Pin-tailed/Swinhoe’s/Common Snipe

Autumn is approaching and some early migrants have already arrived in my local patch. Snipes are among the first waders that usually turn up. I think it's a good time to review the identification of the 3 extremely similar species that can be found in Thailand. From left: Pin-tailed / Swinhoe's / Common Snipe The... Continue Reading →

White-throated Bulbul: an overlooked species?

The genus Alophoixus is one of many genera within the family Pycnonotidae. It is consisted of a number of large bulbuls, mostly with crest. In Thailand, 5 species can be found; 1) White-throated Bulbul (A. flaveolus), 2) Puff-throated Bulbul (A. pallidus), 3) Ochraceous Bulbul (A. ochraceus), 4) Grey-cheeked Bulbul (A. tephrogenys), and 5) Yellow-bellied Bulbul... Continue Reading →

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 →

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