Birding at Mottama

Birding at Mottama (Gulf of Martaban) (Fourth Ramsar Site in Myanmar)

 Tour Information

Tour Code BNTM-BGM
Destination Yangon-Mottama- Yangon
Duration 4Days/3Nights
Expected Species 30 or more out of recorded species 47
Other Attraction Golden Rock, Belin and environs

The Gulf of Mottama, also called the Gulf of Martaban, is situated at the mouth of the Sittaung which is an arm of the Andaman Sea in the southern part of Myanmar between Kyaikto and Bilin townships in Mon State. The Site covers an area of 42,500 hectares. The Gulf has a tidal range of between six and seven metres; the mouth, which is around 100 kilometres wide, narrows into a funnel-shaped bay to produce a powerful bore phenomenon that can reach heights of over a metre on spring tides in the upper estuary. As a result the tidal mudflats of the Gulf are among the largest in the world. The Gulf of Mottama is the fourth wetland in Myanmar to be designated a Ramsar site. The Site supports a large number of species including marine fish, invertebrates and up to 90,000 migratory water-birds in the non-breeding season. The site may be host to more than half of the remaining population of critically endangered Spoon-billed sandpipers (Eurynorhynchus pygmeus). The Gulf of Mottama also supports the livelihoods of thousands of people by providing fish for local and regional consumption. The designation of the Site as a Wetland of International Importance was made possible through consultations between government and local communities. The good season for birding so called Spoon-billed Sandpiper Expectation at that area is from November to March, migration season in Myanmar, some shore birds have been great chance to see.