Birding Factoids

896 species in 
69 families

4 national endemics
28 speciality birds
47 endangered species

    (formerly Burma)
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Buffy Fish-Owl - Photo copyright Christian Artuso
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Yellow-bellied Bulbul - Photo copyright Soon-Chye Ng
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Chestnut-naped Forktail - Photo copyright Christian Artuso
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    ....Threatened Birds in the Eastern Himalayas - by Mike Crosby, from
      Oriental Bird Club Bulletin 23, May 1996. 

    .... "Burma has the most diverse avifauna is southeast Asia and now 

      that long-term travel restrictions seem to be on the way out, many birders may want to make their way in . The endemic White-throated Babbler occurs in the thorn scrub and palm groves that surround the numberous pagodas near the capital Pagan. This city is situated on the Ayeyarwady (Irriwaddy) River in Burma's rather arid central plains. The endemic Hooded Treepie occurs in the open scrubby areas at the base of Mount Popa near Pagan, and in the remnant dry deciduous forest along-side the road wet from Pagan to Mindat. Best birding spots also include:
      • The Chin Hills - these hills are in fact steep mountains which are situated in west Burma near northeast India and support such terrific birds as Blyth['s Tragopan, Blue-naped pitta, the endemmic White-browed Nuthatch, Brown capped Laughingthrush, and Ted-tailed Minla
      • Kalaw - The remnant evergreen broadleaf and pine forests near the hill resort of Kalaw on the Shan Plateau in central Burma support a similar avifauna to that of northwest Thailand, just to the east, and it cncludes Hume's Pheasant and Giant Nuthatch
      • Inle Lake - this shallow lake and its surrounding marshes and paddies support a fine range of marshbirds, including the rare and local Jerdon's Bushchat.
      From Where to watch birds in Asia  - by Nigel Wheatley.

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Tours and Guides

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Endemics and Specialities

in Myanmar

Information on endemics and specialities is derived from Sibley & Monroe checklists and bird distribution lists in Thayer's Birder's Diary - Version 2.05, supplemented by information from BirdArea from Santa Barbara Software. Speciality birds, while not endemic, are those that can only be found in three or less countries of Europe. Species printed in bold italic have only been sighted in Kazakhstan. Information on endangered birds is derived from the IUCN Red List, Birdlife International, and supporting data bases developed by Ian Patton, of Merlin Species Watcher.  The endemic, endangered and speciality birds may be uncommon, extremely rare vagrants, may be extirpated in the country now or may only be present in migration. However, documented sightings of each species noted below have been made in Myanmar. 

National Endemics in Myanmar

___ Hooded Treepie
___ Rusty-capped Fulvetta
___ White-browed Nuthatch ___ White-throated Babbler
Endangered Birds in Myanmar

Breeding Birds

Non-Breeding Birds

___ Andaman Crake
___ Beautiful Nuthatch
___ Black-bellied Tern
___ Blyth's Kingfisher
___ Blyth's Tragopan
___ Brown-capped Laughingthrush
___ Crested Fireback
___ Giant Nuthatch
___ Greater Adjutant
___ Green Peafowl
___ Gurney's Pitta
___ Hooded Treepie
___ Indian Skimmer
___ Jerdon's Babbler
___ Lesser Adjutant
___ Malayan Peacock-Pheasant
___ Masked Finfoot
___ Mrs. Hume's Pheasant
___ Nicobar Scrubfowl
___ Pale-capped Pigeon
___ Pallas's Fish-Eagle
___ Pink-headed Duck
___ Plain-pouched Hornbill
___ Rufous-necked Hornbill
___ Sclater's Monal
___ Short-tailed Parrotbill
___ Straw-headed Bulbul
___ Wallace's Hawk-Eagle
___ Ward's Trogon
___ White-bellied Heron
___ White-browed Nuthatch
___ White-fronted Scops-Owl
___ White-shouldered Ibis
___ White-winged Duck
___ Baer's Pochard
___ Black-necked Crane
___ Christmas Island Frigatebird
___ Ferruginous Pochard
___ Greater Spotted Eagle
___ Grey-sided Thrush
___ Lesser Kestrel
___ Noordman's Greenshank
___ Oriental Stork
___ Scaly-sided Merganser
___ Spoonbill Sandpiper
___ Spot-billed Pelican
___ Wood Snipe

Other Speciality Birds in Myanmar

___ Baer's Pochard
___ Black-bibbed Tit
___ Black-breasted Thrush
___ Black-naped Pitta
___ Blythe's Tragopan
___ Brown-capped Laughingthrush
___ Chinese Babax
___ Collared Myna
___ Cutia
___ Fire-tailed Sunbird
___ Giant Nuthatch
___ Gould's Sunbird
___ Great Thick-knee
___ Grey-sided Thrush
___ Hume's Pheasant
___ Jerdon's Bushchat
___ Moustached Laughingthrush
___ Pale-capped Pigeon
___ Red-faced Liocichla
___ Red-tailed Minla
___ Rufous-necked Hornbill
___ Scarlet Finch
___ Silver-eared Mesia
___ Striped Laughingthrush
___ Sultan Tit
___ White-bellied Minivet
___ White-rumped Falcon
___ White-tailed Stonechat

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