Tuesday, 1 September 2015

How Bird Watching In Bhutan Brings You Closer to Wildlife

Bird watching in Bhutan
Bird of Bhutan
Known as a recreational activity, bird watching or birding is a form of observing wildlife in its natural habitat. Most of the bird lovers and ornithologists, Travel To Bhutan each year to search for the most elusive and enigmatic bird species in the Himalayas. With almost 670 species of birds, Bhutan is certainly a paradise for the bird lovers and for those who love exploring nature and new places. From the late 1980s, Bhutan has been increasingly opened to the outside world and takes significant steps to maintain its biodiversity. Thus, since years, the Bhutan Birding tours are highly cherished, owing to the preserved natural habitat of some of the most awe-inspiring bird species.

Hence, if you are nature, wildlife or a bird lover, then these tours can give you the most memorable moments of your lifetime. Getting closer to the natural habitat can be an utter fun. Generally the natural habitat of these species is classified into the following 4 major types that are the home to many beautiful birds:

1. Alpine Habitats

In this high-altitude scrub, different bird species are found that include the Tibetan Snowcock, Snow Partridge, Blue-fronted Redstart, Rosy Pipit and Alpine Accentor. Above 4600 m, there is little or no vegetation. Most of the landscapes are dominated by glaciers and rocks. Even so, there exists birdlife, with Red-fronted Rosefinch and Grandala.

2. Warm and Subtropical Broadleaved Forests

Subtropical forests are the richest in bird species. Hence, if you are looking for authentic Bird Watching in Bhutan, this forest is the right choice for you. It grows up to 1,000 m along the foothills and is the habitat of various endangered species, including Rufous-necked Hornbill, Nuthatch, Chestnut-breasted Partridge, Yellow-vented Warblers, Broad-billed Warbler and White-naped yuhina.

3. Cool Broadleaved Forests

This forest is second only to the subtropical forest, in terms of richness of bird species. Some of the globally threatened species, such as Blyth’s Tragopan and Chestnut-breasted Partridge are found here. Further, these forests are the breeding grounds for Hoary-throated Barwing, Brown-throated Fulvetta, Rufous-throated Wren Babbler and Ward’s Trogon.

4. Wetlands

The wetland species that are globally threatened can be easily found regularly in Bhutan. They are the rare White-bellied Heron and the Pallas’s Fish Eagle. The valleys formed on Himalayan river courses marked the contact between Indian and Eurasian wildlife. Typical species found here include forktails, Kingfishers, Wagtails, Dippers, Redstarts and Blue Whistling Thrush.

Hence, the Bhutan Adventures are not just limited to trekking or river rafting; rather, these tours bring you closer to nature and wildlife. The forests here are rich and diverse. This provides the best ecological instances of forest habitats in the Himalayas.

How to Reach to This Paradise

To explore birding Tours in Bhutan, you can easily drive through the border town of Phuntsholing (that link with West Bengal) or SamdrupJongkhar and Gelephu (that links with Assam). You can even travel to Bhutan via the main entry point, i.e. the town of Paro. It is also the home to the first international airport in Bhutan. Hence, you can travel both by air or land; Bhutan and the natural, preserved biodiversity will certainly shower on you, a warm welcome.

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