Thailand, Kaeng Krachen and the North with Krabi - 29th January - 27th February 2002

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A total of 360 species seen made for another enjoyable trip to Thailand. Highlights included Grey Peacock-Pheasant, Black-tailed Crake, Yellow-footed Pigeon, Pale-capped Pigeon, Ground-Cuckoo, Orange-backed Woodpecker, Red-faced Liocichla, 2 parrotbills, 5 "true" thrushes, many flycatchers including all seven "blue" flycatchers, and Pin-tailed Parrotfinch. Quality waders included Grey-headed Lapwing, Malaysian Plover, Spoon-billed Sandpiper and Nordmann's Greenshank.

About 6 days were spent on non-birding activities, in Bangkok and then on the beaches around Krabi, before my girlfriend allowed me a brief visit to KNC for good behaviour! A varied trip organised around a 12-day tour of The North, 3 days at KK, and 8 days down south.


Kaeng Krachen [KK] 30/1 to 2/2.
Cha-am, Samut Sakhon [SS] 3/2.
Huai Kha Khaeng [HKK] 4/2.
Huai Kha Khaeng > Doi Inthanon [DI] 5/2.
Doi Inthanon 6/2 to 8/2.
Doi Inthanon > Doi Ang Khang [DAK] 9/2.
Doi Ang Khang 10/2.
Doi Ang Khang > Chang Mai 11/2.
Mai Tang Irrigation Project > Nakorn Sawan 12/2.
Bung Borapet [BB] >Khao Yai [KY] 13/2.
Khao Yai 14/2 to 16/2.
Khao Yai > Bangkok 16/2.
Bangkok > Krabi 17/2 to 18/2.
Krabi, Ao Nang, Poda Island, etc 19/2 to 22/2.
Khao Nor Chuchi [KNC] 23/2 to 24/2.
Krabi 25/2.
Bangkok 26/2 to 27/2.


Some brief site notes. Most sites have been amply covered by previous reports - see references.

Kaeng Krachan

Two campsites in the park but you must take in own tent, food and cooking utensils. There's plenty of accommodation just outside the park, about half hours drive from main entrance checkpoint. All birding is along the 36km jeep track up the mountain. Early am. at Ban Krang campsite, followed by km16-18 is ideal; km 26-29 is the other hotspot, look for an obvious pull-in on the right, just big enough for about 3 cars, on a left-hand bend. There's a pond here, and a track going downhill to a dilapidated building and then a stream - this was a very good area. Chestnut-naped Forktail has been seen here [not by me]. Next, after Phanoen Thung campsite is the viewpoint at about km31 - also good. Km 36 is the end of the road [parking], a trail leads down to Thorthip waterfall; another area I should have spent more time at. I know a few people have done it, but this site would be very difficult without a car. Apart from my last day there, a Saturday, I hardly saw anyone all day, so trying to hitch lifts up and walking back down would be impossible during the week. The Park HQ now opens at 6.00AM Saturdays and Sundays for permits, otherwise get permit for early start the previous day - weekdays office is not open until 9.00AM. Four-wheel drive is not necessary for KK, although it would be an advantage in the rain.


This is a site for Malaysian Plover given to me by Pinit Saengkaew. It may well be a breeding site, and for that reason could birders wanting details please contact me directly.

Huai Kha Khang

Technically I don't think HKK is open to the public, but I'd be surprised if you turned up and they didn't let you in. However, having a Thai birder with us probably helped. Unless you're passing nearby it's probably not worth the effort. Most birds could be seen elsewhere, although it's the only place that we saw Yellow-footed Pigeon and Grey-headed Parakeet. To find it, you'd need a map of central Thailand; it's a Wildlife Sanctuary so should be on there.

Doi Inthanon

The campsite [for Black-tailed Crake]. Currently the best place for viewing is from a pile of gravel to the right of the second pond, looking towards a house; there's a track leading to the house across a low scrubby area. The crakes appear on the path as they cross from one area to the other, and can be remarkably confiding.

Doi Ang Kang

We birded the main road along the mountain ridge to Ban Khoom, from km19 to 23. There are various trails off of here, also "the orchard" at km19.5.

Bung Boraphet

It is essential to visit this site weekdays only, from early am. Excellent site but became very hot late am. when a few non-birding Thai's [how dare they!] and courting couples started to arrive! Apparently mayhem at weekends. We drove to the south side where there are boats for hire. I'm not too sure about taking a boat out - presumably you would see more wildfowl, if you could get anywhere near them. We saw no Locustella warblers here; maybe the fishery research station at the northern end has better habitat for these.

Khao Yai

Ground-Cuckoo stake-out. Find the big, open campsite for tented camping; I believe it's called Pha Kluai Mai. In the far corner there's a toilet block and a restaurant. Behind the two chest-freezers there's a small rubbish dump with waste water flowing from the kitchen through into the forest immediately behind. The CBGC visits early am. and late afternoon - from about 4 pm onwards. When we saw it, it was into its third week at least. Also good for thrushes, junglefowl, robins and scimiter-babblers.



Wouldn't recommend Banglampu! I found a good value hotel near the airport, which was convenient on one occasion; EBINA HOUSE, 73/39 VIPAVADEE RANGSIT ROAD, BANGKHEN, BANGKOK. Tel [02] 973-4501-4. About 1100 baht/night double with A/C and breakfast, an absolute palace and quite cheap for this location. Stayed at WOODLANDS INN last year - excellent for 600 b/night with A/C and breakfast. Silom Road area.

Kaeng Krachan.

SUNEE INLIANG, KAENG KRACHAN DAM, KK, PHETCHABURI, Tel 01-8753667, mobile [032] 459208. Sunee is an English teacher who owns 2 or 3 bungalows beside the river in KK village. She lives in the house opposite the left turn you take for the NP, in the village. The bungalows are superb at 300b/night with shower and fan, with good birding around the bungalows early am [Jerdon's Baza, Banded Bay Cuckoo, Forest Wagtails, etc].

GAENGPET RESTAURANT, just before NP Visitor Centre, had good food in the evenings and rooms for 300b/night.

Doi Inthanon.

Camped at Daeng's where it was bloody freezing at night! Wouldn't recommend the cold shower unless you're into that sort of thing. DAKANG KHANG VILLA, BAN KHOOM, Tel 053-450010, 450023. The "A"-framed chalets on the hillside immediately behind the village. Ask at the Chinese Restaurant in front [also best place to eat].

Chang Mai


Khao Yai

JUNGLE LODGE, on approach road to NP. Excellent, with good birding in grounds and along the main road. I have no idea how much these accommodations in the north cost, as our Thai guide, Pinit, paid and we paid him a combined package fee to cover all transport and accommodation costs for HKK, DI, DAK and KY.

Once back in Bangkok I joined my girlfriend who had flown in from Manila. We stayed in Banglampu for a couple of nights [a bit too "happening" for us, though close to Royal Palace, etc] then caught the night-bus to Krabi - good value at 800b for luxury A/C coach with plenty of legroom, toilet etc. 12-hour journey.


CITY HOTEL, 15/2-3 SUKON ROAD, KRABI 81000. Tel [66] 075 621280,621281. 550b/night double A/C cable TV not inc. breakfast. 400b non A/C [fan]. Excellent.

KRABI SIN-O-CHA BAKERY, AMPHUR MUANG [street name], KRABI, is a good place for breakfast or lunch - dirt cheap with excellent food, just around the corner from City Hotel. Also delicious take-away stuff.


Again, Sam at NATIONAL CAR RENTAL, KRABI AIRPORT, Tel 075 691 939, or 01 970 5745, came up with the goods at short notice. 1100b/day 7 days or over. Very helpful guy.

BUDGET at Bangkok Airport, gave me a ISUZU 3000cc turbo-diesel V6 4-seater pick-up when I'd booked a Caribian, so they're not so bad either! [for the same price].1155b/day.

TRAILFINDERS,, London, Tel 020 7628 7628, got me the best deal on flights again and were very helpful and efficient.

By contrast THAI AIRWAYS internal flights were a nightmare. Bangkok>Krabi+return now gets booked up well in advance, and although Chinese New Year complicated the situation, it was chaotic. If possible, book well in advance [1 week +]. We gave up and got the night-bus there, and were lucky to get a cancellation return flight by going on a stand-by list.


BIRDS OF THAILAND Lekagul/Round. Pub. 1991. This book is amazing - when published it was surely light years ahead of it's time. Of course it badly needs updating, a lot of the plates need re-doing, one or two species, eg Grey-cheeked Fulvetta are just WRONG! Distribution maps badly need updating. All things I'm sure the authors/illustrators are much more aware of than I am. I guess it's subjective, but I still find this book the most USEABLE and READABLE fieldguide around - for anywhere. Why aren't modern fieldguides written like this? Buy it or lose species, because in my experience it's still indispensable.

BIRDS OF SE ASIA Robson. Pub. 2000. Excellent, if you've got room for 2 fieldguides; if you haven’t Lekagul/Round wins by a mile.

BIRDS OF KAENG KRACHAN. Treesucon. Pub. 2000. BSCT. Available from OBC £6. Excellent scource of reference. Includes full checklist.

PHOTOGRAPHIC GUIDE TO THE BIRDS OF THAILAND. M. Strange. Pub. 2000 Periplus Editions.

Very useful recent addition to Thailand guides - many stunning photos of some very elusive species. Available in Thailand at 795b.



TAPE - BIRD RECORDINGS FROM THAILAND AND PENINSULA MALAYSIA 1987 & 1988. Steve Whitehouse. Available from FBRIS. Not a professionally produced tape, as Steve admits, but very good with 8 Pitta species for starters.


A scan of the bird list shows just how slow the birding was in the north while we were there. I've never been to the north before, but Thai birders we met confirmed our thoughts. Not only was there a dearth of species but of sheer numbers of birds. Even some species usually common in winter were scarce or just not evident in some cases; obviously the list reflects this. I can only recall finding ONE good fruiting tree situation, at DI summit marsh, so normally common species of pigeon, bulbul, barbet, for example, became difficult. A possible exception to this was KK; although very dry, still fairly "active", suggesting that an "average" winter here would be brilliant for birds.

It was obvious from day one, at HKK, that it had been a very dry dry season. In fact, the whole country was like a tinderbox. KNC looked prone to being absolutely wiped out by fire; there were many snakes in evidence here compared to last year. No need for leech socks!

It just goes to show that even at "hotspots" like DI nothing in birding is guaranteed - a very dry winter can considerably alter the content of your list, just like anywhere else in the world.

Having said that we made some definite mistakes, like not going to Doi Chang Dao, etc.

I personally missed a couple of key birds by being in the wrong place at the wrong time - by only a few metres!

On the bright side, we compensated with some species, flycatchers were exceptional, also thrushes. Obviously wader sites were largely unaffected.

All of which gives me every excuse to return again, which I undoubtedly will do, soon.


Thanks to Pinit Saengkaew and Paul Bamford for their company up north, also to Dave Percival of Darwin, Aus. for good banter and a stonking Banded Pitta at KNC, Sam at Krabi Airport, and especially to Sunee Inliang and her relatives and friends at Kaeng Krachan for their kindness and hospitality. Finally thanks again to all the Thai people we met for making our stay so enjoyable.


CM8 2LE.

Species Lists

LITTLE GREBE T. ruficollis; 2 Mae Tang Irrigation Project 12/2, 10+ BB 13/2.

LITTLE CORMORANT P. niger; numerous SS 3/2, BB 13/2.

GREY HERON A. cineria; 1 SS 3/2.

PURPLE HERON A. purpurea; numerous BB 13/2.

CHINESE POND-HERON A. bacchus; All pond-herons seen "up north" were presumed to be of this species. Not a single pond-heron seen in breeding plumage.

JAVAN POND-HERON A. speciosa; A proportion of the birds at SS, for example, were presumed to be this species.

CATTLE EGRET B. ibis; Seen anywhere there was cattle.

EASTERN REEF-HERON E. sacra; 2-3 seen around Krabi beaches.

CHINESE EGRET E. eulophotes; 5 Krabi 19/2 on first mudflats downstream from pier; including 2 breeding plumaged adults, with Little and Great Egrets.

GREAT EGRET E. alba; Often seen in suitable habitat.

INTERMEDIATE EGRET E. intermedia; Several seen SS and BB, etc.

LITTLE EGRET E. garzetta; Very common.

STRIATED HERON B. striatus; 1 KY 14/2, 1 Krabi River 22/2.

CINNAMON BITTERN I. Cinnamomeus; 1 BB 13/2.

ASIAN OPENBILL A. oscitans; 1 near Rangsit 4/2, 3 c20 miles north of Bangkok 16/2.

COTTON PYGMY-GOOSE N. coromandelianus; 50+ BB 13/2.

LESSER WHISTLING-DUCK D. javanica; c20 Mae Tang IP 12/2, 20+ BB 14/2.

BLACK-SHOULDERED KITE E. caeruleus; Very numerous on road north from HKK to DI, also road from Chang Mai to Nakhon Sawan.

BLACK KITE M. migrans; 1 only at SS 3/2.

BRAHMINY KITE H. indus; Common in the south.

JERDON'S BAZA A. jerdoni; 1 imm. KK village 3/2, outside bungalow, trying to catch squirrel in tree!

BLACK BAZA A. leuphotes; 1 road north of HKK 5/2, 1 KNC 24/2.

CRESTED GOSHAWK A. trivirgatus; 1 DAK 10/2, 1 DAK 11/2.

NORTHERN GOSHAWK A. gentiles; 1 DAK 9/2.

SHIKRA A. badius; Seen most days whilst north of Bangkok, 3 near DAK 9/2.

BESRA A. virgatus; 1 pair KY km 32 trail 14/2, probably on nest.

JAPANESE SPARROWHAWK A. gularis; 1 north of HKK 5/2.

CRESTED HONEY-BUZZARD P. ptilorhyncus; 1 dark morph bird DI > DAK 9/2.

COMMON BUZZARD B. buteo; 2 seen DI, 1 at DAK.

RUFOUS-WINGED BUZZARD Butastur liventer; 1 DAK at c1500m altitude surprised us, 10/2. 1 pair showed superbly at Mae Tang IP, outskirts of Chang Mai 12/2.

WHITE-BELLIED SEA-EAGLE H. leucogaster; 1 pair often seen Krabi River mouth, sometimes displaying.

CRESTED SERPENT-EAGLE S. cheela; Surprisingly few. 2 KY 14/2, 2 KY 15/2.

CHANGEABLE HAWK-EAGLE Spizaetus cirrhatus; 1 KK 1/2, 1 south of DI 5/2, 1 DI 6/2, 3 DI > DAK 9/2.

BLYTH'S HAWK-EAGLE S. alboniger; 1 ad. KNC 24/2.

EASTERN MARSH HARRIER C. spilonotus; 1m. 2f. BB 13/2.

HEN HARRIER C. cyaneus; 1m. near SS 3/2.

COLLARED FALCONET M. caerulescens; 2 DI km 13 9/2.

BLACK-THIGHED FALCONET M. fringillarius; 1 KNC coffee plantation 24/2.

EURASIAN KESTREL F. tinnunculus; 1 Bangkok 4/2, 1 DI > DAK 9/2, 2 DAK > Chang Mai 11/2.

RED JUNGLEFOWL G. gallus; Numerous at KK, HKK, occasional DI, common KY, where ssp spadiceus and gallus ["white eared" race] both occur and can sometimes be seen together, eg at Ground-Cuckoo site behind restaurant.

GREY PEACOCK-PHEASANT P. bicalcaratum; 1m. KK at km 17, 1/2. Watched for c10 minutes about 10m. off road at about midday. One of the highlights of the trip. Actually illustrated better in Lekagul/Round than in Robson.


BLACK-TAILED CRAKE P. bicolour; 1 DI 6/2. Now thought to be up to 5 birds there.

WHITE-BREASTED WATERHEN A. phoenicurus; Seen in all suitatable habitat.

WATERCOCK G. cineria; 1 female type BB 13/2.

MOORHEN Gallinula chloropus; 2 Mae Tang IP 12/2.

PURPLE SWAMPHEN P. porphyrio; Common BB 13/2.

BRONE-WINGED JACANA M. indicus; 4+ BB 13/2.

GREY-HEADED LAPWING V. cinereus; 4 KK km10 1/2 was a surprise; 4 on wet paddies just north of Chang Mai 11/2.

RED-WATTLED LAPWING V. indicus; Very common in all open countryside.

GREY PLOVER P. squatarola; A few seen on Krabi mudflats 19/2.

PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER P. fulva; 2-3 SS 3/2, 2 Krabi 19/2.

LITTLE RINGED PLOVER C. dubius; Large concentration, 100+ on paddies km 330 from Chang Mae to Nakhon Sawan 12/2.

KENTISH PLOVER C. alexandrinus; 1 at km 330 12/2.

MALAYSIAN PLOVER C. peronii; 3 pairs south of Cha-am 3/2.

LESSER SANDPLOVER C. mongolus; Common SS, Krabi area, 30+ km 330 12/2.

GREATER SANDPLOVER C. leschenaultii; Common SS and Krabi mudflats.

EURASIAN CURLEW N. arquata; Quite common Krabi mudflats. May be ssp. Orientalis as they look slightly larger and longer billed than ssp. arquata.

WHIMBREL N. phaeopus; Common Krabi area.

BAR-TAILED GODWIT L. lapponica; Common Krabi mudflats.

SPOTTED REDSHANK T. erythropus; c30 SS 3/2, 50+ km 330 12/2.

GREENSHANK T. nebularia; Quite common SS and Krabi mudflats, 1 km330 12/2.

NORDMANN'S GREENSHANK T. guttifer; 5 Krabi mudflats 19/2.

MARSH SANDPIPER T. stagnatilis; Common SS, 100+ km330 12/2.

WOOD SANDPIPER T. glareola; Common SS, 60+ km330 12/2.

COMMON SANDPIPER A. hypoleucos; 1-2 usually seen in suitable habitat.

RED-NECKED STINT C. ruficollis; Common SS.

TEMMINCK'S STINT C. temminckii; c10 km330 12/2.

LONG-TOED STINT C. subminuta; Common SS.

SPOON-BILLED SANDPIPER E. pygmaeus; 2 SS 3/2, same place as last years bird.

CURLEW SANDPIPER C. ferruginea; Common SS.

BROAD-BILLED SANDPIPER L. falcinellus; 15+ SS 3/2.

COMMON SNIPE G. gallinago; 2 Mae Tang IP 12/2, 4 km330 12/2.

BLACK-WINGED STILT H. himantopus; Common SS, 130+ km330 12/2.

BROWN-HEADED GULL L. brunnicephalus; Common SS.

CASPIAN TERN S. caspia; 2 SS 3/2.

GREAT CRESTED TERN S. bergii; 3 ads. Krabi rivermouth 20/2.

GULL-BILLED TERN G. nilotica; 2-3 SS 3/2, 2 Krabi mudflats 19/2.

COMMON TERN S. hirundo; 2 Krabi mudflats 19/2.

BLACK-NAPED TERN S. sumatrana; 3ads. off Fossil Shell beach, Krabi [from boat] 20/2, again same place as last years birds.

LITTLE TERN S. albifrons; 3 Krabi mudflats 19/2.

WHIKERED TERN C. hybridus; 1 near Bangkok 3/2.

THICK-BILLED PIGEON T. curvirostra; 4+ KY 16/2.

YELLOW-FOOTED PIGEON T. phoenicoptera; 2 HKK 4/2. By far the best pigeon of the trip.


MOUNTAIN IMPERIAL PIGEON D. badia; 1 KK 2/2, a few seen DI, 2 14/2 and 1 15/2 KY.


SPECKLED WOOD-PIGEON C. hodgsonii; 6 DI 6/2.

PALE-CAPPED PIGEON C. punicea; 1 ad. on nearest islet c500m off Ao Nang beach, western end where buses turn around, late afternoon.

RED TURTLE-DOVE S. tranquebarica; Surprisingly few seen in suitable habitat.

SPOTTED DOVE S. chinensis; Common.

PEACEFUL DOVE G. striata; 6+ BB largest number, 13/2. Doves and pigeons seemed to suffer from the excessively dry conditions, as did many other species.

EMERALD DOVE C. indica; Common KK.

RED-BREASTED PARAKEET P. alexandri; c20 near Jungle Lodge, KY 14/2.

GREY-HEADED PARAKEET P. finschii; 4 HKK 4/2.

VERNAL HANGING PARROT L. vernalis; Common k36 KK, k32 KY.

LARGE HAWK-CUCKOO C. sparverioides; 1ad. km17 KK, 1ad. km22 KK 1/2.

ORIENTAL CUCKOO C. saturatus; 1 f. hepatic morph/juv. KY 14/2.

BANDED BAY CUCKOO Cacomantis sonneratii; 1 outside bungalow KK village 31/1, 1 km13 trail DI 8/2.

PLAINTIVE CUCKOO C. merulinus; 1 m. Mae Tang IP 12/2.

ASIAN EMERALD CUCKOO Chrysococcyx maculates; 1 f. km26 KK 2/2.

DRONGO CUCKOO S. lugubris; 1 HKK 4/2.

KOEL E. scolopacea; Very common.

GREEN-BILLED MALKOHA P. tristis; Surprisingly scarce for such a common bird.

CHESTNUT-BREASTED MALKOHA P. curvirostris; Only 1 KNC 24/2; a very poor trip for malkohas.


GREATER COUCAL Centropus sinensis; Very common.

LESSER COUCAL C. bengalensis; 1 BB 13/2.

ASIAN BARRED OWLET G. cuculoides; Quite common all forest areas, secondary forest and open deciduous woods. 3 Jungle Lodge, KY 14/3.

SPOTTED OWLET A. brama; 1 pair near HKK 4/2, copulating on top of dead tree!

GREAT-EARED NIGHTJAR E. macrotis; 5+ KY golf course 14/2, 1 near obs. Tower, KY 15/2.

LARGE-TAILED NIGHTJAR C. macrurus; Very common KK on tarmac roads at dusk, 1 KY golf course 14/2.

ORANGE-BREASTED TROGON H. oreskios; 1 KK km15 1/2, 1 KK km16 2/2, 1 KY km32 trail 14/2, 1 KY trail 6 15/2.

RED-HEADED TROGON H. reythrocephalus; 1m. KY km32 trail 14/2.

PIED KINGFISHER C. rudis; 1 Cha-am 3/2, Malaysian Plover site.

COMMON KINGFISHER A. athis; 1 Mae Tang IP 12/2.

BANDED KINGFISHER L. pulchella; 1m. HKK 4/2.

BROWN-WINGED KINGFISHER H. amauroptera; 1 Krabi pier, 18/2, 1 Meritime Hotel pier 22/2.


SMYRNA KINGFISHER H. smyrnensis; Very common outside forest areas.

BLACK-CAPPED KINGFISHER H. pileata; Quite common SS, Krabi River.

COLLERED KINGFISHER H. chloris; Common Krabi coast and islands.

CHESTNUT-HEADED BEE-EATER M. leschenaulti; Common KK, KY [c25 15/2], Krabi and KNC.

BLUE-TAILED BEE-EATER M. philippinus; Only seen BB; 10+ 13/2.

GREEN BEE-EATER M. orientalis; 2 HKK 4/2, common Mae Tang IP 12/2.

BLUE-BEARDED BEE-EATER N. athertoni; 1 HKK 4/2.

INDIAN ROLLER C. benghalensis; Very common, even in forest clearings.

DOLLARBIRD E. orientalis; As Indian Roller.

BROWN HORNBILL P. tickelli; 6 KK km17 1/2 only sighting.

WREATHED HORNBILL R. undulates; 2 KK km36 31/1, 4 KY golf course 14/2.

PIED HORNBILL A. albirostris; 1 HKK 4/2, common KK and KY, 2 Poda Island 20/2.

GREAT HORNBILL B. bicornis; 1 KK 1/2, 1 KK 2/2, both km17. 4 perched, from obs. tower KY 15/2.

GREAT BARBET M. virens; 2 KK km31 2/2.

LINEATED BARBET M. lineata; 1 HKK 4/2, 3 KY Jungle Lodge 14/2.

GREEN-EARED BARBET M. faiostricta; 1 KK km17 2/2, 1 KY 14/2.

BLUE-THROATED BARBET M. asiatica; 1 KK km31 2/2, 1 DAK 10/2.

MOUSTACHED BARBET M. incognita; 1 KY km32 trail 14/2, 1 KY km 33 trail 15/2.

BLUE-EARED BARBET M. australis; 1 KK km36 31/1.

COPPERSMITH BARBET M. haemacephala; Common except at higher altitude.

ORANGE-BACKED WOODPECKER R. validus; 1 pair KNC trail R; one of the best birds of the trip.

GREATER FLAMEBACK C. lucidus; Common KK, 1f. HKK 4/2, common KY.

COMMON FLAMEBACK D. javenense; 1f. KK km16 2/2.

LACED WOODPECKER P. vittatus; 1 pair KY km32 trail 14/2.

GREATER YELLOWNAPE P. flavincha; 1f. KY trail 6 15/2.

LESSER YELLOWNAPE P. chlorolophus; 1f. KY trail 6 15/2.

BAY WOODPECKER B. pyrrhotis; 1f. DAK 10/2.

HEART-SPOTTED WOODPECKER H. canente; 1f. KK km16 2/2.

SILVER-BREASTED BROADBILL S. lunatus; 1 KK km26 2/2.

LONG-TAILED BROADBILL P. dalhousiae; 2 KK km26 2/2, 1 KY km32 trail 14/2.

BLUE PITTA P. Cyanea; 1f. HKK 4/2.

BANDED PITTA P. guajana; 1f. KNC trail N 24/2.

GURNEY'S PITTA P. gurneyi; 1m. KNC trail U 23/2, 1m. trail U 24/2.

EDIBLE-NEST/BLACK-NEST/GERMAIN'S SWIFTLET Aerodramus sp.; Swiftlets seen around Krabi coast and islands presumed to be of these species. A few Germain's seen around Ao Nang beach.

HIMALAYAN SWIFTLET A brevirostris; A few KK km36 1/2, common DI and DAK.

ASIAN PALM-SWIFT C. balasiensis; Very common.

PACIFIC SWIFT A. pacificus; Common DI, DAK, KY.

HOUSE SWIFT A. affinis; A few seen Bangkok, DI, DAK.

BROWN NEEDLETAIL H. Giganteus; A few seen KK and KY.

GREY-RUMPED TREESWIFT H. longipennis; Common KNC.

DUSKY CRAG-MARTIN Hirundo concolor; 20+ Wat Tampraprotisat 13/2. 2 KY 14/2.

BARN SWALLOW H. rustica; Very common everywhere.

PACIFIC SWALLOW H. tahitica; Common Krabi, KNC.

RED-RUMPED SWALLOW H. daurica; Small nos. DI and KY.

STRIATED SWALLOW H. striolata; c6 ssp. badia at Meritime Hotel Krabi 22/2 and also at KNC.

ASIAN HOUSE-MARTIN D. dasypus; 15+ DI 8/2, small numbers DAK and KY, only at 1200metres+.

RUFOUS-WINGED BUSHLARK M. assamica; 2 Mae Tang IP 12/2.

OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT A. hodgsoni; c20 DI 6/2, small nos. usually seen DI, DAK.

RICHARD'S PIPIT A. richardi; Small nos. seen in suitable habibtat.

PADDYFIELD PIPIT A. rufulus; Small nos. seen with wagtails, etc on dry paddyfields. Strangely never seen with above species, making identification sometimes difficult as rarely heard to call.

WHITE WAGTAIL M. alba; Small groups of distinctive ssp. leucopsis sometimes seen north of Bangkok, with c20 Mae Tang IP seen 13/2. None of the "grey-backed" ssp. seen.

GREY WAGTAIL M. cinerea; Always seen when looking for forktails!

YELLOW WAGTAIL M. flava; 2 SS 3/2 only birds noted.

CITRINE WAGTAIL M. citreola; 5 DI 8/2, on high altitude damp paddyfields.

FOREST WAGTAIL D. indicus; 3 KK village 31/1, outside bungalow.


LARGE WOOD-SHRIKE T. virgatus; 1 1/2, 2 2/2, KK.


INDO-CHINESE CUCKOO-SHRIKE C. polioptera; 1 KY Jungle Lodge 14/2, 1 KY 15/2.

BLACK-WINGED CUCKOO-SHRIKE C. melaschista; A few seen KK, fairly common KY.

ASHY MINIVET P. divaricatus; Fairly common KK, 2m. KY Jungle Lodge 15/2.

SWINHOE'S MINIVET P. cantonensis; 1m. KY Jungle Lodge 15/2.

ROSY MINIVET P. roseus; 1 pair KK 2/2.

GREY-CHINNED MINIVET P. solaris; 1f. KK1/2, 1f. KK 2/2, 2f. DI 6/2.

SHORT-BILLED MINIVET P. brevirostris; c2 KK 1/2, 1m. DI 7/2, 3+ DI 9/2. Personally found this species difficult without seeing "Z" wing-patch clearly.

LONG-TAILED MINIVET P. ethologus; Only seen DI, where fairly common.

SCARLET MINIVET P. flammeus; 1m. KK 1/2, 1 pair KK 2/2, 1 pair HKK 4/2, a few DI and KY.

COMMON IORA A. tiphia; 2 KK village 1/2 outside bungalow, 1 KY 14/2.

GOLD-FRONTED LEAFBIRD C. aurifrons; 1 DI 8/2.

BLUE-WINGED LEAFBIRD C. cochinchinensis; Common KK, KY and KNC.

STRIATED BULBUL P. striatus; Small nos. seen DI and DAK at higher altitudes.

BLACK-HEADED BULBUL P. atriceps; Fairly common; 1 or 2 seen DI at 2000+ metres.

BLACK-CRESTED BULBUL P. melanicterus; Very common all localities.

RED-WHISKERED BULBUL P. jocosus; Common in the north and KY.

BROWN-BREASTED BULBUL P. xanthorrhous; Common DAK only.

SOOTY-HEADED BULBUL P. aurigaster; Quite common HKK, DI, DAK.

STRIPE-THROATED BULBUL P. finlaysoni; Common in lowland areas.

FLAVESCENT BULBUL P. flavescens; Common KK km36 only, very common DI, DAK. The commonest high altitude bulbul.

YELLOW-VENTED BULBUL P. goiavier; 2 BB 14/2, a few at KNC [open areas only].

STREAK-EARED BULBUL P. blandfordi; Very common "urban" bulbul.

CREAM-VENTED BULBUL P. simplex; 1 KNC 23/2.

RED-EYED BULBUL P. brunneus; Common KNC.

PUFF-THROATED BULBUL C. pallidus; Only seen KY, where fairly common.

OCHRACEOUS BULBUL C. ochraceus; Fairly common KK, KNC. The "southern version" of Puff-throated Bulbul.

YELLOW-BELLIED BULBUL C. phaeocephalus; 1 KNC 24/2.

GREY-EYED BULBUL H. propinquus; Only seen KY where very common.

MOUNTAIN BULBUL H. mcclellandii; Common higher altitude bulbul; DI and DAK.

ASHY BULBUL H. flavala; 2 KY 15/2 trail 6 being the only sighting of this superb bulbul.

BLACK DRONGO D. macrocercus; Common bird of the plains, etc.

ASHY DRONGO D. leucophaeus; Very common all forest areas KK and the north. Ssp leucogenis occasionally seen.

BRONZED DRONGO D. aeneus; 1-2 seen daily KK, DI, DAK and KY.

LESSER RACKET-TAILED DRONGO D. remifer; 2-3 seen daily DI and DAK only.

HAIR-CRESTED DRONGO D. hottentottus; Common KK, HKK and KY.

GREATER RACKET-TAILED DRONGO D. paradiseus; Common, lower altitude racket-tailed drongo.

BLACK-NAPED ORIOLE O. chinensis; Quite common KK, BB and KY.

SLENDER-BILLED ORIOLE O. tenuirostris; 1imm. KK 2/2 km31 viewpoint. Not listed in "Birds of KK". This bird had a long, thin, dark bill that was distinctly decurved, and dark, thin lores and eye-stripe.

BLACK-HOODED ORIOLE O. xanthornis; 2 DI 8/2 km13 only sighting.

MAROON ORIOLE O. traillii; 1m. DI 7/2 km37, 1f. DAK 10/2.

ASIAN FAIRY-BLUEBIRD I. Puella; Very common KK and KY.

GREEN MAGPIE C. chinenesis; 3 KY 15/2 "Radar Road", having missed them at KK.

RED-BILLED BLUE MAGPIE U. erythrorhyncha; 1 KY 14/2 km32 trail.

RUFUOS TREEPIE D. vagabunda; 1 HKK 5/2.

GREY TREEPIE D. formosae; 1 KK 2/2 km 31 viewpoint.

RACKET-TAILED TREEPIE C. temia; 2 KY 14/2 Jungle Lodge.

BLACK MAGPIE P. leucopterus; 1 KNC 24/2 U trail.

LARGE-BILLED CROW C. macrorhynchos; Very common; even seen 2000m.+ DI.

GREAT TIT P. major; 1-2 seen daily DI and DAK, ssp. ambiguous/nubicolus.

YELLOW-CHEEKED TIT P. spilonotus; Regularly seen DI.

SULTAN TIT M. sultanea; Small nos. seen KK only; at km16-18 particularly.

CHESTNUT-VENTED NUTHATCH S. nageansis; 2-3 seen daily DI and DAK.

VELVET-FRONTED NUTHATCH S. fropntalis; 1 KK 2/2, 2 DI 8/2; strangely scarce for the commonest nuthatch.

PUFF-THROATED BABBLER P. ruficeps; 1 KK 2/2, 2 DI 8/2.

ABBOTT'S BABBLER T. abbotti; 1 KY 15/2.

MOUSTACHED BABBLER M. magnirostre; 1 KNC 24/2.

LARGE SCIMITAR-BABBLER P. hypoleucos; 1 KY 14/2 Ground-Cuckoo site.

WHITE-BROWED SCIMITAR-BABBLER P. schisticeps; 1 pair carrying food KK 1/2 km16, 1-2 seen daily DAK, KY.


GOLDEN BABBLER S. chrysaea; 4+ DI 8/2 km37.

SPOT-NECKED BABBLER S. striolata; 1 KK 2/2 km26.


YELLOW-EYED BABBLER C. sinense; 1 DAK 10/2.

WHITE-CRESTED LAUGHINGTHRUSH G. leucolophus; 3 HKK 4/2, 2 KY 15/2, 4+ KY 16/2.

BLACK-THROATED LAUGHINGTHRUSH G. chinensis; 1 KY 14/2 km32 trail.


CHESTNUT-CROWNED LAUGHINGTHRUSH G. erythrocephalus; Fairly common summit marsh, DI.

RED-FACED LIOCICHLA L. phoenicea; 4 DAK 11/2.

RUFOUS-WINGED FULVETTA A. castaneceps; Common around summit marsh, DI.

BROWN-CHEEKED FULVETTA A. poioicephala; 3+ KK 1/2 km36.

GREY-CHEEKED FULVETTA A. morrisonia; Only seen DI and DAK, where common.

WHITE-BELLIED YUHINA Y. zantholeuca; A few seen KK, fairly common KY.

WHITE-BROWED SHRIKE-BABBLER P. flaviscapis; 1m. KK 2/2 km36, 1f. DAK 10/2.

BLUE-WINGED MINLA M. cyanouroptera; 3+ seen daily DI, DAK.

CHESTNUT-TAILED MINLA M. strigula; 6+ DI 6/2, 6+ DI 7/2.

SILVER-EARED MESIA L. argentauris; 3+ seen daily DI, DAK; 6 DAK 10/2.

WHITE-HOODED BABBLER G. rufulus; 1 KK 31/1 km36. Not mega-rare, but one of the most striking birds of the trip.

SPECTACLED BARWING A. ramsayi; 5 DAK 10/2 "orchard", 2 DAK 11/2 ridge road. Again not a "mega" but subtlely very beautiful, as illustrated by Kamol in Lekagul/Round.

RUFOUS-BACKED SIBIA H. annectens; 2+ DI 7/2, 2 DI 9/2.

BLACK-HEADED SIBIA H. melanoleuca; Very common DI and DAK.

SPOT-BREASTED PARROTBILL P. nipalensis; 2 DAK 10/2 near "orchard".

GREY-HEADED PARROTBILL P. gularis; 1 DAK 10/2 near checkpoint at km19.

LESSER WHITETHROAT S. curruca; 1 DAK 10/2 near checkpoint at km19. Possibly the rarest bird of the trip! Seen low down in thick scrub, the jizz was clearly Sylvia warbler; it frequently called and showed quite well.

GOLDEN-SPECTACLED WARBLER S. burkii; 2 DI 7/2, 2 DI 8/2, single birds daily KY. No attempt was made to "split" the birds seen; hopefully more will be discovered about distribution before too long.

CHESTNUT-CROWNED WARBLER S. castaniceps; 2 DI 8/2.

YELLOW-BELLIED WARBLER A. superciliaris; 1+ KK 31/1 km36, 1 KK 2/2 km26.

BUFF-THROATED WARBLER P. subaffinis; 1 DAK 11/2 near ridge road.

DUSKY WARBLER P. fuscatus; 2+ BB 13/2.

RADDE'S WARBLER P. schwarzi; 2+ seen KK, 1-2 seen DI, KY.

PALE-LEGGED LEAF WARBLER P. tenellipes; A few seen HKK, KY and KNC.

TWO-BARRED GREENISH WARBLER P.plumeitarsus; Common all lower elevation forest.

GREENISH WARBLER P. trochiloides; Fairly common DI and DAK.

BLYTH'S LEAF WARBLER P. reguloides; Only seen DI; 5+ 6/2.

WHITE-TAILED LEAF WARBLER P. davisoni; Quite common summit marsh, DI. 1 pair carrying nesting material DAK 11/2.

YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER P. inornatus; Often commonest phyllosc in forest areas, especially KK. Distribution data confusing; I saw calling birds at both DI and DAK, where I had assumed they would be replaced by Hume's.

HUME'S LEAF WARBLER P. humei; Sometimes seen and heard DI and DAK; presumably under-recorded. As I can't hear the difference between Two-barred, Greenish and Hume's calls, many calling birds of these species were overlooked as time went on.

ASHY-THROATED WARBLER P. maculipennis; Only seen around summit marsh, DI, where quite common.


THICK-BILLED WARBLER A. aedon; 2+ BB 13/2 around carpark.

ORIENTAL REED WARBLER A. arundinaceus; 2-3 BB 13/2.

BLACK-BROWED REED WARBLER A. bistrigiceps; 2-3 BB 13/2.

STRIATED GRASSBIRD M. palustris; 2 BB 13/2.

BRIGHT-CAPPED CISTICOLA C. exilis; 2 Mae Tang IP 12/2.

GREY-BREASTED PRINIA P. hodgsonii; A few seen DI and DAK.

RUFESCENT PRINIA P. rufescens; 1-2 seen DI km13 and KNC.

PLAIN PRINIA P. inornata; Quite common Mae Tang IP and BB area.

HILL PRINIA P. atrogularis; Fairly common DI and DAK.

COMMON TAILORBIRD O. sutorios; Common in lowlands.

DARK-NECKED TAILORBIRD O. atrogularis; 1-2 seen daily, KY only.

MOUNTAIN TAILORBIRD O. cuculatus; 2 DI 8/2.

SLATY-BELLIED TESIA T. olivea; 2 DI 7/2 km34 trail.

WHITE-BROWED SHORTWING 1+ DI 6/2 summit marsh.

SIBERIAN RUBYTHROAT L. calliope; 3m. BB 13/2; unusually confiding, they gave good, close views on the metalled path at about 9:00 am.

RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL T. cyanurus; 1m. DI 6/2 summit marsh.

ORIENTAL MAGPIE-ROBIN C. saularis; Very common except at highest elevations.

WHITE-RUMPED SHAMA C. leucurum; Fairly common, although not seen DI or DAK.

PLUMBEOUS REDSTART R. fuliginosus; 1m. DI 6/2, 1m. DI 8/2 km21, 1m. DI 8/2 Vachirathan Waterfall.

RIVER CHAT C. leucocephalus; 1 DI 6/2, 1 DI 8/2 km21, 1 8/2 DI Vachirathan Waterfall.

WHITE-CROWNED FORKTAIL 1 DI 6/2 on road at km25.

STONECHAT S. torquata; Common at all but highest elevations.

PIED BUSHCHAT S. caprata; Common in the north.

GREY BUSHCHAT S. ferrea; As above species.

WHITE-THROATED ROCK THRUSH M. gularis; 1m. KK 2/2 Ban Krang campsite.

BLUE ROCK THRUSH M. solitarius; 1m. KK 2/2 Ban Krang campsite, 1m. DI 9/2, 2m. KY 15/2 obs. tower. All ssp. pandoo.

BLUE WHISTLING THRUSH M. caeruleus; Common in suitable habitat, all elevations; ssp. caeruleus

sometimes seen, especially at DI.

WHITE'S THRUSH Z. dauma; 1 KY 14/2 Ground-Cuckoo site.

DARK-SIDED THRUSH Z. marginata; 1 DI 6/2 summit marsh.

GREY-SIDED THRUSH T. feae; 2 DI 6/2, 1 DI 7/2, summit marsh.

EYEBROWED THRUSH T. obscurus; 3 DI 6/2 summit marsh, 10+ DI 7/2 around summit area.

DUSKY THRUSH T. naumanni; 1m. DI 6/2 summit marsh.

BROWN FLYCATCHER M. dauurica; Common except higher up on DI and DAK.

RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER F. parva; Small nos. seen all suitable habitats.

RUFOUS-GORGETTED FLYCATCHER F. strophiata; 2f.-types DAK 10/2.

LITTLE PIED FLYCATCHER F. westermanni; 1m. 7/2, 1m. 9/2, DI; 1 pair DAK 11/2.

SLATY-BACKED FLYCATCHER F. hodgsonii; 1m. 6/2, 1m. 7/2, DI.

SLATY-BLUE FLYCATCHER F. tricolor; 1f. DAK 11/2 .

GREY-HEADED FLYCATCHER C. ceylonensis; Fairly common, although not seen DAK.

LARGE NILTAVA N. grandis; 1 pair DAK 11/2.

RUFOUS-BELLIED NILTAVA N. sundara; 1f. DAK 10/2.

VERDITER FLYCATCHER E. thalassina; Common throughout.

PALE BLUE FLYCATCHER C. unicolor; 1m. KK 2/2 Ban Krang campsite.

WHITE-TAILED FLYCATCHER C. concreta; 1m. KK 2/2 km26 trail.


BLUE-THROATED FLYCATCHER C. rubeculoides; 2m. HKK 4/2.

HILL BLUE FLYCATCHER C. banyumas; 1 pair KK 1/2, 2m. DAK 10/2, 2m. KY 15/2 trail 6.

TICKELL'S BLUE FLYCATCHER C. tickrlliae; 1f. HKK 4/2, 2f. DI 8/2.

YELLOW-BELLIED FANTAIL R. hypoxantha; 3+ always seen summit marsh, DI.

WHITE-THROATED FANTAIL R. albicollis; Seen daily KK, DI and DAK.

BLACK-NAPED MONARCH H. azurea; Common KK, HKK, lower DI, and KY.

ASIAN PARADISE-FLYCATCHER T. paradisi; Only seen KK, KY and KNC.

BROWN SHRIKE L. cristatus; Very common all lowland areas. Only 1m. ssp. lucionensis recorded.

BURMESE SHRIKE L. colluroides; 2 Mae Tang IP 12/2.

GREY-BACKED SHRIKE L. tephronotus; 1 DI 6/2, 2 10/2, 1 11/2 DAK, 1 KY 15/2.

LONG-TAILED SHRIKE L. schach; 2 seen northern lowlands, 3 BB 13/2.

ASHY WOOD-SWALLOW A. fuscus; Common central plains and KY.

ASIAN PIED STARLING S. contra; Common central plains; 50+ BB 13/2.

BLACK-COLLARED STARLING S. nigricollis; A few seen south of Bangkok. 2 Mae Tang IP 13/2.

COMMON MYNA A. tristis; Commonest bird outside forest areas.

WHITE-VENTED MYNA A. javanicus; Common central plains, etc.

HILL MYNA G. religiosa; 6 KK 2/2, 3 14/2, 2 15/2 KY, 2 ssp. religiosa KNC 24/2.

BROWN-THROATED SUNBIRD A. malacensis; Common Poda Island and the south.

RUBY-CHEEKED SUNBIRD A. singalensis; 1m. KK 31/1, 1m. KK 2/2.

OLIVE-BACKED SUNBIRD N. jugularis; Common KK, central plains and the south.

GOULD'S SUNBIRD A. gouldiae; 1m. DI 9/2 only record.

GREEN-TAILED SUNBIRD A. nipalensis; Scarce; 1-2 usually seen upper levels of DI.

BLACK-THROATED SUNBIRD A. saturata; 1-2 seen daily DI and KY.

STREAKED SPIDERHUNTER A. magna; 1 KK 2/2, 1 DI 8/2.


SCARLET-BACKED FLOWERPECKER D. cruentatum; Common in lowlands.

BUFF-BELLIED FLOWERPECKER D. ignipectus; 1m. DI 9/2.

CHESTNUT-FLANKED WHITE-EYE Z. erythropleurus; 1 DAK 10/2, 2+ DAK 11/2.

JAPANESE WHITE-EYE Z. japonicus; 5 DI 5/2 fire tower, common DAK.

ORIENTAL WHITE-EYE Z. palpebrosus; 6+ KY 16/2.

TREE SPARROW P. montanus; Very common.

PLAIN-BACKED SPARROW P. flaveolus; Common central plains, etc.

HOUSE SPARROW P. domesticus; 2 pairs service area Highway 1 north of Nakhon Sawan 12/2. Both males showed aggression towards accompanying Tree Sparrows.

PIN-TAILED PARROTFINCH E. prasina; c20 inc. 2m. + c3imm. male KNC 24/2, trail B 0.48km feeding on seeding bamboo.

WHITE-RUMPED MUNIA L. striata; 2 DAK 10/2.

SCALY-BREASTED MUNIA L. punctulata; Common in suitable habitat throughout.

COMMON ROSEFINCH C. erythrinus; Small nos. seen DAK only.

LITTLE BUNTING E. pusilla; 1 DAK 11/2 "ridge road".

CHESTNUT BUNTING E. rutila; 4+ DI 6/2, 10+ DAK 11/2 along "ridge road".

CRESTED BUNTING M. iathami; 1f. DAK 11/2 "ridge road".

TOTAL: 360 species seen.


LONG-TAILED MACAQUE M. fascicularis; KNC, coastal areas, mangrove.

PIG-TAILED MACAQUE M. nemestrina; DI, KY etc.

DUSKY LANGUR/LEAF-MONKEY T. obscurus; KK, 1 seen at Rai Leh, Krabi.

White-handed Gibbons only ever heard, KK and KY.




GREY-BELLIED SQUIRREL C. caniceps; Wat Tampraprotisat.

WRINKLE-LIPPED BAT T. plicata; 1 million + leaving cave at KY presumed to be of this species.

JAVAN MONGOOSE H. javanicus; 1-2 seen BB, KY.

ELEPHANT E. maximus; 1 adult only seen KK at dusk, where aggressive behaviour initiated a rapid retreat! [by me, not the elephant]

SAMBAR C. unicolor; 2 KY.


COBRA sp. Naja sp. KNC trail N. Brown, c1.5m. long, c50mm girth.

FLAT-TAILED GECKO C. platyurus; Common.

TOCKAY G. gecko; Common KK.


COMMON BUTTERFLY LIZARD L. belliana; 1m. in breeding colours HKK 4/2. About 50cm long inc. tail.

INDO-PACIFIC HUMP-BACK DOLPHIN S. chinensis; 3 Krabi Pier 19/2, 7.45 am low tide. Excellent views of family group feeding and chasing fish. 2 ads.+ 1 imm.

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