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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   

These only appeared at one specific hide at Cat Tien, where there were 2 on the first day we saw them and 3 on the following day. We wondered at first of they wandered around with the Germainsís Peacok-Pheasant, since they turned up at the same time on the first sighting, but their more regular visits without the latter afterwards disproved this

Red Junglefowl 

The local form of this species has a prominent white spot on the face of the male (1 Cat Tien headquarters area; 2 Elephant Mountain area, Cat Tien; 1 male Cat Tien observation hides; Female and chick Cat Tien observation hides; Pair Cat Tien main track)

Siamese Fireback

We had seen this species previously in Thailand, and has thought it was quite an impressive looking bird. However, itís only in close up that both the male and female can be truly appreciated. We saw such a pair at one of the Cat Tien observation hides 

Germain's Peacock-Pheasant

This species seems to be one of the sought after ones perhaps due to distribution. Caught in the correct lighting conditions, it is an impressively marked bird, especially when the blue spots catch the light. We saw single birds at two of the observation hides at Cat Tien

Green Peafowl

Another of the supposed must see birds at Cat Tien. They are a remarkable looking bird, but generally have to be worked for. We saw 2 separate males at the Elephant Mountain area, Cat Tien, where we were driven the few kilometres to the location from headquarters, and then had to scan the rides specifically cut to attract them on either side of the track. Both birds were towards the rear

Chinese Pond Heron 

1 Elephant Mountain area, Cat Tien; 2 Da Lat Waterfall pine forest; 1 Ho Chi Minh outskirts

Little Egret

1 at lake, Da Lat

Rufous-bellied Eagle

Not many birds of prey were seen during the trip, and our guide had told us that they are generally not seen very often as  of the two larger BOPs spotted from Nui San Pass, one circled a few times over head and a look at the images of the underwing pattern later confirmed the sighting

Besra

Just before we spotted the Eagle above, this pair of Besra at Nui San Pass were seen in what looked like a display flight above the tree line. Good views of the underwing pattern again confirmed identification

Grey-headed Fish Eagle

This bird was a sort of ďWelcome to Cat TienĒ for us. As we sat on the ferry crossing the river to the national park, 1 was seen circling over the water and forest at some distance, but the distinctive tail pattern was obvious

Red-wattled Lapwing

4 Elephant Mountain area, Cat Tien; 1 outskirts Ho Chi Minh

Red Turtle Dove

~50 Elephant Mountain area, Cat Tien

Spotted Dove

2 Elephant Mountain area, Cat Tien; 2 Da Lat Waterfall pine forest; 3 Tiuclam Monastery, Da Lat; 3-4 Ta Nung Valley, Da Lat

Barred Cuckoo-Dove 

Only 1 bird was seen, in the Ta Nung Valley, Da Lat. It was slowly and quietly feeding in a fig tree next to the ice cream area of the park. It was strange at first to see so little barring on the breast, apart from a few scattered marks which could be seen when close to

Common Emerald Dove

2 birds were seen together at Cat Tien observation hides, with only 1 on the subsequent visit to the same observation hide on the second visit. For some reason the male of the two didnít tolerate the female, chasing it back from the copious amount of corn put down for feeding

Zebra Dove

2 Cat Tien

Green Imperial Pigeon

~15 Elephant Mountain area, Cat Tien

Mountain Imperial Pigeon

All birds seen were flying (1 Nui San Pass; 1 over Road above Tuyen Lam Resort, Da Lat; 3 over Khu Du Lich resort area, Da Lat)

Greater Coucal

1 Elephant Mountain area, Cat Tien; 1 Cat Tien observation hides; 1 Cat Tien main track walk; 1 in the open fields next to our previous accommodation just outside of Di Linh

Lesser Coucal 

7 Elephant Mountain area, Cat Tien

Green-billed Malkoha

4 Cat Tien headquarters area; 1 Cat Tien observation hides; 2 Nui San Pass; 1 Ta Nung Valley, Da Lat; 1 Khu Du Lich resort area, Da Lat

Asian Koel 

As is usual for this common species, they were more often heard than seen. The only time any were seen was strangely from the room of our hotel in Da Lat (2 heard Elephant Mountain area, Cat Tien; 1 near to Monet Garden Hotel, Da Lat)

Violet Cuckoo

2 were seen in the Cat Tien headquarters area

Banded Bay Cuckoo

1 heard Cat Tien headquarters area

Plaintive Cuckoo 

1 female at Elephant Mountain area, Cat Tien, was at the top of a tree for a short time only

Brown Hawk-Owl

This bird was something of a surprise, since it was calling during the middle of the day, and full marks to the guide for hearing it in the distance and eventually pinning it down at Cat Tien headquarters, near to our restaurant

Great Eared Nightjar

Most birding trips to Cat Tien seem to see this species, but they still need to be worked for. They can usually be heard just before dusk along the main tracks from the park headquarters, but call playback is really needed to see them. We heard 4 on the Cat Tien forest walk, but didnít manage to see them, with 2 seen well overhead on the following evening at the same spot

Grey Nightjar 

The only bird we actually saw was over the Monet Garden Hotel in Da Lat as we prepared to check in, then it or another heard calling after dark. During the 3 nights we slept there, they could be heard calling on and off throughout the night

Himalayan Swiftlet

Swiftlets can be a difficult group of birds to identify at any time, due to their similarity and speed of flight. Our hide had called them as Germainís Swiflets early on, but we hadnít had a good look at them to confirm this, until they were seen to have the plainer rump of Himalayan. Both species seem to occur in the area though the winter months, although Germainís may be commoner nearer to the coast (Common over Cat Tien; Quite common over Ho Chi Minh)

Asian Palm Swift 

2 Ho Chi Minh airport; 3 over Cat Tien headquarters; 3+4 Cat Tien main track walk

House Swift

Some over Monet Garden Hotel, Da Lat; Some over Mixed forest above Da Lat 1 over Ho Chi Minh

Orange-breasted Trogon

The guide did well to pick out the perched female a little distance above and from us in the thicker part of the forest during the Cat Tien forest walk. If we were to quibble, it was facing away from us the whole time, but a male seen for a much shorter time and at a greater distance shortly after was much more impressive front on. 1 was also heard the following day from one of the Cat Tien observation hides

White-throated Kingfisher 

3 Cat Tien headquarters area; 1 Elephant Mountain area, Cat Tien; 1+1 Cat Tien observation hides; 1+1 Cat Tien main track walk; 1 Ta Nung Valley, Da Lat; 1 Khu Du Lich resort area, Da Lat

Chestnut-headed Bee-eater

This was surprisingly the only Bee-eater species which we saw, and even then in small numbers (2 Cat Tien headquarters area; 1 Elephant Mountain area, Cat Tien

Great Hornbill 

1 Cat Tien forest walk overhead, with a second with it heard only. As with the bee-eater above, we had expected more hornbills to be seen

Red-vented Barbet

2 sightings at the Ta Nung Valley, Da Lat may have been of the same bird. They are one of the largest of the Asian barbets, and even though both sightings were of birds perching at some distance above us, they were still impressive

Green-eared Barbet

1 Cat Tien headquarters area

Necklaced Barbet

The first of 2 birds seen, in the Ta Nung Valley, Da Lat, was unfortunately only very brief and the diagnostic throat pattern wasnít seen at all. The second at Khu Du Lich resort area, Da Lat, more than made up for this, since it perched for some time on a couple of branched in the open

Indochinese Barbet

This is the most likely of the barbets to be encountered on a trip here, and the number calling in the forests was testament to this. Also, our views seemed to improve each time, culminating in a really showing individual on our last morning (1+1 Nui San Pass; Pair visiting nest hole; Road above Tuyen Lam Resort Da Lat; 1 seen and more heard Ta Nung Valley, Da Lat; 1 Khu Du Lich resort area, Da Lat)

Speckled Piculet

1 Nui San Pass; 2 together at the top of pines Khu Du Lich resort area, Da Lat

White-browed Piculet

1 Cat Tien forest walk

Grey-capped Pygmy Woodpecker

1 Cat Tien main track walk; 1 Da Lat Waterfall pine forest; 1 hammering at a hole in a tree Road above Tuyen Lam Resort Da Lat

Lesser Yellownape

These birds were only seen at Cat Tien, but were very regular, and especially at the western end of the accommodation area (At least 2 pairs Cat Tien headquarters area; 1 Cat Tien observation hides; 1 Cat Tien main track walk; 1 Cat Tien observation hides)

Common Flameback

Another impressive woodpecker specie only seen at Cat Tien (2 Elephant Mountain area, Cat Tien; 1 Cat Tien forest walk overhead, with a second with it heard only; 1 Cat Tien main track walk)

Rufous Woodpecker

This was perhaps the least common of the woodpecker species seen at Cat Tien. It landed in the avenue of trees just West of the accommodation area, flew over the road briefly to land again briefly, then wasnít seen again

Collared Falconet

The first of the pair seen was picked up flying through the Cat Tien headquarters area. It was refound straight after perched on a bare branch to the rear of the buildings, and was quickly joined by what was presumably its mate

Blossom-headed Parakeet

At least 6 Elephant Mountain area, Cat Tien

Red-breasted Parakeet

At least 25 Elephant Mountain area, Cat Tien

Black-and-red Broadbill

This was the first of our really notable birds at Cat Tien, where we quickly found 2 pairs in the accommodation headquarters area. Two of these birds were building a nest almost directly above the road near to our room, and could be more or less guaranteed to be seen around here

Long-tailed Broadbill 

Always an impressive bird, those seen were all but too briefly within forests. We did stake out a nest which was being built over the main road through the mountain at Nui San Pass, but unfortunately the birds didnít turn up (2 + 2 single Nui San Pass; 1 Khu Du Lich resort area, Da Lat)

Blue-rumped Pitta 

After hearing and seeing both Blue-winged & Bar-bellied Pittas the previous 2 days, the appearance of a pair of these at the first observation hide we had visited was a complete surprise, since there had been no sign of them until then. We had even revisited the hide since there had been reports of the former two species being spotted there the previous day, so what a result. It was the male of the pair which was the bolder, coming occasionally into the clearing for some laid out food, but they generally kept to the more enclosed rear of the feeding station

Blue Pitta 

For heart stopping moments, the first appearance of the pair in the Nui San Pass hides must have taken the trophy. We had sat in vigil waiting for one of these at various hides over the morning, and had given up hope as the morning drew on. They are supposed to be only really active in the first couple of hours in the day, and because of this we were given a choice of revisiting this hide or walking the forest edge for more likely species. We had come for pittas in the main after so returned to the first hide of the day. After waiting for some time, I happened to glance sideways at the narrow entrance opening of the blind to see a Blue Pitta staring back at me. After not swearing at all (!!!) it reappeared a few seconds later in the feeding area, and the male a few minutes afterwards

Bar-bellied Pitta

Of the 4 species of pitta we came across, this was easily the briefest. We had been searching for some time and using call playback to try to locate one, and the 1 female on the Cat Tien forest walk which we did manage to clock emerged into the track and disappeared around the corner within a couple of seconds

Blue-winged Pitta

This species was a paradox, since of the 4 seen, it seems to be the one seen by fewest of the reports we looked at, but on our visit, was the most common encountered (sight and sound) by a distance. Apart from a few flying birds which were all too brief, the best observation was after leaving the hide on the first morning and pinning one down high up in a tree (1 seen of 4 calling Cat Tien main track walk; 4 calling Cat Tien observation hide; 1 heard Cat Tien headquarters area; 1 near Cat Tien headquarters, with a second flying near Cat Tien observation hides - at least 3 in addition heard; 1 seen flying over track out of 4 calling Cat Tien main track)

Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike

A regular sighting in some of the forests in small numbers (1 Cat Tien headquarters area; 1 then 2 together Cat Tien forest walk; another 1 on subsequent Cat Tien main track walk; 2 Da Lat Waterfall pine forest; 1 Nui San Pass; at least 2 Road above Tuyen Lam Resort Da Lat; 2 Ta Nung Valley, Da Lat)

Large Woodshrike

1+1 Cat Tien headquarters area; 1 Cat Tien observation hides

Common Iora

5 Elephant Mountain area, Cat Tien; 5 Cat Tien headquarters area; Quite a few throughout at Cat Tien; 1 Cat Tien main track walk

Great Iora 

2 Cat Tien headquarters area; 1 on approach to Cat Tien observation hides; 1 Cat Tien main track

Long-tailed Minivet

3 Da Lat Waterfall pine forest

Scarlet Minivet

A juvenile male Cat Tien headquarters area was all that was seen perched until the final morning (with an addition 1 flying over Cat Tien observation hides), until the perfect light on the last morning on 1 male and 3 females Khu Du Lich resort area, Da Lat highlights the group at the top of the trees

Indochinese Cuckooshrike

1 Cat Tien headquarters area; 1 Nui San Pass

Burmese Shrike

3 at Da Lat Waterfall pine forest were the only ones seen during the birding on the trip, with the last bird of the day particularly close, albeit with what looked like a broken wing. Then ironically, 6 en route from Da Lat to Ho Chi Minh doubled the number of those seen while actually birding

White-bellied Erpornis

1 Nui San Pass at the very rear of one of the observation hides

Dalat Shrike-babbler

The specific name gives this away as one of the specialities of the Da Lat area, and is a striking bird in itself. The 1 seen in the Ta Nung Valley, Da Lat had to be picked out of the dense tree some height above us, and we resorted to lying on our backs to get any views at all. Then on the last morning, separate male and female were seen at much closer quarters at Khu Du Lich resort area, Da Lat. The male was seen well but for short periods as it moved around in a nearby tree before flying off, but the female was much more obliging while tearing a butterfly apart

Slender-billed Oriole

2 Da Lat Waterfall pine forest

Black-naped Oriole 

1 Cat Tien headquarters area

Black-hooded Oriole 

4 Cat Tien headquarters area; 1 Elephant Mountain area, Cat Tien; 1 Cat Tien main track walk

Maroon Oriole

1 was perched at Khu Du Lich resort area, Da Lat. Either this or a second bird had flown across the same area previously

Ashy Drongo

The birds seen ranged from classic light grey in the lower altitudes to a darker smoky grey higher up (3 Elephant Mountain area, Cat Tien; 3 Cat Tien headquarters area; 1 Cat Tien observation hides; 1 Nui San Pass; 1 Da Lat Waterfall pine forest; 1 Road above Tuyen Lam Resort Da Lat; ~6 Ta Nung Valley, Da Lat; 2 Mixed forest above Da Lat; 1+2 Khu Du Lich resort area, Da Lat)

Bronzed Drongo

These birds were only seen at Cat Tien, where they were possibly the most regular species to be encountered (at least 6 Cat Tien headquarters area; at least 8 throughout Cat Tien; 4 Cat Tien observation hides; at least 10 Cat Tien main track walk)

Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo

The higher elevation of the 2 racket tailed species (1+3 Nui San Pass; Road above Tuyen Lam Resort Da Lat; 2 Ta Nung Valley, Da Lat; 2 Khu Du Lich resort area, Da Lat)

Greater Racket-tailed Drongo

The lower elevation of the 2 racket tailed species (At least 4 Cat Tien headquarters area; 2 Elephant Mountain area, Cat Tien; 1 Cat Tien observation hides; 1 Cat Tien main track walk)

White-throated Fantail

2 Nui San Pass; 2 Da Lat Waterfall pine forest; 1+1 Bidoup National Park; 1 Mixed forest above Da Lat; 1 Khu Du Lich resort area, Da Lat

Black-naped Monarch 

Pair with nest Cat Tien headquarters area; 1 Cat Tien observation hides; 1 Cat Tien main track walk

Eurasian Jay

The individuals encountered here have quite a unique look, with a white face lacking in the more western forms (1 Da Lat Waterfall pine forest; 1 flew over road from Bidoup National Park)

Indochinese Green Magpie 

Having seen Common Green Magpie in Malaysia, the impact of this bird was a bit of a surprise. This Indochinese species lacks the white edged black tertials of the more common form, but seems to make a much greater impact despite being smaller. The bird we saw from one of the blinds at Nui San Pass still seemed large, all the more intimidating by the raised crest and rough scolding call. The yellow of the breast and belly was noticeable

Racket-tailed Treepie

At least 5 Cat Tien headquarters area; 1+1 Cat Tien observation hides; 2 Cat Tien main track walk; 3+ Cat Tien observation hides

Eastern Jungle Crow

1 on road Bidoup National Park. This was the only one seen until 2 flew across the airfield before departure at Ho Chi Minh airport

Grey-headed Canary-flycatcher

1 Bidoup National Park; 1 Road above Tuyen Lam Resort Da Lat

Green-backed Tit

At least 6 Da Lat Waterfall pine forest; At least 4 Tiuclam Monastery, Da Lat. All of the birds seen were very active high up in pines

Black-headed Bulbul

2 Cat Tien

Black-crested Bulbul 

1 Cat Tien headquarters area; 1 Elephant Mountain area, Cat Tien; 1 Cat Tien observation hides; 3 Nui San Pass; At least 8 Nui San Pass; 2 Road above Tuyen Lam Resort Da Lat

Sooty-headed Bulbul 

3 Elephant Mountain area, Cat Tien; 1 Road above Tuyen Lam Resort Da Lat

Stripe-throated Bulbul

Commonly seen at Cat Tien (At least 6 Cat Tien headquarters area; At least 12 Cat Tien observation hides

Flavescent Bulbul

At least 10 Ta Nung Valley, Da Lat; At least 6 Mixed forest above Da Lat

Yellow-vented Bulbul 

2 on the Road above Tuyen Lam Resort, Da Lat

Streak-eared Bulbul 

Very common around Cat Tien (3-4 Cat Tien headquarters area; At least 8 Cat Tien observation hides; 3 juveniles Cat Tien observation hides)

Puff-throated Bulbul 

1+2 Nui San Pass, where the best view was of one landing on a branch overhanging the feeding area on front of one of the feeding station blinds

Ochraceous Bulbul 

The subspecies found in South Annam is almost impossible to distinguish visually from Puff-throated Bulbul. Apparently, genetic samples have revealed that only this species of the two is present in Cat Tien, where 2 were seen on the main track walk

Grey-eyed Bulbul

1 Cat Tien headquarters area; 2 Cat Tien observation hides; 1 Nui San Pass

Mountain Bulbul

1 Mixed forest above Da Lat

Black Bulbul

Very common at higher altitudes (At least 6 Da Lat Waterfall pine forest; 3-4 Road above Tuyen Lam Resort Da Lat; Quite common Ta Nung Valley, Da Lat; 5+ Mixed forest above Da Lat; ~6 Khu Du Lich resort area, Da Lat

Barn Swallow 

At least 40 Elephant Mountain area, Cat Tien

Pacific Swallow

At least 10 Elephant Mountain area, Cat Tien

Pygmy Cupwing

This bird was one of a double act with Grey-bellied Tesia which added to some of the most enjoyable birding of the trip at Bidoup National Park. The Tesia had been picked up a little earlier in front of the blind when the Cupwing appeared. Over a couple of hours, it made sporadic appearances, each time seeming to emerge quickly from the rear of the viewing area, quite often sneaking a worm and then nipping off again

Yellow-bellied Warbler

1 Nui San Pass as we left one of the feeding stations

Mountain Tailorbird

1 Da Lat Waterfall pine forest. The powerful song of this bird was obvious, but it preferred to keep well hidden inside its chosen bush. A bit of patience and we eventually had great views

Grey-bellied Tesia

This pair of birds within the forst at Bidoup National Park was quite easily the most intensely watched species of the whole trip. Over the 4 plus hours that we were present at this particular viewing area, we waited countless times for one or the other to reappear, sometimes only very briefly or half hidden. Patience was rewarded by the occasional longer stage show, and one of the birds twice did a circuit behind our hideout, calling all the while when only down to less than a metre away

Black-throated Bushtit

At least 2 Road above Tuyen Lam Resort Da Lat

Eastern Crowned Warbler

1 Road above Tuyen Lam Resort Da Lat

Pale-legged Leaf Warbler

1 Nui San Pass

Chestnut-crowned Warbler

1 Road above Tuyen Lam Resort Da Lat was seen only briefly and at some distance

Blyth's Leaf Warbler

This species and Klossís are two of the now splits that used to be White-tailed Leaf Warbler. The white on the tail of these species is hard to see in itself, but separating needs a lot more care. Luckily, the one Blythís seen was also heard calling at Khu Du Lich resort area, Da Lat

Kloss's Leaf Warbler

Another of the former White-tailed Leaf Warbler superspecies, decent views of the rather yellowish breast and belly of this bird were seen at Khu Du Lich resort area, Da Lat

Russet Bush Warbler

This was the last bird to be seen in the Mixed forest above Da Lat. The guide was quite excited about any potential sighting, since he maintained this was an endemic to the Da Lat area (as Da Lat Bush Warbler). It would seem that the IOC would disagree, since they donít even recognise the higher split of Annam Bush Warbler, but in some ways that may be semantics, since the birds in this area nonetheless may well have characteristics of their own. Some of the enjoyment in seeing them is also in their shy nature, since they tend to prefer to keep down low in thick cover. We had declined the offer of trooping up a densely covered hill the previous evening to try our luck and in turn were rewarded with a last minute Vietnamese Cutia, so imagine the pleasure, after hearing a slightly earlier Bush Warbler without an appearance, when one was homed in on singing away at almost the last decent light of the day

Hill Prinia

This is another of those loud songsters that annoyingly prefers to keep to denser cover. We had to wiat until the last one was known to be present in the Ta Nung Valley to get gripping views (1 seen briefly Da Lat Waterfall pine forest; Pair Road above Tuyen Lam Resort, Da Lat; 1 Ta Nung Valley, Da Lat

Rufescent Prinia

As with Hill Prinia, this species has a song louder than its size should allow, but again they prefer to discharge it from within cover. Thankfully, the active birds at Cat Tien would give themselves up with only a modicum of patience spent (3 Cat Tien headquarters area; 2 at Cat Tien accommodation area

Yellow-bellied Prinia

2 Elephant Mountain area, Cat Tien, one of which gave briefly good views as it emerged singing from its reedy cover

Common Tailorbird

1 Cat Tien headquarters area; 1+3 Cat Tien observation hides; 4 Cat Tien main track walk

Dark-necked Tailorbird

2 Cat Tien forest walk; 1 Cat Tien main track

White-browed Scimitar Babbler

These impressively marked birds were seen at very close quarters in 2 of the feeding stations at the Nui San Pass. The second 2 were with and feeding an immature

Red-billed Scimitar Babbler

We had hoped to see an approaching and calling group of these following our first Black-headed Parrotbills the evening before we actually saw 2+ at the Khu Du Lich resort area, Da Lat. There may have been more, but we were grateful for what we got considering how active they were in the forest

Grey-throated Babbler

1 Nui San Pass, staying within the vegetation to the rear of one of the feeding stations

Pin-striped Tit-Babbler

2 together at one of the Cat Tien observation hides

Chestnut-capped Babbler

3 seen briefly at the Elephant Mountain area, Cat Tien

Mountain Fulvetta

2+ Nui San Pass; 1 Bidoup National Park

Abbott's Babbler

We saw these before we saw Buff-breasted Babbler at another of the hides at Cat Tien, and at first found separation of the two troublesome. However, it quickly became clear that the Abbottís are a more rotund and stocky bird, with a larger and greyer bill (1 Cat Tien observation hides; then a family of 4 at the same Cat Tien observation hide)

Puff-throated Babbler

2 during the Cat Tien forest walk were in poor light and a little distance, as opposed to the  2+2 at different hides at Cat Tien observation hides; 1 was also seen at one of the feeding stations at the Nui San Pass

Buff-breasted Babbler

One of the reasons for the tricky initial separation from Abbottís Babbler was the lack of any streaking on the breasts of the birds seen at Cat Tien. The ones seen at Nui San Pass did have this distinguishing feature (2 at one hide Cat Tien observation hides; adult with 2 juveniles Cat Tien observation hides; 2 Nui San Pass)

Vietnamese Cutia

This is perhaps one of the birds which you always hope for when visiting the area, due to its good looks and also nuthatch like behaviour. However, it is not always an easy task, mainly due to its habit of keeping to the upper story. The first that we saw on the Road above Tuyen Lam Resort, Da Lat, tried to fit its billing. We first heard it some distance away, and the initial views were quite high up until it decided to fly down much closer for better examination. The 2 at Khu Du Lich resort area, Da Lat, were much more obliging from the off, feeding on the trunks of trees not too high above where we stood

Grey-crowned Crocias

There are some similarities between this bird and the Cutia, since it also receives prime billing in the area, sharing good looks and also the habit of staying in the canopy. The best place to see them is at the Ta Nung Valley, Da Lat, where we managed to connect with 2 separate birds, although they lived up to their reputation of staying high up

Collared Laughingthrush

These birds are in the short list of very difficult endemics which are hard to catch up at higher altitude. We were lucky in that 3 regularly visited our stake out within Bidoup National Park, where they usually caused a clamour with the Tesias when they called in

Blue-winged Minla

6+ Ta Nung Valley, Da Lat; 3+ Mixed forest above Da Lat;1 Khu Du Lich resort area, Da Lat

Black-headed Sibia

The first individual that we saw was the most confiding at Tiuclam Monastery, Da Lat, being perched right out on the open for some time. The 3 on the Road above Tuyen Lam Resort Da Lat and 10+ at Ta Nung Valley, Da Lat seemed much more preoccupied with feeding within the cover of trees

White-crested Laughingthrush

2+3 at the same Cat Tien observation hide on consecutive days

Black-throated Laughingthrush

2 visited one of the feeding stations at Nui San Pass in late afternoon

White-cheeked Laughingthrush

2 Cat Tien headquarters area; 1 Elephant Mountain area, Cat Tien; 2 Nui San Pass; 2 Road above Tuyen Lam Resort Da Lat; 1 Ta Nung Valley, Da Lat; 1 Mixed forest above Da Lat; 1 Khu Du Lich resort area, Da Lat

Black-headed Parrotbill

3+ Mixed forest above Da Lat; 3+ Khu Du Lich resort area, Da Lat

Asian Fairy-bluebird

3 together at Ta Nung Valley, Da Lat

Chestnut-vented Nuthatch

2 Da Lat Waterfall pine forest; 3 Tiuclam Monastery, Da Lat; 3 Mixed forest above Da Lat; 2 Khu Du Lich resort area, Da Lat

Velvet-fronted Nuthatch

1 in trees above one of the feeding stations at Nui San Pass

Common Myna

1 Tiuclam Monastery, Da Lat

Vinous-breasted Starling

2 over Nui San Pass

Black-collared Starling

1 over road from Bidoup National Park; 2 from Khu Du Lich resort area, Da Lat en route to Da Lat

Orange-headed Thrush

Of the birds seen at Nui San Pass, there seemed to be two different races, one with a plain face, the other with 2 faded black vertical lines on the face (2 different twosomes at Nui San Pass; with 1 Nui San Pass the following day. All were at feeding stations)

Siberian Thrush

Female Nui San Pass feeding station

Oriental Magpie-Robin

1 Elephant Mountain area, Cat Tien; Female Cat Tien observation hides; 1 Cat Tien forest walk; 1 male Cat Tien observation hides

White-rumped Shama

Very common and obvious at Cat Tien (~6 Cat Tien headquarters area; Pair Cat Tien observation hides; 2+2+2 at different hides Cat Tien observation hides; at least 6 Cat Tien main track walk; 2 Cat Tien observation hides; ~4 Cat Tien main track)

Asian Brown Flycatcher 

3 Cat Tien headquarters area; 1 Elephant Mountain area, Cat Tien

Tickell's Blue Flycatcher 

Pair Cat Tien observation hides; 1+1 Cat Tien observation hides; 1 flew across track Cat Tien main track walk

Blue-throated Blue Flycatcher

The subspecies found here has the orange of the breast extending almost all of the way up to the chin so care must be taken with Tickellís (separate pairs at different feeding stations Nui San Pass)

Large Niltava

In good light, the black and blue of these birds can be very reminiscent of White-tailed Robin, which also shared some of the feeding stations with it, although the jizz is very different (Pair with young + 1 at second viewing area Bidoup National Park; 1 Ta Nung Valley, Da Lat; 1 Khu Du Lich resort area, Da Lat)

Verditer Flycatcher

3+ Ta Nung Valley, Da Lat; 1 Mixed forest above Da Lat

Siberian Blue Robin

There always seemed to be a one of these at the Cat Tien feeding stations (1 Cat Tien observation hides; 1 female at one hide and male at another Cat Tien observation hides on following day; 1 Nui San Pass; 1 male and 3 separate females Nui San Pass at a separate feeding station)

White-tailed Robin

1+1+1 Bidoup National Park. The only bird seen for any length of time and at close quarters was the second bird, with all being at separate viewing areas

Blue Whistling Thrush

1 seen briefly Nui San Pass, where it was disturbed and flew off downstream next to the lunch cafe

Snowy-browed Flycatcher

2 separate pairs at first 2 viewing areas, Bidoup National Park

White-throated Rock Thrush

A stunning male was at one of the feeding stations late afternoon at the Nui San Pass

Grey Bush Chat

Pair then 1 more male and 2 females Da Lat Waterfall pine forest; 4 Road above Tuyen Lam Resort, Da Lat; 3 males Mixed forest above Da Lat; 1 male Khu Du Lich resort area, Da Lat

Blue-winged Leafbird

1 Nui San Pass, seen briefly in the canopy opening from one of the observation screens

Golden-fronted Leafbird 

At least 4 Cat Tien main track walk

Fire-breasted Flowerpecker

2 males Ta Nung Valley, Da Lat

Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker

1 male Cat Tien headquarters area

Ruby-cheeked Sunbird

1 Cat Tien observation hides

Olive-backed Sunbird

1 Elephant Mountain area, Cat Tien; 1 Cat Tien forest walk; ~8 at rest stop en route from Dal Lat to Ho Chi Minh

Mrs. Gould's Sunbird

This was the most obvious and possibly common of the sunbirds seen, but they were always frantically feeding on flowering bushes (Female Bidoup National Park; pair Road above Tuyen Lam Resort Da Lat; ~8 Ta Nung Valley, Da Lat; 1 male Mixed forest above Da Lat; 1 male Khu Du Lich resort area, Da Lat)

Black-throated Sunbird

Male along the Road above Tuyen Lam Resort Da Lat

Purple-naped Sunbird

1 Cat Tien observation hides

Little Spiderhunter

1+2 Cat Tien observation hides

Streaked Spiderhunter 

1 Nui San Pass; 1 Da Lat Waterfall pine forest; 1 Ta Nung Valley, Da Lat

Eurasian Tree Sparrow 

3 Da Lat; Few at Ho Chi Minh

Scaly-breasted Munia

2 Da Lat Waterfall pine forest 

Vietnamese Greenfinch

This is another of the endemics which bird trips hope to see. We thought we heard them on our first visit to the pines in the Da Lat waterfall area, but without joy. However, we did subsequently see some at other locations in the Da Lat locality, with 3+ Road above Tuyen Lam Resort and 2 Khu Du Lich resort area

  

Mammals seen

Northern Smooth-Tailed Treeshrew

We saw 2 of these diminutive and spindly-tailed treeshrews at the Cat Tien observation hides, from different feeding stations. The first one remained elusive to the rear of the thicker vegetation, but the second was much more confiding

Northern Treeshrew

These were seen at higher altitude from the feeding stations and viewing areas, and were never shy in showing themselves (2 Nui San Pass; 1+1 Bidoup National Park)

Red-cheeked Gibbon

A family party of these live in the Cat Tien area, and we saw a male and 2 females on our first approach to the feeding stations next to the primate enclosure on the first morning. The only other time we saw them was when 2 were spotted in the same place when leaving the same feeding stations for the last time. Their call is possibly even more impressive than seeing them, and usually started near to the primate enclosure each morning around 7am

Pallasís Squirrel

2 Cat Tien headquarters area; 1 Cat Tien observation hides; 1 Cat Tien main track

Indochinese Ground Squirrel

At least 2 Cat Tien observation hides, and the following day 2+1 Cat Tien observation hides

Cambodian Striped Squirrel

Perhaps one of the strangest mammalian sightings, with 1 along the Road above Tuyen Lam Resort Da Lat, seen climbing the roof of the entrance arch to the resort itself

Red Muntjac 

1 Elephant Mountain area, Cat Tien, seen briefly when crossing the track

Sambar

1 juvenile at a watering hole at Elephant Mountain area, Cat Tien

Wild Boar

1 ventured briefly out of the undergrowth at Elephant Mountain area, Cat Tien; 2 approached one of the feeding stations at one of the Cat Tien observation hides

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