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THAILAND

Monday 9th March - Wednesday 25th March 2015

Dave Farrow

Hodgson's Frogmouth (Dave Farrow)

Hodgson's Frogmouth (Dave Farrow)

Our Birdquest Thailand tour this year was just superb, combining a dazzling array of high quality birds with the highest total number of species ever recorded on this tour. We began on the coast where we saw Spoon-billed Sandpiper, Far Eastern Curlew, White-faced and Malaysian Plovers, Pallas's Gull, Chinese Egrets, White-shouldered Starlings and Indian Nightjar. Heading inland we found Indian Thick-knee and Vinous-breasted Starlings, and at Kaeng Krachan National Park we saw Yellow-vented Green Pigeons, Black-thighed Falconet, Banded, Silver-breasted and Long-tailed Broadbills, Black-backed and Banded Kingfisher, Kalij and Grey Peacock Pheasant, Tickell's Brown Hornbill, White-fronted Scops Owl, Green-legged and Bar-backed Partridges, and Ratchet-tailed Treepie. In lowland areas we saw Asian Golden Weaver, Limestone Wren-Babbler and Savanna Nightjars at roost, and at Khao Yai we saw Siamese Firebacks, Silver Pheasant, Moustached Barbet, Wreathed, Great and Austin’s Brown Hornbills, Blue Pitta and White-throated Rock Thrush. In the hills of the north we found Giant Nuthatches, and a horde of Mrs. Hume’s Pheasants that included six at one site and eight at another, plus a marvelous Rusty-naped Pitta. A female Hodgson’s Frogmouth was found at roost, the next day a male was seen sat on its nest with three chicks. Also we saw Pin-tailed Green Pigeons, Sapphire and White-gorgeted Flycatcher, Spot-breasted, Grey-headed and Grey-breasted Parrotbills, White-browed and Silver-eared Laughingthrushes, Rufous-backed Sibia, Scarlet-faced Liocichla, Russet Bush Warbler, White-bellied Redstart, Brown-breasted Bulbuls and Crested Finchbills, and plenty of Spot-winged Grosbeaks. In fields alongside the Kok river we found Pied Harrier, Greater Painted Snipes, three Ruddy-breasted Crakes in the open and a dozen Small Pratincoles, Chestnut-eared and Yellow-breasted Buntings, Siberian Rubythroat and a Baikal Bush Warbler. At other sites we saw a male Green Peafowl plus some nice Rufous-winged Buzzards, and at our final stop on Doi Inthanon we saw Rufous-throated Partridges, Grey-headed Lapwings, Speckled and Ashy Woodpigeons, Blossom-headed Parakeet, Collared Falconet, Black-headed Woodpeckers, White-browed and Lesser Shortwings, two Dark-sided Thrush, Vivid Niltava, Eyebrowed, Streaked and Pygmy Wren-Babblers, Yellow-bellied Flowerpecker, Spectacled Barwing, a Brown-breasted Flycatcher, Slaty-bellied Tesia, Slaty-backed and White-crowned Forktail, two Green Cochoa and a Black-tailed Crake.

The often shy Rusty-naped Pitta (Dave Farrow)

The often shy Rusty-naped Pitta (Dave Farrow)