Owls of India: Forest Owlet and more

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Tour Start: India
Tour End: India

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The vast subcontinent of India has a fantastic array of Owls, from the Himalayan foothills, where the forested slopes hold species like Mountain and Collared Scops Owl as well as Grey Nightjar, to the lower Sal forests, where you can find Spotted, Collard, and Asian Barred Owlet, along with Brown and Tawny Fish Owl, Savannah and Jungle Nightjar, and the rare Forest Owlet. We can also extend into Sri Lanka for Chestnut-backed Owlet. Contact us for more information about owling the Indian subcontinent.

I had an awesome two weeks’ trip in northern India in January 2016 with Andy Walker of Birding Ecotours. Total bird species seen by the group was 401. Highly recommended for life birds, “collecting” bird families and beautiful scenery. Some highlights included: Hill Partridge, Painted Spurfowl, Koklass and Cheer Pheasants, Black Bittern, Himalayan Vulture, Sarus Crane, Barred Buttonquail, Ibisbill, Pheasant-tailed Jacana, Indian Courser, Painted Sandgrouse, Sirkeer Malkoha, Crested Treeswift, Stork-billed Kingfisher, Himalayan Flameback, Collared Falconet with prey (Cinereous Tit), Chestnut-headed Tesia, Striated Laughingthrush, White-rumped Shama, White-tailed Rubythroat, Golden Bush Robin, Brown Dipper, Pink-browed Rosefinch, Crested Bunting and Altai Accentor. The group total also included 10 owls and 17 woodpeckers, all seen.

Lisl van Deventer — Pretoria, South Africa

Ahmad and Sue – Canada