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News and Information on Birding Sites Throughout Thailand and the Andaman

  • The Blue winged Pitta is a common monsoon season visitor which is found all throughout Thailand from the months of April through October.

  • While in Bangkok on a business trip I was able to twitch one of two very special migrant visitors to the kingdom, a bird rarely seen in Southeast Asia: the Dusky Thrush.

  • A day photographing around Ao Phang Nga was highlighted by appearances of Mangrove Pitta, Collared Kingfisher, Black and Red Broadbill and Spotted Wood Owl. -With Peter van Velzen

  • A three-day trip to the wilderness of Klong Saeng and Sri Phang Nga found us six species of hornbill and some fabulous specialties such as Helmeted Hornbill and Grey headed Fish Eagle.

  • With the heat rising and the dry season in full swing, birding has improved and many species of birds are beginning their breeding cycle. A day around Sri Phang Nga proved just that.

  • Phuket lost its appeal as a birding destination decades ago, but that doesn’t mean that a little general birding can’t be enjoyed. To prove our point, we came up with a list of 64 "usual suspects" in a morning of birding.

Trip Reports

Trip Report: Sri Phang Nga & Klong Saeng – 3-5/3/17

A three-day trip to the wilderness of Klong Saeng and Sri Phang Nga found us six species of hornbill and some fabulous specialties such as Helmeted Hornbill and Grey headed Fish Eagle.

Gear Reviews

Gear Review: “A Photographic Guide to Birds of Thailand” book

The Photographic Guide to Birds of Thailand is an inexpensive and lightweight field guide the size of a large smartphone. -But with merely 252 species depicted, can it really do the job?

Gear Review: Minox BV 8×42 BR Binoculars

Conservation

Twelve Birds to See in Thailand Before You (or They) Die

There are 11 species of birds listed as "Critically Endangered" on the IUCN Redlist for Thailand. What are they, where are they found and can they still be seen in the country?

Headed To Dam-Nation

A Colossal Crustacean Crisis

News

Stakeouts in Southern Thailand – Vol.1

We have complied a list of stakeouts of special birds which can be found in southern Thailand, posted for the benefit of birdwatchers who may be planning a trip and are assessing their options. –Happy hunting!

My Top 10 Most Wanted Birds in Thailand

Have Passport, Will Travel

Field Trips

Twitching a Dusky Thrush – 26/4/17

While in Bangkok on a business trip I was able to twitch one of two very special migrant visitors to the kingdom, a bird rarely seen in Southeast Asia: the Dusky Thrush.

Birding Trip: Ao Phang Nga – 8/3/17

Site Reviews

Site Review: Krung Ching Waterfall

Krung Ching Waterfall, a substation on Khao Luang National Park, ranks as one of the best birdwatching sites in southern Thailand. With over 360 species found in the park, it is a place few birders would want to pass up.

Site Review: Baan Song Nok

Site Review: Talang Forest Nursery

Spotlight

Bird of the Month: Blue Whistling Thrush

The Blue Whistling Thrush is a large, robust bird which is found throughout northern Thailand and among the karst and limestone forests of southern Thailand.

Bird of the Month: Blue Winged Pitta

Bird of the Month: Spectacled Bulbul

Bird of the Month: Banded Broadbill

Events

Asian Midwinter Waterbird Census 2015

The Asian Midwinter Waterbird Census is being held from the 15-30 of January in 2015. The Bird Conservation Society of Thailand (BCST) is asking for volunteers to help survey the wetlands throughout the nation during that period.

Pelagic Trip off Phuket Island for 26/10/14

Happy New Year 2014!

Latest Articles

A visit to Sri Phang Nga and Thai Muang National Park netted us 32 species of birds including River Lapwing, Spotted Wood Owl and Chinese Blue Flycatcher. -With Eliraz Dvir

A two day trip to three national parks featured highlights such as Mangrove Pitta, Black and Red Broadbill, Brown winged Kingfisher and Chestnut naped Forktail. -With Gordon and Julie Mills

The Green Peafowl is the second largest galliform found in Thailand and among the most beautiful of all peafowl found on earth.

Among the rarest of birds found in Thailand, the migratory Baer's Pochard is a bird which is staring extinction in the teeth - and hopefully will not be gracing the front page of this website for the last time.

This rarely-encountered River Tern showed up in southeastern Thailand and Peter Ericsson was out there ready to create some art out of the opportunity.

Someone once said "Face your fears". The call of the Blyth's Frogmouth is truly fear-inducing, but after one meets the little fellow, you'll often find its rather cute and cuddly.

The Crested Serpent Eagle is a medium sized bird of prey which, as its name suggests, feeds on snakes and reptiles. It is a common feature in forests throughout Southeast Asia and the Indian Subcontinent.

The Purple Swamphen is a large wetland bird which resembles a chicken. It is found all throughout the country and often ends up as a main course in dinner pots of local homes and restaurants.

The Spotted Wood Owl is a large sized owl found throughout southern Thailand. Its beautiful plumage makes it a favorite among many birders and naturalists alike.

  • Noteworthy

    Special Thanks to Peter Ericsson, Ian Dugdale, Weine Drotz and Hermann Drotz for contributing their photos to this website. All photos displayed in this website are used with permission from the owner.
  • Contact

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