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 An eighteen day tour of north and central Thailand – April 2013
 
Bill & Easy had booked this trip to fill in the gaps in their bird list from China, India and Malaysia. They said they wanted to concentrate on Pheasants and Partridges as they had had bad luck with them in the past. Along the way there were plenty of other birds to look for. The timing meant that we would miss out on a lot of the winter visitors but it was an excellent time for passage migrants. The wish list was short which meant our walks were highly focused.
 
The trip started with a pick-up from a hotel in Bangkok. The idea being to move northward through the east of the country up to Chiang Rai and the southward through the west of the country down to Petchaburi.
 
Sakaerat
 
Our first destination was Sakaerat Biosphere Reserve in Nakhon Ratchasima. Our target here being the Siamese Fireback, the national bird of Thailand. There are other locations to see this bird but Sakaerat seems to be the most consistant. A few hundred metres up the track is an area where the birds like to congregate and socialise in the afternoons and true to form a few birds appeared at 4pm, the males coming on to the road to display.
 
 
 
 

Sakaerat bird list - 1 afternoon

 
Red Junglefowl
Siamese Fireback
Red-breasted Parakeet
Banded Kingfisher
Great Iora
Scarlet Minivet
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo
Black-naped Monarch
Black-crested Bulbul
Grey-eyed Bulbul
Large Scimitar Babbler
Pin-striped Tit-Babbler
White-crested Laughingthrush
Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrush
White-rumped Shama
Taiga Flycatcher
Yellow-vented Flowerpecker
Olive-backed Sunbird
Siamese Fireback
 
 
 
 
Sap Sadao
 
The next morning was spent at the dry dipterocarp forest at Sap Sadao.
 
Sap Sadao bird list - one morning
 
 
Black Baza
Shikra
Red Turtle Dove
Spotted Dove
Red-breasted Parakeet
Asian Barred Owlet
Spotted Owlet
Brown-backed Needletail
Indian Roller
Eurasian Hoopoe
Grey-capped Pygmy Woodpecker
White-bellied Woodpecker
Black-headed Woodpecker
Common Flameback
Ashy Woodswallow
Common Iora
Large Cuckooshrike
Scarlet Minivet
Hair-crested Drongo
Eurasian Jay
Red-billed Blue Magpie
Eastern Jungle Crow
Sooty-headed Bulbul
Barn Swallow
Brown Prinia
White-crested Laughingthrush
Common Hill Myna
Great Myna
Common Myna
Vinous-breasted Starling
Asian Brown Flycatcher
Taiga Flycatcher
Golden-fronted Leafbird
Purple Sunbird
Olive-backed Sunbird

 
 
Khao Yai NP
 
From there we moved on to Khao Yai NP where we concentrated on looking for Silver Pheasant on Khao Kiew but had no luck with it.
 
 
Khao Yai bird list - one morning and one full day
 
 
Red Junglefowl
Siamese Fireback
Rufous-bellied Hawk-Eagle
Red-wattled Lapwing
Barred Cuckoo-Dove
Coral-billed Ground Cuckoo
Orange-breasted Trogon
Red-headed Trogon
Indian Roller
Oriental Pied Hornbill
Great Hornbill
Wreathed Hornbill
Great Barbet
Green-eared Barbet
Moustached Barbet
Long-tailed Broadbill
Blue Pitta
Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike
Ashy Woodswallow
Scarlet Minivet
White-bellied Erpornis
Bronzed Drongo
Hair-crested Drongo
Black-naped Monarch
Eastern Jungle Crow
Grey-headed Canary-flycatcher
Puff-throated Bulbul
Cinereous Bulbul
Barn Swallow
Striated Swallow
Dark-necked Tailorbird
White-browed Scimitar Babbler
Pin-striped Tit-Babbler
White-crested Laughingthrush
Black-throated Laughingthrush
Oriental White-eye
Asian Fairy-bluebird
Velvet-fronted Nuthatch
Common Hill Myna
Common Myna
Siberian Blue Robin
Oriental Magpie-Robin
White-rumped Shama
White-crowned Forktail
Asian Brown Flycatcher
Taiga Flycatcher
Hill Blue Flycatcher
Golden-fronted Leafbird
Little Spiderhunter
Eurasian Tree Sparrow
 
 
 
Wat Pra Puttabaht Noi
 

As we drove north the next morning we stopped off at Wat Pra Puttabaht Noi in Saraburi for a couple of hours to look for the Limestone Wren-Babbler. We found it fairly quickly.
 
 
 

Limestone Wren-Babbler
 

 
Nam Nao NP
 

This was our last chance for Silver Pheasant. We were up and down the river trail for two days but dipped again. We did however get good views of Chinese Francolin and Rufous-throated Partridge.
 
 
 
 
 
Yellow-vented Flowerpecker
 
Nam Nao bird list - two days
 
Chinese Francolin
Bar-backed Partridge
Red Junglefowl
Silver Pheasant
Chinese Pond Heron
Thick-billed Green Pigeon
Wedge-tailed Green Pigeon
Fork-tailed Drongo-Cuckoo
Mountain Scops Owl
Collared Scops Owl
Brown Hawk-owl
Indian Nightjar
Orange-breasted Trogon
Red-headed Trogon
Blue-bearded Bee-eater
Great Barbet
Lineated Barbet
Blue-throated Barbet
Coppersmith Barbet
Speckled Piculet
Grey-capped Pygmy Woodpecker
White-bellied Woodpecker
Greater Yellownape
Common Flameback
Bamboo Woodpecker
Black-and-buff Woodpecker
Long-tailed Broadbill
Silver-breasted Broadbill
 
 
Black-naped Monarch
Asian Paradise Flycatcher
Eurasian Jay
Red-billed Blue Magpie
Common Green Magpie
Eastern Jungle Crow
Grey-headed Canary-flycatcher
Black-crested Bulbul
Sooty-headed Bulbul
Puff-throated Bulbul
Grey-eyed Bulbul
Ashy Bulbul
Black Bulbul
Asian House Martin
Yellow-bellied Warbler
Dark-necked Tailorbird
Pin-striped Tit-Babbler
Brown-cheeked Fulvetta
Yunnan Fulvetta
Collared Babbler
Puff-throated Babbler
White-crested Laughingthrush
Golden-crested Myna
Orange-headed Thrush
Siberian Blue Robin
White-rumped Shama
White-crowned Forktail
Yellow-rumped Flycatcher
 
 
Greater Yellownape
 
Banded Broadbill
Blue Pitta
Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike
Small Minivet
Scarlet Minivet
Brown Shrike
Ashy Drongo
Bronzed Drongo
Hair-crested Drongo
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo
White-throated Fantail

Taiga Flycatcher
Hill Blue Flycatcher
Blue-winged Leafbird
Golden-fronted Leafbird
Yellow-vented Flowerpecker
Ruby-cheeked Sunbird
Little Spiderhunter
Forest Wagtail
 
 
 
Doi Lang
 
Next up was Doi Lang which had been excellent for birding all season after a local birder had set up a few permanent hides and a regular flow of photographers had been baiting the birds. We had two and a half days to find Mrs Hume's Pheasant and managed to get it on the last morning. Along the way we also found a few Bamboo Partridges. We also stopped off at Huai Hong Krai Royal Project near Chiang Mai to see the Green Peafowl which wander in to the zoo from the surrounding forest.
 
 
 
 
Asian Emerald Cuckoo
 
Doi Lang bird list - two and a half days
 
Chinese Francolin
Rufous-throated Partridge
Mountain Bamboo Partridge
Red Junglefowl
Mrs. Hume's Pheasant
Amur Falcon
Common Emerald Dove
Mountain Imperial Pigeon
Banded Bay Cuckoo
Large Hawk-Cuckoo
Hodgson's Frogmouth
Asian Palm Swift
Cook's Swift
Great Barbet
Golden-throated Barbet
Blue-throated Barbet
Speckled Piculet
Grey-capped Pygmy Woodpecker
Stripe-breasted Woodpecker
Crimson-breasted Woodpecker
Lesser Yellownape
Bay Woodpecker
Rusty-naped Pitta
Grey-chinned Minivet
Short-billed Minivet
Blyth's Shrike-babbler
Black-eared Shrike-babbler
Ashy Drongo
 

 
 
Bamboo Partridge
 
Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo
Grey Treepie
Yellow-bellied Fantail
Japanese Tit
Yellow-cheeked Tit
Crested Finchbill
Striated Bulbul
Black-crested Bulbul
Sooty-headed Bulbul
Flavescent Bulbul
Grey-eyed Bulbul
Black Bulbul
Pygmy Wren-babbler
Mountain Tailorbird
Davison's Leaf Warbler
Chestnut-crowned Warbler
Hill Prinia
Rusty-cheeked Scimitar Babbler
Golden Babbler
Pin-striped Tit-Babbler
Rufous-winged Fulvetta
Yunnan Fulvetta
White-browed Laughingthrush
Silver-eared Laughingthrush
Blue-winged Minla
Spectacled Barwing
Dark-backed Sibia
Grey-headed Parrotbill
Whiskered Yuhina
Chestnut-vented Nuthatch
 
 
Hodgson's Frogmouth
 
Giant Nuthatch
Hume's Treecreeper
Eyebrowed Thrush
Lesser Shortwing
Siberian Rubythroat
White-bellied Redstart
Blue Whistling Thrush
Grey Bush Chat
Little Pied Flycatcher
Hill Blue Flycatcher
White-gorgeted Flycatcher
Rufous-bellied Niltava
Black-throated Sunbird
Olive-backed Pipit
Crested Bunting
 
 
 
 
Doi Inthanon NP
 
Slightly further south our next stop was Doi Inthanon, Thailand's highest peak. Our main target here was Green Cochoa. We got it but not before a long search.
 
 
 
 
 
Large Niltava
 
Doi Inthanon bird list - two and a half days
 
Rufous-throated Partridge
Common Emerald Dove
Blossom-headed Parakeet
Banded Bay Cuckoo
Large Hawk-Cuckoo
Indian Cuckoo
Brown-backed Needletail
Green Bee-eater
Golden-throated Barbet
Ashy Woodswallow
Grey-chinned Minivet
Brown Shrike
Clicking Shrike-babbler
Maroon Oriole
Bronzed Drongo
Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo
White-throated Fantail
Asian Paradise Flycatcher
Red-billed Blue Magpie
Eastern Jungle Crow
Grey-headed Canary-flycatcher
Yellow-cheeked Tit
Flavescent Bulbul
Ashy Bulbul
Pygmy Wren-babbler
Slaty-bellied Tesia
Hill Prinia
Yunnan Fulvetta
 

 
 
White-browed Shortwing
 
Silver-eared Laughingthrush
Bar-throated Minla
Spectacled Barwing
Silver-eared Mesia
Dark-backed Sibia
Siberian Thrush
Dark-sided Thrush
Green Cochoa
White-browed Shortwing
Snowy-browed Flycatcher
Verditer Flycatcher
White-gorgeted Flycatcher
Large Niltava
Green-tailed Sunbird
Black-throated Sunbird
Streaked Spiderhunter
Yellow-breasted Bunting
Chestnut Bunting
 
 
 
 
Mae Wong NP
 
Mae Wong in the western mountains was our next destination. Grey Peacock-Pheasant was our main target. This is usually easy here but not this time. We did however get Coral-billed Scimitar-Babbler and Burmese Yuhina.
 
 
 
 
Eyebrowed Wren-Babbler
 
Mae Wong bird list - one and a half days
 
Rufous-throated Partridge
Kalij Pheasant
Crested Honey Buzzard
Red-wattled Lapwing
Pin-tailed Green Pigeon
Mountain Imperial Pigeon
Greater Coucal
Green-billed Malkoha
Oriental Bay Owl
Mountain Scops Owl
Large-tailed Nightjar
Pacific Swift
Red-headed Trogon
Black-capped Kingfisher
Blue-bearded Bee-eater
Great Hornbill
Great Barbet
Golden-throated Barbet
Blue-throated Barbet
Speckled Piculet
Bay Woodpecker
Long-tailed Broadbill
Rusty-naped Pitta
Large Cuckooshrike
White-bellied Erpornis
Blyth's Shrike-babbler
Clicking Shrike-babbler
Maroon Oriole
 
 
Flavescent Bulbul
Mountain Bulbul
Eastern Crowned Warbler
Alstrom's Warbler
Hill Prinia
Large Scimitar Babbler
White-browed Scimitar Babbler
Coral-billed Scimitar Babbler
Grey-throated Babbler
Spot-necked Babbler
Rufous-fronted Babbler
Golden Babbler
Pin-striped Tit-Babbler
Yunnan Fulvetta
Streaked Wren-Babbler
Eyebrowed Wren-Babbler
Collared Babbler
White-necked Laughingthrush
Black-throated Laughingthrush
Silver-eared Laughingthrush
Blue-winged Minla
Silver-eared Mesia
Dark-backed Sibia
Long-tailed Sibia
Striated Yuhina
Burmese Yuhina
Chestnut-flanked White-eye
Oriental White-eye
 
 
Crab-eating Mongoose
 
Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo
Hair-crested Drongo
White-throated Fantail
Black-naped Monarch
Asian Paradise Flycatcher
Red-billed Blue Magpie
Common Green Magpie
Grey Treepie
Yellow-cheeked Tit
Black-crested Bulbul


Oriental White-eye
Siberian Thrush
Oriental Magpie-Robin
White-rumped Shama
Blue Whistling Thrush
White-crowned Forktail
Pied Bush Chat
Small Niltava
Black-throated Sunbird
Streaked Spiderhunter
 
 
Kaeng Krachan NP
 
On our way to Kaeng Krachan we stopped of in Ratchburi and found some Rain Quail. We had three days in Kaeng Krachan where we knew we had another chance of Grey Peacock-Pheasant and also a chance of Green-legged partridge. Luckily we got both.
 
 
 
 
Green Cochoa
 
Kaeng Krachan bird list - three days
 
Bar-backed Partridge
Green-legged Partridge
Red Junglefowl
Grey Peacock-pheasant
Asian Openbill
Chinese Pond Heron
Eastern Cattle Egret
Crested Serpent Eagle
Collared Falconet
White-breasted Waterhen
Red-wattled Lapwing
Common Emerald Dove
Thick-billed Green Pigeon
Yellow-vented Green Pigeon
Mountain Imperial Pigeon
Greater Coucal
Chestnut-breasted Malkoha
Green-billed Malkoha
Asian Koel
Banded Bay Cuckoo
Fork-tailed Drongo-Cuckoo
White-fronted Scops Owl
Asian Barred Owlet
Brown Hawk-owl
Large-tailed Nightjar
Pacific Swift
Orange-breasted Trogon
Oriental Dollarbird
 
 

 
 
Long-tailed Broadbill
 

Ruddy Kingfisher
Black-capped Kingfisher
Blue-bearded Bee-eater
Tickell's Brown Hornbill
Oriental Pied Hornbill
Great Hornbill
Great Barbet
Green-eared Barbet
Blue-throated Barbet
Blue-eared Barbet
White-browed Piculet
Heart-spotted Woodpecker
Greater Yellownape
Grey-headed Woodpecker
Common Flameback
Greater Flameback
Rufous Woodpecker
Long-tailed Broadbill
Banded Broadbill
Black-and-yellow Broadbill
Dusky Broadbill
Hooded Pitta
Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike
Black-winged Cuckooshrike
Scarlet Minivet
Blyth's Shrike-babbler
Ashy Drongo
Bronzed Drongo
Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo
Hair-crested Drongo




 
 
White-fronted Scops Owl
 
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo
Black-naped Monarch
Common Green Magpie
Grey Treepie
Ratchet-tailed Treepie
Grey-headed Canary-flycatcher
Sultan Tit
Black-crested Bulbul
Flavescent Bulbul
Ochraceous Bulbul
Mountain Bulbul
Eastern Crowned Warbler
White-browed Scimitar Babbler
Rufous-fronted Babbler
Golden Babbler
Pin-striped Tit-Babbler
Collared Babbler
Puff-throated Babbler
Buff-breasted Babbler
White-crested Laughingthrush
Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrush
Greater Necklaced Laughingthrush
Black-throated Laughingthrush
Everett's White-eye
Asian Fairy-bluebird
Siberian Thrush
Green Cochoa
White-rumped Shama
Dark-sided Flycatcher
Yellow-rumped Flycatcher
 
 
White-handed Gibbon
Taiga Flycatcher
Hainan Blue Flycatcher
Rufous-browed Flycatcher
Blue-winged Leafbird
Yellow-vented Flowerpecker
Crimson Sunbird
Little Spiderhunter
Streaked Spiderhunter
Forest Wagtail
Grey Wagtail
 
 
 
In the end we had found four Pheasants, a Peacock-Pheasant, a Peafowl and five Partridges not to mention hundreds of other birds.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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