Wildlife and Birds of Assam and Andamans (#101-50)
This tour takes you to the best birding sites of North East India and Andamans. You will arrive in Delhi and after spending a night, you will fly to Guwahati in the northeast part of the country. Kaziranga in the language of the Karbi tribe means ‘where the mountain goat drinks water’. It used to be an inaccessible swampy land covered with tall elephant grass and wheels (water bodies). Declared a national park, it is now spread over 480 sq. km with the great Brahmaputra River as its northern boundary and the Karbi Hills fringing the southern. Kaziranga National Park is famous for its 1,000-strong population of Indian One-horned Rhinoceros, wild Water Buffalo, and wild Elephants. It also supports localized and endangered grassland species such as Swamp Partridge, Bengal Florican, Greater Adjutant Stork, Pallas’s and Grey-headed Fishing Eagle and Spot-billed Pelican.
Kaziranga is divided into three ranges. The popular central range is the best to spot Rhinos, Water Buffaloes and Elephants playing in the water. The eastern range offers some of the most exciting and varied wildlife watching. It is in this less-visited region of the park that we have the best chance of spotting the elusive Tiger or Sun Bear. Turtles and Otters are frequently seen on the river here. At Shohola bheel, we should be able to see Greater Adjutant Stork, Pallas, Grey-headed Fishing Eagle, and a great variety of waterfowl.
Nameri is a scenic sanctuary on the border of the Assam Valley and mountainous Arunachal Pradesh. Here you can see the endangered White-winged Duck, Wreathed Hornbill, Ibisbill, Blue-bearded Bee-eater, Long-tailed Broadbill and Green Cochoa to name a few species
Andaman Island is birders paradise. 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.