South India

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Western Ghats Endemic Birds

14 days

$3,890

This tour focuses on the endemic birds of the Western Ghats of South India, one of the 36 global biodiversity hotspots due to its large amount of endemism and diversity. The area is important for wintering migrants too, and we are guaranteed some great birds and wildlife throughout as we visit most of the top birding sites in the region. We will see most of the 37 South Indian endemics, plus many of those shared with Sri Lanka, and an excellent selection of large mammals. Key bird species include lots with Malabar and Nilgiri in their name!

Starting from Bangalore (officially now known as Bengaluru) in Karnataka, we take a southerly route through the states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala.…

Target Species

  • Indian Scimitar Babbler
  • Brown Wood Owl
  • Grey-headed Bulbul
  • Mottled Wood Owl
  • Malabar Barbet
  • Indian Blue Robin
  • Nilgiri Flycatcher
  • Rufous Babbler
  • Nilgiri Laughingthrush
  • Black Baza
  • Spot-bellied Eagle-Owl
  • Painted Bush Quail
  • Nilgiri Flowerpecker
  • Indian Pitta
  • Palani Laughingthrush
  • Malabar Grey Hornbill
  • Malabar Whistling Thrush
  • White-bellied Woodpecker
  • Great Eared Nightjar
  • White-bellied Treepie
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Andaman & Nicobar Islands Endemic Birds

Sun 13 – Mon 28 December 2020

16 days

This tour is a special exploratory tour concentrating on the Nicobar Islands, Great Nicobar in particular. Only in recent years have the Government of India issued permits for foreigners to visit, and travel logistics are still unreliable and weather dependent. Great Nicobar is 540 km by sea from Port Blair, with the journey by boat typically taking 2 days and 1 night, but can be up to 4 days. Private helicopter and boat hire may be available, albeit expensive.

The key reason for travelling to the Nicobar Islands, and Great Nicobar Biosphere Reserve on Great Nicobar Island in particular, are the additional endemic species, namely Nicobar Megapode, Great Nicobar Serpent Eagle, Nicobar Sparrowhawk, Nicobar Imperial Pigeon, Nicobar Parakeet, Nicobar Jungle Flycatcher, Nicobar Scops Owl and Nicobar Bulbul, plus the newly discovered and as yet undescribed ‘Great Nicobar Crake’.…

Target Species

  • Pacific Reef Heron
  • Nicobar Sparrowhawk
  • Nicobar Parakeet
  • Andaman Drongo
  • Collared Kingfisher
  • White-breasted Woodswallow
  • Andaman Scops Owl
  • Nicobar Imperial Pigeon
  • Long-toed Stint
  • Andaman Bulbul
  • Andaman Cuckoo-Dove
  • Ruddy Kingfisher
  • Black Baza
  • Red-throated Pipit
  • Olive-backed Sunbird
  • Hume's Hawk-Owl
  • Andaman Shama
  • Freckle-breasted Woodpecker
  • Edible-nest Swiftlet
  • Andaman Wood Pigeon
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Andamans Endemic Birds

Sat 16 – Thu 21 January 2021

6 days

$1,425

Pristine beaches, clear waters, sandy shores and beautiful sunsets make the Andaman Islands a tropical idyll. But the main interest for us birders of course will be the 20 endemic and near-endemic birds! Being closer to Myanmar, Thailand and Indonesia than India, the avifauna is also closely related to that of southeast Asia.

Our target species will include Andaman Green-Pigeon, Andaman Cuckooshrike, Andaman Crake, Andaman Nightjar, Andaman Scops Owl, Andaman Treepie, Andaman Shama and Andaman Teal – some imaginative naming! – as well as non-endemics that are easier to encounter here than in much of the rest of India, such as Slaty-breasted Rail, Black-naped Tern, Black Baza, Violet Cuckoo and Beach Thick-knee.…

Target Species

  • Andaman Flowerpecker
  • Freckle-breasted Woodpecker
  • Black-naped Tern
  • Hume's Hawk-Owl
  • Andaman Teal
  • Beach Stone-curlew
  • Long-toed Stint
  • Red-throated Pipit
  • Andaman Drongo
  • Andaman Shama
  • Andaman Hawk-Owl
  • Pallas's Grasshopper Warbler
  • Oriental Reed Warbler
  • Andaman Scops Owl
  • Black Baza
  • Long-tailed Parakeet
  • Ruddy Kingfisher
  • Mangrove Whistler
  • Andaman Masked Owl
  • Forest Wagtail
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