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August 8, 2017

Himalaya Birding Part 2

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Tirthan Valley Birding Part 2.

While in the Himalayas, I stay at the Tirthan Himalayan Adventures. Email: tirthanadventureck@gmail.com and phone: +91 9459 101 001. The guest house is really terrific. You get looked after really well and the environment is amazing. I think May-June and September-October would be the best times to visit.

 Himalayan Bulbul
Himalayan Bulbul (Pycnonotus leucogenys)

The Himalayan Bulbul looks very similar to the White-eared Bulbul. The main striking difference is the forward-sweeping crest. The head is also brown and the white cheek spotting is smaller. The White-eared Bulbul has a black head and the same yellow vent.

Blue Whistling Thrush  - adult
Blue Whistling Thrush (Myphonus caerulus) adult

The adult Blue Whistling Thrush has head and body spangled with glistening silvery blue.

 Little Forktail  - juvenile
Little Forktail (Enicurus scouleri) juvenile

I did not go on any treks up to the the Great Himalaya National Park. To do it, I think you have to be very experienced and fit. I only went a couple of kilometers up the track and that was enough for me. You have to climb more than 2000 meters to the camp. I have seen photos of the area and it is totally alpine up there above the treeline. You can even climb to 5000 meters where there are glaciers, beyond which is the Spiti Valley.

Large-billed Crow
Large-billed Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos)

Black Bulbul
Black Bulbul (Hypsipetes leucocephalus)

Little Pied Flycatcher
Little Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula westermanni)

not sure.
Dark-sided Flycatcher

Tirthan Valley bird list

Slaty-headed Parakeet (Psitticula himalayana)
Yellow-billed Blue Magpie (Urocissa flavirostris cucullata)
Great Barbet (Megalaima virens)
Little Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula westermanni)
Verditer Flycatcher (Eumyias thalassinus)
Black Bulbul (Hypsipetes leucocephalus)
Himalayan Bulbul (Pycnonotus leucogenys)
Blue Whistling Thrush (Myphonus caerulus)
Pied Bushchat (Saxicola caprata)
Little Forktail (Enicurus scouleri) juvenile
Large-billed Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos)
Shikra (Accipiter badius)
Grey-hooded Warbler
Dark-sided Flycatcher

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