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Birding Bhutan -Ibisbill

Birding Bhutan

This is a species list for birds seen in Bhutan  between 14 November and 19 November 2017.

For more details and a lot more photos see the trip report for Birding Bhutan report see this page

This is the field guide I took with me:

We also used the Lonely Planet guide to Bhutan extensively both for planning and during the trip itself:



Ibisbill, Paro, Bhutan, November 2017

A total of 67 species were seen during our stay in Bhutan (not including a few more that we didn't specifically identify)

* = 1-9
** = 9 - 100

English Name Scientific Name Numbers Comment
Common Hill Partridge Arborophila torqueola * 2 at at Lamperi Botanical Garden
Himalayan Monal Lophophorus impejanus ** Common at Bumdrak
Kalij Pheasant Lophura leucomelanos ** Small flocks seen at several location
Blood Pheasant Ithaginis cruentus ** Close to Bumdrak campsite
Snow Pigeon Columba leuconota ** Common at Chelela, only seen here
Black-tailed Crake Zapornia bicolor * Paro and Lamperi Botanical Garden
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo *  Paro river
Ibisbill Ibidorhyncha struthersii ** River at Paro and Thimphu
River Lapwing Vanellus duvaucelii ** Thimphu river and sewage works
Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos * At least seven on the river near THimphu
Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus * One on river near Thimphu
Himalayan Vulture Gyps himalayensis * A few seen on the way up to Bumdrak
Steppe Eagle Aquila nipalensis * A flock of several seen on the way up to Bumdrak
Hen Harrier Circus cyaneus * One female at Bumdral
Eurasian Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus * One male at Dochula pass
Himalayan Buzzard Buteo refectus *  At least one at Chelela
Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus * One in fields at Paro
Upland Buzzard Buteo hemilasius * One roadside between Thimphu and Paro
Yellow-rumped Honeyguide Indicator xanthonotus * One not far from entrance to Jigme Dorji National Park
Great Barbet Psilopogon virens * Lamperi Botanical Garden
Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus * Singles here and there
Grey-backed Shrike Lanius tephronotus * Singles various places in Paro valley
Red-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax ** Common in Paro (e.g. National Museum), also at Bumdrak
Yellow-billed Blue Magpie Urocissa flavirostris ** Common throughout
Eurasian Nutcracker Nucifraga caryocatactes ** Common throughout
Large-billed Crow Corvus macrorhynchos ** Common throughout
Mrs. Gould's Sunbird Aethopyga gouldiae * One seen not far from the Lamperi Botanical Gardens
Alpine Accentor Prunella collaris * Small numbers at Bumdrak and Tiger's Nest
Rufous-breasted Accentor Prunella strophiata * Small numbers various places
Russet Sparrow Passer cinnamomeus ** Common in Paro and Thimphu
Eurasian Tree Sparrow Passer montanus * Paro
Olive-backed Pipit Anthus hodgsoni * Paro and several at Lamperi Botanical Gardens
Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea * A few on and close to river at Paro
White Wagtail Motacilla alba ** Very common along rivers
White-winged Grosbeak Mycerobas carnipes * Small numbers at Bumdrak
Himalayan White-browed Rosefinch Carpodacus thura * A few at Chelela
Dark-breasted Rosefinch Procarduelis nipalensis ** Small flocks on way up to Bumdrak and at Lamperi Botanical Gardens
Plain Mountain Finch Leucosticte nemoricola ** Flocks at Bumdrak at Chelela
Red Crossbill Loxia curvirostra ** Very common throughout
Coal Tit Periparus ater ** Very common throughout
Rufous-vented Tit Periparus rubidiventris * Small numbers on way up to Bumdrak and near Dochula
Fulvous Tit Lophophanes dichrous * Woodland
Green-backed Tit Parus monticolus * Fairly widespread
Ashy-throated Warbler Abrornis maculipennis * Lamperi Botanical Garden
Black-browed Tit Aegithalos iouschistos * Lamperi Botanical Garden and close to Paro airport
White-browed Fulvetta Fulvetta vinipectus ** Lamperi Botanical Gardens
Striated Laughing-thrush Grammatoptila striata * Lamperi Botanical Gardens
Spotted Laughing-thrush Garrulax ocellatus * Close to TIger's Nest
White-throated Laughing-thrush Garrulax albogularis * Small flocks various places
Black-faced Laughing-thrush Trochalopteron affine * Small flocks various places
Chestnut-crowned Laughing-thrush Trochalopteron erythrocephalum * Small flocks various places
Rufous Sibia Heterophasia capistrata * Widespread
Chestnut-tailed Minla Chrysominla strigula * Lamperi Botanical Gardens
Rusty-flanked Treecreeper Certhia nipalensis * Dochula
Hodgson's Treecreeper Certhia hodgsoni ** Common and widespread
Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch Sitta castanea * Various places
Eurasian Wren Troglodytes troglodytes *  Bumdrak and Dochula
Brown Dipper Cinclus pallasii * Widespread on rivers
Little Forktail Enicurus scouleri * One along the river at Paro
Blue Whistling Thrush Myophonus caeruleus ** Common and widespread
White-browed Bush Robin Tarsiger indicus * One Lamperi Botanical Garden
Blue-fronted Redstart Adelura frontalis ** Widespread
White-throated Redstart Adelura schisticeps * Widespread at high altitude (Bumdrak and Chelela)
Plumbeous Water Redstart Rhyacornis fuliginosa * Common along rivers
White-capped Water Redstart Chaimarrornis leucocephalus * Common along rivers
Hodgson's Redstart Phoenicurus hodgsoni * Common along rivers
White-collared Blackbird Turdus albocinctus * Bumdrak

Himalayan Monal, Bumdrak, Bhutan, November 2017
Himalayan Monal, Bumdrak, Bhutan, November 2017

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