Bhutan Birding !
Bhutan is a paradise for bird lovers and ornithologists. Over 670 species of birds have been recorded and many more are yet to be discovered. Bhutan bird watching tour is a great favorite, combining some of the finest birdwatching in the Himalayas with spectacular scenery.
Bhutan is birding paradise and the ultimate destination for the birdwatcher and bird lovers around the world. Over 60% of the land is still forested and 26% of the land is protected as National Parks. It is an ideal place to see a wide variety of birds that are impossible or difficult to see anywhere else. Bhutan’s richly diverse and beautiful forests are some of the best remaining forest habitats in the Himalayas.
Bird watching tour in Bhutan is splendid experience as the country is claimed to be the major part of the high bio-diversity conservation hotspot known as Eastern Himalayan hotspots. The diversity of bird life of Bhutan is accentuated by the migrations of hundreds of species. The places like Paro, Thimpu, Punakha, Trongsa, Zhemgang etc hold specialty for the birding tour in Bhutan.
Wintertime brings numerous species down to lower altitudes, including accentors, rosefinches, grosbeaks, snow pigeons and pheasants such as the satyr tragopan, the Himalayan monal, and the blood pheasant.
Birds in Bhutan can be found from the glacial alpine regions of the north to the sweltering tropics of the south. The geography and altitude are also the most diverse areas of bird habitats ever found in a single country.
Bhutan is home to many species of birds that are in danger of extinction, including the Imperial Heron, which is one of the fifty rarest birds in the world and the rare Black-Necked Crane, which breeds in Tibet and then migrates over the Himalayas to Bhutan during the winter months.
Good to know
Indian nationals intending to visit Bhutan are required to carry any of the two valid 'Travel Documents' (a) Valid Indian Passport having validity of minimum 6 months; and/or (b) Voter Identity Card, issued by the Election Commission of India. No Visa is required to visit Bhutan. The 'entry permit' allows an Indian tourist to visit Thimphu and Paro only. However, any tourist going beyond Thimphu and Paro need to acquire a 'special area permit' from the RGoB Immigration Office at Thimphu on any working days (Monday to Friday)
Travel - Nearest Airport
By air, you will land at Paro International Airport, about 50 kilometers from Thimphu in the south west of the country. By land, you will enter Bhutan through the border town of Phuentsholing in the west), Gelephu in the south, and Samdrup Jongkhar in the east.
Bhutan Birding Tours and Monesteries
Best Time to Visit
As such birding in Bhutan can be done throughout the year, however lowland or subtropical belt especially in mid south region during summer can be hot, with reasonably wet monsoon and with overgrowth vegetation, it can be challenging. For the cross-country birding, ideal month is from Sept to March. In contrast, owing reason to favourable climate, birding in western Bhutan like Thimphu, Paro and Punakha, Haa are done throughout the year.
It’s worth to note that most likely period for greater sighting of birds is during there mating season, which is from March to May. During these periods birds are highly active, and responds to the calls easily, it is seen that male birds change into beautiful colours to entice the female for mating. Sometime it is also seen to be aggressive yet beautiful.
Let’s Go Birding !
JungleTrail Expeditions is a full service travel agency and tour operator. Not only does this give you peace of mind in preparing for such expedition such as this one , but it also gives us control of all ground operations in Bhutan, ensuring a seamless experience for you. Before your departure our team of experts will personally advice you facilitating all aspects of your preparation. On the ground, your Bhutan based expedition manager will ensure that all logistical details are addressed , so you can simply enjoy the journey.