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Andaman and Nicobar Islands
The Andamans and Nicobars are a group of islands in the Bay of Bengal. Politically they belong to India but they are much closer to Indonesia, Thailand and Myanmar. Both groups are very interesting as they host some endemic species of birds. Most of the 300 or so islands are inhabited and covered with pristine rainforest.
 Notable Species
Endemic birds of the Andamans:
Many other species have distinctive subspecies here and may be split in future.
The species list of some 300 birds is growing rapidly and many birds have been recorded that are normally not found in India. Spoon-billed Sandpiper and Nordmann's Greenshank have been recorded and many other rarities will follow.
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 History and Use
Long time the islands were out of reach for any foreign visitor. Now the Andamans are easily accesible (at least parts of them), but the Nicobars are still not open for foreign visitors.
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 Access and Facilities
There are daily flights to Port Blair, most leaving from Chennai. A ferry from Chennai is also running, but you need a lot of time and seawatching isn't very productive.
The Nicobar Islands are (yet) closed for foreign visitors and also Indians need special permits to visit the islands. Unless you can join an expediton organised by an Indian University the endemic species of these islands are so far out of reach.
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