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Bhutan Birding Tour: Bhutan is a birding paradise. About 60% of Bhutan is covered by forests ranging from moist tropical evergreen and semi-evergreen forests in the south to temperate forests of mixed oak and conifers and subalpine forests of fir, spruce, juniper larch, and birch in the north.
There are many exciting opportunities to discover more about Bhutan’s birds. At the same time, birdwatching is fun and birds can be found almost everywhere. A notebook, pencil and bird book is all you need for watching birds. Bhutan has wealth of birds and other wildlife. On a world scale, the country is recognized as forming the major part of an area of especially high biological diversity known as the East Himalayan Hotspot. Over 750 species of bird species is found in Bhutan so far.
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Paro- Thimphu- Punakha- Phobjikha to Wangdiphodrang then to Paro Airport.
Paro: Hotel Paro Grand.
Thimphu: Hotel White Tara
Punakha: Hotel Meri Puensum
Gangtye: Hotel Dewachen
Haa: Hotel Lhayul
Paro arrival and acclimatize. Stroll around the Paro town.
The scenic forests around the Paro River remain home to Himalayan birds such as Ibis bill, black-tailed Crake, Common Sandpiper, Olive-backed Pipit, and Dark-throated Thrush.
Afterward, you’ll embark on a short drive towards Cheli La Pass (3890m), the highest motorable pass in Bhutan. It separates Paro Valley from the historical Haa Valley. The dense Spruce and Larch forests in Chelila are home to Himalayan birds such as Himalayan Monal, Blood Pheasants, Kalij Pheasant, Rose-finches, Grosbeaks, and laughing thrushes. Drive back to Paro and enjoy lunch before you embark on a short drive to Thimpu.
Tango is good for general birding, and Mountain Eagles and Snow Pigeons are common here. Several wallcreepers will be seen en route between Begana and Thimphu. Evening at Hotel
En route to Punakha, look out for the Red-flanked Bluetail and Golden Bush-Robin, Grey Bushchat, and Rufous-breasted Accentor. You may also see the Blue-winged, Red-tailed, and Chestnut-tailed Minlas, Rufus-winged, White-browed, and Nepal Fulvetta and Whiskered, Stripe-throated, Rufus-vented, Black-chinned, and White-bellied Yuhinas. It is also possible to see Barwings plus a good selection of Laughing Thrushes before Punakha. After lunch visit the Temple of fertility. Over night at Hotel.
The white-bellied heron is considered one of the most critically endangered species of birds and is listed as the rarest of the Heron species. It is so rare in fact, that Professor Peter Frederic PhD, a world-renowned heron expert at the University of Florida, USA had never seen this heron until his visit to Bhutan in 2006.
The global population of herons is estimated to be 50 – 200; where Bhutan is believed to have 32. They can be seen along the Phochu and Mochu river basins in Punakha (western Bhutan) and around the Bertrand Mangdechu areas in Zhemgang (central Bhutan).
After an early breakfast drive to Phobjikha the valley of Black-necked Crane. Black–necked cranes in Bhutan (Grus nigricollis) are winter visitors from late October to mid-February to the Phobjikha Valley as well as Ladakh, India.
Drive back to Thimphu the capital city. Visit the folk heritage museam and 13th art and craft school where you see the live working of students. Evening at Hotel.
Today we bid farewell to Bird watcher and drop you to the airport.
Between March and May, and from September to November, are the best times to go birding in Bhutan, as these are the periods when many indigenous birds are at peak activity, and when most migratory species make an appearance.