Birdwatching Tour in Goa, India
This 15-day, small-group Birding in Goa Tour is a leisurely paced trip available as a set departure (or available on request) focusing on the diverse birdlife of Goa’s varied habitats. Expect to see around 270-300 species of bird including up to 18 endemics of the Western Ghats mountain range, further South Indian endemics, and a good selection of gulls, waders, and waterfowl in coastal wetlands, plus numerous butterflies during this South Indian birding tour.
Our birding tour in Goa is a thorough but leisurely exploration of the beaches, mangroves, rivers, wetlands, and superb endemic-rich tropical forests of this small southwest coastal state, once a Portuguese colony. Goa has a well-established tourism infrastructure, a pleasant tropical climate, and a good variety of habitats that can be covered without any lengthy travel. All of these factors make Goa an excellent choice for a winter birding tour destination and a comfortable introduction to birding in India or Asia. As well as an enjoyable birding experience, Goa offers excellent opportunities for bird photography as well as an impressive selection of butterflies and several mammals in some superb forest reserves.
This Goa birdwatching tour begins along the Arabian Sea coast, where we will explore beaches, mangroves, and wetlands. On foot and by boat we will be looking for a selection of waders, waterfowl, gulls, terns, and more, including Greater and Lesser Sandplovers, Indian Spot-billed Duck, Painted Stork, Pallas’s and Heuglin’s Gulls, Collared Kingfisher, and White-bellied Sea-eagle.
During this birdwatching tour in Goa, As we explore further afield, into dry fields, wooded hills, and the scrub jungle of the central plateau we’ll look for larks and pipits, Indian Roller, Orange-headed Thrush, Loten’s Sunbird, Jerdon’s Leafbird, the secretive Indian Pitta. Here, we will also begin to encounter our first regional endemics, such as Vigors’s Sunbird, Dark-fronted Babbler, White-cheeked Barbet, and Malabar Lark.
Leaving the coast, we will drive inland to spend the second half of our tour birding in the superb foothill forests of the Western Ghats, a range of low mountains that delineate Goa’s eastern border. These forests are among the world’s most biodiverse regions, hosting 30 endemic birds. As we explore the dense deciduous forests, cane thickets, bamboo brakes, and forest streams on foot we will be looking for the 18 of these endemics that occur in Goa including Malabar Grey Hornbill, Nilgiri Woodpigeon, White-bellied Blue Flycatcher, and Flame-throated Bulbul. Birding here will be immensely enjoyable and productive. We will encounter many more South Indian endemics and Indian forest specialities, such as Malabar Trogon and Malabar Pied Hornbill, and an impressive variety of night birds including Sri Lanka Frogmouth and Indian Scops-Owl in this birding tour in Goa.
To complement our birdwatching tour in Goa, we can expect to come across a small number of mammals including Northern Plains Grey Langur, Bonnet Macaque, and Indian Giant Squirrel, and an impressive selection of South India’s butterflies that includes spectacular swallowtails such as Paris Peacock and Southern Birdwing. As we can explore all areas on foot the opportunities for bird and butterfly photography in Goa are excellent.
Birding in Goa Tour Highlights includes:
- Leisurely yet productive birding, in a comfortable tropical climate with good accommodation and no lengthy travel.
- See up to 18 endemics of the Western Ghats, further South Indian regional forest specialities, up to seven species of kingfisher, and large numbers of waterbirds in coastal wetlands.
- See and hear a good number of nocturnal species at dusk or at day roosts, including Brown Fish-owl, Brown Boobook, Indian Scops-Owl, Jerdon’s and Jungle Nightjars, and Sri Lanka Frogmouth.
- Encounter an incredible selection of butterflies, including spectacular swallowtails such as Southern Birdwing and congregations of yellows and iridescent blues mud-puddling along forest streams.
- Experience Goa’s melting pot of cultures and rich past, evident in its cuisine and historical architecture that includes impressive churches and ancient temples.
Please note: this set-departure tour is also available as a private or custom tour on request. Please submit an enquiry with your preferred dates and group size.
If you’d like to try an alternative tour, look at what this North India Birding and Wildlife Tour has to offer.
Alternative Tour Name: Goa Birding Tour