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November 2008 Bhutan Tour
22 November - 28 November, 2008


© Sumit Sen
Red-headed Trogon

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D1: Paro; D2: Chele La/Paro/Thimpu; D3:Cheri Valley/Dochu La/Punakha;

D4: Po Chu and Mo Chu Valley/ J D Nat Park/Punakha;

D5: Pele La/Gangtey/Phobjikha; D6: Pele La/Dochu La; Thimpu;

D7: Paro/Chele La/Phuntsholing/Siliguri;


Blood Pheasant Ithaginis cruentus

D2/7 at Chele La. Large flocks numbering 20 or more seen more than once.

Himalayan Monal Lophophorus impejanus

D2/7 at Chele La. A few flocks consisting mostly of adult females and a solitary male.

Kalij Pheasant Lophura leucomelanos

D4 Trashithang forest. Single male in undergrowth.

Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea

D2/4/7. Some at Thimpu Sewage Treatment Plant and abundant near the Punkha Dzong.

Gadwall Anas strepera

D2/4 at Thimpu Sewage Treatment Plant and a few on the Po Chu.

Eurasian Wigeon Anas penelope

D4/7 female with Gadwall on the Po Chu and a small flock at the lunch stop on D7

Ferruginous Pochard Aythya nyroca

D2 Single male at the Thimpu Sewage Treatment Plant

Common Merganser Mergus merganser

D4 on Mo & Po Chu. Half a dozen on the Po Chu and many in flight over the Mo Chu

Yellow-rumped Honeyguide Indicator xanthonotus

D5&6. Single male between Wangdue and Pele La at a roadside Rock Bee hive.

Darjeeling Woodpecker Dendrocopos darjellensis

D6 Feeding male seen early morning at Pele La. Only woodpecker of the trip.

Great Barbet Megalaima virens

D3 Uncommon at this time. One seen and some heard in the Dochu La area.

Red-headed Trogon Harpactes erythrocephalus

D4 A stunning pair next to riverside forest in the Jigme Dorji Nat Park's Trashithang forest.

Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis

D4 Po Chu river.

White-throated Kingfisher Halcyon smyrnensis

D4 Po Chu river area. Single observation.

Crested Kingfisher Megaceryle lugubris

D4 A few on the Po & Mo Chu rivers.

Large Hawk Cuckoo Hierococcyx sparverioides

D3 Heard from the hotel at Punakha

Alpine Swift Tachymarptis melba

D4 Small flock overflying the Trashithang forest

Mountain Scops Owl Otus spilocephalus

D3 Heard only from hotel at Punakha

Collared Owlet Glaucidium brodiei

D6. Roadside adult seen from touching distance between Wangdue and Pele La

Grey Nightjar Caprimulgus indicus

D6: Phobjikha

Rock Pigeon Columba livia

Snow Pigeon Columba leuconota

D6: A pair over Pele La and possibly a larger flock over Chele La on D2

Oriental Turtle Dove Streptopelia orientalis

Common in the lower parts

Black-necked Crane Grus nigricollis

D5: About 70 counted at Phobjikha Valley. Only a few immatures.

Black-tailed Crake Porzana bicolor

D7: Single bird seen well at Paro

Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus

D7: Paro

Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos

D2/7: Paro Chu

Ibisbill Ibidorhyncha struthersii

D2&7: Abundant on both the Paro Chu and the Mo Chu -Po Chu system.

River Lapwing Vanellus duvaucelii

D2/4: A few on Paro Chu and a small flock on the Mo Chu

Pallas’s Gull Larus ichthyaetus

D4 Single bird on the Mo Chu

Himalayan Griffon Gyps himalayensis

D5/6: Phobjikha Valley and over Pele La

Hen Harrier Circus cyaneus

D5 Adult male seen hunting over Phobjikha Valley

Common Buzzard Buteo buteo

Japonicus regular all over the area. One bird of the vulpinus race at Pele La.

Black Eagle Ictinaetus malayensis

D2/7 A low flying youngster in the Chele La area and one on the disturbed Phuntsholing road

Mountain Hawk Eagle Spizaetus nipalensis

D6: Dochu La area. Single observation.

Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus

Reasonably common all over the area.

Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo

A few on most rivers.

Long-tailed Shrike Lanius schach

The Punakha area held a few 'tricolor' birds.

Grey-backed Shrike Lanius tephronotus

Singles met in the lower areas.

Yellow-billed Blue Magpie Urocissa flavirostris

Reasonably common

Grey Treepie Dendrocitta formosae

D4 Unusually rare. Only observed in the Punakha area.

Spotted Nutcracker Nucifraga caryocatactes

Widespread and common

Red-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax

D1/7 Hard to find at this time. A pair was finally located near Paro village

House Crow Corvus splendens

D3: A few seen at Thimpu. Supposedly rare for the area.

Large-billed Crow Corvus macrorhynchos

Long-tailed Minivet Pericrocotus ethologus

D3/4 Dochu La & Punakha hotel area

Yellow-bellied Fantail Rhipidura hypoxantha

D3 Cheri Valley, Tango Monastery area.

Ashy Drongo Dicrurus leucophaeus

D3 Uncommon. Cheri Valley, Tango Monastery area

Brown Dipper Cinclus pallasii

D/2/4 Reasonably abundant. Paro Chu and Mo Chu

Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush Monticola rufiventris

D3 Single male. Cheri Valley, Tango Monastery area

Blue Rock Thrush Monticola solitarius

D4: Two on the banks of the Po Chu.

Blue Whistling Thrush Myophonus caeruleus

D4/5: Generally scarce. Some met in the Phobjikha Valley area.

White-collared Blackbird Turdus albocinctus

D6/7: Large roosting flock near Dochu La. Some seen at Chele La.

Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher Ficedula strophiata

D4 Trashithang forest

Small Niltava Niltava macgrigoriae

D4 Single female. Trashithang forest

Oriental Magpie Robin Copsychus saularis

D4 Punakha

Hodgson’s Redstart Phoenicurus hodgsoni

Common and widespread

White-winged Redstart Phoenicurus erythrogaster

D5: Possibly this species at Gangtey

Blue-fronted Redstart Phoenicurus frontalis

D3: A few on the drive to Cheri valley

White-capped Water Redstart Chaimarrornis leucocephalus

Some seen on the rivers

Plumbeous Water Redstart Rhyacornis fuliginosus

Regular on the rivers

Little Forktail Enicurus scouleri

D3&6: Cheri Valley & on the roadside at Pele La

Slaty-backed Forktail Enicurus schistaceus

D4 Mo Chu Valley

Spotted Forktail Enicurus maculatus

D4 A few flushed from the road in the Mo Chu Valley

Siberian Stonechat Saxicola maura

D4 Mo Chu Valley

Grey Bushchat Saxicola ferrea

D4 Only one record. Mo Chu Valley

Common Myna Acridotheres tristis

D4&5 Mo Chu Valley

Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch Sitta castanea

D4 Punakha

White-tailed Nuthatch Sitta himalayensis

Irregular but widespread

Wallcreeper Tichodroma muraria

D4 Two seen from touching distance on the road from Punkha hotel to Wangdue.

Eurasian Treecreeper Certhia familiaris

D6 Single record from Pele La

Rusty-flanked Treecreeper Certhia nipalensis

D3 Cheri Valley

Rufous-vented Tit Parus rubidiventris

D2/5/6/7: Common at high altitudes. Chele & Pele La

Coal Tit Parus ater

D2/5/6: Chele & Pele La

Grey-crested Tit Parus dichrous

D2/5/6: Common at high altitudes. Chele & Pele La

Green-backed Tit Parus monticolus


Yellow-browed Tit Sylviparus modestus

D3 Cheri Valley, Tango Monastery area

Black-throated Tit Aegithalos concinnus

D5 Uncommon. Single flock near the Honeyguide site.

Rufous-fronted Tit Aegithalos iouschistos

D3 Regular in large flocks at Cheri Valley

Nepal House Martin Delichon nipalensis

D4 Trashithang forest

Red-vented Bulbul Pycnonotus cafer

Plentiful in the Mo Chu Valley

Black Bulbul Hypsipetes leucocephalus

D6 Between Wangdue and Pele La

Ashy-throated Warbler Phylloscopus maculipennis

D3/6 Between Wangdue and Pele La

Lemon-rumped Warbler Phylloscopus chloronotus

D3 Singles at Cheri Valley

Grey-hooded Warbler Seicercus xanthoschistos

Infrequently met throughout the trip

White-throated Laughingthrush Garrulax albogularis

D3/4 One large flock met in the Dochu La area. Some at Trashithang forest.

Black-faced Laughingthrush Garrulax affinis

D: Pair at Chele La

Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush Garrulax erythrocephalus

D3/6 Uncommon. Seen at Cheri Valley & Wangdue

Rusty-cheeked Scimitar Babbler Pomatorhinus erythrogenys

D4 Punakha Valley. One in flight across the road.

Pygmy Wren Babbler Pnoepyga pusilla

D6 Between Wangdue and Pele La

Rufous-capped Babbler Stachyris ruficeps

D4/6 Trashithang forest & Wangdue

Red-billed Leiothrix Leiothrix lutea

D5. Between Wangdue and Pele La in a mixed hunting flock

Cutia Cutia nipalensis

D6 A couple high in the canopy between Wangdue and Pele La

Green Shrike Babbler Pteruthius xanthochlorus

D3 Stunning views of two flocks at Cheri Valley

Hoary-throated Barwing Actinodura nipalensis

D2/3 At forest below Chele La and in the Cheri Valley

Blue-winged Minla Minla cyanouroptera

D4Trashithang forest

Chestnut-tailed Minla Minla strigula

Frequent at lower elevations

Red-tailed Minla Minla ignotincta

D5 Between Wangdue and Pele La. Part of a mixed hunting flock.

Golden-breasted Fulvetta Alcippe chrysotis

D3/5 Big feeding flock at Cheri Valley & a single bird in the Wangdue area

Rufous-winged Fulvetta Alcippe castaneceps

D6 Uncommon. Seen between Wangdue and Pele La

White-browed Fulvetta Alcippe vinipectus


Nepal Fulvetta Alcippe nipalensis

D5 Part of a hunting flock between Wangdue and Pele La

Rufous Sibia Heterophasia capistrata


Whiskered Yuhina Yuhina flavicollis

D4 Trashithang forest

Fire-tailed Myzornis Myzornis pyrrhoura

D6 Stunning views of a bird at the Tango Monastry area

Green-tailed Sunbird Aethopyga nipalensis

Uncommon and infrequent

House Sparrow Passer domesticus


Russet Sparrow Passer rutilans


Eurasian Tree Sparrow Passer montanus


White Wagtail Motacilla alba

Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea

D2/4 Singles on the Paro Chu and Mo Chu

Unidentified Pipit Anthus ssp.

D4 Po Chu Valley

Olive-backed Pipit Anthus hodgsoni

D3 Tango Monastry and elsewhere

Maroon-backed Accentor Prunella immaculata

D2 Chele La

Scaly-breasted Munia Lonchura punctulata

D4 Po Chu Valley

Tibetan Siskin Carduelis thibetana

D4 Large feeding flock on the banks of the Po Chu

White-browed Rosefinch Carpodacus thura

D2/6/7 Common at Chele La. Single femm\ale at Pele La

Red Crossbill Loxia curvirostra

D2 Flock at lower elevations of Chele La

White-winged Grosbeak Mycerobas carnipes

D2/7 Regular at Chele La



Assamese Macaque Macaca assamensis
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Common Langur Presbytis entellus
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Himalayan Striped Squirrel Tamiops macclellandi
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Barking Deer Muntiacus muntjak
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