Forests and Scrub

Unlike other Himalayan countries, Bhutan still retains much of its forest cover substantially intact. The country’s pristine forests are rich, diverse, and beautiful, forming some of the best remaining ecological examples of forest habitats in the Himalayas.

Forests and bushes support the highest proportion of the country’s breeding birds (84%). In addition, 57% of Bhutan’s globally threatened birds and 90% of the country’s restricted-range birds are dependent on forests. As explained below, specific types of forest areas are home to different endemic species.

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