Bird Watching destinations in Thailand

Bird Watching in Thailand

Khao Yai National Park – 175 Kilometers from Bangkok

Khao Yai National park is Thailand’s oldest and one of the country’s largest national parks. Located only a few hours drive from Bangkok, the park is home to some 396 migrant and resident species of birds. Large open grassland areas in the center of the park offer some great opportunities for observing those birds that frequent the forest edge and get to see canopy-dwelling species that are often difficult to see from inside the forest.
Among the many birds to see are the:
Silver and Siamese fireback pheasants, imperial pigeon, Hodgson’s hawl cuckoo, spot-bellied owl, orange-breasted and red-headed trogons, banded kingfisher, blue-bearded bee-eater, blue-winged and eared pittas, mountain hawk eagle, coral-billed ground-cuckoo, Blyth’s leaf-warbler, four species of hornbill (great, wreathed, brown and pied) and the wryneck to mention but a few.

Kaeng Krachan National Park – 220 Kilometers from bangkok

Located on the western border with Myanmar, Kaeng Krachan is the country’s largest national park, and undoubtedly one of Thailand’s bird watching gems. With some the most intact evergreen forest in the country, Kaeng Krachan has at least 418 confirmed species of birds. Located at the zoogeographic “crossroads” of Southeast Asia, Kaeng Krachan hosts birds typically found in more northerly regions, and some 52 species that are more typical of rainforests of southern Thailand and Malaysia. In addition to a wide variety of beautiful birds, the park is home to such delights as the ratchet-tailed treepie (in Thailand, found only in Kaeng Krachan)

Among the many birds to see are the:
Rachet-tailed treepie, silver oriole,Rufous-bellied eagle,jerdon´s Bazaa, Besra, yellow-vented pigeon, plain-pouched hornbill, dusky broadbill and the black and red broadbill.

Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park – 260 Kilometers from Bangkok

Khao Sam Roi Yot contains some of the best shoreline/wetland habitat in Thailand, and the park is listed as a site of global conservation importance in the Asian Wetlands Directory of the IUCN. While some 35-40% of the park consists of mudflats and marshland, the rest of the park consists of dramatic limestone mountains covered with mixed deciduous and evergreen forest. The marshlands are home to wintering populations of at least 38 larger wetland species and numerous smaller species. Some 296 species have been confirmed here. In October and November, hundreds of migratory shorebirds arrive at the park, including rarities such as the spotted greenshank.

Among the many birds to see are the:
spotted greenshank the sandy beaches of the park provide habitat for nesting Malaysian plovers and little terns, while the marshes are frequented by painted storks, grey herons, great and small egrets, purple herons, white-bellied sea eagles and a small number of spotted and imperial eagles.

Samut Sakhorn – 50 Kilometers from bangkok

Located west of Bangkok between the Tachin and Mae Klong Rivers, Samut Sakhon is a huge area of fishponds and salt pans, which supports a large number and variety of waders.

Among the many birds to see are the:
three stints, numerous Broad-billed and Marsh Sandpipers, and a few Terek Sandpipers and Spoon-billed Sandpipers. Samut Sakhon is also home to significant populations of egrets, terns and gulls.

Doi Inthanon National Park – 90 Kilometers from Chiangmai

Doi Inthanon National Park is home to Thailand’s highest peak (2,565m) and is famous amongst birdwatchers for the variety of mountain species that can be seen here. The park contains a wonderful spectrum of vegetation types with varying altitude. The deciduous forests of the lower slopes give way to broadleaf evergreen forest, and mountain evergreen forest and pine at the higher elevations.. With at least 400 species of birds, Doi Inthanon is a must for anyone visiting Thailand on a birding trip, and a small sphagnum bog near the summit of the mountain is a paradise for birdwatchers.

Among the many birds to see are the:
black eagle, rufous-bellied eagle and mountain hawk eagle, high elevation species such as the chestnut-tailed minla, white-browed shortwing, and green-tailed sunbird, and a pygmy wren-babbler, snowy-browed flycatcher, and orange-flanked bush robin to mention a few.

Doi Suthep National Park – 40 kilometers from Chiangmai

Despite being located a stones-throw from the northern capital of Chiang Mai, Doi Suthep hosts about 320 species of birds including a number of less common winter migrants from northern Asia and some sub mountain species.

Among the many birds to see are the:
white-hooded babbler, red-billed scimitar babbler, orange-headed ground thrush and orange-flanked bush robin. In addition to two species of pitta (blue and rusty-naped), the park contains rarities such as the purple cochoa, green cochoa, wedge-tailed green pigeon, and spot-throated babler. Rare winter visitors include the grey-winged blackbird, slaty-backed flycatcher, sulfur-breasted leaf warbler, and Tristram’s bunting. Birds of prey include the crested honey buzzard, Oriental hobby and black eagle, all of which are seen in few other places in Thailand.

Doi Angkhang – 160 kilometers from Chiangmai

Doi Ang Khang is theThis remote mountainous region is located in upnorth Chiangmai. The vast area extends to the border of Myanmar and was once covered with hill evergreen forests. The heavy demand of cultivating land had led to the heavy deforestation and turned the dense woods to fruitlands and paddyfields home of a myriad of resident and migrated birds. Birders from abroad seldom miss the chance to get there as the weather on the Doi (mountain) is pleasantly cool all year around and there are many superb birding trails.

Among the many birds to see are the:
Hume´s Pheasant, Rufous-winged Buzzard, Black Eagle, Mountain Bamboo-Partridge, Golden-throated Barbet, Crimson-breasted Woodpecker, Bay Woodpecker etc.

Khao Sok National Park – 90 Kilometers from Krabi

Khao Sok National Park is one of southern Thailand’s most well-known parks and is home to more than 200 species of birds. The large man-made reservoir in the center of the park provides great opportunities to view some amazing bird species

Among the many birds to see are the:
Wreathed hornbill, Lesser Fish Eagle,Great Argus,Malaysian Peacock-Pheasant,Crested Fireback Crimson-winged woodpecker, Banded Broadbill and many more.

Khao Nor chu Chi – 170 Kilometers from Krabi

A forested mountain park of 150sq km, Khao Nor Chuchi National Park supports the most diverse remaining lowland bird fauna of any site so far known in Peninsular Thailand, with over 280 species of resident and migrant birds.

Among the many birds to see are the:
Wallace’s Hawk-Eagle, Crested Wood-Partridge, Crested Fireback, Little Green Pigeon, Jambu Fruit-Dove, Diard’s Trogon, Black Hornbill, Red-crowned Barbet, Ferruginous Babbler, Rufous-crowned Babbler, Striped Wren-Babbler, Large Wren-Babbler, Chestnut-rumped babbler, Black-throated Babbler. This national park is the only site known to support a potentially viable population of Gurney’s Pitta, with 12-15 probable territories so far located. Giant, and banded pitta’s are also present.

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