mishmi hills

Birding in Mishmi Hills

At the heart of India’s northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh lies a hidden treasure only a few have had the pleasure of exploring: Mishmi Hills. These lush, biodiverse hills provide a haven for nature enthusiasts, adventurers, and wildlife enthusiasts.

Mishmi Hills, situated within the Eastern Himalayas, constitute a vital ecological region as part of the Eastern Himalayan Biodiversity Hotspot. Extending over 2,525 square kilometers. These hills boast dense forests and fast-flowing rivers, as well as an amazing variety of flora and fauna species.

Geographical Overview

Mishmi Hills are part of the Eastern Himalayas and are well-known for their rugged terrain, deep valleys, and lush forests. Mishmi Hills, rising to about 3,000 meters, have diverse landscapes that support various ecosystems. This, along with their isolation, has led to a wealth of birdlife in the area.

Mishmi Hills climate is strongly affected by monsoon rains. May to September is typically the wet season in this part of India, when rain drenches the forests, rivers, and grasslands, revitalizing them, while from October onwards, milder, drier conditions make for ideal birding opportunities.Sclaters-Monal


Flora and Fauna

The Mishmi Hills are an absolute haven for botanists. Home to an astounding variety of plants and many endemics – the region is famous for its orchids, rhododendrons, and other rare and exotic plant life.

Wildlife lovers will be captivated by the incredible variety of animals in Mishmi Hills, including Mishmi takins, red pandas, and clouded leopards. The region also boasts a wide range of bird species like Sclater’s Monal, making it a must-visit for nature enthusiasts

Indigenous Culture

Mishmi people, after whom the region is named, possess a rich culture. They hold numerous festivals, such as Reh, Tamladu, and Solung, to show visitors a glimpse into their traditional way of life. Engaging with locals and joining in their festivities can be rewarding and humbling all at the same time – often with beautiful bird songs adding extra melody.scarlet finch

A Birder’s Paradise

Mishmi Hills are famously famed for their abundance of birdlife; over 500 species have already been recorded here! For ornithologists and bird lovers, this region provides the ideal place for observation of birdlife – as well as rare and endemic species, which add another element of charm.

Some of the notable bird species that call this region home are rare and endemic, adding to its allure: Sclater’s Monal, Mishmi Wren-Babbler, Rufous-necked Hornbill, Temminck’s Tragopan, Scarlet Finch, Blackish-breasted Babbler, Dark-sided Thrush, Ward’s Trogon, Darjeeling Woodpecker, etc.Black-eared-shrike-babblerMishmi Wren Babbler

The Best time to visit Mishmi Hills

To witness the Mishmi Hills in their full glory, plan your visit from November to May. When the weather is relatively dry, and bird activity is at its peak.

Plan Your Birding Expedition

If you’re planning a birding expedition to the Mishmi Hills, there are a few things to keep in mind:


  1. Permits: The region is restricted due to its proximity to international borders. Ensure

you have the necessary permits before visiting.


  1. Local Guides: Hiring local guides who are familiar with the terrain and bird species is highly recommended. Looking for Local Guides? You are in the right place. Have a look at our itineraries. Book your trip with us now and Explore Mishmi Hills for birding.


  1. Accommodation: Accommodation options are limited, but you can find guesthouses and lodges in the main towns of Tezu and Hayuliang. Camping is also a popular choice for those who want a more immersive experience.


The Mishmi Hills are a hidden gem with stunning landscapes, diverse wildlife, and a vibrant culture. It’s a must-visit for adventurous travelers looking for something unique and off the beaten path. Remember, this trip won’t just be another vacation; it will remain with you forever.


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About the Author

Peter Lobo
Peter Lobo 
Hi I’m Peter Lobo. I’m expert in birding tour leader and a wildlife photographer. He personally operates all premium birding tours across India. For the last 20 years, operating, he has been leading high altitude treks, wildlife safaris, tribal tours and a lot of other “off the beaten track” adventures to all parts of India.



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