Bhutan is a paradise for bird lovers and ornithologists. Over 670 species of birds have been recorded and many more are yet to be discovered. Around 50 species of the known birds are winter migrants. These include ducks, waders, birds of prey, thrushes, finches, and buntings.
Bhutan is home to many species of birds that are in danger of extinction, including the Imperial Heron, which is one of the fifty rarest birds in the world and the rare Black-Necked Crane, which breeds in Tibet and then migrates over the Himalayas to Bhutan during the winter months. The picturesque Phobjikha Valley in Western Bhutan, Bumdeling in Eastern and Bumthang in Central Bhutan. Bhutan is popular to spot Cranes. They migrate to winter nesting locations in the months of September and October and fly back to Tibet in the middle of February and March.
Bhutan is host to over 699 birds with the recent discovery of four birds, Athene Noctua (Little-Owl), Stork-billed Kingfisher (Pelargopsis capensis) Charadrius leschenaultii (Greater Sand Plover) and Jacobin Cuckoo (Clamator Jacobinus).