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BIRD WATCHING IN THE HIMALAYAS

Destinations: Corbett National Park, Mukteshwar, Sat Tal
Tour Options: 06 nights & 07 days; Tailor-made
Best season: October-June

Highlights
• A large list of bird species of the Himalayan region
• Himalayan views
• Farm fresh Indian meals
• Quaint lodges and camps
• Easy birding
• Tiger Tracking, a large variety of other mammals
• Elephant ride

Synopsis
This tour covers exciting birding adventures in the Himalayan foothills. Wildlife viewing and birding at Corbett National Park along with Elephant rides, the picturesque and bird rich quaint hill station of Mukteshwar. The lower forested tracts of Sat Tal offers great birding due to interspersed mixed sub-temperate forest, oak being the most predominant tree species.

The main wildlife animals found in the Corbett National Park include the Tiger, Elephant, Chital, Sambar, Nilgai, Gharial, King Cobra, Muntjac, Wild Boar, Hedgehog, Common Musk Shrew, Flying Fox, Indian Pangolin and nearly 600 species of birds.

You can enjoy birding or a trek with our guide at the lodges. Full of oak and rhododendron trees, it’s a great area to spot many birds like Koklas, Kalij Pheasants, Common Kestrel, Grey Winged Blackbird, Black Red Start, Bar-Tailed Tree Creeper. Leopards, Himalayan Black Bear, Civet Cat, Porcupine, Deer and Wild Boar etc might also be sighted on the way.

The Himalayan habitat offers species such as white-crested laughingthrush, rufous-gorgeted flycatcher, red-billed leothrix, Siberian rubythroat. Look for rufous-chinned thrush, rufous-breasted accentor, greater yellow-naped flameback, speckled piculet etc. Stop along the way to look for blue whistling thrush, red-billed blue magpie, blue-capped redstart, white capped water redstart etc. One can see slaty-headed & red-breasted parakeet, grey bushchat, long-tailed & grey-backed shrike, common kestrel, besra, chestnut-bellied rock thrush etc. Streaked laughing thrush is a common garden bird here.

The viewpoints are alive with grey-headed canary flycatcher, white-throated laughing thrush, grey-winged blackbird, green-backed tit. We also look for hill barbet, grey-headed woodpecker, black-chinned babbler, black-headed and maroon oriole, Himalayan griffon vulture, lammergeier, khalij, koklas & cheer pheasant, crimson sunbird, fire-breasted flowerpecker etc.

Corbett Tiger reserve has spectacular avifauna diversity. Great hornbill, Pallas's fish eagle, grey-headed & lesser fish eagle, red-collared falconet, tawny fish owl, scaly-bellied woodpecker, red-breasted parakeet, Himalayan swiftlet, stork-billed & crested kingfisher and white-tailed & Siberian rubythroat. Visit the grasslands for jungle owlet, spot-bellied owl, common stonechat, black francolin, purple and crimson sunbird, golden-fronted & orange-bellied leafbird, black-shouldered kite, hen harrier, changeable hawk-eagle, chestnut-tailed starling, hodgson’s bushchat etc.

One can expect to see great slaty woodpecker, great hornbill, puff-throated babbler, white-rumped shama, Pallas's fish eagle etc. You will explore the river edge at Kumeria for tawny & brown fish owl, Asian barred owlet, plumbeous redstart, brown dipper and the three species of forktails. Other species that are possible in the forest are crested tree swift, spangled drongo, blue bearded bee-eater etc.

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