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June 25, 2012

Sukhothai Birding

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More ruined cities.

From one ruined city to another. Ayutthaya and Sukhothai both have these very old ruined cities with lots of stupas and statues of Budha and lots of bricks falling over from walls. This afternoon I rented a bicycle and pedalled around the park looking for birds. I found a few good ones, but there were not a lot of birds around the area like there was in Ayutthaya. But I guess this afternoon was more about quality than quantity because I photographed two new birds. Woot!

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A statue of Buddha

Or Daibutsu as they say in Japan.

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Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker (Dicaeum cruentatum)

These were in the same trees as Kanchanaburi amongst the fruit. They seem to like parks, gardens and cultivation areas.

Spotted Owlet
Spotted Owlet (Athene brama)

The Spotted Owlet (Athene brama) is fairly small, only about twenty centimeters, with broad white eyebrows, spotted above on the head and yellow eyes. I could not believe my eyes when I saw this small owl. It was tiny.

White-breasted Woodswallow
White-breasted Woodswallow (Artamus leucorynchus)

The White-breasted Woodswallow (Artamus leucorynchus) is resident from the Andaman Islands, Wallacea, Phillipines to Australia.

Coppersmith Barbet
Coppersmith Barbet (Megalaima haemacephala)

The Coppersmith Barbet (Megalaima haemacephala) has a red forecrown, yellow head-sides and throat, and black eyestripe. The yellow patch around the eyes make this bird very distinctive and easy to identify. Except for me. I mis-identified the first one I saw. I thought it was a Red-throated Barbet. I found a sound recording of their very distinctive call.

White-browed Crake
White-browed Crake (Porzana cinerea)

“The White-browed Crake (Porzana cinerea) is a species of bird in the Rallidae family. It is found in Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, Fiji, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Micronesia, New Caledonia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Thailand, and Vanuatu.” (wikipedia).

Sooty-headed Bulbul
Sooty-headed Bulbul (Pycnonotus aurigaster klossi)

This Sooty-headed Bulbul (Pycnonotus aurigaster klossi), race klossi, is showing off his beautiful red vent, which is diagnostic for this race. Actually it is supposed to be red undertail-coverts if you want to get technical.

Bird list for Sukhothai

White-browed Crake (Porzana cinerea)
White-breasted Woodswallow (Artamus leucorynchus)
Spotted Owlet (Athene brama)
Pacific Swallow (Hirundo tahitica)
Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker (Dicaeum cruentatum)
Coppersmith Barbet (Megalaima haemacephala)
White-vented Myna
Scaly-breasted Munia (Lonchura punctulata)
Sooty-headed Bulbul (Pycnonotus aurigaster klossi)

Thailand Birding Resources

A good Thailand birding trip report

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