Within country’s borders there are an extraordinary range of habitats, from some of the Himalaya’s most extensive and least disturbed tropical forests to cool broad leaved and towering evergreen forests of fir, hemlock and spruce. Birding in the untouched, primeval forests of Bhutan is a unique experience. Despite its small size about 770 species of birds have been recorded in Bhutan and the kingdom is recognized as 221 global endemic birds areas. As the landmass of Bhutan rises from 200 meters above sea level to more than 7500 meters within an aerial distance of 90 kilometers, the country is rich in flora and fauna.
The Buddhist culture, which respects all forms of life, has resulted in an avifauna that is not only marvelously diverse, but also remarkably visible and approachable. Some of the species you will encounter include the incomparably beautiful Wards Tragon, the endangered Rufous-necked Hornbill, all three of the little known Spelacornis‘ babblers, Satyr Tragopan, the unknown Beautiful Nuthatch, glowing sunbirds, dapper grosbeaks, rosefinches, fabulous Ibisbill, Fire-tailed Myzornis, the famed Black necked cranes and a plethora of other gorgeous and little known Himalayan species.
Unlike many part of Asia, one is not obliged to seek out a park or reserve or remnant patch of ‘good looking’ habitat, since at any stop even in the midst of farmland, exciting birds are visible. The mixed broad leaf forests are much richer, and therefore more exciting for birding, than the rather slow growing mono typic stands of blue pine and particularly chir pine.
Suitable time for bird watching is from mid March to April end.