Exploring the Country's Rich Avian Diversity
Bird-Watching Trip to Bangladesh
A bird-watching trip to Bangladesh is heavenly for the person who cares and loves spotting birds. There are over 700 species of birds found in the country. From migratory birds to endemic species, Bangladesh offers a unique birding experience for both amateur and professional bird-watchers. This trip is dedicatedly designed for bird lovers around the world that we operate once a year.
If you are a bird enthusiast and want to explore the rich avian diversity of Bangladesh, then you should consider a bird-watching trip to this amazing country. Bangladesh is home to more than 700 species of birds, many of which are rare or endangered. We’ll give you some tips and ideas on how to plan and enjoy a bird-watching trip to Bangladesh.
Best time for Birdwatching in Bangladesh:
Let us help you decide when and where to go! We have divided Bangladesh’s six seasons into four for bird-watching convenience: winter (November-February), summer (March-May), monsoon (June-September), and fall (October). Each season offers distinct benefits and drawbacks for bird viewing. Winter is the best season for seeing migratory birds from Siberia, Central Asia, and Europe and breeding plumage on resident birds. Some resident birds are more active and vocal during the summer, but it can be very hot and humid during this time. The monsoon is the worst season for bird-watching in Bangladesh, as heavy and frequent rainfall makes the trails muddy and slippery, which reduces visibility. Autumn is a transitional season during which some migratory birds start to arrive, and some resident birds begin to molt.
Depending on your preferences and interests, different locations in Bangladesh offer some of the best birding opportunities. These are some of the most frequented destinations:
-Dhaka and environs: birding hotspots such as the Jahangirnagar University Campus, the Botanical Garden, and the National Botanical Garden.
– Sreemangal and Sylhet: This tiny town in the northeastern region of Bangladesh is renowned for its tea plantations and a few reserve forests. It is one of the best places to see a variety of birds, such as pygmy woodpeckers, red jungle fowl, red-headed trogons, puff-throated babblers, emerald doves, oriental pied hornbills, black-naped monarchs, green-billed malkohas, blue-throated barbets, scarlet minivets, black-naped orioles, Asian fairy bluebirds, orange-bellied leafbirds, ruby-cheeked sunbirds and many more. You can also visit the nearby protected areas for wildlife and biodiversity conservation, Lawachara National Park, Ratargul Swamp Forest, Remakalenga, and Satchari Reserve Forest. There are also a few wetland sanctuaries near the tea plantations of Sreemangal and Sylhet, where you may see several bird species, including the grey-headed parakeet, the spot-billed pelican, the lesser adjutant, and a variety of migratory birds. Several bird species, including the Grey-headed Swamphen, the Common Kingfisher, and the River Lapwing, can be observed near Jaflong.
Sundarbans: This is the biggest mangrove forest in the world. It is in the southwestern part of Bangladesh and covers about 10,000 square kilometers. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a Ramsar Site (a wetland of global significance). It is home to numerous uncommon and endangered species, including the Bengal tiger, Irrawaddy dolphin, estuarine crocodile, and fishing cat. The abundance of waterbirds, raptors, woodpeckers, kingfishers, bee-eater, cuckoo, drongo, bulbul, warbler, and other species makes it a haven for bird watchers as well. You can take a boat ride through the forest’s small creeks and channels to look for wildlife and take admire the scenery.
– Cox’s Bazar: This is a coastal town in southeast Bangladesh, renowned for its long sand beach (the longest natural sea shoreline in the world) and scenic beauty. It is also an excellent place to observe coastal and marine birds, including gulls, terns, sandpipers, plovers, egrets, herons, pelicans, and cormorants. You can also visit some adjacent islands known for their coral reefs and marine life, such as Sonadia, Kutubdia Island, and St. Martin’s Island.
The second step is to prepare for the journey. Here are a few things you should do prior to departure:
– Reserve your tour in advance with us or whoever you intend to travel with. Bangladesh is a famous destination for both domestic and international tourists. Consequently, it can be hard to find a suitable place to stay or a dependable mode of transportation during peak travel seasons or holidays. Once you have booked your trip with us, we will take care of all your travel arrangements and local permits, including hotel rooms, guesthouses, homestays, campsites, houseboats, or whatever suits your budget and level of comfort. We will also book your flights, trains, buses, cars, boats, rickshaws, and bicycles, according to your convenience and adventure level. Most of our birdwatching groups are accompanied by a local professional birder with the assistance of other local guides and experts.
Visa and Immunizations
– Get your visa and immunizations in order. You will require a visa to enter Bangladesh. You may apply for a visa online or at the Bangladeshi embassy or consulate closest to your location. Once you have confirmed your reservation, we will issue and provide you with an invitation letter for visa support. We discourage obtaining a visa on arrival for a bird-watching trip as it has minimal uncertainty. In addition, you will need vaccinations against common diseases such as typhoid, hepatitis A and B, cholera, rabies, and Japanese encephalitis.
A trip to Bangladesh for birdwatching provides a unique opportunity to discover the country’s rich avian diversity. Bird watchers can enjoy a diverse range of birding experiences across different habitats, including forests, wetlands, tea estates, and urban areas. Whether you are a novice or a professional birder, Bangladesh offers an unforgettable birding experience that is well worth exploring.