Day 1 - 2

Tour Leader: Peter Jones
Tour Guide: Gajendra Singh
Author: Peter Jones

Before the tour started
With all our party arriving the previous day before the official start of the tour, we were able to spend a relaxed pre-tour day in Delhi, if such a thing is possible! The sheer number of people and volume of traffic makes Delhi a wonder to all of us from other far away places, quite how everything functions is a testimony to all who live in this vast city. Most chose to venture into the city during the morning with all of us meeting for lunch near to Lodhi Gardens, giving us a leisurely afternoon to wander this wonderfully scenic park and witness offerings of wildlife seemingly so unexpected in such a metropolis. We soon added some great birds to start our tour list including a nesting pair of Grey Hornbill and had wonderful views of Brown-headed Barbet and Yellow-footed Green Pigeon, whilst the open blue sky played host to hundreds of Black Kite and wheeling flocks of House Swift. Of course the ubiquitous Jungle Babbler made an appearance to give a taste of what we could expect each day of our tour, real characters and never a bird to grow tired of seeing.

Day One
sarus-craneThe big journey began today heading from Delhi to Corbett, the pure density of traffic in this sprawling city was best described as immense! It took us all of 3 hours to clear the city limits and even then we had to contend with worsening road conditions, damaged during particularly bad monsoons earlier in the year. Writing in relative terms, traffic became lighter after around 4 hours travelling, we even managed a stop to do some birding, sighting Sarus Crane, Intermediate and Great Egrets as well as other members of the heron family. Actually the bird list was surprisingly good considering the limitations on birding activities, we managed a brief stop on a bridge seeing River and Gull-billed Tern, Temminck’s Stint, River Lapwings and several waders together with our first sighting of Brown-headed Gull. Clamorous Warbler, both Ashy and Plain Prinia with of course a few daily records such as Black Drongo, Myna sp., Black Kite etc. We saw a number of Egyptian Vulture and also Woolly-necked Stork together with our first sighting of Painted Stork.

Day Two
collared-falconetIt was a bright and early start from our hotel, just outside the national park boundary, to enter Corbett via Dhangari Gate. Our journey through the park was in open jeeps and our first stop was in the woodland clearing of Sultan FRH, where mixed flocks of feeding birds held our attention for over an hour! Various warblers, woodpeckers, oriole and flycatchers kept the group busy and our bird list grew with each passing moment. Not far from the Champion Road junction we stopped at a view point to overlook the river and had great views of Pallas’s, and Grey-headed Fish Eagle as well as Black-necked Stork and Crested Serpent Eagle, but too our great surprise and delight we saw a pair of Indian Otter, a first for 3 local guides who previously had only seen their track and spraints. We arrived at our camp at Dhikala in good time for lunch and spent the afternoon birding, seeing a few sought after species such as Collared Falconet, Black Francolin, several pipit species and Crested Bunting. Of course the scenery of this area and mammals make it a must visit location despite extremely basic accommodation!

Day 3 - 4

Day Three
asian-desert-warblerNot to miss a trick, we were up and about early and headed out into the wonderfully scenic parkland surrounding Dhikala Lodge. It was a great day throughout for birding with both Dusky Eagle Owl and Brown Fish Owl being a personal highlight, but I guess the real Red Letter bird was a 1st for Corbett, the small and beautiful Asian Desert Warbler (photo to the left). The bird was spotted and identified by myself and Gajendra (our tour guide) providing a great deal of excitement for the locals. Another good stop for us on the day was in the open grounds of Khinnanavli Lodge, the presidential camp for visiting dignitaries. Here we had really good views of several woodland birds and I especially appreciated seeing close showings of the beautiful Blue-throated Barbet, relatively common, but not always seen so clearly. Later in the afternoon we headed out near to a site close to the Ram Singh Road junction and were extremely fortunate to have a great sighting of a male Tiger crossing a dried riverbed.

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Day Four
changeable-hawk-eagleWe set out at a leisurely pace to head for our reluctant exit from the park and although we had a quiet time bird wise, we did manage better views of the large and very noisy Great Slaty Woodpecker, spectacular and easily one of my favourite birds in Corbett. The sunlight beaming through the high forest canopy and dissipated by the early morning mist made for a magical feel to our slow retreat from this wild and wonderful area. We again stopped at the open area surrounding the Sultan FRH, but with little success on this occasion. The park is an area I will look forward to visiting again and I very much enjoyed the area. After lunch we took to the road for Naini Tal and after leaving the relatively flat land surrounding Corbett we began our climb towards the Himalayas! We saw a fairly good list of birds and apart from the usual sunbirds, minivets, warblers and oriole we had good views of Changeable Hawk Eagle (photo above). Needless to say the scenery took pride of place, but unfortunately some low cloud meant we would have to wait for sights of the Himalayas.

Day 5 - 6

Day Five
black-headed-jayWe based ourselves in Pangot for the birding of this area and an early start didn’t disappoint with raptors a feature of our morning. We all had stunning views of a Lammergeier as it flew low and just above us, Himalayan Vulture and Black Eagle also came very close, the latter being hassled by Ravens. Whilst watching Altai Accentors we were given a show by a hunting male Hen Harrier that continued until we departed the higher ground, but before we made our decent a fine Peregrine stooped and then perched just yards from where we were standing! More or less as soon as we arrived back to our accommodation for lunch we were again treated to great views of another raptor as a Mountain Hawk Eagle flew near to our vantage point. Unfortunately bad weather curtailed our afternoon activities, however, with White-throated Laughingthrush, Black-headed Jay (photo above), several tit species, Striated Laughingthrush, Streaked Laughingthrush and too many other species to mention, our bird list grew and with some very impressive species!

Day Six
himalayan-bulbulWe made our decent towards Corbett again and managed a couple of stops to take drinks and do some birding, being entertained by such regular species as Oriental Magpie Robin, Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch and a host of other, by now familiar, birds. A notable bird for me during the first part of our tour was the handsome Blue Whistling Thrush and along with Ultramarine Flycatcher, so many birds remain vivid in my memory! I suppose the sparrow family doesn’t usually strike most people as being exciting, but Russet Sparrow is a species I always enjoy seeing, smart and perky birds. A bizarre, but handsome bird seen on a regular basis was the Himalayan Bulbul (photo right). After a lunch at our hotel for the next 2 nights, we decided to visit a major river, the Ramganga, to seek a few specialist birds such as Brown Dipper. Although we missed our target bird, we did find Red-billed Blue Magpie, a bird we missed whilst in Pangot and also managed very much better views of Spotted Forktail. The surrounding woodland was rich and busy with birds and Grey-hooded Warbler was extremely obliging.

Day 7 - 9

Day Seven
red-headed-vultureWe took our jeep ride outside of Corbett Park and skirted the park boundary looking for birds of the more open and semi-cultivated areas. We soon added Cinereous and Red-headed Vulture (photo left) to our day list and also had great views of Yellow-wattled Lapwing. In the pastures we found Upland, Tawny and Rosy Pipit, with both Singing and Indian Bush Lark showing well. Several sup-species of Yellow Wagtail walked the meadows, whilst Indian Roller hawked over the long grasses, overhead we saw many Asian Palm Swift and great views of hovering Black-winged Kite. In the afternoon we decided to venture out from our hotel and go for another target bird on the shores of the river Ramganga. Our gentle walk down to the riverside led us through open woodland and gave us excellent views of the very beautiful Common Emerald Dove, whilst in the low scrub we were amused by groups of Black-chinned Babbler. After seeing several common birds such as White-capped Redstart, we spotted the object of our journey, the Ibisbill, an elusive wader for me and at last a ‘first’ for my life list!

Day Eight
green-bee-eaterA travel day as we left the Corbett Park to head back to Delhi. Given the time the journey had taken on our first day, we decided to leave early and get back to our city hotel in daylight. Our return journey proved to be much better and the volume of traffic much less than it has been on our outward journey. These travel days had an advantage in that they allowed us to sit back and enjoy the countryside as well as the hussle and bussle of India, quite apart from offering opportunities to see birds! Our journey was marked by the odd sighting of Sarus Crane, plus Egyptian Vulture and many heron species that occupied the old and newly planted rice paddies. Red-wattled Lapwing and Indian Pond Heron were the most common species, with of course Mynia species namely common, pied and bank mynias being seen throughout the journey. A bird to be seen on almost each day of the tour, White-throated Kingfisher, seemed to appear every few kilometres and Green Bee-eater (photo above) always caused us a point and admire their presence.

Day Nine
groupOur nineth day, that is including the first day in Delhi, was designed to be a transit day. Our consecutive tours designed to give a day in between for those departing the 1st leg and those joining the 2nd. On this occasion all the group had booked to attend both tours. Because I had a free day, expecting to say a few goodbyes and hellos, I made previous arrangements to go birding with Gajendra, my friend and guide for the 2 tours, it transpired though that those on tour wanted to join us, so it was back into birding mode!

Bird List

The tour was in two parts, the first in the north of the continent and the second in central India. We visited many National Parks including Corbett, Kanha, Pench and Keoladeo. The tour included a visit to the Himalayan area near to Naini Tal.
GALLIFORMES: Phasianidae
Black Francolin Francolinus francolinus
Grey Francolin Francolinus pondicerianus
Red Junglefowl Gallus gallus
Indian Peafowl Pavo cristatus

ANSERIFORMES: Anatidae
Lesser Whistling Duck Dendrocygna javanica
Greylag Goose Anser anser
wigeonBar-headed Goose Anser indicus
Knob-billed Duck Sarkidiornis melanotos
Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea
Cotton Pygmy Goose Nettapus coromandelianus
Gadwall Anas strepera
Eurasian Wigeon Anas penelope
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
Indian Spot-billed Duck Anas poecilorhyncha
Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata
Northern Pintail Anas acuta
Garganey Anas querquedula
Eurasian Teal Anas crecca
Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina
Common Pochard Aythya ferina
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca
Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula
White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala

PODICIPEDIFORMES: Podicipedidae
Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis
Red-necked Grebe Podiceps grisegena

CICONIIFORMES: Ciconiidae
Painted Stork Mycteria leucocephala
Asian Openbill Anastomus oscitans
Black Stork Ciconia nigra
Woolly-necked Stork Ciconia episcopus
Black-necked Stork Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus

CICONIIFORMES: Threskiornithidae
Black-headed Ibis Threskiornis melanocephalus
Red-naped Ibis Pseudibis papillosa
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus
Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia

CICONIIFORMES: Ardeidae
Black Bittern Dupetor flavicollis
Black-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
Striated Heron Butorides striata
Indian Pond Heron Ardeola grayii
Western Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
Eastern Cattle Egret Bubulcus coromandus
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea
Purple Heron Ardea purpurea
Eastern Great Egret Ardea modesta
Yellow-billed Egret Egretta intermedia
Little Egret Egretta garzetta
PELECANIFORMES: Phalacrocoracidae
Little Cormorant Phalacrocorax niger
Indian Cormorant Phalacrocorax fuscicollis
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo

PELECANIFORMES: Anhingidae
Oriental Darter Anhinga melanogaster

FALCONIFORMES: Falconidae
Collared Falconet Microhierax caerulescens
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni
Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus
Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus

FALCONIFORMES: Accipitridae
Western Osprey Pandion haliaetus
changeable-hawk-eagleCrested Honey Buzzard Pernis ptilorhynchus
Black-winged Kite Elanus caeruleus
Black Kite Milvus migrans
Pallas's Fish Eagle Haliaeetus leucoryphus
Grey-headed Fish Eagle Ichthyophaga ichthyaetus
Bearded Vulture Gypaetus barbatus
Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus
White-rumped Vulture Gyps bengalensis
Slender-billed Vulture Gyps tenuirostris
Himalayan Vulture Gyps himalayensis
Red-headed Vulture Sarcogyps calvus
Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachus
Short-toed Snake Eagle Circaetus gallicus
Crested Serpent Eagle Spilornis cheela
Western Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus
Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
Shikra Accipiter badius
Eurasian Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus
Common Buzzard Buteo buteo
Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus
Black Eagle Ictinaetus malayensis
Lesser Spotted Eagle Aquila pomarina
Greater Spotted Eagle Aquila clanga
Asian Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca
Bonelli's Eagle Hieraaetus fasciatus
Changeable Hawk-Eagle Spizaetus limnaeetus
Mountain Hawk-Eagle Spizaetus nipalensis

GRUIFORMES: Rallidae

White-breasted Waterhen Amaurornis phoenicurus
Purple Swamphen Porphyrio porphyrio
Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
Eurasian Coot Fulica atra

GRUIFORMES: Gruidae
Sarus Crane Grus antigone

CHARADRIIFORMES: Burhinidae
Indian Stone-curlew Burhinus indicus
Great Stone-curlew Esacus recurvirostris
CHARADRIIFORMES: Ibidorhynchidae
Ibisbill Ibidorhyncha struthersii

CHARADRIIFORMES: Recurvirostridae
Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta

CHARADRIIFORMES: Charadriidae
River Lapwing Vanellus duvaucelii
Yellow-wattled Lapwing Vanellus malabaricus
Red-wattled Lapwing Vanellus indicus
White-tailed Lapwing Vanellus leucurus
Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius
Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus

CHARADRIIFORMES: Rostratulidae

Greater Painted Snipe Rostratula benghalensis

CHARADRIIFORMES: Jacanidae
Pheasant-tailed Jacana Hydrophasianus chirurgus
Bronze-winged Jacana Metopidius indicus

CHARADRIIFORMES: Scolopacidae
redshankJack Snipe Lymnocryptes minimus
Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago
Common Redshank Tringa totanus
Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis
Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia
Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus
Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola
Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos
Red Knot Calidris canutus
Temminck's Stint Calidris temminckii
Ruff Philomachus pugnax

CHARADRIIFORMES: Laridae
Brown-headed Gull Larus brunnicephalus
Gull-billed Tern Sterna nilotica
River Tern Sterna aurantia
Black-bellied Tern Sterna acuticauda
Indian Skimmer Rynchops albicollis

CHARADRIIFORMES: Pteroclididae
Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse Pterocles exustus

COLUMBIFORMES: Columbidae
Common Pigeon Columba livia
Oriental Turtle Dove Streptopelia orientalis
Eurasian Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto
Red Turtle Dove Streptopelia tranquebarica
Spotted Dove Streptopelia chinensis
Laughing Dove Streptopelia senegalensis
Common Emerald Dove Chalcophaps indica
Yellow-footed Green Pigeon Treron phoenicopterus
Pin-tailed Green Pigeon Treron apicauda

PSITTACIFORMES: Psittacidae
Alexandrine Parakeet Psittacula eupatria
Rose-ringed Parakeet Psittacula krameri
Slaty-headed Parakeet Psittacula himalayana
Plum-headed Parakeet Psittacula cyanocephala
Red-breasted Parakeet Psittacula alexandri

CUCULIFORMES: Cuculidae

Greater Coucal Centropus sinensis
Asian Koel Eudynamys scolopaceus
Common Hawk-Cuckoo Hierococcyx varius

STRIGIFORMES: Strigidae
Collared Scops Owl Otus lettia
Oriental Scops Owl Otus sunia
Indian Eagle-Owl Bubo bengalensis
Dusky Eagle-Owl Bubo coromandus
Brown Fish Owl Ketupa zeylonensis
Tawny Fish Owl Ketupa flavipes
Mottled Wood Owl Strix ocellata
Brown Wood Owl Strix leptogrammica
Jungle Owlet Glaucidium radiatum
Spotted Owlet Athene brama
Hume's Hawk-Owl Ninox obscura
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Caprimulgidae
spotted-owletGrey Nightjar Caprimulgus jotaka

APODIFORMES: Hemiprocnidae

Crested Treeswift Hemiprocne coronata

APODIFORMES: Apodidae
Asian Palm Swift Cypsiurus balasiensis
Common Swift Apus apus
Fork-tailed Swift Apus pacificus
House Swift Apus nipalensis

CORACIIFORMES: Coraciidae
Indian Roller Coracias benghalensis
European Roller Coracias garrulus

CORACIIFORMES: Alcedinidae
White-throated Kingfisher Halcyon smyrnensis
Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis
Crested Kingfisher Megaceryle lugubris
Pied Kingfisher Ceryle rudis

CORACIIFORMES: Meropidae
Blue-bearded Bee-eater Nyctyornis athertoni
Green Bee-eater Merops orientalis
European Bee-eater Merops apiaster

CORACIIFORMES: Upupidae
Eurasian Hoopoe Upupa epops

CORACIIFORMES: Bucerotidae
Indian Grey Hornbill Ocyceros birostris
Malabar Pied Hornbill Anthracoceros coronatus
Oriental Pied Hornbill Anthracoceros albirostris
Great Hornbill Buceros bicornis

PICIFORMES: Ramphastidae
Brown-headed Barbet Megalaima zeylanica
Lineated Barbet Megalaima lineata
Blue-throated Barbet Megalaima asiatica
Coppersmith Barbet Megalaima haemacephala

PICIFORMES: Picidae
Eurasian Wryneck Jynx torquilla
Rufous-bellied Woodpecker Dendrocopos hyperythrus
Brown-capped Pygmy Woodpecker Dendrocopos nanus
Grey-capped Pygmy Woodpecker Dendrocopos canicapillus
Fulvous-breasted Woodpecker Dendrocopos macei
Brown-fronted Woodpecker Dendrocopos auriceps
Yellow-crowned Woodpecker Dendrocopos mahrattensis
Himalayan Woodpecker Dendrocopos himalayensis
Greater Yellownape Picus flavinucha
Streak-throated Woodpecker Picus xanthopygaeus
Grey-headed Woodpecker Picus canus
Himalayan Goldenback Dinopium shorii
Lesser Goldenback Dinopium benghalense
Great Slaty Woodpecker Mulleripicus pulverulentus

PASSERIFORMES: Incertae sedis

Large Woodshrike Tephrodornis virgatus
Common Woodshrike Tephrodornis pondicerianus

PASSERIFORMES: Aegithinidae
Common Iora Aegithina tiphia

PASSERIFORMES: Campephagidae

Large Cuckooshrike Coracina macei
Small Minivet Pericrocotus cinnamomeus
Long-tailed Minivet Pericrocotus ethologus
Scarlet Minivet Pericrocotus speciosus
Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike Hemipus picatus

PASSERIFORMES: Laniidae
Bay-backed Shrike Lanius vittatus
Long-tailed Shrike Lanius schach
Grey-backed Shrike Lanius tephronotus
Southern Grey Shrike Lanius meridionalis
PASSERIFORMES: Oriolidae
Eurasian Golden Oriole Oriolus oriolus
Black-hooded Oriole Oriolus xanthornus
Maroon Oriole Oriolus traillii

PASSERIFORMES: Dicruridae
Black Drongo Dicrurus macrocercus
Ashy Drongo Dicrurus leucophaeus
White-bellied Drongo Dicrurus caerulescens
Bronzed Drongo Dicrurus aeneus
Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo Dicrurus remifer
Hair-crested Drongo Dicrurus hottentottus
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo Dicrurus paradiseus

PASSERIFORMES: Rhipiduridae
Yellow-bellied Fantail Rhipidura hypoxantha
White-throated Fantail Rhipidura albicollis
White-browed Fantail Rhipidura aureola

PASSERIFORMES: Monarchidae
Black-naped Monarch Hypothymis azurea
Asian Paradise Flycatcher Terpsiphone paradisi

PASSERIFORMES: Corvidae
Black-headed Jay Garrulus lanceolatus
Red-billed Blue Magpie Urocissa erythrorhyncha
Common Green Magpie Cissa chinensis
Rufous Treepie Dendrocitta vagabunda
House Crow Corvus splendens
Large-billed Crow Corvus macrorhynchos
Northern Raven Corvus corax

PASSERIFORMES: Paridae
Spot-winged Tit Periparus melanolophus
Coal Tit Periparus ater
Great Tit Parus major
Green-backed Tit Parus monticolus
Himalayan Black-lored Tit Parus xanthogenys
Yellow-browed Tit Sylviparus modestus

PASSERIFORMES: Hirundinidae
Sand Martin Riparia riparia
Pale Martin Riparia diluta
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
Wire-tailed Swallow Hirundo smithii
Eurasian Crag Martin Ptyonoprogne rupestris
Asian House Martin Delichon dasypus
Red-rumped Swallow Cecropis daurica
Streak-throated Swallow Petrochelidon fluvicola

PASSERIFORMES: Aegithalidae

Black-throated Bushtit Aegithalos concinnus

PASSERIFORMES: Alaudidae

Singing Bush Lark Mirafra cantillans
Indian Bush Lark Mirafra erythroptera
Sand Lark Calandrella raytal
Lesser Short-toed Lark Calandrella rufescens
Crested Lark Galerida cristata
Oriental Skylark Alauda gulgula
Ashy-crowned Sparrow-Lark Eremopterix griseus

PASSERIFORMES: Cisticolidae
Zitting Cisticola Cisticola juncidis
Striated Prinia Prinia crinigera
Grey-breasted Prinia Prinia hodgsonii
Yellow-bellied Prinia Prinia flaviventris
Ashy Prinia Prinia socialis
Tawny-flanked Prinia Prinia subflava
Plain Prinia Prinia inornata

PASSERIFORMES: Incertae sedis
Common Tailorbird Orthotomus sutorius

PASSERIFORMES: Pycnonotidae
Black-headed Bulbul Pycnonotus atriceps
Red-whiskered Bulbul Pycnonotus jocosus
Himalayan Bulbul Pycnonotus leucogenys
White-eared Bulbul Pycnonotus leucotis
Red-vented Bulbul Pycnonotus cafer
Ashy Bulbul Hemixos flavala
PASSERIFORMES: Sylviidae
Clamorous Reed Warbler Acrocephalus stentoreus
Black-browed Reed Warbler Acrocephalus bistrigiceps
Blyth's Reed Warbler Acrocephalus dumetorum
Common Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita
Hume's Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus humei
Greenish Warbler Phylloscopus trochiloides
Grey-hooded Warbler Phylloscopus xanthoschistos
Lesser Whitethroat Sylvia curruca
Asian Desert Warbler Sylvia nana

PASSERIFORMES: Timaliidae
Black-chinned Babbler Stachyris pyrrhops
Yellow-eyed Babbler Chrysomma sinense
Jerdon's Babbler Moupinia altirostris
Common Babbler Turdoides caudata
Striated Babbler Turdoides earlei
Large Grey Babbler Turdoides malcolmi
Jungle Babbler Turdoides striata
White-throated Laughingthrush Garrulax albogularis
White-crested Laughingthrush Garrulax leucolophus
Striated Laughingthrush Garrulax striatus
Streaked Laughingthrush Garrulax lineatus
Blue-winged Laughingthrush Garrulax squamatus
Rufous Sibia Heterophasia capistrata

PASSERIFORMES: Zosteropidae
Oriental White-eye Zosterops palpebrosus

PASSERIFORMES: Sittidae
Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch Sitta cinnamoventris
White-tailed Nuthatch Sitta himalayensis
Velvet-fronted Nuthatch Sitta frontalis

PASSERIFORMES: Certhiidae
Eurasian Treecreeper Certhia familiaris
Bar-tailed Treecreeper Certhia himalayana

PASSERIFORMES: Sturnidae
Common Hill Myna Gracula religiosa
Bank Myna Acridotheres ginginianus
Common Myna Acridotheres tristis
Pied Myna Sturnus contra
Brahminy Starling Sturnus pagodarum

PASSERIFORMES: Turdidae
Blue Whistling Thrush Myophonus caeruleus
Orange-headed Thrush Zoothera citrina
Grey-winged Blackbird Turdus boulboul
Common Blackbird Turdus merula
Mistle Thrush Turdus viscivorus

PASSERIFORMES: Muscicapidae
Bluethroat Luscinia svecica
Oriental Magpie-Robin Copsychus saularis
White-rumped Shama Copsychus malabaricus
Indian Robin Saxicoloides fulicatus
Blue-capped Redstart Phoenicurus caeruleocephala
Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochruros
Plumbeous Water Redstart Rhyacornis fuliginosa
White-capped Redstart Chaimarrornis leucocephalus
Spotted Forktail Enicurus maculatus
Common Stonechat Saxicola torquata
Pied Bush Chat Saxicola caprata
Grey Bush Chat Saxicola ferreus
Isabelline Wheatear Oenanthe isabellina
Desert Wheatear Oenanthe deserti
Variable Wheatear Oenanthe picata
Brown Rock Chat Cercomela fusca
Blue Rock Thrush Monticola solitarius
Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush Monticola rufiventris
Asian Brown Flycatcher Muscicapa dauurica
Red-breasted Flycatcher Ficedula parva
Ultramarine Flycatcher Ficedula superciliaris
Tickell's Blue Flycatcher Cyornis tickelliae
oriental-magpie-robinRufous-bellied Niltava Niltava sundara
Grey-headed Canary-Flycatcher Culicicapa ceylonensis
PASSERIFORMES: Chloropseidae
Golden-fronted Leafbird Chloropsis aurifrons

PASSERIFORMES: Dicaeidae
Thick-billed Flowerpecker Dicaeum agile

PASSERIFORMES: Nectariniidae

Purple-rumped Sunbird Leptocoma zeylonica
Purple Sunbird Cinnyris asiaticus
Crimson Sunbird Aethopyga siparaja

PASSERIFORMES: Passeridae
House Sparrow Passer domesticus
Russet Sparrow Passer rutilans
Yellow-throated Sparrow Gymnoris xanthocollis

PASSERIFORMES: Ploceidae

Black-breasted Weaver Ploceus benghalensis
Streaked Weaver Ploceus manyar
Baya Weaver Ploceus philippinus

PASSERIFORMES: Estrildidae
Red Avadavat Amandava amandava
Indian Silverbill Lonchura malabarica
White-rumped Munia Lonchura striata
Scaly-breasted Munia Lonchura punctulata

PASSERIFORMES: Prunellidae
Altai Accentor Prunella himalayana

PASSERIFORMES: Motacillidae

Western Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava
Citrine Wagtail Motacilla citreola
Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea
White Wagtail Motacilla alba
White-browed Wagtail Motacilla madaraspatensis
Richards's Pipit Anthus richardi
Paddyfield Pipit Anthus rufulus
Tawny Pipit Anthus campestris
Tree Pipit Anthus trivialis
Olive-backed Pipit Anthus hodgsoni
Rosy Pipit Anthus roseatus
Water Pipit Anthus spinoletta
Upland Pipit Anthus sylvanus

PASSERIFORMES: Fringillidae

Yellow-breasted Greenfinch Carduelis spinoides
Dark-breasted Rosefinch Carpodacus nipalensis
Common Rosefinch Carpodacus erythrinus

PASSERIFORMES: Emberizidae
Crested Bunting Melophus lathami
Rock Bunting Emberiza cia
Chestnut-eared Bunting Emberiza fucata
Red-headed Bunting Emberiza bruniceps

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India Main Tour Info

  • Tour dates
    14th - 25th of November 2014
  • Price
    € 1.930 p.p. *
    € 300 Single supplement.*
  • Deposit
    € 250 p.p.
  • Includes
    All accommodation, all meals and transport, fulltime guiding, National Park entrance fees and airport transfers
  • Excludes
    Flights, Camera fees in N.P. insurance and personal costs.
  • Tour party
    Minimum 4, maximum 8 fellow travelers

* This price can fluctuate depending on the exchange rate (applied is 1,40 $/€) to US$.

Options
We have organised two consecutive tours which are easy to link. Although a single tour is a superb way to see India, those wishing to participate in both tours have the opportunity to see much more of this spectacular country. As usual we are trying hard to offer as many options as possible. See India Tour - Bharatpur and Chambal River

India Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 1 - Ashok Country Resort. Arrive Delhi and hotel transfer
  • Day 2 - Ashok Country Resort Free program in Delhi
  • Day 3 - Camp Corbett. Birding en route to Corbett National Park
  • Day 4 - Camp Corbett . Am: Birding around Camp Corbett. Pm: the river near to town.
  • Day 5 - Hotel Manu maharani. Am: birding en route to Niani Tal. Pm: birding Pangot.
  • Day 6 - Camp Corbett . Birding Sattal area and during transfer
  • Day 7 - Tiger Camp Lodge . Birding local area and during transfer
  • Day 8 - Dhikala Lodge.Game drives and Birding.
  • Day 9 - Tiger Camp Lodge. Am: Birding Corbett Park. Pm: night birding river.
  • Day 10 - Tiger Camp Lodge. Birding in the area
  • Day 11 - Ashok Country Resort. Transfer to Delhi
  • Day 12 - Departure

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Latest Trip Report India

collared-falconetBirding India is an absolute must for the serious birdwatcher and the variety of birds in India on this multi-destination tour was a thrill for the birder, whatever level of experience, expert or beginner, there were lots of birds for all. On this tour we discovered a new bird for Corbett National Park as well as submitting records for rarely seen birds in other areas, a tribute to the observation and attention skills displayed by our group of friends on this tour! With around 350 species listed, not to mention Tiger and other wildlife sightings, we were able to fulfil our pre-tour expectations on the birdlife in India…..

Tour Leader: Peter Jones
Tour Guide: Gajendra Singh
Author: Peter Jones

Before the tour started
With all our party arriving the previous day before the official start of the tour, we were able to spend a relaxed pre-tour day in Delhi, if such a thing is possible! The sheer number of people and volume of traffic makes Delhi a wonder to all of us from other far away places, quite how everything functions is a testimony to all who live in this vast city. Most chose to venture into the city during the morning with all of us meeting for lunch near to Lodhi Gardens, giving us a leisurely afternoon to wander this wonderfully scenic park ...

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Meet your Tour Guides for India

gajendra-singhGajendra Singh is our senior birding guide in India. A specialist in the birdlife of India and experienced in all aspects of the country’s wildlife, Gajendra is a real bonus whilst touring this wonderfully rich and diverse destination. For the travelling bird watcher, Gajendra is an absolute joy, his friendly and knowledgeable company whilst touring is a real treat.

He has been a leading light in so many national bird censuses including the Sarus Crane project. A graduate from the University of Rajasthan, he has worked as an approved naturalist for several Indian government agencies including Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur Govt. of Rajasthan (Deptt. of Forest), Bandhavgarh National park, Madhya Pradesh as a resident Naturalist where he assisted various film and news gathering groups, Bird watching, wildlife photographer groups and Individuals.
Tour leader: Each tour will have a representative of Worldwide Birding Tours to accompany it, ensuring attention to detail and fulfilling our pledge not to send you on holiday, but to take you.
He has been involved with the Tiger habitat conservation programme at Royal Tiger Resort, Village, Talla, Dist-Umaria- (M.P.), Bandhavgarh (M.P.). He also has the distinction of being W.W.F certificated. As a natural communicator, Gajendra is equally at home explaining ‘his’ country’s wildlife to the beginner or more experienced traveller. For us he is as much a highlight to our tours as the destination itself!