Chiang Mai Birding

Doi Intanon Birding

Doi Inthanon Birding Many people claim the best time of year to go bird watching in Doi Intanon is between December and February. Largely because at this time you get to see migratory birds fleeing harsh winters as well as the resident species.

Weather is reliably cool with no rain, which means camping is a feasible alternative to staying in a park bungalow. Tents and blankets can be rented from park headquarters. They also have a detailed bird list with photos.

To get to Malee's by bus you will need to go to the Chang Puak (white elephant) bus station and get a bus to Fang. You will need to alight at the turn off to the Chiang Dao Caves (if you're coming from Chiang Mai then this turn off is at the far end of Chiang Dao town). Just tell the bus driver you're going to the Chiang Dao caves and he should get you off at the right turnoff (apparently this is where most foreigners get off).

From this turnoff take a motorcycle taxi (no more than 40 baht) to Malee's place, which is about 2 km beyond the Chiang Dao Caves. (The caves are about 6 km outside Chiang Dao town.)

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Doi Intanon Birds

Grey Bush chats
Siberian Ruby throats
Yellow-streaked warblers Chestnut 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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