Cinnamon Bittern

Cinnamon Bittern (Ixubrychus cinnamomeus) is one of the common breeding visitors in northern Thailand. They can be frequently seen while flying over wetlands and rice fields during wet season, but proved to be quite difficult to find when on the ground. This year, I had my first sighting of this species on 2 May 2021... Continue Reading →

Watercock

It's mid rainy season in Thailand and the ideal time for some farmland/wetland birding. Here in Chiang Mai, there are quite a few breeding visitors that can be seen regularly during the wet season in wetlands and farmlands, such as Cinnamon Bittern, Black Bittern, Oriental Pratincole and Watercock. Some other sedentary species also become much... Continue Reading →

Spot-throated Babbler

Spot-throated Babbler (Pellorneum albiventre) is a small brown babbler that has a distribution ranging from eastern Himalayas, through southern China, northern Thailand, and all the way to southern Vietnam. It appears to be quite uncommon throughout its range though. In Thailand, I've only seen it at few locations including Doi Ang Khang, Doi Lang (west)... Continue Reading →

Iole Bulbuls

Pycnonotidae is among the most diverse bird families in Thailand. There are 40-41 species recorded here (depending on the checklist that you use). Some members of the family have colourful plumage and cheerful songs, while many others are noisy, brown and boring. Members of the genus Iole belong to the latter. In Thailand, there are... Continue Reading →

Tickell’s Leaf Warbler

In the evening of 1 January 2021, I decided to visit Mae Faek paddies with the aim to get some nice photos of common farmland birds. It was a very pleasant evening with nice cool winter breeze and really nice lighting. The condition was perfect for photography. While I was enjoying some nice views of... Continue Reading →

Blyth’s/Claudia’s/White-tailed Leaf Warbler

Birding in northern Thailand offers you a great opportunity to test your identification skills and increase your personal list of Phylloscopus warblers. The Blyth's & White-tailed Leaf Warbler Complex is one of the Phylloscopus groups that you will most likely encounter while birding in montane evergreen forests like at Doi Inthanon, Doi Ang Khang or... Continue Reading →

‘White’ Paradise-flycatchers

Paradise-flycatchers are among birders' most favourite birds. Three species can be found in Thailand; 1) Blyth's Paradise-flycatcher (Terpsiphone affinis), 2) Amur Paradise-flycatcher (T. incei), and 3) Japanese Paradise-flycatcher (T. atrocaudata). The male of Blyth's and Amur Paradise-flycatcher can either have the typical rufous morph, or the less frequently seen white morph, while the Japanese Paradise-flycatcher... Continue Reading →

Sykes’s Short-toed Lark

Between January-March 2021, I had the opportunity to observe a flock of up to 10 Sykes's Short-toed Larks (Calandrella dukhunensis) that came to roost at Mae Faek along with the pipits every evening. This migratory lark is normally a very rare winter migrant, but I've observed an influx of this species both in the winter... Continue Reading →

Blyth’s Pipit

Blyth's Pipit (Anthus godlewskii) is the rarest large pipit in Thailand, and probably the trickiest one to identify among the 3 similar species. It was first recorded in Thailand at Khao Yai National Park by a visiting birder, then followed by a single bird found in Samut Prakan on 29 October 2014, and a bird... Continue Reading →

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