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Hilly area symbol © Sumit SenBirds of Western Arunachal Pradesh, India
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© Ramana Athreya
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Eaglenest Biodiversity Project


Introduction:

"The  East Himalayan state of Arunachal Pradesh, rising from 100m to 6000m altitude across a distance of just 100-150 km, hosts  one of the finest wildlife assemblages that Asia has to offer . Many areas of Arunachal are justly famed for their biodiversity – Namdapha, Mehao, Dibang Valley to name a few – but none can match Western Arunachal in the ease with which a tourist or a scientist can observe wildlife across 4500m of altitude.

From the lush lowland evergreen forests of Pakke Tiger Reserve (alt. 100-300m),  adjacent to the grasslands and riverine woodland of the Brahmaputra valley, through the sub-tropical and temperate forests of Eaglenest (alt. 500-3500m), to the breathtaking views of permanent snow above the alpine meadows of Sela ridge at 4500m – nowhere else in this state can one stroll or motor along roads covering the entire altitudinal stretch. 

Several much sought after birds like ward’s trogon, wedge-billed and rufous-throated wren-babblers, rufous-necked, great and wreathed hornbills, black-necked crane (winter),  beautiful nuthatch, emerald cuckoo (summer)  are standard fare in this area. Other mouth-watering specialities which can be seen with some perseverance and knowledge are 3 tragopans, blood pheasant, monal, ibisbill, purple cochoa, long-tailed and collared broadbills, blue-naped pitta, vivid niltava, long-billed plover and black-headed shrike-babbler, to name just a few - in fact more than half the species  on the 450+ birdlist  would qualify as specialities on any birder's list! '

© Ramana Athreya

[~ Ramana Athreya (The above text/map is a  part of the  Eaglenest Biodiversity Project  report,  which was funded by a grant from the Rufford Foundation (UK) to Ramana Athreya.)]

How to reach: From Guwahati via Misamari to Sessni (Camp at Sessni) - 7 hours by road from Guwahati by NH31. 

Where to stay: Camping is obligatory at this time as no permanent infrastructure is available. For more details see the Logistics page.
10 clear days are recommended.

Best time to visit: December to March and May

Bird calls: birding2asia's website  

Who can organize trips:
1.
Ramana Athreya email
2.
Kaati Tours & Mr. Indi Glow (Tel #  +91-3782-273359);
    Kaati Tours: (Tel #  +91-2132-245770)  email 
3. Shashank Dalvi +919869021909
4. All India Birding Tours

 

   
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