North Thailand Birding

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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.

Black-naped Tern
Black-naped Tern

Rufous-bellied Woodpecker
Rufous-bellied Woodpecker

Oriental Scops Owl
Oriental Scops Owl

Mountain Peacock-Pheasant
Mountain Peacock-Pheasant (Malaysia)

What's About

Latest bird sightings around Thailand.

Updated 24 Oct 2016. Full details.

Amur Falcon - Chiang Dao.
Pale-capped Pigeon - Chumphon.
Oriental Paradise Flycatcher - Khun Kon
Greater Spotted Eagle - Doi Lo.
Yellow-legged Buttonquail - Khao Dinsor
Silver-backed Needletail - Khao Dinsor.
Indian Stone-curlew - Huay Bong.
Indochinese Cuckooshrike - Thap Lan.
Booted Eagle - Doi Lo.
White-shouldered Starling - Mae Sot.
Asian Dowitcher - Bangpoo.
Jerdon's Baza - Khao Dinsor.
Spoon-billed Sandpiper - Pak Thale.
Yellow-breasted Bunting - Khao Dinsor.
Buffy Fish Owl - Ranong.
Amur Paradise Flycatcher - Bangpoo.
Common Swift - Khao Dinsor.
Rufous-winged Buzzard - Khao Dinsor.
White-throated Needletail - Khao Dinsor
Black-eared Kite - Wiang Chai.
Blyth's Hawk-Eagle - Khao Dinsor.

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: 2,859 images of 739 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: 4,260 images of 1,270 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

24 Oct. Added Mediterranean Gull, Mew Gull, Great black-backed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, European Herring Gull (species #1,266-1,270) to World Bird gallery. Added additional images of Black-headed Gull.

23 Oct. Added Red Kite and Common Buzzard (species #1,254-1,265) to World Bird gallery. Added additional images of Common Moorhen, Eurasian Coot, Common Redsahnk and Ruddy Turnstone.

22 Oct. Trip report for Colombia 28 Aug - 27 Sep.

22 Oct. Added Eurasian Wigeon, Northern Shoverler, Eurasian Teal, Common Pochard, Tusfted Duck, Common Eider, Red-breasted Merganser and Great Cormorant (species #1,254-1,263) to World Bird gallery. Added additional images of Mallard.

22 Oct. Added Slender-billed Gull, Steppe Gull, Leser Crested Tern and Roseate Tern (species #736-739) to Thailand Bird gallery. Added additional images of Black-headed Gull, Heuglin's Gull, Caspian Tern, Little Tern, Bridled Tern, Black-naped Tern, Common Tern, Whiskered Tern and White-winged Tern.

21 Oct. Added Grey-tailed Tattler, Red Knot, Little Stint and Curlew Sandpiper (species #732-735) to Thailand Bird gallery. Added additional images of Pheasant-tailed Jacana, Pin-tailed Snipe, Common Snipe, Black-tailed Godwit, Eurasian Curlew, Spotted Redshank, Marsh Sandpiper, Common Greenshank, Wood Sandpiper, Terek Sandpiper, Red-neced Stint, Temminck's Stint, Long-toed Stint and Broad-billed Sandpiper.

17 Oct. Added Kentish Plover and Greater Sand Plover (species #730-731) to Thailand Bird gallery. Added additional images of Red-wattled Lapwing, Pacific Golden Plover, Grey Plover, Little Ringed Plover, Eastern Little Ringed Plover, White-faced Plover, Malaysian Plover and Lesser Sand Plover.

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