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Monday 10th March - Sunday 23rd March 2014

Craig Robson

Hodgson's Frogmouth (Craig Robson)

Hodgson's Frogmouth (Craig Robson)

During our seventh tour to this amazingly bird-rich country, we saw all eight potentially recognised endemics: Jerdon’s Minivet, Hooded Treepie, Burmese Bush Lark, Davison’s Bulbul (an upcoming split from Stripe-throated), Burmese Bushtit, White-throated Babbler, Mount Victoria Babax (a split from Chinese), and White-browed Nuthatch. We also found six species that could be described as near endemics: Chin Hills Wren-Babbler, Striped and Brown-capped Laughingthrushes, Buff-breasted Parrotbill (split from Black-throated). Burmese Yuhina, and Collared Myna. At Inle Lake we were fortunate to see the exceedingly rare Chinese Grassbird (split from Rufous-rumped, and actually a babbler) that has recently been found in the marshes there; it has to be one of the most threatened passerines in the world. Some of the other main avian highlights were Rain Quail, Laggar and White-rumped Falcons, Black-tailed Crake, Hodgson’s Frogmouth, Pale-headed Woodpecker, Grey-sided Thrush, White-tailed Stonechat, Jerdon’s Bush Chat, Black-bibbed Tit, Martens’s and Broad-billed Warblers, Spot-breasted Parrotbill, Spectacled and Streak-throated Barwings, Grey and Dark-backed Sibias, and Brown, Russet and Baikal Bush Warblers. We managed to clock-up a record 409 species, including another 12 write-ins! The checklist now includes 516 species.

Fire-tailed Sunbird (Pete Morris)

Fire-tailed Sunbird (Pete Morris)