Our unique new Northeast India itinerary covers a great range of habitats, from the elephant grass of the Assam plains to the high mixed pine and broadleaf forests of the amazing Himalayan passes, plus various forest types from dry dipterocarp to montane boreal forest. Many species of the Eastern Himalayas Endemic Bird Area occur, some shared with Bhutan or Yunnan but perhaps easier to find here, with Himalayan Monal and Ward's Trogon as examples.

Birdwatching in this area of north-eastern India takes us to the low-altitude national parks at Kaziranga and Nameri, where we can observe a variety of birds and mammals, then on up into the foothills of the Himalayas on the border with Bhutan. Kaziranga is a beautiful lowland forest and grassland park, famous as one of the last strongholds for Great Indian Rhinoceros, and with a chance of Tiger, as well as wild Water Buffalo, Hog Deer and Wild Boar. Birds are also good, with the rare Finn's Weaver, a chance for Pallas's Fish-Eagle and Slender-billed Vulture, plus a good range of migrant waterfowl and shorebirds. Nameri offers Indian River Tern, River Lapwing, Wreathed Hornbill, and just maybe the very rare White-winged Duck, while Great Hornbill nests by the lodge and there are some four species of owls in the grounds.

An outstanding world-class birding area, Eaglenest Sanctuary is famous for the variety, numbers, and accessibility of the bird species found there. More than 450 species have been observed in the Eaglenest area and the surrounding higher-altitude forests. In addition, the area is home to some great mammals including Asiatic Elephant, whilst butterflies, amphibians and reptiles are also well represented.

Among a list likely exceeding 350 species we will be looking for a range of both lowland and montane specialities in some really beautiful country, including Swamp Francolin, Slender-billed Vulture, Snow Partridge, Himalayan Monal, perhaps Bengal Florican, Blue-rumped Pitta, Chestnut-backed, Brown-capped, Spotted, Scaly, Striped, and Bhutan Laughingthrushes, the recently described, rare, elusive, and very beautiful Bugun Liocichla, various species of Fulvetta, the extraordinary Fire-tailed Myzornis, and the strange Sikkim Wedge-billed Babbler. There are some amazingly beautiful sunbirds, too, with Crimson, Black-throated, Green-tailed, Mrs. Gould's, and Fire-tailed among the most striking of the family.

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