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Birding Areas on the Northern slopes of the Chaku Ridge

Tenga :  1200m.  Farmland and habitation.

Ramalingam:   1780m.  Subtropical farmland, scrub and degraded forest.

Lama Camp:   2350m.  Temperate broad-leaved primary and degraded forest.

Top Ridge:   Temperate bamboo, conifer and broad-leaved forest and scrub.

Green Imperial Pigeon Photo: Lars Petersson. Striated Laughing thrush Photo Lars Patersson. Blue-throated Barbet, Photo Lars Petersson. Copper Smith Barbet. Photo by Lars Petersson. White-browed Shrike Babbler. Photo: Lars Petersson. Coral-billed Scimitar Babbler. Photo Jan Wendeby. Birds of Eagles Nest Wild Life Sanctuary, North East India

Locations on this ridge are Eaglenest Pass :  2800m;  Piri-La  :  3000m  
Piri-La, and the adjacent Bra-Top, 3200m; are the only two locations on this list that are only accesable by walking. To get on top of the ridge, one has to trek along a steep trail from Chaku; on the Southern slopes. The trail from Chaku to Bra-Top is tough going – but it passes through excellent birch, fir, rhododendron and Bamboo, which can be rewarding. Ramana has observed temminck's tragopan, fulvous-fronted parrot bills, black bear and even a red panda!

Birding Areas on the Southern Slope of the Chaku Ridge

Sunderview  :  
2465m.  Temperate broad-leaved forest and roadside scrub.

Chaku  :  2405m.  Temperate broad-leaved forest, meadows in ancient clear-felled patches.

Bompu  :   1940m.  Subtropical broad-leaved forest and bamboo, large patch of open scrub.

Sessni  :  1250m.  broad-leaved forest. Patches of abandoned cultivation.,with secondary scrub.

Khellong  :  750m.  tropical forest, grazing meadows and degraded scrub.

Kamengbari - Doimara  :  100-350m.  Tropical forest, grazing meadows, shingle banks and cultivation.

Birding logistics

There is no infrastructure for stay available in the sanctuary. We will set up fully serviced camps and take care of all your logistics.

Gurudongma birding camp for Avifauna Eagles Nest 2006: Photo by Lars Patersson.

You get to the birding sites by jeep, and by walking (to Piri La and Bra Top). Birding by jeep is possible up to an altitude of 2800 m.

Birding duration: 06- 08 days

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Pakke Tiger Reserve

Long-tailed Broadbill Foto: Lars Petersson. Chestnut-headed Bee-eater. Photo Lars Petersson. Pale Blue Flycatcher. Photo Lars Petersson Birding trail Photo by Goran Pattersson. Avi fauna birding group crosses flooded Lalong River 2006. Birds of Pakke Tiger Reserve, North East India

]Pakke WLS: Map by Ramana Athreya, (the Eaglenest Biodiversity Project 2004, funded by the Rufford foundation, UK) - Click to zoomThe Sanctuary: The Pakke Tiger Reserve is located 250 Kms North West of Guwahati and  covers an area of 862 sq Kms. The altitudinal range Is 100 to 2000m – but it ia presently accessable only up to 300 m.

Nameri National Park of Assam is contiguous with Pakke Tiger Reserve, lying just across the Assam-Arunachal state border at both Seijusa1 and Khari. Birding at Nameri is an alternative.

The vegetation in the birding areas is lowland evergreen forests, shingle banks, farmland plantations

To get to Pakke, you have to fly in from Delhi, Bagdogra or Kolkotta to Guwahati. You first drive 181 due West to Tezpur, for an overnight halt. The next day drive 24 kms to Balipara, on the Tezpur-Tawang Highway, to take the branch road to Sejusa 2, which is just 44 kms away. Restricted Area Permits for foreigners are checked at Sejusa 1 The best season is Nov-March.

Birds of Pakke Tiger ReserveGrey headed fish EagleGreat hornbillRed jungle fowlKhaleejIbisbillRed headed trogan female

Speciality Birds  :  jerdon's baza, pied falconet, white-cheeked hill-partridge, grey peacock-pheasant, elwe's crake, ibisbill, emerald cuckoo, red-headed trogon, green-pigeon, forest eagle-owl, wreathed and great hornbills, collared and long-tailed broadbills, blue-naped pitta, lesser shortwing, white-browed shortwing, daurian redstart, leschenault's forktail, lesser necklaced laughing-thrush, silver-eared  Mesia, white-bellied yuhina, yellow-bellied flycatcher-warbler, sultan tit, ruby-cheeked sunbird, maroon oriole, crow-billed drongo,

Birding areas

There are several areas in woodlands and forests around the forest department complex, at Sejusa and Khari and along the road to Khari.

Birding logistics

Sejusa and Khari have Forest Rest Houses, offering basic accommodation for 04 persons.  We will set up fully serviced camps and take care of all your logistics.

Walking inside the park is permitted if accompanied by a forest guard.  The only vehicle track inside the sanctuary is between Khari and Seijusa. All other areas have to be accessed on foot or on an elephant.

03-04 days are required for jeep based birding and 05-06 days for birding on foot / Elephant at Pakke

Nameri offers an attractive alternative to Pakke. It is located in Assam, where Restricted Area permits are not required. Importantly it avoids expending out of  the limited time of 10 days permitted in Arunachal Pradesh. Nameri also has good infrastructure for stay.

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