The New “Birds of Thailand”

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Perhaps you don’t know it yet, but with more than 1000 bird species, palm-fringed sandy beaches, developed tourism infrastructure, moderate prices and political stability, Thailand is a country you definitively want to visit. Since Craig Robson’s “Birds of Thailand” (2002) is taxonomically outdated, the choice was Robson’s “Birds of South-East Asia” (the updated second, 2014 edition of the 2001 classic). The post The New “Birds of Thailand” appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

Birding Thailand: Doi Lang

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Thailand also has a site where birders go for very much the same reason that Americans go to Bentsen-Rio Grande State Park or the Chiricahuas. It is called Doi Lang, a mountain with a winding road that flanks the Burmese border in far northern Thailand that has affinities to the Himalayan foothills further north and west. Doi Lang is the most reliable site in Thailand to see the stunning Scarlet-faced Liocichla. Birding Destinations rare birds Thai birding Thailand

Little Crane, Very Big Deal: Hope for Sarus Cranes in Thailand

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Sarus Cranes were extirpated in Thailand about 50 years ago due to the triple threat of farmers, hunters, and pesticides. Those measures have just paid off: The first wild-born Sarus Crane in Thailand since the 1960s just celebrated its one-month birthday. News Conservation International Crane Foundation Sarus Cranes ThailandThe world’s biggest flying bird—the Sarus Crane , with a maximum of height of 6 feet/1.8 meters—has had a rough go of it.

Laem Pak Bia Birding, Thailand

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So I couldn’t make it through an entire post about birding in Thailand without having at least one photo of a bee-eater, broadbill, kingfisher or pitta. Birding digiscoping ThailandJust a little ways south of Bangkok is a system of wetlands, mangroves, paddies and salt marshes famous amongst local and international birders not the least because Laem Pak Bia and Pak Thale make up THE area to find wintering Spoonbilled Sandpiper.

Birding 8500ft above Thailand (Doi Inthanon National Park)

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Doi Inthanon National Park in northern Thailand is a birding paradise (IMHO). We were visiting Doi Inthanon with Jan and Tu - two of Thailands most extraordinary birders (great people and wonderfully knowledgeable guides) - and as any birding tourist knows: the depths of the birding and peripheral experience is made all the greater by great company. Trips digiscoping Doi Inthanon National Park features Thailand

Win a Free Trip to Thailand!

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We here at 10,000 Birds are VERY pleased to announce that we have procured a place on a two-week, all-inclusive birding tour of Thailand for January of next year that will be guided by field guide authors David Allen Sibley and Richard Crossley and American Birding Association President Jeff Gordon! The closest without going over will win and GO TO THAILAND FOR TWO WEEKS FOR FREE!

Pakistani Man Caught Smuggling Rare Tortoises

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Tags: wildlife smuggling wildlife crime pakistan thailand tortoises

World birding from a Schrödinger’s house

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Thailand 1065 18. Birds of Thailand field guide review. Destinations birding tips Bolivia Brazil Colombia Ecuador India Indonesia Peru Thailand Uganda world birdwatchWhat I truly hate about the pandemic is that it mentally puts me back into the 1990s in the Balkans.

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Thai Police Arrest Ivory Traffickers

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The dollars part doesn't seem like much to me either, but it could be a fortune in Thailand. Tags: ivory africa poaching trafficking thailand elephants Police arrested two Thai nationals for trafficking in African ivory. Unfortunately, if they are found guilty, they would face a maximum of only four years in jail. The fines could be up to 40,000 baht (1,150 dollars). Anyone know?

Birding crème de la crème: Asia – Corbett to Taman Negara

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At the time of writing, Thailand has 18 hotspots over 300 species, and I will focus on the #1, the Doi Inthanon National Park in the north, among the easternmost slopes of the Himalayan range. Destinations Asia birding tips ecotourism India Malaysia Thailand travel world birdwatch

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The longest way to Costa Rica goes around the world!

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In such a case, you might opt to book an eastbound flight, or a series of flights, from Lisbon to Sao Tome and Principe, Ghana, Rwanda, Uganda, then Sri Lanka, Thailand, Borneo, PNG, Tahiti, Ecuador, Guyana and finally to Costa Rica…. Located in Southeast Asia is Thailand with 1050 birds, some 400 of them birdable in three weeks. Presuming that you want to bird Costa Rica, you would book a southbound flight (from N. America) or westbound (from Europe).

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Are Thai Temple Tigers Drugged?

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Some conservationists worry that the tigers living at a Buddhist Temple in Thailand are drugged, but the monks deny it. Tags: tigers thailand There's a big article at the ABC News site. Read it and tell us what you think. Tourists visiting the Tiger Temple pay big money: anything from $15 just for entry, up to $50 for the very special photograph of a tiger with its head in your lap.

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A Bird Blind in Thailand (part 2)

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One of the coolest things I did in Thailand ( we were just on holiday there ), and undoubtedly one of the coolest things I have done since getting in to digiscoping, was to spend a day with Alex Vargas in a bird photography blind in Thailand’s Kaeng Krachan National Park - Kaeng Krachan is part of one of the largest forest complexes in southeast Asia, and is a favoured haunt of many local birders (and when Tu says it is THE place to bird in Thailand , then I believe him).

Brown-headed Gull

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Birds gulls ThailandAt the time this post goes live I’ll be wandering around Hong Hong in a bemused state of mind trying to identify not only the native birds but the multitude of other species released by the inhabitants into the area. It’ll allow me to put a good start to this year’s list before the long drought of work starts up. So allow me to introduce the Brown-headed Gull.

24 Hours in Bangkok, Bang Poo and Muang Boran

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This particular species is something of a taxanomic nightmare, as it may be a Heuglin’s Gull, which itself is sometimes considered a subspecies of the Lesser Black-backed Gull or the Herring Gull, and the race found in Thailand may be a species in its own right, the Taymir Gull, which may just be a hybrid of the Heuglin’s Gull and the Vega Gull. It’s actually a surprisingly nice location and one you can ge a lot of great birds that are hard to get elsewhere in Thailand.

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Interpol Makes Arrests in Tiger Smuggling

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The two-month operation involved national enforcement agencies in six tiger-range countries (China, India, Nepal, Russia, Thailand and Vietnam) and was coordinated by INTERPOL's Environmental Crime Program at its headquarters in Lyon, France. From the PR Newswire. A coordinated international law enforcement operation has led to the arrest of 25 individuals suspected of taking part in the illicit trade of tigers, one of the world's most endangered species.

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Deadly 60: Big Cat Battleground

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Also airing tonight, Thailand’s Killer Cats! In Thailand, a land known for its exotic animals, Steve comes face-to-face with the longest venomous snake in the world, the king cobra, whose bite could kill an elephant. Then we’ll meet two of Thailand’s killer cats: the rare clouded leopard, a flamboyant feline with a taste for treetops and hunting in little or no light; and the fishing cat, known for hunting in the water. Tonight! Monday, July 11 at 10PM ET/PT on Nat Geo WILD!

Endangered Malayan Tiger Cubs Born at Busch Gardens Tampa

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Found only in the southern tip of Thailand and the Malay Peninsula, it’s estimated that only 500 Malayan tigers remain in the wild. Three endangered Malayan tiger cubs were born at Busch Gardens Tampa Sunday, March 31. The litter consists of two males and one female. Each cub weighs between six and seven pounds, and is currently being monitored around the clock by the park’s animal care team. These births are critical to help preserve the species. Malayan tigers are critically endangered.

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Vietnam Getting into Swift Nest Business

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Already a $200 million a year industry largely concentrated in Malaysia and Thailand, the farming of swifts is now being ramped up in Vietnam. While eating the nests of swifts is nothing new, the large-scale production of these nests is. Because they will rebuild the nests made of their own saliva when they are taken, and because they are worth more alive and building nests than they are dead, the practice does not harm the swifts and gives a positive economic incentive to conserve them.

“The 125 Best Bird Watching Sites in Southeast Asia”

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Having more than 2500 bird species, including over 850 endemics (480 in Indonesia alone), Southeast Asia stretches roughly from the easternmost Himalayan slopes in Myanmar and the palm-fringed beached of Thailand all the way to the ridiculously colourful Birds of Paradise of New Guinea, which Phoebe Snetsinger described: “I’ve never done acid, but I imagine that when you do, you see things like the birds-of-paradise.”

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Where America dreams of/goes birding?

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Some of those “statistical errors” came as surprises to me, e.g. Cuba, Bolivia, Uganda, Sri Lanka, Thailand (this is also a clear message to their tourism boards to invest more into promoting avitourism). If I were answering those same questions, my answers would probably be Ecuador, Uganda and Thailand. I had no intention of making a questionnaire or analysing the results.

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Schoolkids Across Asia Team Up to Save the Spoon-Billed Sandpiper

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The project recruited schoolkids from eight Asian nations, from Russia down to Thailand, to help color in frames of an animation that depicts the lonely and perilous migration of a Spoon-billed Sandpiper as it faces threats from habitat loss and hunting. Photo by JJ Harrison/Wikimedia Commons. Children are cute. So are Spoon-billed Sandpipers.

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Birding Bangkok? Try Suan Luang Park

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With that said, if you find yourself in Bangkok, Thailand for a day, there are many urban parks that offer great urban birding. Malaysian Pied-Fantail is a common and conspicuous bird in the lowlands of Thailand. The following is a list of regular species at Suan Luang Park in Bangkok, Thailand: Asian Openbill. When going on an overseas birding trip, many serious birders want to leave the city as soon possible in search of endemic or rare species in remote wilderness.

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Some Birding News about Birders in Costa Rica

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I have found myself listening to babbler songs and wondering which ones I may have heard in the distant forests of Thailand. In Costa Rica, our July birding news usually consists of interesting sightings during the mid-summer tours. Which tours saw the most roosting owls? Did Cope have another site for nesting Great Potoo ? This odd nocturnal creature is around the same size as a Barred Owl. What has Chambito been seeing in Cano Negro? Is there a seeding patch of bamboo I can visit?

Tips to Use eBird for Costa Rica

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How about Thailand? EBird! It’s part of modern birding. In some parts of the world, it seems like most birders use it, myself included and why not? Make a bird list for anywhere, anytime and on a hand held device! Don’t have a connection? No problem! Note birds the old fashioned way (that would be writing on paper) and submit those observations back at the homestead or wherever you have a connection.

A Look Back at 2012

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This is mostly because I started the year in tropical Queensland and ended the year in Thailand and the UK. In one insane day in Thailand I added 96 birds to my year list! That day in Thailand was all the sweeter for not having done much birding over the year, like a long cold gulp of G&T after a hot dusty day. Back in January of last year I said in my list for the year that I’d be happy if I hit 300 birds in 2012.

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Avian Quiz Answer – April 15, 2011

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And an incorrectly-guessed species from Thailand, Deignan’s Babbler , is equally exciting. This week’s quiz was global in nature, asking to identify endemic species of a country that needed to be guessed based on a number of clues. There were four people who correctly ID’ed endemic species in that country in short order. Congratulations to Nick, Pat O’Donnell, Peter O and Clare. The country in question is Costa Rica.

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Hill Mynas: A Touch of Tropical Asia in Miami

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Distributed across a broad swath of territory that includes India’s Himalayan foothills, Thailand, Indochina, peninsular Malaysia and western Indonesia, this species occurs in moist or semi-evergreen forests that may include secondary growth and degraded habitats in its native range. Miami, Florida has a reputation among the birding community for being overrun with exotic bird species. It is well-deserved.

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9 (almost) Birds that live underwater

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Looking through some of my photos from my last trip to Thailand, I got to wondering what birds the various fish and creatures would be if they were feathered. You should know by now that there are a good number of birds that spend an appreciable amount of time underwater. There are, for example, the Penguins and Diving Ducks. And then there are the crazy-awesome Dippers and one should not forget the great diving birds like Gannets and Albatrosses.

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My (belated) Best Bird of the Year 2011: Racket-tailed Treepie

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I was in a bird photography hide in Kaeng Krachan National Park in Thailand (with Alex Vargas) and we had just had an absolutely fabulous day enjoying and photographing a great variety of birds (and a Crab-eating Mongoose) when we were just getting ready to pack up and leave.

15 expat-friendly countries for a birder to move to

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Thailand (925 / 948). What are the best countries for a passionate birder to move to? And why? I discovered this map a while ago, hidden somewhere at the not so easy to navigate BirdLife International’s website, and I have used it as my computer wallpaper ever since. Usually, I interchange some birdy wallpapers several times per month, but this one has stayed for several months already. It makes me think what is the meaning of life, the universe and everything? Why am I here?

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What is a Merganser?

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While this merganser does maintain a strong presence in China throughout the year, it may breed as far north as Russia and winter as far south as Thailand. One of the sweetest subsections of the duck family has to be the sawbills, formally known as mergansers. Mergansers are a family of diving waterfowl in Merginae , the seaduck subfamily of Anatidae. Ironically, only one of these seaducks is truly a seafarer, the others favoring rivers and lakes.

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EL32 Swarovision

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First bird seen through an EL32 Swarovision : Short-toed Treecreeper ( Certhia brachydactyla ) from my office window First time I got to take them birding : Last year in Thailand. Since the day that we announced the release of the EL42 Swarovision, people have been asking when a 32mm version of the Swarovision binoculars will be available.

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Best Bird of the Year – 2013

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But the news isn’t entirely gloomy, as numbers of Asian Openbill Storks have recovered in Thailand after crashing. I’m at a yearly disadvantage when it comes to deciding my Best Bird of the Year (BBOY) here on 10,000 Birds. This is because unlike most of the writers here I live in the Southern Hemisphere, which means that like a lot of people over here I take my yearly long break over the Christmas period.

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Purple Swamphen: Supertramp or superspecies?

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The Gray-headed Swamphen ranges from Turkey through India to northern Thailand. The colorful Purple Swamphen ( Porphyrio porphyrio ) lives in wetlands from Portugal and Senegal all the way east to New Zealand and the Samoan Islands, and a feral population is now well established in Florida.

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Clearing up the Collared Kingfishers

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Subspecies humii , Thailand. All the way back in 2011 I wrote about the confusing taxanomic enigma that is the Collared Kingfisher , a species that ranges from the Red Sea to Tonga in a bewildering variety of forms. I’m happy to report that an analysis of the species and some relatives has found that, as suspected, it isn’t a single species.

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Stop to Smell the Giant Parasitic Roses

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The 28 odd species of this genus are found in the Sunda (the islands of Indonesia, Malaysia and the southern bit of Thailand) and the Philippines, and are named for the inescapable (in this region anyway) Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, he of the founding of Singapore fame. When birding, as in life in general, it is important to stop occasionally and smell the metaphorical roses.

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Asia’s Deadliest Bird: The Brown Prinia

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It inhabits rather dry areas within a region notorious for being one of the rainiest parts of the world, and is thus patchily distributed from Burma through Laos, Cambodia, parts of Thailand and south China, all the way to Vietnam. It must suck to be called “ Brown Prinia “ Try as I might, I can’t think of a name that implies more boredom and more unattractiveness, and is less apt at attracting the interest of birders.

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Peterson Reference Guide to Sparrows of North America: A Review by a Sparrow Fan

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My review copy (well, actually a contributor’s copy—more on that later) was waiting for me when I returned from the ABA birding tour of Thailand and Malaysia (more on that in a separate post) in early March. I like sparrows. I like observing them, reading about them, grappling with species and subspecies identification, and even—on a good day—talking about sparrow taxonomy.

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I and the Bird: What is a Vulture?

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Thailand’s Adopt a Vulture Program – YC Wee, Bird Ecology Study Group. That vultures get a bad rap is something of a given. There’s no getting around the fact that they’re weird looking. Birds are supposed to have feathers and birds without feathers look incomplete, like they left home with shaving cream on their ear and toothpaste spots on their shirt.

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Best Bird of the Year 2014

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Carlos chose a pigeon that pretty much everyone should want to see: My best bird of the year came right at the beginning of January as I was wrapping up my travels in Thailand. That’s Redgannet’s BBOTY at the top of the post. Read on to find out what it is! 2014 has been a good year for us at 10,000 Birds. We’ve traveled to lots of places, seen lots of great birds, and met lots of great birders.

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24 Hours in Bangkok; Bang Pra

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On the way I managed to sneak in a manic day of birding in and around the capital of Thailand, Bangkok. I must confess I didn’t fully appreciate it at the time, as the related Australian White Ibis is something of a trash bird in Sydney, but this species is extremely rare in Thailand or for that matter South East Asia. Well, I made it to the UK and am now enjoying the cold and dark in what should be my winter.

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The Jewel Hunter: A Book Review About One Birder’s Quest for Pittas and Beer

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Dale Forbes wrote that there are Only 5 pairs Gurney’s Pitta left in Thailand last June. It’s my fantasy and it’s yours: Quit the job, say good-bye to the family, and bird. Just bird. It’s what I dream of every Monday morning. British birder Chris Gooddie, my new birding hero, not only dreamed the fantasy, he lived it. And, to give his dream year a little more oomph, he created a grand once-in-a-lifetime goal: to track down and see every pitta species in the world in one year.