Bird Watching

Bhutan has a rich and varied biological diversity with seventy percent of its land area covered by forest, recognized ecologically as one of the ten biodiversity hot spots in the world. Some 26.23% of the country’s area is protected as national Parks and about 9% has been declared as biological corridors, connecting the protected areas.

For a land-locked country little larger than Switzerland the diversity of Bhutan’s avifauna is staggering at close to 800 (estimated) species.

Bird species in the primeval forests of Bhutan are considerable. To date, some 693 species have been recorded out of which there are two critical and eight endangered faunal species in Bhutan. Of these the critically endangered and listed as the rarest in the Heron family – the White Bellied Heron is found in Bhutan. Its global population is estimated to be at around 200 only. Black – Necked Crane another of the rarest and most endangered birds make their winter home in Phobjikha in the West and Bomdelling in the Eastern part of the country.

The following is a comprehensive list of the endangered birds of Bhutan:

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
Yellow-rumped Honeyguide
Black-necked Crane
Imperial Heron
White-bellied Heron

13 Days/12 Nights Bird Watching Trip

  • Bird watching
  • Hike to Tiger’s Nest in Paro
  • Visit Farm House
  • Visit Monastery and some Museums
  • Visit the pubs and night life.
  • Visit weekend market(Friday, Saturday and Sunday only)
  • Visit Craft Bazaar