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Sunday 10th March - Saturday 23rd March 2013
During our sixth tour to this amazingly bird-rich country, we managed to clock-up a record 397, including another 22 write-ins! The checklist now includes over 500 species. We saw all eight potentially recognised endemics: Hooded Treepie, Jerdon’s Minivet, White-browed Nuthatch, Davison’s Bulbul (an upcoming split from Stripe-throated), Burmese Tit, White-throated Babbler, Mount Victoria Babax (a split from Chinese), and Burmese Bushlark. We also found five species that could be described as near endemics (Collared Myna, Burmese Yuhna, Striped, and Brown-capped Laughingthrushes, and Chin Hills Wren-babbler). At Inle Lake we were fortunate to see the exceedingly rare Chinese Grass-babbler (formerly included in Rufous-rumped Grassbird) that has recently been found in the marshes there; it has to be one of the most threatened passerines in the world. The other main avian highlights were several flushed Rain Quail, Laggar Falcon, superb up-close views of White-rumped Pygmy-falcon, Pied Harrier, Black-tailed Crake, White-eyed Buzzard, walk-away views of Hodgson’s Frogmouth, scope views of Darjeeling Woodpecker and Himalayan Flameback, Black-headed Greenfinch, large numbers of Grey-sided Thrushes, Black-breasted Thrush, loads of White-tailed Stonechats, tame Jerdon’s Bushchats, several Black-bibbed Tits, close views of calling Martens’s Warblers, Broad-billed Warbler, great views of Spot-breasted Parrotbill, a lively flock of Coral-billed Scimitar-babblers, great looks at Assam and Silver-eared Laughingthrushes, Crimson-faced Liocichla, Spotted Wren-babbler, Spectacled and Streak-throated Barwings, Grey Sibia, the castanoptera race of Dark-backed Sibia, and Brown, Russet and Spotted Bush-warblers.