Myanmar’s Endemic Birding Tour

Myanmar’s Endemic Birding Tour

 Tour Information

Destination Yangon-Bagan-Nat Ma Taung-Yangon
Duration 8 Days/ 7 Nights
Expected Species 250 or more out of the recorded species 390
Other Attraction Htauk Kyant War Memorial, Tatoo face chin tribes and Bagan Temples and its environs.

Hlawga Natural Park: Hlawga Natural Park is one of the best places for one day birding from Yangon, the gate way to Myanmar, West of Yangon-Pyay Road that was main road in Myanmar. Hlawga Natural Park is approximately 22 miles North of Yangon. It is located in Taukkyan Model Village, Mingaladon Township of Yangon and was established in 30 September 1982. The area of Hlawga Natural Park is 1540 acres, comprising of 818 acres of Wildlife Park, 62 acres of mini-zoo and 660 acres of buffer zone. It is the type of semi-evergreen, mixed deciduous and swamp forest types. Hlawgar Natural Park is the different varies of wildlife habitat, and recorded in 25 species of mammals, 9 species of reptiles, 54 species amphibious, 192 species of birds, 103 butterfly species and 23 species of fishes, and has opened the purpose of conservation, development and research programs and the opportunities for study and recreation.

Bagan: Bagan, formerly Bagan is an ancient city located in the Madalay Region of Myanmar, has been approved for inclusion on UNESCO’s World Heritage list on July 6, 2019 at a meeting in Baku, Azerbaijan, based on the recommendation of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS). It is one of the Asia’s most amazing and richest archaeological sites. The ancient temples of Bagan stand today as they have been standing for a thousand years. Also being the capital of first Myanmar Empire, Bagan covers an area of 42 sq km containing over 2000 well-preserved pagodas and temples of the 11th -13th century.

It is also famous birding site for some Myanmar’s Endemic birds:  Jerdon’s Minivet (Pericrocotus albifrons), Hooded Treepie (Crypsirina cucullata), Burmese Bushlark (Mirafra microptera), White-throated Babbler (Turdoides gularis) and the other three species are as follow Ayeyawaddy Bulbul (Pycnonotus blanfordi) that was separated from Streak-eared Bulbul and Burmese Collared-dove (Streptopelia xanthocycla) that was separated from Eurasian Collared Dove, Burmese_Prinia(Prina cooki) separated from Brown Prinia and many more.

Ayeyarwady River: Ayeyarwady River is the longest river (2,210 km in length) and the most important commercial waterway of Myanmar. It originates from the confluence of the Mai kha and Mali kha River and flows from North to South through Myanmar.

A long river, we will be able to see some species: Critically Endangered Yellow-breasted Bunting .Other species White-tailed Stonechat, Sand Lark, River Lapwing, Grey-headed Lapwing, Common, Pied, White-throated Kingfishers, Plovers, Common Sandpiper, Common Greenshank,  Oriental, Small Pratincole, Wagtails and many more.

Nat Ma Taung, also known as Mt.Victoria, is one of the best places for bird watching and birding site for Myanmar endemic bird species such as White-browed Nuthatch and Burmese Tit. Natma Taung (Mt.Victoria) National Park is located in Kanpet-Let, Mindat and Matupi townships of southern Chin State. It covers an area of 279 square miles, a height of 3,053 meters (10,016 ft) above sea level and was established in 1994. It is located about 148 miles from Bagan and is the highest mountain in the Chin State of western Myanmar. It is a sky island where the flora and fauna at its upper elevations are dramatically different. Forests include hill evergreen forests, moist upper mixed deciduous forests, pine forests (above 9,000 feet) and hill savannah. Within the national park there are some wild animals habituated. There are also over 159 bird species, reptiles and butterfly present. During the journey from Bagan to Mt. Victoria by car, we can do birding on the way and enjoy the fresh air and beautiful natural scenery as we pass over mountain ranges, streams and rivers and many other attractions.

Bird species which can be seen:

Myanmar endemic Ayeyawady Bulbul (split from Streak-eared Bulbul) and Racket-tailed Treepie, Yellow-breasted Bunting Critically Endangered .Other species White-tailed Stonechat,Green, Blue-tailed and Chestnut-headed Bee-eaters, Green-billed Malkoha, Lesser Racket-tailed and Greater Racket-tailed Drongos, White-rumped Shama, Black-naped Monarch,  Pale- eyed(split from Stripe-throated), Black-headed, Black-crested, Red-vented and Red-whiskered Bulbuls, White-crested and Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrushes, Chestnut-capped Babbler, Oriental Darter, Spot-billed Duck, White-breasted Waterhen,Sand Lark, Red-wattled , River, Grey-headed Lapwing, Common, Pied, White-throated Kingfishers, Plovers,Wood ,Common Sandpiper, Common Greenshank, Oriental, Small Pratincole, Wagtails, Burmese Tit (Aegithalossharpie), White-throated Babbler (Turdoides gularis), Mount Victoria Babax ( split from Chinese Babax), Black-headed Shrike-babbler, Chin Hills Wren-babbler, Himalayan Cutia, Spot-breasted Sci, Sickle-billed and Large Scimitar-babblers, Black-bibbed Tit, Crested Finchbill, Yellow-billed Blue Magpie, Fire-capped Tit, Yellow-bellied Flowerpecker, Sported Wren-babbler, Brown-capped Laughingthrush, Black-throated Prinia (Hill Prinia), some Repters, Ashy Woodpigeon, Mountain Imperial-pigeon, Yellow- footed, Wedge-tailed Green-pigeons, Large Hawk, Hodgson’s Hawk and Eurasian Cuckoos, Great, Golden-throated, Lineated, Blue-throated Barbets, Rufous-bellied, Stripe-breasted, Crimson-breasted, Darjeeling and Bay Woodpeckers, White-browed, Black-eared, Chestnut-fronted, Green Shrike-babblers, Small, Grey-chinned, Short-billed, Long-tailed and Scarlet Minivets, Slender-billed and Maroon Orioles, Yellow-bellied and White-throated Fantails, Eurasian Jay, Red-billed Blue Magpie, Gray Treepie, Crimson, Mrs Gould’s, Fire-tailed and Green-tailed Sunbirds, Yellow-breasted Greenfinch, Scarlet Finch, Common Rosefinch, Brown Bullfinch, Spot-winged Grosbeak, Chestnut and Little Bunting and many more