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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. 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 … [Read more...]

Bird fauna in Tan Phu Forest

Tan Phu is situated in a lowland area at an elevation of around 300 m. To the south and east, the forest enterprise is bordered by the La Nga river, while the La Canh and Gian Lai streams form the northern boundary, and the Tra My stream forms the western boundary. Biodiversity values Tan Phu Forest Enterprise is an evergreen forest presenting for ecosystem of lowland with very high diversified biology, which including over 170 bird species, 35 mammals, 60 reptiles and amphibian and over 200 butterflies were confirmed. Especially, this forest is also home to many important birds such as Orange-necked Partridge, Gearmain’s Peacock, Siamese Fireback, Lesser Adjutant, Wooly-necked Stork, Bar-bellied Pitta, Grey-faced Tit Babbler. Visiting Tan Phu FE., you also really interest in soaking your legs in hot-water stream, enjoying very beautiful landscape of Mai stream, and more. The Orange – necked Partridge (Arborophila davidi), an endemic species to Vietnam, and this species was listed as endangered category in IUCN redlist. Although distribution range of this species covers Binh Phuoc – Dong Nai and a part of Lam Dong province but nowhere we are easy to find them, except Tan Phu forest enterprise. In 2004 to 2006, Nguyen Hoai Bao led a researchers group to monitor Orange-necked Partridge and species in Pheasant family population, result shown that density 0.086 individual per hectare. Bird fauna - Birding Transportation Only about 2 hours by car from Ho Chi Minh City (120 km) and 4 hours from Da Lat city. The site is situated off National Highway 20 between Ho Chi Minh City and Da Lat.   … [Read more...]

Bird fauna in Da Lat Plateau

Located in Lac Duong district on the Da Lat plateau, Bi Dup-Nui Ba Nature Reserve is mountainous and the whole site lies at 1,400 m above the sea level. The highest points in the nature reserve are Mount Lang Bian (also known as Nui Ba) in the west, which reaches 2,167 m, and Mount Bi Dup in the east, which reaches 2,287 m. The nature reserve contains three distinct water catchments. The east of the nature reserve, around Mount Bi Dup, is the catchment of the Da Nhim River, which feeds Da Nhim hydro-electric reservoir. The west of the nature reserve, around Mount Lang Bian, is the catchment of Dan Kia Lake, which drains into the Da Dung River. Finally, streams originating in the north of the nature reserve feed the Dak Krong Kno River, which flows west then north, before joining the Srepok River. Several mountains in this area rise to over 2000m, the highest being Chu Yang Sin at 2442m. The plateau has been designated as an Endemic Bird Area by Birdlife International. Bird fauna - Birding Being one of the five endemic bird areas (EBAs) in Vietnam identified by BirdLife International, Da Lat plateau has eight of the eight restricted-range bird species that occur in this EBA, Crested Argus Rheinardia ocellata, Yellow-billed Nuthatch Sitta solangiae, Black-hooded Laughingthrush Garrulax milleti, White-cheeked Laughingthrush G. vassali, Collared Laughingthrush G. yersini, Short-tailed Scimitar Babbler (Indochinese Wren Babbler) Jabouilleia danjoui and Vietnamese Greenfinch Carduelis monguilloti. Black-crowned Crocias Crocias langbiansis. The Dalat Plateau also supports distinctive and endemic sub-species of Rufous-backed Sibia, Black-headed Sibia, Blue-winged Minla, Black-throated Sunbird and Red Crossbill, Vietnamese Cutia, Black-crowned Fuvetta, Black-headed Parrotbill. Most highlights Silver Pheasant, Bar-backed Partridge, Red-vented Barbet, Black-browed Barbet, Red-headed Trogon, Long-tailed Broadbill, Wedge-tailed Green Pigeon, Mountain Imperial Pigeon, Black Eagle, Rufous-bellied Eagle, Jerdon’s Baza, Rusty-naped Pitta, Blue Pitta, Burmese Shrike, Indochinese Green Magpie, Eurasian Jay, Slender-billed Oriole, Maroon Oriole, White-throated Rock Thrush, Green Cochoa, Rufous-browed Flycatcher, Blue-and-White Flycatcher, Mugimaki Flycatcher, Snowy-browed Flycatcher, Little Pied Flycatcher, Large Niltava, Lesser Shortwing, White-tailed Robin, Spotted Forktail, Yellow-billed Nuthatch, Yellow-cheeked Tit, Grey-crowned Tit, Grey-bellied Tesia, White-spectacled Warbler, Chestnut-crowned Warbler, Black-hooded Laughingthrush, White-cheeked Laughingthrush, Orange-breasted Laughingthrush, Collared Laughingthrush, White-browed Scimitar Babbler, Streaked Wren Babbler, Eyebrowed Wren Babbler, Pygmy Wren Babbler, Rufous-capped Babbler, Vietnamese Cutia, Chestnut-fronted Shrike-Babbler, Blue-winged Minla, Black-crowned Fulvetta, Indochinese Fulvetta, Grey-crowned Crocias, Rufous-backed Sibia, Black-headed Sibia, Black-headed Parrotbill, Mrs … [Read more...]

Bird fauna in Cat Tien National Park

Covering 74,000 Hectares of lowland forest and swamp approximately 100km (70miles) north east of Ho Chi Minh City and is home to numerous birds and mammals. Cat Tien National Park is one of Vietnam’s most important and largest National Parks. Its bio-diversity is considerable with over fifty endangered species listed in the Red Book including the Javan Rhinoceros, the Siamese Crocodile and the Indochina Tiger. Of particular interest is its large bird population well over three hundred species have been identified so far. The Orange-necked Partridge is one of the rare bird species that live in the park. The best time for bird watching is from February to April. Bird fauna - Birding Situated in the South Vietnamese Lowlands Endemic Bird Area (EBA), Cat Tien national park supports populations of all three bird species that characterised this EBA: Orange-necked Partridge Arborophila davidi, Germain's Peacock Pheasant Polyplectron germaini and Grey-faced Tit Babbler Macronous kelleyi . Cat Tien is also an important site for the conservation of waterbirds. Among the globally threatened waterbird species that have been recorded at the site are White-shouldered Ibis Pseudibis davisoni, White-winged Duck Cairina scutulata and Lesser Adjutant Leptoptilos javanicus . Most highlights Germain's Peacock Pheasant, Orange-necked Partridge, Siamese Fireback, Green Peafowl, Wreathed Hornbill, Lesser Adjutant, Woolly-necked Stork, Blue-rumped and Bar-bellied Pittas, Pale-headed and Black-and-buff Woodpeckers, Black-and-red, Banded, Dusky Broadbill, Blyth’s Frogmouth, Grey-faced Tit Babbler. Birding routes The Lagerstroemia and Ecological Trails, which begin near the park headquarters, are good places to search for Germain’s Peacock Pheasant and pittas. The Dak Lua road may provide easier birding, especially early in the day when broadbills and Siamese Fireback can be seen. Haven rapid trail is one of good places for broadbills, woodpeckers, barbets. Jeeps can be rented to the turn off to Bau Sau (Crocodile Lake) and Bau Chim (Bird Lake). Green Peafowl and waterbirds can be seen around these lakes, as well as Siamese Crocodile and, for the fortunate visitor, large mammals such as Gaur. The 5 km trail from the Dak Lua road to Bau Sau is also a good place for Germain’s Peacock Pheasant and pitas. … [Read more...]

Tram Chim National Park – A green island of red-headed cranes

From August to November, if you visit Tram Chim National Park in the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap during the daytime when the highest tides occur, it is suggested to take a motorboat ride through forests of rich plants and flowers and green cajeput trees. Newly categorized as the 2000th Ramsar area of the world, the Tram Chim National Park is an eco-tourist area known as a “green island” with a typical natural landscape of the submerged region of Dong Thap Muoi. The park is home to many botanical species and nearly 200 species of water birds which account for about a quarter of the birds in Vietnam. This includes many rare and precious species of water birds. Among them, the most well-known are the red-headed cranes, one of 15 endangered species of cranes in the world. Nearly 60 percent of the population of red-headed cranes resides in Tram Chim National Park. With the height of nearly 2m tall, the red-headed crane is the tallest among the flying birds in the world. They have smooth grey fur, long legs and a long neck. They walk slowly and stretch their wings wide when flying. The cry of the crane is loud and can be heard far away, up to 2-3km. This is because the crane has a long windpipe that creates a sound resonance phenomenon, just like the tube of a trumpet. It is said that red-headed cranes appeared on the earth 60 million years ago, during the time of the gigantic reptile, and lived on all the continents. Tram Chim National Park also has other species of birds, such as the white-winged duck and pelicans. From late December to early May, flocks of cranes return to Tram Chim to live after migrating to evade the floods. They fly over a vast carpet of green cajeput trees, creating a fantastic scene. Visiting the park during that time people will enjoy the landscape of beautiful skies, rivers and cajeput forests. Hundreds of species of birds, such as storks, teals, grebes, herons and wild ducks perch on branches of trees seeking food. In early 1999, Tram Chim was officially recognized as Tram Chim National Park by the Government. This brought a great source of joy and pride to local people in Dong Thap Muoi. Many international organizations for natural preservation have provided funds to protect this park. Tram Chim National Park has the natural identity of the Dong Thap Muoi (Plain of Reeds) region. There are cajeput forests that are 10-18 years old, various species of lotus (white, pink and half white and half pink, water lilies, rice and water morning glory. There are thousands of visitors coming to Tram Chim every year, of which about 30 percent are foreigners. Tourists will find a peaceful atmosphere and have a chance to watch flocks of cranes returning to live in this submerged area. … [Read more...]

Can Gio – Cat Tien – Da Lat – Yok Don – Mang Den – Lo Xo – Bach Ma – Phong Nha 16 days

Tour Code:IGT-BIRD-PKG-09 Duration: 7Days/ 6Nights Price: Request for Pricing :request-info:    :book-tour:    :customize-tour: … [Read more...]