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Birding in Remote Forests of Eastern Himalayas

Uday Patel

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Birding in India is like experiencing a paradise. And if the destinations are in Eastern Himalayas then nothing like. The country is home to thirteen percent of species containing more than two thousand avian along with sub species. Eastern Himalayas lie in the remote corner with most popular states being Sikkim, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, West Bengal, Manipur and Nagaland.

Some of the popular birding destinations are Neora Valley, Sunderban Tiger Reserve, Gorumara in West Bengal. The picturesque state of Sikkim is home to many avian species. The popular places are Yuksom, Pelling and Gangtok. The state is also popular among the trekkers. In Assam the Manas Tiger Reserve the home of golden langur is rich in birdlife. Kaziranga Tiger Reserve is known for the One Horned Indian Rhino but hosts amazing birds as well. Other places of interest are Gibbon WLS, Nameri TR and Dibru-Saikowa TR. The destinations in picturesque mountain regions of Arunachal Pradesh are frequented by a large number of bird watchers from all over the World. Eagle Nest, Pakke TR, Namdapha TR and Mishmi Hills offer the best birding opportunities. Many ornithological trips are organised here.

Some of the notable species that can be check listed in the Eastern States are as follows:

  1. Greater adjutant Stork
  2. Ward’s Trogon
  3. Tragopan
  4. Purple Cochoa
  5. Sultan Tit
  6. Fire Tailed Myzornis
  7. Golden Bush Robin
  8. Great Hornbill
  9. Wreathed Hornbill
  10. Ibisbill
  11. Grey Sibia
  12. Fire Tailed Sunbird
  13. Liochichla
  14. Bay Woodpecker
  15. Sapphire Flycatcher
  16. Necklaced Laughing Trush
  17. Yellow Bellied Flowerpecker
  18. Dark Rumped Swift
  19. Crested Finchbills

The region extends from Kali Gandhaki River Mayanmar enclosing the Eastern States of India. The terrain encompasses complex geography and hence exhibits biodiversity diverse in nature. The region is home to many rare animals and birds and is least explored. Some of the mountainous regions are unreachable and covered with dense broad-leafed and tropical forests. Places in Meghalaya get heaviest rains in the World.
The best way to experience these areas is to be part of a package tour. Many birding companies in India organise expeditions here. The popular destinations are included in the packages. Apart from ornithological quest the expeditions offer a chance to sight rare and unique animals as well.

Uday writes on East India bird tours hence the article. He is a keen birder and freelances as naturalist in India. Uday loves wilderness and writes about on the Internet.


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