Bird fauna in Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park

Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park is in Bo Trach district and Minh Hoa, Quang Binh province. About 50km to the northwest of Dong Hoi city and about 500km to the south of Hanoi capital, the park borders the nature reserve of Hin Namno in Khammouan province of Laos to the west, and it is about 42km away from the South China Sea counting from the border of the two countries. Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is situated in one of the largest contiguous areas of limestone karst in South-East Asia. The national park contains some of the most extensive karst cave systems in the world, and has been designated a Natural World Heritage Site. To the west, the national park borders Hin Namno National Protected Area in Laos.

Bird fauna in Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park

Over 200 bird species have been recorded at Phong Nha-Ke Bang, with regard to the avifauna of Phong Nha Nature Reserve, Timmins et al. (1999) recorded several globally threatened species, including Crested Argus Rheinardia ocellata, Chestnut-necklaced Partridge Arborophila charltonii and Red-collared Woodpecker Picus rabieri, Short-tailed Scimitar Babbler Jabouilleia danjoui. On the basis of the occurrence of four restricted-range bird species, Phong Nha lies within the Annamese Lowlands Endemic Bird Area. Phong Nha area is considered to be of particular importance for bird conservation, because the populations of species of conservation concern are not at immediate risk of extirpation or major population declines.

Birding highlights: Chestnut-necklaced Partridge, Red-collared Woodpecker, Brown Hornbill, Sooty Babbler and Short-tailed Scimitar Babbler.

Bird list in Phong Nha – Ke bang national park: Partridge species, Bar-backed Partridge, Chestnut-necklaced Partridge*, Red Junglefowl, Silver Pheasant, Siamese Fireback, Grey Peacock Pheasant, Crested Argus, Buttonquail sp., Barred Buttonquail, White-browed Piculet, Grey-capped Pygmy Woodpecker, Lesser Yellownape, Greater Yellownape, Laced Woodpecker, Red-collared Woodpecker, Bay Woodpecker, Red-vented Barbet,  Green-eared Barbet, Golden-throated Barbet, Blue-eared Barbet, Oriental Pied Hornbill, Great Hornbill, Brown Hornbill, Wreathed Hornbill, Red-headed Trogon, Dollarbird, Common Kingfisher, Blue-eared Kingfisher, Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher, Banded Kingfisher, White-throated Kingfisher, Crested Kingfisher, Blue-bearded Bee-eater, Blue-throated Bee-eater, Chestnut-winged Cuckoo, Hawk Cuckoo species, Eurasian Cuckoo, Banded Bay Cuckoo, Plaintive Cuckoo, Drongo Cuckoo, Green-billed Malkoha, Greater Coucal, Lesser Coucal, Vernal Hanging Parrot, Parakeet species, Himalayan Swiftlet, Asian Palm Swift, Fork-tailed Swift, House Swift, Crested Treeswift, Barn Owl, Mountain Scops Owl, Oriental Scops Owl, Collared Scops Owl, Collared Owlet, Asian Barred Owlet, Brown Hawk Owl, Nightjar sp.,  Large-tailed Nightjar, Oriental Turtle Dove, Spotted Dove, Red Collared Dove, Barred Cuckoo Dove, Emerald Dove, Green pigeon species, Thick-billed Green Pigeon, Pin-tailed Green Pigeon, Yellow-vented Green Pigeon, Wedge-tailed Green Pigeon, Imperial pigeon species, Mountain Imperial Pigeon, White-breasted Waterhen, Common Sandpiper, Black Baza, Oriental Honey-buzzard, Black-shouldered Kite, Crested Serpent Eagle, Hawk species, Brown-cheeked Fulvetta, Mountain Fulvetta, Grey-cheeked Fulvetta, Striated Yuhina, White-bellied Yuhina, Thick-billed Flowerpecker, Yellow-vented Flowerpecker, Plain Flowerpecker, Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker, Purple-naped Sunbird, Fork-tailed Sunbird, Crimson Sunbird, Streaked Spiderhunter, Eurasian Tree Sparrow, White Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Olive-backed Pipit, White-rumped Munia, Scaly-breasted Munia, etc.

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