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Content Introduction Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Species List Text only

List of species seen

Green-legged Partridge   

Formerly called Scaly-breasted Partridge, these birds tend to stay hidden within the forests, and are much more brightly coloured than the field guides would suggest. (2 Kaeng Krachan bird pools morning; 2 Kaeng Krachan bird pools afternoon)

Red Junglefowl 

These birds are seen fairly regularly, since they are not shy, and happy to feed in the open as well as in the closed forest. Birds in Kaho Yai are reputed to a subspecies with a white ear, but we found some with, and some with red ears here. (1 Kaeng Krachan bird pools morning; 2 males & 3 females Kaeng Krachan bird pools afternoon; female with chicks & male later Kaeng Krachan; 2 male 1 female lodge; 4 males 2 females Khao Yai park   

Silver Pheasant 

Pair Kaeng Krachan bird pools afternoon. The guide insisted that these birds were Kalij Pheasant, but the pinkish grey legs were a distraction. Looking at the literature, there can be intergrading between the two species, and some authors class them as the same species. However, Kalij is listed in the Helm guide as only having grey legs, and the birds we saw will have been Crawfurd’s Silver Pheasant 

Siamese Fireback

10 Khao Yai. We had tried without success on two successive occasions to find these birds along suitable roads, but were lucky at first light on the third attempt. Initially seen crossing the road, small groups were then found feeding on the verges

Cotton Pygmy Goose

12 Paddies on journey to Khao Yai

Little Grebe 

Wat Chom Lom temple - few on lagoons; 2 on open lagoons later; 10 Paddies on journey to Khao Yai

Asian Openbill

Very common in the built up areas – seen when travelling on the busy roads between locations

Yellow Bittern

2 Samarn Bird Camp – seen in the reed edges of the pond near to the camp

Black-crowned Night Heron

A few were seen late evening flying amongst the Flying-foxes at Laem Pak Bia

Striated Heron 

2 Laem Pak Bia mangroves, 2 Laem Pak Bia

Javan Pond Heron 

Common all wet areas around Bangkok and Laem Pak Bia; 1 Kaeng Krachan; common rice paddies Paddies on journey to Khao Yai; ~4, ~8 Khao Yai

Western Cattle Egret

Small group with cattle on journey to Kaeng Krachan; Large concentration Paddies on journey to Khao Yai; common paddies and around cattle on journey from Khao Yai to airport

Grey Heron 

1 Laem Pak Bia mangrove; 2 Laem Pak Bia

Purple Heron 

1 Wat Chom Lom temple; 1 journey from Filling station near Bangkok; 1 over Paddies on journey to Khao Yai

Great Egret

Seen regularly and in small numbers on paddies and open fields during jouneys

Intermediate Egret 

Seen regularly and in small numbers on paddies and open fields during jouneys

Little Egret

Seen regularly and in small numbers on paddies and open fields during journeys. Also 1 Khao Yai

Pacific Reef Heron

1 Laem Pak Bia mangrove

Little Cormorant 

Very common during journeys in wet areas

Darter

2 over filling station near Bangkok

Black Kite

1 over Paddies on journey to Khao Yai

Brahminy Kite 

2 Laem Pak Bia mangrove; 1 over Laem Pak Bia

Crested Serpent Eagle

2 separate birds Khao Yai – 1 flying over reception area, and 1 perched nearby a day later

Shikra

1 flying over Khao Yai 

Eurasian Sparrowhawk 

1 flying over Kaeng Krachan; 1 flying over Khao Yai

Mountain Hawk-Eagle

1 Khao Yai, perched on branch briefly high up above Orchid Waterfall trail, before flying off over canopy

Peregrine Falcon

1 hunting over Laem Pak Bia saltpans at Spoon-billed Sandpiper site

Slaty-legged Crake 

1 Kaeng Krachan bird pools morning. This is a very occasional passage bird in the area, so much so that this was the first one seen by our guide in 20 years of birding. This made the repeated appearance at the rear of the small pool area on the edge of the forest even more unusual

White-breasted Waterhen

1 on the track Laem Pak Bia ponds; 1, 1 at Kaeng Krachan; 1 Samarn Bird Camp

Common Moorhen 

1 at Samarn Bird Camp on nearby ponds 

Red-wattled Lapwing 

Commonly seen - 4 Pakthale; 12 lagoons Laem Pak Bia; ~6 Kaeng Krachan; ~10 Paddies on journey to Khao Yai; ~6, ~12, ~20, ~8 Khao Yai; 2 Samarn Bird Camp

Pacific Golden Plover 

~100 Pakthale

Grey Plover  

~200 Laem Pak Bia

Long-billed Plover 

3 Petchaburi scrub

Little Ringed Plover 

2 Pakthale

Kentish Plover

1 Pakthale amongst Sandplovers

Lesser Sand Plover 

Common on the exposed mud at Laem Pak Bia mangroves; abundant at Pakthale, where they were arguably the most common wader. All were in non breeding plumage

Greater Sand Plover  

Quite common on the mud at Laem Pak Bia mangroves; common at Pakthale, where they were in much lower numbers than Lesser Sand Plover, although a few individuals here were in breeding plumage

Greater Painted-snipe

A pair were in the centre of the paddies on journey to Khao Yai

Pheasant-tailed Jacana

2 on the paddies on journey to Khao Yai

Bronze-winged Jacana

2 Samarn Bird Camp on nearby ponds; 3 on paddies on journey to Khao Yai

Pin-tailed Snipe

1 definite bird at Laem Pak Bia lagoons. Quite a few snipe were seen here, but many were brief views, flying from cover. There was some discussion over the identity of others which were seen quite well, but the birds generally did not show well enough for clinching views

Common Snipe 

4 Laem Pak Bia lagoons

Asian Dowitcher 

2 Pakthale, where one was close to a Black-tailed Godwit for comparison

Black-tailed Godwit 

Common Pakthale – all in non breeding plumage

Bar tailed godwit 

Common on mud Wat Chom Lom temple

Whimbrel

1 Laem Pak Bia mangroves, on exposed mudflats

Eastern Curlew 

At least 1 Laem Pak Bia mangroves on exposed mud; ~1000 Pakthale

Spotted Redshank 

1 Laem Pak Bia lagoons; quite common Laem Pak Bia Pakthale

Common Redshank

4 Laem Pak Bia mangroves; ~20 Pakthale

Marsh Sandpiper

5 Laem Pak Bia lagoons; very common Pakthale

Common Greenshank

Common both Laem Pak Bia mangroves on exposed mudflats and Pakthale

Nordmann's Greenshank

22 Pakthale. In the field, good views are needed to be sure of the separation from Common Greenshank. The guide had initially picked up a single bird from some distance, but it was only when we managed to cross to the lagoon where these birds were present that we were able to confirm identity

Wood Sandpiper

4 Laem Pak Bia lagoons; ~20 Pakthale

Common Sandpiper 

3 Laem Pak Bia lagoons

Great Knot

~200 Pakthale

Sanderling

~50 Laem Pak Bia   

Red-necked Stint

Many more than the 1 definitely identified at Pakthale were likely to be present amongst the predominant Little Stints

Little Stint

Common Pakthale

Temminck's Stint

1 Pakthale

Long-toed Stint

5 Petchaburi scrub and pools

Curlew Sandpiper 

~50 Pakthale

Spoon-billed Sandpiper

At least 3 Pakthale. Out of all the birds we saw, this was probably THE one to catch up with, bearing in mind its rarity and almost mythical status. The Pakthale reserve is the best place to see them, although it is likely that the vast expanses of salt pans in the area should hold more. The birds we saw were predictably in non breeding plumage and feeding amongst other calidrids

Broad-billed Sandpiper

At least 2 Pakthale

Ruff

1 Pakthale

Oriental Pratincole

12 Petchaburi scrub and pools, where after 3 flew over, a further 9 were seen at a little distance on the scrub itself; 2 flying over the paddies on journey to Khao Yai

Brown-hooded Gull

Common on river at Wat Chom Lom temple and Pakthale; very common Laem Pak Bia lagoons 

Gull-billed Tern 

1 Pakthale

Caspian Tern

~10 Pakthale in mixed gull flock

Little Tern 

~30 Pakthale

Black-naped Tern 

Common on river at Wat Chom Lom temple

Common Tern

1 Laem Pak Bia; ~20 Pakthale

Whiskered Tern

Some on river Wat Chom Lom temple; some Laem Pak Bia on lagoons ~100 Paddies on journey to Khao Yai

Red Turtle Dove

3 garage Filling station near Bangkok; 6 Wat Chom Lom temple  4 Laem Pak Bia mangroves; 2 Samarn Bird Camp; 2 Paddies on journey to Khao Yai

Spotted Dove

2 Laem Pak Bia lagoons; ~10 Pakthale; 2 Kaeng Krachan bird pools morning; 1 Samarn Bird Camp; 2 Khao Yai

Barred Cuckoo Dove

2 Khao Yai, at air force checkpoint early morning. When the first bird flew in, a calling male, it was assumed to be a Mountain Imperial Pigeon until we looked a little closer. This bird stayed calling on the same branch for some time, until it was joined by a female lower down in the same bush

Common Emerald Dove 

1 Kaeng Krachan bird pools morning; 1 Kaeng Krachan

Zebra Dove 

The guide books often have this listed as Peaceful Dove, which is actually an Australian species according to the IOC. It was in the Petchaburi and Bangkok area, with 4 at Samarn Bird Camp, ~3 Paddies on journey to Khao Yai

Sri Lanka Green Pigeon 

Originally known as Pompadour Green Pigeon, ~8 were perched on trees at Samarn Bird Camp, behind the lagoons

Wedge-tailed Green Pigeon 

~7 Kaeng Krachan. This is a little out of the normal range for this species

White-bellied Green Pigeon

2 Kaeng Krachan, mixed with the small group of White-bellied Green Pigeons.  This species is not expected in this area, since it barely inhabits parts of Northern Thailand

Mountain Imperial Pigeon

1 Kaeng Krachan; 2-4 each day at Khao Yai

Vernal Hanging Parrot

2 flew over Kaeng Krachan

Greater Coucal

1 on journey within Filling station near Bangkok; 1 Samarn Bird Camp; 4 Khao Yai in open area

Lesser Coucal 

An adult was in the open area of Khao Yai, with a juvenile in the same location the following morning

Asian Koel 

Heard often but not seen (more or less every day in small numbers)

Asian Emerald Cuckoo

1 Khao Yai - seen in the canopy on the opposite side of the small river to the restaurant in the reception area of the national park

Banded Bay Cuckoo

A real treat. A singe bird flew in near us as we were about to leave the entrance area of Kaeng Krachan, and continued to perch and feed right in front of us until we had to leave

White-fronted Scops Owl 

2 Kaeng Krachan. It seemed a little strange that we only saw one species of owl, and that this was one of the rarest in Thailand. The pair we were shown are at a well known stake out in the forest, at a handy location next to the track

Large-tailed Nightjar 

~5 Samarn Bird Camp; heard Khao Yai; 1 close Khao Yai , in the vicinity of the accommodation. The first evening at Samarn Bird Camp, following dinner, was spent driving along the road outside with lamps, where most of the birds were either on telegraph poles or their wires

Indian Nightjar

1 Samarn Bird Camp. All other birds seen on the evening drive were Large-tailed, but this bird was found when we walked a short distance down a track from the road

Germain's Swiftlet

Common over garage Filling station near Bangkok and Wat Chom Lom temple nesting, where we were led into the temple itself to see the nesting colony; ~30 over Kaeng Krachan; ~20 over Khao Yai 

Asian Palm Swift

Common over airport and Pakthale; ~6 over Kaeng Krachan; quite a few over Khao Yai and 1 nest in palm frond

House Swift

1 over Kaeng Krachan

Orange-breasted Trogon

Nest with eggs found Khao Yai. Sitting bird seen flying from the nest by other members of the group

Red-headed Trogon

1 flew off Kaeng Krachan

Indian Roller

1 Laem Pak Bia; 1 Kaeng Krachan reception; 3 Kaeng Krachan bird pools morning; 1 Kaeng Krachan; 1 Khao Yai

White-throated Kingfisher 

2 Kaeng Krachan; 2 Samarn Bird Camp at nearby pools

Black-capped Kingfisher

3 Laem Pak Bia mangroves; 1 Samarn Bird Camp, at nearby pools

Collared Kingfisher 

A group of 5 Wat Chom Lom temple, chasing each other from the wooden bollards on the waterfront; 2 over mud at Laem Pak Bia mangroves; 1 Pakthale

Blue-eared Kingfisher 

Khao Yai – 2 separate individuals seen on the trail to the Orchid Waterfall 

Common Kingfisher 

1 along channel Laem Pak Bia; 1, 1 Khao Yai along small river next to restaurants

Pied kingfisher

1 hovering Laem Pak Bia

Blue-bearded Bee-eater

1 Kaeng Krachan – passed on a tree perch overlooking the restaurant stop at lunchtime

Green Bee-eater 

~6 Pakthale scrub; 2 Paddies on journey to Khao Yai. One of the birds at Pakthale was very obliging, not only perching close to where we stood, but even flying in between the legs of my tripod as I held on to it!

Blue-tailed Bee-eater

1 Paddies on journey to Khao Yai

Chestnut-headed Bee-eater 

~50 Khao Yai. These birds were at a colony around a pool not far from the accommodation area. We had mobile hides set up within the colony, and the birds very quickly got used to the situation, landing on perches driven into the ground. A large group of flying Bee-eaters on the descent from the peak of Kaeng Krachan were said to be of this species, but we didn’t stop for positive ID 

Eurasian Hoopoe

2 Kaeng Krachan;2 Samarn Bird Camp

Tickell's Brown Hornbill 

2 Kaeng Krachan. These birds were seen at a known nest site, and we spent some time waiting for the parents to return to the nest with food for the young bird in the nest

Oriental Pied Hornbill

2 Kaeng Krachan; 3, 1, 2, 1 Khao Yai. The most regular site to see this species was from the balcony of our accommodation at Khao Yai!

Great Hornbill 

1 over Kaeng Krachan; 1 Khao Yai. We also staked out 3 different known nest holes without success – 2 at Kaeng Krachan, and  at Khao Yai

Wreathed Hornbill

4, 2 Kaeng Krachan, seen flying past the restaurant at the highest point of the park; 2 Khao Yai, flying over our hides at the Chestnut-headed Bee-eater colony

Lineated Barbet

2 calling Kaeng Kracham reception area

Blue-throated Barbet

2 calling at Kaeng Krachan restaurant

Moustached Barbet

1 Kaeng Krachan; 3 separate birds on different days at Khao Yai

Blue-eared Barbet 

1 Kaeng Krachan

Coppersmith Barbet

3 Kaeng Krachan reception area; 1 Samarn Bird Camp, at nearby pools

Heart-spotted Woodpecker

1 Kaeng Krachan, in same tree as Wedge-tailed Green Pigeons

Fulvous-breasted Woodpecker

1 over mud at Wat Chom Lom temple mangroves

Common Flameback

1, 3 Kaeng Krachan; 2, 1 Khao Yai

Long-tailed Broadbill

1 Kaeng Krachan. A much wanted bird since I missed them in Malaysia some years ago. The guide had been playing the call in a likely area without success, but it was when we checked what proved to be a current nest site that we saw the builder, which added some nest material while we watched

Golden-bellied Gerygone

Quite common Laem Pak Bia mangroves, where their calls could be heard regularly

Large Woodshrike

3 Khao Yai at air force checkpoint

Ashy Woodswallow

~10 Kaeng Krachan reception area; ~20, ~6, ~10, 4 Khao Yai

Common Iora

1 Kaeng Krachan bird pools morning

Great Iora

1 Khao Yai – in small mixed flock along trail to Orchid Waterfall

Indochinese Cuckooshrike

2 Kaeng Krachan – at restaurant based on highest point of the park

Black-winged Cuckooshrike

1 Khao Yai at air force checkpoint

Swinhoe's Minivet

~50 Kaeng Krachan, generally flying in a large flock in the valley below the restaurant at the park’s highest point

Ashy Minivet

5 Kaeng Krachan, feeding in trees next to the restaurant at the highest point in the park

Short-billed Minivet

1 Kaeng Krachan

Scarlet Minivet

1 Kaeng Krachan

Brown Shrike

1 garage Filling station near Bangkok; 1 Wat Chom Lom temple; 2 Laem Pak Bia; 3 on journey to Khao Yai; 1, 2 Khao Yai. At least one of the latter 2, both next to the open grasslands of the park, were without the supercilium of this species, suggesting juvenile

Burmese Shrike

1 bird present on the grasslands at Khao Yai. Juveniles of this and Brown Shrikes can be very similar, the main distinguishing feature being complete lack of buff or white over and/or in front of the eye as in this bird

Grey-backed Shrike 

1 Khao Yai, feeding on the moths and other insects attracted to the lights early morning at the air force checkpoint

White-bellied Erpornis

1 Kaeng Krachan bird pools morning; 1 Kaeng Krachan bird pools afternoon; 2 Khao Yai

Black-naped Oriole 

4 Kaeng Krachan; ~6 Samarn Bird Camp; 1 Khao Yai

Black-hooded Oriole 

1 singing Kaeng Krachan bird pools morning

Black Drongo

~80 Laem Pak Bia lagoons (the birds seemed to increase in numbers as dusk approached, entering from one direction and collecting on one of the tracks between lagoons); common Pakthale, some Kaeng Krachan; ~10 Samarn Bird Camp; common on journey to Khao Yai

Ashy Drongo

The race seen in this part of Thailand is thankfully one of the slate grey varieties, as opposed the black variety elsewhere, giving more problems separating from Black Drongo, which lacks the white nuchal point here. 3 Kaeng Krachan; 2, 2 Khao Yai

Hair-crested Drongo

~15 Kaeng Krachan; 2, 1 Khao Yai

Greater Racket-tailed Drongo

1 Kaeng Krachan reception; ~10 Kaeng Krachan park; 2 Samarn Bird Camp; 2 Khao Yai

Oriental Pied Fantail

10 Laem Pak Bia mangroves; 3 Laem Pak Bia lagoons; 2, 1 Kaeng Krachan

Black-naped Monarch

Pair Kaeng Krachan bird pools morning: 5 Kaeng Krachan bird pools afternoon; female Khao Yai

Asian Paradise Flycatcher

1 Kaeng Krachan

Common Green Magpie

1 Kaeng Krachan; 3 Khao Yai

Racket-tailed Treepie

Small group of ~6 at afternoon small pool. They came in en masse twice to the pool within a short space of time

Large-billed Crow

1 over garage Filling station near Bangkok; 1 on journey to Khao Yai; ~4, 3 Khao Yai

Oriental Skylark

12 Laem Pak Bia scrub

Black-crested Bulbul 

~10 Kaeng Krachan reception area; 5 Kaeng Krachan bird pools morning; ~30 Kaeng Krachan; c4 Samarn Bird Camp; ~10-15 Khao Yai. The Khao Yai birds are of a distinctive subspecies with red throat

Red-whiskered Bulbul

2, 2 Khao Yai open grasslands (probably the same 2 birds on each visit)

Sooty-headed Bulbul

1 Kaeng Krachan bird pools morning, 2, 6 Samarn Bird Camp

Stripe-throated Bulbul

~6 Kaeng Krachan bird pools morning, ~6 Kaeng Krachan bird pools afternoon; 2 Samarn Bird Camp

Flavescent Bulbul

3 Kaeng Krachan together around the restaurant at the highest point of the park

Yellow-vented Bulbul 

2 garage Filling station near Bangkok. For a species that can be very common further South in Malaysia, only seeing 2 at this location was a bit of a surprise

Streak-eared Bulbul

1 Wat Chom Lom temple; ~20 Kaeng Krachan reception area; ~6 Kaeng Krachan bird pools morning; ~6 Kaeng Krachan bird pools afternoon; 2 Samarn Bird Camp

Ochraceous Bulbul

~40 Kaeng Krachan in the forests; 2 Khao Yai

Grey-eyed Bulbul 

1, ~10 Khao Yai. They were as common sound in the forests here, with their distinctive cat like calls heard regularly

Mountain Bulbul 

1 Kaeng Krachan

Ashy Bulbul

4 Khao Yai around air force checkpoint

Barn Swallow 

Very common – seen on all days in all habitats

Pacific Swallow 

Few over garage Filling station near Bangkok

Red-rumped Swallow

1 over garage Filling station near Bangkok; ~6 Kaeng Krachan; 1 Samarn Bird Camp; 1 Khao Yai

Dusky Warbler 

2 Khao Yai, in low ornamental bushes at air force checkpoint

Yellow-browed Warbler

1 Khao Yai at air force checkpoint; 1 Khao Yai in tree next to restaurant

Arctic Warbler

3 Kaeng Krachan bird pools morning; 1, 1, 2 Khao Yai

Two-barred Warbler

1 restaurant Laem Pak Bia; 2, 1Kaeng Krachan; 1, 2 Khao Yai

Golden-headed Cisticola

1 Khao Yai, calling in the open grasslands. Predictably in the more confusing non breeding plumage, but dark crown and lack of white tail tips aided identification

Plain Prinia

2 in channel around Laem Pak Bia lagoons, ~6 calling and seen Pakthale; 1 singing Paddies on journey to Khao Yai; 1 Khao Yai

Common Tailorbird

1 Samarn lodge

Large Scimitar Babbler

2 Kaeng Krachan bird pools morning, which generally kept to the thick vegetation behind the furthest of the small pools; 1 Kaeng Krachan bird pools afternoon, perched for some time in the open

Rufous-fronted Babbler

At least 2 Khao Yai, in vegetation behind the air force checkpoint

Pin-striped Tit-Babbler

~4 Kaeng Krachan bird pools morning; ~6 Kaeng Krachan bird pools afternoon

Brown-cheeked Fulvetta 

~4 Kaeng Krachan bird pools morning; ~10 Kaeng Krachan bird pools afternoon

Abbott's Babbler

~4 Samarn Bird Camp; 1 Kaeng Krachan bird pools afternoon

Puff-throated Babbler 

At least 1 Samarn Bird Camp, visiting the small pool early on the first evening; 3 Kaeng Krachan bird pools afternoon

White-crested Laughingthrush

2 Khao Yai, seen along trail #5 when looking for the Orange-breasted Trogon

Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrush

This species was received excitedly by the guide, maintaining that they were quite am unusual sight. However, they turned out to be at least as regular as their Greater cousins, with the distinctive lack of facial markings easy to sort out. (10 Kaeng Krachan bird pools morning; 1 Kaeng Krachan bird pools afternoon)

Greater Necklaced Laughingthrush

These were the first of the two species of Necklaced Laughingthrush to be see, and the only seen away from the small pools - 7 Kaeng Krachan bird pools morning, 4 Kaeng Krachan bird pools afternoon; 2 Kaeng Krachan, passing through the forest while observing a potential Great Hornbill nest

Black-throated Laughingthrush 

1 Kaeng Krachan, creeping amongst the vegetation deep into the park; ~12 Khao Yai  , a the air force checkpoint; ~12 Khao Yai along trail #5

Oriental White-eye

1 Laem Pa Bia mangroves; ~12 Khao Yai

Asian Fairy Bluebird

1 Kaeng Krachan; 2, 2, 2 Khao Yai

Golden-crested Myna

Pair at nest hole Kaeng Krachan

Common Hill Myna

Pair Kaeng Krachan

White vented Myna 

When we first saw this species, we thought that they were Jungle Mynas, not expecting there to be White-vented here. The white vent isn’t always obvious, but can be seen with patience. 8 Wat Chom Lom temple~ ~30 Laem Pak Bia; ~30 Samarn Bird Camp

Common Myna

Common in Bangkok area; ~20 paddies on journey to Khao Yai; ~6 each day Khao Yai

Vinous-breasted Starling 

2 Samarn Bird Camp with White-vented Mynas

Pied Myna

4 Laem Pak Bia lagoons; 2 Paddies on journey to Khao Yai

White-shouldered Starling 

300 or so at Laem Pak Bia lagoons

Siberian Blue Robin

These stunning birds were even more impressive than we expected. The first bird we saw was a female early evening, in the fading light, at Samarn Bird Camp small pool. A pair was at Kaeng Krachan bird pools morning for some time, with a lone female at Kaeng Krachan bird pools afternoon. The pair at Khao Yai was while we were in a hide waiting for the no show of Blue Pitta

Oriental Magpie-Robin

Pair at Wat Chom Lom temple; 2 Kaeng Krachan; 2 Samarn Bird Camp; 2 males and female Samarn lodge at the pools; 1 Kaeng Krachan bird pools morning

White-rumped Shama

These birds can be very bold, one singing directly behind us at the open backed hide at the small pools, which subsequently flew past our ears and through the slits in the hide. (2 Samarn Bird Camp; pair Kaeng Krachan bird pools morning; male Kaeng Krachan bird pools afternoon; 1 Kaeng Krachan; 1 Khao Yai)

Slaty-backed Forktail

1 Khao Yai next to the river along the Orchid Waterfall trail

Siberian Stonechat

1 Paddies on journey to Khao Yai; 1, 2, 2 Khao Yai on the open grasslands

Blue Rock Thrush

1 female Kaeng Krachan; 1 female Khao Yai; 2 males Khao Yai

White-throated Rock Thrush

1 Khao Yai – much fuss was made about this bird by the guides, and with good reason. It is an uncommon visitor to the area, and this one was a regular at a spot baited with meal worms

Dark-sided Flycatcher

1 Kaeng Krachan, typically flycatching from a lone tree stump in a clearing below the restaurant at the highest point

Asian Brown Flycatcher

2 Kaeng Krachan reception; 1 Kaeng Krachan bird pools morning; 1, 1, 1 Khao Yai

Mugimaki Flycatcher

1 Khao Yai – this was the first bird to appear at the meal worm baited area while waiting for the White-throated Rock Thrush to put in an appearance

Taiga Flycatcher

1 Kaeng Krachan reception area; 1 Kaeng Krachan bird pools morning; 1 Khao Yai

Verditer Flycatcher

1 Khao Yai at the air force checkpoint; 1 Khao Yai

Tickell's Blue Flycatcher 

Pair Kaeng Krachan bird pools morning; 2 males and female Kaeng Krachan bird pools afternoon

Blue-winged Leafbird

~20 Kaeng Krachan; 1 Samarn Bird Camp; 10 Khao Yai at air force checkpoint; 2 Khao Yai

Golden-fronted Leafbird

1 Samarn Bird Camp, replacing a Blue-winged Leafbird at the top of a bare tree in the distance

Orange-bellied Leafbird

1 Kaeng Krachan

Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker

1 Kaeng Krachan; 1 samarn lodge in the grounds; 1 Samarn Bird Camp near pools

Brown-throated Sunbird

6 Laem Pak Bia restaurant at lunchtime; pair making nest Samarn Bird Camp

Fire-breasted Flowerpecker

The birds seen here were the subspecies without the red chest known as Buff-breasted Flowerpecker - ~4; 4 Khao Yai

Black-throated Sunbird

1 Khao Yai

Streaked Spiderhunter 

3 Kaeng Krachan

House Sparrow

3 garage on journey to Khao Yai

Plain-backed Sparrow

1 Laem Pak Bia scrub; 2 Samarn Bird Camp on wires next to boundary fence; 1 making nest at the paddies on journey to Khao Yai

Eurasian Tree Sparrow

Very common around Bangkok; common at garage on journey to Khao Yai

Grey Wagtail

2 separate birds Khao Yai

Richard's Pipit

1 Kaeng Krachan reception area; 2 Khao Yai

Paddyfield Pipit

6 or so at Laem Pak Bia; ~20 Laem Pak Bia; 2 Kaeng Krachan; 2 Samarn Bird Camp

Mammals seen

Asian Elephant

This behemoth is supposed to be more commonly seen at Khao Yai, and almost exclusively in the late evening (as demonstrated by the signs warning of their presence from 6-9pm). We were thus very surprised to some across 2, one with a calf, early morning not long after we had entered Kaeng Krachan. The one we came across in Khao Yai was wandering along the road late afternoon

Northern Treeshrew

 1 Kaeng Krachan small pools morning; 2 Kaeng Krachan small pools afternoon

Northern Pig-tailed Macaque

1 Kaeng Krachan, which was at the side of the road as we entered the park for the first time, begging as we passed. 3 troupes of 3, 15, 8 were subsequently at Kaeng Krachan (one around a view point car park); 1 crossing bridge at Kaeng Krachan reception

Banded Surili 

8 Kaeng Krachan, over the track early evening as we were leaving the park

Dusky Leaf-monkey 

12 Kaeng Krachan – 1 was seen over the track after watching the Brown Hornbills at the nest, with the subsequent group being in a tree at the restaurant area while we ate our lunch

Lar Gibbon

Also known as White-handed Gibbon. The singleton first seen at the Kaeng Krachan restaurant area was used to stealing food from the tourists, and so very approachable; 4 subsequently at Kaeng Krachan were just below the canopy behind the stakeout for the White-throated Rock Thrush

Black Giant Squirrel

2 Kaeng Krachan

Grey-bellied Squirrel 

Known locally as Black-tipped Squirrel, for the obvious black tip to the tail. (1 hide Samarn Bir Camp; ~3 Kaeng Krachan small pools morning; ~5 Kaeng Krachan small pools afternoon

Finlayson’s Squirrel

Also known as Variable Squirrel, which is apt due to the variation in its colours. 2 beige individuals Kaeng Krachan; 3 Kaeng Krachan

Variable Flying-fox

Hundreds over Laem Pak Bia lagoons dusk

Plantain Squirrel

(Western Side-striped Squirrel). 2 Kaeng Krachan small pools morning; 2 Kaeng Krachan small pools afternoon

Himalayan Striped Squirrel

(Western Striped Squirrel). 1 Kaeng Krachan small pools morning, 12 Kaeng Krachan small pools afternoon

Malayan Porcupine

1-2 visited the accommodation area each evening at around 8pm

Small Indian Civet 

1 Kaeng Krachan, at the roadside near to the accommodation as we returned following the evening meal

Asian Small Mongoose

1 Kaeng Krachan, near to the accommodation

Lesser Mouse-deer 

2 at Kaeng Krachan small pools afternoon

Fea's Muntjak 

1 Kaeng Krachan

Red Muntjak

1 Kaeng Krachan (next to accommodation block as we arrived on the first day; 1, 5, 3 Kaeng Krachan

Sambar

Up to ~25 each day Kaeng Krachan

 

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