Northeast India

Tragopans, Wren-babblers, Rhinos and Tigers

Great Hornbill © Mihir Joshi

January 14-28, 2024

Golden-throated Barbet by Simon Thompson

Your place on this Venture is reserved when your deposit of $400/person has been received. Deposit/registration may be made via the ‘book now’ button above, or by contacting the Ventures office. We accept credit cards for an additional fee (2.9% for MC, Visa, Discover; 3.9% for AmEx), but you may also pay by bank transfer, cash, check, or money order (payable to ‘VENTURES BIRDING’) sent to PO Box 1095, Skyland, NC 28776. This Venture is limited to 10 participants.
Cost of North East India Birding Venture: $4,595 per person, from Guwahati, based on double occupancy; single supplement - $600 Price includes: Ground transportation in India, all meals, all taxes, entrance fees, trip information packet, bird checklist, and services of 1 Ventures leader and local guide service throughout Not included: Flight to Guwahati, India, alcoholic beverages, laundry, gratuities and items of a personal nature.

The northeast region of India includes the richest bird habitat to be found in the entire country and is one of four great areas of bird species richness on earth (the other three being the Choco and Amazonian rainforests of South America; the Atlantic Forest of SE Brazil; and the rainforests of central-east Africa). Arunachal Pradesh, India’s easternmost state, is famous for its spectacular mountainous Himalayan landscape and it is also home to quite a few highly sought-after bird species like Ward’s Trogon, Wedge-billed and Rufous-throated Wren-babblers, Rufous-necked, Great and Wreathed hornbills, Beautiful Nuthatch, and the critically endangered endemic Bugun Liocichla (seen on previous Ventures). Other specialties of the area include the beautiful tragopans, Blood Pheasant, Monal, Ibisbill, Purple Cochoa, Long-tailed and Silver-breasted Broadbills, Blue-naped Pitta, Vivid Niltava, Long-billed Plover, and Black-headed Shrike-babbler, just to name a few. In fact, more than half of the 450+ birds that occur here would qualify as ‘specialties’ on any birder’s list! On this trip we will explore the Himalayan foothills at the fabulous Eagles Nest Wildlife Sanctuary as well as the high altitudes of the Dirang region, before completing our tour across the border in Assam at Kaziranga National Park, home to two thirds of the world’s population of Indian Rhinoceros and a substantial population of Bengal Tigers.

Join Simon for this unforgettable trip to one of the most biodiverse regions in Asia!

Some of the local birds at the Eagle’s Nest we hope to see:

Rufous-Bellied Hawk-Eagle, Northern Goshawk, Pied Falconet, Common Hill-Partridge, Temminck's Tragopan, Ashy Wood-Pigeon, Tawny Wood-Owl, Rufous-Necked Hornbill, Ward's Trogon, Golden-Throated Barbet, Crimson-Breasted Pied-Woodpecker, Bay Woodpecker, Pale-Headed Woodpecker, Grey-Chinned Minivet, Rufous-Bellied Bulbul, Maroon-Backed Accentor, Eye-Browed Thrush, Fea's Thrush, Gould's Shortwing, White-Browed Shortwing, Blue-Fronted Robin, Little Forkail, Golden Bush-Robin, Rufous-Breasted Bush-Robin, Puple Cochoa, Grey-Sided Laughing-Thrush, Scaly Laughing-Thrush, Black-Faced Laughing-Thrush, Red-Faced Liocichla, Coral-Billed Scimitar-Babbler, Slender-Billed Scimitar-Babbler, Various Wren-Babblers (Wedge-Billed, Bar-Winged, Pygmy, Spotted, Rufous-Throated And Scaly-Breasted), Gold-Headed Babbler, Cutia, Rufous-Bellied Shrike-Babbler, Green Shrike-Babbler, White-Hooded Babbler, Red-Tailed Minla, Various Tit-Babblers/Fulvettas (Golden-Breasted, Brown-Throated, And Yellow-Throated), Three Sibias ( Beautiful, And Rufous-Backed), Various Yuhinas (Black-Chinned, Rufous-Vented And White-Naped), Fire-Tailed Myzornis, Six Parrotbills (Greater And Lesser Rufous-Headed, Brown, Grey-Headed And Fulvous-Fronted), Mountain Tailorbird, Three Tesias (Chestnut-Headed, Grey-Bellied And Slaty-Bellied), Various Flycatcher-Warblers (Broad-Billed, White-Spectacled, Chestnut-Crowned And Black-Faced), Four Niltavas (Including Vivid And Large), Thirteen Flycatchers (including White-Gorgeted), Rufous-Bellied And Grey-Crested Tits, Sultan Tit, Beautiful Nuthatch, Wallcreeper, Brown-Throated Treecreeper, Yellow-Bellied Flowerpecker, Mrs Gould's And Fire-Tailed Sunbird, Gold-Naped Black-Finch, Beavan's Bullfinch, and Brown Bullfinch.