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 Top Target Birds - south Thailand only
 
This page is designed to help birders coming to South Thailand with a wish list of species they would like to see. Using these tables potential customers can get a better idea of the sites they should visit
 
We have only included birds which are difficult to find in South Thailand and are frequently on our guest's wish lists. We have not included any species we have not seen/heard. 
 
Birds have been grouped by their normal habitat type.
 
Updated - September 2015
 
 
Forest birds
 
SPN = Sri Phang-Nga,   TP = Ton Pariwat,   KNC = Khao Nor Chuchi,   KC = Krung Ching,   HBL = Hala Bala,  KS = Khao Sok NP
 
 
 
 
SPN 
TP 
KNC 
KC 
HBL 
KS
Bat Hawk  
Macheiramphus alcinus 
 
 
 
 
x
x
Blyth's Hawk-Eagle 
Nisaetus alboniger 
x
x
x
x
x
 
Wallace's Hawk-Eagle 
Nisaetus nanus 
x
x
x
x
x
 
Great Argus (Jan - Sep)
Argusianus argus 
x
 
 
x
x
 
White-fronted Scops-Owl 
Otus sagittatus
 
 
 
 
x
 
Reddish Scops-Owl 
Otus rufescens 
 
 
 
 
x
 
Barred Eagle-Owl 
Bubo sumatranus 
 
 
 
 
x
 
Buffy Fish-Owl 
Ketupa ketupu 
x
 
 
x
 
x
Brown Wood-Owl 
Strix leptogrammica 
 
 
x
x
 
 
Gould's Frogmouth 
Batrachostomus auritus 
x 
 
 
 
x
 
Blyth's Frogmouth
Batrachostomus javensis 
x
 
x
x
x
 
Malaysian Eared Nightjar 
Eurostopodus temminckii 
 
 
 
 
x
 
Diard's Trogon 
Harpactes diardii 
 
 
 
x
x
 
Cinnamom-rumped Trogon 
Harpactes orrhophaeus 
 
 
 
x
 
 
Blue-banded Kingfisher 
Alcedo euryzona  
x
 
 
 
x
 
Banded Kingfisher 
Lacedo pulchella 
x
x
x
x
x
 
Rufous-collared Kingfisher 
Actenoides concretus  
x
 
 
x
x
x
Wrinkled Hornbill  
Rhyticeros corrugatus 
 
 
 
 
x
 
Black Hornbill 
Anthracoceros malayanus  
 
 
 
x

 
Rhinoceros Hornbill 
Buceros rhinoceros 
 
 
 
 
x
 
Helmeted Hornbill 
Rhinoplax vigil 
x
 
 
 
x
x
Red-crowned Barbet  
Megalaima rafflesii  
 
 
x
 
 
 
Yellow-crowned Barbet 
Megalaima henricii  
 
 
 
 
x
 
Brown Barbet  
Calorhamphus fuliginosus  
 
x
 
x
x
 
Olive-backed Woodpecker  
Dinopium rafflesii  
 
 
 
x
x
 
Orange-backed Woodpecker  
Reinwardtipicus validus  
 
 
 
 
x
 
Black-and-Red Broadbill
Cymbirhynchus macrorhynchos
x 
 
x
 
x
x
Garnet Pitta  
Pitta granatina  
 
 
 
 
x
 
Banded Pitta  
Pitta guajana  
x
 
x
x
x
 
Finsch's Bulbul   
Criniger finschii  
 
 
 
 
x
 
Puff-backed Bulbul   
Pycnonotus eutilotus  
 
 
x
 
x
 
Crested Jay 
Platylophus galericulatus 
 
 
 
x
x
 
Black Magpie  
Platysmurus leucopterus  
 
 
x
 
 
 
Horsfield's Babbler  
Trichastoma sepiarium  
 
 
 
 
x
 
Large Wren-Babbler  
Napothera macrodactyla 
 
 
x
 
x
 
Chestnut-rumped Babbler  
Stachyris maculata  
 
 
x
 
x
 
Fluffy-backed Tit-Babbler  
Macronous ptilosus  
 
 
 
x
x
x
Black-throated Babbler 
Stachyris nigricollis  
 
 
 
x
x
 
Malaysian Rail-Babbler 
Eupetes macrocerus  
 
 
 
x
x
 
Chestnut-naped Forktail  
Enicurus ruficapillus  
x
 
 
x
x
 
White-crowned Forktail  
Enicurus leschenaulti  
 
 
 
x
 
 
Green-backed Flycatcher (Jan Mar)
Ficedula narcissina  
x
 
x
x
 
 
Pale Blue Flycatcher  
Cyornis unicolor 
 
 
 
 
x
 
Malaysian Blue Flycatcher 
Cyornis turcosus 
 
 
 
 
x
 
Maroon-breasted Philentoma 
Philentoma velata 
 
 
 
x
x
 
Spotted Fantail   
Rhipidura perlata  
 
 
 
 
x
 
Red-throated Sunbird   
Anthreptes rhodolaema  
x
 
x
x
x
 
Van Hasselt's Sunbird 
Leptocoma brasiliana   
 
 
x
 
 
 
Temminck's Sunbird  
Aethopyga temminckii  
 
 
 
 
x
 
Thick-billed Spiderhunter  
Arachnothera crassirostris  
x
 
 
 
x
 
Long-billed Spiderhunter 
Arachnothera robusta 
 
 
 
 
x
 
White-bellied Munia  
Lonchura leucogastra  
 
 
x
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mangrove birds
 
PHN = Phang-Nga,   YAR = Yaring,    KRA = Krabi
 
 
 
 
PHN 
YAR 
KRA 
Chestnut-bellied Malkoha
Phaenicophaeus sumatranus
x
x
x
Brown-winged Kingfisher 
Pelargopsis amauroptera
x
 
x
Ruddy Kingfisher 
Pelargopsis capensis
x
 
x
Black-and-Red Broadbill 
Cymbirhynchus macrorhynchos
x
 
 
Small Minivet 
Pericrocotus cinnamomeus 
x
 
 
Mangrove Pitta 
Pitta megarhyncha 
x
 
x
Mangrove Whistler 
Pachycephala cinerea 
x
x
 
Copper-throated Sunbird 
Leptocoma calcostetha 
x
 
 
Mangrove Blue Flycatcher 
Cyornis rufigastra 
 
x
 
 
Open area birds
 
TMGC = Thai Muang Golf Course (not currently accessable), TM = Thai Muang, KB = Kapong Bridge
 
 
 
TMGC
TM
KB 
Black-headed Ibis (Jan - Mar) 
Threskiornis melanocephalus 
x
 
 
Watercock 
Gallicrex cinerea 
 
x
 
Cinnamon bittern 
Ixobrychus cinnamomeus 
 
x
 
Black Bittern 
Dupetor flavicollis 
 
x
 
River Lapwing 
Vanellus duvaucelii 
x
 
x
Spotted Wood-Owl 
Strix seloputo 
 
x
 
Chestnut-cheeked Starling (Oct - Mar) 
Agropsar philippensis 
x
 
 
Rosy Starling (Oct - Mar) 
Pastor roseus  
x
 
 
 
 
Birds seen on islands and boat trips
 
KPT = Kho Phra Thong,   KSD = Khao Sok Dam,    SI = Similan Islands,    SU = Surin Islands,    KR = Krabi Rivermouth
 
 
 
KPT 
KSD 
SI
SU
KR
Lesser Adjutant  (Jan - Apr)
Leptoptilos javanicus  
x
 
 
 
 
Grey-headed Fish Eagle
Ichthyophaga ichthyaetus 
x
x
 
 
 
Oriental Hobby 
Falco severus 
 
x
 
 
 
Pied Imperial Pigeon
Ducula bicolor 
 
 
x
x
 
Nicobar Pigeon Caloenas nicobarica
 
 
x
x
 
Great-billed Heron
Ardea sumatrana
 
 
 
x
 
Large Green Pigeon
Treron capellei
 
 
 
x
 
Beach Stone-curlew
Esacus magnirostris
 
 
 
x
 
Stork-billed Kingfisher 
Pelargopsis capensis
 
x
 
 
 
Helmeted Hornbill
Rhinoplax vigil 
 
x
 
 
 
Chinese Egret 
Egretta eulophotes 
 
 
 
 
x
Nordman's Greenshank 
Tringa guttifer 
 
 
 
 
x
 
 
 
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