Andaman & Nicobar Islands Endemic Birds

Nicobar Pigeon

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’.

We start the tour by sailing to Great Nicobar as soon as we can, to allow contingency for our return sailing being delayed or cancelled! If all goes well, we will have time on the Andamans to look for the other endemics there, following a similar plan as our separate Andamans tour. In addition, we will attempt to arrange a day trip by boat to visit remote Narcondam Island, famous for its endemic Narcondam Hornbill. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to land, but the hornbills are normally easily visible in the treetops, and in flight, from the boat.

Whether this tour will go ahead, plus a more detailed itinerary and costs, will be available nearer the time. Contact us if you wish to register your interest.


Day 1: Arrive in Chennai

Day 2: Chennai to Port Blair

Days 3 – 5: Port Blair to Great Nicobar

Days 6 – 8: Great Nicobar

Days 9 – 11: Great Nicobar to Port Blair

Days 12 – 15: South Andaman, overnight Port Blair; day trip to Narcondam Island

Day 16: Depart Port Blair to Chennai

Target Species

  • Andaman Teal 
  • Nicobar Megapode 
  • Pacific Reef Heron
  • Black Baza
  • Great Nicobar Serpent Eagle 
  • Andaman Serpent Eagle 
  • Nicobar Sparrowhawk 
  • White-bellied Sea Eagle
  • Andaman Crake 
  • Slaty-breasted Rail
  • Beach Stone-curlew
  • Long-toed Stint
  • Red-necked Stint
  • Black-naped Tern
  • Andaman Wood Pigeon 
  • Andaman Cuckoo-Dove 
  • Nicobar Pigeon
  • Andaman Green Pigeon 
  • Nicobar Imperial Pigeon 
  • Andaman Coucal 
  • Violet Cuckoo
  • Andaman Masked Owl 
  • Andaman Scops Owl 
  • Nicobar Scops Owl 
  • Hume's Hawk-Owl 
  • Andaman Hawk-Owl 
  • Andaman Nightjar 
  • Edible-nest Swiftlet
  • Ruddy Kingfisher
  • Collared Kingfisher
  • Narcondam Hornbill 
  • Freckle-breasted Woodpecker
  • Andaman Woodpecker 
  • Long-tailed Parakeet
  • Nicobar Parakeet 
  • White-breasted Woodswallow
  • Andaman Cuckooshrike 
  • Mangrove Whistler
  • Black-naped Oriole
  • Andaman Drongo 
  • Andaman Treepie 
  • Andaman Bulbul 
  • Nicobar Bulbul 
  • Dusky Warbler
  • Oriental Reed Warbler
  • Pallas's Grasshopper Warbler
  • White-headed Starling 
  • Andaman Shama 
  • Nicobar Jungle Flycatcher 
  • Andaman Flowerpecker 
  • Olive-backed Sunbird
  • Forest Wagtail
  • Eastern Yellow Wagtail
  • Red-throated Pipit
  •   Endemic

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Important information

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As with all Bubo Birding tours, your booking is handled by Asian Adventures.
This tour is guided by Mike Prince, plus local birding guides.

Prices quoted are per person, assuming a group of 4 or more people.
International flights are excluded.
The final price and itinerary will be confirmed before booking and depending on your expected arrival and departure plans.

See Asian Adventures for full tour details, including accommodation, what's included, other exclusions, prices for larger groups, single room supplements, and booking details.

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