Birds of India

Trip List

Trip List
November 2008 Bhutan Tour
22 November - 28 November, 2008

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
Common 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
Paro / Thimpu / Punakha
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
Common Langur Presbytis entellus
Himalayan Striped Squirrel Tamiops macclellandi
Barking Deer Muntiacus muntjak


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