Birding at Kalaw and Inle in Southern Shan State(Fifth Ramsar Site in Myanmar)
|200 or more out of recorded species 254 (Kalaw & Inlay Lake)
|Kalaw’s environs and Inle’s environs
Kalaw was a popular hill station sits high on the western edge of the Shan Plateau. Kalaw is a hill town in the southern Shan State of Myanmar. It is located in Kalaw Township in Taunggyi. The town was popular with the British during colonial rule. The hill station is located at an elevation of 1320 m, 50 km from the Inle Lake. Kalaw is famous for birding, hiking and trekking. Kalaw is pleasantly cool and a good place for birding amid gnarled pines, bamboo groves and rugged mountain scenery. There is comfortable accommodation, and you can make interesting excursions around Kalaw and treks into the surrounding mountains. The small population is a mix of Shan, Indian Muslims, Burma and Nepalis, Gurkhas retired from British military service. About 20,000 people live in and around Kalaw.
Some bird species which can be seen: Burmese Yuhina, Dark-backed Sibia, Speckled Piculet, White-browed and Rusty-cheeked Scimitar-babblers, White-browed and Green Shrike-babblers, Hume’s Treecreeper, Laughingthrushes, White-crowned and Black-backed Forktails, Wedge-tailed, Yellow-footed and Pin-tailed Green-pigeons, Black-throated and Green-tailed Sunbirds, some flycatchers, Blue-winded and Golden-fronted Leafbirds. Red-billed Blue Magpies, Himalayan, Rufous-winged and Long-legged Buzzards, Spectacled Barwing and many more
Inle Lake which is located 900 meters above sea level, the vast picturesque lake, is one of the main tourist attractions in Myanmar. The lake, 22 km long and 10 km wide, has a population of some over 160,000, many of whom live on floating islands of vegetation. Inle natural Lake is famous for its scenic beauty and the unique leg-rowing of the Inthas, the native lake dwellers. There are some places to visit. Birding in a boat at Inle Lake is so exciting to watch the bird and enjoy seeing its unique one-leg rowers, floating villages and colourful markets, silk weaving and hand-looms.
Bird species which can be seen mostly:
Some famous species at Inle Lake are Jerdon’s Bushchat, Collared Myna and Ruddy Shelduck, Comb Duck, Lesser Whistling Duck, Fulvous Whistling Duck, Spot-billed Duck, Cotton Pygmy Goose, Northern Pintail, Gadwall, Garganey, Mallard, Little Grebe, Coppersmith Barbet, Indian Roller, Common Kingfisher, Blue-eared Kingfisher, White-throated Kingfisher, Pied Kingfisher, Plaintive Cuckoo, Asian Palm Swift, Darter, Little Cormorant, Chinese Pond Heron, White-breasted Waterhen, Watercock, Common Moorhen, Common Coot, Purple Swamphen, Pheasant-tailed Jacana, Bronze-winged Jacana, Ruddy-breasted Crake, Black-tailed Crake, Brown Crake, Common Snipe, Little Ringed Plover, Red-wattled Lapwing, Grey-headed Lapwing, Brown-headed Gull, Black-headed Gull, Pied Harrier, Shikra, Pied Bushchat, Black Bulbul, Grey-breasted Prinia, Yellow-bellied Prinia, Zitting Cisticola and many more.