South India and Andamans Bird & Wildlife Tour (18 Days; # 553)
This tour is designed to see the endemics of Andaman Islands. One can expect to see Andaman crake, Andaman coucal, Andaman treepie, Andaman serpent eagle, Andaman wood pigeon, Andaman scops owl, Andaman brown hawk owl, Andaman cuckoo dove, Andaman woodpecker, Andaman drongo, white-headed starling, Black-headed Bulbul, Andaman Shama.
Other species that can be seen: White-bellied Sea Eagle, Brown-backed Needletail, Glossy Swiftlet, Alexandrine, Red-breasted and Long-tailed Parakeets; Fulvous-breasted Woodpecker, Black-naped Oriole, Scarlet Minivets. Pacific Reef Egret, Pacific Golden, Greater Sand and Lesser Sand Plovers, Whimbrel, Ruddy Turnstone. Kingfishers: Collared, Stork-billed, common etc. Lesser Whistling Duck, Pacific Swallow, Black-browed, Oriental Reed Warblers, Yellow and Cinnamon Bitterns, Chestnut-headed Bee-eater, Red-throated Flycatcher, Yellow-browed and Two-barred Warblers, Large Cuckooshrikes, Baillon’s and Ruddy-breasted Crakes, Slaty-breasted Rail, Pintail Snipe, Rusty-rumped Warblers, a flock of Red-throated Pipits, Emerald Doves and Forest Wagtails.
This tour focuses on the endemic birds of the Western Ghats and South India generally. The area is known for its species richness – with more than 450 bird species and a good diversity of mammals ranging from Asian Elephant and Nilgiri Langur monkeys to the rare Mouse Deer to name just a few of the special fauna.
With the help of an excellent bird guide, you should stand a good chance of picking up most of the endemic bird species associated with the Western Ghats Endemic Bird Area. Species include White-bellied Treepie, Crimson-backed Sunbird, Malabar Grey Hornbill, Malabar Parakeet, Nilgiri Woodpigeon and Nilgiri Flycatcher to name a few.
In addition, you will hopefully see the enigmatic Ceylon Frogmouth, colorful Malabar Trogon, and Indian Pitta.