One Day Doi Chiang Dao Bird Watching Tour
Destinations: Chiang Mai.
Duration: 1 Day Trip
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 Chiang Dao is the largest limestone massif in Thailand and its main peak is, at 2, 220 metres, the country’s third highest mountain. It rises dramatically at an angle of 60 degrees to face the rising sun. Its poor porous soils, exposed rocks and limited surface water make it harsh unforgiving habitat in which, none the less, over 50 exciting plants and insects known only in these parts – a record for endemicity in Thailand – can be found. Bird watching at the top of the mountain will not be so eventful because of the rugged limestone cliff faces, lack of trees and vast open spaces. However, there are some excellent birding opportunities at lower elevations, where you can find more open evergreen forests and pines, home to a rich variety of montane birds. The rarest bird to be commonly spotted here is the Giant Nuthatches (Sitta Magna). The Humes Pheasant, named after the wife of a British ornithologist.
Day by Day Itinerary
5:00 AM, we will travel by four wheel drive from Chiangmai to Chiangdao and then continue up to Den Ya Kud Wildlife Station. We will stop to enjoy birding at a few particular hot spots on the way. Picnic Lunch will be provided. Late afternoon will travel back to Chiangmai. Birds possible to be seen: Giant Nuthatch, Asian Paradise – Flycatcher, Plaintive Cuckoo, Banded Bay Cuckoo, Asian Drongo Cuckoo, Giant Nuthatch, Red –headed Trogon ect.