Pangot - 2023

Situated at an altitude of about 2000 meters in the Himalayas, Pangot was the final destination of the trip. Pangot is home to about 250 bird species. Here I stayed at the Jungle Lore Birding Lodge, the first birding lodge established in the region. The first three days in Pangot I had a guide. After 15 strenuous bird-watching days, I stayed for another three days at this lodge. The driver was still with me these last days, so I could visit nearby areas even without a guide.

In Pangot we checked for birds at many different locations. One of the most memorable was Cheer Point, a nice place where the road was winding across a tree-less overlook. Cheer Point is named after the Cheer Pheasant, a bird species we did not see. But Cheer Point was excellent for vultures and eagles. Numerous Himalayan Vultures were soaring past Cheer Point in the mornings, and I ended up with hundreds of photos of these majestic giants.

Another target species in Pangot is the Koklass Pheasant. This species we did find twice. Also, mentionable birds we found in Pangot are the three species of Accentors (Altai, Black-throated and Rufous-breasted). Furthermore, a highlight for me here was the only sighting of the Bearded Vulture / Lammergeier. All in all, Pangot was an excellent birding destination, and I had a very fine stay there.



Himalayan Vulture (Gyps himalayensis)

Himalayan Vulture


Himalayan Vulture

Cinereous Vulture / Munkegribb (Aegypius monachus)


A juvenile Bearded Vulture / Lammegribb (Gypaetus barbatus)

Black Eagle (Ictinaetus malaiensis)


Crested Serpent Eagle (Spilornis cheela)

Booted Eagle (Hieraaetus pennatus)


Steppe Eagle (Aquila nipalensis)

Himalayan Buzzard (Buteo refectus)


Himalayan Buzzard

Upland Buzzard (Buteo hemilasius)


Upland Buzzard

Oriental Honey-buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus)


Oriental Honey-buzzard

Eurasian Sparrowhawk / Spurvehauk (Accipiter nisus)


Eurasian Sparrowhawk

Our Asian Adventure car parked at Cheer Point, Pangot


View from Cheer Point. A good lookout for raptors and vultures!

Looking for birds in Pangot. Here we found the Koklass Pheasant


Alpine Chough (Pyrrhocorax graculus) harassing a Himalayan Vulture

Koklass Pheasant (Pucrasia macrolopha)


Koklass Pheasant

Kalij Pheasant (Lophura leucomelanos)


View from Cheer Point toward the lowland further south

Brown-fronted Woodpecker (Dendrocoptes auriceps)


Scaly-bellied Woodpecker (Picus squamatus)

Rufous-bellied Woodpecker (Dendrocopos hyperythrus)


Rufous-bellied Woodpecker. Also callaed a sapsucker (look at the holes in the tree!)

Himalayan Woodpecker (Dendrocopos himalayensis)


Himalayan Woodpecker

Terrace farming, to retain or remove water and reduce the steepness of the hill


Dalveer doing his eBird list on site

Common Wood Pigeon / Ringdue (Columba palumbus)


Red-rumped swallow (Cecropis daurica)

Rufous Sibia (Heterophasia capistrata)


Rufous Sibia

Eurasian Jay / Nøtteskrike (Garrulus glandarius)


Eurasian Jay

A placed called Woodpecker Point


Pangot birding location

Black-headed Jay (Garrulus lanceolatus)


Grey Treepie (Dendrocitta formosae)

Red-billed Blue Magpie (Urocissa erythroryncha)


Oriental Turtle-dove (Streptopelia orientalis)

Striated Laughingthrush (Grammatoptila striatus)


Streaked Laughingthrush (Trochalopteron lineatum)

Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush (Trochalopteron erythrocephalum)


Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush

White-throated Laughingthrush (Pterorhinus albogularis)


Dalveer looking for the Golden Bush Robin (another species we did not find)

Tickell's Thrush (Turdus unicolor)


Black-throated Thrush (Turdus atrogularis)

Blue Whistling Thrush (Myophonus caeruleus)


Grey-winged Blackbird (Turdus boulboul)

Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush (Monticola rufiventris)


Indian White-eye (Zosterops palpebrosus)

Bar-tailed Treecreeper (Certhia himalayana)


Bar-tailed Treecreeper

Himalayan Prinia (Prinia crinigera)


White-throated Fantail (Rhipidura albicollis)

Grey-crowned Prinia (Prinia cinereocapilla)


The Grey-crowned Prinia is a rare bird species

Green-tailed Sunbird (Aethopyga nipalensis)


Black-throated Bushtit (Aegithalos concinnus)

Himalayan Coal Tit (Periparus ater aemodius/rufipectus)


Black-crested Tit (Periparus ater melanolophus)

Yellow-browed Tit (Sylviparus modestus)


Yellow-browed Tit

Cinereous Tit (Parus cinereus)


Green-backed Tit (Parus monticolus)

White-tailed Nuthatch (Sitta himalayensis)


Upland Pipit (Anthus sylvanus)

Grey Bush Chat (Saxicola ferreus)


Grey Bush Chat

Black Bulbul (Hypsipetes leucocephalus)



Long-tailed Shrike (Lanius schach)

White-browed Shrike-babbler (Pteruthius aeralatus)


Difficult photography in the tree-tops! Maroon Oriole (Oriolus traillii)

Spotted Forktail (Enicurus maculatus)


Blue-winged Minla (Actinodura cyanouroptera)

Himalayan Bluetail (Tarsiger rufilatus)


Himalayan Bluetail

Slaty-blue Flycatcher (Ficedula tricolor)


The red Tree Rhododendron (Rhododendron arboreum) was blooming in the Himalayas

Blue-capped Redstart (Phoenicurus coeruleocephala)


Blue-capped Redstart

Blue-fronted Redstart (Phoenicurus frontalis)


Blue-fronted Redstart

Grey-hooded Warbler (Phylloscopus xanthoschistos)


Black-chinned Babbler (Cyanoderma pyrrhops)

Hume's Leaf Warbler / Blekbrynsanger (Phylloscopus humei)


Hume's Leaf Warbler. This species eluded me at several locations. It was very difficult to get photos of as it quickly moved around in the branches. Luckily, during my last day in Pangot I found this individual. Species ID confirmed on Birdforum

There are mnay species of Phylloscopus leaf warblers in the Himalayan region. They can be very difficult to identify. This is also Hume's Leaf Warbler


Confirmed as Hume's Leaf Warbler on a bird ID forum

Buff-barred Warbler (Phylloscopus pulcher)


Lemon-rumped Leaf-warbler (Phylloscopus chloronotus)

Grey-hooded Warbler (Phylloscopus xanthoschistos)


Brown-flanked Bush Warbler (Horornis fortipes)

Black-faced Warbler (Abroscopus schisticeps)


Black-faced Warbler

Altai Accentor (Prunella himalayana)


Altai Accentor

Black-throated Accentor (Prunella atrogularis)


Black-throated Accentor

Rufous-breasted Accentor (Prunella strophiata)


Rufous-breasted Accentor

Spot-winged Grosbeak (Mycerobas melanozanthos)


Spot-winged Grosbeak

Rock Bunting (Emberiza cia)


Rock Bunting

Yellow-breasted Greenfinch (Chloris spinoides)


Russet Sparrow (Passer cinnamomeus)

Roadside birding in Pangot


Soaring vultures in Pangot

Sibynophis collaris, commonly known as the Common Many-toothed Snake


Common Many-toothed Snake

The diseased snake was slowly being devoured by what I think is the Common Asian Yellowjacket wasp (Vespula flaviceps)


Himalayan Goral (Naemorhedus goral)

Small Copper / Ildgullvinge (Lycaena phlaeas). Not 100% sure about species ID here


Indian Tortoiseshell (Aglais caschmirensis)