Myanmar Best Birding


Tour Code         : MTS-MBB-141
Tour Duration         : 14 days / 13 nights
Route            : Yangon - Moyingyi - Phokyar Elephant Camp - Kalaw - Inle Lake - Bagan –Mt.Victoria - Bagan – Yangon
Vacation Type        : Bird Watching

Including all Myanmar’s undamaged species and most of the endanger species of the country at the important birding sites and famous culture historical sites, “Myanmar Best Birding ” focus on all bird-watchers who want to visit Myanmar as first time. In our experiences, all birding photographers recommend this tour for excellent photo opportunities. And also, the different type of forest, lake and swam area will give you to get different experiences. Our expected species will be 325 to 375 included all Myanmar’s undamaged species and most of the endanger species. The key birds on this trip are as following:

Day (01)

Hlawga Wildlife National Park : Pale-capped Pigeon, Racket-tailed Treepie, Rosy Minivet, Dollarbird, Forest Wagtail, Greater Coucals, Ruby-cheeked, and Olive-backed Sunbirds, Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker, Black-capped, White-throated and Common Kingfisher, Lesser Whistling- duck, Common Moorhen, Red-wattled Lapwing, Oriental Darter, Little and Great Cormorants, Asia Openbill, Coppersmith Barbet, Green-billed Malkoha, Greater and Lesser Racket-tailed Drongon, White-rumped Shama, Black-crested, Red-whiskered, Red-vented, Stripe-throated and Streak-eared and Black-headed Bulbuls.
Day (02)
Moyingyi-Phokyar Elephant Camp
Moeyingyi Wetland Bird Sanctuary : Glossy Ibis, Asian Openbill, Black-crowned Night Heron, Little Tern, Yellow Bittern, Lesser whistling Duck, Cotton Pygmy Goose, Northern Pintail, Ferruginous Pochard, Black-capped and Common Kingfisher, Blue-eared Kingfisher was also recorded, Green and Common Sandpipers, Pheasant-tailed and Bronze-winged Jacanas, Black-winged Stilt, Little Ringed Plover, White-breasted Waterhen, Watercock, Purple Swamphen and Common Moorhen, Black Kite, Pied Harrier and other species.
Day (03)
Phokyar Elephant Camp - Kalaw by car

Day (04)

Kalaw :  Dark-backed Sibia, Burmese Yuhina, Indochinese Black-winged Cuckooshrikes, Giant Nuthatch is very real to see, Speckled Piculet, White-browed and Rusty-cheeked Scimitar-babblers, White-browed and Green Shrike-babblers, Hume's Treecreeper, Lesser Necklaced , Black-throated , White-browed Laughingthrushs, White-crowned and Black-backed Forktails,Wedge-tailed, Yellow-footed and Pin-tailed Green-pigeons, Mrs Gould's, Black-throated and Green-tailed Sunbirds, Little Pied, Hill-blued and Tickell’s Blue , Pale Blue, Brown-breasted, Little Pied, Taiga, Ultramarine and Grey-headed Canary Flycatchers, Blue-winded and Golden-fronted Leafbirds.

Red-billed Blue Magpies, Himalayan, Rufous-winged and Long-legged Buzzards, Spectacled Barwing, Chestnut Bunting and Black-headed Greenfinch, White-tailed Robin, Silver-eared Mesias, White-capped Water-redstart, Black-tailed Crakes, Grey-cheeked Fulvetta. Himalayan Black, Red-vented, Ashy, Brown-breasted, Black-headed and Flavescent Bulbuls and Crested Finchbill could be seen. Slender-billed, Black-hooded and Maroon Orioles, Black-collared, Asian Pied, Chestnut-tailed Starlings, Black-throated, Japanese [Great], Yellow-cheeked Tits, Long-tailed Broadbill, Slaty-bellied and Chestnut-headed Tesias, Black-breasted, Orange-headed, Blue Rock and other Thrushes. Warblers and winner visitors will be seen.

Day (05)
Kalaw- Inle Lake by car

Inle Lake : Jerdon’s Bushchat, Collared Myna are key species in the lake, Rufous-rumped Grassbird and Sarus Crane are very rare to see, White-vented, Crested, Common and Jungle Mynas, Bluethroat, Clamorous and Oriental Reed-warblers, Plain and Yellow-bellied Prinias, Striated Grassbird, Easten Stonechats, Purple Swamphen, Common Coot, Common Moorhen, Ruddy-breasted and Black-tailed Crakes, Pheasant-tailed and Bronze-winged Jacanas, Cinnamon and Yellow Bitterns, Sport-billed Ducks, Gulls, Egrets and Pond-herons, Pheasant-tailed and Bronze-winged Jacana, Swamphen, Glossy Ibis, Northern Pintail, Gray-headed Lapwing, Marsh Sandpiper, Common and Pintail snipe, Red Avadavat, Scaly-breasted Munia, Yellow Wagtail, Citrine Wagtail, White Wagtail
Day (06)
Inle Lake - Bagan by flight
Bagan : Bagan is special area of Myanmar endemic species as White-throated Babbler, Burmese Bushlark, Jerdon’s Minivet and Hooded Treepie. Other key birds are Laggar Falcons, Yellow-eyed Babbler, Long-billed Pipit, Vinous-breasted Myna, Brown Prinia, Streak-eared Bulbul and Eurasian Collared Dove, Burmese Shrike. Rain Quail, Barred Button Quail, Chinese Francolin, Plain-backed, Russet and house Sparrows, Sported Owlet and Barn Owl and Indian Nightjar. Common and Jungle Mynas, Green and Blue-tailed Bee-eater, Common Hoopoe and Indian Roller are very common to see in Bagan.
Day (07)
Bagan - Ayeyarwaddy River

Ayeyarwaddy :White-tailed Stonechat, Sand Lark, Plovers, Wood Sandpiper, Temminck's Stints, White, Yellow and Citrine Wagtails, River, Grey-headed and Red-wattled Lapwings. Pied, Common and White-throated Kingfishers, Pied / Eastern and Western Marsh Harriers and any other Repters, Small and Oriental Pratincoles, Great Cormorants, Indian Spot-billed Ducks, Ruddy Shelduck, Oriental Skylark, Striated Babbler and Black-bellied Tern and River Tern are recorded in Ayeyarwaddy.
Day (08)
Bagan-Kazunma village- Kanpalat

On the way to Mt.Victoria :  White-rumped Falcon, Great Slaty, White-bellied, Pale-headed, Black-headed, Greater and Lesser Yellownape, Common Flameback, Himalayan Flameback, Greater Flameback, Grey-headed, Sported-breasted and Bamboo Woodpeckers. Alexandrine, Grey-headed, Blossom-headed and Red-breasted Parakeets, Hooded and Rufous Treepies, Red-headed Trogon, Grey-throated Babbler, Pin-Striped Tit-babbler, Blue-throated, Asian Brown, Dark-sided, Asian Paradise, Little pied and Verditer Flycatchers, Streaked Spiderhunter, Scarlet-backed and Yellow-vented Flowerpeckers, Brown-cheeked Fulvettas, Lineated Barbet, Chestnut-bellied and Velvet-fronted Nuthatch, and Swinhoe’s, Scarlet, Rosy, Ashy and Small Minivets. Blue-winged and Golden-fronted Leafbirds, Blue Rock Thrush.
Day (09)
Kanpalat, Mt.Victoria

Mt.Victoria : Key birds are White-browed Nuthatch, Burmese Tit, Mount Victoria Babax ( split from Chinese Babax), Black-headed Shrike-babbler, endemic Chin Hills Wren-babbler, Himalayan Cutia, Spot-breasted, Sickle-billed and Large Scimitar-babblers. Black-bibbed Tit, Crested Finchbill, Yellow-billed Blue Magpie, Fire-capped Tit, Yellow-bellied Flowerpecker, Black-throated Prinia, Brown Bush-warbler, White-browed Shrike-babbler, Green Shrike-babbler, Sported Wren-babbler, near-endemic Brown-capped Laughingthrush, Black-throated Prinia ( Hill Prinia ).Himalayan, Long lagged, Common and Oriental Honey-buzzard, Black Eagle and Mountain Hawk-eagles, Oriental Hobby, Collared Falconet, Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Crested Goshawk and any other Repters.
Day (10)
Kanpalat, Mt.Victoria
Mt.Victoria : Ashy Woodpigeon, Mountain Imperial-pigeon, Yellow- footed, Wedge-tailed and any other Green-pigeons. Large Hawk, Hodgson’s Hawk, Eurasian and other Cuckoos. Great, Golden-throated, Lineated and Blue-throated Barbets. Rufous-bellied, Stripe-breasted, Crimson-breasted, Darjeeling and Bay Woodpeckers. White-browed, Black-eared, Chestnut-fronted and 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, Yellow-breasted Greenfinch, Common-rose Finch, Brown-bullfinch, Spot-winged Grosbeak, Chestnut and Little Bunting.
Day (11)
Kanpalat, Mt.Victoria
Mt.Victoria : Bar-tailed and Hume’s Treecreepers. White-tailed and Chestnut-vented Nuthatches, Scaly, Eyebrowed Thrush, Grey-sided Thrush and Blue Whistling-thrush. Indian-blue Robin, Himalayan Bluetail, Grey Bushchat, Black Redstart, Blue-fronted Redstart, White-tailed, Ultramarine, Little Pied, Rufous-gorgeted, Dark-sided, Slaty-blue and Taiga Flycatchers. Large and Rufous-bellied Niltava. Japanese Tit, Green-backed Tit and Yellow-cheeked Tit. Striated, Sooty-headed, Mountain, Flavescent, Himalayan Black Bulbuls. Aberrant, Brown, Brownish-flanked Bush-warblers. Mountain Tailorbird, Grey-billed, Slaty-bellied, Chestnut-headed Tesias. Black-faced, Whistler’s, Grey-crowned, Chestnut-crowned, Buff-barred and other Warblers. Buff-breasted (Blacked Throated), Sport-breasted and Grey-headed Parrotbills.
Day (12)
Kanpalat, Mt.Victoria
Mt.Victoria : White-browed, Rusty-capped, Nepal and Streak-throated Fulvettas. Whiskered, Striated and Stripe-throated Yuhinas. Streak-breasted and White-browned Babblers. Blue-winged, Assam (slit from Chestnut-crowned), Striated, Striped, Lesser and Greater Necklaced Laughingthrushs and Crimson-faced Liocichlas. Blue-winged Siva. Bar-throated (Chestnut-tailed), Red-tailed Minlas. Silver-eared Mesia, Grey and Dark-backed Sibias. Streak-throated and Resty-fronted Barwings and any other winter visitor birds. If you are lucky, you will see Blyth’s Tragopan, Kalij Pheasant, Mrs Hume’s Pheasant, and any other Partridges, Hodgson’s Frogmouth, Grey Nightjar and any other owls.
Day (13)

Day (14)
Bagan-Yangon by flight

Fly back to Yangon

Information Sheet

Type of forest and Habitat Lowland and open, lakes, swamp, Bush, Grassland, bamboo, lowland semi-evergreen forest in Hlawgar National Park , semi-forest mountain in Kalaw and Mt.Victoria, dry acacia forest and Ayeyarwaddy River
Time for Birding From October to April are recommended, the best time will be on November, December, January and February.
Weather Info: October to April will be hot in day time but it will be cool in the early morning and late evening, especially at Kalaw and Inle Lake ( 25oC- 35oC at day time and 4oC to10oC at night time ). It will be much cooler at Mt.Victoria. June to September will be rain.
Recommend Group Site Private or group tour is recommended. Not more than 12 Pax is better by boat on Lake Inle and at Mt.Victoria.
Type of Accommodation Basic and comfortable Boat House at Moeyingyi and Pine Wood Villa at Kanpalat, Mt.Victoria but you can choose many different types of accommodation in other destination.
Meals Info: Lunch box is recommend for whole day birding at Kalaw and Mt.Victoria but you can choose good Chinese or European meals at other big city. Dinner at Moeyingyi, lunch box at Kalaw and Mt.Victoria should be included in your package.
Transportation Info: Mostly good transportation. You can choose 4 WD or Jeep from Bagan to Mt.Victoria. But we recommend 4 WD for long of the beaten trek driving.
Expected Number of Species 325- 375
Other Attractions Great Shwedagon pagoda in Yangon, Inle Lake, amazing ancient stupas and temples at Bagan, tattooed faced women at Kanpalat and mighty Ayeyarwaddy River

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