North Thailand Birding

Black-breasted Thrush Red Lacewing




North Thailand Birding focuses on Birds, Birding and Nature Photography in Thailand. Information covers Birding Sites, Checklists, Trip Reports and Resources, as well as a wealth of background, travel and logistical information. Photo Galleries showcase the extent and variety of the natural wildlife, as well as providing an identification guide for some well represented groups. Birding localities and important places are locatable in a shareable Google Map. A World section features birding trip reports and further bird and wildlife galleries from around the globe.

Mountain Peacock-Pheasant
Mountain Peacock-Pheasant (Malaysia)

Erebus ephesperis
Erebus ephesperis

White-shouldered Starling
White-shouldered Starling

Egrets at sunset
Egrets at sunset

What's About

Latest bird sightings around Thailand.

Updated 20 Sep 2016. Full details.

Chestnut-tailed Starling - Nong Luang.
Red-necked Phalarope- Khon Kean.
Eurasian Wryneck - Nong Luang.
Crested Partridge - Kuiburi.
Blue-rumped Parrot - Kuiburi.
Brown-throated Sunbird - Wiang Chai.
Black Baza - Khao Dinsor.
Tiger Shrike - Suan Rot Fai.
Yellow-rumped Flycatcher - Nong Pling.
Daurian Starling - Ko Samui.
White-throated Needletial - Khao Dinsor
Ferruginous Partridge - Kuiburi.
Japanese Sparrowhawk - Chinag Mai.
Grey-headed Lapwing - Wiang Chai.
Forest Wagtail - Chiang Mai.
Amur Paradise Flycatcher - Kuiburi.
Japanese Sparrowhawk - Khao Dinsor.
Yellow-rumped Flycatcher - Ranong.
Tiger Shrike - Kuiburi.
Yellow-rumped Flycatcher - Kraeiso Dam
Black Bittern - Mueang Boran.
Amur Paradise Flycatcher - Doi Inthanon

News Snippets

4 Aug. Taxonomic changes from IOC 6.3 (2016) made across the website.

19 Jul. New species of bent-toed gecko described from Thailand - Phetchaburi Bent-toed Gecko Cyrtodactylus phetchaburiensis. Reptile checklist updated.

17 May. Laos Odd-scaled Snake Parafimbrios lao, new for Thai list.

20 Apr. Quarterly records round up covering Nov 2015 - Feb 2016 published on BCST website.

Geographically, North Thailand Birding covers the northern half of the country in detail - roughly north of Bangkok and the Peninsula. Additionally, areas of the south are included following visits and exploration around the country. All information, especially for localities, is gained from first-hand experience and accurate at the time of publication.

Current Status

Thailand Photo Galleries:
Birds: 2,789 images of 729 species.
Butterflies: 1,706 images of 466 species.
Skippers: 351 images of 120 species.
Mammals: 279 images of 64 species.
Reptiles: 303 images of 70 species.
Amphibians: 123 images of 35 species.

World Photo Galleries:
Birds: 4,160 images of 1,243 species.

Feedback through the Contact form is welcomed, as are any comments on identification of species in photographs.

North Thailand Birding went live in September 2011. This website is an on-going project, initiated back in October 2009 when photographs were first taken and localities first visited. Information, photos, scope and detailed coverage are being updated and expanded continually. For some sections this will be a lengthy process - especially locality information and maps - as time in the field has priority over sitting at a computer!

Planned expansion includes additional localities and checklists. Longer term, additional photo galleries will be added to include dragonflies and damsel flies, other insects and spiders.

Latest updates

25 Aug. Due to foreign travel in remote locations, next major updates in late October. Daily sightings will continue to updated as internet access permits.

17 Aug. Added Neope shirozui and Lethe titania to World Butterfly gallery.

16 Aug. Added Long-tailed Minivet, Yellow-bellied Tit, Sichuan Leaf Warbler, Golden-fronted Fulvatta, Emei Shan Liocichla, Black-headed Sibia, Brown-winged Parrotbill, Grey-hooded Parrotbill, White-collared Yuhina, Rufous-vented Yuhina, Sichuan Treecreeper, Chinese Blackbird, Vinaceous Rosefinch and Red Crossbill (species #1,230-1,243) to World Bird gallery. Added additional images of Crested Finchbill, Black Bulbul, Ashy-throated Warbler, Claudia's Leaf Warbler, Plain Prinia, Oriental White-eye, Ferruginous Flycatcher, Slaty-backed Flycatcher and Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher.

13 Aug. Trip report for Sichuan, China 6-10 August.

4 Aug. Taxonomic changes from IOC 6.3 (2016) made across the website. Only one species on the Thai list affected.

3 Aug. Added Indian Desert Jird, Red Fox, Onager, Northern Palm Squirrel and Nilgai to World Mammal gallery.

3 Aug. Added Trip Report for Malaysia 29-31 July. Added Crested Fireback, Mountain Peacock-Pheasant and Barred Cuckoo-Dove (species #1,227 - 1,229) to World Bird gallery. Added additional images of Great Argus, Rhinoceros Hornbill, Orange-backed Woodpecker, Buff-necked Woodpecker, Spectacled Bulbul and Black-throated Babbler.

27 Jul. Added Great-billed Heron, Brown-cheeked Rail, Common Buttonquail, Beach Stone-curlew and Crab-plover (species #725-729) to Thailand Bird gallery. Added additional images of Eastern Cattle Egret, Grey Heron, Great Egret, Little Egret, Chinese Egret, Indian Cormorant, Eastern Marsh Harrier, Brahminy Kite, Grey-faced Buzzard, Ruddy-breasted Crake, White-browed Crake, Barred Buttonquail, Black-winged Stilt, Pied Avocet and River Lapwing.

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