Summary: Bhutan has a rich and varied biological diversity with seventy percent of its land area covered by forest, recognized ecologically as one of the ten biodiversity hot spots in the world. Some 26.23% of the country’s area is protected as national Parks and about 9% has been declared as biological corridors, connecting the protected areas.

For a land-locked country little larger than Switzerland the diversity of Bhutan’s avifauna is staggering at close to 800 (estimated) species.


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Bird species in the primeval forests of Bhutan are considerable. To date, some 693 species have been recorded out of which there are two critical and eight endangered faunal species in Bhutan. Of these the critically endangered and listed as the rarest in the Heron family – the White Bellied Heron is found in Bhutan. Its global population is estimated to be at around 200 only. Black – Necked Crane another of the rarest and most endangered birds make their winter home in Phobjikha in the West and Bomdelling in the Eastern part of the country.

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Pictures by: Denis Marie, Paris

The following is a comprehensive list of the endangered birds of Bhutan:

  1. Baer’s Pochard
  2. Beautiful Nuthatch
  3. Black-necked Stork
  4. Blackish-breasted Babbler
  5. Blyth’s Kingfisher
  6. Chestnut-breasted Partridge
  7. Dark-rumped Swift
  8. Eurasian Curlew
  9. Eurasian Peregrine Falcon
  10. Ferruginous Duck
  11. Gray-crowned Prinia
  12. Great Hornbill
  13. Lesser Fish-eagle
  14. Palla’s Fish-eagle
  15. Pallid Harrier
  16. Rufous-necked Hornbill
  17. Rufous-throated Wren-babbler
  18. Satyr Tragopan
  19. Ward’s Trogon
  20. White-rumped Vulture
  21. White-throated Bushcat
  22. Woodsnipe
  23. Yellow-rumped Honeyguide
  24. Black-necked Crane
  25. Imperial Heron
  26. White-bellied Heron

 13 Days/12 Nights  Bird Watching Trip


  • Bird watching
  • Hike to Tiger’s Nest in Paro
  • Visit Farm House
  • Visit Monastery and some Museums
  • Visit the pubs and night life.
  • Visit weekend market(Friday, Saturday and Sunday only)
  • Visit Craft Bazaar


Day 01: Arrive Paro. Some cultural sightseeing in Paro. Overnight in Paro

Day 02: Hike and sightseeing in Paro. Overnight in Paro.

Day 03: Day excursion to Chelila for bird watching and later drive to Thimphu. Overnight in Thimphu.

Day 04: Morning bird watching in Thimphu and some cultural sightseeing. Overnight in Thimphu.

Day 05: Drive to Punakha/Wangdue with some birdwatching in the area. Overnight in Punakha/Wangdue

Day 06: Drive to Trongsa with some bird watching. Overnight in Trongsa.

Day 07: Drive to Bumthang with bird watching. Overnight in Bumthang.

Day 08: Cultural sightseeing and hike in Bumthang. Overnight in Bumthang.

Day 09: Drive to Gangtey. Overnight in Gangtey.

Day 10: Morning some hike with bird watching in the area. Later drive to Punakha/Wangdue. Overnight in Punakha/Wangdue.

Day 11: Bird watching in Punakha/Wangdue. Overnight in Punakha/Wangdue.

Day 12: Drive to Paro. Overnight in Paro.

Day 13: Depart from Paro Airport.

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