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September 15, 2012

Dalat Birding

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Tuyen Lam Lake, Dalat, Vietnam.

The last blog I posted was from Phong Nha Cave. Since then I have been to Hue, then up the mountains to Phuoc Son, Buon Ma Thuot and finally to Dalat. Tuyen Lam Lake is about five kilometers from Dalat. It is surrounded by pine forests. The birding here is quite good and better than any other place I have been to in Vietnam.

Eurasian Jay
Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius leucotis)

The Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius leucotis), race leucotis, has a black cap and a wide black moustachial band with white sides of the head and throat and buff underparts and back.

Black-collared Starling
Black-collared Starling ( Gracupica nigricollis )

These Black-collared Starling seemed to have a more creamy coloured head than the usual ones which are whiter. It took me a while to identify these because of the different coloured head.

Scaly-breasted Munia
Scaly-breasted Munia (Lonchura punctulata)

I had not seen any Scaly-breasted Munia for awhile. They have been nearly everywhere in South-east Asia. Eating grass seeds is what they do.

Ashy Drongo
Ashy Drongo (Dicrurus leucophaeus bondi)

The Ashy Drongos were doing lots of hawking for insects from the pine trees. They would fly out, swoop around for a bit and then return to the tree branch. There were heaps of them around. They seemed to be race bondi which range from southern Vietnam, Cambodia possibly Thailand.

Ashy Drongo
Ashy Drongo (Dicrurus leucophaeus bondi)

Lesser Yellownape
Lesser Yellownape (Picus chlorolophus)

“The adult male Lesser Yellownape has a green head with a white throat. He has red markings above the eye and above the nape, and red moustachial stripes. Females have only a red patch above the ear coverts. Young birds are like the female, but duller.” (Wikipedia)

Grey Bushchat
Grey Bushchat (Saxicola ferreus)

Habitats for Grey Bushchat are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests. They range from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Slender-billed Oriole
Slender-billed Oriole ( Oriolus tenuirostris )

The Slender-billed Oriole has a much finer and thinner bill than the Black-naped Oriole and is the main distinguishing feature (and possibly the only one). They are found in Bhutan, China, India, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Little Pied Flycatcher
Little Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula westermanni)

Dalat Bird List

Ashy Drongo (Dicrurus leucophaeus)
Grey Bushchat (Saxicola ferreus)
Eurasian Jay ( Garrulus glandarius )
Black-collared Starling
Scaly-breasted Munia
Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier)
Little Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula westermanni)
Lesser Yellownape (Picus chlorolophus)
Yellow-browed Warbler (Phylloscopus inornatus) 6393
Red-whiskered Bulbul (Pycnonotus jocosus)
Spotted Dove (Geopelia chinensis)
Oriolus tenuirostris, Slender-billed Oriole, TICK

Dalat Birding Resources

Dalat Birding

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