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Bird Watching Tour Expedition in Indawgyi Wildlife Sanctuary

 Introduction 

Bird watching is in the early stage in Myanmar though the country is in rich of various kinds of habitats and avifauna. There are 1120 bird species in Myanmar (according to: July 2015 update Myanmar checklist - unpublished). Birders from all over the world are interested to come and see Myanmar birds: six endemic, more than ten near endemic species and many globally threatened species as well.

Indawgyi Lake, the biggest lake in Myanmar and third biggest in Southeast Asia, is situated in Kachin state, northern Myanmar. Not only the water body but also its watershed areas are preserved and protected as Indawgyi Wildlife Sanctuary. It is ASEAN Heritage and RAMSAR site, very rich in biodiversity and well known as the most import area in Myanmar for migratory water bird during the winter season. There are about 300 species of terrestrial birds and water birds recorded in the sanctuary. More than 10 villages are situated near the lake shore. Fauna and Flora International (FFI) is implementing a conservation project in collaboration with Ministry of Environment Conservation and Forestry.

 Objectives

The aim and objectives of the bird watching expedition is to find the new route and collect the data along the route, to improve the capacity of local bird guide in Inn Chit Thu ecotourism group and to promote the eco-tourism i.e bird watching tour around Indawgyi Lake.

Methods

Six routes were selected during the expedition in the area of Indawgyi wildlife sanctuary. Not only bird species but also the situation of routes and habitats were noted down.

Suggestion routes for bird watching tour

There are six bird watching routes in the area of Indawgyi region, mostly are based from Lonton village.

 

Suggestion routes for bird watching tour showing in red tracks

Route 1. Indawgyi Lake and Indaw Chaung

This route is selected along the shore of the lake and along the Indaw Chaung river especially for water bird but some forest bird species can be seen along the shore from the forest. Here is the itinerary and bird we can see.

Birding will start in early morning after breakfast and begin by boat from Lonton village following the south, east and west shore. Lunch or a short break could be either at the local noodle shop in the village along the east shore or at the small pagoda on the eastern slope over the meanders of the of Indaw chaung flood plain. Alternatively lunch could also be served at the small village of Ton San Kha village. After the break birding will be continued along the Indaw chaung. There we can see Lesser Whistling-duck, Greylag Goose, Greater White-fronted Goose, Bar-headed Goose, Ruddy Shelduck, Cotton Pygmy-goose, Gadwall, Eurasian Wigeon, Mallard, Nothern Shoveler, Nothern Pintail, Garganey, Eurasian Teal, Red-crested Pochard, Common Pochard, Ferruginous Pochard, Tufted Duck, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Asian Openbill, Glossy Ibis, Indian Pond-heron, Eastern Cattle Egret, Purple Heron, Great Egret, Intermediate Egret, Little Egret, Little Cormornat, Great Cormorant, Oriental Dater, Peregrine Falcon, Black-shouldered Kite, Black Kite, Brahminy Kite, Crested Serpent-eagle, Western Marsh-harrier, Eastern Marsh-harrier, Shikra, Besra, Greater Spotted Eagle, Grey-headed Swamphen, Common Moorhen, Common Coot, Black-winged Stilt, Northern Lapwing, Grey-headed Lapwing, Red-wattled Lapwing, Little Ringed Plover, Pheasant-tailed Jacana, Bronze-winged Jacana, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Temminck’s Stint, Small Pratincole, Brown-headed Gull, Black-headed Gull, Oriental Turtle-dove, Spotted Dove, Plaintive Cuckoo, Greater Coucal, Asian Palm-swift, Stork-billed Kingfisher, Ruddy Kingfisher, Collared Kingfisher, Littler Green Bee-eater, Common Hoopoe, Lineated Barbet, Greater Flameback, Black-naped Oriole, Black-hooded Oriole, Ashy Woodswallow, Black Drongo, Rufous Treepie, Long-tailed Shrike, Grey-backed Shrike, Eurasian Tree-sparrow, Rosy Pipit, Olive-backed Pipit, White Wagtail, Eastern Yellow Wagtail, Citrine Wagtail, Black-faced Bunting, White-vented Myna, Collared Myna, Common Myna, Vinous-breasted Myna, Asian Pied Starling, Chestnut-tailed Starling, Naumann’s Thrush, Bluethroat, Eastern Stonchat, Pied Bushchat, Oriental Magpie-robin, Oriental Skylark, Red-whiskered Bulbul, Red-vented Bulbul, Common Sand-martin, Barn Swallow, Wire-tailed Swallow, Red-rumped Swallow, Radde’s Warbler, Dusky Warbler, Puff-throated Babbler, Oriental Reed-warbler, Scaly-breasted Munia, Chestnut Munia, Common Tailorbird and Plain Prinia.

 

Birding in the main lake and Indaw chaung by boat

 

 Booted Eagle

             Greater Spotted Eagle

Route 2. Nyaungpin village to Shwe Taung Mountain

This route is selected from Nyaungpin village to Shwe Taung Mountain for forest bird and important species of mammal “Hoolock Gibbon”. Here is the itinerary - drive to Nyaungpin village by car or by boat and start walking from the end of the village cross some patch of paddy field to some remnant forest to Nar Lat Tan village and then trek up to Shwe Taung Mountain through forest. There we can see both mammals (especially Hoolock Gibbon) and forest birds on the way such as – White-rumped Vulture, Asian Openbill, Black Stork, Wolly-necked Stork, Black-shouldered Kite, Brahminy Kite, Crested Serpent-eagle, Oriental Honey-buzzard, Jerdon’s Baza, Pied Harrier, Western Marsh-harrier, Eastern Marsh-harrier, Shikra, Besra, Greater Spotted Eagle, Booted Eagle, Oriental Pied Hornbill, Great Hornbill, Spotted Dove, Plaintive Cuckoo, Greater Coucal, Asian Palm-swift, Littler Green Bee-eater, Common Hoopoe, Coppersmith Barbet, Blue-throated Barbet, Lineated Barbet, Greater Flameback, Black-naped Oriole, Black-hooded Oriole, Red-breasted Parakeet, Streaked Spiderhunter, Ashy Woodswallow, Black Drongo, Ashy Drongo, Bronzed Drongo, Brown Shrike, Long-tailed Shrike, Grey-backed Shrike, Eurasian Tree-sparrow, Rosy Pipit, Olive-backed Pipit, White Wagtail, Eastern Yellow Wagtail, Citrine Wagtail, White-vented Myna, Collared Myna, Common Myna, Vinous-breasted Myna, Asian Pied Starling, Chestnut-tailed Starling, Bluethroat, Eastern Stonechat, Pied Bushchat, Oriental Magpie-robin, Oriental Skylark, Himalayan Black Bulbul, Red-whiskered Bulbul, Red-vented Bulbul, Black-crested Bulbul, White-throated Bulbul, Olive Bulbul, Common Sand-martin, Barn Swallow, Red-rumped Swallow, Greenish Warbler, Yellow-browed Warbler, Radde’s Warbler, Dusky Warbler, Puff-throated Babbler, Oriental Reed-warbler, Striated Grassbird, Zitting Cisticola, Watercock, Common Tailorbird and Plain Prinia.

Forest on the way from Nyaungpin village to Shwe Taung Hill

 

                                            Hoolock Gibbon

     Streaked Spiderhunter

Route 3. Kat Kyaw pagoda and west of Lonton village

This route is selected from Lonton village to Kat Kyaw pagoda trail in south-west of Lonton village and does bird watching in the whole morning in the habitat of paddy field and secondary forest and west of Lonton village in the afternoon between paddy field and secondary forest. Lunch will be in Lonton village.

Bird watching will start in early morning after breakfast by walking from Lonton village. There we can see the species of – Red Junglefowl, some waterbirds fly over, Lineated Barbet, Blue-throated Barbet, Coppersmith Barbet, Wreathed Hornbill, Oriental Pied Hornbill, Great Hornbill, Indian Roller, Dollarbird, Common Hoopoe, White-throated Kingfisher, Green-billed Malkoha, Plaintive Cuckoo, Greater Coucal, Little Green Bee-eater, Blue-tailed Bee-eater, Chestnut-headed Bee-eater, Red-breasted Parakeet, Asian Palm Swift, Oriental Turtle Dove, Spotted Dove, Red Collared Dove, Barred Cuckoo Dove, Thick-billed Green Pigeon, Yellow-footed Green Pigeon, Emerald Dove, Common Crane, Endangered - Sarus Crane, White-breasted Waterhen, Red-wattled Lapwing, Oriental Honey-buzzard, Crested Serpent Eagle, Pied Harrier, Common Kestrel, Cattle Egret, Golden-fronted Leafbird, Blue-winged Leafbird, Asian Fairy Bluebird, Brown Shrike, Long-tailed Shrike, Grey-backed Shrike, RufousTreepie, Eastern Jungle Crow, Black-hooded Oriole, Black-naped Oriole, Black Drongo, Ashy Drongo, Bronzed Drongo, Hair-crested Drongo, Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, Ashy Woodswallow, Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher, Black-naped Monarch, Large Woodshrike, Blue-throated Flycatcher, Oriental Magpie Robin, White-rumped Shama, Eastern Stonechat, Pied Bushchat, White-vented Myna, Barn Swallow, Streak-eared Bulbul, Red-vented Bulbul, Red-whiskered Bulbul, Black-crested Bulbul, Striated Grassbird, Zitting Cisticola, Common Tailorbird, Dusky Warbler, Greenish Warbler, Pin Striped Tit Babbler, Yellow-eyed Babbler, Olive-backed Sunbird, Paddyfield Pipit, Scaly-breasted Munia and Chestnut Munia.

 

                    Sarus Crane

Barred Cuckoo-dove

Route 4. Sin Gaung Taung

This route is selected on the way between Nam Mon village and Lonton village named Sin Gaung Taung pagoda and trail on the mountain range in south-west of Lonton village and does bird watching in the whole morning in the habitat of secondary forest and paddy field. We will drive to Sin Gaung Taung monastery and stop there by car or motorcycle, then start birding from the foot hill and trek up along the mountain range. Here we can see the species of – Red Junglefowl, Lineated Barbet, Blue-throated Barbet, Coppersmith Barbet, Wreathed Hornbill, Oriental Pied Hornbill, Great Hornbill, Indian Roller, Dollarbird, Common Hoopoe, Green-billed Malkoha, Plaintive Cuckoo, Greater Coucal, Little Green Bee-eater, Blue-tailed Bee-eater, Red-breasted Parakeet, Asian Palm Swift, Spotted Dove, Red Collared Dove, Thick-billed Green Pigeon, Yellow-footed Green Pigeon, Greater Flameback, Oriental Honey-buzzard, Oriental Hobby, Black-shouldered Kite, Brahminy Kite, Eastern Marsh-harrier, Pied Harrier, Crested Serpent Eagle, Common Kestrel, Cattle Egret, Golden-fronted Leafbird, Blue-winged Leafbird, Asian Fairy Bluebird, Brown Shrike, Long-tailed Shrike, Grey-backed Shrike, Eastern Jungle Crow, Black-hooded Oriole, Black-naped Oriole, Little Pied Flycatcher, Black Drongo, Ashy Drongo, Bronzed Drongo, Hair-crested Drongo, Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, Ashy Woodswallow, Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher, Black-naped Monarch, Large Woodshrike, Blue-throated Flycatcher, Oriental Magpie-robin, White-rumped Shama, Eastern Stonechat, Pied Bushchat, Red-wattled Lapwing, Wood Sandpiper, Temminck’s Stint, Collared Owlet, White-vented Myna, Crested Myna, White-vented Myna, Collared Myna, Common Myna, Vinous-breasted Myna, Black-collared Starling, Asian Pied Starling, Bluethroat, Barn Swallow, Streak-eared Bulbul, Red-vented Bulbul, Red-whiskered Bulbul, White-throated Bulbul, Puff-throated Bulbul, Black-crested Bulbul, Stiated Grassbird, Zitting Cisticola, Common Tailorbird, Rufescent Prinia, Plain Prinia, Dusky Warbler, Greenish Warbler, Pin-striped Tit-babbler, Yellow-eyed Babbler, Olive-backed Sunbird, Paddyfield Pipit, Scaly-breasted Munia and Chestnut Munia, Common Iora, Little Spiderhunter, Streaked Weaver, Baya Weaver, Oriental Skylark, Yellow-bellied Warbler, Yellow-browed Warbler and Golden Babbler.

 

                                               Wreathed Hornbill                                                       

 

                                                       

Great Hornbill

Route 5. Nam Mon Mountain

This route is selected in the area near Nam Mon village 45 minutes from Lonton village by car or by motorcycle. The birding trail is start from the village and up to the mountain range in the secondary and primary forest along the existing trail. It is a little bit hard trekking route suitable for young people and but for soft birding trek can be done along the old main road from the village and lunch will be at 11Mile, view point. Here we can see the species of - Oriental Hobby, Oriental Honey-buzzard, Crested Serpent-eagle, Besra, Wood Sandpiper, Spotted Dove, Barred Cuckoo-dove, Emerald Dove, Red-breasted Parakeet, Green-billed Malkoha, Asian Barred Owlet, Asian Palm-swift, Dollarbird, Blue-bearded Bee-eater, Oriental Pied Hornbill, Wreathed Hornbill, Great Barbet, Blue-throated Barbet, Greater Yellownape, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Greater Flameback, Long-tailed Broadbill, White-bellied Erpornis, Scarlet Minivet, Black-hooded Oriole, Maroon Oriole, Common Iora, Black Drongo, Ashy Drongo, Bronzed Drongo, Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo, Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, Hair-crested Drongo, Brown Shrike, Grey-backed Shrike, Streaked Spiderhunter, Little Spiderhunter, Plain Flowerpecker, Blue-winged Leafbird, Golder-fronted Leafbird, Orange-bellied Leafbird, Asian Fairy-bluebird, Eurasian Tree-sparrow, White Wagtail, Bluethroat, White-capped Water-redstart, Black-backed Forktail, Blue-throated Flycatcher, Oriental Magpie-robin, Striated Bulbul, Black-crested Bulbul, Red-whiskered Bulbul, Red-vented Bulbul, Olive Bulbul, White-throated Bulbul, Puff-throated Bulbul, Himalayan Black Bulbul, Barn Swallow, Yellow-bellied Warbler, Artic Warbler, Grey-cheeked Fulvetta, Brown-cheeked Fulvetta, Golden Babbler, Pin-striped Tit-babbler, White-crested Laughtingthrush, Common Tailorbird and Plain Prinia.

Forest along the route of Nam Mon

White-bellied Erpornis

Route 6. Kaung Jar village to Naung Khwin Inn

This route is selected from Kaung Jar, Kachin village, to Naung Khwin Inn in the north-west of Indawgyi Lake. It takes one hour drive from Lonton village by car or by motorcycle. There is a good chance to see the globally threaten species such as critically endangered – vultures and vulnerable – adjutant.

Lesser Whistling-duck, Ruddy Shelduck, Eurasian Wigeon, Northern Pintail, Eurasian Teal, Asian Openbill, Woolly-necked Stork, Lesser Adjutant, Glossy Ibis, Pond Heron, Grey Heron, Purple Heron, Great Egret, Intermediate Egret, Little Egret, Spot-billed Pelican, Little Cormorant, Oriental Honey-buzzard, Brahminy Kite, Wite-rumped Vulture, Slender-billed Vulture, Crested Serpent-eagle, Eastern Marsh-harrier, Pied Harrier, Booted Eagle, Ruddy-breasted Crake, Grey-headed Swamphen, Common Moorhen, Common Crane, Black-winged Stilt, Northern Lapwing, Grey-headed Lapwing, Little Ringed Plover, Pheasant-tailed Jacana, Common Snipe, Green Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Spotted Dove, Emerald Dove, Red-breasted Parakeet, Lesser Coucal, Large-tailed Nightjar, Asian Palm-swift, Indian Roller, White-throated Kingfisher, Common Kingfisher, Little Green Bee-eater, Common Hoopoe, Oriental Pied Hornbill, Wreathed Hornbill, Eurasian Wryneck, Black Drongo, Ashy Drongo, Eastern Jungle Crow, Long-tailed Shrike, Grey-backed Shrike, Scaly-breasted Munia, Chestnut Munia, Rosh Pipit, Richard’s Pipit, White Wagtail, Eastern Yellow Wagtail, Citrine Wagtail, Little Bunting, Crested Myna, Jungle Myna, Asian Pied Starling, Bluethroat, Eastern Stonechat, Pied Bushchat, Jerdon’s Bushchat, Oriental Magpie-robin, Oriental Skylark, Red-whiskered Bulbul, Red-vented Bulbul, Barn Swallow, Red-rumped Swallow, Yellow-browed Warbler, Dusky Warbler, Chestnut-capped Babbler, Striated Grassbird, Zitting Cisticola, Yellow-bellied Prinia and Plain Prinia.

Naung Khwin Inn (Lake) in the north-west of Indawgyi Lake

White-rumped Vulture

Lesser Adjutant

 

A Birdwatching Trip to Imawbum, North East Myanmar

Imawbun is the name of the area in north-east of Myanmar where the Myanmar Snub-nosed Monkey Rhinopithecusstrykeri was found and these areas are in large terrain, rugged mountains, and enormous rivers. Therefore, it is quite difficult to access by bird watchers and scientists. Imawbun is our birding destination for this time.

Total of 163 species were recorded during the trip. We found a nice variety of birds in the different type of forest habitats and in different elevations. Recorded bird species will be mentioned in each day and not in systematic list, but recorded bird check list at the end. The rain starts early, March, for this year in this area though it is not a raining season yet.

We began the trip in Myitkyina, with one brief excursion outside the city for what is the occurring bird species in Ayeyarwady confluence and we dropped at KyainKhram suspension bridge, where the people use as a recreation place, on the way back on 28th March. Both places were busy with the visitors and a lot of shops and it is not a good place for serious birders but for amateurs. Here we saw Indian Roller, White-throated Kingfisher, two Crested Kingfishers, several Asian Palmswifts, Spotted Dove, Oriental Honey-buzzard, Crested Serpent Eagle, Black Drongo, Oriental Magpie-robin, male and female White-capped Water Redstarts, six Red-vented Bulbuls, Common Tailorbird and White Wagtail.

Ayeyarwady confluence (left) and KyainKhram suspension bridge (right)

 

The next early morning on 29th March we took off to Chipwe, small town in the northeast of Myitkyina, by motor cycle. It took us nearly 10 hours (normally 5hours drive) due to the muddy road, after heavy rain at previous night, in some places by the road extension. Hope that the road will come better in the next few months. We didn’t have time to stop for bird watching on the way. We checked in Lucky guest house which is one of the best guest houses in Chipwe town and had shower in sharing bathroom, dinner were at the Kachin traditional restaurant.

Road extension between Myitkyina and Chipwe (left) and guest house in Chipwe (right)

 

30th March–we were packed up and left for Saw Law, hilly town at altitude 5066 feet above sea level, after breakfast with one motorcycle. It was rained nearly the whole day and I had to get off several times where the road were steep and slippery. It took us more than 8 hours which normally takes 6 hours only. On the way while the rain dwindle away, but not last long, we stopped for bird watching and we found Spotted Dove, Emerald Dove, Large Hawk-cuckoo, White-throated Kingfisher, Crested Kingfisher, Chestnut-headed Bee-eater, Common Hoopoe, Blue-throated Barbet, Bay Woodpecker, Short-billed Minivet, Maroon Oriole, White-throated Fantail, Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, Eastern Jungle Crow, Ashy Drongo, Rufous Treepie, Green-tiled Sunbird, Black-throated Sunbird, Streaked Spiderhunter, Golden-fronted Leafbird, White Wagtail, Little Bunting, White-tailed Nuthatch, Collared Myna, Blue Whistling Thrush, Plumbeous Water-restart, White-capped Water-restart, Oriental Magpie-robin, Black-backed Forktail, Little Pied Flycatcher, Grey-headed Canary-flycatcher,Verditer Flycatcher, Red-whisker Bulbul, Red-vented Bulbul, Striped-throated Yuhina, Golden Babbler, Chevron-breasted Babbler, Grey-sided Laughingthrush, Silver-eared Mesia, Rusty-fronted Barwingand Black Eagle. When we arrived at Saw Law at late evening, we were welcomed with worm Kachin food and traditional spirit by our old colleague from the town.

Home stay at Saw Law (left) and view of Saw Law town

 

31st March– after a sound sleep, we found ourselves in the high altitude with cool breeze and the weather is fine. We did a bird watching, after breakfast, along the trail to Boatwar village and we saw Black-eared Kite, Crested Goshawk, Black Eagle, Oriental Honey-buzzard, Large Hawk-cuckoo, Green-billed Malkoha, Common Hoopoe, Great Barbet, Golden-throated Barbet, Chestnut-fronted Babbler, Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike, unidentified Minivet, Ashy Woodswallow, Yellow-bellied Fantail, Bronzed Drongo, Ashy Drongo, Eastern Jungle Crow, Grey Treepie, Black-throated Sunbird, Streaked Spiderhunter, Fire-breasted Flowerpecker, Little Bunting, Chestnut-vented Nuthatch, Large Niltava, Small Niltava, Little Pied Flycatcher, Grey-headed Canary-flycatcher, Verditer Flycatcher, Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher, Green-backed Tit, Yellow-browed Tit, Crested Finchbill, Red-vented, Himalayan Black, Flavescent and Mountain Bulbuls, Barn Swallow, Mountain Tailorbird, Yellow-bellied, Grey-cheeked, Blyth’s Leaf and Yellow-browed Warblers, Whisker Yuhina, Oriental White-eye, Golden Babbler, White-browed Scimitar-babbler, Bar-throated Minla, Blue-winged Siva, Silver-eared Mesia, Grey Sibia with the different call from the west Myanmar (in C. Robson book – may be undescribed subspecies which is occur in north Myanmar ), Brownish-flanked Bush-warbler, Common Tailorbird and Hill Prinia.

Grey Sibia (left) and Beautiful Sibia (right)

 

1st April– it was an early start again today for the drive from Saw Law town to Pha Maw Zut village. It was cloudy in the morning and raining in the afternoon. We birded on the way and we got Spotted Dove we heard Large Hawk-cuckoo and seen Asian Palm-swift, Blue-bearded Bee-eater, Common Hoopoe, Golden-throated and Blue-throated Barbets, Chestnut-fronted Shrike-babbler, Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike, Scarlet Minivet, Maroon Oriole, Bronzed, Ashy and Lesser Racket-tailed Drongos, Grey Treepie, Long-tailed Shrike, Grey-backed Shrike, Black-throated Sunbird, Streaked Spiderhunter, Orange-bellied Leafbird, Olive-backed Pipit, a bright red body Scarlet Finch with two female, Spot-winged Grosbeak, Blue Whistling-thrush, Oriental Magpie-robin, Grey Bushchat, Grey-headed Canary-flycatcher, Verditer Flycatcher, Green-backed Tit, Sultan Tit, Striated, Red-whiskered, Red-vented, Ashy, Himalayan Black, Black-crested and Flavescent Bulbuls, Brownish-flanked Bush Warbler, Mountain Tailorbird, Grey-cheeked Fulvetta, Golden Babbler, Long-tailed and Grey Sibia.

Village and guest house in Pha Maw Zut village

 

2nd April – today involved a long walk up through a shifting cultivation and then into the semi-evergreen forest up to 2792 feet, Ba Kaw village. On the way we heard Hill Partridge, saw one Black Stork soaring above the village, unidentified Green Pigeon and Swift, Golden-throated Barbet, Speckled Piculet, Black-eared Shrike-babbler, White-bellied Erponic, Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike, Short-billed Minivet, Maroon Oriole, Ashy Drongo, Grey Treepie, Long-tailed Shrike, Grey-backed Shrike, Black-throated Sunbird, abundant Streaked Spiderhunter, Olive-backed Pipit, White-wagtail, Blue Whistling-thrush, Oriental Magpie-robin, Slaty-backed Forktail, Grey-headed Canary-flycatcher, Verditer Flycatcher, Red-vented, Himalayan Black and White-throated Bulbuls, Rufous-faced, Yellow-bellied and Yellow-vented Warblers, Greater Rufous-headed Parrotbill, a flock of Grey-checked Fulvetta, Oriental White-eye, Golden Babbler, Silver-eared Mesia and Long-tailed Sibia.

Long-tailed Sibia (left) and Streaked Spiderhunter (right)

 

3rd April– we started our birding at half past ten in the morning after heavy rain and also a long walk to Wu Soak village along the May Kha River through the secondary forest. We had some good species on the walk including Great Cormorant, Crested Goshawk, Black Eagle, White-bellied Erponic, Scarlet Minivet, Ashy and Lesser Racket-tailed Drongos, Collared Treepie, Long-tailed Shrike, Black-throated Sunbird, Streaked Spiderhunter, Orange-bellied Leafbird, Olive-backed Pipit, White Wagtail, Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch, Green Cochoa which is the new recorded for north, Blue Whistling-thrush, Oriental Magpie-robin, Taiga Flycatcher, Grey-headed Canary-flycatcher, Red-vented, Ashy, Himalayan Black and white-throated Bulbuls, Barn Swallow, Yellow-bellied and Buff-throated Warblers, Greater Rufous-headed Parrotbill, Striated Yuhina, Golden Babbler, Long-tailed Sibia and Grey-cheeked Fulvetta.

Green Cochoa (left) and Great Cormorant (right)

 

4th April – we decided to turn back today because of the unexpected bad weather condition, and it is not possible to continue our trip up to the snowcapped mountain according to our first plan. We drove back to Saw Law town with some birding and lunch stop at Chaung Maw village where the awareness signboard was erected by the FFI-Flora & Fauna International team. New birds on the way included two Crested Serpent Eagle, Crested Goshawk, Great Barbet, Speckled Piculet,Bay Woodpecker, Black-winged Cuckooshrike, Short-billed Minivet, Maroon Oriole, White-throated Fantail, Eastern Jungle Crow, Common Green Magpie, unidentified Bunting, Velvet-fronted Nuthatch, White-capped Water-redstart, Slaty-backed and Spotted Forktail, Taiga Flycatcher, White-throated Bulbul, Barn Swallow, Rufous-faced Warbler, Yellow-bellied and Yellow-vented Warblers, Tickell’s Leaf-warbler, Greater Rufous-headed and Lesser Rufous-headed Parrotbills, a flock of White-naped and Striated Yuhinas, Coral-billed Scimiter, White-crested and Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrushes, Silver-eared Mesia, White-hooded Babbler, Rusty-fronted Barwing and Common Tailorbird.

Awareness signboard showing the proposed Imawbun national park

 

5th April – today we decided to bird around Saw Law town again though we already did before and will not mention the species again we recorded on the first day. Species comprised Drongo Cuckoo heard, Spotted Owlet heard, White-browed Shrike-babbler, Maroon Oriole, White-throated Fantail, Grey Treepie, Orange-bellied Leafbird, Olive-backed Pipit, Common Rosefinch, Oriental Magpie-robin, Little Pied Flycatcher, Large Niltava heard, Taiga Flycatcher, Grey-headed Canary-flycatcher, Striated, Red-whiskered, Brown-breasted, Ashy and White-throated Bulbuls, Nepal House-martin, Chestnut-headed Tesia and Crimson-faced Liocichla.

6th April – after breakfast we set off to Chipwe town. It was a lucky day for us in the fine weather today. New birds on the way included unidentified Partridge, Black Stork, Himalayan Buzzard, Collared Owlet heard, Asian Palmswift, Red-headed Trogon, White-throated Kingfisher with mouse in its mouth, White-browed Shrike-babbler heard, Green Shrike-babbler, Indochinese Cuckoo-shrike, Long-tailed Minivet, Ashy Woodswallow, Yellow-bellied Fantail, Ashy Drongo, Hair-crested and Lesser Racket-tailed Drongos, Long-tailed and Grey-backed Shrikes, Orange-bellied Leafbird, White-rumped Munia, Olive-backed Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Common Rosefinch, Chestnut-vented Nuthatch, Chestnut-bellied Rock-thrush, Black and Durian Redstarts, Himalayan Buletail, Slaty-backed Forktail, Pale Blue, Slaty-backed, Slaty Blue and Taiga Flycatchers, Yellow-cheeked and Black-throated Tits, Striated, Brown-breasted, Ashy and White-throated Bulbuls, Nepal House-martin, Two-barred and Ashy-throated Warblers. Tickell’s Leaf-warbler, Streak-throated Fulvetta, Stripe-throated and Striated Yuhinas, Rufous-capped Babbler, Corral-billed Scimiter-babbler, Grey-sided, White-crested and Rufous-necked Laughingthrushes, Long-tailed and Beautiful Sibias and Rusty-fronted Barwing.

Streak-throated Fulvetta (left) and Green-tailed Sunbird (right)

 

7th April–we packed-up our things and headed back to Myitkyina city on our motorcycle, and in a favourable weather we had a chance to stop at some places en route to bird, but we were not spending much time in the degraded forest. It took us only 6 hours. Birds seen on the way included Oriental Honey-buzzard, Spotted Doves, Asian Palmswift, Greater Coucal, Grey Treepie, Ruby-cheeked Sunbird, a nice view of Brown Dipper in the stream from the bridge, a Plumbeous Water-redstart with a young one, White-capped Water-redstart, Vinous-breasted Mynas and Striated Swallow. So ended an absolutely fantastic trip in a wonderful place though difficult to access, with a helpful local villagers. We would like to thank Ngwe Lwin (FFI) for arranging this trip.

Crested Goshawk (left) and Brown Dipper (right)

 

Geographical Co-ordinates and Elevations

Location Co-ordinate Elevation
(ft)
Chipwe village 25.53257°N 98.07908°E 1570
Saw Law town 26.09214°N 98.16224°E 5066
La Kham village 26.12332°N 98.18099°E 2476
Kyi Htan village 26.16230°N 98.18691°E 1753
Chaung Maw village 26.19698°N 98.20004°E 3185
Pha Maw Zut village 26.21974°N 98.18078°E 1323
Wu Soke village 26.24622°N 98.17534°E 1383
Ba Kaw village 26.22707°N 98.18869°E 2792

May Kha River

 

English name Scientific name 28 March – 7 April’17
Hill Partridge Arborophilatorqueola x
Black Stork Ciconianigra 2
Great Cormorant Phalacrorax carbo 1
Oriental Honey-buzzard Pernisptilorhynchus x
Black-eared Kite Milvus  lineatus 1
Crested Serpent-eagle Spilornischeela x
Crested Goshawk Accipiter trivirgatus 2
Himalayan Buzzard Buteoburmanicus x
Black Eagle Ictinaetusmalayensis x
Spotted Dove Streptopeliachinensis x
Emerald Dove Chalcophapsindica x
Unidentified Green-pigeon Treronsp. x
Large Hawk-Cuckoo Hierococcyxsparverioides x
Drongo Cuckoo Surniculuslugubris x
Green-billed Malkoha Rhopodytestristis x
Collared Owlet Glaucidiumbrodiei x
Unidentified Swiftlet Aerodramussp. x
Asian Palm-swift Cypsiurusbalas x
Red-headed Trogon Harpacteserythrocephalus 2
White-throated Kingfisher Halcyon smyrnensis x
Crested Kingfisher Cerylelugubris x
Blue-bearded Bee-eater Nyctornisathertoni x
Chestnut-headed Bee-eater Mecopsleschenaulti x
Common Hoopoe Upupaepops x
Great Barbet Megalaimavirens x
Golden-throated Barbet Megalaimafranklinii x
Blue-throated Barbet Megalaimaasiatica x
Speckled Piculet Picumnusinnominatus x
Bay Woodpecker Blythipicuspyrrhotis x
White-browed Shrike-babbler Pteruthiusflaviscapis x
Green Shrike-babbler Pteruthiusxanthochlorus x
Black-eared Shrike-babblaer Pteruthiusmelanotis x
Chestnut-fronted Shrike-babbler Pteruthiusaenobarbus x
White-bellied Erpornis Erporniszantholeuca x
Indochinese Cuckooshrike Coracinapolioptera x
Black-winged Cuckooshrike Coracinamelaschistos x
Short-billed Minivet Pericrocotusbrevirostris x
Scarlet Minivet Pericrocotusspeciosus x
Unidentified Minivet Pericrocotussp. 2
Maroon Oriole Oriolustraillii x
Ashy Woodswallow Artamusfuscus x
Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike Hemipuspicatus x
Yellow-bellied Fantail Chelidorhynxhypoxantha x
White-throated Fantail Rhipiduraalbicollis x
Ashy Drongo Dicrurusleucophaeus x
Bronzed Drongo Dicrurusaeneus x
Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo Dicrurusremifer x
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo Dicrurusparadiseus x
Hair-crested Drongo Dicrurushottentottus x
Eastern Jungle Crow Corvuslevaillantii x
Common Green Magpie Cissachinensis x
Rufous Treepie Dendrocittavagabunda x
Grey Treepie Dendrocittaformosae x
Collared Treepie Dendrocittafromtalis 1
Long-tailed Shrike Laniusschach x
Grey-backed Shrike Laniustephronotus x
Green-tailed Sunbird Aethopyganipalensis x
Black-throated Sunbird Aethopygasaturata x
Ruby-cheeked Sunbird Chalcopariasingalensis x
Streaked Spiderhunter Arachnothera magna x
Fire-breasted Flowerpecker Dicaeumignipectus x
Goldren-fronted Leafbird Chloropsisaurifroms x
Orange-bellied Leafbird Chloropsishardwickii x
White-rumped Munia Lonchurastriata x
Olive-backed Pipit Anthushodgsoni x
White Wagtail Motacilla alba x
Grey Wagtail Motacillacinerea x
Common Rosefinch Carpodacuserythrinus x
Scarlet Finch Haematospozasipahi x
Spot-winged Grosbeak Mycerobasmelanozanthos x
Little Bunting Emberizapusillla x
Unidentified Bunting Emberizasp. 1
Velvet-fornted Nuthatch Sitta frontalis x
Chestnut-vented Nuthatch Sittacinnamoventris x
Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch Sittacinnamoventris x
White-tailed Nuthatch Sittahimalayensis x
Brown Dipper Cincluspallasii 1
Collared Myna Acridotheresalbocinctus x
Vinous-breasted Myna Acridotheresburmannicus x
Green Cochoa Cochoacoelicolor 1
Plumbeous Water-redstart Rhyacornisfuliginosa x
White-capped Water-redstart Chaimarrornisleucocephalus x
Daurian Redstart Phoenicurusauroreus x
Black Redstart Phoeniucrusochruros x
Chestnut-bellied Rock-thrush Monticolarufiventris x
Grey Bushchat Saxicolaferreus x
Himalayan Bluetail Tarsigerrufilatus x
Black-backed Forktail Enicurusimmaculatus x
Slaty-backed Forktail Enicurusschistaceus x
Spotted Forktail Enicurus maculatus x
Blue Whistling-thrush Myophonuscaruleus x
Pale Blue Flycatcher Cyornis unicolor x
Verditer Flycatcher Eumyiasthalassinus x
Large Niltava Niltavagrandis x
Small Niltava Niltavamacgrigoriae x
Slaty-backed Flycatcher Ficedulahodgsonii x
Little Pied Flycatcher Ficedulawestermanni x
Slaty Blue Flycatcher Ficedula tricolor x
Taiga Flycatcher Ficedulaalbicilla x
Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher Muscicapastrophiata x
Oriental Magpie-robin Copsychussaularis x
Green-backed Tit Parusmonticolus x
Yellow-cheeked Tit Parusspilonotus x
Sultan Tit Melanochlora x
Yellow-browed Tit Sylviparusmodestus x
Grey-headed Canary-flycatcher Culicicapaceylonensis x
Crested Finchbill Spizixoscanifrons x
Striated Bulbul Pycnonotusstriatus x
Black-crested Bulbul Pycnonotusflaviventris x
Flavescent Bulbul Pycnonotusflavescens x
Red-whiskered Bulbul Pycnonotusjocosus x
Brown-breasted Bulbul Pycnonotusxanthorrhous x
Red-vented Bulbul Pycnonotuscafer x
White-throated Bulbul Alophoixusflaveolus x
Ashy Bulbul Hemixosflavala x
Mountain Bulbul Ixosmcclellandii x
Himalayan Black Bulbul Hypsipetesleucocephalus x
Nepal House-martin Delichonnipalense x
Barn Swallow Hirundorustica x
Striated Swallow Cecropisstriolata x
Yellow-bellied Warbler Abroscopussuperciliaris x
Rufous-faced Warbler Abroscopusalbogularis x
Mountain Tailorbird Phyllergatescucullatus x
Brownish-flanked Bush-warbler Cettiafortipes x
Chestnut-headed Tesia Tesiacastaneoceronata x
Black-throated Tit Aegithalosconcinnus x
Grey-cheeked Warbler Seicrcuspoliogenys x
Yellow-vented Warbler Phylloscopuscantator x
Blyth’s Leaf-warbler Phylloscopusreguloides x
Two-barred Warbler Phylloscopusplumbeitarsus x
Ashy-throated Warbler Phylloscopusmaculipennis x
Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopusinornatus x
Tickell’s Leaf-warbler Phylloscopusaffinis x
Buff-throated Warbler Phylloscopussubaffinis x
Greater Rufous-headed Parrotbill Psittiparusbakeri x
Lesser Rufous-headed Parrotbill Chleuasicusatrosuperciliaris x
Streak-throated Fulvetta Fulvettamanipurensis x
Oriental White-eye Zosteropspalpebrosus x
Stripe-throated Yuhina Yuhina gularis x
White-naped Yuhina Yuhina bakeri x
Whiskered Yuhina Yuhina flavicollis x
Striated Yuhina Staphidacastaniceps x
Grey-cheeked Fulvetta Alcippefratercula x
White-browed Scimitar-babbler Pomatorhinusschisticeps x
Coral-billed Scimitar-babbler Pomatorhinusferruginosus x
Chevron-breasted Babbler Sphenocichlaroberti x
Golden Babbler Stachyridopsischrysaea x
Rufous-capped Babbler Stachyridopsisruficeps x
White-hooded Babbler Gampsorhynchusrufulus x
Grey-sided Laughingthrush Dryonastescaerulatus x
Rufous-necked Laughingthrush Dryonastesruficollis x
White-crested Laughingthrush Garrulaxleucolophus x
Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrush Garrulaxmonileger x
Crimson-faced Liocichla Trochalopteronphoenicea x
Bar-throated Minla Chrysominlastrigula x
Blue-winged Siva Siva cyanouroptera x
Silver-eared Mesia Mesiaargentauris x
Long-tailed Sibia Heteropasispicaoides x
Grey Sibia Malaciasgracilis x(sub.sp.N)
Beautiful Sibia Malaciaspulchellus 3
Rusty-fronted Barwing Actinoduraegertoni x
Common Tailordbird Orthotomussutorius x
Hill Prinia Priniaatrogularis x

တတိယအႀကိမ္ေျမာက္အာရွေရငွက္စာရင္း (စုေပါင္း)ေကာက္ယူျခင္း (၂၀၁၉)

ပုလိပ္အင္းႏွင့္ ျပဴကန္တို႔တြင္ တတိယအႀကိမ္ေျမာက္အာရွေရငွက္စာရင္း (စုေပါင္း) ေကာက္ယူျခင္းအား ၆.၁.၂၀၁၉ ရက္ေန႔တြင္ ျပဳလုပ္ခဲ့ပါသည္။ ေရငွက္စာရင္းေကာက္ယူျခင္း အစီအစဥ္တြင္ အျခားအဖြဲ႔အစည္းမ်ားနွင့္အတူ Bird and Nature Tours Myanmar Company မွလည္း ပူးေပါင္းပါဝင္ခဲ့ပါသည္။
ငွက္စာရင္းေကာက္ယူျခင္းအား အဖြဲဲ႔မ်ားခြဲ၍ ပုလိပ္အင္းႏွင့္ ျပဴကန္တို႔တြင္ မနက္ (၈)နာရီမွ ေနလည့္ (၁)နာရီအတြင္း တၿပိဳက္တည္း ေဆာင္ရြက္ခဲ့ၾကပါသည္။ ပ်ဴကန္တြင္ ေရငွက္မ်ိဳးစိတ္ (၂၉)မ်ိဳးအပါအ၀င္ ငွက္မ်ိဳးစိတ္စုစုေပါင္း (၆၀) ေက်ာ္ႏွင့္ ပုလိပ္အင္းတြင္ ေရငွက္မ်ိဳးစိတ္ (၄၂)မ်ိဳးအပါအဝင္ ငွက္မ်ိဳးစိတ္စုစုေပါင္း (၇၉ )မ်ိဳး အားမွတ္တမ္းတင္ခဲ့ပါသည္။ ေကာက္ယူရရွိေသာစာရင္းမ်ားအား Wetlands International သို႔ေပးပို႔သြားပါမည္ျဖစ္ပါသည္။
ပုလိပ္အင္းႏွင့္ ျပဴကန္တို႔တြင္ အာရွေရငွက္စာရင္း(စုေပါင္း)ေကာက္ယူျခင္းအစီအစဥ္အား မႏၱေလးတကၠသိုလ္ သတၱေဗဒဌာနမွ ဆရာ/မမ်ား၊ Mandalay in Bloom Travel Agency နွင့္ Biodiversity and Nature Conservation Association (BANCA) တို႔မွ ပူးေပါင္းစီစဥ္ခဲ့ပါသည္။

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Asia Water Bird Census-2019

Migratory waterbirds are starting to visit in Southern part of the world in this time. Then every nations visiting the migratory waterbirds are do the list of migratory and resident waterfowls and send the data to Wetlands International, that is a global organization that works to sustain and restore wetlands and their resources for people and biodiversity. Our country, Myanmar also has been participated in this activity since 1987 during the period of November to February. This year 2019, the activity of Asian Waterbird Census in Myanmar is also going to do at these places:

  • The lake of Palate and Pyu in Mandalay in January 6, 2019 and
  • The lake of Indawgyi in the Kachin State and Moyungyi Wetland in Bago in January 13, 2019.

The activity of waterbirds counting at Moyungyi Wetland will be organized by Moyungyi Wetland Wildlife Sanctuary and Bird & Nature Tours Myanmar (BNTM). So, we invite everyone who interests in this activity can participate with us.

Time: 5:00 a.m.
Date: 13-1-2019 (Sunday)
Meeting Place: Kamayut Hledan & 8 Miles.
Contact: 09-426611962 - Bird & Nature Tours Myanmar (BNTM)
Ko Ye`( Birder) 09-250659383

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အာရွေရငွက္စာရင္းေကာက္ယူျခင္းအစီအစဥ္ ၂၀၁၉

ယခုအခ်ိန္အခါသည္ ေဆာင္းခိုငွက္(ေရငွက္)မ်ား ေဒသေျပာင္းေရြ႕က်က္စားေသာအခ်ိန္ကာလျဖစ္ပါသည္။ ေဆာင္ခိုငွက္မ်ားလာေရာက္က်က္စားရာႏိုင္ငံမ်ားသည္ ၎ေဆာင္းခိုငွက္မ်ားႏွင့္ ဌာေနေရေပ်ာ္ငွက္မ်ားကို ႏွစ္စဥ္စာရင္းေကာက္ယူကာ ရရွိေသာအခ်က္အလက္မ်ားကို အျပည္ျပည္ဆိုင္ရာေရေပ်ာ္ငွက္မ်ားႏွင့္ ေရတိမ္ေဒသမ်ားကို ထိန္းသိမ္းေသာအဖြဲ႕ Wetlands International သို႔ေပးပို၍ ေရငွက္မ်ားႏွင့္ ေရတိမ္ေဒသမ်ား ထိန္းသိမ္းေရးလုပ္ငန္းမ်ားကို လုပ္ေဆာင္ေနၾကပါသည္။ ကၽြန္ေတာ္တို႔ျမန္မာႏိုင္သည္ ၁၉၈၇ ခုႏွစ္မွစတင္ကာ ေဆာင္းတြင္းကာလျဖစ္ေသာ ႏိုဝင္ဘာလမွ ေဖေဖာ္ဝါရီလတြင္ ေရငွက္မ်ားစာရင္းေကာက္ယူျခင္းကို အျပည္ျပည္ဆိုင္ရာအဖြဲ႕စည္းမ်ားႏွင့္ ပူးေပါင္းေဆာင္ရြက္ခဲ့ပါသည္။ ယခုႏွစ္ ၂၀၁၉ တြင္ အာရွေရငွက္စာရင္း ေကာက္ယူျခင္းကို_
၆-၁-၂၀၁၉ (တနဂၤေႏြေန႔) တြင္ ပုလိပ္အင္းႏွင့္ ပ်ဴကန္ မနၱေလးတို႔တြင္လည္းေကာင္း_
၁၃-၁-၂၀၁၉ (တနဂၤေႏြေန႔) တြင္ အင္ေတာ္ႀကီအင္း ႏွင့္ မိုးယြန္းႀကီးအင္းတို႔တြင္လည္းေကာင္း စာရင္းေကာက္ယူမည္ျဖစ္ပါသည္။

မိုးယြန္းႀကီအင္း အစီအစဥ္တြင္ မိုးယြန္းႀကီးအင္းေဘးမဲ့ေတာဌာနႏွင့္ Bird & Nature Tours Myanmar (BNTM) တို႔ ပူးေပါင္းေဆာင္ရြက္မည္ျဖစ္ပါေသာေၾကာင့္ စိတ္ဝင္စားသူမည္သူမဆို လာေရာက္ပူးေပါင္းပါဝင္ႏိုင္ပါေၾကာင္း အသိေပးေၾကျငာအပ္ပါသည္။

အခ်ိန္ ။ ။ နံနက္ (၅) နာရီ
ေန႔ရက္ ။ ။ ၁၃-၁-၂၀၁၉ (တနဂၤေႏြေန႔)
စုရပ္ ။ ။ ကမာရြတ္၊လွည္တန္း ႏွင့္ ၈ မိုင္လမ္းစံု
ဆက္သြယ္ရန္။ ။09-426611962 - Bird & Nature Tours Myanmar (BNTM)
Ko Ye`(Birder) 09-250659383

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