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South Vietnam Bird List

13 March - 19 March 1999

Kenneth Kee, Alfred Chia, Alan OwYong, Swee Leng

Nature Society Singapore

Trip Report

Note: This checklist follows the taxonomic sequence and nomenclature, both scientific and common, of Sibley & Monroe's "Distribution and Taxonomy of Birds of the World" (1990).

Data compiled by Alfred Chia, (email : Report created and edited by Kenneth Kee, (email:

# Name Scientific Name MLB HTL CT Remarks
1 Chinese Francolin Francolinus pintadeanus   x   1 seen, few heard
2 Orange-necked Partridge Arborophila davidi     H  
3 Scaly-breasted Partridge Arborophila chloropus     H  
4 Red Junglefowl Gallus gallus     x 2M + 1F
5 Germain's Peacock Pheasant Polyplectron germaini     H 5-6 heard, very close
6 Wandering Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna arcuata     x croc lake
7 Lesser Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna javanica     x croc lake
8 Cotton Pygmy-Goose Nettapus coromandelianus     x croc lake
9 White-bellied Woodpecker Dryocopus javensis     x 2 seen
10 Greater Yellownape Picus flavinucha   x x 1 seen at CT
11 Laced Woodpecker Picus vittatus     H  
12 Common Flameback Dinopium javanense     x  
13 Heart-spotted Woodpecker Hemicircus canente     x  
14 Great Slaty Woodpecker Mulleripicus pulverulentus     x 3 seen, 3 heard
15 *Red-vented Barbet Megalaima lagrandieri     x 3 seen
16 Lineated Barbet Megalaima lineata     x  
17 Green-eared Barbet Megalaima faiostricta      x 1 seen
18 Golden-throated Barbet Magelaima franklinii x     1 seen
19 Black-browed Barbet Megalaima oorti   x   1 seen
20 Blue-eared Barbet Megalaima australis     H  
21 Coppersmith Barbet Megalaima haemacephala     H  
22 Oriental Pied-Hornbill Anthracoceros albirostris      x several
23 Great Hornbill Buceros bicornis     x 1 seen flying
24 Orange-breasted Trogon Harpactes oreskios     x 1M
25 Red-headed Trogon Harpactes erythrocephalus   x H  
26 Indian Roller Coracias benghalensis     x  
27 Dollarbird Eurystomus orientalis      x  
28 Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis   x x CT in croc lake
29 Banded Kingfisher Lacedo pulchella     H 2 heard
30 Stork-billed Kingfisher Pelargopsis capensis     H 1 seen, 2-3 heard
31 White-throated Kingfisher Halcyon smyrnensis     x  
32 Pied Kingfisher Ceryle rudis     x 2 seen
33 Chestnut-headed Bee-eater Merops leschenaulti     x  
34 Banded Bay Cuckoo Cacomantis sonneratii   x H 1 seen in HTL
35 Plaintive Cuckoo Cacomantis merulinus     H  
36 Violet Cuckoo Chrysococcyx xanthorhynchus     H 2 heard
37 Drongo Cuckoo Surniculus lugubris   H H 2 heard in CT, 1 in HTL
38 Asian Koel Eudynamys scolopacea     H  
39 Green-billed Malkoha Phaenicophaeus tristis     x several
40 Greater Coucal Centropus sinensis     x 1 seen, several heard
41 Vernal Hanging-Parrot Loriculus vernalis     x several
42 Red-breasted Parakeet Psittacula alexandri     x common
43 Silver-backed Needletail Hirundapus cochinchinensis     x  
44 House Swift Apus nipalensis x x   several on hotel roof in Da Lat
45 Collared Owlet Glaucidium brodiei H H    
46 Asian Barred Owlet Glaucidium cuculoides   H H  
47 Brown Hawk-Owl Ninox scutulata     H  
48 Great Eared-Nightjar Eurostopodus macrotis      x several seen during dusk/ dawn
49 Large-tailed Nightjar Caprimulgus macrurus     H  
50 Rock Pigeon Columba livia x x     
51 Spotted Dove Streptopelia chinensis     x  
52 Pompadour Green-Pigeon Treron pompadora     x 2 seen
53 Thick-billed Green-Pigeon Treron curvirostra     x common
54 Green Imperial-Pigeon Ducula aenea     x 1 seen
55 Mountain Imperial-Pigeon Ducula badia   x    
56 White-breasted Waterhen Amaurornis phoenicurus   x x  
57 Watercock Gallicrex cinerea     x croc lake, 1 seen
58 Purple Swamphen Porphyrio porphyrio     x croc lake, ~12
59 Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus     x croc lake, ~15
60 Bronzed-winged Jacana Metopidius indicus     x croc lake, ~20
61 Osprey Pandion haliaetus   x x 3 seen in HTL, 1 in CT
62 Black-winged Kite Elanus caeruleus x     1 seen
63 Crested Serpent-Eagle Spilornis cheela     H  
64 Besra Accipiter virgatus   x    
65 Black Eagle Ictinaetus malayensis x x    
66 White-rumped Falcon Polihierax insignis     x 1 seen
67 Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis   x   few seen
68 Little Cormorant Phalacrocorax niger   x   1 seen
69 Purple Heron Ardea purpurea     x croc lake, 1 seen
70 Great Egret Casmerodius albus     x croc lake, 1 seen
71 Chinese Pond Heron Ardeola bacchus   x x  
72 Striated Heron Butorides striatus   x x 1 seen in HTL, 1 in CT
73 Cinnamon Bittern Ixobrychus cinnamomeus     x croc lake, 1 seen
74 Woolly-necked Stork Ciconia episcopus     x 2 seen
75 Lesser Adjutant Leptoptilos javanicus     x 1 seen
76 Bar-bellied Pitta Pitta elliotii     x 1F&1M seen, 4 heard
77 Black-and-Red Broadbill Cymbirhynchus macrorhynchos     x 1 nesting, 1 at croc lake
78 Banded Broadbill Eurylaimus javanicus     H 3 heard
79 Long-tailed Broadbill Psarisomus dalhousiae   x   1 seen
80 Asian Fairy-Bluebird Irena puella   x x several heard, 1M seen
81 Blue-winged Leafbird Chloropsis cochinchinensis     x 1 seen, 2 heard
82 Golden-fronted Leafbird Chloropsis aurifrons     x 1 seen
83 Burmese Shrike Lanius collurioides   x   2 seen
84 Eurasian Jay Garrulus glandarius   x   2 seen
85 Racket-tailed Treepie Crypsirina temia   x   3 seen
86 Large-billed Crow Corvus macrorhynchos     x 1 seen
87 Black-naped Oriole Oriolus chinensis     x 2 seen
88 Slender-billed Oriole Oriolus tenuirostris   x   1 seen
89 Black-hooded Oriole Oriolus xanthornus     x 1 seen
90 Maroon Oriole Oriolus traillii   x   1M seen
91 Large Cuckooshrike Coracina macei   x   2 seen
92 Indochinese Cuckooshrike Coracina polioptera   x   1 seen, 2-3 heard
93 Long-tailed Minivet Pericrocotus ethologus x     6 seen
94 Scarlet Minivet Pericrocotus flammeus   x   1 seen
95 Bar-winged Flycatcher-Shrike Hemipus picatus     x 1 seen
96 White-throated Fantail Rhipidua albicollis x     1 seen
97 Black Drongo Dicrurus macrocercus     x croc lake, 1 seen
98 Ashy Drongo Dicrurus leucophaeus   x   few seen
99 Bronzed Drongo Dicrurus aeneus     x 2 seen
100 Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo Dicrurus remifer   x   few seen
101 Greater Racket-tailed Drongo Dicrurus paradiseus     x  
102 Common Iora Aegithina tiphia     x  
103 Great Iora Aegithina lafresnayei     x 2 seen
104 Blue Rock Thrush Monticola solitarius     x 1M seen
105 Dark-sided Thrush Zoothera marginata     x 1 seen
106 Lesser Shortwing Brachypteryx leucophrys   H   few heard
107 Asian Brown Flycatcher Muscicapa dauurica     x 1 seen
108 Red-throated Flycatcher Ficedula parva x x   1M at MLB, 2M at HTL
109 Little Pied Flycatcher Ficedula westermanni x x   1M at MLB, 1M HTL
110 Verditer Flycatcher Eumyias thalassina x x   1 at MLB, 1 at HTL
111 Large Niltava Niltava grandis   x   2 seen
112 Grey-headed Canary-Flycatcher Culicicapa ceylonensis   x   1 seen
113 Siberian Blue Robin Luscinia cyane     H 1 heard
114 Oriental Magpie-Robin Copsychus saularis     x  
115 White-rumped Shama Copsychus malabaricus     x  
116 White-tailed Robin Cinclidium leucurum   x   1M seen
117 Grey Bushchat Saxicola ferrea   x   few seen at MLB, 1F at HTL
118 Black-collared Starling Sturnus nigricollis x x    
119 Vinous-breasted Starling Sturnus burmannicus     x 2-3 seen
120 Golden-crested Myna Ampeliceps coronatus     x few seen
121 Hill Myna Gracula religiosa     x 2 seen
122 Chestnut-vented Nuthatch Sitta nagaensis x x   few at MLB and HTL
123 Velvet-fronted Nuthatch Sitta frontalis   x   1 seen
124 *Yellow-billed Nuthatch Sitta solangiae   x   1 seen
125 Green-backed Tit Parus monticolus x x   3 at MLB, 2-3 HTL
126 Yellow-cheeked Tit Parus spilonotus   x   2-3 seen
127 Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica x x x  
128 Black-crested Bulbul Pycnonotus melanicterus     x few seen
129 Red-whiskered Bulbul Pycnonotus jocosus x x   few seen
130 Striped-throated Bulbul Pycnonotus finlaysoni     x common
131 Flavescent Bulbul Pycnonotus flavescens x x   2 seen at MLB, 1 at HTL
132 Streak-eared Bulbul Pycnonotus blanfordi     x few seen
133 Puff-throated Bulbul Alophoixus pallidus     x few seen
134 Grey-eyed Bulbul Iole propinqua     H few heard
135 Ashy Bulbul Hemixos flavala   x   2 seen
136 Mountain Bulbul Hypsipetes mcclellandii x x   2 seen at MLB, few at HTL
137 Black Bulbul Hypsipetes leucocephalus   x   common
138 Rufescent Prinia Prinia rufescens   x x few at HTL, 2 at CT
139 Grey-breasted Prinia Prinia hodgsonii     x 1 seen
140 Grey-bellied Tesia Tesia cyaniventer   x   1 seen, 2 heard
141 Mountain Tailorbird Orthotomus cuculatus x     1 seen, 2-3 heard
142 Common Tailorbird Orthotomus sutorius     H 1 heard
143 Dark-necked Tailorbird Orthotomus atrogularis      H few heard
144 Inornate Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus x x    
145 Two-barred Greenish Warbler Phylloscopus tro. plumbeitarsus x     2-3 seen
146 White-tailed Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus davisoni x     2-3 seen
147 Sulphur-breasted Warbler Phylloscopus ricketti   x   1 seen
148 Chestnut-crowned Warbler Seicercus castaniceps x     1 seen
149 White-crested Laughingthrush Garrulax leucolophus     x common
150 Collared Laughingthrush Garrulax yersini   x   1 seen
151 Abbott's Babbler Malacocincla abbotti     x 1 seen, call different
152 Spot-throated Babbler Pellorneum albiventre   x   1 seen among others
153 Scaly-crowned Babbler Malacopteron cinereum     x few seen
154 Pygmy Wren-Babbler Pnoepyga pusilla   H   2 heard
155 Striped Tit-Babbler Macronous gularis     x common
156 Chestnut-capped Babbler Timalia pileata     x 2 seen
157 Cutia Cutia nipalensis   x   2 pairs seen w nesting mat'l
158 Blue-winged Minla Minla cyanouroptera   x   1 seen
159 Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker Dicaeum cruentatum      x 1 seen
160 Olive-backed Sunbird Nectarinia jugularis     x 1 seen
161 Purple Sunbird Nectarinia asiatica     x 1 seen
162 Gould's Sunbird Aethopyga gouldiae x x   1 seen at MLB, 2-3 at HTL
163 Streaked Spiderhunter Arachnothera magna   x   1 seen
164 Eurasian Tree-Sparrow Passer montanus x x x  
165 Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea   x   several seen
166 Asian Golden Weaver Ploceus hypoxanthus     x croc lake, 1F seen
167 White-rumped Munia Lonchura striata     x 2 seen
168 Scaly-breasted Munia Lonchura punctulata     x  
169 Vietnamese Greenfinch Carduelis monguilloti x x   1M in MLB, 1 pair in HTL
170 Red Crossbill Loxia curvirostra x     3M+1F+ 1juv
  MLB - Mount Lang Bian          
  HTL - Ho Tuyen Lam            
  CT - Cat Tien Nat'l Park          
  Bold - Vietnamese endemic          
  * Bold - Near endemic          
   Rev 2, 17 July 1999          

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