The main purpose of this short extension is to visit Tansa Forest where we shall search for the recently rediscovered Forest Owlet. Long feared extinct, it was rediscovered in 1997 and has since been found in a handful of areas of central India. It was very recently found in this forest, which now offers the most accessible viewing of this species. In addition to this fascinating diurnal owl, we can look for a few other specialties which may include the very localized Vigors’s Sunbird, along with possibilities for Malabar Trogon, Mottled Wood Owl and Jerdon’s Leafbird amongst many others in this lush deciduous forest.

2023 Tour price is an estimate and will change. Tour dates could be adjusted.

Tour Facts Top Birds
Forest Owlet, Vigors's Sunbird, Jungle Bush Quail, Red Spurfowl, White-eyed Buzzard, Ultramarine & Tickell’s Blue Flycatchers, Jerdon’s & Golden-fronted Leafbirds, Malabar Parakeet, Malabar Trogon, Indian Golden & Black-hooded Oriole, Indian Paradise Flycatcher, Tawny-bellied Babbler, Mottled Wood Owl, Jungle Owlet, Indian Scops Owl, Indian, Jungle & Savanna Nightjars.
Habitats Covered
deciduous woodland
Expected Climate
warm to hot, with cooler nights
Max Group Size
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader & local birding leader
Tour Pace & Walking
Ease of Birding
mostly unchallenging
Photographic Opportunities
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I thought David was an excellent guide. He certainly knows his birds and was very passionate and I also found him to be very keen to discuss birds and pass on knowledge; I enjoyed being able to share his passion. I also found him to be friendly and I had the impression that he was always trying to make sure that the group was generally satisfied. He was certainly very thorough at making sure that everybody had seen all the birds.

I just have to write and tell you how much I enjoyed the N. India trip and how superb the leaders are… Erik and Rich worked so well together and both are so funny, such a great combination…. With much gratitude to RBT for bringing birds and mammals into my life.

We loved Glen Valentine! Very skilled, and not defensive if we questioned an ID. Liked that he continued to call out even the common birds throughout the tour, which meant we got a chance to really study each species. Good sense of humor, and fun to bird with!

The entire tour was truly excellent. David is an outstanding, world-class bird guide, talented, able-bodied, friendly and courteous. I would definitely travel with him again.

Greg de Klerk and David Erterius were great - super knowledgeable and really kind. You can tell that they both care about birds and their guests. I hope I can go on a Rockjumper tour with them again.

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