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June 29, 2012

Thailand Overview

Filed under: Birds — Tags: — steve_happ @ 12:47 pm

Birding in Thailand.

I thought I might do an overview of my month in Thailand taking photos of birds now that it is coming to an end. I started off down the south in Krabi, which was a bit of a disappointment. There were great mudflats and mangroves but they were mostly empty of birds. The only decent photo I got was of this Common Tailorbird.

Common Tailorbird
Common Tailorbird

Then it was on to Ao Nang which was a bit of a dud too. Phang Nga was a bit better with lots more birds, the highlights being Dark-necked Tailorbird and Red-throated Tailorbird. There were no tourists there too which was a refreshing change.

Red-throated Barbet
female Red-throated Barbet (Megalaima mystacophanos)

The best thing about Ranong was this male Brown-throated Sunbird, which obliged by perching on a wire and staying there in the sun while I took some great photos.

Brown-throated Sunbird
Brown-throated Sunbird (Anthreptes malacensis)

Koh Chang was a welcome stop by the beach where I saw lots and lots of Brahminy Kites and finally got a decent shot of an Oriental Pied Hornbill.

Oriental Pied Hornbill
Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris)

Further north, Prachuap Khiri Khan was an unexpected gem with more shore birds than I had seen in Thailand thus far – Little Tern, Black-naped Tern, Little Heron, Pacific Reef Egret. And this gem, the Indian Roller.

Indian Roller
Indian Roller (Coracias benghalensis)

Next stop, Kanchanaburi and the Bridge on the River Kwai. There were quite a few nice birds by the river near my guest house, including Red-backed Flowerpecker, Blue-tailed Bee-eater, Pied Fantail and Plain Prinia.

Plain Prinia
Plain Prinia (Prinia inornata)

Ayutthaya has lots of old ruins and heaps of great birds scattered around the ponds beyond the old city canals. I saw some great birds, the most memorable being the Coppersmith Barbet. They were everywhere presenting themselves in the sun for some great photos.

Coppersmith Barbet
Coppersmith Barbet (Megalaima haemacephala)

Another old city ruins at Sukhothai, still heading north. There were not many birds here, but they made up for it in quality, yielding a White-browed Crake and Spotted Owlet.

Spotted Owlet
Spotted Owlet (Athene brama)

Then I headed off to Chiang Mai and Doi Mae Salong which yielded nothing. doh! Here is the complete list for Thailand.

Bird List for thailand

Zebra Dove/Peaceful Dove (Geopelia striata)
Red-collared Dove (Streptopelia tranquebarica)
Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)
Spotted Dove (Geopelia chinensis)
Rock Dove
Collared Kingfisher (Todiramphus chloris)
White-Throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis)
Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis)
Pacific Swallow (Hirundo tahitica)
Striated Swallow (Cecropis striolata)
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica tyleri)
Asian House Martin (Delichon dasypus)
Large-billed Crow
Dark-necked Tailorbird (Orthotomus atrogularis)
Common Tailorbird (Orthotomus sutorius)
Paddyfield Pipit (Anthus rufulus)
Pied Fantail (Rhipidura javanica)
Brown-throated Sunbird (Anthreptes malacensis)
Olive-backed Sunbird (Cinnyris jugularis)
Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker (Dicaeum cruentatum)
Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier)
Sooty-headed Bulbul (Pycnonotus aurigaster klossi)
Sooty-headed Bulbul (Pycnonotus aurigaster thais)
Streak-eared Bulbul (Pycnonotus blanfordi)
Red-whiskered Bulbul (Pycnonotus jocosus)
Common Myna (Acidotheres tristis)
White-vented Myna (Acridotheres grandis)
Asian Glossy Starling (Aplonis panayensis)
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus)
Scaly-breasted Munia (Lonchura punctulata)
Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker (Dicaeum cruentatum)
Scarlet Minivet (Pericrocotus speciosus)
Oriental Magpie-robin (Copsychus saularis)
Plain Prinia (Prinia inornata)
Common Iora (Aegithina tiphia)
Indochinese Bushlark (Mirafra erythrocephala)
Asian Golden Weaver (Ploceus hypoxanthus)
Red-throated Barbet (Megalaima mystacophanos)
Lineated Barbet (Megalaima lineata)
Coppersmith Barbet (Megalaima haemacephala)
Asian Koel
Greater Coucal
Green-billed Malkoha (Rhopodytes tristis)
Black Drongo (Dicrurus macrocercus)
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)
Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus)
White-bellied Sea-eagle
Spotted Owlet (Athene brama)
Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris)
Blue-tailed Bee-eater (Merops philippinus)
Blue-throated Bee-eater (Merops viridis)
Indian Roller (Coracias benghalensis)
Black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis)
White-breasted Woodswallow (Artamus leucorynchus)
Little Black Cormorant
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Cinnamon Bittern (Ixobrychus cinnomomeus)
Black-crowned Night-heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)
Little Heron (Butorides striata)
Javan Pond-Heron (Ardeola speciosa)
Pacific Reef Egret (Egretta sacra) – dark and white morphs
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)
Cattle Egret
Asian Openbill (Anastomus oscitans)
Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus)
Red-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus)
Little Tern (Sternula albifrons)
Black-naped Tern (Sterna sumatrana)
White-browed Crake (Porzana cinerea)

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