Tour, 23rd-30th June 2015
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Due to many visiting birders hoping to see Pittas in Thailand Zoothera
Birding organized a short central Thailand trip with 3-4 species
of these enigmatic birds as the target; with the early wet season
being the best time to see Pittas the trip was arranged for June when
it was also expected that many species of Broadbill would be easy
to see as well as a few other species that are easier to see at their
best in the wetter months.
Nick Upton, Bart Brieffies, Ian Kirk & Richard
We made this trip in a four-door Toyota Vigo which was chosen
for its high ground clearance and four-wheel drive facility
as the road at Kaeng Krachan can be quite bad in the wet season;
in fact this year it was in extremely poor condition. We never
needed to use four-wheel drive but this vehicle dealt with ruts
and bumps extremely well as well as the wet road surfaces.
of Southeast Asia by Craig Robson
to the Birds of Thailand by Philip D. Round & Boonsong
Guide to the Large Mammals of Thailand by John Parr
Khao Yai: Silver Pheasant, Siamese Fireback, Banded
Broadbill, Blue-eared Kingfisher, Silver-breasted Broadbill, Hooded
Pitta, Blue Pitta, Wreathed Hornbill, Heart-spotted Woodpecker, Red-headed
Trogon, Orange-breasted Trogon
Wat PraPhuttabaht Noi: Limestone Wren Babbler
Petchaburi Rice Fields: Asian Golden Weaver, Streaked
Weaver, Black Bittern, Watercock, White-browed Crake, Stork-billed
Laem Pak Bia: Milky Stork, Spot-billed Pelican, Painted
Stork, Greater Painted Snipe, Indian Nightjar
Khao Look Chang: Black-headed Woodpecker, Rufous
Woodpecker, Vinous-breasted Starling, Blue-throated Bee-eater
Kaeng Krachan: Hooded Pitta, Blue Pitta, Blue-winged
Pitta, Long-tailed Broadbill, Dusky Broadbill, Silver-breasted Broadbill,
Black-and-yellow Broadbill, Black-and-red Broadbill, Oriental Dwarf
Kingfisher, Great Hornbill, Ratchet-tailed Treepie, Northern White-crowned
Forktail, Rufous-browed Flycatcher, Black-thighed Falconet, Red-bearded
Bee-eater, White-browed Piculet, Red-headed Trogon, Buff-rumped Woodpecker
Lung Sin Hide: Red-legged Crake, Scaly-breasted Partridge
Ban Maka: Orange-bellied Flowerpecker, Blue-winged
Pitta, Oriental Pied Hornbill
After collecting the group from Suvarnabhumi airport, Bangkok, we
headed straight to Khao Yai National Park arriving in time for lunch
and then started birding. Unfortunately the weather had not read the
script with very dark skies and persistent rain. We did manage to
find Thick-billed Green Pigeon, Green-billed Malkoha, Asian Fairy
Bluebird and Blue-bearded Bee-eater as well as Plain-backed Sparrow,
a species that is much nicer than its name implies. With everyone
keen to get into birding mode even common species such as Black-crested
Bulbul, Paddyfield Pipit, Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, Scarlet Minivet
and Hill Myna were of interest. With too much rain at the normal spot
for Great Eared Nightjar I drove further along until we came across
an area with broken cloud and waited. Just before dusk a superb Great
Eared Nightjar flew close to us several times so that we could clearly
see that it had no white spots on its wings and that its size and
shape was reminiscent of Pallid Harrier.
Waking up to overcast skies and light rain was not what we had hoped
for but that is what we had to deal with for most of the day, with
winds of varying strength. The plan was to drive the Khao Khieo road
in search of Pheasants but the sound of an Oriental Pied Hornbill
distracted us for a while; we found it mobbing a sub adult Mountain
Hawk Eagle which made quite a spectacle through the telescope. Birding
along the road was hard going although a male Silver Pheasant crossing
the road was very welcome. Higher up the mountain it was too windy
to see much so we birded along the lower parts of the road finding
a few nice species including Common Green Magpie, White-crested Laughingthrush,
Heart-spotted Woodpecker and White-browed Scimitar Babbler.
Birding trails at Km 33 and HQ were very quiet indeed with just Ochraceous
Bulbul seen while we beat the trails trying to elicit a call from
either Blue or Eared Pittas. At lunch, though, we had a fantastic,
prolonged sighting of Blue-eared Kingfisher, a species which is quite
scarce and hard to observe usually. After lunch, we had better luck
with Pittas, looking for Hooded Pitta in a regular spot near Haew
Narok waterfall. With a few bursts of call playback we all obtained
great views of our first Pitta of the trip. Walking the trail to the
waterfall provided us with a few nice species such as Orange-breasted
Trogon and Ruby-cheeked Sunbird.
We decided to spend the last few hours at Pa Gluai Mai campsite where
we found quite a lot of activity; Oriental Pied Hornbill, Blue-bearded
Bee-eater, Hill Myna, Moustached and Green-eared Barbets as well as
some nice Laced Woodpeckers following a group of White-crested Laughingthrushes.
We did have time for one last stop to watch a large group of Brown-backed
Needletails drinking at a pond - quite an amazing sight.
Repeating yesterday's plan of driving the Khao Khieo road
gave us an excellent start to the day with our first bird
being a superb male Siamese Fireback that froze, mid-step,
in the road for us to admire before it disappeared into the
forest. Further along the road we came across a wonderful
flock of Silver Pheasants with a total of 3 adult males, a
couple of adult females and a whole host of almost fully-grown
juveniles. Walking along the road we briefly heard a Blue
Pitta but it would not come into view, however, Banded Broadbill
and Red-headed Trogon were both good birds.
Much effort was put into trying to find Pittas but they just
were not calling, very unusual for the time of year but probably
explained by the strange weather we were experiencing; El
Nino was doing his best to make things hard. Still, during
the course of the day we had more views of Blue-bearded Bee-eater,
Laced Woodpecker and Green Magpie as well as a very close-up
encounter with Silver-breasted Broadbill.
We ended the day waiting for some Golden-crested Mynas that
never showed up but while we waited we had some excellent
views of a huge flock of Thick-billed Green Pigeons feeding
on a fruiting tree, some Greater Flamebacks, a wonderful fly
past of 7 Wreathed Hornbills and finally a Blue Pitta; our
second Pitta of the trip which was much-deserved considering
the amount of effort we had put in throughout the day.
This was a day for something different; starting with breakfast
as we watched Red-breasted Parakeets we then drove to Saraburi
where we quickly got good views of 2 Limestone Wren Babblers
singing at Wat PraPhuttabaht Noi. Although we found our target
species very quickly we decided to have a look around the
area for an hour finding some of the commoner open country
species including a nice pair of Common Ioras, a Peregrine
Falcon, a pair of smart Plain-backed Sparrows, a calling Coppersmith
Barbet and a Sooty-headed Bulbul. With these we began our
journey to Petchaburi.
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The early wet season is a good time to
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at other times. In particular, several species of
are quite likely to be encountered during the months
of April-July that cannot be seen during the dry
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Making very good time we arrived in the Petchaburi rice fields in
time for lunch, but we held out hunger pangs for a short time while
we enjoyed really close up views of Asian Golden and Streaked Weavers
at their nests. These birds take on a completely different image
when in breeding plumage and although most of the group had seen
these species in non-breeding plumage they all really enjoyed seeing
these lovely little birds like this. After lunch we visited the
fish ponds near Wat Khao Takrao where we found small numbers of
Painted Storks and several groups of Spot-billed Pelicans and several
Javan Pond Herons looking good in their breeding plumage - another
bird which makes quite a transformation in the wet season. After
enjoying close-up views of these water birds we went back to the
rice fields to spend a few very nice hours observing a large number
of species. This area is abundant in birdlife and in a few hours
we added a large number of species to our list including many Black
Bitterns, Purple Herons, a pair of Long-tailed Shrikes, several
handsome Cotton Pygmy Geese, Bronze-winged Jacanas and a huge colony
of Baya Weavers. One bird high on our list of target was Watercock
and after hearing one call we did our best to locate the bird. Unfortunately
it was hidden in tall vegetation but we did get great views of 3
White-browed Crakes and 2 Yellow Bitterns. I often favour looking
for difficult birds in places where there is a realistic chance
of actually seeing them rather than persevering where views are
unlikely, and so driving down the road I found some rice fields
where the height of the rice would give us a chance of seeing a
Watercock and after a few moments we spotted the frontal shield
of a male. Watching this bird for 15 minutes we got nice views of
its head and shoulders as it repeatedly took a look over the tops
of the rice, retracting its head like a periscope. The contract
of the bright yellow and red frontal shield and black head of the
bird against the bright green rice was quite a sight. More birds
came quickly with Chestnut Munia, Yellow-vented Bulbul, Lesser Whistling
Duck, a very tame Yellow-bellied Prinia and Pink-necked Green Pigeon
as well as a couple of flyover Oriental Pratincoles. With this we
decided to go somewhere that I knew we could get far better views
of pratincoles; a twenty minute drive to Wat Komnaram.
With a couple of hours of daylight remaining we arrived at Wat Komnaram
where we observed large numbers of Oriental Pratincoles attending
chicks of all sizes and a couple of Oriental Skylarks in song flight.
A short drive to the salt pans at Laem Pak Bia revealed larger numbers
of Spot-billed Pelican and Painted Stork and as we were driving
out Bart's sharp eyes spotted a Milky Stork emerging from a line
of mangrove trees. We were able to get very close views of this
very rare bird and were able to see all the features that allowed
us to separate it from the hybrids and leucistic Painted Storks
that can often appear to be Milky Storks. With this success we entered
the King's Project wastewater treatment area where we managed excellent
views of Indian Nightjar just after dark, however, an inland Pacific
Reef Egret was also notable as well as superb views of Greater Painted
Snipe; some great birds to talk about over dinner.
Arriving at Khao Look Chang our prospects did not look good, with
heavy rain keeping us in the car until it eased off. We braved the
lighter rain and started our walk into the woodland, observing a
pair of Pied Kingfishers at the lake. Among the trees things were
really quiet until the rain pretended to stop but even though the
weather was not good we still found our target birds, Black-headed
Woodpecker, in less than 20 minutes with fine views of a small group.
In the woodland itself we also saw Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrush,
Asian Barred Owlet and Spotted Owlet before heading out to an area
where I had seen Blue-throated Bee-eater in the past. This bird
was wanted by several members of the group so it was great to find
a few of these birds which gave us excellent views around the edges
of a sand quarry. Walking around the woodland edge revealed more
nice birds with Large Cuckooshrike a surprise but Lineated Barbet
a more expected, but welcome, sighting. Singing Indochinese Bushlarks
gave good views and a pair of scarce Vinous-breasted Mynas were
also found. Before leaving we had time to find some more nice woodland
birds and a pair of Rufous Woodpeckers were lovely in good light
and close range before we finished our visit with both Rufous and
Leaving Khao Look Chang we then drove to our accommodation near
Kaeng Krachan National Park: Ban Maka. This location plays host
to one of our target species in the wet season - Blue-winged Pitta.
I always thought we should see this bird fairly easily but even
then it surprising to have it sitting in the middle of the road
before we had time to get out of the car. After getting out we continued
with prolonged views of this great bird before having lunch and
adding Orange-bellied Flowerpecker to our tally.
Lunch was followed by an adventurous drive into the national park
and up the very rutted and wet road to Km 27.5. Although there was
on and off rain over the course of the afternoon we saw a large
number of good birds walking up and down the road including a party
of Collared Babblers, 2 very showy Rufous-browed Flycatchers, a
family of Red-headed Trogons, a group of Buff-rumped Woodpeckers,
a Red-bearded Bee-eater, Great Barbet, Blue-throated Barbet and
our main target of the afternoon - Ratchet-tailed Treepie. This
afternoon was a good end to a very successful day and even the heavy
rain that then closed out the rest of the day did not dampen our
spirits even if it did make us quite wet.
Birding the lowlands of Kaeng Krachan always promises some superb
birds so at breakfast there was much anticipation of our first visit
to this habitat and we set off soon after a 5.30am breakfast. It
is so often the case in the wet season that birding in the early
morning starts slowly and with the cloud cover left over from yesterday
evening's rain things were very slow to start indeed. However, with
a known Black-thighed Falconet nest to stake-out we were able to
get our first really good bird of the day. Little else was to be
seen at our first stop although a female Common Flameback was found
not too far away. Driving further into the forest an unfortunate
event was the toppling of a tree by the fierce weather the previous
day which had contained a Dusky Broadbill nest; with this species
highly anticipated this was a big upset, not least because there
had been 2 Dusky Broadbill chicks in the nest! Next was a visit
to a location where 3 species of Pitta had recently been coming
for mealworms but with the torrential flow of the nearby stream
nothing could be heard and no Pittas arrived. So far things were
not going according to plan but as things warmed up the birds became
more active in mid-morning - frequently the case at this time of
year. Over the next few hour up to lunch time we slowly added some
good birds to our list of sightings including a group of Dusky Broadbills,
a pair of Black-and-yellow Broadbills, an Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher,
a pair of Great Hornbills, a family group of Sultan Tits and our
second sighting of Blue Pitta of the tour, this time a very brightly
After lunch we drove up hill to Km 27.5 once again to see if we
could find anything different from the previous day. Oppressive
weather made things start slowly again but with patience we managed
to see some highly sought-after species. A Northern White-crowned
Forktail was seen foraging on the road as were a pair of Little
Cuckoo Doves while a Black-throated Laughingthrush revealed itself
after treating us to a musical interlude. Streaked Spiderhunter
was also appreciated but we really had to work hard to see Long-tailed
Broadbill but were rewarded with great views of these stunning birds.
Nearby a pair of White-browed Piculets entertained us and were highly
popular with the group after which we continued to see new birds;
Black-and-buff Woodpecker, Velvet-fronted Nuthatch and a really
nice Spot-necked Babbler.
Heading downhill the weather began to improve and we made series
of stops being rewarded with our second sighting of Hooded Pitta
and a nice view of a pair of Great Hornbills in flight being mobbed
by 2 Greater Racket-tailed Drongos.
A brighter start to the day was welcome and it was nice to
be birding in the sunshine. Returning to the lowland areas
of Kaeng Krachan we began looking for Black-and-red Broadbill.
Searching in some likely places gave us nice views of Streak-breasted
Woodpecker, Common Flameback and Great Iora but no Broadbill.
However further along the road I spotted a pair of these wonderful
birds by the roadside and we were able to get out and appreciate
them properly, obtaining fine views.
this success we went deeper into the forest searching for
Eared Pitta for the remainder of the morning but instead we
found another Blue Pitta as well as another view of yesterday's
Hooded Pitta. Despite much searching we could not add much
more to our list, so instead we drove back to Ban Maka where
we were able to see Black-hooded Oriole and Blue-winged Pitta
once more. In fact the garden at Ban Maka turned out to have
more bird activity than the forest and while having lunch
we got close views of Oriental Pied Hornbill, Little Spiderhunter
and Crimson Sunbird visiting the bird feeder.
the afternoon we visited Lung Sin Waterhole. This area brings in lots
of good birds in the dry season but we were hoping for a wet season
visitor; Red-legged Crake. We spent more than 5 hours watching birds
come to feed and bathe, with far more activity than is usual for this
time of year. Many species repeatedly returned to the water, Lesser
Necklaced Laughingthrush, Greater Necklaced Laughingthrush, Black-naped
Monarch, Black-crested Bulbul, Streak-eared Bulbul, Stripe-throated
Bulbul, Racket-tailed Treepie, Puff-throated Babbler and Tickell's
Blue Flycatcher but towards the end of the show a pair of Scaly-breasted
Partridges arrived with the final act being delivered by two different
Red-legged Crakes; a wonderful end to the day.
On our last day together we decided to head uphill to Km 30 to enjoy
some of the species found at high altitude. Unfortunately, on our
arrival strong winds made birding very difficult indeed although we
did manage good views of Mountain Imperial Pigeon, Ashy Bulbul, Rufous-browed
Flycatcher and Black-throated Laughingthrush. Birding in windy conditions
in Thailand is the least productive one can imagine so as soon as
we were allowed to drive back downhill, we did.
Between streams two and three we stopped to walk along a trail and
very soon heard an Eared Pitta call. The next hour and a half saw
us searching for it in the forest. Finding Eared Pitta can be very
difficult as it calls very seldom and there were gaps of about 25
minutes between it calling. Sadly, we never found ourselves quite
close enough to pinpoint its location and as the calls got further
and further away we were forced to abandon the search. Back at Ban
Maka we enjoyed a good lunch and more excellent views of Blue-winged
Pitta as it performed in front of us.
On our journey back to Bangkok we had time to call in at Laem Pak
Bia to see if we could find Malaysian Plover on the beach. We did
see one at a great distance but as we were getting closer it was flushed
by some people on motorbikes, then a heavy rain shower prevented us
from getting better views. We did see 3 out of season Sanderling on
the beach as well as Pacific Reef Egret, Collared Kingfisher and I
spotted a distant Bridled Tern feeding with a flock of Little Terns.
We then drove back to Bangkok and finished a great trip with our final
list with notes
Wat PraPhuttabaht Noi: WPN
Petchaburi Rice Fields: PRF
Laem Pak Bia: LPB
Wat Komnaram: WKN
Way Khao Takrao: WKT
Khao Look Chang: KLC
Ban Maka: BM
Kaeng Krachan: KK
Lung Sin Waterhole: LSW
Scaly-breasted Partridge: 2 at LSH.
2. Red Junglefowl: a few along the
road, KK & LSH.
3. Silver Pheasant: 4m & several
females on Khao Khieo road, KY.
4. Siamese Fireback: 1m on Khao Khieo
5. Lesser Whistling Duck: 10-20 at
6. Cotton Pygmy Goose: c10 at PRF.
7. Little Grebe: a few at WKT.
8. Milky Stork: 1 at LPB.
9. Painted Stork: WKT & LPB.
10. Asian Openbill: PRF.
11. Yellow Bittern: 2 at PRF.
12. Black Bittern: a10 at PRF.
13. Black-crowned Night Heron: a few
14. Striated Heron: 1 at WKT.
15. Chinese Pond Heron: 1 on two day
at Km 9, KK.
16. Javan Pond Heron: many at PRF,
WKT, WKN & LPB.
17. Eastern Cattle Egret: a few at
18. Purple Heron: many at PRF.
19. Eastern Great Egret: a few at WKT,
WKN, LPB & PRF.
20. Little Egret: KY, LPB, WKT, WKN
21. Pacific Reef Egret: 1 at LPB.
22. Spot-billed Pelican: 40+ at WKT
23. Little Cormorant: KY, BM, PRF,
WKT & LPB..
24. Indian Cormorant: a few at WKT
25. Black-winged Kite: 1 at KY.
26. Brahminy Kite: a few at LPB, WKT,
WKN & PRF.
27. Crested Serpent Eagle: 1 at KK,
KM 8; 1 at KY.
28. Shikra: 1 at KLC.
29. Besra: 1 KY.
30. Mountain Hawk Eagle: 1j at KY.
31. Black-thighed Falconet: 1 attending
a nest at Km 9, KK.
32. Peregrine Falcon: 1 at WPN.
33. Red-legged Crake: 2 at LSW.
34. White-breasted Waterhen: a few
at PRF & LPB.
35. White-browed Crake: 3 at PRF.
36. Watercock: 1m at PRF.
37. Purple Swamphen: 3 at PRF.
38. Black-winged Stilt: many at LPB,
WKT & PRF.
39. Red-watttled Lapwing: all locations.
40. Malaysian Plover: 1f seen at distance
41. Greater Painted Snipe: 1f &
2m at LPB.
42. Bronze-winged Jacana: a6 at TBJ.
43. Eastern Black-tailed Godwit: 2
44. Sanderling: 3 at LPB.
45. Oriental Pratincole: many at WKN.
46. Little Tern: a20 at LPB.
47. Bridled Tern: 1 at LPB (leader
48. Whiskered Tern: 1 at LPB.
49. Feral Pigeon
50. Red Collared Dove: WPN, PRF, LPB
51. Spotted Dove: a few every day.
52. Barred Cuckoo Dove: a few flyovers
53. Little Cuckoo Dove: 2 at Km 27,
54. Common Emerald Dove: at KY &
KK every day.
55. Zebra Dove: a few at LPB, KLC,
WPN, WKT & PRF.
56. Pink-necked Green Pigeon: a few
57. Thick-billed Green Pigeon: large
numbers at a fruiting tree at KY.
58. Mountain Imperial Pigeon: a few
at KY & Km 30, KK.
59. Vernal Hanging Parrot: 1 at Pa
Gluai Mai campsite, KY.
60. Red-breasted Parakeet: c10
near KY entry gate.
61. Greater Coucal: a few along the
62. Green-billed Malkoha: many at KY,
KLC & KK.
63. Asian Koel: 1m at KLC; 1f at PRF.
64. Violet Cuckoo: 1 poor view of a
flyover at Km 9, KK.
65. Plaintive Cuckoo: 1j at PRF.
66. Collared Scops Owl: 1 at BM.
67. Asian Barred Owlet: 2 at KLC.
68. Spotted Owlet: 1 at KLC.
69. Great eared Nightjar: 1 at KY.
70. Indian Nightjar: 2 at King's Project,
71. Pale-rumped Swiftlet: many at LPB,
PRF, WKN & WKT.
72. Brown-backed Needletail: a12 at
Km 12, KK.
73. Asian Palm Swift: All locations.
74. House Swift: A few at KY.
75. Orange-breasted Trogon: A few at
76. Red-headed Trogon: 1m at KY; 1m,
1f & 2j at Km 27.5, KK.
77. Indian Roller: KY, BM, KLC &
78. Oriental Dollarbird: A few here
and there at KY & KK.
79. Stork-billed Kingfisher: 1 at PRF.
80. White-throated Kingfisher: A few
near KK park gate; 1 at KY.
81. Collared Kingfisher: 1 seen briefly
82. Blue-eared Kingfisher: 1 at HQ,
83. Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher: 1 between
streams 2 & 3, KK.
84. Pied Kingfisher: 2 at KLC.
85. Red-bearded Bee-eater: 1 at Km
86. Blue-bearded Bee-eater: A few at
KK & KY.
87. Green Bee-eater: A few at PRF,
WPN, KLC & LPB.
88. Blue-tailed Bee-eater: A few at
PRF, KLC, LPB & WKT
89. Blue-throated Bee-eater: A few
nesting at KLC.
90. Eurasian Hoopoe: Several at KLC;
1 at BM.
91. Oriental Pied Hornbill: Fairly
common at KY & KK; 2 at BM.
92. Great Hornbill: 1 at Km 28; 2 at
Km 9, KK.
93. Wreathed Hornbill: 7 flying overhead
94. Great Barbet: Several at Km 28,
95. Lineated Barbet: A few at KLC.
96. Green-eared Barbet: A few at Km
97. Blue-throated Barbet: A few at
Km 27 & Panoen Tung, KK.
98. Moustached Barbet: Fairly abundant
99. Blue-eared Barbet: A few at KY
100. Coppersmith Barbet: A few at WPN.
101. White-browed Piculet: 2 seen very
well at Km 27.5, KK.
102. Heart-spotted Woodpecker: 3 along
Khao Khieo road, KY.
103. Streak-breasted Woodpecker: 1f
at Km 9, KK.
104. Laced Woodpecker: Several at KY.
105. Black-headed Woodpecker: 3 at
106. Common Flameback: A few at Km
107. Greater Flameback: Several at
Pa Gluai Mai campsite, KY & Km 9, KK.
108. Rufous Woodpecker: 2 at KLC.
109. Buff-rumped Woodpecker: A family
party at Km 27.5, KK.
110. Black-and-buff Woodpecker:
1 at Km 28, KK.
111. Black-and-red Broadbill: 2 at
Km 13, KK.
112. Long-tailed Broadbill: 3 atKm
113. Silver-breasted Broadbill: Common
in lowlands at KK; 1 at Pa Gluai Mai campsite, KY.
114. Banded Broadbill: 2 at KY.
115. Black-and-yellow Broadbill: A
pair at stream 3, KK.
116. Dusky Broadbill: A group at stream
117. Blue Pitta: 2m between streams
2 & 3, KK & 1f at KY.
118. Hooded Pitta: 1 near stream 3,
KK; 1 at Haew Narok, KY.
Pitta: Many in lowlands at KK &
120. Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike: Fairly
common at KY; a few at BM.
121. Ashy Woodswallow: A few in all
122. Common Iora: WPN, KLC & BM.
123. Great Iora: A few at KK.
124. Large Cuckooshrike: 2 at KLC.
125. Scarlet Minivet: A few at KY &
126. Long-tailed Shrike: 2 at PRF.
127. White-bellied Erpornis: Common
128. Black-hooded Oriole: 2 at BM.
129. Black Drongo: 2 at PRF.
130. Bronzed Drongo: A few every day
at KY & KK.
131. Hair-crested Drongo: A few at
132. Greater Racket-tailed Drongo: Every
day at KY, KK & a few at KLC.
133. Pied Fantail: A few at WPN, LPB
134. Black-naped Monarch: A few here
and there at KK; great views at LSW.
135. Common Green Magpie: A few at
KY & KK.
136. Rufous Treepie: 2 at KLC.
137. Racket-tailed Treepie: A few at
KLC & LSW.
138. Ratchet-tailed Treepie: 1 at Km
139. Eastern Jungle Crow: KY &
140. Sultan Tit: A few in lowlands,
141. Indochinese Bushlark: A few at
142. Oriental Skylark: A few at WKN.
143. Black-headed Bulbul: A few at
144. Black-crested Bulbul: Common at
KY & KK.
145. Red-whiskered Bulbul: A few at
146. Sooty-headed Bulbul: 1 at WPN
& 1 at LSW.
147. Stripe-throated Bulbul: Fairly
common at KY & KK.
148. Flavescent Bulbul: A few at Km
28 & PT, KK.
149. Yellow-vented Bulbul: A few at
150. Streak-eared Bulbul: Common at
WPN, KLC, PRF, BM & LSW.
151. Puff-throated Bulbul: Common at
152. Ochraceous Bulbul: Common at KK.
153. Grey-eyed Bulbul: A few at KY
154. Ashy Bulbul: A few at Panoen Tung,
KK & KY.
155. Yellow-bellied Warbler: A few
156. Zitting Cisticola: A few at PRF.
157. Bright-capped Cisticola: Several
158. Grey-breasted Prinia: A few at
159. Yellow-bellied Prinia: 1 at PRF.
160. Plain Prinia: A few at PRF.
161. Common Tailorbird: 1 at Km 30,
162. Dark-necked Tailorbird: A few
at KY & KK.
163. White-browed Scimitar Babbler: A
few at KY & at Km 27.5, KK.
164. Grey-throated Babbler: A family
party at Km 27, KK.
165. Spot-necked Babbler: 1 at Km 27,
166. Rufous-fronted Babbler: a few
here and here at KK.
167. Pin-striped Tit Babbler: Common
at KY & KK.
168. Brown-cheeked Fulvetta: A few
at LSH & KK.
169. Limestone Wren Babbler: 2 at WPN.
170. Collared Babbler: A few at Km
171. Abbott's Babbler: 2 at KY; 2 at
172. Puff-throated Babbler: 2 at LSH;
2 at stream 3, KK.
173. Buff-breasted Babbler: A few at
Km 27.5, KK.
174. White-crested Laughingthrush: Fairly
abundant at KY.
175. Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrush: A
few at KLC; KK & LSW.
176. Greater Necklaced Laughingthrush: A
few at LSW.
177. Black-throated Laughingthrush: 1
at Km 27.5; 1 at Panoen Tung, KK.
178. Everett's White-eye: Fairly abundant
at Km 28, KK.
179. Asian Fairy Bluebird: fairly abundant
at KY & KK.
180. Velvet-fronted Nuthatch: 1 at
Km 28 & 2 at Km 9, KK.
181. Common Hill Myna: Fairly common
182. White-vented Myna: Common in open
183. Common Myna: Common in open country.
184. Vinous-breasted Myna: 2 at KLC.
185. Asian Pied Myna: Common at LPB
186. Oriental Magpie Robin: A few at
BM, WPN, PRF & LPB.
187. White-rumped Shama: Common atKY,
KK & BM.
188. Rufous-browed Flycatcher: A few
at Km 27.5, KK.
189. Hill Blue Flycatcher: 1f at KY;
1f & 1j at Km 27.5, KK.
190. Tickell's Blue Flycatcher: 1m
& 1f at LSW.
191. Northern White-crowned Forktail: 1
at Km 27, KK.
192. Greater Green Leafbird: 1f at
Km 28, KK.
193. Blue-winged Leafbird: A few here
and there at KK & KY.
194. Yellow-vented Flowerpecker: 1
195. Orange-bellied Flowerpecker: 1m
& 1f at BM.
196. Plain Flowerpecker: Several at
197. Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker: A
few at WPN & BM.
198. Ruby-cheeked Sunbird: 1m at stream
199. Olive-backed Sunbird: A few at
WPN & KLC.
200. Crimson Sunbird: 1m at BM; 1m
& 2f at LSW.
201. Little Spiderhunter: A few at
KY & KK.
202. Streaked Spiderhunter: A few at
high altitude, KK.
203. House Sparrow: A few at PRF &
204. Plain-backed Sparrow: A few at
205. Eurasian Tree Sparrow: Common
around urban areas/buildings.
206. Asian Golden Weaver: Many at PRF.
207. Streaked Weaver: Many at PRF.
208. Baya Weaver: Many at PRF.
209. Scaly-breasted Munia: A few at
WPN & PRF.
210. Chestnut Munia: 4 at PRF.
All participants were surprised how many mammal sightings
we had. Asian Elephant, East Asian Porcupine & Pileated Gibbon
Treeshrew: KY, KK & LSW.
2. Lesser Gymnure: Leader seen
only at Km 28, KK.
3. Pig-tailed Macaque: Common
4. Stump-tailed Macaque: A
large troop at Km 7, KK.
5. Long-tailed Macaque: Many
in Petchaburi town centre.
6. Banded/Tennasarim Langur: A
group at Km 27, KK. There seems to be some confusion as to which species
7. Dusky Langur: Common at
8. White-handed Gibbon: A few
9. Pileated Gibbon: A pair
10. Black Giant Squirrel: A
few at KY & KK.
11. Variable Squirrel: KY &
12. Grey-bellied Squirrel: KK,
BM & LSW.
Striped Squirrel: A few at KY.
14. Burmese Striped Squirrel: A
few at KK, BM & LSW.
15. East Asian Porcupine: 2
groups seen along the road, Km 2-5, KK.
16. Yellow-throated Marten: 1
crossed the road in front of us, Km 23, KK.
17. Crab-eating Mongoose: 1
at Km 16 & 1 at Km 8, KK.
18. Asian Elephant: 1 at KY.
19. Lesser Mouse Deer: 1 at
20. Red Muntjac: Common at
21. Sambar: Common at KY.
22. Lyle's Flying Fox: Many
thousands at LPB.
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