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Khao Yai NP

Khao Yai NP lies in the northeast of Thailand away from most other birding spots. Bird wise it is most famous for the Coral-billed Ground Cuckoo which some years gets staked out at one location or another. This is a very large park with a through road running north to south. Unfortunately this road is so busy with fast moving vehicles that it is not good for birding. There are some side roads and tracks however that are well worth visiting. As this park is well visited there are usually a few stake outs on the go, it's just a question of asking other birders what's going on.

Outside the park


Black-winged Kite
Chestnut-capped Babbler
Golden-headed Cisticola
Pied Harrier
Red-breasted Parakeet

To the west of the northerly entrance road there is a large area of low level cultivation where grassland birds can be found. A morning here can get you a long list of birds easy to miss when concentrating on forest birds. Along the entrance road, not far from the main gate Red-breasted Parakeets can often be seen.
 Asian Emerald Cuckoo
  Asian Fairy Bluebird


Coral-billed Ground Cuckoo
White-throated Rock Thrush
Mugimaki Flycatcher
Chestnut-headed Bee-eater
Siberian Blue Robin
Every year the Bangkok photographers manage to get a few stake-outs working. These provide excellent photography opportunities. We have contacts there who we can ask for up to date information.
Banded Broadbill
Black-crested Bulbul

Khao Khiao Road

Black-throated Laughingthrush
Moustached Barbet
Siamese Fireback
Rufous-bellied Hawk-Eagle
Heart-spotted Woodpecker
This side road which makes it's way up to the army station on the top of the mountain offers the best roadside birding in the park away from the bulk of the traffic. All sections of the road are good. In the lower sections it is possible to bump into Coral-billed Ground Cuckoo and Siamese Fireback while nearer the top you are more likely to see Silver Pheasant. Eared Pitta and Blue Pitta are also heard from the road but both are very difficult to see.

The Trails

Hainan Blue Flycatcher
Orange-headed Thrush
Black-and-Buff Woodpecker
Abbot's Babbler
Alstrom's Warbler
There is a network of trails in the park which are worth looking at if you have time to spare. Eared Pitta is most often seen on the trails but is still very difficult. Leeches are a problem so call in at the HQ shop and buy a cheap pair of leech socks.
 Common Green Magpie
Great Hornbill
Yellow-vented Flowerpecker
Silver-backed Needletail
All the photographs shown on this page were taken by ourselves at Khao Yai.
Miss Punjapa Phetsri (aka Games)
Site owner and guide.