Thailand Birding: Kaeng Krachan & Tung Bang Jak

I took another trip out to Kaeng Krachan National Park on the 4th and 5th July with a couple of American birders. Whilst birding was very slow, we did see some really good species. In fact Kaeng Krachan always seems to produce something really good although it can be hard to predict exactly what will be seen. On this visit we did not see any Black-crested Bulbuls which are possibly one of Thailand’s most common species whereas we did find some of the much rarer birds.

I have written a trip report for this short stay – Kaeng Krachan & Tung Bang Jak, 4-5th July 2008 – which includes the afternoon we spent at the nearby wetlands as the frustration of few birds in the forest drove us to a more productive habitat.

Highlights of the trip included Collared Falconet, Black-thighed Falconet, Great Slaty Woodpecker, Black-backed Kingfisher, Red-bearded Bee-eater, Crested Jay, Black-and-red Broadbill, Banded Broadbill, Silver-breasted Broadbill, Green Magpie, Streaked Weaver, Asian Golden Weaver, Greater Painted Snipe and Pheasant-tailed Jacana.

In total we saw 108 species – a very good selection of birds, particularly for the wet season when there are fewer birds present in Thailand.

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