Arunachal Pradesh: Birds and Orchids
Eaglenest is presumed to be one of the foremost birding spots in India. Try spotting the Temminck’s and Blyth’s Tragopan, the Rufous Necked Hornbill and a host of others.
What iO thinks
The reason for Eaglenest being a preferred birding spot is because it is one of the last large tracts of wilderness in India. The mountains also provide a host of opportunities as you can do tiered birding, i.e. trying to spot birds at different altitudes starting at 100m (350ft) and going up to 2,900m (9,500ft).
Birds that you may see
Plain Martin, Winter Wren, Red Crossbill, Crimson-Breasted Woodpecker, Rusty-flanked Treecreeper, Hodgson’s Treecreeper, Winter Wren, Fire-Breasted Flowerpecker, Himalayan Buzzard, Crimson-Browed Finch, Blanford’s Rosefinch, Spotted Laughing Thrush, Snow Partridge, Black-Faced Laughing Thrush, White-Browed Rosefinch, White Winged Grosbeak, White Collared Blackbird, Golden Throated Barbet, Striated Bulbul, Yellow-Bellied Flowerpecker, White-Browed Rosefinch, Grey-Headed Bullfinch, Fire-Tailed Myzornis, Plain-backed Thrush, White-Browed Shrike Babbler, Black-Headed Shrike Babbler, Long-Billed Plover, Pied Falconet, Blood Pheasant, White-Throated Bulbul, Rufous Breasted Bush Robin, Oriental Scops Owl, Black Throated Prinia, Black-Tailed Crake, Snowy-Browed Flycatcher, Rufous-Faced Warbler, Red-Tailed Minla, White-Browed Rosefinch, White Collared Blackbird, Beautiful Nuthatch, Bay Woodpecker, Rufous-Breasted Accentor, Grey-Sided Bush Warbler, Brown-Throated Treecreeper, Coral-Billed Scimitar Babbler, Blue Whistling Thrush
Conservation efforts in the area
Dr. Umesh Srinivasan, a Post-Doctoral Research Scientist at Princeton University, discusses conservation efforts in the eastern Himalaya with the Bugun tribe and their efforts to protect the Bugun Liochichla – one of the rarest birds in the world. Read about his views of the area.