Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden: 27 April 2012






27 April 2012.
Very hot, partially cloudy with thunder, but no rain.
Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden.

With almost two years since the previous visit, it felt like time to have another look around this garden and hope to add a few to the lists of birds and butterflies encountered here. Despite the passage of time, not much seemed to have changed, with the same layouts, facilities and trails. Another really hot and dry day, but bird and butterfly activity not too bad. The morning was spent along the three trails within the garden; mainly as these are the most shaded and offer the best birding. Given the time of year and weather, not a great list of birds, though a Large Woodshike was a slight surpirse, with other interesting species such as Brown-cheeked Fulvetta and Blyth's Paradise Flycatcher.

Unidentified bug
Unidentified bug

Fulvous Dawnfly
Fulvous Dawnfly


Three-coloured Kaiser
Three-coloured Kaiser

In taller trees near the arboretum a pair of Small Minivet; a decidedly scarce species in northern Thailand. In the heat of the day walked the back road past the orchid house to the nursery but only Square-tailed Drongo-Cuckoo of note.

On the butterfly front the more interesting species were found in the damp shade forest in the fern garden, with Fulvous Dawnfly, Three-coloured Kaiser and several struggle-to-identify skippers and oakblues.

Species List

  Common Name Count
  Shikra 1
  Greater Coucal 1
  Banded Bay Cuckoo 2
  Square-tailed Drongo-Cuckoo 1
  Common Iora 1
  Small Minivet 2
  Blyth's Paradise Flycatcher 2
  Grey-headed Canary-Flycatcher 2
  Large Woodshrike 1
  Black-crested Bulbul 6
  Red-whiskered Bulbul 3
  Sooty-headed Bulbul 5
  Puff-throated Bulbul 2
  Grey-eyed Bulbul 4
  Yellow-bellied Warbler 2
  Dark-necked Tailorbird 4
  Pin-striped Tit-Babbler 10
  Brown-cheeked Fulvetta 2
  Puff-throated Babbler 4
  Oriental White-eye 1
  Velvet-fronted Nuthatch 2
  Blue Whistling Thrush 1
  White-rumped Shama 3
  Hill Blue Flycatcher 4
  Blue-winged Leafbird 2
  Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker 2
  Olive-backed Sunbird 6
  Little Spiderhunter 5
  Streaked Spiderhunter 3
  White-rumped Munia 8