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


26 FEBRUARY – 11 MARCH 2024

By Chris Lotz

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


Northeast India is one of the best places for finding Ibisbill, Wallcreeper 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 Nuthatch, Yellow-rumped Honeyguide, Fire-tailed Myzornis, Himalayan 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 Grandala, Blood 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) Rhinoceros, Asian 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 Barbet, Indian Grey Hornbill, Yellow-footed Green Pigeon, White-breasted Waterhen, Red-naped Ibis, Indian Pond Heron, Common 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 Barbet, Blue-throated Barbet, Green Imperial Pigeon, Chestnut-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-Dove, Green-billed Malkoha, Indian Stone-curlew, some nice woodpeckers in the form of Greater Flameback and Fulvous-breasted Woodpecker, Red-breasted Parakeets feeding on Coral Tree flowers, and three species of  colorful minivets: Scarlet, Short-billed and Grey-chinned Minivets. The unusual Maroon Oriole showed well, albeit briefly, as did Black-naped Monarch, Small Niltava, Pale-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 Plover, Common Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Sand Lark, Siberian Stonechat and three kingfisher species. Many pairs of Ruddy Shelducks, and smaller numbers of Eurasian Teals, Common 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 Warblers, Red-wattled Lapwing, Rufous 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 Forktail, White-capped (Water) Redstart, Plumbeous 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!

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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 Pheasant. White-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-breasted, Himalayan White-browed and Red-fronted Rosefinches. We also saw the much less colorful Plain Mountain Finch. Alpine 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 Tit, Coal Tit (of the crested subspecies), Rufous-vented Tit and the colorful Yellow-cheeked Tit. Black-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 Parrotbills, Brown-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 Shrike, Grey Bush Chat, Tibetan Serin, Daurian Redstart and several Blue-fronted Redstarts, Chestnut-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 Warbler, Grey-flanked Bush Warbler and Grey-sided Bush Warbler.

Ascending towards Mandala again, we found some mixed flocks containing new trip birds like Golden-breasted Fulvetta, Rufous-capped Babbler, Streak-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 Yuhina, Rufous-breasted Accentor, Bar-throated Minla, Red-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 Babbler, Bhutan Laughingthrush, Rusty-fronted Barwing, Bar-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 Goshawk, Eurasian 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-throated, Streak-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 Nuthatch, White-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 Junglefowl, Kalij Pheasants and some exciting mixed species flocks. Good birds in the mixed flocks included a group of six Beautiful Nuthatches, Black-eared Shrike-babbler, White-breasted Parrotbill, Black-crowned Scimitar Babbler, Rufous-winged Fulvetta, White-bellied Erpornis, Blue-winged Minla, Red-faced Liocichla, Sikkim Treecreeper, Chestnut-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-chinned, Short-billed and Scarlet Minivets, Maroon Oriole, White-throated Bulbul, Grey-cheeked Warbler, Black-chinned Yuhina, White-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 Niltava. Himalayan 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 Treecreeper, Sultan Tit, Yellow-cheeked Tit, Yellow-browed Tit, Golden-throated Barbet, Great Barbet, Crimson-naped Woodpecker, Rufous-bellied Woodpecker, Darjeeling Woodpecker, Black-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 Nightjar, Hodgson’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 Duck, Eurasian Wigeon, Eurasian Teal, Ruddy Shelduck and Bar-headed Geese were around. There were stacks of Citrine Wagtails and a couple of White Wagtails around, and we also found Paddyfield, Richard’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 Pelicans, Bar-headed Geese, Asian Openbills, Asian Woolly-necked Storks and a few Black-necked Storks. There were a few shorebirds around, including Common Greenshanks, Marsh Sandpipers, Common Snipes and some others we had seen earlier in the tour. Grey-headed, Northern and Red-wattled Lapwings were also out in numbers.

Apart from the waterbirds, we saw Eurasian Collared, Red Collared and Spotted Doves, Yellow-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 Oriole, Indochinese 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 Warbler, Black-hooded Oriole, Blossom-headed Parakeet, Alexandrine 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 Duck, Greater and Lesser Coucals, Black Storks, a cute Spotted Owlet, Eurasian Hoopoe, Long-tailed Minivet, Brown 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 Shrike, Spot-winged Starling, Finn’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 ListFollowing 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 nameScientific name
Ducks, Geese, Swans (Anatidae)
Lesser Whistling DuckDendrocygna javanica
Bar-headed GooseAnser indicus
Common ShelduckTadorna tadorna
Ruddy ShelduckTadorna ferruginea
GadwallMareca strepera
Eurasian WigeonMareca penelope
Indian Spot-billed DuckAnas poecilorhyncha
Northern PintailAnas acuta
Eurasian TealAnas crecca
Ferruginous DuckAythya nyroca
Tufted DuckAythya fuligula
SmewMergellus albellus
Common MerganserMergus merganser
Pheasants & Allies (Phasianidae)
Hill PartridgeArborophila torqueola
Rufous-throated PartridgeArborophila rufogularis
Blood PheasantIthaginis cruentus
Blyth’s Tragopan – VUTragopan blythii
Kalij PheasantLophura leucomelanos
Grey Peacock-Pheasant (H)Polyplectron bicalcaratum
Red JunglefowlGallus gallus
Swamp Francolin – VUOrtygornis gularis
Nightjars (Caprimulgidae)
Grey NightjarCaprimulgus jotaka
Frogmouths (Podargidae)
Hodgson’s Frogmouth (H)Batrachostomus hodgsoni
Swifts (Apodidae)
Himalayan SwiftletAerodramus brevirostris
Asian Palm SwiftCypsiurus balasiensis
Cuckoos (Cuculidae)
Greater CoucalCentropus sinensis
Lesser CoucalCentropus bengalensis
Green-billed MalkohaPhaenicophaeus tristis
Common Hawk-CuckooHierococcyx varius
Large Hawk-CuckooHierococcyx sparveroides
Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)
Rock DoveColumba livia
Snow PigeonColumba leuconota
Oriental Turtle DoveStreptopelia orientalis
Eurasian Collared DoveStreptopelia decaocto
Red Collared DoveStreptopelia tranquebarica
Spotted DoveSpilopelia chinensis
Barred Cuckoo-DoveMacropygia unchall
Common Emerald DoveChalcophaps indica
Yellow-footed Green PigeonTreron phoenicopterus
Green Imperial PigeonDucula aenea
Mountain Imperial PigeonDucula badia
Rails, Crakes & Coots (Rallidae)
Eurasian CootFulica atra
Black-tailed Crake (H)Zapornia bicolor
White-breasted WaterhenAmaurornis phoenicurus
Grebes (Podicipedidae)
Little GrebeTachybaptus ruficollis
Stone-curlews, Thick-knees (Burhinidae)
Great Stone-curlewEsacus recurvirostris
Indian Stone-curlewBurhinus indicus
Ibisbill (Ibidorhynchidae)
IbisbillIbidorhyncha struthersii
Plovers (Charadriidae)
Little Ringed PloverCharadrius dubius
Long-billed PloverCharadrius placidus
Northern LapwingVanellus vanellus
River LapwingVanellus duvaucelii
Grey-headed LapwingVanellus cinereus
Red-wattled LapwingVanellus indicus
Jacanas (Jacanidae)
Pheasant-tailed JacanaHydrophasianus chirurgus
Bronze-winged JacanaMetopidius indicus
Sandpipers, Snipes (Scolopacidae)
Common SnipeGallinago gallinago
Common SandpiperActitis hypoleucos
Green SandpiperTringa ochropus
Marsh SandpiperTringa stagnatilis
Common RedshankTringa totanus
Common GreenshankTringa nebularia
Temminck’s StintCalidris temminckii
Coursers, Pratincoles (Glareolidae)
Small PratincoleGlareola lactea
Gulls, Terns, Skimmers (Laridae)
River Tern – VUSterna aurantia
Storks (Ciconiidae)
Asian OpenbillAnastomus oscitans
Lesser AdjutantLeptoptilos javanicus
Greater AdjutantLeptoptilos dubius
Black-necked StorkEphippiorhynchus asiaticus
Asian Woolly-necked StorkCiconia episcopus
Black StorkCiconia nigra
Cormorants, Shags (Phalacrocoracidae)
Little CormorantMicrocarbo niger
Great CormorantPhalacrocorax carbo
Ibises, Spoonbills (Threskiornithidae)
Black-headed IbisThreskiornis melanocephalus
Red-naped IbisPseudibis papillosa
Glossy IbisPlegadis falcinellus
Herons, Bitterns (Ardeidae)
Little EgretEgretta garzetta
Indian Pond HeronArdeola grayii
Eastern Cattle EgretBubulcus coromandus
Great EgretArdea alba
Medium EgretArdea intermedia
Grey HeronArdea cinerea
Purple HeronArdea purpurea
Pelicans (Pelecanidae)
Spot-billed PelicanPelecanus philippensis
Ospreys (Pandionidae)
OspreyPandion haliaetus
Kites, Hawks, Eagles (Accipitridae)
Black-winged KiteElanus caeruleus
Bearded VultureGypaetus barbatus
Slender-billed Vulture – CRGyps tenuirostris
Himalayan VultureGyps himalayensis
Crested Serpent EagleSpilornis cheela
Mountain Hawk-EagleNisaetus nipalensis
Changeable Hawk-EagleNisaetus cirrhatus
Black EagleIctinaetus malaiensis
Eastern Imperial Eagle – VUAquila heliaca
Crested GoshawkAccipiter trivirgatus
ShikraAccipiter badius
Eurasian SparrowhawkAccipiter nisus
Black KiteMilvus migrans
Pallas’s Fish Eagle – ENHaliaeetus leucoryphus
Grey-headed Fish EagleIcthyophaga ichthyaetus
Owls (Strigidae)
Brown BoobookNinox scutulata
Collared Owlet (H)Taenioptynx brodiei
Spotted OwletAthene brama
Asian Barred OwletGlaucidium cuculoides
Mountain Scops Owl (H)Otus spilocephalus
Oriental Scops Owl (H)Otus sunia
Collared Scops Owl (H)Otus lettia
Trogons (Trogonidae)
Red-headed TrogonHarpactes erythrocephalus
Hoopoes (Upupidae)
Eurasian HoopoeUpupa epops
Hornbills (Bucerotidae)
Great Hornbill – VUBuceros bicornis
Indian Grey HornbillOcyceros birostris
Rufous-necked Hornbill – VUAceros nipalensis
Rollers (Coraciidae)
Indochinese RollerCoracias affinis
Kingfishers (Alcedinidae)
Stork-billed KingfisherPelargopsis capensis
White-throated KingfisherHalcyon smyrnensis
Common KingfisherAlcedo atthis
Pied KingfisherCeryle rudis
Bee-eaters (Meropidae)
Asian Green Bee-eaterMerops orientalis
Chestnut-headed Bee-eaterMerops leschenaulti
Asian Barbets (Megalaimidae)
Great BarbetPsilopogon virens
Brown-headed BarbetPsilopogon zeylanicus
Lineated BarbetPsilopogon lineatus
Golden-throated BarbetPsilopogon franklinii
Blue-throated BarbetPsilopogon asiaticus
Coppersmith Barbet (H)Psilopogon haemacephalus
Honeyguides (Indicatoridae)
Yellow-rumped HoneyguideIndicator xanthonotus
Woodpeckers (Picidae)
Crimson-naped WoodpeckerDryobates cathpharius
Rufous-bellied WoodpeckerDendrocopos hyperythrus
Fulvous-breasted WoodpeckerDendrocopos macei
Darjeeling WoodpeckerDendrocopos darjellensis
Greater YellownapeChrysophlegma flavinucha
Lesser YellownapePicus chlorolophus
Black-rumped FlamebackDinopium benghalense
Greater FlamebackChrysocolaptes guttacristatus
Bay WoodpeckerBlythipicus pyrrhotis
Caracaras, Falcons (Falconidae)
Common KestrelFalco tinnunculus
Oriental HobbyFalco severus
Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus
Old World Parrots (Psittaculidae)
Blossom-headed ParakeetPsittacula roseata
Red-breasted ParakeetPsittacula alexandri
Alexandrine ParakeetPsittacula eupatria
Rose-ringed ParakeetPsittacula krameri
Pittas (Pittidae)
Blue-naped Pitta (H)Hydrornis nipalensis
Ioras (Aegithinidae)
Common IoraAegithina tiphia
Cuckooshrikes (Campephagidae)
Grey-chinned MinivetPericrocotus solaris
Short-billed MinivetPericrocotus brevirostris
Long-tailed MinivetPericrocotus ethologus
Scarlet MinivetPericrocotus speciosus
Black-winged CuckooshrikeLalage melaschistos
Vireos, Greenlets, Shrike-babblers (Vireonid6ae)
Green Shrike-babblerPteruthius xanthochlorus
Black-eared Shrike-babblerPteruthius melanotis
Black-headed Shrike-babblerPteruthius rufiventer
White-browed Shrike-babblerPteruthius aeralatus
White-bellied ErpornisErpornis zantholeuca
Figbirds, Old World Orioles, Piopios (Oriolidae)
Maroon OrioleOriolus traillii
Black-hooded OrioleOriolus xanthornus
Drongos (Dicruridae)
Bronzed DrongoDicrurus aeneus
Lesser Racket-tailed DrongoDicrurus remifer
Greater Racket-tailed DrongoDicrurus paradiseus
Hair-crested DrongoDicrurus hottentottus
Ashy DrongoDicrurus leucophaeus
Black DrongoDicrurus macrocercus
Fantails (Rhipiduridae)
White-throated FantailRhipidura albicollis
Monarchs (Monarchidae)
Black-naped MonarchHypothymis azurea
Shrikes (Laniidae)
Brown ShrikeLanius cristatus
Long-tailed ShrikeLanius schach
Grey-backed ShrikeLanius tephronotus
Crows, Jays (Corvidae)
Yellow-billed Blue MagpieUrocissa flavirostris
Rufous TreepieDendrocitta vagabunda
Spotted NutcrackerNucifraga caryocatactes
Red-billed ChoughPyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax
House CrowCorvus splendens
Large-billed CrowCorvus macrorhynchos
Fairy Flycatchers (Stenostiridae)
Yellow-bellied FantailChelidorhynx hypoxanthus
Grey-headed Canary-flycatcherCulicicapa ceylonensis
Tits, Chickadees (Paridae)
Yellow-browed TitSylviparus modestus
Sultan TitMelanochlora sultanea
Rufous-vented TitPeriparus rubidiventris
Coal TitPeriparus ater
Grey-crested TitLophophanes dichrous
Cinereous TitParus cinereus
Green-backed TitParus monticolus
Yellow-cheeked TitMachlolophus spilonotus
Larks (Alaudidae)
Bengal Bush LarkMirafra assamica
Oriental SkylarkAlauda gulgula
Sand LarkAlaudala raytal
Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae)
White-throated BulbulAlophoixus flaveolus
Striated BulbulAlcurus striatus
Black BulbulHypsipetes leucocephalus
Black-crested BulbulRubigula flaviventris
Red-whiskered BulbulPycnonotus jocosus
Red-vented BulbulPycnonotus cafer
Swallows, Martins (Hirundinidae)
Pale MartinRiparia diluta
Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
Cupwings (Pnoepygidae)
Pygmy Cupwing (H)Pnoepyga pusilla
Scaly-breasted CupwingPnoepyga albiventer
Cettia Bush Warblers & Allies (Cettiidae)
Yellow-bellied WarblerAbroscopus superciliaris
Black-faced WarblerAbroscopus schisticeps
Brown-flanked Bush WarblerHorornis fortipes
Aberrant Bush WarblerHorornis flavolivaceus
Slaty-bellied Tesia (H)Tesia olivea
Grey-sided Bush WarblerCettia brunnifrons
Chestnut-headed TesiaCettia castaneocoronata
Bushtits (Aegithalidae)
White-browed Tit-warblerLeptopoecile sophiae
Black-throated BushtitAegithalos concinnus
Rufous-fronted BushtitAegithalos iouschistos
Leaf Warblers (Phylloscopidae)
Buff-barred WarblerPhylloscopus pulcher
Ashy-throated WarblerPhylloscopus maculipennis
Yellow-browed WarblerPhylloscopus inornatus
Lemon-rumped WarblerPhylloscopus chloronotus
Tickell’s Leaf WarblerPhylloscopus affinis
Dusky WarblerPhylloscopus fuscatus
Common ChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybita
Grey-cheeked WarblerPhylloscopus poliogenys
Chestnut-crowned WarblerPhylloscopus castaniceps
Blyth’s Leaf WarblerPhylloscopus reguloides
Grey-hooded WarblerPhylloscopus xanthoschistos
Grassbirds & Allies (Locustellidae)
Striated GrassbirdMegalurus palustris
Cisticolas & Allies (Cisticolidae)
Fan-tailed WarblerCisticola juncidis
Black-throated PriniaPrinia atrogularis
Grey-breasted PriniaPrinia hodgsonii
Common TailorbirdOrthotomus sutorius
Parrotbills & Allies (Paradoxornithidae)
Fire-tailed MyzornisMyzornis pyrrhoura
Golden-breasted FulvettaLioparus chrysotis
Brown-throated FulvettaFulvetta ludlowi
Manipur FulvettaFulvetta manipurensis
Brown ParrotbillParadoxornis unicolor
White-breasted ParrotbillParadoxornis ruficeps
White-eyes (Zosteropidae)
Black-chinned YuhinaYuhina nigrimenta
Whiskered YuhinaYuhina flavicollis
White-naped YuhinaYuhina bakeri
Stripe-throated YuhinaYuhina gularis
Rufous-vented YuhinaYuhina occipitalis
Indian White-eyeZosterops palpebrosus
Babblers, Scimitar Babblers (Timaliidae)
Pin-striped Tit-BabblerMixornis gularis
Golden BabblerCyanoderma chrysaeum
Rufous-capped BabblerCyanoderma ruficeps
Rufous-throated Wren-BabblerSpelaeornis caudatus
Black-crowned Scimitar BabblerPomatorhinus ferruginosus
Streak-breasted Scimitar BabblerPomatorhinus ruficollis
Sikkim Wedge-billed BabblerStachyris humei
Ground Babblers (Pellorneidae)
Yellow-throated FulvettaSchoeniparus cinereus
Rufous-winged FulvettaSchoeniparus castaneceps
Buff-breasted BabblerPellorneum tickelli
Abbott’s BabblerMalacocincla abbotti
Laughingthrushes & Allies (Leiothrichidae)
Striated LaughingthrushGrammatoptila striata
Himalayan CutiaCutia nipalensis
Bhutan LaughingthrushTrochalopteron imbricatum
Black-faced LaughingthrushTrochalopteron affine
Chestnut-crowned LaughingthrushTrochalopteron erythrocephalum
Long-tailed SibiaHeterophasia picaoides
Beautiful SibiaHeterophasia pulchella
Hoary-throated BarwingActinodura nipalensis
Streak-throated BarwingActinodura waldeni
Blue-winged MinlaActinodura cyanouroptera
Bar-throated MinlaActinodura strigula
Rusty-fronted BarwingActinodura egertoni
Silver-eared Mesia – ENLeiothrix argentauris
Red-tailed MinlaMinla ignotincta
Red-faced LiocichlaLiocichla phoenicea
Jungle BabblerArgya striata
White-crested Laughingthrush (H)Garrulax leucolophus
Spotted LaughingthrushIanthocincla ocellata
White-throated LaughingthrushPterorhinus albogularis
Grey-sided LaughingthrushPterorhinus caerulatus
Goldcrests, Kinglets (Regulidae)
GoldcrestRegulus regulus
Elachura (Elachuridae)
Spotted ElachuraElachura formosa
Wrens (Troglodytidae)
Eurasian WrenTroglodytes troglodytes
Nuthatches (Sittidae)
Sitta formosa
White-tailed NuthatchSitta himalayensis
Wallcreeper (Tichodromidae)
WallcreeperTichodroma muraria
Treecreepers (Certhiidae)
Rusty-flanked TreecreeperCerthia nipalensis
Sikkim TreecreeperCerthia discolor
Starlings, Rhabdornises (Sturnidae)
Spot-winged StarlingSaroglossa spilopterus
Great MynaAcridotheres grandis
Jungle MynaAcridotheres fuscus
Bank MynaAcridotheres ginginianus
Common MynaAcridotheres tristis
Indian Pied MynaGracupica contra
Chestnut-tailed StarlingSturnia malabarica
Thrushes (Turdidae)
GrandalaGrandala coelicolor
Green Cochoa (H)Cochoa viridis
Long-tailed ThrushZoothera dixoni
Grey-winged BlackbirdTurdus boulboul
White-collared BlackbirdTurdus albocinctus
Chats, Old World Flycatchers (Muscicapidae)
Oriental Magpie-RobinCopsychus saularis
Small NiltavaNiltava macgrigoriae
Large NiltavaNiltava grandis
Pale-chinned FlycatcherCyornis poliogenys
Slaty-backed ForktailEnicurus schistaceus
Spotted ForktailEnicurus maculatus
Blue Whistling ThrushMyophonus caeruleus
Pygmy FlycatcherFicedula hodgsoni
Rufous-gorgeted FlycatcherFicedula strophiata
Little Pied FlycatcherFicedula westermanni
Taiga FlycatcherFicedula albicilla
White-browed Bush RobinTarsiger indicus
Himalayan BluetailTarsiger rufilatus
Blue-fronted RedstartPhoenicurus frontalis
Plumbeous Water RedstartPhoenicurus fuliginosus
White-capped RedstartPhoenicurus leucocephalus
Daurian RedstartPhoenicurus auroreus
Hodgson’s RedstartPhoenicurus hodgsoni
Chestnut-bellied Rock ThrushMonticola rufiventris
Blue Rock ThrushMonticola solitarius
Grey Bush ChatSaxicola ferreus
Siberian StonechatSaxicola maurus
Dippers (Cinclidae)
Brown DipperCinclus pallasii
Leafbirds (Chloropseidae)
Golden-fronted LeafbirdChloropsis aurifrons
Orange-bellied LeafbirdChloropsis hardwickii
Flowerpeckers (Dicaeidae)
Yellow-bellied FlowerpeckerDicaeum melanozanthum
Fire-breasted FlowerpeckerDicaeum ignipectus
Scarlet-backed FlowerpeckerDicaeum cruentatum
Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)
Green-tailed SunbirdAethopyga nipalensis
Black-throated SunbirdAethopyga saturata
Crimson SunbirdAethopyga siparaja
Streaked SpiderhunterArachnothera magna
Old World Sparrows, Snowfinches (Passeridae)
Russet SparrowPasser cinnamomeus
Eurasian Tree SparrowPasser montanus
House SparrowPasser domesticus
Weavers, Widowbirds (Ploceidae)
Finn’s Weaver – ENPloceus megarhynchus
Accentors (Prunellidae)
Alpine AccentorPrunella collaris
Rufous-breasted AccentorPrunella strophiata
Wagtails, Pipits (Motacillidae)
Eastern Yellow WagtailMotacilla tschutschensis
Citrine WagtailMotacilla citreola
Grey WagtailMotacilla cinerea
White WagtailMotacilla alba
White-browed WagtailMotacilla maderaspatensis
Richard’s PipitAnthus richardi
Paddyfield PipitAnthus rufulus
Olive-backed PipitAnthus hodgsoni
Rosy PipitAnthus roseatus
Finches, Euphonias (Fringillidae)
Brown BullfinchPyrrhula nipalensis
Red-headed BullfinchPyrrhula erythrocephala
Grey-headed BullfinchPyrrhula erythaca
Golden-naped FinchPyrrhoplectes epauletta
Dark-breasted RosefinchProcarduelis nipalensis
Plain Mountain FinchLeucosticte nemoricola
Himalayan White-browed RosefinchCarpodacus thura
Red-fronted RosefinchCarpodacus puniceus
Crimson-browed FinchCarpodacus subhimachalus
Yellow-breasted GreenfinchChloris spinoides
Tibetan SerinSpinus thibetanus
Buntings (Emberizidae)
Little BuntingEmberiza pusilla
Total seen333
Total heard only9
Total recorded342

Mammal List – Following (January 2024)

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

Common nameScientific name
Elephants (Elephantidae)
Asian Elephant – ENElephas maximus
Old World Monkeys (Cercopithecidae)
Rhesus MacaqueMacaca mulatta
Arunachal Macaque – ENMacaca munzala
Capped Langur – VUTrachypithecus pileatus
Squirrels (Sciuridae)
Irrawaddy SquirrelCallosciurus pygerythrus
Himalayan Striped SquirrelTamiops mcclellandii
Indian Palm SquirrelFunambulus palmarum
Black Giant SquirrelRatufa bicolor
Bhutan Giant Flying SquirrelPetaurista nobilis
Mustelids (Mustelidae)
Yellow-throated MartenMartes flavigula
Smooth-coated Otter – VULutra perspicillata
Felids (Felidae)
Marbled CatPardofelis marmorata
Mongooses (Herpestidae)
Small Indian MongooseUrva auropunctata
Rhinoceroses (Rhinocerotidae)
Greater One-horned Rhinoceros – VURhinoceros unicornis
Bovids (Bovidae)
Domestic Yak – DOBos grunniens
Asian Wild Buffalo – ENBubalus arnee
Deer (Cervidae)
Hog Deer – ENAxis porcinus
Barasingha – VURucervus duvaucelii
Sambar – VURusa unicolor
Northern Red MuntjacMuntiacus vaginalis
Suids (Suidae)
Eurasian Wild PigSus scrofa
Total seen21

Reptile List – Following The Reptile Database and iNaturalist

Common nameScientific name
Pythons (Pythonidae)
Burmese Python – VUPython bivittatus
Total seen1


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