Birding around Moe Yun Gyi Wetland Sanctuary (First Ramsar Site in Myanmar)
|Expected Species||70 or more out of recorded species 137|
|Other Attraction||Htaukyant War Cemetery & Bago|
Hlawga Natural Park
Hlawga Natural Park is one of the best places for one day birding from Yangon, the gate way to Myanmar, West of Yangon-Pyay Road that was main road in Myanmar. Hlawga Natural Park is approximately 22 miles North of Yangon. It is located in Taukkyan Model Village, Mingaladon Township of Yangon and was established in 30 September 1982. The area of Hlawga Natural Park is 1540 acres, comprising of 818 acres of Wildlife Park, 62 acres of mini-zoo and 660 acres of buffer zone. It is the type of semi-evergreen, mixed deciduous and swamp forest types. Hlawgar Natural Park is the different varies of wildlife habitat, and recorded in 25 species of mammals, 9 species of reptiles, 54 species amphibious, 192 species of birds, 103 butterfly species and 23 species of fishes, and has opened the purpose of conservation, development and research programs and the opportunities for study and recreation.
Moeyungyi Wetland Sanctuary (1st Ramsar site of Myanmar designated in 2014 November)
This is Myanmar ecotourism, bird watching and birding tours site. Moeyungyi Wetland Bird Sanctuary lies in Bago Township, Bago Region, about 70 miles North of Yangon by the Yangon-Mandalay highway. It is a freshwater lake and parts of biological and ecological role to the resident and migratory waterfowls and then local people. In 1878, a water storage reservoir was constructed in Moeyungyi area. Then, the reservoir was changed naturally into wetlands with the extent of 40 square miles which have high wetland conservation value. In 1988, as a wetland wildlife sanctuary for the protection of water fowls and their habitats that was established. Moeyungyi is a vital shelter for not only resident for their livelihood but also migratory waterfowls for their habitats. Large assemblies of migratory and resident water birds 128 species recorded can be seen around the lake, including about 70 species of migrants. According to the census conducted in January 1998, it is noted that a total number of 4529 birds inhabited the Moeyungyi Wetland Wildlife Sanctuary. The best time to visit is in the winter from November to February, when most migratory bird species are present. In addition to bird watching, you can observe the livelihood of local populace, fauna and flora of the wetlands. More than twenty species of aquatic grass and herb (Emergent macrophytes) including reef-grass and water are present in the sanctuary and Notsaba(Oxyza officinalis) grow particularly in shallow area of the sanctuary. Especially reef-grasslands are the most suitable breeding ground for water birds.
Bird species which can be seen mostly: Myanmar endemic Ayeyawady Bulbul (split from Streak-eared Bulbul).Other species Racket-tailed Treepie, Lesser Whistling-duck, Cotton Pygmy-goose, Gadwall, Indian Spot-billed Duck, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Garganey, Little Grebe, Asian Openbill, Black-headed Ibis, Glossy Ibis, Yellow Bittern, Cinnamon Bittern, Black-crowned Night-heron, Grey and Purple Heron, Eastern Cattle Egret, Little Cormorant, Oriental Darter, Eastern Marsh-harrier, Pied Harrier, Common Coot, Black-winged Stilt, Grey-headed and Red-wattled Lapwing, Little Ringed Plover, Pheasant-tailed and Bronze-winged Jacana, Common Snipe, Wood Sandpiper, Oriental Pratincole, White-winged and Whiskered Tern, Brown-headed Gull, Plaintive Cuckoo, Greater and Lesser Coucal, White-throated, Black-capped and Common Kingfisher, Blue-tailed Bee-eater, Eurasian Wryneck, Common Iora, Brown Shrike, Streaked Weaver, White Wagtail, Jungle Myna, Eastern Stonechat, Taiga Flycatcher, Streak-eared Bulbul, Barn Swallow, Zitting Cisticola and many more.