Birding at Mt.Victoria National Park in Chin State
|Destination||Bagan-Nat Ma Taung- Bagan|
|Expected Species||200 or more out of recorded species 290|
|Other Attraction||Tatoo face chin tribes, Bagan Temples and environs.|
Nat Ma Taung
Nat Ma Taung, also known as Mt.Victoria, is one of the best places for bird watching and birding site for Myanmar endemic bird species such as White-browed nuthatch and Burmese tit. Natma Taung (Mt.Victoria) National Park is located in Kanpet-Let, Mindat and Matupi townships of southern Chin State. It covers an area of 279 square miles, a height of 3,053 meters (10,016 ft) above sea level and was established in 1994. It is located about 148 miles from Bagan and is the highest mountain in the Chin State of western Myanmar. It is a sky island where the flora and fauna at its upper elevations are dramatically different. Forests include hill evergreen forests, moist upper mixed deciduous forests, pine forests (above 9,000 feet) and hill savannah. Within the national park there are some wild animals habituated. There are also over 159 bird species, reptiles and butterfly present. During the journey from Bagan to Mt. Victoria by car, we can do birding on the way and enjoy the fresh air and beautiful natural scenery as we pass over mountain ranges, streams and rivers and many other attractions.
Bagan is one of the Asia’s most amazing and richest archaeological sites. The ancient temples of Bagan stand today as they have been standing for a thousand years. Also being the capital of first Myanmar Empire, Bagan covers an area of 42 sq km containing over 2000 well-preserved pagodas and temples of the 11th -13th century.
Ayeyarwady River is the longest river (2,210 km in length) and the most important commercial waterway of Myanmar. It originates from the confluence of the Mai kha and Mali kha River and flows from North to South through Myanmar.
Bird species which can be seen:
Critically Endangered Yellow-breasted Bunting .Other species White-tailed Stonechat, Sand Lark, River Lapwing, Grey-headed Lapwing, Common, Pied, White-throated Kingfishers, Plovers, Common Sandpiper, Common Greenshank, Wood Sandpiper, Oriental, Small Pratincole, Wagtails, Burmese Tit (Aegithalossharpie), White-throated Babbler (Turdoides gularis), Mount Victoria Babax ( split from Chinese Babax), Black-headed Shrike-babbler, Chin Hills Wren-babbler, Himalayan Cutia, Spot-breasted, Sickle-billed and Large Scimitar-babblers, Black-bibbed Tit, Crested Finchbill, Yellow-billed Blue Magpie, Fire-capped Tit, Yellow-bellied Flowerpecker, Sported Wren-babbler, Brown-capped Laughingthrush, Black-throated Prinia (Hill Prinia), some Repters, Ashy Woodpigeon, Mountain Imperial-pigeon, Yellow- footed, Wedge-tailed Green-pigeons, Large Hawk, Hodgson’s Hawk and Eurasian Cuckoos, Great, Golden-throated, Lineated and Blue-throated Barbets, Rufous-bellied, Stripe-breasted, Crimson-breasted, Darjeeling and Bay Woodpeckers, White-browed, Black-eared, Chestnut-fronted and Green Shrike-babblers, Small, Grey-chinned, Short-billed, Long-tailed and Scarlet Minivets, Slender-billed and Maroon Orioles, Yellow-bellied and White-throated Fantails, Eurasian Jay, Red-billed Blue Magpie, Gray Treepie, Crimson, Mrs Gould’s, Fire-tailed and Green-tailed Sunbirds, Yellow-breasted Greenfinch, Scarlet Finch, Yellow-breasted Greenfinch, Common-rose Finch, Brown-bull finch, Spot-winged Grosbeak, Chestnut and Little Bunting and many more.