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Chestnut-tailed Starling / Birding2asia

Chestnut-tailed Starling -Laem Pak Bia area




Oriental Pratincole / Birding2asia

Oriental Pratincole -Laem Pak Bia area




Mugimaki Flycatcher / Birding2asia

Mugimaki Flycatcher -Thai Muang




Watercock / Birding2asia

Watercock - near Petchaburi




River Lapwing / Birding2asia

River Lapwing -Thai Muang




Chestnut-headed Bee-eater / Birding2asia

Chestnut-headed Bee-eater -Phang-nga River




Little Heron / Birding2asia

Little Heron -Thai Muang




Indian Cormorant / Birding2asia

Indian Cormorant -Laem Pak Bia




Siberian Thrush / Birding2asia

Siberian Thrush female -Thai Muang




Grey-rumped Treeswift / Birding2asia

Grey-rumped Treeswift -Tone Pariwat WS




Yellow-eared Spiderhunter

Yellow-eared Spiderhunter -Tone Pariwat WS




Olive-backed Sunbird

Olive-backed Sunbird -Laem Pak Bia




Pacific Golden Plover / Birding2asia

Pacific Golden Plover -Thai Muang




Daurian Starling / Birding2asia

Purple-backed Starling -Thai Muang




Red-collared Dove

Red-collared Dove -Laem Pak Bia




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Red-wattled Lapwing -Laem Pak Bia




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Whiskered Treeswift -Sri Phang-nga NP




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Thick-billed Flowerpecker -Tone Pariwat




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Krabi River




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Wat Bang Ya Praek

Quick stop en-route near Mahachai

mangrove research centre.





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B2A – Trip report


Laem Pak Bia - Pak Thale & the South

27 March – 05 April 2009


Trip list -276 species   -Some of the better species seen highlighted in bold-


Little Grebe  Tachybaptus ruficollis


Spot-billed Pelican  Pelecanus philippensis  Vulnerable (VU)

14 birds circling high above Bangkok seen en-route to the airport


Indian Cormorant  Phalacrocorax fuscicollis


Little Cormorant  Phalacrocorax niger


Grey Heron  Ardea cinerea


Purple Heron  Ardea purpurea


Great Egret  Ardea alba


Intermediate Egret  Egretta intermedia


Little Egret  Egretta garzetta


Chinese Egret  Egretta eulophotes  Vulnerable (VU)

3 birds at Laem Pak Bia


Pacific Reef-Heron Egretta sacra

A dark morhp seen at Laem Pak Bia


Chinese Pond-Heron  Ardeola bacchus


Javan Pond-Heron  Ardeola speciosa

Birds of both Pond Herons seen in summer plumage.


Cattle Egret  Bubulcus ibis


Little Heron  Butorides striata


Black-crowned Night-Heron  Nycticorax nycticorax


Yellow Bittern  Ixobrychus sinensis

Few Laem Pak Bia area


Cinnamon Bittern  Ixobrychus cinnamomeus

Only 1 seen Laem Pak Bia area


Painted Stork  Mycteria leucocephala  Near-threatened (NT)

3 birds Laem Pak Bia area


Asian Openbill  Anastomus oscitans


Lesser Whistling-Duck  Dendrocygna javanica


Osprey  Pandion haliaetus

A bird each at Laem Pak Bia and Krabi river


Black Baza  Aviceda leuphotes

About 30 birds on migration near Surat Thani.


Oriental Honey-buzzard  Pernis ptilorhynchus

Regularly recorded with a bird seen perched at Tone Pariwat.


Black-shouldered Kite  Elanus caeruleus


Brahminy Kite  Haliastur indus


Lesser Fish-Eagle  Ichthyophaga humilis Near-threatened (NT)

A bird each at Khao Sok and Sri Phang-nga NP


Crested Serpent-Eagle  Spilornis cheela


Eastern Marsh-Harrier  Circus spilonotus

Close flight views of 1 bird at Thai Muang golfcourse.


Crested Goshawk  Accipiter trivirgatus

1 seen Khao Sok


Shikra  Accipiter badius


Japanese Sparrowhawk  Accipiter gularis


Imperial Eagle  Aquila heliaca  Vulnerable (VU)

A juv. that came flying in very low over the marsh was a real surprise and 1 of 3 bird species we added to the site's bird list in a single morning!!!


Blyth's Hawk-Eagle  Spizaetus alboniger

One at Sri Phang-nga NP


Wallace's Hawk-Eagle  Spizaetus nanus  Vulnerable (VU)

One seen KhaoSokNational Park


Peregrine Falcon  Falco peregrinus

One seen Laem Pak Bia area


Red Junglefowl  Gallus gallus


Great Argus  Argusianus argus  Near-threatened (NT)

heard only SriPhang-ngaNational Park


White-breasted Waterhen  Amaurornis phoenicurus


Ruddy-breasted Crake  Porzana fusca

Several seen Laem Pak Bia environmental Research Station


Watercock  Gallicrex cinerea

Superb views of a male out in the open at the edge of a rice field near Petchaburi with another one seen Laem Pak Bia the next day. Also 1 seen at Thai Muang marsh.


Purple Swamphen  Porphyrio porphyrio

Several Thai Muang marsh


Common Moorhen  Gallinula chloropus


Greater Painted-snipe  Rostratula benghalensis

A male seen Laem Pak Bia environmental Research Station, 2 more seen Laem Pak Bia the next day.


Black-winged Stilt  Himantopus himantopus


Oriental Pratincole  Glareola maldivarum

Several pairs on their breeding grounds near Laem Pak Bia and 3 birds on migration still seen at Thai Muang.


River Lapwing  Vanellus duvaucelii

We found 5 in the Phang-nga river bed near TakuaPa town and a single bird at Thai Muang marsh.


Grey-headed Lapwing  Vanellus cinereus

Six in the Phang-gna river with 1 also at Thai Muang.


Red-wattled Lapwing  Vanellus indicus


Pacific Golden-Plover  Pluvialis fulva


Black-bellied Plover  Pluvialis squatarola


Kentish Plover  Charadrius alexandrinus


Malaysian Plover  Charadrius peronii  Near-threatened (NT)

10+ birds on the Laem Pak Bia sandspit


Lesser Sandplover  Charadrius mongolus


Greater Sandplover  Charadrius leschenaultii


Pintail Snipe  Gallinago stenura


Common Snipe  Gallinago gallinago


Black-tailed Godwit  Limosa limosa


Bar-tailed Godwit  Limosa lapponica


Whimbrel  Numenius phaeopus


Eurasian Curlew  Numenius arquata


Common Sandpiper  Actitis hypoleucos


Spotted Redshank  Tringa erythropus


Common Greenshank  Tringa nebularia


Nordmann's Greenshank  Tringa guttifer  Endangered (EN)

31 birds seen at Laem Pak Bia


Marsh Sandpiper  Tringa stagnatilis


Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola


Great Knot  Calidris tenuirostris


Sanderling  Calidris alba


Red-necked Stint  Calidris ruficollis


Long-toed Stint  Calidris subminuta


Curlew Sandpiper  Calidris ferruginea


Spoon-billed Sandpiper  Eurynorhynchus pygmeus  Critically Endangered (EN)

One was easily found at Pak Thale, a possible second bird seen too but not sure this wasn't the first one that moved around or not.


Broad-billed Sandpiper  Limicola falcinellus


Ruff  Philomachus pugnax


Red-necked Phalarope  Phalaropus lobatus

1 bird at Pak Thale


Heuglin's Gull  Larus heuglini

2 at Laem Pak Bia sandspit


Brown-headed Gull  Larus brunnicephalus


Little Tern  Sternula albifrons


Gull-billed Tern  Gelochelidon nilotica


Caspian Tern  Hydroprogne caspia


White-winged Tern  Chlidonias leucopterus


Whiskered Tern  Chlidonias hybrida


Common Tern  Sterna hirundo


Great Crested Tern  Thalasseus bergii

Laem Pak Bia sandspit


Lesser Crested Tern  Thalasseus bengalensis

Laem Pak Bia sandspit


Red Collared-Dove  Streptopelia tranquebarica


Spotted Dove  Streptopelia chinensis


Emerald Dove  Chalcophaps indica


Zebra Dove  Geopelia striata


Little Green-Pigeon  Treron olax

2 birds seen Sri Phang-nga NP


Orange-breasted Pigeon  Treron bicinctus

Small group Thai Muang marsh


Thick-billed Pigeon  Treron curvirostra


Vernal Hanging-Parrot  Loriculus vernalis


Moustached Hawk-Cuckoo  Cuculus vagans  Near-threatened (NT)

heard only Khao Nor Chuchi


Indian Cuckoo  Cuculus micropterus

1 bird Lumpini Park Bangkok


Banded Bay Cuckoo  Cacomantis sonneratii


Plaintive Cuckoo  Cacomantis merulinus


Asian Drongo-Cuckoo  Surniculus lugubris


Asian Koel  Eudynamys scolopaceus


Green-billed Malkoha  Phaenicophaeus tristis


Raffles's Malkoha  Phaenicophaeus chlorophaeus 


Greater Coucal  Centropus sinensis


Lesser Coucal  Centropus bengalensis


Barn Owl  Tyto alba

1 Pak Thale at dusk


Sunda Scops-Owl  Otus lempiji   Near-endemic

1 seen Sri Phang-nga NP, heard TrangPeninsularBotanical Garden


Javan Frogmouth  Batrachostomus javensis

Up to 3 different birds heard at Sri Phang-nga NP and 2 birds seen in TrangPeninsularBotanical Garden


Great Eared-Nightjar  Eurostopodus macrotis

2 birds at dusk TrangPeninsularBotanical Garden


Large-tailed Nightjar  Caprimulgus macrurus

KNC and Trang


German's Swiftlet  Aerodramus germani


Silver-rumped Needletail  Rhaphidura leucopygialis

Seen at Tone Pariwat, Sri Phang-nga and Khao Nor Chuchi


Brown-backed Needletail  Hirundapus giganteus


Asian Palm-Swift  Cypsiurus balasiensis


Fork-tailed Swift  Apus pacificus


Grey-rumped Treeswift   Hemiprocne longipennis


Whiskered Treeswift  Hemiprocne comata

Seen Sri Phang-nga and Tone Pariwat


Orange-breasted Trogon  Harpactes oreskios

Khao Nor Chuchi only


Common Kingfisher  Alcedo atthis


Blue-eared Kingfisher  Alcedo meninting

1 seen briefly Khao Sok and heard daily Khao Nor Chuchi


Rufous-backed Kingfisher  Ceyx rufidorsa

Heard once at Khao Nor Chuchi


Banded Kingfisher  Lacedo pulchella

A female seen well at Khao Sok


Brown-winged Kingfisher  Pelargopsis amauroptera  Near-threatened (NT)

A pair seen Phang-nga bay NP and heard at Krabi river


Ruddy Kingfisher  Halcyon coromanda

One seen very well Phang-nga bay NP with 2 seen at Krabi river mangrove boardwalk


White-throated Kingfisher  Halcyon smyrnensis


Black-capped Kingfisher  Halcyon pileata


Collared Kingfisher  Todiramphus chloris


Rufous-collared Kingfisher  Actenoides concretus  Near-threatened (NT)

A male seen at dusk at Sri Phang-nga NP


Pied Kingfisher  Ceryle rudis

Seen twice Laem Pak Bia area


Red-bearded Bee-eater  Nyctyornis amictus

heard only Khao Sok


Green Bee-eater  Merops orientalis


Blue-throated Bee-eater  Merops viridis


Blue-tailed Bee-eater  Merops philippinus


Chestnut-headed Bee-eater  Merops leschenaulti


Indian Roller  Coracias benghalensis


Eurasian Hoopoe  Upupa epops


Great Hornbill  Buceros bicornis  Near-threatened (NT)

A pair seen perched and in flight at Sri Phang-nga NP


Helmeted Hornbill  Buceros vigil  Near-threatened (NT)

heard only Sri Phang-nga NP


Brown Barbet  Calorhamphus fuliginosus

heard only


Lineated Barbet  Megalaima lineata


Gold-whiskered Barbet  Megalaima chrysopogon  Near-endemic

Seen at Khao Nor Chuchi


Red-crowned Barbet  Megalaima rafflesii  Near-threatened (NT)


Red-throated Barbet  Megalaima mystacophanos  Near-threatened (NT)


Blue-eared Barbet  Megalaima australis


Coppersmith Barbet  Megalaima haemacephala


Eurasian Wryneck  Jynx torquilla

surprise find of 1 bird Laem Pak Bia area


Grey-capped Woodpecker  Dendrocopos canicapillus


Banded Woodpecker  Picus miniaceus

heard only Sri Phang-nga NP


Common Flameback  Dinopium javanense

A pair on Thai Muang golf course


Buff-rumped Woodpecker  Meiglyptes tristis

3 birds seen at Tone Pariwat Wildlife Sanctuary


Green Broadbill  Calyptomena viridis  Near-threatened (NT)

Khao Nor Chuchi only


Black-and-red Broadbill  Cymbirhynchus macrorhynchos

A pair Phang-nga bay NP


Banded Broadbill  Eurylaimus javanicus

1 seen Wat Tham Suea -Krabi


Black-and-yellow Broadbill  Eurylaimus ochromalus  Near-threatened (NT)

Seen Sri Phang-nga NP and heard only Khao Nor Chuchi


Banded Pitta  Pitta guajana  Near-endemic

Khao Nor Chuchi


Gurney's Pitta  Pitta gurneyi  Critically endangered (CR)  Near-endemic

Superb looks of a male in the open at Khao Nor Chuchi.


Mangrove Pitta  Pitta megarhyncha  Near-threatened (NT)

One seen at Phang-nga bay NP, second bird nearby calling


Indochinese Bushlark  Mirafra erythrocephala

Several seen Laem Pak Bia area


Oriental Skylark  Alauda gulgula

2 or 3 birds Laem Pak Bia area


Barn Swallow  Hirundo rustica


Pacific Swallow  Hirundo tahitica


Dusky Crag-Martin  Ptyonoprogne concolor

Several near Phang-nga town


Red-rumped Swallow  Cecropis daurica

Only seen near Tone Pariwat WS, about 50 birds together on wires.


Rufous-bellied Swallow  Cecropis badia  Near-endemic

Several near Phang-nga town


Richard's Pipit  Anthus richardi


Oriental Pipit  Anthus rufulus


Red-throated Pipit  Anthus cervinus


Forest Wagtail  Dendronanthus indicus


Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike  Hemipus picatus


Black-headed Bulbul  Pycnonotus atriceps


Black-crested Bulbul  Pycnonotus melanicterus


Grey-bellied Bulbul  Pycnonotus cyaniventris  Near-threatened (NT)

Khao Sok


Red-whiskered Bulbul  Pycnonotus jocosus

One only at Thai Muang marsh


Puff-backed Bulbul  Pycnonotus eutilotus  Near-threatened (NT)

Few seen and more heard Khao Nor Chuchi


Stripe-throated Bulbul  Pycnonotus finlaysoni


Yellow-vented Bulbul  Pycnonotus goiavier


Streak-eared Bulbul  Pycnonotus blanfordi


Cream-vented Bulbul  Pycnonotus simplex

Seen Khao Nor Chuchi


Red-eyed Bulbul  Pycnonotus brunneus


Spectacled Bulbul  Pycnonotus erythropthalmos


Ochraceous Bulbul  Alophoixus ochraceus


Yellow-bellied Bulbul  Alophoixus phaeocephalus

Seen Khao Nor Chuchi


Grey-eyed BulbulIole propinqua


Greater Green Leafbird  Chloropsis sonnerati

A female at Khao Sok NP


Lesser Green Leafbird  Chloropsis cyanopogon  Near-threatened (NT)


Common Iora  Aegithina tiphia


Green Iora  Aegithina viridissima  Near-threatened (NT)

TrangPeninsularBotanical Garden, 1 bird seen.


Great Iora  Aegithina lafresnayei


Blue Rock-Thrush  Monticola solitarius


Blue Whistling-Thrush  Myophonus caeruleus

3 birds seen Wat Tham Suea


Siberian Thrush  Zoothera sibirica

A female found in coastal scrub at Thai Muang golf course is a member of 3 additions to the site's bird list we made that morning.


Eyebrowed ThrushTurdus obscurus

heard only Trang


Zitting Cisticola  Cisticola juncidis


Plain Prinia  Prinia inornata


Black-browed Reed-Warbler  Acrocephalus bistrigiceps


Oriental Reed-Warbler  Acrocephalus orientalis


Common Tailorbird  Orthotomus sutorius


Dark-necked TailorbirdOrthotomus atrogularis


Rufous-tailed Tailorbird  Orthotomus sericeus

heard Khao Nor Chuchi


Ashy Tailorbird  Orthotomus ruficeps

Krabi mangroves


Dusky Warbler  Phylloscopus fuscatus


Yellow-browed Warbler  Phylloscopus inornatus


Arctic Warbler  Phylloscopus borealis


Pale-legged Leaf-Warbler  Phylloscopus tenellipes


Eastern Crowned Leaf-Warbler  Phylloscopus coronatus


Dark-sided Flycatcher  Muscicapa sibirica


Asian Brown Flycatcher  Muscicapa dauurica


Green-backed Flycatcher  Ficedula elisae [Narcissus Flycatcher]

A male at Khao Nor Chuchi was a good find.


Mugimaki Flycatcher Ficedula mugimaki

A male drinking by a pool in coastal scrub at Thai Muang golf course was another of 3 additions to the site’s bird list that morning.


Tickell's Blue-Flycatcher  Cyornis tickelliae


Siberian Blue Robin  Luscinia cyane

A male seen and more birds heard Khao Nor Chuchi


Oriental Magpie-Robin  Copsychus saularis


White-rumped Shama  Copsychus malabaricus


Chestnut-naped Forktail  Enicurus ruficapillus  Near-threatened (NT)

Great looks of one bird foraging in the river at KhaoSokNational Park


Siberian Stonechat  Saxicola maurus


Pied Fantail  Rhipidura javanica


Black-naped Monarch  Hypothymis azurea


Asian Paradise-Flycatcher  Terpsiphone paradisi


Mangrove Whistler  Pachycephala grisola

heard only Mahachai mangrove centre


Abbott's Babbler  Malacocincla abbotti


Puff-throated Babbler  Pellorneum ruficeps


Black-capped Babbler  Pellorneum capistratum


Moustached Babbler  Malacopteron magnirostre


Rufous-fronted Babbler  Stachyris rufifrons

Only at Khao Sok NP


Grey-throated Babbler  Stachyris nigriceps


Black-throated Babbler  Stachyris nigricollis  Near-threatened (NT)  Near-endemic


Chestnut-rumped Babbler  Stachyris maculata  Near-threatened (NT)  Near-endemic

A small group seen Khao Nor Chuchi A-track


Chestnut-winged Babbler  Stachyris erythroptera


Striped Tit-Babbler  Macronous gularis


Golden-bellied Gerygone  Gerygone sulphurea


Ruby-cheeked Sunbird  Chalcoparia singalensis


Plain-throated Sunbird  Anthreptes malacensis


Purple-naped Sunbird  Hypogramma hypogrammicum

1 seen at Khao Sok


Purple-throated Sunbird  Leptocoma sperata

Khao Nor Chuchi and Trang Peninsular botanical garden


Olive-backed Sunbird  Cinnyris jugularis


Eastern Crimson Sunbird  Aethopyga siparaja


Little Spiderhunter  Arachnothera longirostra


Long-billed Spiderhunter  Arachnothera robusta

seen Khao Nor Chuchi


Spectacled Spiderhunter  Arachnothera flavigaster  Near-endemic

seen Khao Nor Chuchi


Yellow-eared Spiderhunter  Arachnothera chrysogenys

seen at both Tone Pariwat and Khao Nor Chuchi


Grey-breasted Spiderhunter  Arachnothera modesta

seen Khao Nor Chuchi


Yellow-breasted Flowerpecker  Prionochilus maculatus


Thick-billed Flowerpecker  Dicaeum agile


Orange-bellied Flowerpecker  Dicaeum trigonostigma


Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker  Dicaeum cruentatum


Oriental White-eye  Zosterops palpebrosus


Black-naped Oriole  Oriolus chinensis


Black-hooded Oriole  Oriolus xanthornus

heard only Phang-nga bay NP


Asian Fairy-bluebird  Irena puella


Brown Shrike  Lanius cristatus


Long-tailed Shrike  Lanius schach


Grey-backed Shrike  Lanius tephronotus

1 bird at Lumpini Park, Bangkok, where it had been wintering since October last year in this for the species unusual spot.


Large Woodshrike  Tephrodornis gularis

Only seen in Trang Peninsular botanical garden


Black Drongo  Dicrurus macrocercus


Ashy Drongo  Dicrurus leucophaeus


Crow-billed Drongo  Dicrurus annectans

1 at Khao Nor Chuchi


Greater Racket-tailed Drongo  Dicrurus paradiseus


Ashy Woodswallow  Artamus fuscus


Black Magpie  Platysmurus leucopterus  Near-threatened (NT)

heard Khao Nor Chuchi


Racket-tailed Treepie  Crypsirina temia

4 birds seen Laem Pak Bia


Large-billed Crow  Corvus macrorhynchos


Asian Glossy Starling  Aplonis panayensis


White-vented Myna  Acridotheres grandis


Common Myna  Acridotheres tristis


Black-collared Starling  Gracupica nigricollis

nest building in Lumpini Park Bangkok


Asian Pied Starling  Gracupica contra


Daurian Starling  Sturnia sturnina (Purple-backed Starling)

Around 40 birds at Thai Muang golf course.


White-shouldered Starling  Sturnia sinensis

Laem Pak Bia


Chestnut-tailed Starling  Sturnia malabarica

2 + 1 bird in the Laem Pak Bia area


House Sparrow  Passer domesticus


Plain-backed Sparrow  Passer flaveolus


Eurasian Tree Sparrow  Passer montanus


Baya Weaver  Ploceus philippinus


White-rumped Munia  Lonchura striata


Scaly-breasted Munia  Lonchura punctulata


White-bellied Munia  Lonchura leucogastra

Approx. 5 birds feeding in bamboo at Khao Sok and 5+ birds seen Khao Nor Chuchi at 2 different spots with seeding bamboo.


Chestnut Munia  Lonchura atricapilla


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