Doi Inthanon Bird Watching Tour
Destinations: Chiang Mai.
Duration: 3days 2nights
Note: The itinerary is just a guideline; Bird watching tour can be flexible and might be changed according to weather conditions, vagaries of nature or road conditions, but the main concept of the tour will be the same. However, there is no guarantee that every bird listed on the itinerary will be seen as it must depend on the time of the year and on the fact that, as is their nature, birds fly.
Doi Inthanon, Thailand’s highest mountain is a site of unique biological interest and supports a fascinating variety of different vegetation types and a higher bird species total than any other protected area. Of the total of 382 species of birds so far known from Doi Inthanon, at least 266 species are residents or were formerly residents on the mountain. Doi Inthanon is of particular conservation importance for those species which inhabit the moist hill evergreen forests of the upper slopes. Some, such as the Chestnut-tailed Minla and White-browned Shortwing, which are around the summit, occur in Thailand only on those few higher mountain summits which have considerable areas of hill evergreen forest above 1800 m. Doi Inthanon contains the only significant protected populations of such species in Thailand. The Ashy-throated Leaf-Warbler is found nowhere else in Thailand while an endemic race of the Green-tailed Sunbird (Aethopyga nipalensis angkanensis) is also completely confined to the summit. The Vachirathan Waterfall is one of the best sites for observing birds of fast-flowing streams. The Plumbeous Redstart and the River Chat often perch on boulders in mid-stream. The Slaty-backed Forktail can sometimes be seen. Among the many scarce arboreal birds to look out for are the Long-tailed Broadbill, Brown-throated Treecreeper, Green Cochoa and Purple Cochoa.
Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1 6:00 am Meet at the hotel lobby, we will leave from the hotel to meander up the winding roads leading to Doi Inthanon. We arrive at the Park entrance, we will observe the bird in the different habitat in the lower elevation area. Birds that possible to be seen; White – crested Laughing Thrush, Golden – fronted Leafbird, Blue – winged Leafbird, White – throated Kingfisher, Lineated Barbet, Coppersmith Barbet, Green Bee – eater, Asian – barred Owlet, Crested Treeswift, Collared Falconet, Ashy Minivet, Olive – backed Sunbird. Lunch will be at local restaurant in the national park. In the evening we will check in to the accommodation
Day 2 This morning will proceed up to the second checkpoint, birds that possible to be seen are: Rufouse-bellied Niltava, Small Niltava, White-gorgeted Flycather, White-browed Scimitar-Babbler, Yellow-checked Tit, Grey-checked Fulveta, Black-headed Sibia, Asian Emerald Cuckcoo, White – tailed Leaf Warbler, White-throated Fantail, Silver-eared Mesia, Spectacled Barwing, Fulvous – breasted Woodpecker, Bronzed Drongo
Later, will proceed to the mountains summit to look for some of the mountains rarer birds, such as Green – tailed Sunbird, Chestnut – tailed Minla, Pigmy Wren Babbler, Slaty – bellied Tesia, Ashy – throated Warbler, Snowy – browed Flycatcher, Rufous – throated Partridge, Chestnut – crowned Laughingthrush, Flavescent Bulbul.
After lunch, will visit different habitat such as, Huaw Sai Luang waterfall, farm land etc. in the National Park area. Birds possible to be seen; Plumbeous Redstart, White – capped Water Redstart, Slaty – backed Forktail, Black – backed Forktail, Blue Whistling Thrush, Silver – breasted Broadbill, Black – napped Monarch, Asian Paradise – Flycatcher and more…
Early morning enjoy spotted birds in the nature trail area. Birds possible to be seen; Short – billed Minivet, Bar – winged Flycatcher – Shrike, Grey Treepie, Lesser – Racket tailed Drongo, Verditer Flycatcher, Chestnut – bellied Leafbird, Grey – throated Babbler,Black – throated Parrotbill. Ashy Bubul, Mountain Bulbul, Striated Bulbul
Late afternoon will drive back and transfer to hotel in Chiangmai or to Chiangmai International Airport