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Bird Watching

Bird of BhutanBird watching is one of the many attractions in Bhutan. Your Bhutan tour plan should include a day especially for the bird watching purpose. A visit to the spectacular forests or plains is a must for experiencing the wonderful birdlife, especially for those who have never tried this before.

Bhutan has been declared as one of the 221 Endemic Bird Areas of the world. Special bird watching tours are arranged for the bird lovers. Bird watching in Bhutan has always attracted the bird watchers who travel from distant places to view some of the rarest species of birds, especially the winter migrants. Bhutan is home to more than 770 genera of birds. Bird watchers navigate through rough terrain and travel through meadows and plains to view some rare species.

The best birding is in the eastern fringes of Bhutan, which involves long hours of travelling. Your Bhutan tour guide will plan your bird watching tour with regular stops to make your trip comfortable. As you travel through the meandering roads, valleys and plains, you can explore other places of interest.

Your tour guide will help you plan your itinerary. You might choose to spend time just watching the local species of birds of a specific region. You might also decide to watch migratory birds at a specific time of the year and plan accordingly. Depending on your choice, you will have to travel to different locations. Your travel guide will inform you, everything related to the nesting location or equipment you need to carry. Early morning is the best time to watch out the birds. It is easier to spot them in the morning, then later in the day.
Some common species, which you might see as you book a Bhutan bird watching package, are:

  • Wood Snipe
  • Blyth’s Trogon
  • Satyr Tragopan
  • Blyth’s King Fisher
  • Chestnut-breasted Partridge
  • Pallas’s Fish Eagle
  • Dark-rumped Swift
  • Yellow-rumped Honey Guide
  • and many more.

    Several birds of endangered species found in Bhutan include:

    • White-throated Bushcat
    • Beautiful Nuthatch
    • Dark-rumped Swift
    • Baer’s Pochard
    • Black-necked Stork
    • Eurasian Peregrine Falcon
    • Rufous-throated Wren-babbler
    • Chestnut-breasted Partridge
    • Palla’s Fish-eagle
    • Blyth’s Kingfisher
    • Ferruginous Duck
    • Great Hornbill
    • Pallid Harrier
    • Imperial Heron
    • White-bellied Heron
    • Beautiful Nuthatch
    • Blackish-breasted Babbler
    • Rufous-necked Hornbill
    • Black-necked Crane
    • Eurasian Curlew
    • Ward’s Trogon
    • Gray-crowned Prinia
    • White-rumped Vulture
    • White-throated Bushcat
    • Palla’s Fish-eagle
    • Lesser Fish-eagle
    • Woodsnipe
    • Yellow-rumped Honeyguide
    • Satyr Tragopan
    • Get in touch with your tour operator in Bhutan and learn more about bird watching. Weather plays a crucial role in bird spotting. Thus, to avoid disappointment, let your tour operator suggest the best time for bird sighting.