Bhutan’s vast biodiversity and ecosystem consists over 700 bird species of which 22 are globally threatened. In addition to a huge variety of plant and bird species, Bhutan is also rich in butterflies. Bhutan has as many as 700 to 800 butterfly and moth species, of which 28 are endemic to the Eastern Himalayas.
A common sight in Bhutan, the wild jungle fowl still live in the wild although the bird has been domesticated since a long time back. These birds can be spotted dodging vehicles and darting
off into the brushes. Cuckoos are also common in Bhutan but are difficult to approach.
Known to nest in the walls of monasteries and dzongs (fortress), seeing a raven is considered auspicious. Other birds to look out for is the wild jungle fowl, violet cuckoos, Crimson Sunbird, White-throated Kingfisher, Cattle Egret and Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush, among others.
The White-bellied Heron (Ardea Insignis) is among the endangered species due to its low population count and loss of habitat.