SOUTH INDIA TOUR
Many of the birds and scenes that are unique to India are found only in the southern part. We'll be birding a broad and highly diverse cross-section of habitat on this tour: from the desert-like thorn scrub of the Chennai (Madras) area, to the lush tropical rain forests of the Andaman Islands, and the lowland, submontane, and montane forests of the Western Ghats. We'll be visiting some of South India's premier birding localities, including Goa and South Andaman Island, as well as several lesser known areas in order to see as many of southern India's endemic species as possible, including: Andaman Serpent-Eagle, Red Spurfowl, Grey Junglefowl, Andaman Cuckoo-Dove, Malabar Parakeet, Brown Coucal, Andaman Nightjar, Indian Swiftlet, Malabar Grey Hornbill, Malabar Pied Hornbill, White-cheeked and Crimson-throated Barbets, Andaman Woodpecker, Jerdon's Bushlark, Nilgiri Pipit, Malabar Woodshrike, Andaman and Flame-throated Bulbuls, White-bellied and Nilgiri Robins, Indian Blackbird, Black-headed Thrush, Indian Scimitar-Babbler, Rufous Babbler, Wynaad, Kerala and Black-chinned Laughingthrushes, Black-and-rufous, Nilgiri and White-bellied Flycatchers, Indian Tit, Crimson-backed Sunbird, Malabar and White-headed Starlings, Indian Hill Myna, Andaman Drongo, White-bellied Treepie, and Indian Crow. We'll also try for some of the tougher ones, such as Painted Bush-Quail, Andaman Crake, Nilgiri and Andaman Wood-Pigeons, Andaman Scops-Owl, Black and Andaman Boobooks, Ceylon Frogmouth and Grey-headed and Yellow-throated Bulbuls. More widespread species may include: Black Baza, Changeable, Crested and Mountain Hawk-Eagles, Painted Spurfowl, Chestnut-winged and Pied Cuckoos, Grey-bellied Cuckoo, Violet Cuckoo, Blue-faced Malkoha, Oriental Scops-Owl, Jungle Owlet, Jerdon's and Indian Nightjars, Asian Paradise-Flycatcher, etc.