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Endemics Mania

Andamans is a hotbed for endemics. The highlight of the tour would be the Nicobars which is rarely birded but the real haul is when you do both island groups together which boast a rich list of more than 31 endemics.

In our birding here we shall attempt to view all the practically possible Andaman & Nicobar endemics as well as some species that are difficult to view on the mainland.

Some of the species that we are likely to see Nicobar Megapode, Nicobar Pigeon, Andaman Scops-owl, Masked Owl, Andaman Woodpecker, Andaman Cuckooshrike, Nicobar Sparrowhawk, Nicobar Parakeet, Nicobar Jungle Flycatcher, Andaman Wood Pigeon, Andaman Hawk-owl, White-headed Starling, Mangrove Whistler, Chinese Pond Heron, Great Nicobar Serpent-Eagle, Nicobar Imperial-Pigeon, Nicobar Parakeet, Nicobar Glossy Starling , Andaman Green-Pigeon ,
Pied Imperial-Pigeon, Nicobar Pigeon, Andaman Cuckoo Dove, Red-Cheeked Parakeet, Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher, Nicobar White Collared Kingfisher, Hooded
Pitta, Olive-backed Sunbird, Great Nicobar Hill Myna, Chinese Sparrowhawk, Great
Nicobar Crake, Corn Crake, Malayan Night Heron, Chinese Egret

and many more.

Great for Bird, Landscape and Cultural photography

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Itineraries

Day 1

Arrival at Port Blair - Garacharma, Sippighat

Pick-up from airport & check into the resort, followed by a briefing of the tour plan. Post lunch, which we will head out towards our birding hotspot Sippighat. Shore birds and wetland birds that can be seen in this area are Plovers, Stilts, Ducks (Andaman teal), Curlew, Godwit, Egrets (Chinese egret), Herons (Chinese pond heron), Warblers, Kingfishers Etc.. After some evening birding, we will cover the nocturnal birds and return back to the resort. Birds to expect include Andaman Barn Owl, Andaman Scops-Owl, Andaman Hume’s Hawk Owl, Andaman Nightjar and Oriental Scops-Owl.

Day 2

Departure for Great Nicobar Island

Pick up from the hotel and drop at the Haddo Wharf. Our Guide will help you through the embarkation procedure and set sail to the Great Nicobar Island. The journey usually takes 2 days & 1 night to 4 days depending of the ship, with a halt at Kamorta, Nancowry.

Day 3-4

Journey to Great Nicobar Island

The ship will berth at Kamorta Island in the Nancowry group of Islands. If the halt is long enough and we can get permission from the captain to disembark, we will bird for a couple of hours. On arrival at Great Nicobar we check-in into a local guesthouse.

Day 5-8

Great Nicobar

Over the next five days, our guide will take you to places ideal to spot birds in the Island, Some of the Sites include spots inside Biosphere Reserve, Magarnallah, Amphibian Road, Shastri nagar, Joginder nagar, Laxmi nagar, Vijay nagar, Govind nagar East-West Road & Galathea if forest officials permit. Great Nicobar Serpent-Eagle, Nicobar Imperial-Pigeon, Nicobar Parakeet, Nicobar Glossy Starling, Andaman Green-Pigeon, Pied Imperial-Pigeon, Nicobar Pigeon, Emerald dove, Andaman Cuckoo Dove, Andaman Wood Pigeon, Red-Cheeked Parakeet, Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher, Stork-billed Kingfisher, Nicobar White Collared Kingfisher, Hooded Pitta, Black-naped Monarch-Flycatcher, Olive-backed Sunbird, Crimson Sunbird, Great Nicobar Hill Myna, Black-naped Oriole, Greater Racket tailed Drongo, Common Kestrel, Chinese Sparrowhawk, White-bellied Sea-Eagle, Watercock, Great Nicobar Crake, Corn Crake, Malayan Night Heron, Chinese Egret Night nocturnal birds Brown Hawk-Owl, Nicobar Scops-Owl Mammals Nicobar treeshrew and crab-eating macaque. Amphibians and Reptiles can also be seen.

Day 9-11

Departure for Port Blair

Embark on the Journey back to Port Blair, Depending on the vessel; the return journey can take 2-4 days time. M.V Chowra & M.V Sentinel stops at Kamorta, Chowra, Trinket & Car Nicobar Island while M.V Campbell Bay & M.V Swarajdweep stops only at Kamorta Island.

Day 12

Port Blair

Depending on the ship, you will reach Port Blair late in the afternoon and our coordinator will greet you at the harbor and take you to the pre-booked resort. Night Birding: Chidiyatapu

Day 13

Birding around Shoal Bay

We will start very early morning drive (4.30 a.m) towards Shoal bay to reach the hotspot on time. We will spend the day birding around Kalatang and Shoal Bay Mangroves and return back in the evening. Birds to expect include Andaman Serpent-Eagle, Andaman Crake, Andaman Wood-Pigeon, Andaman Cuckoo-Dove, Andaman Green-Pigeon, Andaman Coucal, AndamanWoodpecker, Andaman Cuckoo-Shrike, Andaman Bulbul, Andaman Shama, Andaman Flowerpecker, Andaman White-headed Starling, Andaman Drongo, Andaman Treepie, Small Minivet, Scarlet Minivet, Asian FairyBluebird, Orange-headed Thrush, Black-naped Monarch-Flycatcher, White-eye, Glossy Starling, Hill Myna, Black-naped Oriole, Greater Racket tailed Drongo, Eastern Jungle Crow, White-Breasted Woodswallow, Forest Wagtail, Spot-breasted Woodpecker, Chestnut-headed Bee-eater, White Collared Kingfisher, White-breasted Kingfisher, Ruddy Kingfisher, Blue-eared Kingfisher, Stork-billed Kingfisher, Brown-backed Needletail-Swift, White-bellied Swiftlet, Violet Cuckoo, Indian Cuckoo, Red-Cheeked Parakeet, Red-breasted Parakeet, Alexandrine Parakeet, Indian Hanging-Parrot, Green-Imperial Pigeon, Andaman Green-Pigeon, Emerald Dove, Daurian Starling etc. If possible we shall do some night birding.

Day 14

Ograbranj/Sippighat Wetlands

At 5 a.m, we will start towards the Ograbraj Wetlands stopping at Sippighat wetlands. We will move to Ferrargunj to spot the endemic birds missed out on previous days. We will return back after covering the nocturnal birds. Birds to expect include Shore birds and wetland birds including Plovers, Stilts, Ducks (Andaman teal), Curlews, Godwit, Egrets (Chinese egret), Herons (Chinese pond heron), Bittern (Yellow, Black & Cinnamon), Warblers, Pacific Swallow, Kingfishers, Water cock; Edible-nest Swiftlet; Glossy Swiftlet; Terek Sandpiper; Ruddy breasted Crake, Brown-backed Needletail; Red-throated Pipit; Wagtails. Night Birding (2:30-7:30) Mt. Harriet National Park Andaman Scops-Owl, Andaman Hume’s Hawk Owl, Andaman Hawk-Owl and Oriental Scops-Owl

Day 15

Birding around Shoal Bay

On our last day, we will spend the day birding at Kalatang and Shoal Bay to cover the endemics missed out in the previous days.

Day 16

Departure

Drop to the airport. The Andaman & Nicobar birding tour ends

Private vehicle for pickup and drop as per the above itinerary
Stay as per itinerary
Transport to all birding locations
Top notch bird guide and local field assistant.
Airport pickup and drop.
Entry permits, Entry tickets, Parking charges, Boat tickets/Ferry tickets wherever required.
Assistance at all arrival and departure points.
Tour assistance by our tour manager.

All kind of personal expenses such as tips, laundry, telephone bills, beverages, etc.
Meals which are not mentioned in the inclusions section.
Airfare to Andamans.
Any personal expenses; Room service and special orders. Alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages.
Any extra excursions or sightseeing apart from the suggested tour itinerary.
Camera fee (still or movie)
Extra usage of vehicle.
Any additional charges arising due to natural calamities, political disturbances, vip movement, etc.
Everything not mentioned in the inclusions.