South India, particularly the forests on both slopes of the western ghats, is home to its own big five. The South Indian big five consists of the tiger, leopard, wild dog, Asian elephant, and gaur (Indian bison). In addition to these animals, you will have the opportunity to see bears, various species of deer, and monkeys during our 13-day south India birds and wildlife tour.
The Western Ghats are also home to approximately 28 endemic bird species and highly sought-after species such as Indian Hornbill, Indian Pitta, Black Bazza, Sri Lankan Frogmouth, and others.
We’ll return to our bird hide and spend the afternoon looking for White-bellied blue flycatchers, Rusty-tailed flycatchers, Brown-breasted flycatchers, Indian Paradise flycatchers, Little spiderhunters, Crimson-backed sunbirds, Asian fairy bluebirds, and so on. Look for Sri Lanka bay owl, Indian scops owl, Jungle owlet, Nightjar, Jerdon’s oriental scops owl, Brown Hawk owl, and other night birds in Charupara Forest.
Today we will take a trip to Cheekod in search of Black
Baza, White-bellied treepie, Asian fairy bluebird, Brown
Hawk Owl, Jungle Owlet, and other birds. Afternoon at the bird hide to photograph missed species, if any exist, and Night birding in the Kalappara area for any remaining species.
NB: If you are keen to see Lion-tailed Macaque, we can have a day trip/ extra day to Valparai.
Today we will bird around Eravikulam National Park (the park is closed between February and April) for Palani Laughingthrush, Nilgiri pipit, Indian blackbird, Malabar whistling thrush, Hill swallow, Painted bush quail, Indian blue robin, Indian white eye, Nilrigi thrush, Plain Prinia, and other species.
We will spend the afternoon at our bird hide photographing Southern hill mynas, Golden-fronted leaf birds, White-bellied treepies, Vernal hanging parakeets, Indian scimitar babblers, Crimson backed sunbirds, Purple rumped sunbirds, and other species.
Morning birding at Doddabetta Peak (2,637 metres), looking for Nilgiri Blue Robin, Nilgiri Laughingthrush, Nilgiri Flycatcher, Black and orange flycatcher, Indian Blackbird, Blue-capped Rock thrush, Brown breasted flycatcher, Nilgiri wood pigeon, and so on.
Afternoon birding around the hotel for any remaining species
Today we will bird until noon in Ooty for any remaining species before heading to Masinagudi. Afternoon birding in the Bokkapuram forest at the foothills of the Western Ghats in search of Malabar Lark, Bush Jerdon’s lark, Jungle nightjar, Brahmani starling, Yellow fronted woodpecker, Indian Nuthatch, Blyth’s pipit, Paddy-field pipit, Spotted owlet, Small minivet,
Orange minivet, White-naped woodpecker etc. Night birding in Masinagudi, searching for Jerdon’s nightjar, Indian nightjar, Oriental scops owl, Spot bellied eagle owl, Brown fish owl, and other species.
Morning birding in Masinagudi for White-bellied minivet, Blue faced malkoha, Jungle bush quail, Barred button quail, Grey francolin, Indian Nuthatch, leaf Jerdon’s leafbird, Plum-headed parakeet, Malabar parakeet, Brown wood owl, White-rumped shama, Asian paradise flycatcher, Tickell’s blue flycatcher,
Afternoon birding on Maya Road, looking for any remaining species.