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Sunday 15th November - Saturday 28th November 2015
This Birdquest tour to Burma was a hugely enjoyable affair, and we saw all eight of the Burmese endemics – White-browed Nuthatch - the ‘jewel in the crown’ of Burma’s birds, Hooded Treepie, Jerdon’s Minivet, White-throated Babbler, Burmese Bushlark, Burmese Bushtit, Davison’s Bulbul and Burmese Collared Dove - the latter two being the ‘newest’ of the set. We also found six taxa that could be described as near-endemics - Collared Myna, Striped and Brown-capped Laughingthrushes, Mount Victoria Babax, Chin Hills Wren-Babbler and the gorgeous little Buff-breasted Parrotbill. In addition to these sparkling headlines we found a great array of special birds such as Pale-capped Pigeon at Yangon, Laggar Falcon, White-eyed Buzzard, Rain Quail, White-tailed Stonechat and Striated Babbler at Bagan. In the rich forest habitats that lie between the Irrawaddy and the Chin Hills we found White-rumped Falcon, Blossom-headed and Grey-headed Parakeets, and Neglected (or Burmese) Nuthatch. On Mount Victoria we enjoyed a splendid female Hodgson’s Frogmouth, Yellow-bellied Flowerpecker, Grey-sided Thrush, White-bellied Redstart, Black-bibbed Tit, Crested Finchbill, Spot-breasted Parrotbill, Rusty-capped Fulvetta, Assam Laughingthrush, Crimson-faced Liocichla, Grey Sibia, Streak-throated and Rusty-fronted Barwings, Brown Bush-warbler and Fire-tailed Sunbirds. The last section of our tour was to the Shan State in the east of the country, where at Inle Lake we had numerous Jerdon’s Bushchat and Collared Mynas, and in the mountain forests around Kalaw we found Pin-tailed Green-pigeon, Black-headed Greenfinch, White-browed Laughingthrush, Martens’s Warbler, Spectacled Barwing and Dark-backed Sibia.