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Bhutan Birding Tours

Bhutan is a landlocked country that located in the holy Eastern Himalayas. With the joint effort of the royal government and the local inhabitants, Bhutan today has become one of the top ten global biological countries in the world with countless botanical types and biological species.

Bhutan is also known as the Dragon Kingdom and it enjoys a widespread reputation of bird watching. With over 675 species of birds living unconstrainedly in this last Himalayan Kingdom, Bhutan has the reason to believe that this dragon land is no doubt another paradise for travelers to explore the chirping birds.

Worldwide bird watchers equipped with cameras and binoculars swarm to Bhutan every year for an on-the-spot bird observation. Some go deeper into the thick forests to trace the rarely-seen bird species while others brave the altitude and the temperature up to the mountains for a closer look.

No matter you are an expert or an amateur, a single glimpse of these lovely and gorgeously-dressed creatures make it worth the distance you travel all the way here to experience.

Fancy a birding tour in this dragon kingdom? Then grab your binoculars and join us to meet the bird species in Bhutan.

Basic Facts of Bhutan Birding Tours:

Best Bird-watching Season: Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May. Jun. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.

Top Bird-watching Regions & Altitudes: Paro (2,200 m), Thimpu (2,300 m), Punakha (1,350 m), Trongsa (2,200 m), Gasa (2,300 m), Haa (2740 m), Phuentsholing (450 m), Wangdue Phodrang (1,300 m), Tsirang (1,405 m), Sarpang (369 m), Tingtibi (551 m), Gelephu (280 m), Pangbang (115 m), Zhemgang (1,900 m), Samdrup Jongkhar (450)

Top Birds: Himalayan Monal, Satyr Tragopan, Blood Pheasant, White-bellied Heron, Ibisbill, Ward’s Trogon, Rufous-necked Hornbill, Great Hornbill, Beautiful Nuthatch, Sikkim Wedge-billed and Long-billed Wren-Babbler, Slender-billed and Coral-billed Scimitar Babbler, Black-headed Shrike-Babbler, Blackish-breasted Babbler, Fire-tailed Myzornis, Fire-tailed Sunbird, Himalayan Cutia, Spotted Laughingthrush, Black-necked Stork, Blyth’s Kingfisher, Chestnut-breasted Partridge, Dark-rumped Swift, Eurasian Curlew, Eurasian Peregrine Falcon, Ferruginous Duck, Gray-crowned Prinia, Lesser Fish-eagle, Palla’s Fish-eagle, Pallid Harrier, Rufous-throated White-rumped Vulture, White-throated Bushcat, Woodsnipe, Yellow-rumped Honeyguide, Imperial Heron, White-bellied Heron, Parrotbills, etc. Read more

Endangered species: Baer’s Pochard, Beautiful Nuthatch, Black-necked Stork, Blackish-breasted Babbler, Blyth’s Kingfisher, Chestnut-breasted Partridge, Dark-rumped Swift, Eurasian Curlew, Eurasian Peregrine Falcon, Ferruginous Duck, Gray-crowned Prinia, Great Hornbill, Lesser Fish-eagle, Palla’s Fish-eagle, Pallid Harrier, Rufous-necked Hornbill, Rufous-throated Wren-babbler, Satyr Tragopan, Ward’s Trogon, White-rumped Vulture, White-throated Bushcat, Woodsnipe, Yellow-rumped Honeyguide, Black-necked Crane, Imperial Heron, White-bellied Heron, etc. Read more

Gears for Bird watching: Binocular, spotting scope, camera, lenses, bird identification books and apps, maps

Max Group Size: 6 with 1 local leader

Accommodation & Dining: Hotel, wood lodges and comfortable tented camp with grand meals served in Bhutan characterized manner

Other Attraction Sighted: Incredible mountain sceneries, magnificent pristine forests, kinds of Dzongs (Temple-fortress), Buddhist cultures

Bhutan Birds Photo Gallery

Recommended Bhutan Birding Tour Itineraries

Typically, Bhutan birds flock in the serene and secluded forests or natural wetlands distributed in western, central and eastern parts of Bhutan. Both of the bird watching tours guide you to almost all the bird gathering districts and leaving you a plenty of time explore these areas which are regarded as the home to some of the endangered species in Bhutan.

  • 15 Days Bhutan Classic Bird Watching Tour

    Tour Route: Paro - Thimphu - Punakha & Wangduephodrang - Gangtey - Trongsa - Bumthang - Ura - Limithang - Mongar - Trashigang - Mongar - Bumthang - Punakha - Paro

    Follow the experienced local bird-watching guide to meet gorgeous birds from the west to the far east in Bhutan.

  • 19 Days Bhutan East Birding Tour

    Tour Route: Paro - Punakha - Phobjikha - Trongsa - Zhemgang - Tingtibi - Bumthang - Sengor - Namling - Yongkola - Trashigang - Samdrup Jongkhar - Guwahati

    The epic birding tour with local professional guide takes you to the most secluded bird habitats in Bhutan.

All Articles about Bhutan Birding

Bhutan has more than 370 bird species inhabited in the entire country. To make sure you can get a general information about Bhutan birds and enjoy the best Bhutan birding tour experience available, we have kindly prepared some easy-to-use Bhutan birding travel guides below for you from the bird names and species to the habitats or migrating areas. You can follow the insider tips to gain some superior experience during your bird watching stay in Bhutan.

When is the best time to take a Bhutan birding tour?

When is Bhutan’s bird-watching season baffles many bird lovers and visitors who plan a birding tour in Bhutan. Due to the geographical differences in different parts, the weather condition varies a lot even in the same season in Bhutan. This particularity determines where and when you can find the specific bird species.

Typically, Bhutan birds can be spotted all year round. Most of the species including some rare ones like the white-bellied herons can be found during Bhutan’s best seasons from Mar. to June and Sep. to Nov at the banks of main rivers and around secluded big lakes. However, some globally endangered species like the enigmatic resident the Black-necked Crane appear in Bhutan’s winter from Dec. to Feb.

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Where are the best places to spot the high-popularity Bhutan birds?

Despite that large scales of lands and mountains in Bhutan are covered with thick and untouched forests and terraced fields, but almost all the birds in Bhutan choose their favorite places to inhabit. Some like nestling at warmer places in low altitudes and play around with humans while others prefer some higher places for serenity.

Bhutan ornithologists and avid local bird watchers has made tremendous efforts on searching these birds’ flocked places. Evidence shows that almost 95% of the Bhutan birds show up in the following areas:

1. Wetlands and marshes - Phobjikha Valley & central and western parts of Bhutan
2. Subtropical and warm broadleaved forests
3. Cool broadleaved forests
4. Forests and bushes
5. Alpine scrubs

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What to pack for a Bhutan birding tour?

Equipment used for birding in Bhutan is typically at personal preference. However, for those who are new to birding, or just want to see these rare species playing around, there are a few tips on what you can use to make your birding better.

Binoculars are a must, because it is helpful when you are spotting them. If you want to catch the birds on film, then you need a 30-70x zoom lens for optimum visibility. Cameras should ideally have a removable zoom lens and should have at least a 100-400mm IS lens with built-in or detachable sun cover, to reduce the glare on the lens. Tripods are a necessity when birding since you do not want to be holding the camera all day. They give better stability to the shots and reduce camera shake to get a clearer picture.

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Most Classic Bhutan Tour Itineraries

Fancy a cultural exploration in this eastern Himalayan Kingdom? No problem! We have handpicked the most classic Bhutan tour itineraries for you. And you can send us your tour inquiry and a quick reply will reach you within 24 hrs.

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