Map of Destinations for Asia & The Middle East

Birding Asia & The Middle East

Steller’s Sea Eagle on sea ice near Rausu, Hokkaido, Japan (WIKIPEDIA Commons)

A Golden Pheasant (Chrysolophus pictus) photographed in the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park Bjørn Christian Tørrissen

A Golden Pheasant (Chrysolophus pictus) photographed in the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park, China © Bjørn Christian Tørrissen

Nepal Himalayan Monal

 

 

 

 

 

 

A male Himalayan Monal, Nepal (WIKIPEDIA)

 

 

 

 

 

 

The desert sands of Israel and Jordan hold many special and secretive species such as the Hoopoe Lark

Birding Destinations in Asia & The Middle East

Bhutan

Bhutan

Bhutan is emotionally stirring, scenically splendid and visually inspiring destination.With around 70% of its native forest cover still intact it is undoubtedly one of the least spoilt countries on our planet and offers 680 species of birds (no endemics).
China

China

China is of those countries so massive that it needs weeks and weeks of birding and lots of return visits to even scratch the surface. It’s a country of great contrasts.
India

India

A lot of travelers have a love-hate relationship with India. It’s a country of wonderful people, some of the world’s best food, and a mega-diversity not only of birds but of all wildlife (e.g. lions, tigers, bears and so much more). But visiting this huge country is not for the faint-hearted.
Israel

Israel

From a naturalist’s point of view, Israel offers the best of all worlds, a huge variety of birds, plants and animals combined with incredible scenery and diverse habitats, all available in a modern country of manageable size. Because of Israel’s strategic position on the globe (it is a land bridge connecting three major continents; Africa, Europe and Asia) it serves as a meeting point of several zoo-tropical zones and boasts an impressive variety of birds.
Japan

Japan

Japan is home to a rich natural history and a mouth-watering list of endemic and near-endemic birds. Sixteen endemics and a host of other special birds beckon.
Oman

Oman

Oman can be considered an "emerging" destination for serious birders, especially those looking to put the newly discovered Omani Owl on their lists. Arabian species can be viewed through out the year, as well as shorebirds migrating, by the millions to the southern coastline of Salalah.
Nepal

Nepal

Considering its extreme altitudinal gradients, Nepal has a wide array of different habitats – from snow-capped peaks to mountain meadows, and from temperate woodlands to subtropical forests. These habitats support Nepal’s amazing bird life, a list that reaches 897 species with only one endemic, Nepal Wren-babbler. For a challenge try identifying all 22 species of leaf warblers!
Thailand

Thailand

Thailand is an incredibly rich and diverse country for birdwatching and boasts one of the largest bird lists on the Asian continent, an incredible 970 odd species.
Borneo

Borneo

Borneo is the third largest island in the world and one of the best places to bird in Asia. Once almost entirely covered in rainforest, a plethora of exotic species can be found in an excellent series of montane and forest reserves, especially in the Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak.
Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka offers bird and nature lovers an ideal travel experience with comfortable lodgings, delicious local food and culture that is markedly different from neighboring India and provides a fascinating background to any natural history tour of the island.
Jordan

Jordan

Desert birding is a truly unforgettable experience. Any trip to Jordan should include birding sites such as the RAMSAR protected wetland of Azraq, the coast at Aqaba, the mountainous region of Dhana and any number of desert areas for specialities such as Dead Sea Sparrow, Sinai Rosefinch, Hume’s Owl, Syrian Serin and White-eyed Gull.
Vietnam

Vietnam

Vietnam is in the top 25 countries of species richness. It has a high rate of endemism with seven species of primate (and seven more range-restricted species) and five species of babbler, which equates to two thirds of mainland Asia’s babblers.
The Philippines

The Philippines

Wedged between China, Japan, Malaysia, and Indonesia, the 7000-plus islands of the Philippine archipelago have experienced successive invasions from different biogeographic zones that have fueled a spectacular adaptive radiation and a suite of fascinating endemic species—birds, mammals, reptiles, plants, and more. Of the almost 600 bird species, an extraordinary 170 or more are endemic.
Taiwan

Taiwan

Make sure to give yourself extra time, even you most dedicated hard-core birders, between the natural and historical world there's too many culturally rich places to see and activities to join in in only a short amount of time! With 29 endemic species, even some tame, in intimate settings, Taiwan is a must visit for birders and photographers alike!