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Krung Ching - Khao Luang National Park

 
 
Krung Ching is a substation of Khao Luang NP and is without doubt the best location in central peninsular Thailand for forest birding.
 
An intense day's birding here in the spring will often produce sixty to seventy forest species including Pittas, Trogons, Forktails, Kingfishers and Babblers. Add to that the enigmatic pair of Rail-Babbler and Great Argus and you've had a great day's birding. 
 
We would actually recommend three days at Krung Ching. The entrance road and HQ area are good for forest edge birds while the trail is the place to look for deep forest birds. 
       
 

Entrance Road





 Square-tailed Drongo-Cuckoo
Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike
 Black-bellied Malkoha
Wallace's Hawk-Eagle
Greater Green Leafbird
 



Green Iora
Jerdon's Baza
Raffles' Malkoha
Red-billed Malkoha
Tiger Shrike
 
The entrance road is about 1.5km long. The section from the entrance gate to the area called the Bus Stop is probably south Thailand's best 300m of road side birding. It is good both in the morning and late afternoon. Many species seem to pass through the area on a daily basis. We once had all five Broadbills there in one morning.   
 
 

HQ Area

 Asian Fairy Bluebird
 Golden-whiskered Barbet
 Brown Barbet
Lesser Fish Eagle
Red-throated Barbet
 
 
 White-crowned Forktail
 Chestnut-naped Forktail
 Scaly-breasted Bulbul
Sultan Tit
Thick-billed Green Pigeon
 
The HQ area almost always has a couple of trees in fruit which are visited by a variety of Bulbuls, Barbets, Flowerpeckers and Pigeons. There are also two streams here which have both Chestnut-naped and White-crowned Forktails.
 
 

The Trail

 Rail-babbler
 Banded Kingfisher
 Black-throated Babbler
Cinnamon-rumped Trogon
Malaysian Honeyguide
 
 
 

 
 Buff-rumped Woodpecker
 Grey-headed Babbler
 Short-tailed Babbler
Diard's Trogon
Maroon-breasted Philentoma
 
The waterfall trail offers 3km of good forest birding under the canopy. The highlight is the Rail-babbler but along the way we look out for Trogons, Kingfishers, Babblers and Flycatchers.
 

Night Birding



 
 
 Brown Wood-Owl
 Buffy Fish-Owl
 Blyth's Frogmouth


 
We usually go looking for Owls and Frogmouths at night when we stay at Krung Ching. We rarely come away empty handed. Slow Loris is often encountered too.
 
 
All the photographs shown on this page were taken by ourselves at Krung Ching.
 
 
Miss Punjapa Phetsri (aka Games)
Site owner and guide.
Black-and-yellow Broadbill
 
 

Rufous-collared Kingfisher
 
 
Green Broadbill
 
 

Red-bearded Bee-eater
 
 

Orange-breasted Trogon
 
 
 
Emerald Dove
 
 

Scarlet-rumped Trogon
 
 
 
Yellow-rumped Flycatcher
 
 
 
Beautiful Pit Viper
 
 
 

Reticulated Python