10 April - 27 April / 4 May 2023
by Hannu Jännes
This year’s 18-day tour of Northeast-India, with its eight-day extension, proved to be a bird-filled, highly successful, adventure exploring the remote northeast corner of the Indian subcontinent. Nearly 500 species of birds, including most of the region’s specialties and other most wanted bird species, were seen. Our one-day visit to the Khasi Hills of Meghalaya provided an ideal start with both Dark-rumped Swift and Tawny-breasted Wren-Babbler seen. The Himalayan section of the trip amongst the snowy heights of the Dirang Region brought us Snow Partridge, Blood Pheasant, Himalayan Monal, Solitary Snipe, Black-tailed Crake, Fire-tailed Myzornis, Slender-billed Scimitar Babbler and several splendid Grandalas. The magnificent Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary never disappoints, and we saw such gems as Blyth’s Tragopan, Rufous-necked Hornbill, Ward’s Trogon, Yellow-rumped Honeyguide, Rufous-throated Wren-Babbler, Sikkim Wedge-billed Babbler and Bugun Liocichla, whilst the world famous Kaziranga National Park produced Bengal Florican, Swamp Francolin, Greater Adjutant, Indian Grassbird, Slender-billed Babbler and, on the mammal front, three different Tigers in a single day! A brief side-tracks into Nagaland rewarded us with Naga Wren-Babbler, Black-breasted Thrush, Mountain Bamboo Partridge and Assam and Striped Laughingthrushes. On the Assam Plains along the Brahmaputra River, we discovered Swamp Grass Bird, Marsh and Jerdon’s Babblers and Black-breasted Parrotbill whilst in the remote Mishmi Hills, we tracked down many eastern Himalayan specialties with Cachar Wedge-billed Babbler, Mishmi and Long-billed Wren-Babblers, Gould’s and Rusty-bellied Shortwings, Green and Purple Cochoas, Blue-naped Pitta and Beautiful Nuthatch. Mammals are an important part of this tour and in addition to three magnificent Tiger encounters in Kaziranga, we had great sightings of Asian Elephant, Indian Rhinoceros, Swamp Deer, Asian (or wild Water) Buffalo, Ganges River Dolphin and Hoolock Gibbon.
Our epic journey began with a quick day visit from Guwahati to the Khasi Hills of Meghalaya. Departing at 3 am from Guwahati we reached our destination near Mawkdok village in good time and soon located our main target in the area, the restricted range Tawny-breasted Wren-Babbler. Next in the agenda was the little-known Dark-rumped Swift at a scenic waterfall and we also saw Flavescent Bulbul, Hume’s Leaf Warbler, Pygmy Cupwing, Mountain Tailorbird, many Himalayan Prinias (a recent split within the Striated Prinia complex) and a showy Rufous-crowned Prinia (a recent split from the Black-throated Prinia) during the day. After a late lunch we started to work our way back to Guwahati where we arrived late in the evening.
The whole of the next day was spent traveling from Guwahati to Dirang in Arunachal Pradesh. Despite the long drive we made time for roadside birding seeing Small Pratincole, White-naped Yuhina, Slaty-backed Forktail, Little Pied Flycatcher, Taiga Flycatcher, Blue-capped Rock Thrush, Crimson Sunbird and one of the few Scaly-breasted Munias of the tour.
Our first birding destination in the Dirang region was the lofty Sela pass at 4170m asl. Birding at this altitude is hard work, and even though the effects of high altitude were getting to some towards the end of the day, we took full advantage of some decent weather, and we were very successful with most of the target birds. The magnificent Himalayan Monal gave in early on, and during the day we had several great encounters with this stunning species. We also got close to a pair of Blood Pheasant, but unfortunately the views were somewhat hindered by dense vegetation. Other star birds of this very scenic area included a big flock of Grandalas, Bearded Vulture, a species that has been tricky to find on earlier trips, a flock of stunning Snow Pigeons, Himalayan Bluetail, Golden Bush Robin, the amazing Fire-tailed Sunbird, Alpine and Rufous-breasted Accentors, White-winged Grosbeak, Plain Mountain Finch, Rufous-vented Tit and Himalayan Beautiful and Himalayan White-browed Rosefinches. After lunch in a local café, we received a hot tip on the whereabouts of a Solitary Snipe and managed to find it without difficulty as it fed out in the open by a roadside pool. Unfortunately, the said pool was next to a military base, and we were chased away by an angry guard just as we were trying to approach the bird for better photographs. Other birds seen during the day included Himalayan Buzzard, Red-billed Chough, Tickell’s Leaf Warbler, Bhutan and Black-faced Laughingthrushes and a singing Himalayan Thrush. A flock of five Mallards and a pair of Common Shelducks, scarce on this itinerary, were good additions for the bird list.
The next morning saw us at Mandala and Phudung Roads, with their wide elevational range and associated habitats, where we birded for the whole day. The cool upper levels with mixed oak, Rhododendron and coniferous forests brought us Rufous-bellied Woodpecker, a showy Green and several White-browed Shrike-babblers, amazing views of Spotted Laughingthrush, Spotted Nutcracker, Yellow-billed Blue Magpie, Yellow-browed Tit, Grey-sided and Hume’s Bush Warblers, Whiskered, Stripe-throated and Rufous-vented Yuhinas, White-tailed Nuthatch and Sikkim Treecreeper. We spent a lot of time at a stake-out for Temminck’s Tragopan, but unfortunately it was only seen by one of our drivers. Lower down the road a large scrub covered clearing produced a singing Buff-throated Warbler, a rare bird in India, and, in the late afternoon, our local guide Pallab showed us amazing Golden-breasted Fulvettas, a flock of Black-throated Parrotbills and a few White-throated Laughingthrushes. The day ended with a skulking Spotted Elachura, Brown-breasted Flycatcher and Black-chinned Yuhinas.
As we had missed a couple of important high-altitude birds on our first visit, we headed back to Sela pass the next morning. Our first stop was at a stand of Rhododendrons, where we soon connected with a pair of amazing Fire-tailed Myzornis enjoying excellent close-up views. Another target species, the Snow Partridge, took some finding but in the end, we found a confiding group of three birds, which showed well providing brilliant photo opportunities. Other good birds around the pass included several Himalayan Monals, three Bearded Vultures, Brown-throated Fulvetta, Eurasian Wren and Dark-rumped Rosefinch. After lunch in a roadside café, we headed for the Sangti Valley, where, after a search, we had good views of a pair of Long-billed Plovers. Then it was time to head back to the lower reaches of the Mandala road and a small marsh, where we called out a very cool Black-tailed Crake.
Our last morning in the Dirang area saw us back on the Mandala road. Again, we spent a fair amount of time trying to see the male Temminck’s Tragopan that frequented the area but had to do with some calls emerging from the dense hill side vegetation. The birds we managed to see this morning included a co-operative Large-billed Leaf Warbler, a pair of Slender-billed Scimitar Babblers, a pair of Kalij Pheasants, several Mountain Imperial Pigeons and a single Dark-sided Flycatcher. From Dirang we drove to Lamacamp in Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary for two nights stay, stopping on route at a large river, where we sighted the only Brown Dipper of the tour and four Long-billed Plovers (including a baby bird) and a cliff face, where we had good views of two Yellow-rumped Honeyguides. Nearby, a roadside gully held a singing Spotted Elachura, and whilst trying to obtain better views of this arch skulker, a female Himalayan Shortwing landed right next to us and hopped around in the open for quite some time!
Most of our time at Lamacamp was dedicated to searching for the relatively recently (in 2006) described Bugun Liocichla. On our first day we had to be satisfied with calls emerging from the dense and impenetrable roadside vegetation, but in the second morning we managed decent views of a pair of this MEGA, which, apart from one single stray observation, is only found in this sanctuary with 12-14 known pairs. Other birds seen during our liocichla chase included Grey Nightjar, Hodgson’s Hawk-Cuckoo, Barred Cuckoo-Dove, Mountain Hawk-Eagle, Black Eagle, Crested Goshawk, Bay Woodpecker, a showy Spotted Elachura, Short-billed Minivet, our first Grey-cheeked Warbler, White-breasted Parrotbill, Striated Laughingthrush, Himalayan Cutia, Streak-throated Barwing of the form daflaensis, Rusty-fronted Barwing and Scarlet Finch. A perched sparrowhawk was identified, after some initial confusion, from images taken by Jonathan as Japanese Sparrowhawk, a scarce bird in this part of the world. On the way to Bompu camp, our base for the next two nights, we made several birding stops seeing Grey-bellied Tesia, White-spectacled Warbler, a showy pair of Bar-winged Wren-Babblers, Yellow-throated and Rufous-winged Fulvettas, Red-tailed Minla and Sapphire and Snowy-browed Flycatchers.
The next morning saw us on the forested slopes above Bompu camp, where one of our main targets, the amazing Ward’s Trogon, showed well, and we had great scope views of a pair of this splendid bird. Other birds seen during the morning included Broad-billed Warbler, our first Golden Babblers and a very cooperative Rufous-throated Wren-Babbler. After lunch in the camp, we headed downwards and birded the slopes between 1800 and 1400 meters seeing Red-headed Trogon, Greater Yellownape, Pale Blue Flycatcher, Orange-bellied Leafbird, some White-throated Needletails and, after a chase, a cute Collared Owlet.
The new day began in the forests above the Bompu camp, where we had unfinished business. Our first target, a pair of Sikkim Wedge-billed Babblers, showed well early on, but the male Blyth’s Tragopan was much harder to see, and it took us quite some time before all of us had decent views of this magnificent bird. After lunch and packing we started descending to our next camp. On the way we spent a lot of time birding the mid-elevation forests around Sessni, where we saw several new species including Rufous-necked Hornbill, Crimson-breasted Woodpecker, Grey-chinned Minivet, Bronzed and Lesser Racket-tailed Drongos, another co-operative pair of Sikkim Wedge-billed Babblers, our first Long-tailed Sibias, Silver-eared Mesias and Black-throated Sunbirds. For the night we drove to a brand-new camp in Doimara, just outside the wildlife sanctuary, stopping on route for night birding, but unfortunately birds were very quiet due to approaching thunderstorm and we only managed to hear two distant Hodgson’s Frogmouths.
The next morning we woke up to the calls of a Large-tailed Nightjar and even managed to see it briefly before we headed back to Eaglenest WLS, where our first lengthy stop was at the bamboo zone, where new birds included Blue-bearded Bee-eater, a flock of Large Woodshrikes, Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, Large Blue Flycatcher, Yellow-bellied, Rufous-faced and Yellow-vented Warblers, Red-billed Scimitar Babblers, Greater Necklaced Laughingthrush and Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch. Later, around Sessni, we tried to improve on our views of the Rufous-necked Hornbill and searched for the Beautiful Nuthatch, but luck was not with us. Then we drove back to Doimara for lunch and the rest of the day was spent travelling through the Assam lowlands to Kaziranga for a two-night stay. On the way we bypassed the northern edge of the Kaziranga National Park and saw our first Asian Elephants and Great Indian One-horned Rhinoceros.
We now had one and a half days in the world-famous Kaziranga National Park visiting the tourist infested Central Range on two mornings and the Burhapara area one afternoon in our open-topped vehicles, and also birding outside the park. Mammals are a prominent feature of this World Heritage Site, and we had no difficulty in getting multiple sightings of the ‘big four’: Asian Elephant, Indian Rhinoceros, Barasingha (or Swamp Deer) and Asian Buffalo. In addition, we were blessed with sightings of three different Tigers on our full day in the park, which was a great surprise! Kaziranga’s tiger population is apparently the densest in India but seeing them in the grassland habitat is another matter. Personally, on more than 10 visits, I have seen Tiger here only once before! Other interesting mammals included several Smooth-coated Otters, Hog Deer, Wild Boar, Northern Red Muntjac and Irrawaddy (or Hoary-bellied) Squirrel. On the birding front the highlights were a male Bengal Florican, Swamp Francolin, a small group of Slender-billed Babblers that were found after a prolonged search and an Indian Grassbird. In addition, we saw the usual array of storks in good numbers, including at least five Black-necked Storks, Greater and Lesser Adjutants and Spot-billed Pelicans, while raptors included several Pallas’s and Grey-headed Fish Eagles, Changeable Hawk-Eagles and Slender-billed Vultures amongst a large flock of Himalayan Vultures. Other interesting birds in this mixed forest and grassland habitat included several Red Junglefowls, Green Imperial Pigeons, Oriental Pied Hornbill, River Terns, numerous colourful Indochinese Rollers, a couple of Stork-billed Kingfishers, Blue-tailed, Asian Green and Chestnut-headed Bee-eaters, Asian Barred Owlet, Streak-throated Woodpecker, Black-rumped Flameback, several Lesser Coucals, a Green-billed Malkoha, Plaintive Cuckoo, Thick-billed Green Pigeon, and a good selection of parakeets including the only Blossom-headed Parakeet of the tour and small numbers of commoner palearctic waders. On the passerine front Bengal Bush Lark and Black-crested Bulbul were new for the trip list as were Zitting and Golden-headed Cisticolas, Plain Prinia (of the form fusca, a future split), Striated and Chestnut-capped Babblers, the near endemic Bank Myna, a scarce bird on this itinerary, Black-backed Forktail, Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker and Dark-necked Tailorbird. It was also good to see the two forms of Citrine Wagtail, the black-backed calcarata (Tibetan Wagtail) and the grey-backed nominate, side by side, and a single Blyth’s Pipit, which flew over calling as it went. Leaving Kaziranga behind we drove to Nagaland arriving at our comfortable accommodations (we stayed in two homestays) in Khonoma in time for dinner.
The following morning saw us on the Dzüleki road and the Tragopan Sanctuary, where most of us climbed several hundred meters up a steep trail for the habitat of the range restricted Naga Wren-Babbler, which played hard to get until we finally located a nest building pair. After that it was child’s play to see them well and even to get good images of the birds that didn’t seem bothered by our presence. In addition, Jonathan who stayed with the wren-babblers for longer than the rest of us, saw a male Blyth’s Tragopan at the same spot. Other birds seen during this partly rainy day included our first Mountain Bamboo Partridges, Black-eared Shrike-babbler, several singing Grey-crowned Warblers, Blue-winged and Assam Laughingthrushes, many Grey Sibias, Streak-throated Barwing (of the rufous-breasted form waldeni), Black-breasted Thrush, Ferruginous Flycatcher, Indian Blue and White-tailed Robins, Spot-winged Grosbeak and Rusty-capped Fulvetta.
Our second and last morning in Khonoma rewarded us with Spot-breasted Scimitar Babbler, Red-faced Liocichla, Scarlet Finch and, best of all, Striped Laughingthrush. Then something of a rush back to our accommodation for an early lunch and check-out before continuing further into Nagaland. The original plan was to stay at Pfütsero for the following two nights and use it as base for our day trip to Mellori, but a few hours before our departure from Khonoma we were informed that our accommodation in Pfütsero had been taken over by the chief minister of Nagaland and his entourage. Luckily our ground agent managed to secure accommodation in Mellori. This meant a lot of extra driving today to reach Mellori, but more birding time there during the next two days. So, the rest of the day was spent driving to Mellori, where we arrived late in the evening.
Mellori is an interesting, rather under birded area of dry secondary forest between 700m and 1400m asl. The main reason to our visit was the Yellow-throated Laughingthrush, which occurs here in small numbers. Unfortunately, due to massive road construction project and large forest fires the entire roadside habitat where this rare laugher is normally seen was completely destroyed. We did manage to find some narrow trails and side roads that took us to bits of undisturbed habitat but failed to find the Yellow-throated Laughingthrush. Our hard work resulted some interesting birds though, including the difficult to get Rufous-vented Laughingthrush, a singing Pale-footed Bush Warbler, a new bird for this itinerary, Rufous Woodpecker, Grey-headed Parakeet, our first visuals of Long-tailed Broadbill, Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike, Blyth’s Paradise Flycatcher, Dusky Warbler, Red-billed Blue Magpie, Black-crested and Ashy Bulbuls, many Rufescent Prinias, Grey-headed Parrotbill, Striated Yuhina, Grey-throated and Puff-throated Babblers, many Nepal Fulvettas, Rufous-necked and Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrushes, Blue-throated Blue Flycatcher and Plain Flowerpecker. After our stay in Mellori we drove to Dimapur for an overnight stay and said goodbye to Andreas, who was not joining us for the extension.
Leaving Dimapur early the next morning our first stop was at Nambor Reserve Forest, where we connected with Blue-eared Barbet, Pin-striped Tit-Babbler, Asian Fairy-bluebird, White-rumped Shama and Pale-chinned Blue Flycatcher before heading off in the general direction of Tinsukia and more precisely for the Digboi oilfields, where we arrived in the afternoon. Our main quarry here was the ultra-skulking Chestnut-backed Laughingthrush, which we heard well, but failed to see as they were hiding in a large area of impenetrable bushes.
Next morning saw us on the shores of the mighty Brahmaputra, from where we were taken by a motorboat to an island for Swamp Grass Babbler, a rare denizen of the Assamese grasslands, which we saw well. Another grass covered island half an hour’s boat drive upstream revealed Jerdon’s Babbler, Sand Lark, Yellow-bellied and Delicate Prinias, Cinnamon Bittern, Striated Heron, Spotted Bush Warbler and a smart, Black-breasted Parrotbill. Unfortunately, Marsh Babbler, one of our main targets on this island, was very skittish and we had to make do with fleeting glimpses. The mammal sighting of the morning was two Ganges River Dolphins, which we saw from the boat while cruising along the Brahmaputra. After lunch we headed for the Dihing-Patkai National Park, a large wet lowland forest area with lots of birding potential, where we spent the rest of the day. The new habitat brought us several new birds, which included Oriental Dollarbird, Speckled Piculet, Lesser Yellownape, Velvet-fronted Nuthatch, Blue-winged and Golden-fronted Leafbirds and Yellow-vented Flowerpecker. On the mammal front Assam Macaque and Capped Langur were new for us.
Leaving Tinsukia early the next morning, we headed for the Mishmi Hills, crossing the mighty Brahmaputra River at the recently constructed Lohit River (or Dhola-Sadiya) Bridge, where we had a nice flock of roosting vultures including the critically endangered White-rumped and Slender-billed Vultures. After dealing with official paperwork at the Assam-Arunachal border we detoured via the floodplain mosaic near Jia village. Here our main target was a pair of Marsh Babblers, which this time showed quite well. Other interesting species included a vocal Smoky Warbler, Buff-chested Babbler, Siberian Rubythroat and Chestnut Munia. After buying supplies in Roing, at the base of the Mishmi Hills, we left civilization behind and headed for the mountains. During the afternoon we journeyed along the winding mountain road to our accommodation near the Mayodia pass, making several birding stops along the way. A birding session at a promising looking area of bamboo produced Pale-headed Woodpecker, and later we managed to locate a pair of Cachar Wedge-billed Babblers, one of the key species here, in the roadside vegetation.
For the next four nights we stayed at the basic guesthouse situated next to the remote Roing to Hunli road, a few kilometres before the Mayodia pass at almost 2500m asl. From such a convenient base it was easy to explore the seemingly endless forests between 600 and 3000m elevation. This area is famous for its rains, and we definitely had more than our share of it during our stay. In fact, for the next three days it rained every day till mid-afternoon, leaving us only a few late afternoon hours to enjoy the birding under rainless sky. Despite the extreme weather conditions, we worked hard and found many of the best birds of the area by exploring the higher reaches of the mountain on both sides of the Mayodia Pass and visiting the lower reaches of the mountain. The highlights of our stay included two very rare shortwings, Gould’s and Rusty-bellied, great views of Blyth’s Tragopan, a Himalayan Owl, a co-operative Blue-naped Pitta, Black-headed Shrike-babbler, Manipur Fulvetta, the restricted range Mishmi Wren Babbler, many Cachar Wedge-billed Babblers, Long-billed Wren-Babbler, Scaly Laughingthrush and several Gold-naped Finches.
Our last morning on Mishmi Hills dawned rainless, and we had a really busy time trying to utilize the good weather and secure at least some of the target species we still needed. During the day, we managed to find Beautiful Nuthatch, Green Cochoa, Asian Emerald Cuckoo, Rufous-bellied Eagle and White-gorgeted Flycatcher. Unfortunately, the singing Purple Cochoa, everybody was so keen to see, was never seen. For the evening we drove back to Tinsukia for a one-night stay.
On our last morning, before heading to the airport in Dibrugarh, we paid another visit to Digboi to try to find the Chestnut-backed Laughingthrush, which was still singing from the dense, impenetrable vegetation, but simply refused to show. A new bird for the bird list was a Pied Falconet, always a good find on this tour. Then it was time to return to our hotel to prepare for our homeward journey.
BIRDS OF THE TOUR:
1st: Blyth’s Tragopan
2nd: Snow Partridge
3rd: Fire-tailed Myzornis
4th: Spotted Laughingthrush
5th: Naga Wren-babbler & Blood Pheasant
SYSTEMATIC LIST OF SPECIES RECORDED
Lesser Whistling Duck Dendrocygna javanica
Bar-headed Goose Anser indicus
Common Shelduck Tadorna tadorna Two at Sela Pass was an unexpected find.
Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea
Indian Spot-billed Duck Anas poecilorhyncha
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos A flock of five at Sela pass. A good bird on this itinerary!
Eurasian Teal Anas crecca
Hill Partridge Arborophila torqueola heard only.
Chestnut-breasted Partridge ◊ (C-b Hill-P) Arborophila mandellii heard only.
Rufous-throated Partridge ◊ (R-t Hill-P) Arborophila rufogularis heard only. ssp rufogularis.
Snow Partridge ◊ Lerwa lerwa A group of three confiding birds at Sela pass.
Blood Pheasant Ithaginis cruentus A pair below Sela pass. Ssp tibetanus.
Blyth’s Tragopan ◊ Tragopan blythii Encountered at Eaglenest and in the Mishmi Hills (ssp molesworthi) plus a pair for Jonathan in Nagaland (blythii). Great views!
Temminck’s Tragopan ◊ Tragopan temminckii heard only.
Himalayan Monal ◊ Lophophorus impejanus A number of sightings at Sela pass.
Kalij Pheasant (Kaleej P) Lophura leucomelanos ssp lathami
Grey Peacock-Pheasant ◊ Polyplectron bicalcaratum heard only.
Mountain Bamboo Partridge Bambusicola fytchii ssp hopkinsoni
Red Junglefowl Gallus gallus ssp murghi
Swamp Francolin ◊ Ortygornis gularis
Grey Nightjar Caprimulgus jotaka ssp hazarae
Large-tailed Nightjar Caprimulgus macrurus ssp bimaculatus
Hodgson’s Frogmouth ◊ Batrachostomus Hodgsoni heard only. Ssp hodgsoni
Himalayan Swiftlet Aerodramus brevirostris ssp brevirostris
White-throated Needletail Hirundapus caudacutus ssp nudipes
Brown-backed Needletail (Brown-throated N, Brown N) Hirundapus giganteus ssp indicus
Asian Palm Swift Cypsiurus balasiensis ssp infumatus
Blyth’s Swift Apus leuconyx
Dark-rumped Swift ◊ Apus acuticauda
House Swift Apus nipalensis ssp nipalensis
Bengal Florican ◊ Houbaropsis bengalensis A splendid male in Burhapahar area in Kaziranga. Ssp bengalensis.
Greater Coucal Centropus sinensis ssp sinensis
Lesser Coucal Centropus bengalensis ssp bengalensis
Green-billed Malkoha Phaenicophaeus tristis ssp tristis
Chestnut-winged Cuckoo ◊ Clamator coromandus
Asian Koel Eudynamys scolopaceus ssp malayanus
Asian Emerald Cuckoo Chrysococcyx maculatus
Banded Bay Cuckoo Cacomantis sonneratii heard only. Ssp sonneratii
Plaintive Cuckoo Cacomantis merulinus ssp querulus
Square-tailed Drongo-Cuckoo Surniculus lugubris ssp brachyurus
Large Hawk-Cuckoo Hierococcyx sparverioides
Hodgson’s Hawk-Cuckoo ◊ Hierococcyx nisicolor
Lesser Cuckoo Cuculus poliocephalus heard only.
Indian Cuckoo Cuculus micropterus ssp micropterus
Himalayan Cuckoo Cuculus saturatus heard only.
Common Cuckoo (Eurasian C) Cuculus canorus ssp bakeri
Rock Dove (R Pigeon) Columba livia
Snow Pigeon ◊ Columba leuconota
Speckled Wood Pigeon ◊ Columba hodgsonii heard only.
Pale-capped Pigeon ◊ Columba punicea heard only.
Oriental Turtle Dove (Rufous T D) Streptopelia orientalis ssp agricola
Red Collared Dove (Red Turtle D) Streptopelia tranquebarica
Spotted Dove Spilopelia chinensis ssp tigrina
Barred Cuckoo-Dove Macropygia unchall ssp tusalia
Common Emerald Dove Chalcophaps indica ssp indica
Thick-billed Green Pigeon Treron curvirostra ssp nipalensis
Yellow-footed Green Pigeon Treron phoenicopterus ssp phoenicopterus
Pin-tailed Green Pigeon ◊ Treron apicauda ssp apicauda
Green Imperial Pigeon Ducula aenea ssp sylvatica
Mountain Imperial Pigeon Ducula badia ssp griseicapilla
Grey-headed Swamphen Porphyrio poliocephalus ssp poliocephalus
Black-tailed Crake ◊ Zapornia bicolor
White-breasted Waterhen Amaurornis phoenicurus ssp phoenicurus
Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus
River Lapwing Vanellus duvaucelii
Red-wattled Lapwing Vanellus indicus
Long-billed Plover ◊ Charadrius placidus
Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius
Bronze-winged Jacana Metopidius indicus
Temminck’s Stint Calidris temminckii
Solitary Snipe Gallinago solitaria One at Sela pass.
Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago
Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos
Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus
Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola
Spotted Redshank Tringa erythropus
Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia
Small Pratincole Glareola lactea
Brown-headed Gull Chroicocephalus brunnicephalus
River Tern Sterna aurantia
Asian Openbill Anastomus oscitans
Woolly-necked Stork Ciconia episcopus ssp episcopus
Black-necked Stork Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus ssp asiaticus
Lesser Adjutant Leptoptilos javanicus
Greater Adjutant ◊ Leptoptilos dubius
Oriental Darter Anhinga melanogaster
Little Cormorant Microcarbo niger
Black-headed Ibis Threskiornis melanocephalus
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus
Cinnamon Bittern Ixobrychus cinnamomeus
Striated Heron Butorides striata ssp javanica
Indian Pond Heron Ardeola grayii
Eastern Cattle Egret Bubulcus coromandus
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea
Purple Heron Ardea purpurea ssp manilensis
Great Egret Ardea alba
Intermediate Egret Ardea intermedia ssp intermedia
Little Egret Egretta garzetta ssp garzetta
Spot-billed Pelican ◊ Pelecanus philippensis
Osprey Pandion haliaetus haliaetus
Black-winged Kite Elanus caeruleus ssp vociferus
Bearded Vulture (Lammergeier) Gypaetus barbatus ssp barbatus
Crested Honey Buzzard (Oriental H B) Pernis ptilorhynchus ssp ruficollis
White-rumped Vulture Gyps bengalensis Five individuals of this critically endangered species by the Brahmaputra.
Slender-billed Vulture ◊ Gyps tenuirostris Three birds in Kaziranga NP and nine individuals at a roost by the Brahmaputra. Critically endangered.
Himalayan Vulture (H Griffon V) Gyps himalayensis
Crested Serpent Eagle Spilornis cheela ssp cheela
Changeable Hawk-Eagle Nisaetus cirrhatus ssp limnaeetus
Mountain Hawk-Eagle Nisaetus nipalensis ssp nipalensis
Rufous-bellied Eagle Lophotriorchis kienerii ssp kienerii
Black Eagle Ictinaetus malaiensis ssp perniger
Crested Goshawk Accipiter trivirgatus ssp indicus
Shikra Accipiter badius ssp poliopsis
Japanese Sparrowhawk Accipiter gularis One bird was photographed below Lama camp by Jonathan.
Eurasian Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus ssp nisosimilis
Black Kite Milvus migrans ssp govinda
Pallas’s Fish Eagle ◊ Haliaeetus leucoryphus
Grey-headed Fish Eagle ◊ Haliaeetus ichthyaetus
Himalayan Buzzard Buteo refectus
Collared Owlet Taenioptynx brodiei ssp brodiei
Asian Barred Owlet Glaucidium cuculoides ssp austerum
Mountain Scops Owl Otus spilocephalus heard only; ssp spilocephalus.
Collared Scops Owl Otus lettia heard only; ssp lettia
Brown Wood Owl Strix leptogrammica heard only; ssp newarensis.
Himalayan Owl ◊ (H Wood O) Strix nivicolum
Red-headed Trogon Harpactes erythrocephalus ssp erythrocephalus
Ward’s Trogon ◊ Harpactes wardi
Eurasian Hoopoe (Eurasian H) Upupa epops
Oriental Pied Hornbill Anthracoceros albirostris ssp albirostris
Rufous-necked Hornbill ◊ Aceros nipalensis
Indochinese Roller Coracias affinis
Oriental Dollarbird Eurystomus orientalis ssp cyanicollis
Stork-billed Kingfisher Pelargopsis capensis ssp capensis
Ruddy Kingfisher Halcyon coromanda heard only; ssp coromanda
White-throated Kingfisher Halcyon smyrnensis ssp perpulchra
Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis ssp bengalensis
Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher Ceyx erithaca ssp erithaca heard only.
Pied Kingfisher (Lesser Pied K) Ceryle rudis ssp leucomelanurus
Blue-bearded Bee-eater Nyctyornis athertoni ssp athertoni
Asian Green Bee-eater Merops orientalis ssp ferrugeiceps
Blue-tailed Bee-eater Merops philippinus
Chestnut-headed Bee-eater Merops leschenaulti ssp leschenaulti
Great Barbet Psilopogon virens ssp magnifica and apparently ssp clamator in Nagaland.
Lineated Barbet Psilopogon lineatus ssp lineatus and ssp hodgsoni
Golden-throated Barbet Psilopogon franklinii ssp franklinii
Blue-throated Barbet Psilopogon asiaticus ssp asiaticus
Blue-eared Barbet Psilopogon duvaucelii ssp cyanotis
Coppersmith Barbet Psilopogon haemacephalus
Yellow-rumped Honeyguide ◊ Indicator xanthonotus A total of three birds at two different beehives in the Eaglenest area.
Speckled Piculet Picumnus innominatus ssp innominatus
White-browed Piculet Sasia ochracea ssp ochracea
Crimson-breasted Woodpecker (C-b Pied W) Dryobates cathpharius ssp catpharius
Rufous-bellied Woodpecker Dendrocopos hyperythrus ssp hyperythrus
Greater Yellownape Chrysophlegma flavinucha ssp flavinucha
Lesser Yellownape Picus chlorolophus ssp chlorolophus
Streak-throated Woodpecker Picus xanthopygaeus
Grey-headed Woodpecker (G-faced W) Picus canus ssp hessei
Black-rumped Flameback Dinopium benghalense ssp benghalense
Greater Flameback Chrysocolaptes guttacristatus heard only. Ssp guttacristatus
Pale-headed Woodpecker ◊ Gecinulus grantia ssp grantia
Bay Woodpecker Blythipicus pyrrhotis ssp pyrrhotis
Rufous Woodpecker Micropternus brachyurus phaioceps
Pied Falconet ◊ Microhierax melanoleucos
Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus ssp interstinctus
Grey-headed Parakeet ◊ Psittacula finschii
Blossom-headed Parakeet (Rosy-h P) Psittacula roseate ssp juneae
Red-breasted Parakeet Psittacula alexandri ssp fasciata
Alexandrine Parakeet Psittacula eupatria ssp avensis
Rose-ringed Parakeet (Ring-necked P) Psittacula krameria ssp borealis
Vernal Hanging Parrot Loriculus vernalis ssp vernalis
Long-tailed Broadbill Psarisomus dalhousiae ssp dalhousiae
Blue-naped Pitta ◊ Hydrornis nipalensis After several heard-only birds, we had good views of one in the Mishmi Hills.
Hooded Pitta Pitta sordida heard only; ssp cucullate.
Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike (Pied F-s) Hemipus picatus ssp capitalis
Large Woodshrike Tephrodornis virgatus ssp pelvicus
Ashy Woodswallow Artamus fuscus
Common Iora Aegithina tiphia ssp tiphia
Grey-chinned Minivet Pericrocotus solaris ssp solaris
Short-billed Minivet Pericrocotus brevirostris
Long-tailed Minivet Pericrocotus ethologus ssp semiruber
Scarlet Minivet Pericrocotus speciosus
Large Cuckooshrike Coracina macei ssp nipalensis
Black-winged Cuckooshrike Lalage melaschistos
Long-tailed Shrike Lanius schach ssp tricolor
Grey-backed Shrike Lanius tephronotus
Green Shrike-babbler Pteruthius xanthochlorus ssp xanthochlorus
Black-eared Shrike-babbler Pteruthius melanotis ssp melanotis
Black-headed Shrike-babbler ◊ Pteruthius rufiventer A very confiding bird in the Mishmi Hills.
White-browed Shrike-babbler (Blyth’s S-b) Pteruthius aeralatus ssp validirostris
White-bellied Erpornis (W-b Yuhina) Erpornis zantholeuca ssp zantholeuca
Maroon Oriole Oriolus traillii ssp traillii
Black-hooded Oriole Oriolus xanthornus ssp xanthornus
Bronzed Drongo Dicrurus aeneus ssp aeneus
Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo Dicrurus remifer ssp tectirostris
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo Dicrurus paradiseus ssp grandis
Hair-crested Drongo Dicrurus hottentottus ssp hottentottus
Ashy Drongo Dicrurus leucophaeus ssp hopwoodi
Black Drongo Dicrurus macrocercus ssp albirictus
White-throated Fantail Rhipidura albicollis ssp stanleyi
Black-naped Monarch (B-n Blue M) Hypothymis azurea ssp stanyi
Blyth’s Paradise Flycatcher Terpsiphone affinis
Eurasian Jay (Plain-crowned J) Garrulus [glandarius] bispecularis ssp interstictus
Yellow-billed Blue Magpie Urocissa flavirostris ssp flavirostris
Red-billed Blue Magpie Urocissa erythroryncha ssp magnirostris
Common Green Magpie Cissa chinensis ssp chinensis
Rufous Treepie Dendrocitta vagabunda ssp vagabunda
Grey Treepie Dendrocitta formosae ssp himalayensis
Collared Treepie ◊ Dendrocitta frontalis heard only.
Spotted Nutcracker (Southern N) Nucifraga caryocatactes ssp macella
Red-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax ssp himalayanus
House Crow Corvus splendens splendens
Large-billed Crow Corvus macrorhynchos ssp tibetosinensis
Eastern Jungle Crow Corvus levaillantii
Yellow-bellied Fantail (Y-b Fairy Flycatcher) Chelidorhynx hypoxanthus
Grey-headed Canary-flycatcher Culicicapa ceylonensis ssp calochrysea
Yellow-browed Tit Sylviparus modestus ssp modestus
Sultan Tit Melanochlora sultanea ssp sultanea
Rufous-vented Tit Periparus rubidiventris ssp allaji
Cinereous Tit (Grey T) Parus cinereus ssp nipalensis
Green-backed Tit Parus monticolus ssp yunnanensis
Yellow-cheeked Tit (Black-spotted Y T) Machlolophus spilonotus ssp spilonotus
Bengal Bush Lark ◊ Mirafra assamica
Sand Lark ◊ Alaudala raytal ssp raytal
White-throated Bulbul ◊ Alophoixus flaveolus ssp flaveolus
Striated Bulbul Alcurus striatus ssp striatus
Ashy Bulbul Hemixos flavala ssp flavala
Mountain Bulbul (Northern M B) Ixos mcclellandii ssp mcclellandii
Black Bulbul (Himalayan B B) Hypsipetes leucocephalus ssp nigrescens
Black-crested Bulbul Rubigula flaviventris ssp flaviventris
Crested Finchbill Spizixos canifrons ssp canifron
Flavescent Bulbul Pycnonotus flavescens ssp flavescens
Red-whiskered Bulbul Pycnonotus jocosus ssp monticola
Red-vented Bulbul Pycnonotus cafer ssp bengalensis
Sand Martin (Bank Swallow) Riparia riparia ssp ijimae
Grey-throated Martin (Plain Martin, G-t Sand M) Riparia chinensis
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica ssp gutturalis
Common House Martin (Northern H M) Delichon urbicum
Nepal House Martin Delichon nipalense ssp cuttingi
Asian House Martin Delichon dasypus ssp cashmeriense
Striated Swallow Cecropis striolata
Scaly-breasted Cupwing (S-b Wren-Babbler) Pnoepyga albiventer heard only; ssp albiventer.
Pygmy Cupwing (P Wren-Babbler) Pnoepyga pusilla ssp pusilla
Yellow-bellied Warbler Abroscopus superciliaris ssp flaviventris/drasticus
Rufous-faced Warbler ◊ Abroscopus albogularis ssp albogularis
Black-faced Warbler ◊ Abroscopus schisticeps ssp flavimentalis
Mountain Tailorbird Phyllergates cucullatus ssp coronatus
Broad-billed Warbler ◊ Tickellia hodgsoni ssp hodgsoni
Brown-flanked Bush Warbler (Strong-footed B-w, Brownish-f B-w) Horornis fortipes ssp fortipes
Hume’s Bush Warbler Horornis brunnescens
Grey-bellied Tesia (Yellow-browed T) Tesia cyaniventer
Slaty-bellied Tesia Tesia olivea ssp olivea
Grey-sided Bush Warbler Cettia brunnifrons ssp muroides/umbratica
Chestnut-headed Tesia Cettia castaneocoronata ssp castaneocoronata
Pale-footed Bush Warbler Cettia pallidipes ssp pallidipes One singing bird in Mellori, Nagaland. A new bird for this itinerary.
Black-throated Bushtit Aegithalos concinnus ssp rubricapillus & manipurensis
Buff-barred Warbler (Orange-b W) Phylloscopus pulcher
Ashy-throated Warbler (A-t Leaf W, Grey-faced L W) Phylloscopus maculipennis ssp maculipennis
Hume’s Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus humei ssp mandellii
Yellow-browed Warbler (Y-b Leaf-W, Inornate W) Phylloscopus inornatus Heard only.
Lemon-rumped/Sichuan Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus chloronotus/forresti Seen in Meghalaya, Eaglenest and Mishmi Hills, but no vocalizations, which is the key for separating these two species, were heard.
Tickell’s Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus affinis
Smoky Warbler ◊ (Smoky Leaf W) Phylloscopus fuligiventer
Dusky Warbler Phylloscopus fuscatus ssp fuscatus
Buff-throated Warbler Phylloscopus subaffinis One along the Mandala road and another single in the Mishmi Hills. The first record for India was only 10-15 years ago.
White-spectacled Warbler ◊ Phylloscopus intermedius ssp zosterops
Grey-cheeked Warbler ◊ Phylloscopus poliogenys
Grey-crowned Warbler Phylloscopus tephrocephalus
Whistler’s Warbler Phylloscopus whistleri ssp nemoralis
Large-billed Leaf Warbler ◊ Phylloscopus magnirostris
Chestnut-crowned Warbler Phylloscopus castaniceps ssp castaniceps
Yellow-vented Warbler ◊ Phylloscopus cantator ssp cantator
Blyth’s Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus reguloides ssp assamensis
Grey-hooded Warbler Phylloscopus xanthoschistos ssp flavogularis/tephrodiras
Spotted Bush Warbler Locustella thoracica
Russet Bush Warbler ◊ Locustella mandelli ssp mandelli
Striated Grassbird Megalurus palustris ssp toklao
Zitting Cisticola Cisticola juncidis ssp cursitans
Golden-headed Cisticola (Bright-capped C, B-h C) Cisticola exilis ssp tytleri
Himalayan Prinia Prinia crinigera
Black-throated Prinia Prinia atrogularis non-leader. Seen below Lamacamp at Eaglenest WLS.
Rufous-crowned Prinia ◊ Prinia khasiana A recent split from the previous species. Several sightings in Meghalaya and Nagaland.
Rufescent Prinia Prinia rufescens ssp rufescens
Grey-breasted Prinia Prinia hodgsonii ssp rufula
Delicate Prinia Prinia lepida A recent split from the Graceful Prinia.
Yellow-bellied Prinia Prinia flaviventris ssp flaviventris
Ashy Prinia Prinia socialis ssp stewarti
Plain Prinia Prinia inornata The form encountered (fusca) is a potential split from Plain Prinia.
Common Tailorbird Orthotomus sutorius ssp patia
Dark-necked Tailorbird (Black-n T) Orthotomus atrogularis ssp nitidus
Fire-tailed Myzornis ◊ Myzornis pyrrhoura
Golden-breasted Fulvetta ◊ (Himalayan G-b F) Lioparus chrysotis ssp chrysotis
Yellow-eyed Babbler Chrysomma sinense ssp sinense
Jerdon’s Babbler ◊ Chrysomma altirostre ssp griseigulare
Brown-throated Fulvetta ◊ Fulvetta ludlowi
Manipur Fulvetta ◊ (Streak-throated F) Fulvetta manipurensis
Black-breasted Parrotbill ◊ Paradoxornis flavirostris Endemic.
Grey-headed Parrotbill ◊ Psittiparus gularis ssp transfluvialis
White-breasted Parrotbill ◊ Psittiparus ruficeps
Black-throated Parrotbill ◊ (Grey-breasted P) Suthora [nipalensis] poliotis
Striated Yuhina Staphida castaniceps ssp rufigenis
Black-chinned Yuhina ◊ Yuhina nigrimenta
Whiskered Yuhina Yuhina flavicollis ssp flavicollis & rouxi
White-naped Yuhina ◊ Yuhina bakeri
Stripe-throated Yuhina Yuhina gularis ssp gularis
Rufous-vented Yuhina Yuhina occipitalis ssp occipitalis
Indian White-eye Zosterops palpebrosus ssp palpebrosus
Chestnut-capped Babbler Timalia pileate ssp bengalensis
Pin-striped Tit-Babbler (Striped T-B) Mixornis gularis ssp rubicapilla
Golden Babbler Cyanoderma chrysaeum ssp chrysaeum
Rufous-capped Babbler Cyanoderma ruficeps ssp ruficeps
Buff-chested Babbler Cyanoderma ambiguum ssp ambiguum
Rufous-throated Wren-Babbler ◊ Spelaeornis caudatus
Mishmi Wren-Babbler ◊ (Rusty-throated W-B) Spelaeornis badeigularis Endemic.
Bar-winged Wren-Babbler ◊ Spelaeornis troglodytoides ssp sherriffi
Naga Wren-Babbler ◊ Spelaeornis chocolatinus Endemic.
Tawny-breasted Wren-Babbler ◊ Spelaeornis longicaudatus Endemic.
Black-crowned Scimitar Babbler ◊ Pomatorhinus ferruginosus ssp ferruginosus
Red-billed Scimitar Babbler ◊ (Orange-b S B, Long-b S B) Pomatorhinus ochraceiceps ssp stenorhynchus
Slender-billed Scimitar Babbler ◊ (Sickle-b S B) Pomatorhinus superciliaris ssp superciliaris
Streak-breasted Scimitar Babbler Pomatorhinus ruficollis ssp godwini & bakeri
White-browed Scimitar Babbler Pomatorhinus schisticeps ssp salimali heard only.
Spot-breasted Scimitar Babbler ◊ Erythrogenys mcclellandi
Grey-throated Babbler Stachyris nigriceps ssp nigriceps
Sikkim Wedge-billed Babbler ◊ (Blackish-breasted B) Stachyris humei
Cachar Wedge-billed Babbler ◊ (Chevron-breasted B) Stachyris roberti
Indian Grassbird ◊ (I G Babbler) Graminicola bengalensis
Yellow-throated Fulvetta ◊ Schoeniparus cinereus
Rufous-winged Fulvetta Schoeniparus castaneceps ssp castaneceps
Rusty-capped Fulvetta ◊ Schoeniparus dubius ssp mandellii
Puff-throated Babbler Pellorneum ruficeps ssp pectorale
Marsh Babbler ◊ Pellorneum palustre
Spot-throated Babbler ◊ Pellorneum albiventre heard only; ssp albiventre
Swamp Grass Babbler ◊ Laticilla cinerascens Endemic.
Long-billed Wren-Babbler Napothera malacoptila
Nepal Fulvetta ◊ Alcippe nipalensis ssp nipalensis
Striated Laughingthrush Grammatoptila striata ssp brahmaputra
Himalayan Cutia Cutia nipalensis ssp nipalensis
Scaly Laughingthrush ◊ Trochalopteron subunicolor ssp subunicolor
Blue-winged Laughingthrush ◊ Trochalopteron squamatum
Bhutan Laughingthrush ◊ Trochalopteron imbricatum
Striped Laughingthrush ◊ Trochalopteron virgatum
Black-faced Laughingthrush Trochalopteron affine ssp bethalae
Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush ◊ Trochalopteron erythrocephalum ssp nigrimentum
Assam Laughingthrush ◊ Trochalopteron chrysopterum ssp chrysopterum in Meghalaya and ssp godwini in Nagaland.
Long-tailed Sibia ◊ Heterophasia picaoides ssp picaoides
Beautiful Sibia ◊ Heterophasia pulchella ssp pulchella in the Mishmi Hills and ssp nigroaurita in the west.
Grey Sibia ◊ Heterophasia gracilis
Streak-throated Barwing ◊ [Rufous-breasted B] Actinodura waldeni ssp waldeni
Streak-throated Barwing ◊ [Grey-breasted B] Actinodura [waldeni] daflaensis
Blue-winged Minla Actinodura cyanouroptera ssp cyanouroptera & aglae
Bar-throated Minla Actinodura strigula ssp strigula & yunnanensis
Rusty-fronted Barwing ◊ Actinodura egertoni
Red-billed Leiothrix Leiothrix lutea ssp calipyga
Silver-eared Mesia Leiothrix argentauris
Red-tailed Minla Minla ignotincta ssp ignotincta
Bugun Liocichla ◊ Liocichla bugunorum Endemic.
Red-faced Liocichla ◊ (Crimson-f L) Liocichla phoenicea ssp phoenicea & bakeri
Slender-billed Babbler ◊ Argya longirostris
Striated Babbler ◊ Argya earlei ssp earlei
Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrush Garrulax monileger ssp monileger
White-crested Laughingthrush Garrulax leucolophus heard only; ssp leucolophus.
Rufous-chinned Laughingthrush ◊ Ianthocincla rufogularis heard only.
Spotted Laughingthrush ◊ Ianthocincla ocellata ssp ocellata
Striped Laughingthrush Ianthocichla virgatus
Rufous-vented Laughingthrush ◊ Pterorhinus gularis
Rufous-necked Laughingthrush ◊ Pterorhinus ruficollis
Chestnut-backed Laughingthrush ◊ Pterorhinus nuchalis heard only.
Greater Necklaced Laughingthrush Pterorhinus pectoralis ssp pectoralis
White-throated Laughingthrush Pterorhinus albogularis ssp albogularis
Grey-sided Laughingthrush ◊ Pterorhinus caerulatus heard only; ssp caerulatus.
Asian Fairy-bluebird Irena puella ssp sikkimensis
Spotted Elachura ◊ (Spotted W-b) Elachura formosa
Eurasian Wren Troglodytes troglodytes ssp nipalensis
Beautiful Nuthatch ◊ Sitta formosa
Velvet-fronted Nuthatch Sitta frontalis ssp frontalis
White-tailed Nuthatch Sitta himalayensis
Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch Sitta cinnamoventris ssp koelzi
Sikkim Treecreeper (Brown-throated T) Certhia discolor
Common Hill Myna Gracula religiosa ssp intermedia
Great Myna (White-vented M) Acridotheres grandis
Jungle Myna Acridotheres fuscus ssp fumidus
Bank Myna ◊ Acridotheres ginginianus
Common Myna Acridotheres tristis ssp tristis
Indian Pied Myna (Asian Pied Starling) Gracupica contra ssp superciliaris
Chestnut-tailed Starling (Grey-headed S) Sturnia malabarica ssp nemoricola
Grandala ◊ Grandala coelicolor
Purple Cochoa ◊ Cochoa purpurea heard only.
Green Cochoa ◊ Cochoa viridis
Himalayan Thrush Zoothera salimalii
Long-billed Thrush ◊ (L-b Ground T) Zoothera monticola heard only; ssp monticola.
Grey-winged Blackbird Turdus boulboul
Black-breasted Thrush ◊ Turdus dissimilis
Black-throated Thrush Turdus atrogularis ssp atrogulairs
White-collared Blackbird Turdus albocinctus
Oriental Magpie-Robin Copsychus saularis ssp erimelas
White-rumped Shama Copsychus malabaricus ssp macrourus
Dark-sided Flycatcher Muscicapa sibirica ssp cacabata
Brown-breasted Flycatcher ◊ Muscicapa muttui
Ferruginous Flycatcher Muscicapa ferruginea
White-gorgeted Flycatcher Anthipes monileger ssp leucops
Pale Blue Flycatcher ◊ Cyornis unicolor ssp unicolor
Pale-chinned Blue Flycatcher ◊ Cyornis poliogenys
Large Blue Flycatcher ◊ Cyornis magnirostris
Blue-throated Blue Flycatcher Cyornis rubeculoides ssp rubeculoides
Rufous-bellied Niltava Niltava sundara
Large Niltava Niltava grandis ssp grandis
Small Niltava Niltava macgrigoriae ssp signata
Verditer Flycatcher Eumyias thalassinus ssp thalassinus
Gould’s Shortwing ◊ Heteroxenicus stellatus
Rusty-bellied Shortwing ◊ Brachypteryx hyperythra
Lesser Shortwing Brachypteryx leucophrys ssp nipalensis
Himalayan Shortwing ◊ Brachypteryx cruralis
Indian Blue Robin ◊ Larvivora brunnea
Bluethroat Luscinia svecica svecica
Siberian Rubythroat Calliope calliope
White-tailed Robin (W-t Blue R) Myiomela leucura
White-browed Bush Robin ◊ Tarsiger indicus heard only; ssp indicus
Himalayan Bluetail (Orange-flanked Bush-robin) Tarsiger rufilatus ssp rufilatus
Golden Bush Robin Tarsiger chrysaeus ssp chrysaeus
Black-backed Forktail ◊ Enicurus immaculatus
Slaty-backed Forktail Enicurus schistaceus
Blue Whistling Thrush Myophonus caeruleus ssp temminckii
Blue-fronted Robin ◊ Cinclidium frontale ssp orientale heard only.
Slaty-backed Flycatcher Ficedula erithacus
Pygmy Flycatcher ◊ Ficedula hodgsoni heard only.
Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher (Orange-g F) Ficedula strophiata ssp strophiata
Sapphire Flycatcher ◊ Ficedula sapphira ssp sapphira
Ultramarine Flycatcher ◊ Ficedula superciliaris ssp aestigma
Little Pied Flycatcher Ficedula westermanni ssp australorientis
Slaty-blue Flycatcher Ficedula tricolor ssp cerviniventris
Snowy-browed Flycatcher Ficedula hyperythra ssp hyperythra
Taiga Flycatcher (Red-throated F) Ficedula albicilla
Blue-fronted Redstart Phoenicurus frontalis
Plumbeous Water Redstart Phoenicurus fuliginosus ssp fuliginosus
White-capped Redstart (River Chat) Phoenicurus leucocephalus
Blue Rock Thrush Monticola solitarius philippensis
Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush Monticola rufiventris
Blue-capped Rock Thrush ◊ (B-headed R-t) Monticola cinclorhyncha
Siberian Stonechat Saxicola maurus
Grey Bush Chat Saxicola ferreus ssp haringtoni
Brown Dipper Cinclus pallasii ssp dorjei
Blue-winged Leafbird Chloropsis moluccensis ssp chlorocephala
Golden-fronted Leafbird (Gold-f L) Chloropsis aurifrons ssp aurifrons
Orange-bellied Leafbird Chloropsis hardwickii ssp hardwickii
Yellow-vented Flowerpecker Dicaeum chrysorrheum ssp chrysochlore
Plain Flowerpecker Dicaeum minullum ssp olivaceum
Fire-breasted Flowerpecker Dicaeum ignipectus ssp ignipectus
Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker Dicaeum cruentatum ssp cruentatum
Mrs. Gould’s Sunbird Aethopyga gouldiae ssp gouldiae
Green-tailed Sunbird ◊ Aethopyga nipalensis ssp koelzi
Black-throated Sunbird (B-breasted S) Aethopyga saturata ssp assamensis
Crimson Sunbird (Greater C S) Aethopyga siparaja ssp labecula
Fire-tailed Sunbird Aethopyga ignicauda
Little Spiderhunter Arachnothera longirostra ssp longirostra
Streaked Spiderhunter Arachnothera magna ssp magna
Russet Sparrow (Cinnamon S) Passer cinnamomeus ssp cinnamomeus
Eurasian Tree Sparrow Passer montanus
House Sparrow Passer domesticus
Baya Weaver Ploceus philippinus ssp burmanicus
Scaly-breasted Munia Lonchura punctulata ssp subundulata
White-rumped Munia Lonchura striata ssp acuticauda
Chestnut Munia Lonchura atricapilla ssp atricapilla
Alpine Accentor Prunella collaris ssp nipalenis
Rufous-breasted Accentor Prunella strophiata ssp strophiata
Eastern Yellow Wagtail (Alaska W) Motacilla [tschutschensis] tschutschensis
Citrine Wagtail Motacilla citreola citreola
Tibetan Wagtail Motacilla [citreola] calcarata This is the black-mantled form of Citrine Wagtail.
Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea
White Wagtail (Amur W) Motacilla [alba] leucopsis
White Wagtail (Himalayan W) Motacilla [alba] alboides
Paddyfield Pipit Anthus rufulus ssp rufulus
Blyth’s Pipit Anthus godlewskii One in Kaziranga.
Olive-backed Pipit Anthus hodgsoni ssp hodgsoni
Rosy Pipit Anthus roseatus
Spot-winged Grosbeak ◊ Mycerobas melanozanthos
White-winged Grosbeak ◊ Mycerobas carnipes ssp carnipes
Grey-headed Bullfinch Pyrrhula erythaca ssp erythaca
Golden-naped Finch ◊ Pyrrhoplectes epauletta
Plain Mountain Finch Leucosticte nemoricola
Common Rosefinch Carpodacus erythrinus ssp roseatus
Scarlet Finch ◊ Carpodacus sipahi
Himalayan Beautiful Rosefinch ◊ Carpodacus pulcherrimus ssp pulcherrimus
Dark-rumped Rosefinch ◊ Carpodacus edwardsii
Himalayan White-browed Rosefinch ◊ Carpodacus thura
Crested Bunting Emberiza lathami
Little Bunting Emberiza pusilla
Asian Elephant Elephas maximus
Tiger Panthera tigris Three different individuals in one day in Kaziranga!
Red Fox Vulpes vulpes
Smooth-coated Otter Lutrogale perspicillata Seen on three days in the Kaziranga area.
Great Indian One-horned Rhinoceros Rhinoceros unicornis Common in Kaziranga NP.
Wild Boar (Wild Pig, Indian W P) Sus scrofa
Hog Deer Axis porcinus Common in Kaziranga NP.
Swamp Deer (Barasingha) Rucervus duvaucelii Common in Kaziranga NP.
Sambar Deer Rusa unicolor Just a few in Kaziranga NP:
Ganges River Dolphin Platanista gangetica Two from the boat in the Brahmaputra.
Assam Macaque Macaca assamensis
Rhesus Macaque Macaca mulatta
Northern Plains Gray Langur (Common L) Semnopithecus entellus
Capped Langur (N) Trachypithecus pileatus
Western Hoolock Gibbon Hoolock hoolock
Large-eared Pika Ochotona macrotis
Pallas’s Squirrel Callosciurus erythraeus
Irrawaddy Squirrel (Hoary-bellied S) Callosciurus pygerythrus
Orange-bellied Himalayan Squirrel Dremomys lokriah
Common Giant Flying Squirrel Petaurista petaurista non-leader.
Himalayan Striped Squirrel Tamiops macclellandii