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Kashmir & Ladakh Birds

Sun 6 – Mon 21 June 2021

16 days


Kashmir and Ladakh, across the Himalayas, offer a stark contrast to the rest of the country, in landscape and culture as well as birds and wildlife. We will be mainly concentrating on localised breeding species on this tour, such as Black-necked Crane, Ibisbill, Kashmir Nuthatch, and Kashmir Flycatcher.

A few days based in Srinagar (staying on a houseboat on the edge of Dal Lake) will be spent exploring surrounding forests and valleys, including Dachigam National Park, where we may see Kashmir Nutcracker, Kashmir and Rusty-tailed Flycatchers, and Black-and-yellow Grosbeak. There is also a chance of two amazing finches, Spectacled Finch and the very local Orange Bullfinch.

We travel overland from Kashmir to Ladakh and into the Nubra Valley where two key species are White-browed Tit Warbler and, recently discovered in India, Pale Rosefinch. We then head east to our base at the Tso Kar lake and plains, at over 4,500 m. Black-necked Crane breeds here and we could also see Tibetan Snowcock, Tibetan Partridge, Upland Buzzard, Ground-Tit, Brown Accentor, Güldenstädt’s Redstart, and Mongolian Finch. Tibetan Wild Ass (Kiang) is common here, and we might also find ‘Shanku’, the Tibetan Wolf.

Target Species

  • Tibetan Snowcock
  • Upland Buzzard
  • Tibetan Partridge
  • Large-spotted Nutcracker
  • Red-fronted Serin
  • Brown Accentor
  • Kashmir Flycatcher
  • Rusty-tailed Flycatcher
  • Tibetan Lark
  • Güldenstädt’s Redstart
  • Orange Bullfinch
  • White-browed Tit-warbler
  • Horned Lark
  • Pale Rosefinch
  • Spectacled Finch
  • Mongolian Finch
  • Rufous-naped Tit
  • Ibisbill
  • Tytler’s Leaf Warbler
  • White-cheeked Nuthatch
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