Birding Factoids

695 species
 in 69 families

No endemic species
15 speciality birds
30 endangered species
2 week trip expectation -
(winter) about 250 species

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Bangladesh Specialities
Doayle (Oriental Magpie Robin) - Bangladesh National Bird
Red-naped (Black) Ibis - Photo copyright Vijay Cavale
Photo copyright Vijay Cavale
Brown Wood-Owl - Photo copyright Anke Poggel
Photo copyright Anke Poggel
Orange-bellied Flowerpecker - Photo copyright Christian Artuso
Photo copyright Christian Artuso
    ....The Sundarbans - The area is known for its wide range of 
      fauna including 260 bird species, the Royal Bengal tiger (largest concentration of tigers anywhere in Asia - birders beware!) and other threatened species, such as the estuarine crocodile and the Indian Python. More information on the Sundarbans. And yet another site on the Sundarbans.
    ....The Sundarbans - is the only remaining habitat in the lower 
      Bengal Basin for a great variety of faunal species. The Sajnakhali area contains a wealth of water birds, waders, birds of prey, terns and kingfishers. More information.
    ....The Sundarbans - by Sumit Sen. Where the land meets the sea 
      at the southern tip of West Bengal lies the Indian Sunderbans, a stretch of impenetrable mangrove forest of great size and bio-diversity. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Sunderbans is a vast area covering 4264 square kms in India alone, with a larger portion in Bangladesh. 2585 sq. kms of the Indian Sunderbans forms the largest Tiger Reserve and National Park in India. The Sunderbans is inhospitable, dangerous and monotonous. It is difficult to approach and even more difficult to spend time in. But for those who dare, it must be one of the most attractive and alluring places remaining on earth.
    ....Nigel Wheatley, Where to watch birds in Asia - (buy the book for more
      information). In addition to the Sundarbans, recommended locations include:
      • Srimangal, in the northeast (inclluding the Lawachara/West Bhanugach Reserve Forest) - best birding in Bangladesh in terms of variety of bird species seen
      • Sunamganj Haor Basin in north Bangladesh for "masses of wintering waterbirds"
      • Patenga, near Chittagong in the southeast - most accessible site for wintering shorebirds
      • Modhupur, three hours north of Dhaka by road, is an excellent place for nightbirds
    Factoids taken from Where to watch birds in Asia  - by Nigel Wheatley

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Tours and Guides

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Noordham's Greenshank - Photo copyright Karl Ng
Photo copyright Karl Ng

Jungle Babbler - Photo copyright Tony Coatsworth

Photo copyright Tony Coatsworth
    ...."The best way to bird Bangladesh is to join the local conservationists
      on their January survey trips and help them to count the masses of wintering waterbirds. To arrange places on these reasonably priced excursions which last around 10 days, a few months in advance contact Anisuzzaman Khan, Nature Conservation Movement, 128-129 (2nd floor), Mohammadia Super Market, Sobhanbagh (near Dhanmondi), Dhaka - tel: 819237." - Nigel Wheatley, Where to watch birds in Asia

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Hooded Pitta - Photo copyright Laurence Poh
Photo copyright Laurence Poh
         None found on WWW. 

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Endemics and Specialities

in Bangladesh

Information on endemics and specialities is derived from Sibley & Monroe checklists and bird distribution lists in Thayer's Birder's Diary - Version 2.05, supplemented by material found in Where to watch birds in Asia  - by Nigel Wheatley. Asian speciality birds, while not endemic, are those that can only be found in three or less countries of Asia. Information on endangered birds is derived from the IUCN Red List, Birdlife International.  The endemic, endangered and speciality birds may be uncommon, extremely rare vagrants, may be extirpated in the country now or may only be present in migration. However, documented sightings of each species noted below have been made in Bangladesh. 

Endemics in Bangladesh
Endangered Birds in Bangladesh
(endemics are printed in bold italic)

Breeding Birds

Non-Breeding Birds

___ Beautiful Nuthatch
___ Black-bellied Tern
___ Black-breasted Parrot-bill
___ Blyth's Kingfisher
___ Bristled Grassbird
___ Greater Adjutant
___ Green Peafowl
___ Indian Skimmer
___ Lesser Adjutant
___ Manipur Bush-Quail
___ Marsh Babbler
___ Masked Finfoot
___ Pale-capped Pigeon
___ Pallas's Fish-Eagle
___ Rufous-necked Hornbill
___ Rufous-vented Prinia
___ Swamp Francolin
___ White-bellied Heron
___ White-winged Duck
___ Baer's Pochard
___ Baikal Teal
___ Ferruginous Pochard
___ Greater Spotted Eagle
___ Imperial Eagle
___ Lesser Kestrel
___ Noordmann's Greenshank
___ Oriental Stork
___ Spoonbill Sandpiper
___ Spot-billed Pelican
___ Wood Snipe

Other Speciality and Near-Endemic Birds in Bangladesh
(adapted from Where to watch birds in Asia  - by Nigel Wheatley.)

___ Black-breasted Thrush
___ Blue-naped Pitta
___ Brown-winged Kingfisher
___ Fire-tailed Sunbird
___ Firethroat
___ Nepal Fulvetta
___ Scarlet Finch
___ Smoky Warbler
___ Spot-bellied Eagle-Owl
___ Spotted Wren-Babbler
___ Swamp Prinia
___ White-cheeked Partridge
___ White-naped Yuhina
___ Yellow-throated 
___ Laughingthrush
___ Yellow-vented Warbler

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Changable (Crested) Hawk-Eagle - Photo copyright Eric Van Poppel
Photo copyright Eric Van Poppel

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