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Assam & Arunachal Pradesh, India 2023

18th March-3rd April 2023

This birding trip was originally conceived in 2019 and scheduled for 2021 before the Corvid epidemic delayed all travel plans. Originally it was planned for five birding companions and a trip organizer-guide to do all the logistics for us in India. During 2022 when it became apparent it would be possible to travel in 2023, the itinerary was finalized, and the number of participants increased to eight for economic reasons. The itinerary was carefully planned together with our trip organizer-guide at Tiger Travel to include several important localities for some key species and sufficient days were allocated for visiting Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctury in Arunachal Pradesh for the recently described Bugan Liocichla. In addition, we visited Manas National Park, Nameri National Park, Sela Pass and Kaziranga National Park as well as several sites for rare species. All transport from Guwahati airport in Assam was by four vehicles including one 4x4 with a maximum of three participants in each vehicle plus driver. One vehicle was used primarily for baggage as everyone had a fair amount of photographic equipment. We were accompanied during the whole trip by one or two local birding guides, and driving within the national parks was by open safari jeeps often accompanied by extra local guides. Accommodation varied from several luxury hotels at the start and end of the trip but mostly ecconomical lodges and hotels. However, accommodation at Eaglenest was very basic, first in a very basic house at Lama Camp then in tents at Bompu Camp with outdoor toilet facilities both camps being situated at a rather chilly ca. 2000 meters. Food dishes at all but the luxury hotels were vegetarian although a 'meat' dish was often available at some. Kingfisher beer was readily available at most accommodations although at Eaglenest we had to bring it with us. The weather we generally experienced at the higher altitudes was cool overcast and often rainy conditions. At lower altitudes it was warm and sunny but with some overcast and thunderstorms at Kaziranga. Because of the weather conditions throughout, bird photography was not always optimal and there was no priority or time for proper bird photography.

Our birding guides had good skills at finding birds, but identification was occasionally incorrect, and we therefore only counted species we personally saw or documented with photography. Likewise, we didn't accept their identification of birds calls without seeing the birds ourselves. These guides were not updated with all bird localities, and we missed some important species because of this. We met at least one European bird guide that seemed to have better knowledge of these bird sites and best times to visit them than the local guides we employed, which was unfortunate.

We recorded 407 species of birds but also several rare mammal species and all in all, a superb birding tour

with many new species seen and many photographed, 

A selection of mammal images from this trip will be found under Diverse Nature - Mammals.

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11th-28th February 2019

Red Junglefowl

Red Junglefowl

(Gallus gallus murghi) male - Kaziranga NP, Assam 2nd April 2023

Snow Pigeon

Snow Pigeon

(Columba leuconota leuconota) - Sela pass, Arunachal Pradesh 23rd March 2023

Yellow-footed Green Pigeon

Yellow-footed Green Pigeon

(Treron phoenicopterus phoenicopterus) - Between Guwahati and Manas NP, Assam 18th March 2023

Ibisbill

Ibisbill

(Ibidorhyncha struthersii) - Tenga River at Rupa, Arunachal Pradesh 25th March 2023

Ibisbill

Ibisbill

(Ibidorhyncha struthersii) - Tenga River at Rupa, Arunachal Pradesh 25th March 2023

Long-billed Plover

Long-billed Plover

(Charadrius placidus) -Sangti Valley, Arunachal Pradesh 24th March 2023

Red-watttled Lapwing

Red-watttled Lapwing

(Vanellus indicus atronnuchalis) - Kaziranga NP, Assam 1st April 2023

Bronze-winged Jacana

Bronze-winged Jacana

(Metopidius indicus) - Kaziranga NP, Assam 31st March 2023

Bronze-winged Jacana

Bronze-winged Jacana

(Metopidius indicus) juvenile - Kaziranga NP, Assam 31st March 2023

Asian Openbill

Asian Openbill

(Anastomus oscitans) - Kaziranga NP, Assam 2nd April 2023

Wooly-necked Stork

Wooly-necked Stork

Asian Woolly-necked Stork (Ciconia episcopus episcopus) - Kaziranga NP, Assam 1st April 2023.

Lesser Adjutant

Lesser Adjutant

(Leptoptilos javanicus) - Kaziranga NP, Assam 2nd April 2023.

Lesser Adjutant

Lesser Adjutant

(Leptoptilos javanicus) - Kaziranga NP, Assam 2nd April 2023.

Greater Adjutant

Greater Adjutant

(Leptoptilos dubius) - Boragaon Landfill, Guwahati, Assam 18th March 2023

Oriental Darter

Oriental Darter

(Anhinga melanogaster) Kaziranga NP, Assam 31st March 2023

Little Cormorant

Little Cormorant

(Micocarbo niger) oiled or wet - Kaziranga, Assam 1st April 2023

Indian Pond Heron

Indian Pond Heron

(Ardeola grayii) adult - Kaziranga NP, Assam 31st March 2023

Indian Pond Heron

Indian Pond Heron

(Ardeola grayii) - Kaziranga NP, Assam 30th March 2023

Purple Heron

Purple Heron

(Ardea purpurea manilensis) - Kaziranga NP, Assam 31st March 2023

Black-winged Kite

Black-winged Kite

(Elanus caeruleus vociferus) being 'dive-bombed' by a Ashy Woodswallow - Kaziranga NP, Assam 31st March 2023

Oriental Honey-buzzard

Oriental Honey-buzzard

(Pernis ptilorhynchus ruficollis) - Kaziranga NP, Assam 2nd April 2023

Slender-billed Vulture

Slender-billed Vulture

(Gyps tenuirostris) - Kaziranga NP, Assam 2nd April 2023

Crested Serpent Eagle

Crested Serpent Eagle

(Spilornis cheela cheela) - Kaziranga NP, Assam 30th March 2023

Crested Serpent Eagle

Crested Serpent Eagle

(Spilornis cheela cheela_ - Kaziranga NP, Assam 2nd April 2023

Black-eared Kite

Black-eared Kite

'Black Kite' (Milvus migrans lineatus) 2cy - Boragaon Landfill, Guwahati, Assam 18th March 2023

Pallas's Fish Eagle

Pallas's Fish Eagle

(Haliaeetus leucoryphus) 2cy - Kaziranga NP, Assam 30th March 2023

Pallas's Fish Eagle

Pallas's Fish Eagle

(Haliaeetus leucoryphus) 2cy - Kaziranga NP, Assam 30th March 2023

Grey-headed Fish Eagle

Grey-headed Fish Eagle

(Haliaeetus ichthyaetus) - Kaziranga NP, Assam 2nd April 2023

Asian Barred Owlet

Asian Barred Owlet

(Glaucidium cuculoides) - Kaziranga, Assam 1st April 2023

Brown Boobook

Brown Boobook

"Brown Hawk Owl" (Ninox scutulata lugubris) - Manas NP, Assam 18th March 2023

Great Hornbill

Great Hornbill

(Buceros bicornis) - Kaziranga NP, Assam 31st March 2023

Great Hornbill

Great Hornbill

(Buceros bicornis) - Kaziranga NP, Assam 31st March 2023

Oriental Pied Hornbill_female

Oriental Pied Hornbill_female

(Anthracoceros albirostris albirostris) female - Kaziranga NP, Assam 31st March 2023

Common Kingfisher

Common Kingfisher

(Alcedo atthis bengalensis) - Kaziranga, Assam 31st March 2023

Stork-billed Kingfisher

Stork-billed Kingfisher

(Halcyon smyrnensis smyrnensis) - Kaziranga NP, Assam 1st April 2023

White-throated Kingfisher

White-throated Kingfisher

(Halcyon smyrnensis smyrnensis) - Manas NP, Assam 19th March 2023

Pied Kingfisher

Pied Kingfisher

(Ceryle rudis leucomelanurus) - Kaziranga NP, Assam 31st March 2023

Asian Green Bee-eater

Asian Green Bee-eater

(Merops orientalis ferrugeiceps) - Kaziranga NP, Assam 2nd April 2023

Blue-tailed Bee-eater

Blue-tailed Bee-eater

(Merops philippinus) - Kaziranga NP, Assam 1st April 2023

Chestnut-headed Bee-eater

Chestnut-headed Bee-eater

(Merops leschenaulti leschenaulti) - Manas NP, Assam 18th March 2023

Indochinese Roller

Indochinese Roller

(Coracias affinis) - Kaziranga NP, Assam 2nd April 2023

Indochinese Roller

Indochinese Roller

(Coracias affinis) - Kaziranga NP, Assam 2nd April 2023

Coppersmith Barbet

Coppersmith Barbet

(Psilopogon haemacephalus indicus) - Kaziranga NP, Assam 30th March 2013

Blue-throated Barbet

Blue-throated Barbet

(Psilopogon asiaticus asiaticus) - Manas NP, Assam 18th March 2023

Lineated Barbet

Lineated Barbet

(Psilopogon lineatus hodgsoni) - Kaziranga NP, Assam 30th March 2023

Fulvous-breasted Woodpecker

Fulvous-breasted Woodpecker

(Dendrocopos macei macei) - On route between Guwahati & Manas. 18th March 2023

Eurasian Kestrel

Eurasian Kestrel

(Falco tinnunculus tinnunculus) 2cy female - Kaziranga NP 2nd April 2023

Red-breasted Parakeet

Red-breasted Parakeet

(Psittacula alexandri fasciata) mating pair - Kaziranga NP, Assam 31st March 2023

Gray-lored Broadbill

Gray-lored Broadbill

(Serilophus rubropygius) - Manas NP, Assam 18th March 2023

Black-headed Oriole

Black-headed Oriole

(Oriolus xanthornus xanthornus) male - Kaziranga NP, Assam 2nd April 2023

Black-naped Monarch

Black-naped Monarch

(Hypothymis azurea styani) male - Manas NP, Assam 18th March 2023

Grey-backed Shrike

Grey-backed Shrike

(Lanius tephronotus tephronotus) - Kaziranga NP, Assam 1st April 2023

Gray-backed Shrike

Gray-backed Shrike

(Lanius tephronotus tephronotus) - Kaziranga NP, Assam 30th March 2023

Red-billed Chough

Red-billed Chough

(Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax himalayanus) - Sela Pass, Aranachal Pradesh 23rd March 2023

Large-billed Crow

Large-billed Crow

(Corvus macrorhynchos levaillantii) - on route between Sela Pass and Dirang Arunachal Pradesh 23rd March 2023

Yellow-browed Tit

Yellow-browed Tit

(Sylviparus modestus modestus) - on route between Nameri, Assam and Dirang, Arunachal Pradesh 22nd March 2023

Rufous-vented Tit

Rufous-vented Tit

(Periparus rubidiventris beavani) - on route between Sela Pass and Dirang, Arunachal Pradesh 23rd March 2023

Grey-crested Tit

Grey-crested Tit

(Lophophanes dichrous dichrous) - on route between Sela Pass and Dirang, Arunachal Pradesh 23rd March 2023

Common Tailorbird

Common Tailorbird

(Orthotomus sutorius patia) - On route between Guwahati and Manas NP, Assam 18th March 2023

Golden-breasted Fulvetta

Golden-breasted Fulvetta

(Lioparus chrysotis chrysotis) - Eaglenest WLS, Aranachal Pradesh 27th March 2023

Bar-winged Wren Babbler

Bar-winged Wren Babbler

(Spelaeornis troglodytoides indiraji) - Mandala Rd, Arunachal Pradesh 24th March 2023

Pygmy Cupwing

Pygmy Cupwing

'Pygmy Wren Babbler' (Pnoepyga pusilla pusilla) - Eaglenest WLS, Aranachal Pradesh 29th March 2023

Striated Grassbird

Striated Grassbird

(Cincloramphus palustris toklao) - Kaziranga NP, Assam 31st March 2023

Black-crested Bulbul

Black-crested Bulbul

(Rubigula flaviventris flaviventris) - on route between Nameri, Assam and Dirang, Arunachal Pradesh 22nd March 2023

Red-vented Bulbul

Red-vented Bulbul

(Pycnonotus cafer bengalensis) - Tenga River at Rupa, Arunachal Pradesh 25th March 2023

Chestnut-crowned Warbler

Chestnut-crowned Warbler

(Phylloscopus castaniceps castaniceps) - Eaglenest WLS, Arunachal Pradesh 28th March 2023

Black-faced Warbler

Black-faced Warbler

(Abroscopus schisticeps flavimentalis) - Eaglenest WLS, Arunachal Pradesh 29th March 2023

Pale-footed Bush Warbler

Pale-footed Bush Warbler

(Urosphena pallidipes pallidipes) - on route between Sela Pass and Dirang, Arunachal Pradesh 23rd March 2023

Black-throated Tit

Black-throated Tit

'Red-headed Tit' (Aegithalos concinnus iredalei) - on route between Nameri, Assam and Dirang, Arunachal Pradesh 22nd March 2023

Black-browed Tit

Black-browed Tit

'Rufous-fronted Tit' (Aegithalos iouschistos iouschistos) - on route between Sela Pass and Dirang, Arunachal Pradesh 23rd March 2023

Streak-throated Barwing

Streak-throated Barwing

(Actinodura waldeni daflaensis) - Eaglenest WLS, Aranachal Pradesh 27th March 2023

Rusty-fronted Barwing

Rusty-fronted Barwing

(Actinodura egertoni egertoni) - Eaglenest WLS, Arunachal Pradesh 26th March 2023

Striated Babbler

Striated Babbler

(Argya earlei earlei) Manas NP, Assam 19th March 2023

Velvet-fronted Nuthatch

Velvet-fronted Nuthatch

(Sitta frontalis frontalis) - Manas NP, Assam 18th March 2023

Rusty-flanked Treecreeper

Rusty-flanked Treecreeper

(Certhia nipalensis) - Mandala Road, Arunachal Pradesh 24th March 2023

Chestnut-tailed Starling

Chestnut-tailed Starling

(Sturnia malabarica malabarica) - Nameri NP, Assam 21st March 2023

Common Myna

Common Myna

(Acridotheres tristis tristis) - Kaziranga NP, Assam 31st March 2023

Common Myna

Common Myna

(Acridotheres tristis tristis) - Nameri NP, Assam 21st March 2023

Jungle Myna

Jungle Myna

(Acridotheres fuscus fuscus) - Kaziranga NP, Assam 31st March 2023

Jungle Myna

Jungle Myna

(Acridotheres fuscus fuscus) - Kaziranga NP, Assam 31st March 2023

Plumbeous Redstart

Plumbeous Redstart

'Plumbeous Water Redstart' (Phoenicurus fuliginosus fuliginosus) male, on route between Nameri, Assam and Dirang, Arunachal Pradesh 22nd March 2023

Black Redstart

Black Redstart

(Phoenicurus ochruros rufiventris) male - Nameri NP, Assam 20th March 2023

Siberian Stonechat

Siberian Stonechat

(Saxicola maurus indicus) - Kaziranga NP, Assam 1st April 2023

Grey Bushchat

Grey Bushchat

(Saxicola ferreus ferreus) male, on route between Nameri, Assam and Dirang, Arunachal Pradesh 22nd March 2023

Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker

Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker

(Dicaeum cruentatum cruentatum) male - Nameri NP, Assam 21st March 2023

Green-tailed Sunbird

Green-tailed Sunbird

(Aethopyga nipalensis koelzi) male, Eaglenest, Arunachal Pradesh 27th March 2023

Green-tailed Sunbird

Green-tailed Sunbird

(Aethopyga nipalensis koelzi) female, Eaglenest, Arunachal Pradesh 27th March 2023

Scaly-breasted Munia

Scaly-breasted Munia

(Lonchura punctulata subundulata) female, Manas NP, Assam 18th March 2023

Alpine Accentor

Alpine Accentor

(Prunella collaris nipalensis) Sela Pass, Arunachal Pradesh 23rd March 2023

Citrine Wagtail

Citrine Wagtail

(Motacilla citreola calcarata) male - Kaziranga, Assam 31st March 2023

Citrine Wagtail

Citrine Wagtail

(Motacilla citreola calcarata) male - Kaziranga, Assam 1st April 2023

Citrine Wagtail

Citrine Wagtail

(Motacilla citreola calcarata) 2cy male - Kaziranga NP, Assam 30th March 2023

Citrine Wagtail

Citrine Wagtail

(Motacilla citreola calcarata) 2cy male - Kaziranga NP, Assam 30th March 2023

White Wagtail

White Wagtail

'Chinese White Wagtail' (Motacilla alba leucopsis) male - Tenga River at Rupa, Arunachal Pradesh 25th March 2023

White Wagtail

White Wagtail

'Hodgson's White Wagtail' (Motacilla alba alboides) male - Kaziranga NP, Assam 2nd April 2023

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Paddyfield Pipit_IND9409-Edit_PL

(Anthus rufulus rufulus) - Kaziranga NP, Assam 1st April 2023

Rosy Pipit

Rosy Pipit

(Anthus roseatus) - Sela Pass, Arunachal Pradesh 23rd March 2023

Rosy Pipit

Rosy Pipit

(Anthus roseatus) - Kaziranga NP, Assam 2nd April 2023

Himalayan White-browed Rosefinch

Himalayan White-browed Rosefinch

(Carpodacus thura thura) male - Sela Pass, Arunachal Pradesh 23rd March 2023

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