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Sunday 22nd November - Monday 7th December 2015

Hannu Jännes

Vigor's Sunbird (John Fraser)

Vigor's Sunbird (John Fraser)

This, the fourth Birdquest tour to Goa, again provided participants with a wonderful birding holiday, combining spells of relaxation with quality birding in good, although perhaps a little too humid climate, excellent food with particularly tasty seafood and an array of beautiful cakes and massive amount of ice cream, and a good quality hotel with its own swimming pool. The trip total of 285 species, a very respectable number for Goa, included, taking into account all the recent splits, 34 of South India’s endemic or near endemic species, and 58 of Birdquest’s special ‘diamond’ birds. Notable birds observed included such exciting species as Sri Lanka Frogmouth, Grey Junglefowl, Red Spurfowl, Legge’s Hawk-Eagle (a split from Mountain Hawk-Eagle), Indian Spotted Eagle, Nilgiri Wood Pigeon, Blue-faced Malkoha, Grey-bellied Cuckoo, Jerdon’s Nightjar, Indian Swiftlet, Malabar Trogon, Blue-eared, Oriental Dwarf and six other species of kingfisher, Malabar Grey and Malabar Pied Hornbills, White-bellied Woodpecker, Malabar Barbet, Blue- winged (or Malabar) Parakeet, Indian Pitta, Malabar Woodshrike, Orange Minivet, Grey-headed, Flame- throated, White-browed, Yellow-browed and Square-tailed Black Bulbuls, Indian Scimitar Babbler, Dark- fronted Babbler, Malabar Starling, Indian Blackbird, White-bellied Blue Flycatcher, Malabar Whistling Thrush, Nilgiri Flowerpecker, Black-throated Munia and five species of gorgeous sunbirds including Vigors’s Sunbird, an Indian west coast speciality.

Malabar Trogon (John Fraser)

Malabar Trogon (John Fraser)