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Thailand Birding Trip Report
15 January - 4 February 2000
by Roger Ahlman
The planning for the trip started in mid-1999, and we soon agreed that we should concentrate on northern and central Thailand and spend as much time as possible in the forests and mountains instead of visiting wetlands and coastal areas where only widespread and often easy to see birds are found. More open country birding would probably have increased the total number seen on the trip by several tens, but we would not have had the same quality. Soon before we left we learned about the wintering Spoon-billed Sandpiper at Khok Kham and therefore we had to change the plans a bit and consequently we saw a number of wetland species which we otherwise not would have seen.
We excluded southern Thailand because it is not season for pittas and going all the way down to Krabi would have meant a lot more traveling, and we would have missed many birds in the north. In another year we can easily take a two-week charter to Phuket and from there do the south more thoroughly.
Roger Ahlman, Ynglingagatan 4, 331 40 Värnamo
Thanks goes to Rikard Ottwall and Jonas Nilsson who did a half-year-long trip to Thailand and Malaysia in 1990-91 and compiled a very good travel report which we used a lot. Most of the information is still valid.
Martin Irestedt, who has been to Thailand four times, provided us with a lot of useful information about birding in Thailand in general and Doi Chiang Dao in particular.
Philip D Round for giving us a detailed description to the Spoon-billed Sandpiper stake-out.
Rungsrit Kanjanavanit (or Mong) for giving us a description to the Green Peafowl site and a stake-out for Burmese Shrike and Wire-tailed Swallow near Chiang Mai. He also provided us with useful information about Doi Chiang Dao.
Stellan Bygård for supplying us with last minute information as they returned from Thailand only a week before we should go.
15/1. Arrived in Chiang Mai 14.30 and immediately rented a KIA jeep with 4WD from AVIS at the airport. We had a pre-booked hotel, Chiang Mai plaza, which we checked into and found out was very luxurious. We did some afternoon birding along the river near the hotel.
16/1. We did a pre-dawn start towards Huai Hong Krai and arrived there an hour later and soon found a group of Green Peafowls. A short stop was made at Khun Chae NP and we did some birding near the entrance. In the afternoon we tried to find some wet rice paddies near Cien Saen and in the evening we tried in vain for Jerdon's Bushchat just north of Cien Saen.
17/1. We birded along the river Mekong to the Golden Triangle and made several stops at wetlands and interesting-looking places en route to Thaton. After lunch we birded some wet fields 18 kms south of Thaton and in the afternoon we made a serious effort to find Jerdon´s just east of Thaton and succeeded!
18/1. The morning hour was spend just outside our hotel in Thaton with a rather productive walk in some, mostly dry, rice fields before setting off towards Doi Ang Khang. We arrived around midday and had lunch and checked in in some very expensive bungalows there. Nonproductive birding in a valley just south of Ban Khoom and more rewarding birding in a lush valley at km 21,3 in the afternoon.
19/1. We started in the same valley in the morning and attacked it from both sides this time. Around midday we did some not very inspired birding near the plantation. Afternoon drive to Chiang Dao where we did some shopping for the days at Doi Chiang Dao.
20/1. We started at the headquarter past Chiang Dao Cave and applied for permission to the mountain. This was sorted out soon and we started the climb to the Den Ya Kad substation at Doi Chiang Dao. To go up this road one needs a four-wheel driven car/jeep because the road is steep and bad. It took us three hours to go about 23 kilometre with only a few short birding stops. In the afternoon we walked the path that continues behind the houses and we also walk about a kilometre back on the road. We could stay in one room in one of the houses but normally one have to camp here.
21/1. In the morning we walked the path again but a bit longer and then on the road before we started to descend the mountain and made several birding stops. On one of the last stops we were rewarded with a flock of Giant Nuthatches, the target species here. From 15.00 we drove all the way to Chom Thong at the base of Doi Inthanon. In the evening we celebrated the nuthatches quite thoroughly!
22/1. We woke up with various degrees of hang over. After breakfast we set of for km 13 and three of us (Jörgen wasn't able to make it) walked on the trail along the stream. In the afternoon we met Christian Cederroth, Cecilia Johansson and Nina Fransson and exchanged information (which was mostly to their benefit). Afternoon birding along the jeep track at km 34,5.
23/1. We made an early start and set of for the summit, which was a bad idea as it was Sunday and it is crowded with people up there. We saw most of the good birds anyway but going there on a Saturday or Sunday is useless. In the afternoon we did the jeep track at km 37.
24/1. We spend the morning on the main road near the checkpoint at km 37 which offered absolutely brilliant birding with flocks and birds visible all the time. Telescope is essential. We also entered the forest at km 37 and walked partly in a stream and partly on the track. Around midday we birded km 34,5 and the afternoon at km 13.
25/1. A new attempt for the summit. This time we where almost alone up here and could search for Dark-sided Thrush at the summit marsh. When we had cleared the species we missed on the first visit we went down to the jeep track at 34,5 and in the afternoon we drove to Chiang Mai and did some birding in the western outskirts for Burmese Shrike.
26/1. Delayed morning flight to Bangkok and a new KIA jeep rented at AVIS and an exiting drive through Bangkok. We managed to stay on the expressway and follow the right signs out of the town which took 30 minutes. We now headed for Khok Kham and the Spoon-billed Sandpiper. After turning in Samut Sakhon we managed to get lost in the huge expanse of saltpans and prawn ponds. After an hour we finally found the right place and started to search the waders. We had one poor view of a bird we thought was the Spooner but it took off and it soon got dark so we didn't have any options but to spend the night in Samut Sakhon and do another attempt tomorrow.
27/1. Stefan and Tore had spent most of the night in town (as usual) and where rather tired. After a couple of hours search we finally found the bird a got good views. We now sat off towards Khang Kraechan. Jörgen wanted to do more wetland birding but this request was immediately refused by Roger. Upon arrival in Khang Kraechan we checked in at the bungalows near the headquarter and applied for permission to the park. The afternoon was spent along the road at km 15-18 and near a pond at km 7,5 from the entrance.
28/1. Set off at 5.00 for a night drive to km 30 from where we walked for much of the morning hours. Around midday we walked a bit on the trail that goes to a waterfall at the end of the road. Afternoon was spent around km 28-30 which was rewarding. This was a day of celebrations as Tore saw his 4000 bird - Olive Bulbul - and Roger saw his 3000 which was Buff-breasted Babbler!
29/1. As we where to late yesterday for getting a permission for today we had to wait until 8.00 before we could get the permission and set off. At the headquarters we hired a guide with good knowledge about the birds, and he took us into the forest on rather obscure trails and along streams. This was rewarded with Blue Pitta and Bamboo Woodpecker among other birds. This was a Saturday and the park was crowded with people, and it was a good idea to stay away from the main road. In fact, it is a good idea to stay away from any national park on weekends.
30/1. Some birding at the headquarters in the morning and the rest of the day driving to Kao Yai (again through Bangkok!). We arrived there in the afternoon and did some birding on the first part of trail 6, which was the only trail worth going. We stayed in two bungalows north of the northern entrance.
31/1. Jörgen suffered from stomach illness (not caused by alcohol). The rest of us did trail 6 and after just a few hundred meters a Coral-billed Ground-Cuckoo crossed the trail! We walked all the way to the watchtower, where we found a Blyth's Pipit. Roger spend the afternoon on trail 6 again and Stefan and Tore walked a bit on trail 1. When we went back in the evening a Coral-billed Ground-Cuckoo stood just by the side of the road, and we stopped and had gripping views of the bird!
1/2. Jörgen was back on his feet again, and he and Tore did trail 6 in the morning. Roger and Stefan decided to try trail 1 and then follow trail 3 to the road and back. This turned out to be absolutely useless and long (>13 kilometres). Tore and Jörgen had an absolutely brilliant morning with 7 Blue Pittas and most of the good stuff from yesterday.
2/2. We did trail 6 and started two and two from each end and saw a lot of good birds. Early afternoon was spent at a viewpoint at about km 30. A few raptors seen and Golden-headed Myna. Afternoon on a path at km 33 which gave us additional views of Siamese Firebacks and much wanted Sultan Tit. A few stops on the northern slopes gave some parakeets. We also visited the Bat Cave where 6 million bats fly out from 18.05. Impressive!
3/2. Morning birding at Kao Yai and then drive to Bangkok and returning the vehicle. We checked in at Sol Twin Towers hotel which was pre-booked and very luxurious. The afternoon and evening was spent shopping.
4/2. After a good breakfast we did an hour's birdwatching in Lumpini park in central Bangkok. Nothing special but still more birds then one would expect in the middle of such a big city. Afternoon flight to back to Sweden.
Places we stayed:
Cien Saen. Cien Saen River hotel. 850 Bath/double including breakfast. Good but not particularly sheep, situated at the southern outskirts of town and signposted from the main road.
Thaton. Apple hotel. 200 Bath/bungalow no breakfast. Good enough for 200. On 18th we started birdwatching by walking southwards from the hotel and saw the only Lanceolated Warbler about 5 meters from the hotel. We had breakfast and dinner in a restaurant by the main road just across the river.
Doi Ang Khang. Guesthouse DAK. 600 Bath/bungalow. Terrible price for very simple bungalows. There is a new lodge in the village which is 2500 Bath/double. We had breakfast in the restaurant which rents the bungalows.
Chiang Dao. Chiang Dao Inn hotel. 500/double without breakfast. A good hotel 50 metres from the turn-off towards Chiang Dao Cave and the headquarter where permission for the mountain is issued.
Doi Chiang Dao. We stayed on the floor in one room in one of the houses at Den Ya Kad substation. The people didn't ask for anything but we gave them 100 Bath anyway. Normally this place means camping.
Chom Thong. Pang Tong hotel. 330/double including American breakfast. Good value for money.
Doi Inthanon. Little guesthouse. 300/double not including breakfast. Situated about 2 kms from the park entrance and good. Accommodation inside the park is preferred to avoid long drives in the morning. About 45 minutes to the summit from here.
Chiang Mai. Chiang Mai Phucome hotel. 680 Bath/double and 120 for American breakfast. Very luxurious but not as expensive as it looks. 10 minutes taxi drive from the airport.
Samut Sakhon. Don't remember the name of the bungalows but it was in southern part of town. 200 Bath/double.
Khang Kraechan. The bungalows 500 metres beyond the headquarter. Prices vary depending how many each bungalow can sleep. A double was 400 Bath. No breakfast available. A better option is to camp inside the park to avoid the 20 km drive to the park entrance and further. Camping sites are at km 13 and 30. No food available inside the park so everything has to be brought. The temperature seemed pleasant for camping at this time of the year. We stayed in the bungalows because we didn't know it was possible to camp inside the park.
Kao Yai. Bungalows across the street from Garden home lodge. 1200/bungalow without breakfast. The Garden home lodge was more expensive but there you would have a view to the bat cave. We started before dawn and drove to the park headquarter and had an omelet at one of the stalls before entering the trails.
Bangkok. Sol Twin Tower hotel. This was included in the international ticket and very luxurious and central.
Huai Hong Krai Royal Project
Khun Chae National Park
Doi Chiang Dao
The turn-off to the mountain is in a small village called Mae Na which is about 5 kms south of Chiang Dao and food for the stay has to be brought. We could stay on the floor in one of the buildings at Den Ya Kad substation, but normally its camping here and it can get quite cold in the mornings.
Behind the houses is a trail that leads up in the mountains and this provided good birdwatching with several flocks. It is along this trail that one has the chance to encounter Hume´s Pheasant, which we didn't. Giant Nuthatch is often seen in this area as well, although we saw a flock about 1 kilometre beyond the checkpoint at km 18.
Doi Ang Khang
We spent 3 1/2 days in the park and this was quite sufficient although one more day wouldn't have done any harm.
One needs a permit, and this is easily obtained at the headquarter which is situated 20 kms outside the park entrance. The office is open 8.00-17.00 so one needs to get the permit a day in advance to be able to set off early in the morning. The best option is to camp inside the park. That means you don't have to do any transporting in the morning.
By far the best trail is number 6 which enters the forest about 100 metres south of the restaurants along the main road. Specially the first part which runs along a stream is very good for pittas and many other birds as well. On top of the ridge is good for pheasants, we saw several Silver Pheasants and Siamese Firebacks here. Also the downhill, which in fact is trail 7, is very good with both of the broadbills we saw on the trip seen here. On the ridge where trail 7 goes down to the right one can continue on trail 6 to a watchtower. This part is drier and the tower is near a pond in some grassy area.
One day we walked trail 1 which starts behind the headquarter, the first part is on a concrete trail, and continues long before a turning to trail 3 (?) and finally comes out on a road several kilometres from the headquarter. This long part didn't produce anything which we didn't see on trail 6 and 7.
At about km 30 there is an obvious viewpoint where we spend one midday with some raptor watching, but raptors are scarce in Thailand.
One afternoon we walked a trail at km 33 and this produced more observations of Siamese Fireback and our only Sultan Tits.
We spent 3 1/2 days in the park and felt that that was enough.
Some additional information
Stefan suffered from stomach-problems at Khang Kraechan. The reason was probably something he ate at Kentucky Fried Chicken between Bangkok and Samut Sakhon. It could have been the ice in his Coke.
Jörgen suffered from stomach-problems and fever at Kao Yai. The reason for this was probably Burger King at the airport. Also here it could have been the ice in his drink.
The driving in Thailand is on the left hand side of the road and the traffic rhythm is not as calm as in Sweden but not as wild as in many other countries. Road signs are in both Thai and English along the main roads.
The price for a KIA jeep 10 days in the north and 8 days in the central was 8600 Swedish crones (1000 USD) including all insurances and free mileage.
The total price for the trip including everything was 16000 crones (1900USD). The domestic flight between Bangkok and Chiang Mai was 105 USD return.
List of species
Little grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis
Little cormorant Phalacrocorax niger
Grey heron Ardea cinerea
Chinese pond heron Ardeola bacchus
Javanese/Chinese pond heron Ardeola speciosa/bacchus
Cattle egret Bubulcus ibis
Great white egret Egretta alba
Intermediate egret Egretta intermedia
Little egret Egretta garzetta
Striated heron Butorides striatus
Asian open-bill stork Anastomus oscitans
Spotbill Anas poecilorhyncha
Lesser whistling duck Dendrocygna javanica
Osprey Pandion haliaetus
Black-shouldered kite Elanus caeruleus
Brahminy kite Haliastur indus
Crested goshawk Accipiter trivirgatus
Shikra Accipiter badius
Crested (Oriental) honey buzzard Pernis ptilorhynchus
Buzzard Buteo buteo
Rufous-winged buzzard Butastur liventer
Crested serpent eagle Spilornis cheela
Mountain/Changeable hawk eagle Spizaetus nipalensis/cirrhatus
Black eagle Ictinaetus malayensis
Eastern marsh harrier Circus spilonotus
Pied harrier Circus melanoleucos
Collared falconet Microhierax caerulescens
Kestrel Falco tinnunculus
Peregrine falcon Falco peregrinus
Silver pheasant Lophura nychtemera
Siamese fireback pheasant Lophura diardi
Red jungle-fowl Gallus gallus
Grey (Burmese) peacock-pheasant Polyplectron bicalcaratum
Green peafowl Pavo muticus
Rufous-throated partridge Arborophila rufogularis
Scaly-breasted partridge Arborophila chloropus
Chinese francolin Francolinus pintadeanus
Ruddy-breasted crake Porzana fusca
White-breasted waterhen Amaurornis phoenicurus
Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta
Grey-headed lapwing Vanellus cinereus
Red-wattled lapwing Vanellus indicus
Pacific golden plover Pluvialis fulva
Grey plover Pluvialis squatarola
Little ringed plover Charadrius dubius
Kentish plover Charadrius alexandrinus
Mongolian (Lesser) plover Charadrius mongolus
Greater sandplover Charadrius leschenaultii
Spotted redshank Tringa erythropus
Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia
Marsh sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis
Green sandpiper Tringa ochropus
Wood sandpiper Tringa glareola
Common sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos
Spoon-billed sandpiper Eurynorhynchus pygmaeus
Red-necked stint Calidris ruficollis
Temminck's stint Calidris temminckii
Long-toed stint Calidris subminuta
Curlew sandpiper Calidris ferruginea
Broad-billed sandpiper Limicola falcinellus
Eurasian woodcock Scolopax rusticola
Pintail snipe Gallinago stenura
Common snipe Gallinago gallinago
Small pratincole Glareola lactea
Black-winged stilt Himantopus himantopus
Brown headed gull Larus brunnicephalus
Gull-billed tern Gelochelidon nilotica
Caspian tern Sterna caspia
Little tern Sterna albifrons
Whiskered tern Chlidonias hybrida
Wedge-tailed green pigeon Treron sphenura
Thick-billed green pigeon Treron curvirostra
Green imperial pigeon Ducula aenea
Mountain imperial pigeon Ducula badia
Rock dove Columba livia
Barred cuckoo dove Macropygia unchall
Red-collared dove Streptophelia tranquebarica
Spotted dove Streptophelia chinensis
Zebra dove Geopelia striata
Red-breasted parakeet Psittacula alexandri
Blossom-headed parakeet Psittacula roseata
Vernal hanging parrot Loriculus vernalis
Large hawk cuckoo Cuculus sparverioides
Indian cuckoo Cuculus micropterus
Plaintive cuckoo Cacomantis merulinus
Asian emerald cuckoo Chrysococcyx maculatus
Koel Eudynamus scolopacea
Green-billed malcoha Rhopodytes tristis
Chestnut-breasted malcoha Rhamphococcyx curvirostris
Coral-billed ground cuckoo Carpococcyx renauldi
Greater coucal Centropus sinensis
Lesser coucal Centropus bengalensis
Mountain scops owl Otus spilocephalus
Collared owlet Galucidium brodiei
Asian barred owlet Glaucidium cuculoides
Brown wood owl Strix leptogrammica
Great eared nightjar Eurostopodus macrotis
Large-tailed nightjar Caprimulgus macrorus
Orange-breasted trogon Harpactes oreskios
Red-headed trogon Harpactes erythrocephalus
Pied kingfisher Ceryle rudis
Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis
White-breasted kingfisher Halcyon smyrnensis
Black-capped kingfisher Halcyon pileata
Collared kingfisher Halcyon chloris
Chestnut-headed beeater Merops leschenaulti
Little green bee-eater Merops orientalis
Indian roller Corasias benghalensis
Dollarbird Eurystomus orienatalis
Hoopoe Upupa epops
Brown hornbill Ptilolaemus tickelli
Wreathed hornbill Aceros undulatus
Oriental pied hornbill Anthracocercus albirostris
Great hornbill Buceros bicornis
Great barbet Megalaima virens
Green-eared barbet Megalaima faiostricta
Golden-throated barbet Megalaima franklinii
Blue-throated barbet Megalaima asiatica
Moustached barbet Megalaima incognita
Blue-eared barbet Megalaima australis
Coppersmith barbet Megalaima haemacephala
Eurasian wryneck Jynx torquilla
Speckled piculet Picumnus innominatus
White-browed piculet Sasia ochracea
Greater flameback Chrysocolaptes lucidius
Bamboo woodpecker Gecinulus viridis
Streak-throated woodpecker Picus xanthopygaeus
Grey-headed woodpecker Picus canus
Black-headed woodpecker Picus erythropygius
Greater yellownape Picus flavinucha
Lesser yellownape Picus chlorolophus
Bay woodpecker Blythipicus pyrrhotis
Stripe-breasted woodpecker Picoides atratus
Grey-capped woodpecker Picoides canicapillus
Silver-breasted broadbill Serilophus lunatus
Long-tailed broadbill Psarisomus dalhousiae
Blue pitta Pitta cyanea
Eared pitta Pitta phayrei
Himalayan swiftlet Collocalia brevirostris
Asian palm swift Cypsiurus balasiensis
Pacific swift Apus pacificus
House swift Apus nipalensis
Brown needletail Hirundapus giganteus
Crested treeswift Hemiprocne coronata
Dusky crag martin Hirundo concolor
Barn swallow Hirundo rustica
Wire-tailed swallow Hirundo smithii
Red-rumped swallow Hirundo daurica
Asian house martin Delichon dasypus
Singing bushlark Mirafra javanica
Oriental skylark Alauda gulgula
Olive-backed pipit Anthus hodgsoni
Paddyfield pipit Anthus rufulus
Richard´s pipit Anthus richardi
Blyth´s pipit Anthus godlewskii
Red-throated pipit Anthus cervinus
White wagtail Motacilla alba
Grey wagtail Motacilla cinerea
Yellow wagtail Motacilla flava
Citrine wagtail Motacilla citreola
Bar-winged flycatcher shrike Hemipus picatus
Large wood shrike Tephrodornis virgatus
Large cuckoo-shrike Coracina macei
Indochinese cuckoo shrike Coracina polioptera
Black-winged cuckoo shrike Coracina melaschista
Ashy minivet Pericrocotus divaricatus
Rosy minivet Pericrocotus roseus
Small minivet Pericrocotus cinnamomeus
Grey-chinned minivet Pericrocotus solaris
Short-billed minivet Pericrocotus brevirostris
Long-tailed minivet Pericrocotus ethologus
Scarlet minivet Pericrocotus flammeus
Common iora Aegithina tiphia
Great iora Aegithina lafresnayei
Golden-fronted leafbird Chloropsis aurifrons
Blue-winged leafbird Chloropsis cochinchinensis
Orange-bellied leafbird Chloropsis hardwickii
Striated green bulbul Pycnonotus striatus
Black-headed bulbul Pycnonotus atriceps
Black-crested bulbul Pycnonotus melanicterus
Red-whiskered bulbul Pycnonotus jocosus
Brown-breasted bulbul Pycnonotus xanthorrhous
Sooty-headed bulbul Pycnonotus aurigaster
Stripe-throated bulbul Pycnonotus finlaysoni
Flavescent bulbul Pycnonotus flavescens
Yellow-vented bulbul Pycnonotus goiavier
Streak-eared bulbul Pycnonotus blanfordi
Puff-throated bulbul Criniger pallidus
Ochraceous bulbul Criniger ochraceus
Olive bulbul Hypsipetes viridescens
Grey-eyed bulbul Hypsipetes propinquus
Mountain bulbul Hypsipetes mcclellandii
Ashy bulbul Hypsipetes flavalus
Black bulbul Hypsipetes leucocephalus
White-headed bulbul Hypsipetes thompsoni
Black drongo Dicrurus macrocercus
Ashy drongo Dicrurus leucophaeus
Bronzed drongo Dicrurus aeneus
Lesser racquet-tailed drongo Dicrurus remifer
Hair-crested drongo Dicrurus hottentottus
Greater racquet-tailed drongo Dicrurus paradiseus
A lot of drongos seen in forests but not identified.
Black-naped oriole Oriolus chinensis
Black-hooded oriole Oriolus xanthornus
Maroon oriole Oriolus traillii
Asian fairy bluebird Irena puella
Jay Garrulus glandarius
Green magpie Cissa chinensis
Blue magpie Urocissa erythrorhyncha
Rufous treepie Dendrocitta vagabunda
Grey treepie Dendrocitta formosae
Racket-tailed treepie Crypsirina temia
Ratchet-tailed treepie Temnurus temnurus
Large-billed crow Corvus macrorhynchos
Fire-capped tit Cephalopyrus flammiceps
Yellow-browed tit Sylviparus modestus
Great tit Parus major
Yellow-cheeked tit Parus spilonotus
Sultan tit Melanochlora sultanea
Chestnut-vented nuthatch Sitta nagaensis
Chestnut-bellied nuthatch Sitta castanea
Velvet-fronted nuthatch Sitta frontalis
Giant nuthatch Sitta magna
Brown-throated treecreeper Certhia discolor
Puff-throated babbler Pellorneum ruficeps
Buff-breasted babbler Pellorneum tickelli
Abbott's babbler Malacocincla abbotti
White-browed scimitar-babbler Pomatorhinus schisticeps
Red-billed scimitar-babbler Pomatorhinus ochraceiceps
Streaked wren-babbler Napothera brevicaudata
Pygmy wren-babbler Pnoepyga pusilla
Rufous-fronted babbler Stachyris rufifrons
Golden babbler Stachyris chrysaea
Grey-throated babbler Stachyris nigriceps
Striped tit-babbler Macronous gularis
Chestnut-capped babbler Timalia pileata
Yellow-eyed babbler Chrysomma sinensis
White-crested laughing thrush Garullax leucolophus
Lesser necklaced laughing thrush Garullax monileger
Greater necklaced laughing thrush Garullax pectoralis
White-necked laughing thrush Garullax strepitans
Black-throated laughing thrush Garullax chinensis
Chestnut-crowned laughing thrush Garullax erythrocephalus
Rufous-winged fulvetta Alcippe castaneceps
Brown-cheeked fulvetta Alcippe poioicephala
Grey-cheeked fulvetta Alcippe morrisonia
Striated yuhina Yuhina castaniceps
White-bellied yuhina Yuhina zantholeuca
Chestnut-fronted shrike babbler Pteruthius aenobarbus
White-browed shrike babbler Pteruthius flaviscapis
Blue-winged minla Minla cyanouroptera
Chestnut-tailed minla Minla strigula
Sliver-eared mesia Leiothrix argentauris
White-hooded babbler Gampsorhynchus rufulus
Spectacled barwing Actinodura ramsayi
Chestnut-backed minla Minla (Heterophasia) annectens
Black-headed sibia Heterophasia melanoleuca
Spot-breasted parrotbill Paradoxornis guttaticollis
Grey-headed parrotbill Paradoxornis gularis
Grey-crowned warbler Seicercus tephrocephalus
Plain-tailed warbler Seicercus soror
This and previous species formerly belonged to Golden-spectacled warbler Seicercus burkii but has been split into 3 species. All forms are best told by call. The three birds identified all called but more 'Golden-spectacled warblers' were seen at Doi Inthanon and Kao Yai but they remained silent.
Grey-cheeked warbler Seicercus poliogenys
This is a Thai rarity and it was seen very well in a bird party near the substation.
Chestnut-crowned warbler Seicercus castaneiceps
Yellow-bellied warbler Abroscopus superciliaris
Buff-throated warbler Phylloscopus subaffinis
Dusky warbler Phylloscopus fuscatus
Yellow-streaked warbler Phylloscopus armandii
Radde's warbler Phylloscopus schwarzi
Pale-legged willow warbler Phylloscopus tenellipes
Arctic warbler Phylloscopus borealis
Two-barred greenish warbler Phylloscopus plumbeitarsus
Blyth's leaf-warbler Phylloscopus reguloides
White-tailed leaf warbler Phylloscopus davisoni
Sulphur-breasted warbler Phylloscopus ricketti
Yellow-browed warbler Phylloscopus inornatus
Pallas's leaf/Lemon-rumped warbler Phylloscopus proregulus/cloronotus
Ashy-throated warbler Phylloscopus maculipennis
Orange-barred leaf warbler Phylloscopus pulcher
Many wing-barred Phylloscopus-warblers were seen but not identified.
Thick-billed warbler Acrocephalus aedon
Oriental reed warbler Acrocephalus orientalis
Black-browed reed warbler Acrocephalus bistrigiceps
Lanceolated warbler Locustella lanceolata
Striated warbler Megalurus palustris
Zitting cisticola Cisticola juncidis
Rufescent prinia Prinia rufescens
Yellow-bellied prinia Prinia flaviventris
Plain prinia Prinia inornata
Hill prinia Prinia atrogularis
Common tailorbird Orhotomus sutorius
Dark-necked tailorbird Orhotomus atrogularis
Mountain tailorbird Orhotomus cucullatus
Slaty-bellied tesia Tesia olivea
Aberrant bush warbler Cettia flavolivacea
White-browed shortwing Brachypteryx montana
Siberian rubythroat Luscinia calliope
Bluethroat Luscinia svecica
Siberian blue robin Luscinia cyane
Red-flanked bluetail Tarsiger cyanurus
Oriental Magpie robin Copsychus saularis
White-rumped shama Copsychus malabaricus
White-capped river-chat Chaimarrornis leucocephalus
Black-backed forktail Enicurus immaculatus
Slaty-backed forktail Enicurus schistaceus
White-crowned forktail Enicurus leschenaulti
Siberian stonechat Saxicola maura
Pied stonechat Saxicola caprata
Jerdon's bushchat Saxicola jerdoni
Grey bushchat Saxicola ferrea
White-throated rock thrush Monticola gularis
Chestnut-bellied rock thrush Monticola rufiventris
Blue rock thrush Monticola solitarius
Blue whistling thrush Myiophoneus caeruleus
All birds in Doi Inthanon were black-billed and all in Kao Yai were yellow-billed.
Orange-headed ground thrush Zoothera citrina
Scaly thrush Zoothera dauma
Dark-sided thrush Zoothera marginata
Black-breasted thrush Turdus dissimilis
Eye-browed thrush Turdus obscurus
Grey-sided thrush Turdus faea
Dark-sided flycatcher Muscicapa sibirica
Asian brown flycatcher Muscicapa dauurica
Taiga flycatcher Ficedula albicilla
Note that this form is best regarded as a full species rather than a race of Red-breasted flycatcher Ficedula parva.
Rufous-gorgetted flycatcher Ficedula strophiata
Little pied flycatcher Ficedula westermanni
Snowy-browed flycatcher Ficedula hyperythra
Slaty-backed flycatcher Ficedula hodgsonii
Grey-headed flycatcher Culicicapa ceylonensis
Large niltava Niltava grandis
Rufous-bellied niltava Niltava sundara
Vivid niltava Niltava vivida
Verditer flycatcher Eumyias thalassina
Hainan blue flycatcher Cyornis hainana
Blue-throated flycatcher Cyornis rubeculoides
Hill blue flycatcher Cyornis banyumas
Yellow-bellied fantail Rhipidura hypoxantha
White-throated fantail Rhipidura albicollis
Pied fantail Rhipidura javanica
Black-naped monarch Hypothymis azurea
Asian paradise flycatcher Terpsiphone paradisi
Brown shrike Lanius cristatus
Burmese shrike Lanius collurioides
Grey-backed shrike Lanius tephronotus
Long-tailed shrike Lanius schach
Ashy woodswallow Artamus fuscus
Chestnut-tailed starling Sturnus malabaricus
Asian pied starling Sturnus contra
Black-collared starling Sturnus nigricollis
Common myna Acridotheres tristis
White-vented myna Acridotheres javanicus
Gold-crested myna Ampeliceps coronatus
Hill myna Gracula religiosa
Ruby-cheeked sunbird Anthreptes singalensis
Olive-backed sunbird Nectarinia jugularis
Purple sunbird Nectarinia asiatica
Mrs Gould's sunbird Aethopyga gouldiae
Green-tailed sunbird Aethopyga nipalensis
Black-throated sunbird Aethopyga saturata
Crimson sunbird Aethopyga siparaja
Streaked spiderhunter Arachnothera magna
Yellow-bellied flowerpecker Diaceum melanoxanthum
Scarlet-backed flowerpecker Diaceum cruentatum
Buff-bellied flowerpecker Diaceum ignipectus
The birds at Kao Yai belonged to the race cambodianum.
Chestnut-flanked white-eye Zosterops erythropleurus
Japanese/Oriental white-eye Zosterops japonicus/palpebrosus
We didn´t put in too much effort to identify these, but they were probably Japanese.
Tree sparrow Passer montanus
Plain-backed sparrow Passer flaveolus
Baya weaver Ploceus philippinus
Avadavat Amandava amandava
White-rumped munia Lonchura striata
Scaly-breasted munia Lonchura punctulata
Common rosefinch Carpodacus erythrinus
Spot-winged grosbeak Mycerobas melanozanthos
Chestnut-eared bunting Emberiza fucata
Black-faced bunting Emberiza spodocephala
372 species in total.
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