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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

 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