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 Vigor’s Sunbird, along with possibilities for Malabar Trogon, Mottled Wood Owl and Jerdon’s Leafbird amongst many others in this lush deciduous forest.


Top Birds

Forest Owlet; Vigors's & Loten's Sunbird; Jerdon’s & Golden-fronted Leafbirds; Pale-billed Flowerpecker; Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher; Malabar Lark; White-naped Woodpecker; White-eyed Buzzard; Blue-winged Parakeet; Indian Paradise Flycatcher.

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

moderate, some long drives



Ease of Birding

mostly unchallenging

Photographic Opportunities


What our clients say about us

David Hoddinott
TM, India 2018

This was my first Rockjumper trip. I definitely will be a repeat customer. The booking process was easy and painless. The transport and hotel logistics during the trip were flawless. David Hoddinott and Ansar Khan were excellent guides and worked diligently to make sure we saw as many birds as possible.

David Erterius
RR, Northern India

Both David and Rajveer were excellent guides. In fact, it seemed at times as though they were able to summon animals.

David Hoddinott
SS, India 2018

David Hoddinott is wonderful and a great leader.

Stephan Lorenz
MM & GM, Southern India 2018

We really enjoyed both tours. The leader, Stephan Lorenz, was very helpful and worked hard to make the birding trips a success. We appreciated the local guides on both trips as well. They were all very good at getting the job done and making it all enjoyable and seamless. We always feel we are in good hands when we go on a Rockjumper tour.

Glen Valentine
Pvt Castleman India

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!

India - Western: Forest Owlet Extension 2025

01 Mar 2025 - 04 Mar 2025 (4 days)

USD2,000 - Spaces Available


Tour Leader: André Bernon

Pricing notes : *Prices are estimated and dates may change*

Tour price (Per person): USD2,000 * GBP1,647 * EUR1,894 * AUD3,134

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