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Khao Nor Chuchi (KNC)

 
 
 
Khao Nor Chuchi (KNC) is a notoriously difficult place to bird. The forest is comprised of mainly low and mid level vegetation and the trails are poorly maintained.  
 
 
 
        
Black-and-Yellow Broadbill           Green Broadbill                Blyth's Frogmouth
 
 
There are many trails at KNC (although some are in a very overgrown state) providing opportunities to see both forest edge species and birds of the forest interior and a choice between long and short routes. The crystal pool can be a nice place to relax and cool down (and watch for raptors), but it can get a bit crowded with both foreign and Thai tourists after 9am.
 
 
 
 Gurney's Pitta
 
 
 
  Hooded Pitta
 
 
 
  
        
 
 Golden-whiskered Barbet         Red-throated Barbet           Red-crowned Barbet 
 
 
However, it is the last remaining stand of lowland forest in Southern Thailand and hence is home to many species of bird which cannot be found elsewhere in the area like Gurney's Pitta (now possibly extirpated), Large Wren-Babbler and Puff-backed Bulbul. For this reason we recommend KNC to be a part of any long birding trip to Thailand.
 
  
Banded Pitta
 
 
Blue-winged Pitta
 
 
 
          
       Abbott's Babbler                    Black-capped Babbler                  Large Wren-Babbler 
 
 
 
We know the area well and know how to make the most of your time.
 
 
 
        
      Red-billed Malkoha          Chestnut-bellied Malkoha           Raffles's Malkoha
 
 
 
Birding can be slow and frustrating here at times, walking for more than an hour without identifying a single species, but the longer you stay, the more you will see and when you look back on your list it will contain a number of excellent and seldom-seen species.
 
For accommodation, we can stay close to the park or we can drive other 30 mins to Khlong Thom.
 
 Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher
 
 
Rufous-collared Kingfisher
 
 
 
 Blue-eared Kingfisher
 
 
 
 White-throated Kingfisher
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