Locustella Warblers

"What's your favourite bird?" has to be one of the most frequently asked questions that birders receive. Personally, it's impossible for me to choose just one bird. I can tell which groups of birds are my favourites though, and Locustella warblers are one of them. I instantly fell in love with these mouse-like birds when... Continue Reading →

Umber Flycatcher

The discovery of Umber Flycatcher in Thailand was a big surprise. This cryptic and little known bird was previously thought to occur only in the lowland forest of Borneo. However, photos of a bird from Perdik posted in an excellent blog by Dave Bakewell in 2013 spiked our interest in this species. Finally, photos of... Continue Reading →

Amur Stonechat

Finally, eBird has followed the split of Saxicola stejnegeri from S. maurus. The newly split species is now called Amur Stonechat, and it is considered to be the default species wintering in Thailand. However, the identification between Amur Stonechat and 'maurus' Siberian Stonechat is still rather poorly known. Throughout the past spring, I focused on... Continue Reading →

Eastern Yellow Wagtails

Continuing from my previous post about juvenile Eastern Yellow Wagtails (Motacilla tschutschensis), in this post, I'll share some of my images and notes about the adult in breeding plumage. Over the last spring, I was able to observe many adults that were passing through Mae Faek paddies. They normally gathered in big flocks at dusk... Continue Reading →

Juvenile Eastern Yellow Wagtails

There have been quite many Eastern Yellow Wagtails (Motacilla tschutschensis) passing through my local patch since late August. Most of them were either in non-breeding or juvenile plumage. It's always fun to see the variation of both plumage. In this post, I'd like to share some photos of the juveniles that I've photographed and some... 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 →

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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