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Trip Report symbol © Sumit Sen                      North-east India Trip Report
                      by Sujan Chatterjee
                      3rd to 13th March 2004


© Sujan Chatterjee
Rufous-necked Hornbill

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Mohit Aggarwal, Vivek Tiwari & I made a visit to Namdapha Tiger Reserve, Dibru-Saikhowa Wildlife Sanctuary and Kaziranga National Park in early March 2004. We arrived at Dibrugarh, on the 3rd of March and stayed overnight at Miao before moving on to Namdapha the eastern most Tiger Reserve of India. We stayed in the park till 8th March. We spend two nights at Deban, a night at Haldibari Campsite, two nights at Hornbill and made a sortie towards Embeong. Even though we had intermittent light showers, our birding went quite unhindered, except for the millions of leeches, which as we found out only attacked Vivek. Our next stop was a very brief (few hours) visit at Dibru-saikowa Wildlife Sanctuary in Western Assam on the 9th of March and finally to Kaziranga National Park between 10th and 13th March.


2 March: Flight from Delhi to Dibrugarh. Dibrugarh to Miao.
3 March: Miao to Deban. Evening walk by the Noa-Dihing River below the FRH.
4 March: Trek from Deban to Haldibari.
5 March: Trek from Haldibari to Hornbill.
6 March: Trek from Hornbill to past Bulbulia and back to Hornbill.
7 March: Hornbill to Deban.
8 March: MV Road ~3Km past Deban camp, North bank of Noa-Dihing across Deban FRH.
9 March: Near Deban FRH; Drive to Tinsukhia via Miao.
10 March: Dibru-Saikhowa, boat-ride along bank of Dibru River. Drive to Kaziranga NP
11 March: Eastern Range up-to Pelican point; Central Range up-to the lake
12 March: Central Range (woodland track). Tea plantation near Wild Grass.
13 March: Panbari Forest Reserve; Drive to Guwahati for flight out.

Logistics arranged by: Help Tourism & Asian Adventures

Systematic list of Birds: 

Swamp Francolin Francolinus gularis - Common, Seen & heard at KNP

Rufous-throated Partridge Arborophila rufogularis heard enroute Hornbill-Embeong

Red Junglefowl Gallus gallus - Common in KNP

Kalij Pheasant Lophura leucomelanos lathami - one sighted in KNP

Grey Peacock Pheasant Polyplectron bicalcaratum -calls heard between Deban & Haldibari, between Haldibari & Hornbill

Greylag Goose Anser anser - several in KNP

Bar-headed Goose Anser indicus - KNP

Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea - Dibru-Saikhowa

Gadwall Anas strepera - Dibru- Saikhowa and Kaziranga

Eurasian Wigeon Anas penelope - KNP

Spot-billed Duck Anas poecilorhyncha - Dibru-Saikhowa, Common in KNP

Northern Shoveler Anas penelope - KNP

Northern Pintail Anas acuta - KNP

Common Teal Anas crecca - KNP

Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula - KNP

Common Merganser Mergus merganser - 8 seen in Noa-Dihing around Deban        

White-browed Piculet Sasia ochracea - between Deban & Haldibari, towards Embeong  

Grey-capped Pygmy Woodpecker Dendrocopos canicapillus - KNP

Rufous Woodpecker Celeus brachyurus - KNP

Lesser Yellownape Picus chlorolophus – Namdapha, KNP

Greater Yellownape Picus flavinucha - between Deban & Haldibari, between Haldibari & Hornbill, KNP

Streak-throated Woodpecker Picus xanthopygaeus - KNP

Grey-headed Woodpecker Picus canus – Namdapha, KNP

Black-rumped Flameback Dinopium benghalense - KNP

Greater Flameback Chrysocolaptes lucidus - around Deban, between Haldibari & Hornbill  

Bay Woodpecker Blythipicus pyrrhotis - around Deban

Great Barbet Megalaima virens - around Deban, between Deban & Haldibari, between Haldibari & Hornbill, towards Embeong

Lineated Barbet Megalaima lineata - between Deban & Haldibari, KNP

Blue-throated Barbet Megalaima asiatica - around Deban, between Haldibari & Hornbill, towards Embeong, KNP

Blue-eared Barbet Megalaima australis - KNP

Coppersmith Barbet Megalaima haemacephala - KNP

Great Hornbill Buceros bicornis - between Deban & Haldibari, between Haldibari & Hornbill, KNP

Brown Hornbill Anorrhinus tickelli - between Haldibari & Hornbill

Rufous-necked Hornbill Aceros nipalensis - between Deban & Haldibari, between Haldibari & Hornbill, towards Embeong

Oriental Pied Hornbill Anthracoceros albirostris - KNP

Common Hoopoe Upupa epops - KNP

Red-headed Trogon Harpactes erythrocephalus - between Deban & Haldibari, between Haldibari & Hornbill 

Indian Roller Coracias benghalensis - around Deban, KNP

Dollarbird Eurystomus orientalis - Haldibari

Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis - KNP

Stork-billed Kingfisher Halcyon capensis - KNP

White-throated Kingfisher Halcyon smyrnensis - around Deban, KNP

Crested Kingfisher Megaceryle lugubris - around Deban, between Haldibari & Hornbill  

Pied Kingfisher Ceryle rudis - KNP

Blue-bearded Bee-eater Nyctyornis athertoni - between Haldibari & Hornbill  

Green Bee-eater Merops orientalis - KNP

Chestnut-headed Bee-eater Merops leschenaulti - KNP

Large Hawk Cuckoo Hierococcyx sparverioides - between Haldibari & Hornbill  

Green-billed Malkoha Phaenicophaeus tristis - between Haldibari & Hornbill, KNP

Greater Coucal Centropus sinensis - KNP

Lesser Coucal Centropus bengalensis - one in the grassland around Deban, KNP

Alexandrine Parakeet Psittacula eupatria - KNP

Rose-ringed Parakeet Psittacula krameri -KNP

Red-breasted Parakeet Psittacula alexandri- KNP

Silver-backed Needletail Hirundapus cochinchinensis - around Deban

Asian Palm Swift Cypsiurus balasiensis - around Deban        

House Swift Apus affinis - towards Embeong

Mountain Scops Owl Otus spilocephalus - between Deban & Haldibari, between Haldibari & Hornbill

Brown Wood Owl Strix leptogrammica - towards Embeong

Collared Owlet Glaucidium brodiei - between Haldibari & Hornbill, towards Embeong  

Asian Barred Owlet Glaucidium cuculoides - around Deban, between Deban & Haldibari, KNP

Jungle Owlet Glaucidium radiatum - around Deban        

Brown Hawk Owl Ninox scutulata - around Deban, between Deban & Haldibari    

Rock Pigeon Columba livia - around Deban        

Oriental Turtle Dove Streptopelia orientalis - KNP

Spotted Dove Streptopelia chinensis - around Deban, KNP

Red Collared Dove Streptopelia tranquebarica - KNP

Eurasian Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto - KNP

Emerald Dove Chalcophaps indica - around Deban, KNP

Yellow-footed Green Pigeon Treron phoenicoptera - KNP

Pin-tailed Green Pigeon Treron apicauda - around Deban, between Haldibari & Hornbill  

Green Imperial Pigeon Ducula aenea - Common towards Embeong, KNP

Mountain Imperial Pigeon Ducula badia - between Deban & Haldibari, between Haldibari & Hornbill  

Bengal Florican Houbaropsis bengalensis - KNP

White-breasted Waterhen Amaurornis phoenicurus - KNP

Watercock Gallicrex cinerea - KNP

Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus - KNP

Common Coot Fulicata atra - KNP

Pintail Snipe Gallinago gallinago - KNP

Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia - KNP

Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola - KNP

Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos – In Noa-dihing, Dibru-Saikhowa

Bronze-winged Jacana Metopidius indicus - KNP

Ibisbill Ibidorhyncha struthersii - around Deban        

Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius - KNP

Northern Lapwing Vanellus vanellus - KNP

River Lapwing Vanellus duvaucelii - KNP

Grey-headed Lapwing Vanellus cinereus - KNP

Red-wattled Lapwing Vanellus indicus - around Deban, between Haldibari & Hornbill, KNP

Pallas’s Gull Larus ichthyaetus – Dibru-Saikhowa

River Tern Sterna aurantia - KNP

Osprey Pandion haliaetus - KNP

Oriental Honey-Buzzard Pernis ptilorhyncus - KNP

Black-shouldered Kite Elanus caeruleus - KNP

Black Kite Milvus migrans - KNP

Pallas's Fish Eagle Haliaeetus leucoryphus - KNP

Grey-headed Fish Eagle Ichthyophaga ichthyaetus - KNP

White-rumped Vulture - Gyps bengalensis - KNP

Slender-billed Vulture Gyps tenuirostris - Dibru-Saikhowa, KNP

Eurasian Griffon Gyps fulvus - KNP

Crested Serpent Eagle Spilornis cheela - between Deban & Haldibari, KNP

Hen Harrier Circus cyaneus – Namdapha & KNP

Pied Harrier Circus melanoleucos - KNP

Shikra Accipiter badius-KNP

Eurasian Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus- between Deban & Haldibari

Black Eagle Ictinaetus malayensis -around Deban

Greater Spotted Eagle Aquila clanga- KNP

Steppe Eagle Aquila nipalensis - KNP

Rufous-bellied Eagle Hieraaetus kienerii

Changeable Hawk Eagle Spizaetus cirrhatus- KNP

Mountain Hawk Eagle Spizaetus nipalensis between- Haldibari & Hornbill

Pied Falconet Microhierax melanoleucus-around Deban,   between Haldibari & Hornbill, towards Embeong

Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus- around Deban, KNP

Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus - around Deban      

Little Grebe Podiceps ruficollis-KNP

Darter Anhinga melanogaster-Dibru-Saikhowa, KNP

Little Cormorant Phalacrocorax niger - Dibru-Saikhowa, KNP

Indian Cormorant Phalacrocorax fuscicollis - Dibru-Saikhowa

Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo - few around Deban, between Deban & Haldibari, Dibru-Saikhowa, KNP

Little Egret Egretta garzetta- KNP

Grey Heron Ardea cinerea-KNP

White-bellied Heron Ardea insignis - one close to Deban Bungalow

Purple Heron Ardea purpurea- KNP

Great Egret Casmerodius albus - KNP

Intermediate Egret Mesophoyx intermedia - KNP

Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis -KNP

Indian Pond Heron Ardeola grayii- around Deban, Dibru-Saikhowa, KNP

Little Heron Butorides striatus - Dibru-Saikhowa

Spot-billed Pelican Pelecanus philippensis-KNP

Asian Openbill Anastomus oscitans - KNP

Black Stork Ciconia nigra -KNP

Woolly-necked Stork Ciconia nigra –, between Deban & Haldibari, KNP

Black-necked Stork Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus -KNP

Lesser Adjutant Leptoptilos javanicus - KNP

Greater Adjutant Leptoptilos dubius- KNP

Blue-winged Leafbird Chloropsis cochinchinensis - KNP

Golden-fronted Leafbird Chloropsis aurifrons- between Haldibari & Hornbill

Orange-bellied Leafbird Chloropsis hardwickii -around Deban, between Deban & Haldibari 

Brown Shrike Lanius cristatus- KNP

Long-tailed Shrike Lanius schach- around Deban, KNP

Grey-backed Shrike Lanius tephronotus- around Deban, KNP

Common Green Magpie Cissa chinensis- between Haldibari & Hornbill 

Rufous Treepie Dendrocitta vagabunda- KNP

Grey Treepie Dendrocitta formosae -around Deban, between Deban & Haldibari  

House Crow Corvus splendens- KNP

Large-billed Crow Corvus macrorhynchos- around Deban, between Haldibari & Hornbill, towards Embeong, KNP

Black-hooded Oriole Oriolus xanthornus- around Deban, KNP

Maroon Oriole Oriolus traillii- around Deban        

Large Cuckooshrike Coracina macei -KNP

Black-winged Cuckooshrike Coracina melaschistos- between Haldibari & Hornbill  

Long-tailed Minivet Pericrocotus ethologus - KNP

Short-billed Minivet Pericrocotus brevirostris - KNP

Scarlet Minivet Pericrocotus flammeus- around Deban, between Deban & Haldibari    

Yellow-bellied Fantail Rhipidura hypoxantha- between Deban & Haldibari

White-throated Fantail Rhipidura albicollis- between Haldibari & Hornbill  

Black Drongo Dicrurus macrocercus- KNP

Ashy Drongo Dicrurus leucocephalus- around Deban, between Deban & Haldibari, KNP

Bronzed Drongo Dicrurus aeneus -around Deban, between Deban & Haldibari, KNP

Lesser-Racket tailed Drongo Dicrurus leucophaeus - Namdapha

Spangled Drongo Dicrurus hottentottus- around Deban, KNP

Greater Racket Tailed Drongo Dicrurus paradiseus -between Deban & Haldibari    

Black-naped Monarch Hypothymis azurea - KNP

Large Woodshrike Tephrodornis gularis- between Deban & Haldibari, between Haldibari & Hornbill, KNP

Brown Dipper Cinclus pallasii - In Noa Dihing around Deban

Blue Rock Thrush Monticola solitarius- around Deban        

Blue Whistling Thursh Myophonus caeruleus -around Deban,   between Haldibari & Hornbill  

Scaly Thrush Zoothera dauma - between Haldibari & Hornbill

White-collared Blackbird Turdus albocinctus- between Deban & Haldibari    

Dark-throated Thrush Turdus ruficollis - Hornbill

Snowy-browed Flycatcher Ficedula hyperythra -between Haldibari & Hornbill, towards Embeong  

Verditer Flycatcher Eumyias thalassina - KNP

Large Niltava Niltava grandis -between Deban & Haldibari    

Small Niltava Niltava macgrigoriae – Namdapha, KNP

Rufous-bellied Niltava Niltava sundara - Deban

Pygmy Blue Flycatcher Muscicapella hodgsoni- around Deban, between Deban & Haldibari, between Haldibari & Hornbill

Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher Culicicapa ceylonensis- between Deban & Haldibari    

White-tailed Rubythroat Luscinia pectoralis – Dibru- Saikhowa

Oriental Magpie Robin Copsychus saularis -around Deban,   between Haldibari & Hornbill, KNP

White-rumped Shama Copsychus malabaricus- between Haldibari & Hornbill, KNP

Hodgson’s Redstart Phoenicurus hodgsoni - Kaziranga (near Wild Grass)

Daurian Redstart Phoenicurus auroreus - Kaziranga (near Wild Grass)

White-capped Water Redstart Chaimarrornis leucocephalus- around Deban, KNP

Plumbeous Water Redstart Rhyacornis fulginosus- around Deban        

White-tailed Robin Myiomela leucura- between Haldibari & Hornbill  

Little Forktail Enicurus scouleri -around Deban        

Slaty-backed Forktail Enicurus schistaceus- around Deban,   between Haldibari & Hornbill  

White-crowned Forktail Enicurus leschenaulti – Bulbulia (Namdapha)

Common Stonechat Saxicola torquata- around Deban, KNP

Grey Bushchat Saxicola ferrea -between Deban & Haldibari, between Haldibari & Hornbill  

Spot-winged Starling Saroglossa spiloptera – Kaziranga (Panbari)

Chestnut-tailed Starling Sturnus malabaricus- around Deban        

Asian Pied Starling Sturnus contra- KNP

Common Myna Acridotheres tristis- around Deban, KNP

Jungle Myna Acridotheres fuscus- around Deban, KNP

White-vented Myna Acridotheres grandis-around Deban

Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch Sitta castanea- around Deban, towards Embeong

Beautiful Nuthatch Sitta formosa-towards Embeong

Great Tit Parus major - KNP

Sultan Tit Melanochlora sultanea- At entrance of Namdapha, around Deban, between Deban & Haldibari, between Haldibari & Hornbill, towards Embeong

Plain Martin Riparia paludicola- enroute Deban

Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica- KNP

Nepal House Martin Delichon nipalensis -around Deban        

Striated Bulbul Pycnonotus striatus -around Deban      

Black-crested Bulbul Pycnonotus melanicterus- between Deban & Haldibari

Red-whiskered Bulbul Pycnonotus jocosus- around Deban, between Deban & Haldibari, KNP

Red-vented Bulbul Pycnonotus cafer- around Deban, KNP

White-throated Bulbul Alophoixus flaveolus- between Deban & Haldibari

Ashy Bulbul Hemixos flavala between Deban & Haldibari    

Black Bulbul Hypsipetes leucocephalus – Around Deban

Zitting Cisticola Cisticola juncidis – Dibru-Saikhowa, KNP

Jungle Prinia Prinia sylvatica – Dibru-Saikhowa

Yellow-bellied Prinia Prinia flaviventris- around Deban

Oriental White-eye Zosterops palpebrosus- between Deban & Haldibari

Slaty-bellied Tesia Tesia cyaniventer- between Haldibari & Hornbill  

Chestnut-headed Tesia Tesia castaneocoronata – in Deban

Thick-billed Warbler Acrocephalus aedon - Dibru- Saikhowa

Common Tailorbird Orthotomus sutorius- KNP

Dusky Warbler Phylloscopus fuscatus - Dibru- Saikhowa, KNP

Smoky Warbler Phylloscopus fuligiventer - Dibru- Saikhowa

Tickell’s Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus affinis - KNP

Blyth’s Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus reguloides - Namdapha

Yellow-vented Warbler Phylloscopus cantator -between Deban & Haldibari    

Golden-spectacled Warbler Seicercus burkii- KNP

Grey-hooded Warbler Seicercus xanthoschistos - between Haldibari & Hornbill

Grey-cheeked Warbler Seicercus poliogenys - between Haldibari & Hornbill

Chestnut-crowned Warbler Seicercus castaniceps - between Haldibari & Hornbill

Broad-billed Warbler Tickellia hodgsoni- between Haldibari & Hornbill  

Rufous-faced Warbler Abroscopus albogularis- between Deban & Haldibari    

Yellow-bellied Warbler Abroscopus superciliaris – Around Hornbill

Striated Grassbird Megalurus palustris - around Deban, KNP

White-crested Laughingthrush Garrulax leucolophus - Namdapha

Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrush Garrulax monileger- around Deban

Greater Necklaced Laughingthrush Garrulax pectoralis- between Deban & Haldibari, between Haldibari & Hornbill, KNP

Rufous-necked Laughingthrush Garrulax ruficollis- around Deban        

Red-faced Liocichla Liocichla phoenicea - between Haldibari & Hornbill

Abbott's Babbler Malacocincla abbotti- KNP

Puff-throated Babbler Pellorneum ruficeps - KNP

White-browed Scimitar Babbler Pomatorhinus schisticeps – near Wild Grass

Red-billed Scimitar Babbler Pomatorhinus ochraceiceps - towards Embeong  

Slender-billed Scimitar Babbler Xiphirhynchus superciliaris - between Hornbill &Embeong

Pygmy Wren Babbler Pnoepyga pusilla- between Haldibari & Hornbill  

Golden Babbler Stachyris chrysaea -around Deban        

Grey-throated Babbler Stachyris nigriceps -around Deban        

Striped Tit-Babbler Macronous gularis- around Deban, KNP

Jerdon’s Babbler Chrysomma altirostre- Dibru-Saikhowa

Striated Babbler Turdoides earlei - KNP

Silver-eared Mesia Leiothrix argentauris- between Deban & Haldibari, between Haldibari & Hornbill  

Black-headed Shrike babbler Pteruthius rufiventer – between Hornbill &Embeong

White-browed Shrike Babbler Pteruthius flaviscapis - between Haldibari & Hornbill

Blue-winged Minla Minla cyanouroptera - between Deban & Haldibari, between Haldibari & Hornbill  

Red-tailed Minla Minla ignotincta - between Deban & Haldibari, between Haldibari & Hornbill  

Rufous-throated Fulvetta Alcippe rufogularis - between Haldibari & Hornbill

Nepal Fulvetta Alcippe nipalensis - between Haldibari & Hornbill  

Rufous-backed Sibia Heterophasia annectens – around Deban

Beautiful Sibia Heterophasia pulchella - around Deban        

Long-tailed Sibia Heterophasia picaoides - between Deban & Haldibari    

White-naped Yuhina Yuhina bakeri - Haldibari

Whiskered Yuhina Yuhina flavicollis – around Deban  

Black-chinned Yuhina Yuhina nigrimenta - around Deban        

White-bellied Yuhina Yuhina zantholeuca - between Deban & Haldibari    

Black-breasted Parrotbill Paradoxornis flavirostris – Dibru-Saikhowa

Greater Rufous-headed Parrotbill Paradoxornis ruficeps - towards Embeong

Bengal Bushlark Mirafra assamica - KNP

Oriental Skylark Alauda gulgula - Dibru-Saikhowa

Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker Dicaeum cruentatum – near Wild Grass

Black-throated Sunbird Aethopyga saturata - between Haldibari & Hornbill

Crimson Sunbird Aethopyga siparaja - KNP

Streaked Spiderhunter Arachnothera magna - around Deban, between Deban & Haldibari    

House Sparrow Passer domesticus - KNP

Eurasian Tree Sparrow Passer montanus - around Deban, KNP

White Wagtail Motacilla alba - around Deban, KNP

White-browed Wagtail Motacilla maderaspatensis - around Deban  

Citrine Wagtail Motacilla citreola - Dibru-Saikhowa

Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea - KNP

Paddyfield Pipit Anthus rufulus - Dibru-Saikhowa

Olive-backed Pipit Anthus hodgsoni – Namdapha & KNP

List of Mammals:

Slow Loris Nycticebus bengalensis Namdapha Tiger Reserve

Hoolock Gibbon Bunopithecus hoolock Namdapha Tiger Reserve

Rhesus Macaque Macaca mulata Kaziranga National Park

Assamese Macaque Macaca assamensis Kaziranga National Park

Capped Langur Trachypithecus pileatus Namdapha Tiger Reserve

Swamp Deer Cervus duvaucelii Kaziranga National Park

Indian Muntjac Muntiacus muntjak Namdapha Tiger Reserve

Hog Deer Axis porcinus Kaziranga National Park

Asiatic Wild Buffalo Bubalus arnee Kaziranga National Park

Wild Pig Sus scrofa Kaziranga National Park

Asian Elephant Elephas maximus Kaziranga National Park

Greater One-horned Rhinoceros Rhinoceros unicornis Kaziranga National Park

Tiger Panthera tigris one heard distinctly several Times in Namdapaha

Hog Badger Arctonyx collaris Namdapha Tiger Reserve

Yellow-throated Marten

Malayan Giant Squirrel Ratufa bicolor Namdapha Tiger Reserve

Himalayan Striped Squirrel

Orange-bellied Himalayan Squirrel Dremomys lokriah Namdapha Tiger Reserve, Kaziranga National Park

Hoary-bellied Himalayan Squirrel Callosciurus pygerythrus Kaziranga National Park

Namdapha Flying Squirrel Biswamoyopterus biswasi Namdapha Tiger Reserve

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