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Northern Thailand

NORTHERN THAILAND

DOI INTHANON, DOI ANGKHANG, DOI LANG

The mountains of Northern Thailand hold an avifauna very different from Central Thailand. The mountains are the last ‘off shoots’ of the Himalayas and thus introduce a number of families only found on higher grounds.

This trip focuses on 3 major peaks.

Doi Inthanon at 2565m is the highest mountain in Thailand.
The summit holds a unique high altitude bog with some tame like birds. Chestnut-tailed Minlas, White-browed Shortwings, Pygmy Wren Babbler, Green-tailed Sunbird, Silver-eared Laughingthrushes, Ashy-throated Warbler, Dark-backed Sibias, are the most abundant birds up here but many other are found as well. In January 2011 the trip included a Purple Cochua so one just never can tell!
We’ll bird different areas in search of White-capped Redstart, Dark-sided Thrush, Plumbeous Redstart, Brown Treecreeper, Mountain Tailorbird, Green Cochua, Rufus-throated Partridge, Spectacled Barwing, Ashy Pigeons, Maroon Oriole, Rufous-winged Fulvettas, Slaty-bellied Tesia, Black-eared Shrike-Babbler, Common Rosefinch, Black-tailed Crake, Japanese Tit, Yellow-cheeked Tit, Short-billed, Grey, Long-tailed Minivets and many more.

Doi Angkhang is not a National Park but has rugged mountains that are inhabited by various hill tribes and ethnic Chinese descendants. It is good for Parrotbills (Spot-breasted, Grey-headed, Lesser Rufous), Orange-bellied Rock Thrush, White-gorgetted Flycatcher,Scaly Thrush, Silver-eared Mesias, White-tailed Robin, Eye-browed, Dark-throated and Grey-sided Thrush, Loads of challenging Phyllosc Leaf Warblers as well as Bush Warblers, and of course the biggest catch: Giant Nuthatch and Hume’s Pheasant (both seen well on last year’s tour)

Doi Lang is a mountain ridge that runs next to Myanmar with absolutely no tourists around.
Up here many rarities can be found. We will look for Whiskered Yuhinnas, White and Rufous-gorgetted Flycatcher, Slaty-backed Flycatcher, Black-throated Tit, Fire-tailed Sunbird, Cutia, Crimson-breasted Woodpecker, Red-faced Liochicla, Himalayan Bluetail, Spotted Wren Babbler, Red-billed Scimitar-Babbler, Mountain Bamboo Partridge, Crested Finchbill, Striated Bulbul, Jerdon’s Bushchat etc etc

Day 1. Fly to Chiang Mai drive to Doi Inthanon
Day 2. Doi Inthanon
Day 3. Doi Inthanon morning
Drive to Doi Angkhang mid day, birding DAK late am
Day 4. Doi Angkhang
Day 5. DAK morning

Fields of Thatorn in the afternoon: Siberian Rubythroat, Bluethroat, Jerdon’s Bushchat, White Wagtail, Citrine Wagtail, Chestnut-capped Babbler, Pied Bushchat, Yellow-bellied Prinia, Pied Harrier and Buntings being what we look out for.

Day 6. Doi Lang

Doi 7. Doi Lang morning, Golden Triangle afternoon (Small Pratincole, River Lapwing, Long-billed Plover)

Day 8. Chiang Saen Lake (Baer’s Pochard and other waterfowl)

Fly to Bangkok where trip will end.


This trip normally produce around 200-220 species
Together with the Central trip about 400 some species recorded

Last year's trip is found here as: http://www.cloudbirders.com/tripreport/repository/SIKKENS_Thailand_02_2013.pdf



If the dates are not to your convenience you can let me know and I might be able to adjust.


Doi Inthanon
Doi Inthanon
Hume's Pheasant, male
Hume's Pheasant, male
Rufous-throated Partridge
Rufous-throated Partridge
Wedge-tailed Pigeon
Wedge-tailed Pigeon
Speckled Wood Pigeon
Speckled Wood Pigeon
Crested Finchbill
Crested Finchbill
White-headed Bulbul
White-headed Bulbul
Long-tailed Shrike
Long-tailed Shrike
Grey-chinned Minivet
Grey-chinned Minivet
White-necked Laughingthrush
White-necked Laughingthrush
Silver-eared (Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush)
Silver-eared (Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush)
Red-billed Scimitar Babbler
Red-billed Scimitar Babbler
Pygmy Wren Babbler
Pygmy Wren Babbler
Spectacled Barwing
Spectacled Barwing
Red-faced Liochicla
Red-faced Liochicla
Black-headed Sibia
Black-headed Sibia
Silver-eared Mesia
Silver-eared Mesia
Chestnut-tailed Minla
Chestnut-tailed Minla
Spot-breasted Parrotbill
Spot-breasted Parrotbill
Whiskered Yuhina
Whiskered Yuhina
Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush
Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush
Blue Whistling Thrush
Blue Whistling Thrush
Scaly Thrush
Scaly Thrush
Dark-sided Thrush
Dark-sided Thrush
Eye-browed Thrush, female
Eye-browed Thrush, female
Chestnut Thrush
Chestnut Thrush
Black-breasted Thrush
Black-breasted Thrush
Green Cochua
Green Cochua
Grey-winged Blackbird
Grey-winged Blackbird
Siberian Ruby-throat
Siberian Ruby-throat
White-tailed Robin
White-tailed Robin
Himalayan Bluetail
Himalayan Bluetail
Daurian Redstart
Daurian Redstart
Grey Bushchat
Grey Bushchat
Jerdon's Bushchat
Jerdon's Bushchat
White-capped Redstart (Riverchat)
White-capped Redstart (Riverchat)
White-browed Shortwing
White-browed Shortwing
White-gorgetted Flycatcher
White-gorgetted Flycatcher
Yellow-bellied Fantail
Yellow-bellied Fantail
Large Niltava
Large Niltava
Rufous-bellied Niltava
Rufous-bellied Niltava
Green-tailed Sunbird
Green-tailed Sunbird
Fire-tailed Sunbird
Fire-tailed Sunbird
Chestnut-headed Tesia
Chestnut-headed Tesia
Slaty-bellied Tesia
Slaty-bellied Tesia
Yellow-cheeked Tit
Yellow-cheeked Tit
Black-throated Tit
Black-throated Tit
Giant Nuthatch
Giant Nuthatch