Monday, May 12, 2014

The haunting calls of the mountains of Bhutan

Copyright ©2014 Ramaswami Ashok Kumar
Photographs by Poornima Kumar
Narrative by Ramaswami Ashok Kumar
Some Bird song records courtesy 
1.Mr. Sherub
Chief Research and Education Officer,
Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment
Department of Forest
Ministry of Agriculture
Lamai Gompa, Bumthang

(Permission requested on 14 May 2014)
2. Bird Songs at Xeno Canto

The long awaited BNHS call for the visit to Bhutan finally came in the January February 2014 bi-monthly programme announcement:

Bhutan, the jewel of the eastern Himalaya and a global biodiversity hotspot is
home to a variety of wildlife. Here you can see birds like Beautiful Nuthatch, Redbilled
Leiothrix, Red-faced Liocichla, Blue-winged, Black-faced, and Grey-sided
Laughingthrush, Grey-throated Babbler, Brown, and Red-headed Bullfinch, Brownthroated
Treecreeper, Ward’s Trogon, Rufous-necked Hornbill, Black-throated
Parrotbill, Great Parrotbill, Brown Parrotbill, Fulvous Parrotbill, Slender-billed
Scimitar-babbler, Asian Emerald Cuckoo, Long-billed and Bar-winged Wren Babbler,
Streaked-breasted Scimitar-babbler, Golden-breasted Fulvetta, Shortwings, Whitewinged
Grosbeak, Collared Grosbeak, Long-tailed Thrush and several more species.
Bhutan has a good diversity of butterflies too, ranging from Bhutan Glory, Golden
Birdwing, Kaisers to Sergeants and Jezebels.
April is the perfect time to enjoy the spring in the Himalaya. Witness the Himalayan
floral splendour of Rhododendron, primulas, and orchids. You will be in the middle
of the courtship and nesting time of Himalayan birds – and this is the time to hear
them sing. Do not miss this spring in the Himalaya.
Group Leader: Mr. Isaac Kehimkar
Payment schedule:
1st Installment (non-refundable) Immediate Rs. 20,000/-
2nd Installment Date- Immediate Rs. 20,000/-
3rd Installment Date- 15th January, 2014 Rs. 20,000/-
Final Installment Date- 15th February, 2014 Rs. 17,500/-
Dates: 18th–26th April 2014

We made the payment for the two of us Poornima, my wife and me who are family members of BNHS,Bombay Natural History Society.

We booked a hotel near the airport for the night of 17th April 2014:

From: Kings Crown Hotel Kolkata []
Sent: 21 March 2014 20:03
Subject: RE: From Website: Booking Kolkata. Adult:2


Dear Guest ,
Thank you for contacting Hotel Kings Crown, VIP Road.
Rooms are available in our hotel on 17th April 2014. Details are as follows:

Room Tariff: Rs.1959/-including Tax( complimentary breakfast )
Room Type: Economy
Check In: 12:00 noon
Check Out: 12:00 noon
You are required to come along with your valid id proof except pan card.

At Mumbai we asked Devender the private taxi owner to pick us up from Vashi and we were at the Santa Cruz Chattrapati Shivaji Airport, completed our check in formalities: Water bottle was allowed and I was made to drink it and show! 

The flight from Mumbai to Kolkata was a non meal flight but we could order and pay. We ordered a Rs 250/- Khadi Jeera Rice with Jal frieze aboard the Boeing Jet 737-900 ER. We had a restful sleep at the hotel and had a cup of hot hot coffee and checked out at 530 AM on 18th April 2014 and took a taxi to the Kolkata Airport.

The last time we used the Kolkata airport was during the Sundarbans trip of 17 to 20 December 2012:
and the rebuilt Kolkata Airport is marvelous and spacious!
Look at the Royal Bhutan Airlines ticket forwarded to us by BNHS:
Passenger: ASHOK KUMAR RAMASWAMI Ticket No: 7771100019641
PNR No. 00OMFX Issue Date: 4/11/2014 2:58:14 PM
Issuing Airline: Bhutan Airlines Issuing Agent: BTCL Ticketing , Thimphu
, BT
18 APR, 2014 DEP CCU-Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International 08 : 10 Hrs B3701 SOWBTN
ARR PBH-Paro International Airport 09 : 45 Hrs Economy/S/CONFIRMED
a. Cancellation charges
-100% refund permitted for tickets cancelled more than 03 days from the date of travel with
administrative charge of BTN724
-Refund not permitted for tickets cancelled less than 03 days from the date of travel.
All applicable taxes are refundable-No rebooking charge if the reschedule is done more than
72 HRS

But this was not the last of our travel reservations!

Since we would be dropped off at Bagdogra International Airport, we had another boarding pass for the flight to Delhi. And then a train reservation from Hazrat Nizamuddin to Mumbai Central by the August Kranti Rajdhani for the 30th of April 2014.

At Subhas Chandra Bose Int Airport we waited! 
At 0836 hrs IST we were waiting for the weather which was cloudy to clear up at Paro! At the
Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport we were all waiting and were entertained by the common tiger butterfly, the drongo, the blue tiger.. We had a comfortable flight to Paro where the plane turned tantalisingly into the Paro valley and landed safely.
Just before we landed we thought we had a view of Kanchenjunga from the air at 951 AM IST:

 951 AM IST: Is the Kanchenjunga visible?

The Paro International Airport, 18 April 2014 1045 Bhutan Standard Time

1045 Bhutan Standard Time: Poornima at the Paro International Airport

Me at the Paro International Airport just after a pleasant landing(1045 AM Bhutan Standard Time).

How about a spectacular landing? Check out:
A spectacular landing on the Paro International Airport by JayMcDir:

A view of Paro from the tarmac at 1108 AM IST on 18 April 2014.

Mr. Tashi Namgay of Yeshy Dema Namgay Tours and Treks, Thimpu, Bhutan, Cell 0097517163398 guided us in a minibus on the way from Paro to Thimpu. We arrived in the capital Thimpu at Hotel Kisa after a one and a half hour ride(11:15 to 1245 Bhutan standard time(IST plus 30 minutes)).
The hill sides were barren on the way. Near the roadside were Chirpines, apple blossoms- spring in Bhutan. The driver's name was Indra. We made it half an hour earlier at 12:15 BST. Thimpu at 2320 m elevation. After a good lunch we went birding in the Begana area, north west of Thimpu:
The first view at 2:22 PM(IST) on the way to the Begana Region:

Note: The Begana area where we birded is shown by a red square as a power station. Actually a power station is located there.

It was a very very satisfying experience with Tashy Namgay, the guide for birds and culture, with his Birds of Bhutan(Inskipp et al) in his pocket and his i phone with bird songs, Karma Wangdi, the Bhutanese guide on plants and butterflies and we 11 of us very happy to the brim on the fantastic forested area with so many trees, plants and birds and butterflies.
Relatively dry, Thimphu valley is surrounded by fine stands of Blue Pine and temperate evergreen forests. The increasing human settlement has pushed birding spots at least 10 km and now the ideal areas for birding are around the stream near Motithang and in and around Begana and Cheri villages.

The fist glimpse of the Rhododendron(308 PM IST) and the Primula(3:18 PM IST):

At 4:03 PM on 18 April 2014 we were at the famed Park:

On this trail we saw the Rock Pigeon, the Oriental Turtle Dove, the Common Hoopoe, the Yellow Rumped Honeyguide, the White Wagtail, Red-vented Bulbul, the Brown Dipper, Rufous-breasted Accentor, Blue Whistling Thrush, Grey-winged Blackbird, Whistle's Warbler, Rufous-gorgeted flycatcher, Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher, Oriental Magpie-Robin, Plumbous Water-Redstart, White-throated Laughingthrush, Black-faced Laughingthrush, Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush, Rufous Sibia, Green-backed Tit, Long-tailed Shrike, Grey-backed Shrike, Black Drongo, Yellow-billed Blue Magpie, House Crow, Russet Sparrow and Eurasian Tree Sparrow: A total of 28 species for the day, just in Begana!  We spotted the Yellow Rumped Honeyguide(18 April 2014 at 1439 IST) moving from a bee hive on the left to a bee hive on the right among the rock cave formations. It then sat on a slanted twig and posed for a long time for us giving various angles!
I show the location in the Begana area  between the two bee hives where on the slanted twig the Yellow rumped honeyguide sat posing:

A gallery of the birds of Bhutan( which includes a photo of the Yellow Rumped Honeyguide  is found at:
The song of the honeyguide is found in the mp3 site for birdsongs given at Ref 4. Emits song pulses in flight.
A photo of Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush is also found in the surfbirds site above and its call in my mp3 site for birdsongs above.
See Rufous Sibia here:
And its call at the mp3 site above.
For a picture of the Green-backed tit see
And its call at the mp3 site at Ref 4.
A picture of the Blue Whistling Thrush we saw in Begana area on 18th April 2014 is here(seen in Mochu Valley by the author of this photo):
The song is sweet and complex and is in the mp3 site above.
The Brown Dipper photo is at
and its song is in the mp3 site above.
Rufous-breasted Accentor can be seen at
And its song in the mp3 site above.
The Grey-winged Blackbird(male) may be seen here:
And its song at
The white wagtail is at:
And its song at:
Whistler's Warbler can be seen at:
And its song is at my mp3 site above.
Song lacks tremelos and trills which are present in Golden-spectacled Warbler and this is the best means of identification. Let us anticipate the Golden-spectacled Warbler which we spotted on 20 April 2014:
The song of the Golden-spectacled Warbler is at mp3 site above.
The Golden-spectacled Warbler can be seen at:
1633 Indian Standard Time 18 April 2014: In the Thimpu, Begana area, we saw the Yellow-billed Blue Magpie(Threatened):

The song of the Yellow-billed Blue Magpie is at the mp3 site above.

Another photo of the  Yellow-billed Blue Magpie is at:

Source Yellow Billed Blue Magpie
Author Rakesh Dogra] from Dehradun, India

We saw the Rufous-gorgeted flycatcher:
A glimpse of it is available at:
And its song at the mp3 site of mine above(Ref 4 for the URL).
More info on the bird at:
The image there:

Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher (Ficedula strophiata)CC BY 2.0

I was close to Tashy Namgay who with his i phone bird calls and zoom camera was busy photographing the Grey-headed Canary-Flycatcher:
Catch the bird on Youtube:
And the mp3 sound of the bird song at my site above.

The Plumbeous Water Redstart was spotted a number of times in the Jigme Dorji National Park:
Get an idea from here for the male: 
And here also for the female:
The song of the Plumbeous Water Redstart is at the mp3 site mentioned above and pasted here:
Habitat: Mountain streams and rivers.
Beside the mountain stream inside the Jigme Dorji National Park:

And me too in the lovely Begana Area beside the stream:

We saw the White-throated Laughingthrush:,_Uttarkhand,_India.jpg

White-throated laughingthrush at Pangot, Uttarkhand, IndiaCC BY-SA 3.0
Kannan AS - Own work

Check out also:
The video  White throated laughingthrush in Jatoli village of WildFilmsIndia is at:
And its song is my mp3 site above(Ref 4).
Habitat: Broadleaved and broadleaved-coniferous forest and secondary growth.
The Black-faced Laughingthrush(garrulax affinis) is here:

This image was originally posted to Flickr by Allan Drewitt at It was reviewed on by the FlickreviewR robot and was confirmed to be licensed under the terms of the cc-by-2.0.

And its song is in the bhutanbirdsongs site reference above.
Habitat: Broad leaved coniferous and mixed forests and shrubberies above tree line(We saw it in Thimpu).
We saw the long-tailed shrike:
A view is here:
And its song is at the mp3 site here.
Habitat: Bushes in cultivation and open forest.
And we saw the grey backed shrike:
This image was originally posted to Flickr by Lip Kee at It was reviewed on by the FlickreviewR robot and was confirmed to be licensed under the terms of the cc-by-sa-2.0.

And its song in the birdsong site above.
We saw the black drongo, the Russet Sparrow and the Eurasian Tree Sparrow.
The Russet Sparrow(male):

Passer rutilansCC BY-SA 3.0
Alpsdake - Own work

Female Russet Sparrow:

Passer rutilans (female)CC BY-SA 3.0
Alpsdake - Own work
Female Russet Sparrow:
And its song is in my mp3 site above. It also contains the song of the Streaked Spiderhunter.
Its habitat: Open forest, forest edges and upland cultivation.
We saw the Eurasian Tree Sparrow:
Check out:
The image at:
And its song is in my mp3 site above.
Its habitat: Forest and secondary growth.
This completes what we saw on 18 April 2014 in Bhutan.
We had a good dinner and rested blissfully in Kisa Hotel.

Day 2     19 April 2014

The expectation after an early morning start in the Begana Area and the Dochula Pass Region:
In the morning butterflying in the Begana area- drive along the central highway to Dochula(3150 m). Afetr the Dochula pass sojourn, explore the Royal Botanical Park with about 50 species of butterfly, and diversity of birds on the east side of the pass, by walking the highway. Here we have a good chance of seeing the Satyr Tragopan. White-throated, Striated and Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrushes are present here.  Darjeeling Woodpecker, Hoary-throated Barwing,  Fire-tailed Myzornis, Rufous-winged Fulvetta, Rusty-flanked Treecreeper, Red-headed Bullfinch are all amongst a range of possibilities. In the evening look for the critically endangered White-bellied Heron alongside the Pho-chuu river and for other river birds. Overnight at Punakha.

The trail.
On the google earth we show the route we took from Thimpu to Dochula Pass and the landscape there:

 We reached Dochula Pass Trail(Dont you recognise it friends?) beside the 108 stupas after a 22 km winding trip through one of the densest forest areas of the world:

We missed the view of the Himalayas from Dochula on the 19th but caught a traveling glimpse on the 21st April 2014 as we were hurrying to beat the block with Indra on his flying horse. Look at what we may have missed: Bhutan's highest peak Gangkhar Peunsum:

A tour of Gangkhar Peunsum:

Paste the URL for the birdsong site on the address bar:
Open the Gangkhar Puensum TourA.kmz file by clicking on download and then clicking on open the file(Do not click on save). You will go on a tour of the highest peak of Bhutan-Gangkhar Puensum with a peak measuring 7570 m and a prominence of 2995m. In topography, prominence[a] characterizes the height of a mountain's or hill's summit by the vertical distance between it and the lowest contour line encircling it and no higher summit. It is a measure of the independence of a summit. A peak's key col is a unique point on this contour line and the parent peak is some higher mountain, selected according to various objective criteria(

A panoramic view:
Have a peek of the peaks at:

 537 AM: Dochula Sun

 0604 AM: Dochula Primulas: Spring in Bhutan

We saw the Pallas's Fish Eagle by the side of the river Pho-chuu river:
Check out:
Habitat: Large rivers. 

River Lapwing(Vanellus duvaucelii)
The Images there:

River Lapwing (Vanellus duvaucelii) at Jayanti, Duars, West Bengal W IMG 5291CC BY-SA 3.0
J.M.Garg - Own work

River Lapwing (Vanellus duvaucelii) at Jayanti, Duars, West Bengal W IMG 5298CC BY-SA 3.0
J.M.Garg - Own work

Near threatened. See
Dams a major cause.
A photo of the bird at Paro:
A video: A River Lapwing at a sewage pond in Thimpu:
Its song:
See my mp3 site above.
We saw a red-wattled lapwing also.
For this bird in action sitting on its eggs and also in motion see
Its song:
See my mp3 site above.
We saw the oriental cuckoo:
The song is in my mp3 site above.
As we wet on the trail in excellent weather by the side of the river Pho-chu we saw the ibisbill:
Daniel Bhalla's video on the ibisbill:
A photo:
The image there:
JC IbisbillCC BY-SA 3.0
Subramanya C K - Own work

The song is in the mp3 site above.
Habitat: Mountainstreams and rivers with shingle beds.
We saw the Crested Kingfisher along the river:
A photo is at:
The image there:
CrestedKingfisherCC BY-SA 3.0
Vndas - Own work
Another photo:
The song is in the mp3 site above.

We saw the Black Bulbul(Hypsipetes leucocephalous):
The image there:

Black Bulbul I IMG 6662CC BY-SA 3.0
J.M.Garg - Own work
Its song is in the mp3 site above(Ref 4).
Habitat: Tall forest mainly broadleaved,also coniferous and mixed forest.

We saw the Blue Rock Thrush:
Check out the image here(male) from:

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Original uploader was Jojo2000 at ja.wikipedia - Originally from ja.wikipedia; description page is/was here.

The female at:
The image of the female there:

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The Xeno Canto Records of the song at:

And what a sight the white collared blackbird was!
The image there:
White-collared Blackbird (Male) I IMG 7377CC BY-SA 3.0
J.M.Garg - Own work
The female:
See the female in this gallery:
Birdsong of  white collared blackbird(Chele la) :
The complete set of birdcalls of white collared blackbird  on Xeno Canto:
Habitat: Broadleaved, coniferous and broadleaved-coniferous forest, forest edges and clearings.

We saw the Brownish-flanked Bush Warbler(Cettia fortipes):
The image there:
Brownish-flanked Bush Warbler I IMG 6777CC BY-SA 3.0
J.M.Garg - Own work

See a video on it from Arunachal Pradesh, Kameng:
A Xeno Canto recording:
The fullset of songs of this bird at:
Its song is also at my mp3 site(Ref 4).
Habitat: Bushes at forest and cultivation edges.

The Blue-fronted Redstart:
The image there:

Blue-fronted Redstart Aritar Sikkim India 7th January 2014CC BY-SA 3.0
Dibyendu Ash - This image file contains the photograph of Blue-fronted Redstart from Aritar from the state of Sikkim, India, Photographed on 7th January 2014
Both male and female birds are shown in this web site:
Xeno Canto Recordings of the Blue-fronted Redstart:
Habitat: Shrubberies and open forest.

The Hoary-throated Barwing
Actinodura nipalensis
Check out image at
Xeno Canto birdsongs at
"Adult Fairly common altitudinal migrant; 1830 to 3300 m. Prominent buffish-white shaft-streaking on crown and nape, black moustachial stripe, streaked mantle, and greyish throat and breast. Mainly mossy oak forest, also fir and mixed forest."- Inskipp et al,   Birds of  Bhutan. p 158. 2007. Timeless Books, New Delhi.

We saw the White-browed Fulvetta at Dochula Pass:
The image there:

Check out:
Call Xeno Canto at Che le la, Bhutan(11 seconds):
24 seconds of song at Ghorepani, Nepal:
53 seconds of songs on my mp3 site at:

And we saw the Fire-tailed Myzornis several times and also in flight:
Check out for example:,_Arunachal_Pradesh,_India_-male-8.jpg
And the image there:

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Also see
And at:
The Xeno Conto song recordings at:
mp3 song record also at my site:

Brown Parrotbill we saw at Dochu la, Royal Botanical Park:
See the Wikipedia site:
And the image there:

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Author Mahesh Iyer
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Check out also the bird images in Bhutan:
The Xeno Conto recording of the song at:
You may also check out my mp3 file for the song also(59 secs).
Habitat: Bamboo stands and dense bushes.

We saw the White-tailed Nuthatch:

Check out the example from Uttarakhand:
The image:
Song from Xeno Conto:
Habitat: Broadleaved and mixed forest.

We saw the green-tailed sunbird:
Check out:
The image there,male:
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Migrates between 610 to 3665 m. Forest and secondary growth.
Call from Xeno Canto:

We saw the Fire-breasted Flowerpecker:
Check out at:
The image there:

Description Fire-breasted Flowerpecker Dicaeum ignipectus (Clements 5th. ed) Dicaeum ignipectum (Clements 6th. ed) Nominate race Dicaeum ignipectus ignipectus
Pokhara, Nepal 13th. March 2009
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Xeno Canto Recording of song:
Broadleaved forest and secondary growth. Migrates between 610 and 2895 m.

We saw the Oriental White-eye:
Habitat is well wooded areas.
Bird song recording:

Grey Treepie was also sighted:
The image at the latter URL:

English: Grey Treepie Dendrocitta formosae in Uttarakhand, India.
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Grey Treepie vs Eurasian Tree Sparrow(which we also saw today):

Popular Grey Treepie videos 

Apart from these birds, we also sighted the Rock Pigeon, the Oriental Turtle Dove, the Common Hoopoe, the Oriental Skylark, the White Wagtail, the Redvented Bulbul, the Rufous-breasted Accentor, the Blue Whistling Thrush, the Oriental Magpie Robin, the White-throated Laughingthrush, the Black-faced Laughingthrush, the Rufous Sibia, the Green-backed Tit, the long-tailed Shrike, the Ashy Drongo, the Yellow-billed Blue Magpie, the House Crow, the Large-billed Crow, the Common Myna, the Russet Sparrow, the Eurasian Tree Sparrow and the Chestnut-tailed Starling - all on 19 April 2014 in the Dochula area. 

The Dachula Temple

Dachula Walkway beside the Monastery:

The Dachula Monastery


 We saw the castonopsis tree with white flowers:

(From Ohsawa,M ed.1987. Life Zone Ecology of the Bhutan Himalaya.Laboratory of Ecology,Chiba University, page 42)

The Dochula to Punakha travel on 19 April 2014:

The Castonopsis tree, an idea from Wikipedia:

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Castanopsis sieboldii

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The 20 April 2014 Memories- Bhutan

Plan: Start early morning from Punakha and drive to Jigme Dorji National Park for birding. Pallas's FishEagle, Crested Kingfisher and Slaty-backed Forktail can usually be found along the river. We also hope to find the Yellow-vented Warbler in the forests here. Other possibilities include Great and Golden-throated Barbets, Grey-hooded Warbler, Maroon Oriole, Grey Treepie, Black-winged Cuckoo-shrike, Slaty-bellied Tesia, Fire-breasted Flowerpecker and Black-throated Sunbird. Overnight at Punakha.

We saw the castonopsis tree 

The Trail :
As we were moving in the vehicle we saw House Sparrows, a Common Hoopoe on a tree and Ruddy Shelducks in flight.
Check out:
My mp3 site contains Ruddy Shelduck's song.
Xeno Canto Recordings:

1. 0615: White-throated Kingfisher, a Treepie and ashy drongo.
2. 0725:  We saw the Maroon Oriole at Jigme Dorji National Park.
The image from the above Wikipedia site:

English: taken at Wulai, Taipei County, Taiwan.
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See the video of the male and with female feeding the chick at:
Habitat: Dense moist broadleaved forest.
Song at Xeno Canto:

3.  0650: On the bridge at entrance to Jigme Dorji National Park we saw Plumbous Water  Redstart, Blue Whistling thrush and the Slaty-backed Forktail.
Check out the Slaty-backed Forktail at,_Dibang_Valley,_Arunachal_Pradesh,_India.jpg
See the image there:

English: Slaty-backed forktail, Dibang Valley, Arunachal Pradesh, India
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Also see:
Check this Forked Tail from Bhutan:
Bird Song at Xeno Canto:

0730: Fabulous Forests en route Punakha to Jigme Dorji National Park(20 April 2014):

At 0740 hrs we saw the Golden-spectacled Warbler:
Check out:
Habitat: Forest understory.
Song: Xeno Canto:

At 7:55 we saw the Striated Laughingthrush:
Song: Xeno Canto:
Habitat: Dense broadleaved forest.

We also saw Common Hoopoe, Great Barbet, the Black Bulbul, the Brown Dipper at the Waterfall (See below for photo).
0624 hrs IST: We saw a beautiful Rivulet in the park:

  Butterflies in Bhutan

"Little is known about the butterflies of Bhutan. The
British Natural History Museum in London has a large
number of specimens from Bhutan, mostly collected
by explorers during the first half of the last century,
but no systematic studies seem to have been carried
out. Bhutan probably has some 800 to 900 species of
butterflies (Dr. Torben Larsen, pers. comm.).
800 to 900 species is a huge number for a small country
such as Bhutan. There are more butterfly species in
Bhutan than in the whole of North America (679
species) or of Europe (440 species). The incredible
range of habitats present in Bhutan, from subtropical
in the south to alpine in the north presents a vast array
of habitat niches for butterflies. Also, both Palaearctic
and Indo-Malayan species are found in Bhutan. The
largest number of butterflies is found in the subtropical
zone, but an amazing number can be found at midelevations
and in the mountains even at elevations
above 5000m. The hardy high-altitude butterflies fly
only during the summer."-- 

From Ref 8: The link to Ref 8:

We spotted the Chestnut Tiger Butterfly a number of times in the Park-Punakha road. Check out:
The Image:
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We spotted the Assamese Macaque:
Spot the Assamese Macaque in this grand account of a trip to heavenly Bhutan at
And note the Himalayan peaks we missed at Dochula and other places at dawn beginning to glow in the sun from crimson to white!
At 802 hrs ist: We spotted the Brown Coloured Punchinello Butterfly:

Another view of the Brown butterfly:

Check out:
The image from there:
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Then the Map butterfly: Check out at:

820 hrs we spotted the Nepal Fulvetta:
Migrating between 500 to 2400 m. Grey head with black lateral crown-stripes.
Habitat: Dense understory in moist, broadleaved forest and bamboo.
Check out the bird at:
The Image:

English: Nepal Fulvetta Alcippe nipalensis, Mishmi Hills, Arunachal Pradesh, India
Date , 22:12:33
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Author Kannan AS


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The Xeno Canto records of the song at:
A high fidelity recording is at my mp3 site(Reference 4)

0820:  Small Niltava
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The image from the above wikipedia page:

Niltava macgrigoriaeCC BY-SA 3.0
Umeshsrinivasan - Own work
Small Niltava male, Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary

Check out the following URL for both the male and female photos:
For the xeno canto record of the song, check out at:
It migrates between 245m to 2200m. Resident.
Habitat: Bushes in broadleaved forest.

0829: Chestnut tiger butterfly.
0830: Half a dozen green backed tits.
0830: Beehive on rock.
0831: Grey Treepie
0832: On Alnus nepalensis, Orchid Dendrobium, pink. At:

Alnus NepalensisCC BY-SA 3.0
Krish Dulal - Own work

Another photo of Alnus Nepalensis from Flowers of India:

On this an Orchid Dendrobium
Dendrobium cucullatum Dendrobium pierardii, Dendrobium aphyllum var cucullatumOrchidaceae Hooded Dendrobium

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We saw a pink orchid on a tree
Pink orchid lovely
On a tree with pink flowers
Orchids in full bloom.

Running wild with pink orchids
Just one epiphyte!
0841 hrs IST: Breakfast with Tashy Namgay, Karma Wangdi, Indra and the group in excellent weather in heavenly Bhutan: In between the two trees on the slender tree behind on a top branch a verditer flycatcher was singing.

0915 hrs IST:  we saw the verditer flycatcher on a tree sitting and singing for a long time:

A Haiku on the Verditer Flycatcher

Memories may fade
Verditer flycatcher blue
Frozen in sharp snaps!

Check out oriental bird images site for both sexes at:
Xeno Canto recordings at:
Habitat: Open forest and wooded areas.

0915 hrs IST:  We saw a pale blue flycatcher here:
Check out at:
The Xeno Canto song recording at:

0915: White-capped Water Redstart
Check out:
The Image from there:

Description White-capped Water Redstart (Chaimarrornis leucocephalus), Doi Inthanon National Park, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Date , 17:13:27
Source Own work
Author JJ Harrison (
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The Xeno Canto song records at:
Migrating between 150 m(Nov) to at least 4350 m(May).
Habitat: Mainly mountain streams and rivers.

Look at the area from Punakha to Jigme Dorji National Park where we were birding on the 20th, its me in the background and the busy photographers in the foreground(Nishat and Armin):

As we walked on and on we saw:
0916 hrs IST:

Can you identify the butterfly above? I guess it is female Dark Judy, cf p 277  ref 5.

918: A butterfly (Painted Lady):
Spotted the Painted Lady on the Punakha Highway to Jigme Dorji National Park.

940: Two great barbets.
 Check out at:,_Uttarakhand,_India-8.jpg
And the image there:
Description Megalaima virens
English: A Great Barbet in Chakrata, Uttarakhand, India.
Date , 06:36
Source The great barbet
Author Meghana Kulkarni from Pune, India


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Xeno Canto records at:

1000 hrs: Jigme Dorji National Park:
1000 hrs: Paris Peacock:




1005: Chestnut Tiger Butterfly
A tree of the mangifera species.
1010: Acer species tree.
10:15 White Cabbage Butterfly and again the Paris Peacock.
Check out:
The image there of the large white cabbage:

Large white spread wingsCC BY-SA 3.0
S Sepp - Own work

Small White Cabbage Female:
The images there(Female Small White and male):

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Sarefo - Own work

Pieris rapae maleCC BY-SA 3.0
JamesDouch - Own work

1025: Chocolate Pansy
1030: Pink orchid.
1035: Caesalpenia decapetala-Mysore Thorn we saw:

1040: Araflusis Patruchinello(?) alias Goat Weed:

Elfenblume (Epimedium x versicolor)CC BY 2.0view terms

1120: Freak
1125: Lhasa Range(See photo below)
1130: Brown Dipper and Myna on a rock near the water falls(see the waterfalls pic above).
1215: Cynoclossum Ferruculum-a sticky plant. ?
1200: Wild Rasperry-very tasty! The tree:

1200: The Lhasa Range in the background,Poornima is enjoying the stream here(Others in our group: the botany and butterfly expert Shri Karma Wangdi from UWICE, Armin and Thrity): Photo by Ms. Meena Jinturkar.

1205: Wild strawberry
Check out:
The image from there:

1210; Himalayan Jester
Check out at :
The image there(Courtesy Isaac Kehimkar, who incidentally happened to be our BNHS Group Leader for the Bhutan trip here):

Azur Saphire
Check out at:
Author: Eurylaimmus

The image at:

1215: Helen
See all about Helen at:
The Image there:

Red Helen (Papilio helenus) at Samsing, Duars, WB W IMG 6219CC BY-SA 3.0
J.M.Garg - Own work

1220: Tiger beetle
Check out at
The image there:

English: Lophyra sp. Tiger beetle pictured in Kibaha, Tanzania.
Français : Lophyra sp., un carabidé carnassier. Photo prise à Kibaha, en Tanzanie.
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Author Muhammad Mahdi Karim ( Facebook
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We know birds and butterflies. But the Tiger beetle?
See the video:
Watch one of the Tiger beetle videos at:

We saw the whiskered yuhina:
Check out:
The image from there:

English: Whiskered Yuhina (Yuhina flavicollis)
Date 2007 - 11 - 25


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for some details.
See Ref 6, Plate 70,11 for concise details. Habitat: Broadleaved forest, second growth.Punakha: 1200 m amsl.
The Xeno Canto Records of the song at

We saw the black-chinned Yuhina:
The image from there:

English: Black-chinned Yuhina (Yuhina nigrimenta)
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The song at Xeno Canto recordings at:

We saw the White-bellied Yuhina in the Punakha area:
Check out the Wikipedia at:
The image from there:

English: White-bellied Yuhina (Erpornis zantholeuca)
Date 2009 - 02 -07


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The Xeno Canto song records at:
My mp3 bird song site also has recording of the song of the White-bellied Yuhina.

We saw  the Black-throated Sunbird:
Check out:
The image from there:

Aethopyga saturata – Ang KhangCC BY-SA 3.0

We saw this bird in the Punakha area.
The Bird Song from Xeno Canto site:

The Visit to the Punakha Monastery after lunch

300 IST: The aerial view of the Punakha Monastery:

308PM IST: Walking towards the Punakha Monastery:
329PM: We reach the front of the entrance to the Punakha Monastery:

We notice with awe the beehives at the top of the front of the Punakha Monastery(See the picture  above and the one below):

The Yellow-rumped Honeyguide (on behalf of BNHS-Bhutan Happiness) has guided us serenely to the Punakha Monastery. 
Being good in thought, word and deed includes:
Ahimsa satyamakrodhastyagaha shantirapaishunam II
Daya bhuteshvalolptvam mardavam hreerachapalam II 2 II

Non-injury, truth, absence of anger, renunciation, tranquility, absence of calumny, compassion to beings, uncovetousness, gentleness, absence of fickleness.

358: We spotted the Pallas Fish Eagle.

Inside the temple

Posing Inside the Temple(Photo by Ms Meena Jinturkar)

The Temple Fortress

 The Temple leading to the Sanctum Sactorum

4 to 445 PM: Standing in front of the mural depicting the life cycle, Tashy Namgay, the tour guide explained to us the Mahayana Buddhism and as we were taken round the temple,  he explained  its history regarding the Punakha temple and Bhutan.

Thereafter I posed with Sudhir Sapre for a photo:

We had a good dinner after we returned to our Hotel and rested for the night at Punakha.

Day 4: 21 April 2014

In the morning we departed from Punakha to Paro. The plan: On the way explore the Royal Botanical Park with about 50 species of butterfly- what diversity: via Dochula pass. Drive to Paro.

The google earth and map:

Another panoramic view of the setting of our tour:
Paste the link given in reference 4 to the address bar and click on the download for the kmz file entitled:
My PlacesParotoPunakha.kmz
You will see the site in relation to the Himalayan mountains.
The route on Google Earth Punakha to Paro via Royal Botanical Park, Dochula and Thimpu :

 555 hrs IST: Mountain top view of river to spot White-bellied Heron:
Pallas Fish Eagle flying, I saw!
600: We saw the barred cuckoo dove:
Check out:
The image therein:

Barred Cuckoo-doveCC BY-SA 3.0
Geetanjalidhar - Own work

The song at: Xeno Canto
600: Treepies, Kingfisher call.
610: Common merganser:
Check out at:
The image there(male):

Mergus merganser -Sandwell -England -male-8CC BY 2.0view terms
Tony Hisgett - originally posted to Flickr as Male Goosander

The female at:
The image from there:

Female Mergus merganser americanus at Las Gallinas Wildlife PondsCC BY-SA 3.0
Frank Schulenburg - Own work

The song from Xeno Canto records:
A pair of megansers in the Punakha Chu River:
At 610 hrs we also saw  Ruddy Shelducks,a barking deer and an Oriental Turtle Dove.

Oriental Turtle Dove: Check out at:
The Image there:

OrientalturtledoveCC BY 2.5
Ravi Vaidyanathan - Own work

The bird song at:

925: Verditer flycatcher
We saw the Rock Pigeon:
Check out:
We saw about this time the Grey Hooded Warbler(Poornima spotted it at the White-bellied Heron spotting top point):
Check out:
The image there:

Grey-hooded WarblerCC BY-SA 3.0
Munish Jauhar - Own work

The Xeno Canto songs for the Grey Hooded Warbler at:
We also saw the Pale Blue Flycatcher, White-capped Water Redstart.

We saw the Grey Bushchat:
Check out
The image there(male):

Grey Bushchat (male) I IMG 6728CC BY-SA 3.0
J.M.Garg - Own work

The Image there(female):

Grey Bushchat (Female)- Himachal- I2 IMG 3246CC BY-SA 3.0
J.M.Garg - Own work

See Plate 83, Bird No. 17 in Ref 6.

We saw the fork-tailed swift:
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The image there:

ApusPacificusCC BY-SA 3.0view terms
Robert Pudwill - Own work

The song is at my mp3 site, Reference 4, under Fork-tailed Swift.

We also saw the White-throated Kingfisher, Common Hoopoe.

We saw the Black winged Cuckooshrike for the first time during the tour:
Check out:
See the image there:

Black-winged CuckooshrikeCC BY 2.0view terms
See the image there:

Black-winged Cuckooshrike female Nabarun SadhyaCC BY-SA 3.0
Nabarunsadhya - Own work

The xeno canto sound records are at:
Habitat: Summer <2200m; Winter: <1000m;
Open forest, groves, Secondary Jungle. Resident, Altitudinal migrant, migrates within the Indian subcontinent, that is, breeds in the Himalayas and and winters in Southern India  and or Sri Lanka(Ref 6).

We also saw the mountain bulbul:
Check out:
The image there:

Ixos mcclellandii - Kaeng KrachanCC BY-SA 3.0
Mountain Bulbul(cf Ref 6)
23 cm from bill to tail tip. Bushy rusty brown crest, Habitat: Summer 900-2700m;Winter: >plains. Forest, second growth. Sometimes in bird waves. Altitudinal migrant,fairly common.
Xeno canto:

See the Table for the full list of birds at Table BBT.
One of the birding walks was an area near a school. The location is in the photo here:

We arrived in Paro at luchtime and  in the afternoon birding were greeted by rusted sparrows and Blue tailed Crake. We had a good dinner and rested overnight at Paro.

Plan for Day 5: 22 April 2014: 

Paro to Chelela Pass  for birding in the morning.
This is a good location for Himalayan Monal. Blood and Khalij Pheasant are also in. Other possibilities: Yellow-billed Blue Magpie, Grey-crested and Rufous-fronted Tits, Black-faced Laughingthrush, Long-tailed Thrush, White-collared Blackbird, Collared Grosbeak, White-browed and Dark-rumped Rosefinch.
Afternoon Birding along Pa Chhu River.
We may see Ibisbill, River Lapwing, Brey-backed Shrike, Oriental Turtle Dove, Rufous-breasted Accentor, Hodgson's Redstart, and Black-tailed Crake.

The Route from Paro to Chele La Pass 22 April 2014

The point marked blood red is Chele La Pass.

The drive from Paro to Chele La Pass
1. Paro Location

At the begin of the drive to Chele La Pass, I saw an owl- frightened with large yellow bordered eyes with black circle at the centre:
I wonder whether it was this:
The Image there:

Because simultaneously the group spotted the Khalij Pheasant and I wasn't sure what this creature was I let it go and mentioned Tashy only later. He told me I should have drawn attention at the time of the sighting.
The Xeno Canto Records at:
Or it may have been the Brown Hawk Owl:
The Image there:

Brown Hawk-Owl - Ninox scutulataCC BY 2.0view terms

The Xeno Canto records are at:

The Khalij Pheasant:
 We saw the Khalij Pheasant definitely once but perhaps more than once on this trip Paro to Chele La pass.
Check out:
The image:

Kalij-pheasant HawaiiPublic Domainview terms
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The Xeno Canto Record at:

We sighted the Blood Pheasant a number of times and even in group and in flight.
Check out at:
The image there:

Our own photo(Poornima) at the sight:

The Xeno Canto song records are at:

We saw the Himalayan Monal Pheasant(s) in grand action at two places below Chele La Pass, like the Kalij and the Blood.
The Himalayan Monal Pheasant
A picture is at:
Check out:
The Image there:

Lophophorus impejanus Zoo DU 2Public Domain
H005 - Own work

The female from there:
The image:

Himalayan Monal OsakaCC BY-SA 3.0
Kuribo - Own work
See also:
A video stream is at:
The mp3 audio file is at:
The mp3 file was added to my blog with help from the following tip(Ref 7):

We saw the hen harrier. Check out:
An account with an image is at:
The image there(Female, American subspecies):

Northern (Hen) HarrierCC BY 2.0
Len Blumin from Mill Valley, California, United States - Northern Harrier

Check male Hen Harrier at:
The image at

The song of the Hen harrier:

We saw the Black-tailed Crake:
The image there:

Amaurornis bicolor - Doi InthanonCC BY-SA 3.0

Poornima took this photo of the Black-tailed Crake on way from Paro to Chele La Pass:
22April2014 at 430 AM IST:

The Song of the Black-tailed Crake:

We also sighted the Rock Pigeon, the common hoopoe, the white wagtail, the white-browed wagtail,the long-tailed minivet, the Black Bulbul, Blue Whistling Thrush, the White Collared Blackbird, the Blue-fronted Redstart, the White-throated Laughingthrush, the Orange-flanked Bush Robin, the White-browed Fulvetta, the Rufous-vented Tit, the Grey-crested Tit, Green-tailed Sunbird, the Grey-backed Shrike, the Red-billed Chough, the Large-billed Crow, the White-browed Rosefinch, the Collared Grosbeak and the Russet Sparrow. 

Before making and hearing the  notes of all these birds, let us take a look at the surroundings as we reached for the highest point a la Chele La pass.

22 April 2014 313 AM : A flower bed in the resort at Paro where we stayed:

530 AM: Mom and Baby Near the Resort.

539 AM: Jhomulari and the Conifers landscape: Jhomulari just peeking up: good Moooorning!

540 AM: View of Jhomulari as we climbed to Chele La Pass

543 AM: Jhomulari from below Chele La Pass:

 652 AM A yak below Chele La pass:

7: 08 A Baby Yak On the way Punakha to Chele La Pass :

7: 08 A Yak On the way Punakha to Chele La Pass :

Jhomulari View(Ashok in foreground with Monkey Cap) on the way to the Top Most Point on the Chele La Pass which is Motorable:

 The glows of Happiness at Chele La

We had a great and delicious breakfast at the highest motorable point of Chele La Pass(730 AM) and left back to Paro for more sightings in salubrious weather.

The Landscape below Chele La:

954 AM :  View of the Conifers below Chele La:

957 AM:  The treescape below Chele La:

959 AM:  Rhododendron!

10:04 AM:

1022 AM: Purple Primula below Chelle La:

We saw Irises


We thoroughly enjoyed the Azure Sapphire Butterfly:

Another view of the Azure Sapphire:

Compare this with the illustrations of Indian butterflies(Azure Sapphire) at:

Did we see the white browed wagtail?,_Pune,_Maharashtra,_India-8.jpg
The image there:

Motacilla maderaspatensis -Pashan Lake, Pune, Maharashtra, India-8CC BY 2.0

Xeno Canto Records of the song of the white-browed wagtail:

We saw the long-tailed Minivet:
The image there:

Long-tailed Minivet (Male) I IMG 7332CC BY-SA 3.0
J.M.Garg - Own work
The Xeno Canto songs at:
The Long-tailed Minivet is larger(18cm) than a House Sparrow(15cm). The male has an inverted red U on wing which is blackish and has orange breast. Female has pale yellow breast.
Female long-tailed minivet:
The image there:

Long-tailed Minivet (Female) I IMG 7335CC BY-SA 3.0
J.M.Garg - Own work

We saw the orange-flanked bush robin:
Information at:
And at:
The image male  at:

Tarsiger cyanurusCC BY-SA 3.0view terms
M.Nishimura - Own work

The female at:

Ruribitakif1CC BY-SA 3.0view terms
Materialscientist (talk). Original uploader was Materialscientist at en.wikipedia - Transferred from en.wikipedia; transfer was stated to be made by User:Materials
Check out also for both male and female adults at

The Xeno Canto songs at:
Also from my bird song site for Bhutan Birds at Ref 4.

We saw the Rufous-vented Tit:
See information at:
The image at:

Rufous-vented TitCC BY 2.0view terms

The Xeno Canto song record at:

We  sighted the Grey-crested Tit:
Some information at:
The image at:

Grey-crested Tit I IMG 7285CC BY-SA 3.0
J.M.Garg - Own work

Inhabits a variety of forest types, not only that dominated by pine.
The Xeno Canto Song Records at:
Also at Ref 4.

We saw the Red-billed Chough:
Information at:
The image at:

Red-billed Chough Sikkim IndiaCC BY-SA 3.0
Dibyendu Ash - This species Red-billed Chough has been photographed from Sikkim, India in the month of May '14. Previously published: Yes, this image has

Listen to its loud ringing call:
Xeno Canto song records at:
45 cm long. Distinguished from all other crows by long decurved red bill and and from all but 3 by red legs.

We saw the large billed crow:
The image at:

Large billed Crow I IMG 0965CC BY-SA 3.0
J.M.Garg - Own work

The song record at:
Xeno Canto recordings:

We sighted the White-browed Rosefinch:
Drawings at:
The drawing:

PropasserBlythiKeulemansPublic Domain
J G Keulemans - Ibis 1882

Video at:

The Xeno Canto Records at:

We saw the collared grosbeak:

BirdsAsiaJohnGoVGoul 0100Public Domain
John Gould - Gould, John, 1804-1881; Sharpe, Richard Bowdler, 1847-1909: Birds of Asia., Volume V, London, [2]

Another image set at:

The song is at:
Xeno Canto records at:

We had an excellent dinner at the Paro Resort and had a good night's rest.

Day 6: 23 April 2014

Start early morning and drive to Phuntsholing(10 hrs). With various stops for birding and butterflying.
550 AM: Hoopoe, Grey-winged Blackbird
720: Black Bulbul
725: Long-tailed Minivet

810: Chestnut-tailed Minla

See the image at:

Minla strigula - Doi InthanonCC BY-SA 3.0

Chestnut-tailed Minla, Minla strigula, 14 cm long, Summer visitor, 1800-3750m, habitat: Oak and Rhododendron, Winter 1030m(Range 1300-2750,also sometimes 3700, forest low bushes and scrub, Song: pseep;tsee-tsi-tsay-tsee; mellow peera-tzip; pe-oo; Altitudinal migrant, common bird: Ref 6, p222 bird no 14, plate 69.
Xeno Canto bird song at:
Also hear this at my mp3 site at Ref 4 for bird songs.

We saw the Blue-capped Rock Thrush whose habitat is open, dry forest:
The image there:

Monticola cinclorhynchusCC BY 2.5

The following three video URLs give a glimpse of the behaviour of the Blue-capped Rock Thrush:
The female:
The song  is in the mp3 site above(Ref 4) .

1025: I spotted Mrs Gould's Sunbird(male):
See the image at:

Aethopyga gouldiaeCC BY 2.0view terms

The English ornithologist and artist John Gould named the bird after his wife.
Races: nominate and dabryii. Habitat: Seasonally foothills-3650m, forest, scrub.

The female Mrs Gould's Sunbird:
Grey crown throat and breast,yellow rump and belly
The song records at:
Song tzit-( tzit). Resident,altitudinal migrant, uncommon.
Male 15 cm, female 10 cm length.
See Ref 6.
1100 Green-tailed Sunbird.
1110 Azure Sapphire Butterfly.
1110 Common Windmill
1110: We spotted Daphne:
Check out even for information on uses:
See image at:

Daphne bholua 'Jacqueline Postill' (Thymelaeaceae) plant 1CC BY-SA 3.0
Magnus Manske - Own work

Karmaji informs that from bark of this plant paper is made.

Edgeworthia gardneri Daphne gardneriThymelaeaceae Nepalese Paper Bush

See below for link. 

1115: We saw the tree Engelhardia spicata with maroon coloured leaves:
Check out:
Botanical Names to Common Names: Flowers of India for the common name:
Engelhardtia spicata Engelhardtia aceriflora, Gyrocarpus pendulusJuglandaceae Mauwa
There are great pictures of the plants there, trees which we saw  in Bhutan.Example this:

Engelhardtia spicata Blanco2.387-croppedGemeinfreiBedingungen ansehen
Francisco Manuel Blanco (O.S.A.) - Flora de Filipinas [...] Gran edicion [...] [Atlas II].[1]

Check out:

Check out the image of engelhardtia spicata at:

1100: We sighted the fairly common Streak-breasted Smitar Babbler:
19 cm long, habitat 700-3300 m, forest and scrubby hill sides, altitudinal migrant.
The image at:

Lesser Scimitar 0033CC BY-SA 3.0
Alnus - Own work

The song at: 

1100: We sighted the Greenish Warbler:

Greenish Warbler I IMG 0565CC BY-SA 3.0
J.M.Garg - Own work

The song at Xeno Canto:

11 cm long, Habitat: Summer: 1800 m, 2700-4000, Conifers, mixed fir, rhododendron and birch forest. Winter: less than 2600 m. All kinds of wooded areas. Largely arboreal, canopy. Solitary. cf Ref 6. 

1105:  Sighted the Large-billed Leaf Warbler:
Check out at
Also see Ref 6.

12.5 cm long, Summer: Himalayan streamside trees and bushes,1800m, 2100-3600m, Winter: less than 1200, 2750. Evergreen and riverine forest, mid-story, solitary, migrates within subcontinent, breeds in the Himalaya and winters in South India, Sri Lanka.
Song from Xeno Canto: 

1215: Dam on the way to Pheuntsholing from Paro. A restaurant with fabulous mountain view. We all lunched. A eyeful of the mountain ranges and the valleys. The mountains are densely forested.
1400: Out of the bus for some enjoyable views. Saw plumbous water redstart.
1407: Back into the bus.
1600: Saw the Bay Woodpecker:
Check out for the image for both sexes at:
The song at:

We also saw a mongoose.

We saw the Rusty-fronted Barwing:
Check out:

Rusty-fronted Barwing Fambong Lho Wildlife Sanctuary Sikkim India 29.03.2014CC BY-SA 3.0
Dibyendu Ash - This is an image of Rusty-fronted barwing, Photographed at Fambong Lho Wildlife Sanctuary of East District of Sikkim, India on 29th March 2014.

The song of the Rusty-fronted Barwing at:

1600: We also saw the green-backed tit.

Sighted the Crested Serpent Eagle:
Check out at:,_2008%29.jpg

Spilornis cheela (Bandipur, 2008)CC BY-SA 3.0

The song at:

We saw the Black Eagle, 75 cm length average:
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The song at:

1630: We sighted the Oriental Cuckoo.
Also, the Yellow-throated Fulvetta:
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The photo at:

Alcippe cinereaCC BY-SA 3.0
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The song at:

Habitat: 900-2100 m. Undergrowth in evergreen forest; bamboo, roadside scrub. 10 cm length. Resident, uncommon.

And the Rufous-throated Fulvetta:
The bird song at:
A 12 cm long bird, habitat < 900m, evergreen and secondary forest undergrowth, bamboo, scrub. Usually in pairs or small groups. Resident, fairly common. Near threatened and or globally so cf Ref 6.plate 69, bird no. 6. IUCN: Least concern. As on 8 June 2014.

We saw the Blue-winged Minla(15 cm long):
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Habitat forest, summer visitor 1400-2500m, winter 200, 1000-1830, ,2290m.
See video of Wildfilms India:
The image at:
The bird song at:

We saw the Chestnut-tailed Minla:
14 cm long,habitat: summer 1800-3750, oak and rhododendron niches, winter: 1030, 1300-2750, 3700, forest,low bushes and scrub.
Image at:

Minla strigula - Doi InthanonCC BY-SA 3.0

The song at Ref 4. And at:

We saw the Red-tailed Minla:

The image at:

RED-tailed MinlaCC BY-SA 3.0
Sp.herp - during my Birding at Sikkim .

The song at:

We saw Rufous Sibia, the Whiskered Yuhina.

We saw the Rufous-vented Yuhina:
13 cm long, rufous vent and rusty orange nape above grey nuchal collar is the indentity. Habitat in summer 2400-3900 m, winter 1500-2750+. Evergreen forest. altitudinal migrant and is a very common bird(cf Ref 6).
See also
See the image and terms of use to which I subscribe(image copy) at:

Rufous-vented Yuhina Fambong Lho Wildlife Sanctuary Sikkim 28.03.2014CC BY-SA 3.0
Dibyendu Ash - This image of Rufous-vented Yuhina has been photographed at Fambong Lho Wildlife Sanctuary in Sikkim on 28.03.2014 by Dibyendu Ash The song record is at:

We saw the Red-rumped Swallow:
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Golondrina dáurica Cecropis daurica 1CC BY 2.0
Agustín Povedano from El Puerto de Santa María, Extremadura y Andalucía - Golondrina dáurica Cecropis daurica

309 PM: On the roadside along the route to Pheuntsholing from Paro on a bridge across a stream, sitting on a boulder was the Tortoise Shell butterfly:


 Wild Begunia:

What splashes of living diversity, gross natural happiness:

A Common Sailer
Wingspan fiftyfive millis
Of meters graceful

Photo Poornima

Chocolate Pansy!
Junonia Iphita
Paro Pheuntsholing

Whats this below? A day flying moth?

Is the next two photos of the Veined Jay?(cf  Ref 5 ,Swallowtails,p 120,No.17, &  p 147,Plate 3,  17 UN, 17 UP)


The white cabbage, the common windmill, the common brimstone, the day flying moth (associated with the snail Pila?), a mongoose, Assam Macaque, a grey/common langur and a Yak were sighted.

The Common Brimstone:

The Image there:

Common Brimstone butterfly (Gonepteryx rhamni)CC BY-SA 3.0
Charlesjsharp - Own work

The route we took for the ten hour journey from Paro to Pheuntsholing:

Some Google Earth views of our birding and butterflying between Paro and Pheuntsholing:

Beyond Chukka on the Paro Pheuntsholing Route on 23 April 2014:

Beyond Chukka but nearer to Chukka:

23 April 2014: Bunakha en route to Pheuntsholing (from Paro), where a 180 MW hydroplant has or is coming up:

23 April 2014: Chukka Restaurant with the Dam View:

23April 2014: Gedu on way from Paro to Pheuntsholing:

23 April 2014: Paro to Pheuntsholing: Fully forested heavens: The steep hill-sides where the old forests still stand:

23 April 2014: Paro to Pheuntsholing: Pheuntsholing in view.

23 April 2014: Chukka Restaurent Dam View: Drive from Paro to Pheuntsholing.

23 April 2014:  Valley of Wang Chhu drive from Paro to Pheuntsholing:

23 April 2014: Torsha River and Pheuntsholing

23April 2014: Torsha River and Pheuntsholing Town:

24April2014: Pheuntsholing to Sorchen: Note we see only G for Gedu at the extreme top right. A little below at the cluster of hairpin bends is Sorchen.

25April 2014: Pheuntsholing to Sorchen and on to Gedu:

25 april 2014; Traffic at Sorchen is heavy on the hairpin above Pheuntsholing:

Day 7: 24 April 2014.

Plan: Torsha(Phuentsholing): Explore the Torsha riverside and bypasses all day. Approximately 50 species(out  of 850 for all Bhutan) of butterfly can be found in these areas.

Birds actually sighted on 24 April 2014 (Birds in italics for the first time during the tour)

Little Cormorant, Indian Pond heron, Little Egret, Cattle Egret, Black Kite, River Lapwing, Rock Pigeon, Oriental Turtle Dove, Spotted Dove, Rose-ringed Parakeet, Oriental Cuckoo, Fork-tailed Swift, Common Kingfisher, White-throated Kingfisher, Common Hoopoe, Blue-throated Barbet, Sand Lark, Oriental Skylark, Black-winged cuckoo-shrike, Rosy Minivet, Scarlet Minivet, Black-crested Bulbul, Red-vented Bulbul, Black Bulbul, Golden-fronted Leafbird, Greenish Warbler, Verditer Flycatcher, Oriental Magpie-Robin, Maroon Oriole, Black Drongo, Ashy Drongo, House Crow and Common Myna.

I have never seen so many Cormorants taking to flight anywhere before!

Black Kite

2007-black-kiteCC BY-SA 3.0

Black kite Song:

Common Kingfisher

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Andreas Trepte - Own work

This sparrow-sized bird has the typical short-tailed, large-headed kingfisher profile; it has blue upperparts, orange underparts and a long bill. It feeds mainly on fish, caught by diving, and has special visual adaptions to enable it to see prey under water. The glossy white eggs are laid in a nest at the end of a burrow in a riverbank.


The Sand Lark
Calandrella raytal
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Description The Sand Lark, also known as India Short-toed Lark or Indian Sand Lark [3] (Calandrella raytal), is a small passerine bird in the lark (Alaudidae) family.
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13 cm long, habitat: lowlands, sandbanks by water, saltpans, dry fields, coastal dunes, mudflats; small flocks in winter, resident,common. 


Oriental Skylark
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Like other skylarks, it is found in open grassland - often near waterbodies - where it feeds on seeds and insects.
These skylarks frequently rocket up into the sky, fluttering and singing before descending down to earth. Male Oriental Skylarks may also hover in the air and sing, in order to attract a mate.
Oriental Skylarks are about 16 cm long. 

Oriental Skylark I IMG 0571CC BY-SA 3.0
J.M.Garg - Own work

Song at

We saw the Rosy Minivet:

PericrocotusRoseusGouldPublic Domainview terms
John Gould, HC Richter - The Birds of Asia. Volume 2

18 cm long, habitat < 1800 m altitude amsl, lightly wooded areas, gardens.

The song at:

We sighted the Scarlet Minivet:
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Scarlet Minivet (Pericrocotus flammeus) at Jayanti, Duars, West Bengal W Picture 395CC BY-SA 3.0
J.M.Garg - Own work

Song at:

1025: I spotted the Golden-fronted Leafbird(Chloropsis!)
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Golden Fronted Leafbird MukulhingeCC BY 3.0
Mukul Hinge - Own work

Its song is at:
Imitates other species!
19 cm long, Habitat: <1200, 1800, Forest, preferring lighter growth in larger part of range. resident, dark morph, fairly common bird. cf Ref 6.

1045: Black-crested Bulbul(near school),_Duars,_WB_W_Picture_333.jpg

Black-crested Bulbul (Pycnonotus melanicterus) at Jayanti, Duars, WB W Picture 333CC BY-SA 3.0
J.M.Garg - Own work

Its song at:

945 AM: We saw a splash of butterflies:
Common Mormon, Lemon Pansy, Chocolate Pansy, Mottled immigrant, Common Mime(Yellow border), Cabbage, Striped Tiger, Cabbage White, Grape Glory, Female Chocolate Albatross, Great Orange Tip, Female Mormon, Common Jay, Psyche.
The Psyche:
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The Haiku on Psyche

Body bobs up down
As Leptosia beats wings
Flies low over grass 

Rarely leaves the ground
The Psyche of Pieridae
Weak, erratic flight!


Psyche(Leptosia nina)CC BY-SA 3.0
Vengolis - Own work

1005: Female of Yellow Orange Tip, Common Rose.

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Male Mormon at:

Male mormon cyrusCC BY-SA 3.0
AnilaManalil - Own work

Female Common Mormon

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Female Papilio polytes, Romulus form


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Rahul Natu <> - ButterflyIndia yahoogroup
Three Indian swallowtails mudpuddling - Blue Mormon Papilio polymnestor, Common Mormon Papilio polytes and Common Bluebottle Graphium sarpedon(L to R anticlockwise,).

Lemon Pansy
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Mottled Immigrant:
Image at:,_Burdwan,_West_Bengal,_India_14_09_2012.jpg

Catopsilia pyranthe male, Burdwan, West Bengal, India 14 09 2012CC BY-SA 3.0view terms
Joydeep - Own work
Common Mime(Yellow border)

Common Mime - Papilio clytia (dissimilis form) on Jatropha panduraefolia in Kolkata Iws IMG 0217CC BY-SA 3.0
J.M.Garg - Own work
Striped Tiger
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Striped Tiger 1CC BY-SA 3.0
Vengolis - Own work

Chocolate Albatross
Ventral view Image at:
Also see another view at:

Chocolate albatrossCC BY-SA 3.0
Dr. P R ArunPrarun - Own work

See the Chocolate Alabatross video at

Great Orange Tip:
The Image from:

Nymphalidae - Hebomoia glaucippeCC BY-SA 3.0
Hectonichus - Own work

Yellow Orange Tip
Image from:

Ixias pyreneCC BY 2.5

The Common Rose
The Image from

2005-common-roseCC BY-SA 3.0

We saw Grape Glory: Is it Grape vine Glory?
The image from:

A butterfly that feeds on the grape vines.
Lepidoptera: Moths and Butterflies
Source: William Dwight Whitney The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia: An encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language (New York, NY: The Century Co., 1889)
Courtesy the private collection of Roy Winkelman

We saw a Bitter Gourd(Karela plant). we spotted a Ficus tree, a Bombax ceiba tree,
Among others we spotted a Taber montana(rubiaceae) tree, which is a food plant of a day flying Hawk moth. 
Cf Ref 9:
Which one of these did we spot?
Tabernaemontana alternifolia Ervatamia heyneana, Tabernaemontana heyneanaApocynaceae Nag Kuda
Tabernaemontana divaricata 'Flore Pleno'
Apocynaceae Crape Jasmine Flore Pleno
Tabernaemontana divaricata Tabernaemontana citrifolia, Tabernaemontana coronaria, Nerium coronariumApocynaceae Crape Jasmine
Tabernaemontana rostrata Tabernaemontana crispaApocynaceae Orange Dutchman's Shoes

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1010: We saw Handmaiden moth, a day flying moth. 
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The actual Handmaiden was captured in a haze near the school under the leaf of a plant:

Poornima allowed the Handmaiden to come on her hand and Armin snapped it up. 

1050: Two sailers mating.
1102: We saw a tree called Doabanga grandiflora. 
Cf Ref 9:
Duabanga grandiflora Duabanga sonneratioidesLythraceae Duabanga

1115: Blue Tiger. 
1120: Sailer.
1210: Bush Brown butterfly.
Also spotted a (Lesser)Racket-tailed Drongo.
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Lesser Racket-tailed DrongoCC BY-SA 2.0
Jamieson Teo from Singapore, Singapore - Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo

The song at:

1300: Good Lunch. Lemon Juice, Tomato Spaghetti, Paneer malai, potato Bhurjia, Rice and nice dal. Strawberry-chocolate ice cream.
At 330 on the lawns overlooking the river, Coffee.
1700: Trail.
1715: Pandaus Kevela.
1720: Bule throated barbet.
See the image at:

Blue-throated Barbet (Megalaima asiatica) in Kolkata I IMG 7592CC BY-SA 3.0
J.M.Garg - Own work

The song of the Blue-throated Barbet at:

The Blue-throated Barbet was seen on the Melina arborea tree. 

1725: Mating Common Rose. And a Psyche Butterfly.
1810: Blue-throated Barbet.
After a good dinner a good night's sleep at Pheutsholing.

Day 8: 25 April 2014. Plan

Drive towards Gedu.  
Explore butterfly diversity on the way to Gedu. %0 species expected to be encountered.
Elevation 750-2000m amsl. Some rare species like Bhutan Sargeant, Panther etc. can be found in this area. Overnight at Pheuntsholing.

636: Maroon Oriole.
640: Black Bulbul. 
Also observed a tree with violet flowers: arborea. Eat bark with pan. Soft  material from Thysnolia.?
Holarrhena anti-dysentrica.
Cf Ref 9:
Holarrhena pubescens Holarrhena antidysentericaApocynaceae Indrajao

705: Indian Tortoise Shell.
710: Similar to Aberrant Bush Warbler on tree branch.
715: Black Bulbul.
725: Atisme Aromatic Plant ?
730: Long-tailed Minivet.
731: Kelt Kalpa Arboriensis ?
750: Scarlet Minivet.
751: Pale Blue Butterfly ?.
Pale Blue Butterfly:
The image from

810: White-spotted Fantail flycatcher.
858: Verditer flycatcher.
925: Bird Dropping Moth.

Moth shaped like a bird dropping: to deter predators.
This moth would probably taste just fine to most birds, but it avoids being eaten by resembling their feces: ‘A dried bird-dropping spreads its mottled wings!’
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"The moth features two symmetrical patterns strikingly resembling flies that seem to feed on bird dropping. The moth even smells of bird droppings" - Wikipedia:

927: Osbekia Violet Flower.
Which one was it? cf Ref 9.
Osbeckia cupularis Osbeckia virgataMelastomataceae Cup Osbeckia
Osbeckia leschenaultiana Osbeckia truncata, Osbeckia coronataMelastomataceae Leschenault's Osbeckia
Osbeckia muralis Osbeckia truncata var. kurzii, Osbeckia zeylanicaMelastomataceae Wall Osbeckia
Osbeckia nepalensis Osbeckia speciosaMelastomataceae Nepal Osbeckia
Osbeckia octandra Melastoma octandrum, Asterostoma octandraMelastomataceae Eight Stamen Osbeckia
Osbeckia parvifolia
Melastomataceae Small-Leaf Osbeckia
Osbeckia reticulata
Melastomataceae Giant Osbeckia
Osbeckia stellata
Melastomataceae Starry Osbeckia

928: Common mormon, Common Tiger, Common Mime.
929: Chestnut Tiger.
930 and 935: Scarlet Minivet.
936: Chestnut-billed Nuthatch(13 cm long)

SittaCinnamoventrisGouldPublic Domainview terms
John Gould and HC Richter - The Birds of Asia. Volume 2
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937: Large-billed Leaf Warbler.
938: Scarlet Minivet.
1035: Red-throated Flycatcher.
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Ficedula parvaCC BY 2.5
  13 cm long, open forest, groves.
Bird song at:

1040: Black Bulbul.
1055: Pink Orchids. Chestnut Tiger.
1645 At the Royal University:
  Sterculia tree.
Tortoise Shell Butterfly.

1655: Green-billed Malkoha.
Information at:
Image at:

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Xeno Canto records at:

51 cm long, habitat: < 700m, 1800m. Tangled undergrowth.

1705: Spangled Drongo.
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Image at:

Dicrurus bracteatus - WongaCC BY 3.0

Song record at:
31 cm long, habitat <1400,2000. Associated with flowering forest trees. 

1710: Greater Racket-tailed Drongo.
The Image at:

Dicrurus paradiseus -Kerala -India-6-3cCC BY-SA 2.0
derivative work: Snowmanradio (talk) Dicrurus_paradiseus_-Kerala_-India-6.jpg: Nimesh Madhavan - originally posted to Flickr as Greater Racket-tailed Drongo

Song recorded at:
33 cm long bird, habitat <1700m , forest and secondary jungle.  Excellent mimic. Normally singly or in pairs, often in mixed flocks, cf Ref 6.

1715: Red-breasted Parakeet.
See also
Near threatened. We captured the sight of the two parakeets kissing. BNHS members who were in our group have photographed the kiss.
The image at:

Psittacula alexandri -Changi Village-6CC BY-SA 2.0view terms
Lip Kee Yap - originally posted to Flickr as Hoi! Go do your own thing

Bird Song at:

38 cm long, unique, habitat <1500, open deciduous forest, orchards and cultivation. Resident, dark morph, abundant.

1715: We also were blessed by the sight of the Greater Yellow Naped Woodpecker.
See the image at:

Picus flavinucha 585CC BY-SA 3.0view terms
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Female, 33cm long, chin and throat yellow on male, chestnut on female. habitat: 300-1500,0-2750,mixed evergreen, deciduous, pine, sal, teak and secondary forest. cf Ref 6.
The song is at:
Ref 4.

1740: Hill Myna. Peeking out of a hole in the bark.

1805: Chestnut-tailed Starling.
Essential information is at:
The image is at:

Chestnut-tailed Starling I IMG 2508CC BY-SA 3.0
J.M.Garg - Own work

Butterflies galore:

Red Spotted Jezebel.

Delias aganippeCC BY 2.0view terms

Common Mormon.
Common Windmills.

Mouse Hare.

The following birds were confirmed to be seen on 25 April 2014 at Pheuntsholing to Gedu area:
The birds in italics were seen for the first time during the tour.
Black Kite, Rock Pigeon, Oriental Turtle Dove, Spotted Dove, Red-breasted Parakeet, Green-billed Malkoha, Greater Yellownape Woodpecker, Scarlet Minivet, Red-vented Bulbul, Black Bulbul, Orange-bellied Leafbird, Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush, Blue Whistling Thrush, Large-billed Leaf-Warbler, Grey Hooded Warbler, Broad-billed Warbler, Verditer Flycatcher, Pale-blue Flycatcher, Oriental Magpie-Robin, White-throated Fantail Flycatcher, Red-throated flycatcher, Jungle Babbler, Green-backed Tit, Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch, Green-tailed Sunbird, Streaked Spiderhunter, Maroon Oriole, Black Drongo, Ashy Drongo, Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, Spangled Drongo, Grey Treepie, House Crow, Hill Myna,  Common Myna, Chestnut-tailed Starling.

Ms Armin Wandrewala has kindly sent this list of Butterflies observed on the trip as compiled by her :

List of Butterflies
Bhutan Trip, 18 – 26 April 2014 with BNHS, 
Isaac Kehimkar, Sudhir Sapre, Tashi Namgay, Karma Wangdi.

1.     Paris Peacock
2.     Common Emigrant
3.     Lascar
4.     Circe
5.     Red Admiral
6.     Bi-Spot Royal
7.     Indian Cabbage (white)
8.     Dragonfly
9.     Purple Emperor
10. Tailed Punch
11. Common Map
12. Chocolate Pansy
13. Common Peacock
14. Punchinello
15. Dark Judy
16. Tailed Judy
17. Sargeant (?)
18. Sailor
19. Plain Puffin
20. Pea-Blue
21. Himalayan Jester
22. 6-Bar Swordtail
23. Freak
24. Blue Tit
25. Straight Line Blue
26. Azure Sapphire
27. Black Prince
28. Red Helen
29. Chestnut Tiger
30. Dark Clouded Yellow
31. Peacock Pansy
32. Painted Lady
33. Indian Tortoiseshell
34. Sapphire
35. Labyrinth
36. Common Brimstone
37. Common Windmill
38. Day-flying Moth
39. Common Jester
40. Straight Banded Tree Brown
41. 5-Ring (?)
42. Lemon Pansy
43. Common Mormon – male & female
44. Common Rose
45. Common Line Blue
46. Chocolate Albatross – female
47. Psyche
48. Common Grass Yellow
49. Plain Earl
50. Sailor
51. Blue Tiger
52. Plain Tiger
53. Striped Tiger
54. Common Mime
55. Bird-dropping Moth (?)
56. Yellow Orange Tip
57. White Orange Tip (great ?)
58. Lesser Gull
59. Pale Grass Blue
60. Common Crow
61. Red-spot Jezebel
62. Common Windmill.
63. Gull.

2000: after a good dinner at the Hotel Lhaki where were put up at Pheuntsholing, we retired for a restful sleep. 

26 April 2014:
After a good morning tea we left for Bagdogra Airport to catch a flight to Delhi.

It was a momentous deeply memorable visit to Bhutan. Thank You Mr. Tashy Namgay, of Yeshy Dema Namgay Tours and Treks, Thimpu, Bhutan, Mr. Karma Wangdi of UWICE, all members of the BNHS troupe, to Mr Isaac Kehimkar our Group Leader from BNHS and to Mr Sudhir Sapre of Leo Safari. I am especially grateful to Mr Karma Wangdi who recorded bird sounds of Bhutan on my pendrive  which he so kindly did urgently and handed over. Hope the new June 2014 version of bird songs will be available soon.
Thank You BNHS! We experienced Bhutan Happiness.
All the naturalists of the group pose at chilly Dochu La on 19th April 2014:

From Right to Left:
Ms Meena Jinturkar Ms Nishat Saleri Ms Thrity Badami  R. Ashok Kumar Poornima Kumar
Shri Sudhir Sapre Shri Tashy Namgyal Shri Isaac Kehimkar Shri Karma Wangdi.
Shri Edi Alva and Smt.Armin Wandrewala not in this photo but in those in the body of the report.

2. Royal Botanical Park, Dochu La:
3.Lamperi Royal Botanical Park,Bhutan
4. Bird song recording
5. Kehimkar, I. 2013. THE BOOK OF INDIAN BUTTERFLIES. BNHS. Mumbai.
6. Krys Kazmierczak. 2000. A Field Guide to the Birds of India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and the Maldives. Om Book Service,New Delhi.

8. van der Poel, P. and T. Wangchuk. 2007. Butterflies of
Bhutan. Mountains, hills and valleys between 800 and
3000m. Royal Society for Protection of Nature (RSPN).
Thimphu, Bhutan.
Royal Society for Protection of Nature (RSPN)
Post Box 325
Thimphu, Bhutan
Tel: 975-2-326130/322056
Fax: 9075-2-323189

9. Botanical Names to Common Names: Flowers of India

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