Birding in Tingtibi & Royal Manas Park

Tingtibi is a delightful place to experience for birdwatchers seeking to explore a less-visited yet rewarding birding destination. Tingtibi falls under Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park (Formerly Black Mountain National Park)  located in central Bhutan, within the Zhemgang district, and offers excellent opportunities to spot a diverse range of bird species amidst its lush forests and scenic landscapes. 

So far ornithologists had recorded over 300 recorded bird species. From colorful sunbirds and beautiful flycatchers to rare hornbills and laughing thrushes, and many more bird species during their seasonal journeys as the place serves as a corridor. Visiting during the migratory season provides a chance to witness the influx of these traveling birds.

Beyond regular birds, one can spot rare and elusive bird species, such as the Ward’s Trogon and Rufous-necked Hornbill in which you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of these elusive gems with the help of local guides or birding experts guides. 

To celebrate the richness of this avifaunal diversity, Zhamgang Dzongkhang collaboration with other agencies instituted 3 days bird festival, and in 2023 they have scheduled festival dates from 11 to 13 November. 

Birding in Royal Manas National Park is a truly remarkable experience. As Bhutan’s oldest and largest national park, it boasts incredible biodiversity and is a haven for birdwatchers. With its diverse habitats, including lush forests, riverine areas, and grasslands, the park attracts a wide array of bird species.

The park is home to several rare and endangered bird species, such as the Bengal Florican, White-bellied Heron, Rufous-necked Hornbill, and Great Hornbill. The Park serves as an important wintering ground for migratory birds. During the winter months, you can witness the arrival of various species from the northern regions, adding to the park’s avian diversity.

So far over 400 recorded bird species, the park offers a treasure trove of birdwatching opportunities. You can encounter vibrant sunbirds, colorful pheasants, fascinating woodpeckers, and a variety of raptors, among others.