Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary, in the West Kameng district of western Arunachal Pradesh, is a biodiversity hotspot of nearly 3,500 sq. km. of contiguous forests spread across two states of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh inclusive of five protected areas.
With a wide range of forests – from tropical evergreen forests in the lower elevations to temperate broad-leaved forests in the mid altitudes, to conifers and rhododendrons at the highest elevations, Eaglenest is home to the spectacular bird diversity found anywhere else in the eastern region of India. Over 700 species of birds are known to occur here from a 100 sq. km. of the region The most important discovery remains that of the Bugun Liocichla (Liocichla bugunorum), found nowhere else in the world, but only on a one sq. km. patch of forest on Bugun community land. Other spectacular and rare bird species include Ward’s Trogon (Harpactes wardii), Beautiful Nuthatch (Sitta formosa), and Wedge-billed Babbler (Sphenocichla humei).
Nestled in the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas, Pakke Tiger Reserve’s elevation ranges from 100m to 2,000m above sea level. The northern part of the reserve features rugged, mountainous terrain, while the south has narrow plains and sloping hill valleys.The reserve is home to four species of hornbills: the Oriental Pied Hornbill, Wreathed Hornbill, the Rufous-necked Hornbill and the Great Hornbill. That apart it harbours more than 300 species of other birds , which makes it as a wonderful place for birders seeking the avian beauties.
The tour entails travel through the forests of Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary and Pakke on a birding trail with an option for travellers to eiter choose one or both the trails .
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