Birding in Ladakh ~ Blissful’s Click on


“JULLEY” is how one greets one other in Ladakh (“land of excessive passes”) a distant area within the north-western Trans- Himalayas which till just lately was throughout the state of Jammu and Kashmir is now administered by India as an union territory. 

Geographically positioned alongside the Nice Himalayas and the Karakoram ranges, additionally a area that’s sparsely inhabited by folks, who’re of the Indo- Aryan and Tibetan race.

It’s the western most extension of the Tibetan plateau positioned at an altitude that ranges from 2000 meters to 7650 meters above sea stage.

Had been to some areas precisely ten years again (click on to learn the journey report of the earlier journey) although that journey was primarily for leisure, however had executed some birding, comparatively this journey was primarily deliberate just for birding! 

We landed in Central Ladakh, Leh (3550 m) within the early hours instantly from Mumbai airport, should say not solely did the temperature drop drastically, even the community indicators appeared to have dropped to a stage, that it didn’t come until we flew again to Mumbai. (Be aware: One should carry both a BSNL or JIO connection, that additionally solely postpaid to get some connectivity) 

Right now the day one (June 2nd), was to take relaxation and acclimatise to the low oxygen ranges. Within the night we strolled across the stunning city of Leh, that had a vibrant market, properly paved pathways. Being the primary week of June, the properly clad vacationers had already arrived and the place was certainly buzzing. The climate was cool (round 14 deg C) 

Shey marshes (3550m):

Day two, we deliberate a visit to Shey marshes which can be positioned within the outskirts of Leh city, at a distance of seven kms, the birding space throughout this irrigation channel after crossing the river was surprisingly virtually dry presently of the 12 months too. However inspite of being dry, the area supplied some nice birding, birds that we may see right here have been Hume’s lesser white-throat, Eurasian Interest, Citrine Wagtail, Carrion Crow to call just a few. 

Mountain Chiffchaff
Carrion Crow

There have been sightings reported of the Mongolian Finches by the native birders from the Thiksey area and we drove there, whereas we have been scanning the realm, noticed two of them fly over us they usually went and perched far-off on the barren ridges. Rajesh ji took an extended stroll on the lookout for them, whereas we waited and scanned for different birds alongside the flowing river, however there was no signal of them.

Sindhu Ghat and Spituk (3550m):

Sindhu Ghat and Spituk are each areas once more inside a radius of 10 kms from Leh, alongside the upstream Indus (Sindhu) River. Alongside one of the vital peaceable river banks, we sighted a pair of Ibisbill, the calls of mountain chiffchaff have been the commonest and their calls echoed within the wind. 

In Sanskrit (historical language), Sindhu denotes a ‘giant water physique’ and this river is without doubt one of the most necessary rivers within the historical past of India. Not solely India will get its title from this river,  the folks residing on this nation are proudly often called Hindus. 

We did go to the realm the place the Lesser gray shrike was seen just a few days again, we did see the Lengthy-tailed shrike as an alternative, together with a few mallard, widespread rose finches and a few commoners.

As we stored strolling on the lookout for the birds, realised that we weren’t going out of breath, a type of a affirmation that the acclimatisation had begun. Because the day two got here to an finish, we had our inline permits for our onward locations prepared. Our typical birding routine was to start from tomorrow, that’s rising together with the solar and search for birds until solar down. Right here in Ladakh birding within the night time was not allowed, usually to make sure that no wildlife is disturbed. 

Nubra Valley:

Day three we headed in the direction of the Nubra valley, which is known for its proximity to the Siachen Glacier, the longest glacier within the Karakoram Vary. The valley is positioned to the North of Leh and was off-limits to travellers till 1994, it might probably now be approached by crossing the well-known Khardung La Move (5700m), a one time the very best motorable street on this planet, till newer passes have been made. Previous to reaching the move, we stopped at South Pullu, right here we sighted a pair of Brown accentors and a lone Black-winged Snowfinch. As we had reached the move very early within the morning, as a result of which there have been only a few vacationers, the Yellow-billed Chough have been seen feeding outdoors the restaurant. 

Brown Accentor

We had an extended solution to cowl so rapidly moved down in the direction of North Pullu, another excuse for not spending extra time on the Khardung La was to keep away from altitude illness, the oxygen ranges can get very low as a result of air being a lot thinner at these altitudes. Simply after ascending into North Pullu, we sighted the Robin Accentor’s busy amassing nesting materials. There are little or no locations the place one can discover a flowing stream and inexperienced pastures right here, discovering one ensured we sight some birds too, just like the Hill Pigeon who had come to quench its thirst on this bitting chilly climate (early morning’s the temperature falls to shut to zero right here)

Black-winged Snowfinch

As we drove additional in the direction of Nubra valley, took a quick halt at Khalsar (3260m). Aside the commoner Mountain Chiffchaff and the Eurasian Magpie, we sighted the White-browed Tit-Warbler (male) that was busy feeding. Quickly we headed out additional crossing the city of Diskit in the direction of Turtuk.

Turtuk (2820m) is the small hamlet that sits on the far finish of Nubra Valley, hemmed in by the Shyok River and the excessive peaks of the Karakoram mountain vary. Surrounded by crumbling rock faces, that is the one place the place one can keep earlier than visiting Thang, India’s northern-most village past the LAC on Indo-Pak border. Turtuk’s reasonably has a tumultuous historical past, as it is a village that was claimed again from the area of Gilgit-Balistan.

Got here throughout a gentleman (Mohd Ibrahim) who stored smiling and approached us, to share that he was born in 1958 and till 1971 was a citizen of Pakistan, now an Indian. Most of Ladakh has a powerful Buddhist and Tibetan affect, nevertheless this area has a definite Balti Muslim tradition. 

We had travelled this distance to search for the Pied Wheatear that was seen round this time of the 12 months. A remoted gorge, the area was the bottom when it comes to altitude and chicken depend too, we did sight the Bluethroat, Chukar and few different commoners.

Bluethroat

After having a great breakfast on this stunning however distant location on day 4, began to move in the direction of Hunder village that sits like an oasis in the course of chilly desert in Nubra valley a few kms from Diskit city, which is understood for its Buddhist monastery. 

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Diskit Gompa

Nubra valley has additionally acquired fame for its sand dunes. Most vacationers come right here to journey on the Bactrian camels and revel in its breath-taking pure magnificence. The excessive altitude desert affords not solely a rolling expanse of sand dunes and barren panorama but in addition affords an opportunity to see uncommon birds just like the Pale Rosefinch, that’s seen throughout this time of the 12 months. We needed to hold searching of the window if we are able to see any motion, alongside the 70 odd kms stretch. There have been couple  of cases, once we stopped enroute and have been fortunate to see the Sulphur-bellied Warbler, Hume’s Lark and a flock of Mongolian Finches earlier than reaching Agham.  

Mongolian Finch
Sulphur-bellied Warbler

Agham (3285m):

Agham was the place the place we stayed on the fifth day. Right here we received some good sightings of the White-browed Tit-Warbler who have been busy nesting. As we drove in the direction of the neighbouring areas, we sighted a Golden Eagle sitting in its nest alongside the slope of a tall mountain. Simply alongside one other village got here throughout a small flock of the Eurasian Skylark feeding within the fields, we then drove alongside a stretch of stream, right here we sighted the White-throated Dipper (brown morph), Lammergeier hovering excessive and a wallcreeper together with many Hill Pigeons who have been busy feeding alongside the slopes of those mountains.

White-browed Tit-Warbler
Golden Eagle
Eurasian Skylark

As we have been heading out of this city in the direction of Wari La, which is a excessive mountain move, sighted a complete herd of Blue Sheep that have been in all probability grazing on the opposite aspect of the river and shortly after seeing us, moved swiftly over the mountain. They can climb up excessive and inaccessible cliffs like a goat. They’re referred to as “Napo” in Ladakhi, they’ve a slate blue coat which turns reddish brown in the course of the hotter months.

Blue Sheep

Wari La (5300m):

Enroute from Agham to Wari La, there have been loads of steep sections on this route. Certainly the street can be impassable in winters, as even within the month of June we noticed heavy snow on some sections of this street. Only a few vacationer automobiles use this street. The zigzags on the south aspect of the move have been dropping top tortuously slowly. 

There have been no signboards alongside the street, there have been none even on the move, solely prayer flags marked this move. The climb was merely powerful, with a infamous lack of oxygen and a excessive diploma of steepness. We have been feeling high-quality, so we stopped on the move to search for the 2 species of Snowcock’s, sadly there have been none that day. 

It was very windy and chilly, so we have been quickly drove over the move and moved in the direction of our keep for the night time. Enroute, alongside an extended stretch of winding street that was going downhill, sighted the the Woolly Hare also called “Ribong” in Ladakhi. It swiftly began to dash on seeing us and settled beneath a big boulder, it had a thick and curly fur with a bushy tail, lengthy hind legs and black tipped ears.

Wooly Hare

Chang La (5390m):

Day six, we set out in the direction of Pangong Tso, by crossing over one other excessive move, referred to as the Chang La move. Nearly a ways earlier than the move we heard the calls of the Tibetan Snowcock, to our delight we additionally sighted the Himalayan Snowcock. There was a flock of 5-6 of every of the species, that had flown in from one finish to calm down between the big boulders, and solely sometimes after they would cross may see them. In comparison with the 2, the Himalayan certainly appeared extra shy and stored its distance from us.

It was simply the time the solar had risen, the site visitors was build up and plenty of automobiles the place shifting in the direction of the well-known excessive altitude lake.

Himalayan Snowcock
Tibetan Snowcock
Tibetan Snowcock

We had hardly pushed slightly and simply as we have been to strategy the move, sighted a lone Alpine accentor. Rajesh heard the decision of the Pink-fronted Rosefinch, who later obliged us with some superb poses amidst its feeding ritual. 

Pink-fronted Rosefinch

On reaching the highest of the move, we stopped by the restaurant to have breakfast. Right now most popular to have a scorching bowl of Thukpa (a neighborhood dish). The wind was gushing into the restaurant each time somebody opened the door. Many bikers and vacationers had stopped by posing for images.

As was leaving felt the pinnacle was getting slightly heavy, in all probability as a result of time we had spent on the altitude. We descended the move, the landscapes started to vary once more, quickly we reached a spot the place the fantastic thing about the inexperienced fields have been unmatched. It was a delight to see such mild inexperienced fields after watching the browns in several shades all alongside. 

Its often the breeding time for birds throughout this time of the 12 months right here. We sighted a pair of White-throated Dipper that was flying over the stream at excessive pace in a zig zag flight sample, right here we sighted a juvenile too. 

White-throated Dipper

The Himalayan Marmot referred to as “Phia” in ladakhi have been seen typically, most of them have been basking on the boulders as they hibernate for nearly six months of a 12 months in burrows.

Pangong Tso (4225m):

One third of this lengthy (135km) lake is in India and relaxation is in China. Throughout peak winters (mid-January to February finish), Pangong Tso utterly freezes they usually say its arduous sufficient for vehicles to drive on! (although nobody drives – hopefully)

The lake displayed a variety of colors as the daylight fell over the water, blue to cobalt and a few shades that are troublesome to even title.

Pangong Tso

Glad we have been right here within the summers, the streams en route, seemed picturesque, after making a quick cease right here, we drove for an additional 35-40 kms alongside the lake, until we slowly descended and reached Merak Village, a spot the place we have been to remain for the night time. Staying in a single day at slightly decrease altitude is advisable. On reaching right here determined to relaxation for some time to get well from the altitude illness. Had been practising the “Yog” taught my our non secular grasp which certainly helped me get well quicker. 

Merak Village (3550m):

We awoke early on day seven as properly, the lake seemed very strange and uninteresting, just because the daylight was lacking. The breeze was very cool and the birds have been everywhere in the fields on this village, which is positioned on a slender stretch of land between the mountains and the lake, with simply half a dozen households that make a dwelling by rearing pashmina goats and rising barley in the course of the brief summer season season.

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After birding for a few hours, drove in the direction of Chushul village and enroute sighted the Tibetan Wild Ass, Mountain Weasel, Tibetan Partridge and lots of birds.

From Chushul we have been to proceed to Hanle. Since Pangong Tso is on the LAC, NRIs and Foreigners want Protected Space Allow with a view to go to the realm. 

Chinese language Rubythroat
Horned Lark

We simply wanted to submit a kind at verify posts that was already obtained in Leh. Rajesh ji shared a whole lot of attention-grabbing tales and considered one of them was associated to the Chushul struggle, whereby our courageous troopers misplaced their lives and to mark their bravery, the Chushul and Rezang La Struggle Memorials have been constructed.

And as soon as we reached Chumathang, have been overwhelmed by seeing many herds of the Tibetan Wild Ass, grazing peacefully on the grasslands. The panorama modifications in break up seconds, with many colors being induced into the mountains as a result of numerous deposits.

However a lot earlier than we reached Chumathang, needed to drive by means of open barren stretches. Solely an skilled driver can discover the way in which to succeed in Mahe, a junction to Hanle and TsoMoriri. Rigzin talked about that if at it rains, it makes it much more troublesome to seek out the way in which. Principally may solely see military automobiles use this stretch. The chicken exercise was low on this patch.

Actually, all the way in which to Loma and up until the village of Nyoma, the chicken exercise was comparatively very low. As soon as some time we may see the Black Redstart and the Desert Wheatear, that will catch our consideration.

Hanle Plains and Marshes (4350m):

As we have been approaching Hanle, may solely see a monastery constructed on a hilltop with no signal of any village. Even after the checkpost, there was no signal of any village. However after just a few kms we reached a suburb very near the Photo voltaic observatory, which was our keep for the night time.

We did come throughout many bikers that had come to Hanle, as its additionally the bottom and gateway to a few excessive altitude passes like Phot iLa and the just lately glamoured highest move of the world, Umling La. Inspite of a variety of home-stay choices out there right here in Hanle, it appeared many (specifically bikers) come right here unplanned and attempt to search for a keep. One should additionally carry sufficient gasoline for this journey as there are not any petrol pumps (gasoline stations) as soon as you permit a small city about 60-70 kms after Leh. 

The whole village was small and comfortable and means removed from any disturbances and certainly would supply ample alternatives to stargazers and astro photographers. Although we have been to remain right here for day eight and and day 9, didn’t take into account this selection, just because we needed to rise up early the following day too.

The next morning we headed in the direction of the plateau, hardly a couple of minutes after dawn sighted the den of the Himalayan Pink Fox on the hill aspect, it was a household of 4 cubs and the feminine was guarding them carefully, we stored our distance and loved watching them play within the early morning mild. 

Himalayan Pink Fox

We continued to drive and alongside one other hill aspect and sighted the Eurasian Eagle Owl, there have been two of them perched fairly excessive within the crevices, possibly considered one of causes they have been unaffected of our presence. We additionally noticed an deserted nest of the Upland Buzzard.

Many birds have been sighted right here, that have been widespread to the area just like the Nice Rosefinch, Tibetan Lark to call just a few. As we drove noticed a pack of Tibetan Gray Wolf (round 6-7), no sooner we noticed them all of them began to maneuver away from us and there was an occasion, after they have been peeping from a stage decrease than ours to see our motion. 

Nice Rosefinch
Tibetan Lark

Over the following two days we sighted the mighty Upland Buzzard and the endangered Saker Falcon, which had perched itself on an electrical pole (as there are not any timber) and seemed fabulous with the snow clad mountains within the background.

Saker Falcon

There was an occasion when a Tibetan Wild Ass determined to take a mud bathtub and on one other occasion, we noticed a whirlwind which didn’t appear to hassle one other pair of Tibetan Wild Ass

Tibetan Wild Ass
Tibetan Wild Ass

Tsomoriri Lake (4595m):

Day ten, we set out after taking a brief drive within the Tibetan plateau in the direction of Tso Moriri, the biggest of the excessive altitude recent water blackish lakes within the nation. It’s a protected space formally often called “Tso Moriri Wetland Conservation Reserve”

Earlier than we may attain Tso Moriri, that’s finest often called breeding floor for the Black-necked Cranes and the Bar-headed Geese, stopped enroute earlier than Mahe bridge, right here we sighted a pair of Black necked cranes with two chicks, they have been so tiny that they may hardly stroll, however surprisingly may swim properly. Simply as we have been nearing the lake, sighted the Little Owl, once more perched on a electrical pole. Irrespective of how we approached it, it felt secure and didn’t transfer.  

Black-necked Crane
Little Owl

The place was certainly cooler than all the opposite locations we had been until now, within the night we moved as much as the valley, however surprisingly the chicken exercise was very low, simply the quite common species have been seen. The place additionally had a whole lot of vacationers and will see many tented lodging that have been out there for the bikers and 4×4 fanatics. The Pink-billed Chough and the Yellow-billed Chough have been seen in giant numbers, specifically on the roof tops of the lodge and the monastery.

As there was hardly any chicken exercise and principally the species we had seen have been to be seen, retired early and had already determined to maneuver in the direction of Tsokar instantly within the wee hours.

White-throated Dipper

Tsokar Lake (4530m):

Day ten, and we have been touring in the direction of Tsokar which is a high-altitude wetland. As we have been approaching the area, first got here throughout Startsapuk Tso, a freshwater lake in contrast to Tso kar which is a hyper saline lake. The lake seemed white due to the white salt efflorescence discovered on the margins as a result of evaporation of extremely saline water, the very purpose for Tso Kar to get its title (actually that means white lake)

The Tibetan Wild Ass have been seen grazing on the pastures on the aspect of the lake. Tso Kar is breeding floor for Bar-headed Goose & Ruddy Shelduck and we did see just a few of them alongside the perimeters. A pair of juvenile Black-necked cranes was seen too. There was a whole lot of building being carried out, newer resorts, higher infrastructure being deliberate. All these components had resulted in fewer birds, specifically the Little Owl was not being seen within the space.

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We visited a location the place the nomads come to spend their winters, their homes have been constructed of stone and a a number of droppings of the cattle was everywhere in the flooring. Presently, it was deserted, many birds had discovered their secure haven right here and have been see feeding on the bugs that come on the droppings.

Although Tso Kar Basin is an A1 Class Vital Hen Space (IBA) as per Hen Life Worldwide and a key staging web site within the Central Asian Flyway, determined to drive across the lake from one finish to the opposite, we drove alongside the tracks that already existed, crossing the land which appeared to arduous for something to outlive. 

Nevertheless the birds come right here in all seasons, we sighted the Upland Buzzard, a herd of Tibetan Argalis feeding at a distant slope, they abruptly began to run for causes higher recognized to them, as they have been far-off take some footage (video) as properly of them galloping away. Its solely moments later we noticed a Himalayan Pink Fox attain the identical spot (possibly the rationale why the Argali galloped away)

Upland Buzzard
Hill Pigeon
Floor Tit

With little or no rain the Himalayan chains are usually dry and chilly the adjoining Central Ladakh is dominated by two necessary ranges within the Southern zanskar vary and the Ladakh vary which is nearly parallel to the Nubra Valley. Most of Ladakh has been a dry chilly desert. However once we went there this time observed a a number of greenery. The poplar and willow timber given by Defence Institute of Excessive Altitude Analysis (DIHAR) are rising very properly.

Tanglang La (5328m):

Day eleven (twelfth June), it was a day when the journey was on its final leg, we have been to move out from Tsokar Lake in the direction of Tanglang La Move one more unimaginable excessive altitude mountain passes in Ladakh positioned on Manali – Leh freeway. We have been excited as we had probabilities of sightings the Blyth’s Rosefinch, as a workforce of birders once more from the Ladakh chicken membership had reported it from a spot close to Upshi 

We took a stopover on the move, it had began to snow slightly and so as to add to our luck heard a name of the Tibetan Snowcock, might it was eager to cross the street and waited on the edge.

We drove a really gradual pace earlier than we reached Upshi, scanning very attainable location, listening to chicken calls that will come, we sighted the commoners however no signal of the chicken we wished to see. Lastly, we deiced to park the car and wait alongside a stretch that had good vegetation, at a distant Rigzin did spot some exercise, they have been far-off and even with the binoculars wasn’t simple to substantiate the sighting. Rajesh ji may hear their name and was very certain it was them, however they quickly flew off additional and we had a harder time on the lookout for them. Once more Rigzin managed to see them feed in a area and will see two male and one feminine of the Blyth’s Rosefinch. What a means it was to shut the journey with a lifer!

Blyth’s Rosefinch

Crew:

The journey got here to an finish with an inventory of 80 birds (25 lifers) as we reached Leh by the tip of day eleven, Rajesh ji Panwar had been a superb tour chief, who knew the places the place we may presumably discover the birds we needed to see, he additionally made fabulous preparations for our keep that was cozy and the meals that was scrumptious all alongside. Rigzin Nubu on the wheels was very affected person and made our hardest roads look like tremendous clean. Final however not least wish to thank my fellow birder Subhadeep Ghosh who was instrumental in planning this journey.

The route:

 Extract from Maps

Sharing the detailed sighting on https://ebird.org/india/tripreport/62946

Have added some footages to the video above of our journey, thanking every considered one of you and searching ahead to many extra journeys, because the mountains would by no means cease calling!

Blissful Birding!

ANSERIFORMES: Anatidae

1

Bar-headed Goose

Anser indicus

2

Graylag Goose

Anser anser

3

Ruddy Shelduck

Tadorna ferruginea

4

Mallard

Anas platyrhynchos

5

Pink-crested Pochard

Netta rufina

6

Widespread Merganser

Mergus merganser

GALLIFORMES: Phasianidae

7

Tibetan Partridge

Perdix hodgsoniae

8

Tibetan Snowcock

Tetraogallus tibetanus

9

Himalayan Snowcock

Tetraogallus himalayensis

10

Chukar

Alectoris chukar

PODICIPEDIFORMES: Podicipedidae

11

Little Grebe

Tachybaptus ruficollis

12

Nice Crested Grebe

Podiceps cristatus

COLUMBIFORMES: Columbidae

13

Rock Pigeon

Columba livia

14

Hill Pigeon

Columba rupestris

15

Oriental Turtle-Dove

Streptopelia orientalis

CUCULIFORMES: Cuculidae

16

Widespread Cuckoo

Cuculus canorus

CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Apodidae

17

Widespread Swift

Apus apus

GRUIFORMES: Rallidae

18

Eurasian Coot

Fulica atra

GRUIFORMES: Gruidae

19

Black-necked Crane

Grus nigricollis

Close to-threatened

CHARADRIIFORMES: Ibidorhynchidae

20

Ibisbill

Ibidorhyncha struthersii

CHARADRIIFORMES: Charadriidae

21

Lesser Sand-Plover

Charadrius mongolus

CHARADRIIFORMES: Scolopacidae

22

Widespread Redshank

Tringa totanus

CHARADRIIFORMES: Laridae

23

Brown-headed Gull

Chroicocephalus brunnicephalus

PELECANIFORMES: Ardeidae

24

Grey Heron

Ardea cinerea

25

Cattle Egret

Bubulcus ibis

ACCIPITRIFORMES: Accipitridae

26

Bearded Vulture

Gypaetus barbatus

Close to-threatened

27

Himalayan Griffon

Gyps himalayensis

Close to-threatened

28

Golden Eagle

Aquila chrysaetos

29

Upland Buzzard

Buteo hemilasius

STRIGIFORMES: Strigidae

30

Eurasian Eagle-Owl

Bubo bubo

31

Little Owl

Athene noctua

BUCEROTIFORMES: Upupidae

32

Eurasian Hoopoe

Upupa epops

FALCONIFORMES: Falconidae

33

Eurasian Kestrel

Falco tinnunculus

34

Eurasian Interest

Falco subbuteo

35

Saker Falcon

Falco cherrug

Endangered

PASSERIFORMES: Laniidae

36

Lengthy-tailed Shrike

Lanius schach

PASSERIFORMES: Corvidae

37

Eurasian Magpie

Pica pica

38

Pink-billed Chough

Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax

39

Yellow-billed Chough

Pyrrhocorax graculus

40

Carrion Crow

Corvus corone

41

Widespread Raven

Corvus corax

PASSERIFORMES: Paridae

42

Floor Tit

Pseudopodoces humilis

43

Cinereous Tit

Parus cinereus

PASSERIFORMES: Alaudidae

44

Horned Lark

Eremophila alpestris

45

Hume’s Lark

Calandrella acutirostris

46

Tibetan Lark

Melanocorypha maxima

47

Eurasian Skylark

Alauda arvensis

PASSERIFORMES: Hirundinidae

48

Eurasian Crag-Martin

Ptyonoprogne rupestris

49

Barn Swallow

Hirundo rustica

50

Widespread Home-Martin

Delichon urbicum

PASSERIFORMES: Phylloscopidae

51

Sulphur-bellied Warbler

Phylloscopus griseolus

52

Tickell’s Leaf Warbler

Phylloscopus affinis

53

Mountain Chiffchaff

Phylloscopus sindianus

PASSERIFORMES: Aegithalidae

54

White-browed Tit-Warbler

Leptopoecile sophiae

PASSERIFORMES: Sylviidae

55

Lesser Whitethroat (hume’s)

Curruca curruca

PASSERIFORMES: Tichodromidae

56

Wallcreeper

Tichodroma muraria

PASSERIFORMES: Cinclidae

57

White-throated Dipper

Cinclus cinclus

PASSERIFORMES: Sturnidae

58

Brahminy Starling

Sturnia pagodarum

PASSERIFORMES: Muscicapidae

59

Bluethroat

Luscinia svecica

60

Chinese language Rubythroat

Calliope tschebaiewi

61

White-winged Redstart

Phoenicurus erythrogastrus

62

Blue Rock-Thrush

Monticola solitarius

63

Black Redstart

Phoenicurus ochruros

64

Desert Wheatear

Oenanthe deserti

PASSERIFORMES: Prunellidae

65

Alpine Accentor

Prunella collaris

66

Robin Accentor

Prunella rubeculoides

67

Brown Accentor

Prunella fulvescens

PASSERIFORMES: Passeridae

68

Home Sparrow

Passer domesticus

69

Black-winged Snowfinch

Montifringilla adamsi

70

Blanford’s Snowfinch

Montifringilla blanfordi

PASSERIFORMES: Motacillidae

71

Citrine Wagtail

Motacilla citreola

PASSERIFORMES: Fringillidae

72

Widespread Rosefinch

Carpodacus erythrinus

73

Blyth’s Rosefinch

Carpodacus grandis

74

Nice Rosefinch

Carpodacus rubicilla

75

Pink-fronted Rosefinch

Carpodacus puniceus

76

Mongolian Finch

Bucanetes mongolicus

77

Plain Mountain Finch

Leucosticte nemoricola

78

Black-headed Mountain Finch

Leucosticte brandti

79

Twite

Linaria flavirostris

80

Fireplace-fronted Serin

Serinus pusillus


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