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Green-tailed Sunbird -Doi Inthanon


Dark-backed Sibia -Doi Lang


Doi Inthanon summit boardwalk


Collared Owlet -Doi Chiang Dao


Writing up notes and sightings.


Impressive waterfall on Doi Inthanon


Green?-tailed Sunbird -Doi Inthanon


Red-wattled Lapwing -Mae Hia Chiang Mai


Temple in Chiang Mai


Rhododendron on DI summit walk


Rufous-winged Buzzard -Mae Hia


Streak-eared Bulbul -Chiang Mai


Rhododendron -Doi Inthanon


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B2A – Trip itinerary, photos and bird list


Mountains of the North

03 – 09 March 2008


Guests ; Peter Waanders, Bruce Wedderburn


Sunday 02 March 08

Late afternoon arrival at Chiang Mai airport and transfer to Thaton for the night.


Monday 03 March 08

Full day birding up Doi Lang. Night in Thaton.

Highlights of the day include : 95 bird species seen!

2 Blue-bearded Bee-eaters, Chestnut-bellied Rock-Thrush, Crested Goshawk, Slaty-backed and Little Pied Flycatcher, Spectacled Barwing, Bay Woodpecker, Red-faced Liocicla, Black-eared Shrike Babbler…


Tuesday 04 March 08

Full day birding up Doi Pha Hom Pok. Night in Fang.

Highlights of the day include :

Russet Bush Warbler, Banded Bay Cuckoo, Mountain Hawk Eagle, Burmese Shrike, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Rusty-cheeked Scimitar Babbler, White-browed Laughingthrush, Mountain Bamboo Partridge, Brown-breasted Bulbul…


Wednesday 05 March 08

Morning birding on Doi Ang Khan. Transfer to Chiang Dao and birding the temple area down the mountain and

the rice paddies near town.

Highlights of the day include : 107 bird species seen!

Black-breasted Thrush, Abberant Bush Warbler, Spot-breasted Parrotbill, White-browed Laughingthrush,

Streaked Wren Babbler, Pied Harrier...


Thursday 06 March 08

Full morning on Doi Chiang Dao, transfer to Chiang Mai and birding the Royal Project for Green Peafowl. Night

in Chiang Mai.

Highlights of the day include :

2 males Hume’s Pheasant, Chestnut Bunting, Giant Nuthatch, Collared Owlet, Wedge-tailed Green Pigeon,

Long-tailed Broadbill, Burmese Shrike, Chestnut-bellied Rock-Thrush, Crested Finchbill, Slaty-backed Forktail,

Spot-breasted Babbler, Slender-billed Oriole…


Friday 07 March 08

Birding Huay Tung Tao (lowland site near Chiang Mai) in the early morning and transfer to Doi Inthanon for

birding the rest of the day. –Waterfalls, Orchard, km 34, campground-

Highlights of the day include :

6 Painted Snipes, Red-billed Blue Magpie, Rufous Treepie, Purple Sunbird, Indochinese Bushlark,

Barred Buttonquail, Rufous-winged Buzzard, Wire-tailed Swallow, Fire-capped Tit, Daurian Redstart,

Chinese Leaf Warbler, Lesser Shortwing…


Saturday 08 March 08

Full day on Doi Inthanon. –Summit, km 37, Khun Wang road, km 23 track, km 13 track-

Highlights of the day include :

Black-headed Woodpecker, Large Hawk Cuckoo, Grey Nightjar, Rosy Minivet, Collared Falconet, Dark-sided

Thrush, White-browed Shortwing, Pygmy Wren Babbler, Snowy-browed Flycatcher, Red-flanked Bluetail, Blue-throated Flycatcher…


Sunday 09 March 08

Doi Inthanon. –Summit, km 37, km 34, km 23-, transfer to Chiang Mai and birding Mai Hia Agricultural College

before return to the airport.

Highlights of the day include :

Red-headed Trogon, Ashy Woodpigeon, Long-tailed Broadbill, Grey-sided Thrush, Slaty-bellied Tesia,

Brown-throated Treecreeper, Rufous-fronted Shrike Babbler, Rufous-winged Buzzard, Chinese Francolin,

Green-billed Malkoha…


Mountain Bamboo Partridge Ms Humes' Pheasant
Mountain Bamboo Partridge                   Photos by Peter Waanders / South Australia Birding                            Ms Humes' Pheasant


Trip list -281 species    Some of the better species seen highlighted in bold.


Grey Heron  Ardea cinerea


Intermediate Egret  Egretta intermedia


Little Egret  Egretta garzetta


Chinese Pond-Heron  Ardeola bacchus


Cattle Egret  Bubulcus ibis


Lesser Whistling-Duck  Dendrocygna javanica


Oriental Honey-buzzard  Pernis ptilorhynchus


Black-shouldered Kite  Elanus caeruleus


Pied Harrier  Circus melanoleucos


Crested Goshawk  Accipiter trivirgatus


Shikra  Accipiter badius


Japanese Sparrowhawk  Accipiter gularis


Rufous-winged Buzzard  Butastur liventer

Singles seen at Chiang Dao, Huay Tung Tao and Mai Hia


Grey-faced Buzzard  Butastur indicus


Eurasian Buzzard  Buteo buteo


Mountain Hawk-Eagle  Spizaetus nipalensis

One seen Doi Pha Hom Pok


Collared Falconet  Microhierax caerulescens

One Doi Inthanon km 13


Chinese Francolin  Francolinus pintadeanus

Seen briefly by Peter DI km 13 and a female seen and photographed Mai Hia


Rufous-throated Partridge  Arborophila rufogularis

Heard only


Bar-backed Partridge  Arborophila brunneopectus

Doi Lang and Doi Pha Hom Pok, heard only


Scaly-breasted Partridge  Arborophila chloropus

Heard at Chiang Dao temple


Mountain Bamboo-Partridge  Bambusicola fytchii

Seen very well on Doi Pha Hom Pok and also photographed Doi Intanon Siriphum WF


Red Junglefowl  Gallus gallus

Heard only Doi Inthanon


Hume's Pheasant  Syrmaticus humiae  Vulnerable (VU)

2 males on the track up to Den Ya Khat substation on Doi Chiang Dao gave perfect views, second bird also photographed


Green Peafowl  Pavo muticus  Vulnerable (VU)

3 males and 3 females seen at Huay Hong Kruay project site. Male on lake-edge gave 'wild' views


Barred Buttonquail  Turnix suscitator

One flushed Huay Tung Tao


White-breasted Waterhen  Amaurornis phoenicurus


Greater Painted-snipe  Rostratula benghalensis

2 females and up to 5 males gave perfect close flight views at Mai Hia


Grey-headed Lapwing  Vanellus cinereus

Approx. 15 birds Chiang Dao ricefields


Red-wattled Lapwing  Vanellus indicus


Ashy Wood-Pigeon  Columba pulchricollis

Seen perched Doi Intanon summit and jeep track km 37, group seen in flight on way down from summit


Oriental Turtle-Dove  Streptopelia orientalis

Only seen on Doi Lang


Red Collared-Dove  Streptopelia tranquebarica


Spotted Dove  Streptopelia chinensis


Emerald Dove  Chalcophaps indica


Zebra Dove  Geopelia striata


Thick-billed Pigeon  Treron curvirostra

One seen perched Huay Tung Tao


Wedge-tailed Pigeon  Treron sphenurus

One female in fruiting tree near village on way down from Doi Chiang Dao


Mountain Imperial-Pigeon  Ducula badia


Large Hawk-Cuckoo  Cuculus sparverioides

Heard singing throughout, seen on Doi Inthanon km 13


Banded Bay Cuckoo  Cacomantis sonneratii

One seen on way down from Doi Pha Hom Pok, strangely had plain brown back, no barring at all!!!


Plaintive Cuckoo  Cacomantis merulinus


Asian Drongo-Cuckoo  Surniculus lugubris

Heard only Chiang Dao temple


Asian Koel  Eudynamys scolopaceus


Green-billed Malkoha  Phaenicophaeus tristis

Doi Pha Hom Pok and Mae Hia


Greater Coucal  Centropus sinensis


Lesser Coucal  Centropus bengalensis

one Huay Tung Tao


Oriental Bay-Owl  Phodilus badius

2 birds heard Chiang Dao temple


Collared Scops-Owl  Otus lettia


Spot-bellied Eagle-Owl  Bubo nipalensis

Heard only Chiang Dao temple, both calls


Collared Owlet  Glaucidium brodiei

Heard throughout but seen very well on Doi Chiang Dao


Asian Barred Owlet  Glaucidium cuculoides


Brown Hawk-Owl  Ninox scutulata


Javan Frogmouth  Batrachostomus javensis

Still no views after trying hard to call in 2 birds on the Chiang Dao temple steps


Grey Nightjar  Caprimulgus indicus

One in headlights just below the Doi Inthanon summit at 2540m altitude


Large-tailed Nightjar  Caprimulgus macrurus


Himalayan Swiftlet  Aerodramus brevirostris


Asian Palm-Swift  Cypsiurus balasiensis


Fork-tailed Swift  Apus pacificus


House Swift  Apus nipalensis


Crested Treeswift  Hemiprocne coronata


Red-headed Trogon  Harpactes erythrocephalus

One seen Doi Inthanon km 37 jeep track


Common Kingfisher  Alcedo atthis


White-throated Kingfisher  Halcyon smyrnensis


Blue-bearded Bee-eater  Nyctyornis athertoni

2 birds seen from the bridge at Doi Lang


Green Bee-eater  Merops orientalis


Chestnut-headed Bee-eater  Merops leschenaulti


Indian Roller  Coracias benghalensis


Eurasian Hoopoe  Upupa epops


Great Barbet  Megalaima virens


Lineated Barbet  Megalaima lineata


Golden-throated Barbet  Megalaima franklinii


Blue-throated Barbet  Megalaima asiatica


Coppersmith Barbet  Megalaima haemacephala


Speckled Piculet  Picumnus innominatus

Seen on Doi Pha Hom Pok, Doi Chiang Dao and DI


White-browed Piculet  Sasia ochracea

Seen very well Doi Chiang Dao substation trail


Grey-capped Woodpecker  Dendrocopos canicapillus


Stripe-breasted Woodpecker  Dendrocopos atratus


Rufous Woodpecker  Celeus brachyurus

Heard only DI and Huay Tung Tao


Greater Yellownape  Picus flavinucha

Heard only DI km 13


Black-headed Woodpecker  Picus erythropygius

2 birds seen DI km13


Grey-faced Woodpecker  Picus canus

Seen Doi Chiang Dao, heard DI km 13


Common Flameback  Dinopium javanense

2 birds seen DI km 13


Bay Woodpecker  Blythipicus pyrrhotis

Seen Doi Lang, heard Doi Pha Hom Pok and Doi Chiang Dao


Long-tailed Broadbill  Psarisomus dalhousiae

Seen Doi Chiang Dao, heard DI km 37


Silver-breasted Broadbill  Serilophus lunatus

Heard only Doi Chiang Dao


Rusty-naped Pitta  Pitta oatesi

One heard only from valley below km 21 trail at Doi Ang Khan


Indochinese Bushlark  Mirafra erythrocephala

One seen Huay Tung Tao, singing from perch + song flight


Oriental skylark  Alauda gulgula

Heard only


Barn Swallow  Hirundo rustica


Wire-tailed Swallow  Hirundo smithii

One seen on wires of canal road Chiang Mai


Asian Martin  Delichon dasypus


Red-rumped Swallow  Cecropis daurica


Striated Swallow  Cecropis striolata


Richard's Pipit  Anthus richardi

One seen Mai Hia


Oriental Pipit  Anthus rufulus


Red-throated Pipit  Anthus cervinus


Olive-backed Pipit  Anthus hodgsoni


White Wagtail  Motacilla alba


Grey Wagtail  Motacilla cinerea


Large Cuckoo-shrike  Coracina macei


Indochinese Cuckoo-shrike  Coracina polioptera


Rosy Minivet  Pericrocotus roseus

DI km 23


Long-tailed Minivet  Pericrocotus ethologus


Short-billed Minivet  Pericrocotus brevirostris


Scarlet Minivet  Pericrocotus flammeus


Grey-chinned Minivet  Pericrocotus solaris


Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike  Hemipus picatus


Crested Finchbill  Spizixos canifrons

Common on Doi Lang, several Doi Pha Hom Pok and Doi Ang Khan, one bird at Den Ya Khat substation of Doi Chiang Dao


Striated Bulbul  Pycnonotus striatus


Black-headed Bulbul  Pycnonotus atriceps


Black-crested Bulbul  Pycnonotus melanicterus


Red-whiskered Bulbul  Pycnonotus jocosus


Brown-breasted Bulbul  Pycnonotus xanthorrhous

Few seen Doi Pha Hom Pok


Sooty-headed Bulbul  Pycnonotus aurigaster


Stripe-throated Bulbul  Pycnonotus finlaysoni


Flavescent Bulbul  Pycnonotus flavescens


Streak-eared Bulbul  Pycnonotus blanfordi


Puff-throated Bulbul  Alophoixus pallidus


Grey-eyed Bulbul  Iole propinqua


Mountain Bulbul  Ixos mcclellandii


Ashy Bulbul  Hemixos flavala


Black Bulbul  Hypsipetes leucocephalus


Blue-winged Leafbird  Chloropsis cochinchinensis


Orange-bellied Leafbird  Chloropsis hardwickii


Common Iora  Aegithina tiphia


Chestnut-bellied Rock-Thrush  Monticola rufiventris

female on Doi Lang, male Doi Chiang Dao


Blue Rock-Thrush  Monticola solitarius


Blue Whistling-Thrush  Myophonus caeruleus


Dark-sided Thrush  Zoothera marginata

one at Mr Deangs DI


Black-breasted Thrush  Turdus dissimilis

4 birds at royal project Doi Ang Khan


Chestnut Thrush  Turdus rubrocanus

one seen briefly Doi Inthanon summit


Grey-sided Thrush  Turdus feae  Vulnerable (VU)

one seen DI summit, several on km 37 track


Eyebrowed Thrush  Turdus obscurus


Lesser Shortwing  Brachypteryx leucophrys

Seen very well at km 34 DI


White-browed Shortwing  Brachypteryx montana

female at Mr Deangs, 2 males summit DI


Zitting Cisticola  Cisticola juncidis

Chiang Dao bypass paddies


Hill Prinia  Prinia atrogularis


Rufescent Prinia  Prinia rufescens


Grey-breasted Prinia  Prinia hodgsonii


Yellow-bellied Prinia  Prinia flaviventris


Plain Prinia  Prinia inornata


Slaty-bellied Tesia  Tesia olivea

2 birds seen km 37 DI


Aberrant Bush-Warbler  Cettia flavolivacea

Perfect views Doi Ang Khan km 21 trail, heard on Doi Lang


Russet Bush-Warbler  Bradypterus seebohmi

One seen Doi Pha Hom Pok, 2 more birds singing


Pallas' Warbler  Locustella certhiola

One bird flushed from low thick vegetation at km 19 WF Doi Inthanon


Thick-billed Warbler  Acrocephalus aedon

Heard only Huay Tung Tao


Mountain Tailorbird  Orthotomus cuculatus


Common Tailorbird  Orthotomus sutorius


Dark-necked Tailorbird  Orthotomus atrogularis


Dusky Warbler  Phylloscopus fuscatus


Buff-throated Warbler  Phylloscopus subaffinis

Doi Chiang Dao, in pines at viewpoint


Yellow-streaked Warbler  Phylloscopus armandii

Doi Ang Khan, km 34 roadside


Buff-barred Warbler  Phylloscopus pulcher


Ashy-throated Warbler  Phylloscopus maculipennis

only DI summit


Lemon-rumped Warbler  Phylloscopus proregulus


Chinese Leaf-Warbler  Phylloscopus yunnanensis  Near-endemic


Yellow-browed Warbler  Phylloscopus inornatus


Hume's Warbler  Phylloscopus humei


Arctic Warbler  Phylloscopus borealis


Greenish Warbler  Phylloscopus trochiloides


Blyth's Leaf-Warbler  Phylloscopus reguloides


White-tailed Leaf-Warbler  Phylloscopus davisoni

Doi Lang only


Sulphur-breasted Warbler  Phylloscopus ricketti

DI km 37 track, one bird only


Bianchi's Warbler  Seicercus valentini

Doi Chiang Dao and DI


Chestnut-crowned Warbler  Seicercus castaniceps


Asian Brown Flycatcher  Muscicapa dauurica


Slaty-backed Flycatcher  Ficedula hodgsonii


Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher  Ficedula strophiata

2 birds seen at Doi Pha Hom Pok campground


Taiga Flycatcher  Ficedula albicilla


Snowy-browed Flycatcher  Ficedula hyperythra

DI summit


Little Pied Flycatcher  Ficedula westermanni


Verditer Flycatcher  Eumyias thalassinus


Large Niltava  Niltava grandis

Only one seen by Bruce on way down Doi Pha Hom Pok


Blue-throated Flycatcher  Cyornis rubeculoides

1 at Mr. Deangs DI


Hill Blue-Flycatcher  Cyornis banyumas

Seen on way down DPHP


Grey-headed Canary-Flycatcher  Culicicapa ceylonensis


Siberian Blue Robin  Luscinia cyane

One bird in thick vegetation on Doi Lang


Red-flanked Bluetail  Tarsiger cyanurus

Several DPHP and one DI summit


Oriental Magpie-Robin  Copsychus saularis


White-rumped Shama  Copsychus malabaricus


Daurian Redstart  Phoenicurus auroreus

Males at DPHP campground and at DI orchard


White-capped Redstart  Chaimarrornis leucocephalus



Plumbeous Redstart  Rhyacornis fuliginosa



White-tailed Robin  Cinclidium leucurum

One flew across road DI km 34


Slaty-backed Forktail  Enicurus schistaceus

2 birds seen briefly en-route DCD


Siberian Stonechat  Saxicola maurus


Pied Bushchat  Saxicola caprata


Grey Bushchat  Saxicola ferreus


Yellow-bellied Fantail  Rhipidura hypoxantha


White-throated Fantail  Rhipidura albicollis


Black-naped Monarch  Hypothymis azurea


Asian Paradise-Flycatcher  Terpsiphone paradisi

Single males DPHP and DI km 37


White-crested Laughingthrush  Garrulax leucolophus


White-necked Laughingthrush  Garrulax strepitans

Group seen km 37 DI


White-browed Laughingthrush  Garrulax sannio

Few seen on DPHP and en-route DAK to Chiang Dao


Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush  Garrulax erythrocephalus


Red-faced Liocichla  Liocichla phoenicea

Seen twice on Doi Lang


Spot-throated Babbler  Pellorneum albiventre

One at Den Ya Khat substation trail, DCD


Puff-throated Babbler  Pellorneum ruficeps

Seen DCD


Rusty-cheeked Scimitar-Babbler  Pomatorhinus erythrogenys

Seen twice DPHP


White-browed Scimitar-Babbler  Pomatorhinus schisticeps

Seen from bridge Doi Lang


Streaked Wren-Babbler  Napothera brevicaudata

Heard DAK and seen at Chiang Dao temple, incl nest and eggs


Pygmy Wren-Babbler  Pnoepyga pusilla

Seen on DPHP summit trail and DI summit, heard DI km 37


Rufous-fronted Babbler  Stachyris rufifrons


Golden Babbler  Stachyris chrysaea


Grey-throated Babbler  Stachyris nigriceps


Striped Tit-Babbler  Macronous gularis


Silver-eared Mesia  Leiothrix argentauris


White-browed Shrike-Babbler  Pteruthius flaviscapis


Black-eared Shrike-Babbler  Pteruthius melanotis

Doi Lang


Chestnut-fronted Shrike-Babbler  Pteruthius aenobarbus

DCD and DI km 34


Spectacled Barwing  Actinodura ramsayi

Only seen on Doi Lang


Blue-winged Minla  Minla cyanouroptera


Chestnut-tailed Minla  Minla strigula


Rufous-winged Fulvetta  Alcippe castaneceps

With 3 newly fledged young at DI km 37


Brown-cheeked Fulvetta  Alcippe poioicephala


Grey-cheeked Fulvetta  Alcippe morrisonia


Rufous-backed Sibia  Heterophasia annectens


Black-backed Sibia  Heterophasia melanoleuca


Striated Yuhina  Yuhina castaniceps


Whiskered Yuhina  Yuhina flavicollis


White-bellied Yuhina  Yuhina zantholeuca


Spot-breasted Parrotbill  Paradoxornis guttaticollis

One seen DAK km 21 trail


Black-throated Tit  Aegithalos concinnus

Only seen on Doi Lang


Great Tit  Parus major


Yellow-cheeked Tit  Parus spilonotus


Yellow-browed Tit  Sylviparus modestus


Chestnut-vented Nuthatch  Sitta nagaensis


Velvet-fronted Nuthatch  Sitta frontalis


Giant Nuthatch  Sitta magna  Vulnerable (VU)  Near-endemic

Several DCD


Brown-throated Treecreeper  Certhia discolor

Doi Lang and DI km 37


Fire-capped Tit  Cephalopyrus flammiceps

pair at DI orchard seen very well


Ruby-cheeked Sunbird  Chalcoparia singalensis

One female Huay Tung Tao


Purple Sunbird  Cinnyris asiaticus

Male and female Huay Tung Tao


Olive-backed Sunbird  Cinnyris jugularis


Gould's Sunbird  Aethopyga gouldiae


Green-tailed Sunbird  Aethopyga nipalensis


Black-throated Sunbird  Aethopyga saturata


Little Spiderhunter  Arachnothera longirostra


Streaked Spiderhunter  Arachnothera magna


Plain Flowerpecker  Dicaeum concolor

One bird near village on way down DCD


Fire-breasted Flowerpecker  Dicaeum ignipectum


Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker  Dicaeum cruentatum


Chestnut-flanked White-eye  Zosterops erythropleurus


Oriental White-eye  Zosterops palpebrosus


Japanese White-eye  Zosterops japonicus


Black-naped Oriole  Oriolus chinensis


Slender-billed Oriole  Oriolus tenuirostris

Several from DCD trail


Black-hooded Oriole  Oriolus xanthornus


Maroon Oriole  Oriolus traillii


Asian Fairy-bluebird  Irena puella


Brown Shrike  Lanius cristatus


Burmese Shrike  Lanius collurioides


Long-tailed Shrike  Lanius schach


Grey-backed Shrike  Lanius tephronotus


Large Woodshrike  Tephrodornis gularis


Black Drongo  Dicrurus macrocercus


Ashy Drongo  Dicrurus leucophaeus


Bronzed Drongo  Dicrurus aeneus


Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo  Dicrurus remifer


Hair-crested Drongo  Dicrurus hottentottus


Greater Racket-tailed Drongo  Dicrurus paradiseus


Ashy Woodswallow  Artamus fuscus


Eurasian Jay  Garrulus glandarius


Red-billed Blue Magpie  Urocissa erythrorhyncha

3 birds seen Huay Tung Tao


Green Magpie  Cissa chinensis

Heard only


Rufous Treepie  Dendrocitta vagabunda

one seen HTT


Grey Treepie  Dendrocitta formosae


Large-billed Crow  Corvus macrorhynchos


White-vented Myna  Acridotheres grandis


Common Myna  Acridotheres tristis


Black-collared Starling  Gracupica nigricollis


Plain-backed Sparrow  Passer flaveolus


Eurasian Tree Sparrow  Passer montanus


Baya Weaver  Ploceus philippinus


White-rumped Munia  Lonchura striata


Nutmeg Mannikin  Lonchura punctulata


Common Rosefinch  Carpodacus erythrinus


Crested Bunting  Melophus lathami


Chestnut Bunting  Emberiza rutila

10s seen DCD Den Ya Khat trail


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