• The outlandishly gaudy Himalayan Monal. And this one was quite cooperative, too!
  • Fire-tailed Myzornis can be difficult to track down in the fall. This year we found three birds near Sengor.
  • Secretive denizens of dense bamboo, White-hooded Babblers are always a treat to see!
  • White-browed Fulvettas are common in the higher elevation forests of Bhutan.
  • The Ward's Trogon is a bird worthy of an extra special effort. It took us a little longer than usual to connect this year, but we finally caught up with a singing male!
  • Asian Barred Owlets are common throughout much of Bhutan.
  • Assamese Macaque with a baby.
  • Slaty-backed Forktail, one of four species of Forktails on the tour.
  • A real treat on the tour was finding this Hodgson's Frogmouth which has only recently been discovered in the forests around Yongkola.
  • Outside a primary school in Panbang.
  • We had incredible views of Rufous-chinned Laughingthrush on our 2018 tour!
  • We had incredible views of Rufous-chinned Laughingthrush on our 2018 tour!
  • The beautiful Ruddy Shellduck is common in the larger rivers of Bhutan.
  • Oriental Magpies are common in open country in mid and low elevation areas.
  • Olive-backed Pipit along the Punatsanchuu.
  • This Little Forktail disturbed our riverside breakfast in the Jigme Dorji National Park.
  • A Large-billed Crow picks ticks off a cow. The cow didn't seem to mind at all.
  • Jungle Mynas are found in the low elevation areas near the Indian Border.
  • Slaty-backed Forktail, one of four species of Forktails on the tour.
  • The Himalayan Monal is an unbelievable assortment of brilliant colors!
  • The Himalayan, or Altai Accentor, is the highest elevation accentor in Bhutan. We miss it on the majority of our trips, but this year we found a very cooperative flock near the entrance to the Tiger's Nest monastery.
  • The sweet-looking Green Shrike Babbler is a fairly common component of mixed flocks near Thimphu and Paro.
  • One of my (Aaron) most wanted birds of the trip was Collared Grosbeak, a bird I'd missed on all of my previous tours to Bhutan. I was so happy when we found this mail at Pele La near the end of the tour. There may have been some dancing involved.
  • There are three species of Langurs in Bhutan. Here is the species of the eastern forests, the Capped Langur.
  • Bhutan Giant Flying Squirrel on one of our night drives.
  • Alpine Accentor showing off its wing.

We just can’t say enough good things about birding Bhutan. The amount of pristine habitat, the friendly and welcoming people, the vivid colors and impressive architecture, the food, and, of course, the birding. There is no place in the Himalayas to find such a diversity of habitats and impressive list rare and imperiled species still thriving. Here are a few photos form our remarkable November 2018 tour which included one of the first birding tour forays along the newly opened southern route. Click here for more information on our next tour to Bhutan.

All photos by tour leader, Aaron Lang.