The Kingdom of Bhutan is home to many beautiful and sought-after birds, and the Himalayan Cutia (this male photographed by Paul Ellis on a Rockjumper tour) certainly epitomizes the prolific and exciting birding on offer in this small, landlocked Himalayan nation. A member of the laughingthrush family, this “oversized nuthatch-like species”, with its striking, bluish-grey, black, white and orange plumage, is a true beauty! Usually found in small groups of between 10 and 20 birds, its unobtrusive habits, general scarcity and sensationally beautiful plumage make it one of the region’s most desirable birds to see.
Our forthcoming Bhutan: Birding the Buddhist Kingdom II tour runs from 19 Apr – 8 May 2013 and still has a few spaces available. If Bhutan is a destination you are considering, we highly recommend not delaying your visit as we have been informed that the Bhutanese government will be raising the daily tariff for visiting the country in 2014 and all tours to Bhutan will be significantly more expensive from next year. This tour provides the fabulous opportunity to view the Himalayan Cutia and numerous other amazing birds, including the breath-taking Himalayan Monal, stunning Satyr Tragopan, Blood Pheasant, unique Ibisbill, Rufous-necked Hornbill, gorgeous Ward’s Trogon, dazzling Fire-tailed Myzornis, Beautiful Nuthatch and an astounding selection of wren-babblers and parrotbills. Join us on this birding adventure through a paradise of culture, birds and scenic vistas, as we explore the riches of Bhutan on this thoroughly recommended and highly enjoyable tour!