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Doi Inthanon NP

Doi inthanon has long been considered the jewel of north Thailand's birding locations. It is not only the highest mountain but it has a system of good roads through it together with a few trails. The habitat varies enormously, from dry dipterocarp at the foot of the mountain to a peat swamp at the summit. As with all northern mountains it can be very cold on winter mornings. Three or four days are needed to cover all the birding locations well.

The Summit


Bar-throated Minla
Dark-backed Sibia
Rufous-throated Partridge
Pygmy Wren-Babbler
Eurasian Woodcock

Dark-sided Thrush
Snowy-browed Flycatcher
White-browed Shortwing
Blyth's Leaf Warbler
Ashy-throated Warbler

The birds around the summit car park are used to people and are not shy. A variety of high altitude warblers includes Buff-barred Leaf Warbler, Blyth's Leaf Warbler and Ashy-throated Leaf Warbler, two of which can not be found elsewhere in Thailand. Sibias, Laughingthrushes and Minlas are plentiful. The peat swamp holds enough for a few hours birding. It is not large but the walkway should be taken very slowly and often needs to walked more than once to find the skulkers in there which include Dark-sided Thrush, Pygmy Wren-babbler, White-browed Shortwing and Eurasian Woodcock.
Grey Bush Chat
Hill Prinia
Mountain Bulbul

Top Road

Ashy Wood Pigeon
Speckled Wood Pigeon
Green-tailed Sunbird
Mrs Gould's Sunbird
Himalayan Bluetail
We often walk the top 1km of the road in the early morning. The highlights are the Wood Pigeons which come up off their night roosts to warm up in the sun at dawn. Other high altitude birds can be seen along the way too.
Rufous-winged Fulvetta
Silver-eared Laughingthrush

2nd Checkpoint

Yunnan Fulvetta
Chestnut-crowned Warbler
Large Niltava
Grey-chinned Minivet
Grey-throated Babbler
The checkpoint area half way up the mountain can be very good birding. Around the checkpoint itself the lights are kept on all night which attracts bugs which in turn attracts birds in the early morning. The road just up from the checkpoint is level and worth a walk along as the first sun hits the trees. Behind the toilet block the old jeep track, now a narrow trail, can be productive on a good day too. Slaty-breasted Tesia are common along here.

KM 37

Green Cochoa
Hume's Treecreeper
Streaked Spiderhunter
Grey-breasted Parrotbill
Crested Goshawk
Near the KM 37 marker a track goes off to the left. Within a kilometre the habitat changes from broadleaf evergreen forest to pine to open grasslands. This means the area is rich in bird species. This track and the main road from here up to the 2nd checkpoint are the best areas to look for Green Cochoa.

Lower levels

Collared Falconet
Black-backed Forktail
Long-tailed Minivet
Plumbeous Water Redstart
Blue-winged Leafbird
The lower levels of the mountain are much drier and contain different species. The main attractions are White-rumped Falcon, Collared Falconet, Black-headed Woodpecker, White-bellied Woodpecker and Black-backed Forktail. There is also a watch tower outside the park where Blossom-headed Parakeets can be seen.
 Slaty-backed Flycatcher
Stripe-breasted Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Fantail
Yellow-cheeked Tit
All the photographs shown on this page were taken by ourselves at Doi Inthanon.

Miss Punjapa Phetsri (aka Games)
Site owner and guide.