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Doi Intanon Birding

The  Doi Intanon national park Covering an area of 1,005 and being 2,565 m. above sea level, Doi Inthanon is the highest mountain in Thailand and one of the most popular national parks. The higher hills being at 1,800 m.

It is said that the best time of year to go bird watching in Doi Intanon is between December and February, because at this time you get to see migratory birds fleeing harsh winters further north in China etc, as well as our resident species. (Some what like with the foriegners in Chiang Mai, in the winter)

The cool and dry weather then, means camping is a great alternative to staying in a park bungalow. Tents and blankets are available for rented from park headquarters. They also have a detailed bird list with photos.

The second best time go birding in northern Thailand is between March to May. This is due to it being mating season,  we all know, will know means the local bird species will come out of hiding and thus are easier to see.

Around that time you can also expect to seemany of the migratory birds on their return trip from the south.

It is highly recommend that you follow the Gew Mai Pan trail for some of the best birding in the Doi Intanon National park.

There are no less than 380 species of birds living in the park. Mostly in the evergreen forest betweeen 1,500 and 2,000 m. in altitude. The best place to bird watch is at the summit and around the bogs.

Remember to bring a foamy to sleep on if your tenting, as the hard ground can be damp and well best to be comfortable.

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A partial list of birds in the Chiang Mai area

Grey Bush chats
Siberian Ruby throats
Yellow-streaked warblers Chestnet Buntings
Buzzards and occasional Grey faced Buzzard
Red-flanked Bluetails
Ashy-throated leaf-warblers
Orange-barred leaf-warblers
Scarlet Rose finches
Dark-breasted Rosefinch
Plumbeous Redstart
Slaty-backed Forktail
Great Tit
Pygmy-Wren Babbler
Long-tailed Broadbill
Speckled Piculet
Orange-bellied Leafbird
Rosy Minivets
Velvet-fronted Nuthatches
Plumbeous Redstart
Red-throated Chestnut and Dusky Thrush
Blue-fronted Redstart
Scaly Thrush
Eye-browed Thrushes
Dark-sided Thrush
Rufous-bellied Niltava
Blue-throated Flycatcher
Blue-whistling Thrush
Rufous-throated Partridges
Small and Large Niltavas
Black-eared Shrike-Babbler
Green Spectacled Barwing
Silver-eared Mesia
Mountain-tailor bird
Striated Bulbul
Rufous-winged Grey-cheeked Fulvettas
Chestnut-backed Black-headed Sibia
Stripe-breasted Woodpecker
Maroon Oriole
Wedge-tailed Pigeons
Ashy-throated Pigeons
Vivid Niltava

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