333
Total heard only 9
Total recorded 342

 

Mammal List – Following Mammalwatching.com (January 2024)

The following notation after species names is used to show conservation status following IUCN: EN = Endangered, VU = Vulnerable.

Common name Scientific name
Elephants (Elephantidae)
Asian Elephant – EN Elephas maximus
Old World Monkeys (Cercopithecidae)
Rhesus Macaque Macaca mulatta
Arunachal Macaque – EN Macaca munzala
Capped Langur – VU Trachypithecus pileatus
Squirrels (Sciuridae)
Irrawaddy Squirrel Callosciurus pygerythrus
Himalayan Striped Squirrel Tamiops mcclellandii
Indian Palm Squirrel Funambulus palmarum
Black Giant Squirrel Ratufa bicolor
Bhutan Giant Flying Squirrel Petaurista nobilis
Mustelids (Mustelidae)
Yellow-throated Marten Martes flavigula
Smooth-coated Otter – VU Lutra perspicillata
Felids (Felidae)
Marbled Cat Pardofelis marmorata
Mongooses (Herpestidae)
Small Indian Mongoose Urva auropunctata
Rhinoceroses (Rhinocerotidae)
Greater One-horned Rhinoceros – VU Rhinoceros unicornis
Bovids (Bovidae)
Domestic Yak – DO Bos grunniens
Asian Wild Buffalo – EN Bubalus arnee
Deer (Cervidae)
Hog Deer – EN Axis porcinus
Barasingha – VU Rucervus duvaucelii
Sambar – VU Rusa unicolor
Northern Red Muntjac Muntiacus vaginalis
Suids (Suidae)
Eurasian Wild Pig Sus scrofa
Total seen 21

 

Reptile List – Following The Reptile Database and iNaturalist

Common name Scientific name
Pythons (Pythonidae)
Burmese Python – VU Python bivittatus
Total seen 1

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The 2016 Northern India Birding Ecotours trip was everything I had hoped for and more. As a novice both when it came to Asian birds and Indian travel, the trip couldn’t have been better. Andy Walker, our guide, was brilliant at finding the expected birds and some amazing rarities and getting us good looks. I managed close to 400 lifers combined with Fatehpur Sikri, the Taj Mahal, some fascinating glimpses of rural India and a spectacular time in the Himalayan foothills. Our driver, van, train travel and hotels were all comfortable and worked like clockwork. Thanks for the trip of a lifetime.
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