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SOUTHERN INDIA: Western Ghats Endemics
Journey from the mammal-rich lowlands of Nagarhole to the endemic-rich mountains of the Western Ghats.

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Colorful and exciting, Southern India possesses some of Asia's most magnificent national parks and is home to more than 20 endemic birds and a variety of mammals, ranging from the tiny endemic Malabar Spiny Dormouse to Nilgiri Langur, Tiger, and Indian Elephant. Separated by valleys, the mountain blocks where most of the parks are found are collectively known as the Western Ghats. In the valleys we'll see brightly painted trucks and giant wheeled oxen carts traveling the roads together with more "normal" modes of transport. In the wetlands we'll watch for Spot-billed Pelican, Red-naped Ibis, and Pheasant-tailed Jacana, while in the mountains we should see Legge's Hawk-Eagle, Chestnut-headed Bee-eater, Crimson-fronted Barbet, Indian Pitta, and the gorgeous White-bellied Treepie.

Our tour begins in Nagarhole National Park, where endemic Malabar Parakeets and White-cheeked Barbets call from within our lodge grounds; most of the following two weeks we'll then spend in the Western Ghats. It's here that most of the endemic and near-endemic birds survive, and we'll be looking for such specialties as Gray Junglefowl (far more beautiful than its name suggests), Malabar Trogon (a real treat), and Black-and-rufous Flycatcher. In the undergrowth we'll search for Wynaad Laughingthrush and White-bellied Shortwing (two of the harder endemics), while overhead the loud swoosh of wings at any time may signal Great or Malabar Pied hornbills.

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2020 Departures
Nov 1-21

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Oct 31 - Nov 20



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Terry Stevenson

What to Expect
Mostly very good accommodations, easy to moderate terrain, warm climate.

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