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 →

Paddyfield Pipit

Following my earlier post on the Richard's Pipit, let's now explore a similar species which can be commonly seen in Thailand and many parts of Asia. The Paddyfield Pipit (Anthus rufulus) is a common resident bird throughout Thailand. It's one of the most common birds in farmland and grassy habitats, so it's the default large... Continue Reading →

Richard’s Pipit

Back in January 2021, I accidentally discovered a roosting site of pipits and larks at Mae Faek (San Sai district, Chiang Mai). It's a large abandoned area of dry land that was piled up and surrounded by rice fields. I heard that it was supposed to become a longan-drying factory, but that never happened. After... Continue Reading →

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