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VIETNAM

Sunday 8th March - Sunday 29th March 2015

Craig Robson

The stunning Bar-bellied Pitta (Brian Field)

The stunning Bar-bellied Pitta (Brian Field)

During the latest Vietnam tour, we explored an ever-expanding range of key sites throughout the country. This long, narrow country harbours so many endemics and near-endemics now, that three weeks hardly seems long enough. Our exploits in the south were rewarded by Siamese Fireback, Germain’s Peacock-Pheasant, Green Peafowl, Slaty-legged Crake, Hodgson’s Frogmouth, Red-vented and Indochinese (or Annam) Barbets, Bar-bellied and Blue-rumped Pittas, Dalat (or Annam) Shrike-babbler, the soon to be split local form of White-spectacled Warbler, Grey-crowned Bushtit (spit from Black-throated Tit), Grey-faced Tit-Babbler, Orange-breasted, Collared, Black-hooded and White-cheeked Laughingthrushes, Vietnamese Cutia, Grey-crowned Crocias, the tiny neat Black-crowned Fulvetta, Black-crowned Parrotbill, Green Cochoa, Vietnamese Greenfinch, and Vietnamese Crossbill. Relatively little-known and unexplored Central Vietnam brought us Ratchet-tailed Treepie, the black-crested form of Sultan Tit, Rufous-faced and Limestone Leaf Warblers, Yellow-billed Nuthatch, Sooty Babbler, Indochinese Wren-Babbler (formerly Short-tailed Scimitar Babbler), rare Rufous-cheeked and Chestnut-eared Laughingthrushes, Black-crowned Barwing, and White-tailed Flycatcher. In the north, despite some poor weather, we found the endangered White-eared Night Heron, Pied Falconet, White-winged Magpie, more Green Cochoas, Black-browed and Rufous-throated Fulvettas, Limestone Wren-Babbler, Grey Laughingthrush, Short-tailed Parrotbill and Fork-tailed Sunbird.

Special mammals that we saw well included Buff-cheeked Gibbon, both Black-shanked and Red-shanked Douc Langurs, and the restricted-range Hatinh Leaf Monkey.

White-throated Rock Thrush (Brian Field)

White-throated Rock Thrush (Brian Field)