A short introduction for the birdwatching site that usually includes info on habitats present. This, together with “Key
Species” gives you a good idea on whether you’ll want to visit/not visit this particular site on your trip.
Bird species, which make the site special or at least worthwhile to visit, are listed here. They often include rare or hard
to find species but usually only birds that are regular at the site. Species are highlighted in this section to give a quick
overview of the specialties on the site if you don’t want to read the full text that includes info on how regular or easy/hard
these birds are found.
Down to business! Lots of information on birding, accompanied by a map.
Detailed directions include information on how to get to the birding site both by public transport (if possible/advisable) and
with your own wheels. A map is usually included here.
Or you might want to visit .... by joining a Birdtours2asia’s trip.
Costs and especially a huge amount of time are involved to develop and maintain these pages. They are available for all,
free of charge. The only reason why it is possible to create them is Birdtours2asia. Please note that we have opted to
keep the pages nice and clean without adding those rather annoying adverts and other commercial stuff that sprawl the
web, you won’t find somewhere asking for a donation either. So, did you found these pages useful? Please support us
by joining a trip!
1 Maps with a scale on it are as accurate as possibly can, being produced using modern technologies in addition
to inspection of the area in the field.
2 Other maps have been drawn from fieldwork only, the scale might vary a bit. Exact distances between points
are often given in the text.
3 Maps with “sketch” on it are sketches of trails etc. Don’t expect every single turn of a trail to show here.
For sites that do include a number of spots to go birding, info on how to get to these spots is included, usually
accompanied by a map. If accommodation is not ‘on site’ the route from the place you’ll stay to the birdwatching
areas is described.
Accommodation & food
A recommendation on where to stay and eat. Quality and convenience are taken account of.
I do never add links to hotels or restaurants and don’t want to get approached by them for whatever deals they might
have. These pages are non-commercial and will stay like that!
You can use the maps to find a hotel mentioned in the text or go find their website yourself if you want to make bookings.
Notes & info
Typically include :
· best times to visit
· info on the local weather
· expectations for birding
· conservation issues
· walking difficulty
· entrance fees
· dangers to be aware of
· leeches, mosquitoes, other bugs present
· info on whether the site is recommended to visit with family and/or kids
Some features of the bird lists are :
· Lists are composed based on recent sightings (after 2000) by hobby birdwatchers, giving a very realistic picture
on what can be expected on a birding trip to the site. Old sightings, official National Parks lists, scientific research
findings, sightings made in areas inaccessible by the public,…are NOT dealt with.
· Taxonomy and sequence follow Clements 6th edition*, a checklist to the birds of the world, inclusive updates.
· While Clements is followed strictly, any possible future splits are added between squares in the status column.
· Bird names used in the best field guide available for the country, which differ from those used by Clements, are
added between brackets in the status column.
· While some serious effort has been put in to get the bird list for each site as accurate and comprehensive as
possible, they can’t be regarded as complete, neither pretend to be official. Any updates are welcome.
· All bird lists can be used as a checklist while visiting the site with space to tick daily sightings and a few extra
rows at the bottom should it be necessary to write-in extra species. Feel free to print my bird lists.
· Status follows Birdlife International and/or IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
· I reserve the right to include/delete species for any reasons whatsoever, at my sole discretion.
· The checklists are quite heavy to download. They are best viewed using Internet Explorer on a speedy connection.
* Clements 6th has been chosen as the authority to follow because it probably is the most frequently used world bird
checklist by hobby birders. While birders are free to follow their own preferences or just the most split-able author
for taxonomy, we don’t want or can do this here as it will trigger endless discussions.
However, to keep things interesting and up to date I’ve tried to include all possible future splits. Funny thing to note is
that some countries get lots of possible future splits (splits by other authors) and other countries hardly any. An
indicator on how active certain authors have been in those particular countries. It’s a good reason for us to keep follow
1 author, not mess things up or try create bigger lists.
Please note however that it is not my intention to secure Clements as the established value for checklists. Quite frankly
It is regrettable that updates for the checklist are now only published once yearly (October), resulting in many a birder
leaping behind. In the good old days when James Clements was alive, the list got updated every 3 months. For more
info on James Clements, the checklist and process of succession visit the Cornell website.
Nothing comprehensive here, just a few notes on interesting mammals, butterflies, snakes, ….that occur. Typically will
Include the wildlife that is regularly encountered by the casual visitor.
Trip reports & articles
Links to trip reports/articles that include observations/info for the site.
Links to more general info, photographs of birds that occur at the site,….anything that doesn’t got a place to put it in the
above paragraphs really.