India Birding: Goa for Western Ghats Endemics and Paleartic Migrants

Goa has a birdlist of over 450 species, including 16 of the 28 species considered endemic or near-endemic to the Western Ghats.  A small area, combined with a well-developed infrastructure, makes it possible for the most productive of Goa's birding localities to be thoroughly covered within a short timeframe without the need of lengthy travel, and given a couple of weeks it is possible to reach a species list of 250-310 comprising regional endemics, more widespread Indian species, and overwintering migrants.

All regions are exceptional for birds - in the mangrove-lined estuaries and marshes of coastal areas expect a good selection of water birds and waders, with more widespread Indian species in scrub and grassland, while the forested interior will present a new combination of species which includes endemics of the Western Ghats and of southern India, and enigmatic forest specialities. 

The perfect introduction to birding in India with an exceptional diversity of birds and butterflies in a variety of habitsts.  An enjoyable and popular winter birding destination. 

More Details About this Trip:

Pricing: $3,190 US Dollars or £2,470 GBP for 14 Days and 13 Nights. 
Extensions available.


Group Size: 6 to 8 participants 


Upcoming Dates: 

December 1 to 15, 2021

Video Conference on India Birding with

PIB Guide

(see link below)



White-bellied Blue Flycatcher, Small Sunbird, Vigor’s Sunbird, Loten’s Sunbird, Nilgiri Flowerpecker, Black-throated Munia, Western Crowned Warbler, Malabar Whistling-thrush, Indian Rufous-babbler, Indian Scimitar-babbler, Dark-fronted Babbler, Grey-headed Bulbul, Flame-throated Bulbul, Yellow-browed Bulbul, Square-tailed Bulbul, Orange Minivet, Malabar Parakeet, Malabar Barbet, White-cheeked Barbet, Nilgiri Woodpigeon, Grey-fronted Green-pigeon, Malabar Trogon, Blue-faced Malkoha, Malabar Woodshrike, Malabar White-headed Starling, Southern Hill Myna, Malabar Grey Hornbill, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Great Hornbill, White-bellied Woodpecker, Heart-spotted Woodpecker, Indian Pitta, Malabar Lark, Indian Swiftlet, Brown Fish-Owl, Brown Wood-Owl, Brown Hawk-Owl, Oriental Scops-Owl, Indian Scops-Owl, Sri Lanka Frogmouth, Jerdon’s Nightjar, Rufous-bellied Eagle, Black Eagle, White-bellied Sea-eagle, Pallas’s Gull, Lesser Crested Tern, Greater Crested Tern, Lesser Sandplover, Greater Sandplover, Kentish Plover, Terek Sandpiper, Yellow Bittern, Cinnamon Bittern, Asian Openbill, Purple Heron, Oriental Darter, Grey-headed Swamphen, Slaty-breasted Rail, Collared Kingfisher, Stork-billed Kingfisher, Blue-eared Kingfisher, Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher.


Asian Elephant, Gaur, Ussuri Dhole, Nilgiri Tahr, Nilgiri Langur, Nilgiri Marten, Malabar Giant Squirrel.

Habitats and

Special Sites

Beaches, mangrove-lined estuaries and tidal creeks, wetlands, dry fields, scrub jungle, deciduous forest, bamboo and cane thickets.

Other Attractions

Tropical beaches, scenic hills, large areas of protected forest, easy and relaxed birding with no long-distance travel, good tourism infrastructure, see up to 18 of 30 species endemic or near-endemic to the Western Ghats, a good selection of night birds, a large variety of butterflies, excellent opportunities for photography, a glimpse of Goa’s colonial-era Portuguese architecture, comfortable accommodation and excellent varied Indian/Continental cuisine.

YouTube Video Conference on India Birding with PIB Guide:

Contact in the USA: Charles:

Forms and payments should be mailed to:

Charles Thornton-Kolbe (in Denver, Colorado)

Toll Free: (from USA or Canada): 


Telephone: 720-320-1974



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Contact in the UK: Jennifer De Souza:

Jennifer De Souza (in Suffolk, England) 

Telephone: +44 755 214 2976


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