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THAILAND

Central and North 2009

Birdfinders new, revised 2009 central and northern Thailand tour logged a record 381 species. Highlights were many but with the addition of the marshes and saltpans south of Bangkok, we were able to enjoy the critically-endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper together with Long-toed Stint, Great Knot and Nordmann’s Greenshank, whilst on a boat trip out to a sand spit we recorded Malaysian Plover and the dealbatus race of Kentish Plover. Other highlights of the tour included both Black and Jerdon’s Baza, Hume’s and Silver Pheasant, Siamese Fireback, Barred and Little Cuckoo-doves, five species of owl, Red-headed and Orange-breasted Trogon, five species of bee-eater including Blue-bearded and Red-bearded, four species of hornbill, an amazing eight species of barbet, Blue Pitta, seven species of minivet, no less than 18 species of bulbul, White-browed Shortwing, an amazing 12 species of Phylloscopus and four species of Seicercus warblers, Siberian Rubythroat, Siberian Blue Robin, three species of forktail, a mouth-watering seven species of laughingthrush, Grey-headed and Spot-breasted Parrotbill, Giant Nuthatch and eight species of sunbird.

Red-bearded Bee-eater

Red-bearded Bee-eater