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Old Saturday 26th November 2005, 06:31   #1
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Birds of Doi Inthanon Thailand

Here is a shortened article I wrote about birding in this National Park. The origional is much larger and detailed. It is loaded with information about the area and types of birds you can expect to see. Because of the different altitudes, type of trees and plant the variety of birds is remarkable. If you would like me to send it to you by Birdforum message please let me know by sending me a message here on Birdforum. Enjoy.

Doi Inthanon National Park near Chiang Mai Thailand is by far the best birding area in the Kingdom. We suggest a minimum of two days one night in the park however 3 days 2 nights is recommended to cover the entire park. Because of the different altitudes from 100 to over 2000 meters, a wide variety of species can be seen.

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-browed Shortwing, which are abundant around the summit of Doi Inthanon, 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 nipa/ensis angkanensis) is also completely confined to the summit of Doi Inthanon. Both species are among the more abundant birds found around the summit of the mountain.

Doi Inthanon comprises some of the tallest and best preserved montane forest found anywhere in the entire country. The predominance of massive, huge-boled trees may be of particular significance for trunk-foraging species such as the Brown-throated Treecreeper. The profusion of epiphytes and the lush, moist understorey also contribute to the great variety of foraging niches for small, insectivorous birds.

WHEN TO WATCH BIRDS ON DOI INTHANON
Doi Inthanon is good for birdwatching throughout the year though perhaps the best time is from February through to April when most resident species are breeding and, in addition, a full complement of winter visitors is usually present. Also, during the early part of the breeding season many of the resident species are more inclined to be singing or calling and are therefore more easily located.

The early wet season, during May to July, is also a very interesting time for the birdwatcher, especially since many species are still feeding fledged young. In addition, some ground feeding species such as pittas and thrushes, which favor wetter conditions, now start to breed. Though showers are fairly frequent at this time, the weather is seldom bad enough to interfere too much with birdwatching, unless you are unlucky enough to time your arrival on the mountain with the passage of a deep monsoon trough. Later in the wet season, however, rain is more of a problem, particularly around the summit, which can be blanketed in mist and rain for days on end. This period, from July onwards to October, is usually the quietist period for birds, though even then, many interesting observations can be made. It is a particularly good time to look out for passage migrants and for the return of the first winter visitors.

Randy and Ning
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Old Saturday 26th November 2005, 13:28   #2
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Hi allthai

Inthanon is a wonderful place, especially the sumit marsh and boardwalk with its thrushes, sunbirds and warblers. If anyone is thinking of going rest assured the birding is easy from a road that goes all the way up the mountain. Check out Mr Deng's cafe on the way up with its book full of mugshots of birders from the 80s and 90s... lots of ugly faces in there
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I had a great time at Doi Inthanon last year, really a place to recommend.
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Old Friday 27th October 2006, 23:44   #4
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Hi Tim,

Mr Dang is doing great. He rebuilt his restaurant, much nicer and bigger. Look for the sign Doi Inthanon Birding Center on the left about 100 meters from the Park Headquarters.

Went last week (Oct. 20, 2006) to the park and the winter birds are starting to return. Saw a Mrs. Gould Sunbird and a few Wagtails.

If you would like to see the birdlist of the birds we saw at the park from Nov. 2005 to last week you can find it here.

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Inthanon is a wonderful place, especially the sumit marsh and boardwalk with its thrushes, sunbirds and warblers. If anyone is thinking of going rest assured the birding is easy from a road that goes all the way up the mountain. Check out Mr Deng's cafe on the way up with its book full of mugshots of birders from the 80s and 90s... lots of ugly faces in there
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Wow, talk about a long time to get an answer!!!!:-))))
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Most wonderful of birding sites...

Could spend a month there in absolute bliss...

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