“Bird watching in a wild, pristine area has a new dimension... You have the feeling of being part of it all and the added excitement of coming across big game while on foot makes the experience all the more special”
 
Susmita Ghose
   
Andamans has only a handful of places to visit, but like most islands it has superb beaches, a fascinating marine life and ample opportunities for watersports, bird watching and fishing. Its brilliant tropical flora, evergreen rain forests and mangrove swamps on the water’s edge present a delectable spectacle. The sparkling, clear water is excellent for snorkelling as well as scuba diving. Furthermore, Port Blair is an ornithologist’s delight – it houses no less than 242 species of birds. In addition, it has 58 species of mammals and 83 species of reptiles.
 
 
Chatham
 
North of the Phoenix Bay around to Chatham proves to be the best destination for bird watching.
 
Birds at Chatham
• Collared Kingfisher • Pacific Reef Egret
• Greater Sand Plover • White-bellied Sea Eagle
• Terek Sandpiper • Little Tern
• Great Knot
 
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Corbyn’s Cove
 
Corbyn’s Cove , only 8 kms from Port Blair is a white sandy beach surrounded by palm trees. The water is warm and the surf mild. This place often turns up some interesting birds, some of which are listed below.
 
Birds at Corbyn’s Cove
• Mangrove Whistler • Stork-billed Kingfisher
• Collared Kingfisher • Watercock
• Wood Sandpiper • Pond Heron
• Yellow Bittern • Cinnamon Bittern
• Pacific Swallow • Rusty-rumped Warbler
• Dusky Warbler • Blyth’s Reed Warbler
• Clamorous Reed Warbler
 
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Chiriya Tapu
 
Chiriya Tapu , small village, 33km south of Port Blair also has a good beach, ideal for bird watching.
 
Birds at Chiriya Tapu
• Andaman Crake • Andaman Woodpecker
• Fulvous-breasted Woodpecker • Collared Kingfisher
• Stork-billed Kingfisher • Chestnut-headed Bee-eater
• Brown Coucal • Vernal Hanging Parrot
• Alexandrine Parakeet • Red-breasted Parakeet
• Long-tailed Parakeet • Brown-backed Needletail
• Mangrove Whistler • Black-naped Oriole
• Large Cuckoo shrike • Bar-bellied Cuckoo shrike
• Andaman Drongo • Andaman Treepie
• Asian Brown Flycatcher • White-rumped Shama
• White-headed Starling • Common Hill Myna
• Pacific Swallow • Black-headed Bulbul
• Oriental White-eye • Pale-footed Warbler
• Dusky Warbler • Olive-backed Sunbird
 
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Mt Harriet
 
Mt Harriet (365m) is across the bay from Port Blair, a superb forest site. This is the best place for the Andaman Cuckoo Dove or to hear the strange trill coming from a Violet Cuckoo!
 
Birds at Mt Harriet
• Andaman Crake • Andaman Woodpecker
• Fulvous-breasted Woodpecker • Dollarbird
• Brown Coucal • Vernal Hanging Parrot
• Alexandrine Parakeet • Red-breasted Parakeet
• Long-tailed Parakeet • Brown-backed Needletail
• Andaman Wood Pigeon • Andaman Cuckoo Dove
• Andaman Crake • Japanese Sparrowhawk
• Andaman Treepie • Black-naped Oriole
• Large Cuckoo shrike • Bar-bellied Cuckoo shrike
• Andaman Drongo • Black-naped Monarch
• Orange-headed Thrush • Asian Brown Flycatcher
• White-headed Starling • Black-headed Bulbul
• Dusky Warbler • Olive-backed Sunbird
• Forest Wagtail
 
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The Wandoor and Jolly Buoy Islands
 
The Wandoor and Jolly Buoy Islands prove to be another superb site for bird watching. The islands are beautiful and there are large varieties of coral and fish. The forests on these islands are bursting with pristine forest. It is indeed a special, tropical island paradise! Shoals of tiny fish are seen along with the larger fish, not to mention the crabs. Some of the best birds are seen here.
 
Birds at The Wandoor and Jolly Buoy Islands
• Andaman Woodpecker • Stork-billed Kingfisher
• Collared Kingfisher • Chestnut-headed Bee-eater
• Brown Coucal • Vernal Hanging Parrot
• Alexandrine Parakeet • Red-breasted Parakeet
• Long-tailed Parakeet • Brown-backed Needletail
• Watercock • Beach Thick-knee
• Black-naped Tern • Crested Serpent Eagle
• Besra • Mangrove Whistler
• White-breasted Woodswallow • Large Cuckoo shrike
 
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Havelock Island
 
Havelock Island with a beautiful green beach lies 54 km east of Port Blair, another superb destination for bird watching. There is an abundance of corals in the shallow, clear waters. You will be fascinated by the resplendent surroundings and the fantastic beaches.
 
Birds at Havelock Island
• Sunda Teal • Andaman Woodpecker
• Fulvous-breasted Woodpecker • Mangrove Whistler,
• Besra • Changeable Hawk Eagle
• Andaman Serpent Eagle • Japanese Sparrowhawk
• Sanderling • Black-naped Tern
• Watercock • Common or Swinhoe’s Snipe
• Brown Hawk Owl • Andaman Hawk Owl
• Andaman Scops Owl • Oriental Scops Owl
• Edible Nest Swiftlet • Brown-backed Needletail
• Red-breasted Parakeet • Long-tailed Parakeet
• Vernal Hanging Parrot • Alexandrine Parakeet
• Chestnut-headed Bee-eater • Brown Coucal
• Stork-billed Kingfisher • Blue-eared Kingfisher
• Dollarbird • Collared Kingfisher
• White-headed Starling • Common Hill Myna
• Pacific Swallow • Red-rumped Swallow
• Dusky Warbler • Olive-backed Sunbird
• Yellow Wagtail • White-rumped Munia
• White-rumped Shama • Asian Brown Flycatcher
• Orange-headed Thrush • Black-naped Monarch
• Andaman Drongo • Large Cuckoo shrike
• Andaman Treepie • White-breasted Woodswallow
• Black-naped Oriole