Khao Luang National Park, Nakhon Si Thammarat – February ’19

During a 10-day break over Chinese New Year 2019, I decided to finally attempt something I’d been wanting to do for as long as I’ve been living in Thailand – hike up Khao Luang in the southern Thai province of Nakhon Si Thammarat. Khao Luang is the tallest mountain in southern Thailand, with an elevation of around 1800 m asl, and sits in the national park that bears its name. While I’ve been to Khao Luang National Park once before, that was to the Krung Ching substation that lies at the northern end of the national park, whereas the actual peak is an hour or so further south by road, near the village of Khiriwong. This trip report will feature my attempted summit hike of Khao Luang, as well as my time spent birding at Krung Ching that followed, and beyond.

February 1st

I took a morning flight from Bangkok to Nakhon Si Thammarat and picked up my pre-arranged car from the airport, bought some snacks and supplies then drove to Khiriwong village, where the trailhead for the summit trek at Khao Luang is located. Once at Khiriwong, which has quite a bit of tourist infrastructure for Thai tourists, I called guide, Kang (คัง), and he met me at the well-known bridge in the middle of town. From there, I followed him to his house, and arranged a night’s accommodation at a small guesthouse next to his. Kang himself had some very basic, and very cheap, room available, but as I wanted space to pack bags and charge electronics, I opted for the comfort of the place next door.

After chatting about the logistics for the following day, I gave 1000B for him to go to the market to buy supplies – food etc. – for our trip (this money would come from the total price at the end). We decided to leave the following morning at around 9 am, and for the rest of the afternoon I walked around the town and sat by the river to have dinner. Since I had arrived at Khiriwong, the weather had been dry, but Khao Luang itself had been completely obscured by clouds.  While nothing out of the ordinary was seen by the riverside, I was able to watch several Black-capped Kingfishers fly up and down the river, and a Asian Brown Flycatcher was seen directly above my while I ate. an early dinner.

Ebird Checklist, February 1st:

Khiriwong Riverside – February 21st, 2019

February 2nd

Despite Kang suggesting the trek not begin until 9 am, I was up early to organize my pack, and to my disappointment, the morning produced several light showers, but by 8:30 am it was dry, and I asked Kang if we could start, so we jumped on the back of his motorbike and rode a couple of kilometres through town until we started ascending narrow concrete trails. I ended up getting off the motorbike at a section of broken trail that Kang attributed to Tropical Storm Pabuk that had passed through the area about four weeks prior. Just after this broken section of road, and at an altitude of around 280 m asl, was a little trail at which Kang left his motorbike, and from there we were on food through habitat that was mostly fruit orchards – durian, rambutan etc. – but included small remnant pockets of what looked like primary forest.

And it was mostly while walking through these patches of mixed forest that the bird life noticeably increased. About half a kilometre or so from the motorbike drop-off site, of which the trail ascended fairly steeply, we came to the first such mixed forest area along a stream, close views of both Blue-eared and Gold-whiskered Barbets were had, along with Lesser Green and Blue-winged Leafbirds, and Red-eyed, Stripe-throated and Buff-vented Bulbuls, among other smaller birds zipping between the trees.

Over the next few kilometres, the concrete trail undulated, including several significant dips, but by around 10:30 am we’d reached a small wooden hut at the edge of the forest when Anon, our porter was finishing packing our supplies. The bird life wasn’t prolific through here, but Crested Serpent-eagle seemed common, and I came across a pair of Rufous-tailed Tailorbirds in the scrubby edge of the trail, a new bird for me. At the end of the concrete trail, and at an elevation of a little over 500 m asl, was at last staging post, so we had a lunch of fried rice topped with freshly picked forest herbs, and by around 11 am we were finally headed through the forest along the trail to the summit.

Right from when the trail stopped being concrete, it was rudimentary at best, and I was very glad I had a guide. But while the trail was hard to follow, this may have been for a couple of reasons: first, Pabuk had caused a lot of disruption; and second, I was supposedly the first person since the end of the 2018 hiking season in July to attempt the summit, so no one had been before and done any trail clearance. Nonetheless, we pressed on, with the first couple of hundred metres being quite steep, leading to a ridge at around 750 m asl, which was the last time had any phone service. It was here, too, that both Anon and Kang rearranged their packs, and we really got to noticed the leeches. And while the ridge itself was relatively dry, we’d all picked up several ‘passengers’ on the way there, and from now on, the number of leeches would seemingly increase exponentially!

The narrow trail from the ridge was characterized by fallen trees, supposedly from Pabuk, and after a little more ascending, we descending once again into a fern-filled gully that ran adjacent to a stream. At one point there was some bird activity, but little more than Grey-headed Canary-flycatcher and an quick glimpse of what seemed to be a paradise-flycatcher was seen clearly. And as before, without a guide who knew the trail, it would have been terribly easy to lose one’s way. On more than one occasion, both Kang and Anon stopped for longer than I though appropriate to re-find thee correct path!

To my astonishment, only about an hour after leaving Anon’s hut, and after a couple of stream crossings, we reached the first campsite, which is supposedly at an elevation  of around 800 m asl. Given we’d not walked for long, I asked about going a little higher, but both Kang and Anon were worried about rain, and sure enough, after having been at the campsite for about 30 minutes, rain, albeit light, started to fall and stuck around for the following hour. The campsite itself is at the junction of two small streams, with a third being only 20-30 metres away; it was at this third stream that a stumbled upon a pair of Slaty-backed Forktails, a species that is supposedly very infrequently recorded in Thailand’s south.

Later that afternoon, I explored further up the trail a little way, which ascend relatively steeply, and at one stage had a calling Turquoise-throated Barbet – a bird endemic to Khao Luang – in a large tree right above me, but frustratingly the bird never showed itself; this would unfortunately be the closest I would get to this target bird. However, as I explored the trail above the campsite, a few other birds I’d not seen before slowly, made themselves apparent, with all of Grey-cheeked Bulbuls, Whiskered Treeswifts, and a small band of Ferruginous Babblers all being lifers.

The conditions for the rest of the afternoon wavered between being sunny – but with the thickness of the forest, this didn’t help a lot – and very dark and overcast, so not too many other birds were seen clearly, even if they were heard. There did, however, seem to be quiet an abundance of insect/arthropod life, with many butterflies, several species of millipede, a tarantula hawk wasp, and a fly-by visit of our campsite by an Asian Giant Hornet; his back-and-orange beast was large and quite intimidating, with even Kang and Anon seeming to want to get well out of its way.

That evening, Kang and I discussed the following day’s plan, and Kang mentioned that usually the second day entailed hiking up to another campsite at around 1300 m asl, and then summiting on the third morning; however, I asked if it was possible to hike to the campsite the following morning, leave our bags and then continue to the summit after a quick lunch, which he agreed was very doable. This would allow me to summit in the afternoon, but also spend the third morning at around 1300 m to look for birds. So, with the plan set, I got ready to sleep while the other two drank rice ‘whisky’. By about 10 pm, and after a forest serenade by a drunk Anon, they had passed out (and begun snoring). My small tent, however, had been placed on very uneven ground, and with rocks digging into me at all angles, and the occasional leech picked off my back, this night’s sleep was quite uncomfortable to say the least.

Ebird Checklist, February 2nd:

Khao Luang Summit Trail – February 2nd

February 3rd

Early that following morning, rain had begun to fall – sometimes heavily – and by the time the sun had finally risen, the rain had been around for several hours, and our 7 am departure time came and went, and our campsite was drenched. While we sat around, wet, I finally asked Kang what he thought about heading further up the mountain, and while he took a while to answer, it was obvious he wasn’t keen, and eventually said that given the trail gets steeper, and we’ll be further away from the town, heading higher in this weather wouldn’t be particularly smart or safe.

So, with that, I agreed that we would abandon the summit attempt, but that we’d wait at the campsite for a few hours to see if the rain stops, and then Kang and I could hike further without any bags etc. to look for birds; and by around 9 am, Kang and I were heading further up the trail, while Anon stayed back to prepare lunch and pack up the campsite.

Kang and I rapidly made our way up the trail, and at around 1000 m asl, came upon another campsite. This wasn’t the 2nd night’s campsite, but an alternative for the 1st night – this campsite biggest downside for the guides and porters is that doesn’t sit on a stream, so a small hike down a slope is needed to collect water. However, once in this area, and especially a little higher, the bird life became a lot more noticeable but unfortunately due to the overcast, misty conditions, this was only really evident by their calls. Once again, Turquoise-throated Barbets were heard but not seen, and several unidentified malkohas were seen briefly flying from tree to tree.

On returning to our campsite, a sharp called led me to one of the streams just above where we’d spent the night, and here, at a stream running adjacent to the stream I’d encounter the Slaty-backed Forktails, I cam across a pair of Chestnut-naped Forktails, a species much more readily encountered in the south. And by 11 am, I was back at the campsite, and once again the rain began, so Anon cooked up an early lunch and we packed up what we could while the light rain fell.

By around 12:15 pm the rain had stopped, so we decided to head back to down the trail, but within 15 minutes, we were walking in the rain. Once again, the trail was quite hard to follow, and after we’d passed the ridge from the following day, it was very evident that a lot of rain had fallen, and the trail was far more slippery that twenty-four hours before. Regardless of a few slips by each of us, we were back at Anon’s hut within an hour, and from then on the sun shone and rain stayed away. At Anon’s hut, it must have been quite a comedic scene as we all rid ourselves of the very many leeches that were attached to our shoes, socks, feet, legs, pants, torsos and anywhere else they’d managed to attach.

I then set off before Kang, and walked down through the forest-cum-orchard, and as on the way up the previous day, the sections with more remaining native forest harboured the most bird life. At the same place where numerous species of barbet and bulbul were seen the day before, the same birds were once again seen, and along with more leafbirds, close views of Spectacled Spiderhunter were had, along with Crested Serpent Eagle, a pair of Raffles Malkoha and a Large Woodshrike.

Once we’d arrived back at Kang’s motorbike, he found out that over the last 24 hours he’d somehow lost his key, so we both had to continue on foot while we waited for his wife to meet us at the bottom of the trail. Once we’d finally made it back to the village and my car, I chatted with Kang for a bit and we decided when would be the best time of year to make another summit attempt – he suggested April/May – and that next time we’d spend the first night camped at the small campsite at around 1000 m. And after asking him to cover some fresh leech bite with bandages to save the rental car seat covers, I was off into Nakhon Si Thammarat town for a night in a comfortable bed.

Khao Luang Summit Trail – February 3rd

February 4th

I had pre-booked three nights at Krung Ching substation of Khao Luang NP (the longest you can book using the DNPs online booking), but that was for the nights of the 5th, 6th, and 7th. However, with the change in plans due to bad weather on Khao Luang, I found myself with an extra night, so after mulling over whether I should check out other sites in the area, I finally made the decision to simply drive to Krung Ching a day early and see if I could stay another night. Luckily enough, the bungalow I had booked – all of them actually – was free for the night of the 4th as well, so I would now be staying at Krung Ching for four nights.

I didn’t end up leaving my hotel in Nakhon Si Thammarat too early because I wanted to go shopping at the adjacent Tesco for supplies before heading to Krung Ching, and by the time I’d finished shopping, driven to Krung Ching and arranged my stay, it was around 3 pm, so I head out up the entrance road for by first birding, and almost immediately while walking through the campsite had my first life, a brilliant Crimson-breasted Flowerpecker. Other birds seen in the campgrounds included Lesser Green Leafbirds, Scaly-breasted Bulbuls, an Asian Brown Flycatcher, Drongo-cuckoo and a single Fiery Minivet – a bird that was much smaller and more orange than the only other possible minivet, Scarlet.

I then set off up the entrance road, spending time at the helipad both on the way up and down, with bird life being evident without being spectacular. However, there were some highlights including a fly-over from a calling Violet Cuckoo while at the helipad, great close up views of a perched Crested Serpent-Eagle, and another surprise in the form of a Crimson-winged Woodpecker, a species not too readily seen at Krung Ching. Later in the afternoon when almost back at the campgrounds, I was also afforded very good views of a pair of Red-bearded Bee-eaters, a species I had dipped on last time I was at Krung Ching and was keen to see on this occasion.

I spent the next couple of hours hanging around in my cabin, but a little before 9 pm, I went for a walk around the campgrounds, and while doing so, a ranger came out and helped me look for Buffy Fish-Owl which we were able to locate perched on a vine above the stream behind the headquarter. And with that, I decided to hit the hay.

Krung Ching Waterfall – February 4th

Krung Ching Waterfall (night) – February 4th

February 5th

On this morning, while sitting in front of my cabin at around 6:45 am, I had both a Green Broadbill and Banded Kingfisher calling from not far away, but I could unfortunately not connect with either. I did, nonetheless, head off up the waterfall trail not long after, concentrating on the first couple of hundred metres. The highlights of this part of the morning included several Black-and-yellow Broadbills, Maroon Woodpeckers, Green Iora, Purple-naped Spiderhunter, and a couple of Blyth’s Paradise-flycatchers. But by around 9 am, I decided to head back to my cabin to grab some supplies for a longer walk to the waterfall.

It turned out, that is was lucky I had planned this return to the cabin, for once back there, a young Thai guide was waiting for me. Another foreign birder living in Bangkok had given me the name of this guide, and I had been in contact with him and told him that I would be at Krung Ching for several days, and I had mentioned that I would like to enlist his services for one day; however, we had never formally arranged a time or date – he just turned up on this morning; so, after a bit of a chat, he asked me what I’d like to see and we set off along a small trail that lead, unbeknownst to me, from behind the cabins to a stream.

The birds along the stream weren’t easily spotted, but after a while a pair of Banded Broadbills were spotted, along with a Fulvous-chested Jungle-Flycatcher, a band of Grey-headed Babblers, and finally, after hearing calls for quite a quite, a single Green Broadbill was found once we’d left the gully we’d been exploring at arrived back on the waterfall trail. Unfortunately, due to the humidity, a tiny amount of water that must’ve gotten in my camera had caused my lens to fog up, and I was unable to get a picture of this brilliant green bird. Regardless of being unable to document the sighting with a pic, it had been a good morning, and we added Buff-rumped Woodpecker as we walked back to the campgrounds. We then arranged to meet back at HQ at around 2 pm, where my guide would take me to a place to set up a hide to look for some more skulking species.

The location of the makeshift hide was a few hundred metres along a stream behind the park’s headquarters, and after my guide – a former park ranger – had set everything up, we both sat and waited. As usually happens, things were quite quiet for the first little while, but slowly the birds started to arrive. I had frustrating flyby views of a Rufous-collared Kingfisher, as well as a silhouetted view of a Crested Jay – it seen clearly through my bins, but I was unfortunately unable to get anything more than a poor record shot. Other highlights from my time inside the hide included a female Banded Kingfisher which sat almost directly above the hide, giving neck-wrenching views, a couple of Fulvous-breasted Flycatchers, a female Siberian Blue Robin, and most surprisingly, a Green-backed Flycatcher, a species not even my guide had seen there before.

After several hours of sitting in the small hide, and with light fading within the dense forest, I decided I’d had enough, so left the hide – my guide had left close to an hour earlier to find other birds. It was after I’d left the hide, and my guide had returned to pack it up, that a male Rufous-collared Kingfisher flew and landed almost directly above us, seemingly unperturbed by our loud chatter. The views made up greatly for the unsatisfying flyby of earlier, an making for a nice end of the day’s birding. I would meet up again with my guide for some evening birding, looking nocturnal birds, and while we heard both Oriental Bay Owl and Blyth’s Frogmouth at close quarters, they both very frustratingly remained out of sight, and we finally called it quits after unsuccessfully also trying to locate Brown Wood-Owl.

Krung Ching Waterfall (all day) – February 5th

February 6th

Given this was my second visit to Krung Ching – and 6th day over those two visits – I decided that today I would finally walk all the way to the substation’s famous namesake waterfall, and after a quick walk around the campgrounds in the early morning light, I was off along the waterfall a little after 7:30 am.

The first part of the trail, leading up to the steep incline, was still quite dark, and aside from good views of several Black-capped Babblers, this part of the trail was relatively quiet. However, once I’d arrive at the top of the trail, where it levels out for the next few kilometres, the forest wasn’t as shrouded in darkness, and the birdlife became more evident. Asian Emerald Doves were seen several times, as were Asian Fairy-Bluebirds, but the biggest surprise came a few hundred metres along this section of the trail when I flushed a large bird from a small gully that flew into a nearby tree to present itself as a juvenile Malayan Night-Heron, a species that I also saw last time I was at Krung Ching.

Further along the trail, about a kilometre from the water, I heard loud, raucous calls from above, and glimpsed several large, black birds – undoubtedly hornbills – above, but I was unable to get clear views, so after some time, I pressed ahead. Even closer to the waterfall I came across a very confiding Short-tailed Babbler right next to the trail, but as with the Green Broadbill the day before, by lens had fogged up once again and I had to settle with bin views.

Just before getting to the waterfall, the end of the trail mirrors the starts, and descends quite steeply, though this time with steps, not a sloped trail. The waterfall itself is a very impressive sight, with the noise of the water cascading over the rocks drowning out everything else in the forest. I spend a little time at the falls, relaxing in the cool the mist provided before heading back to the campgrounds, and on my return the trail was much more productive, with Orange-breasted Trogon and surprisingly a Bamboo Woodpecker seen only a little way from the waterfall.

Other birds seen during my return included Yellow-bellied Bulbul, Chestnut-winged Babbler, Rufous-winged Philentoma, and Purple-naped Spiderhunter, but the best of the lot was great views of the hornbills that had been heard on my way to the waterfall, hornbills that turned out to be a pair (at least) of seldom seen Black Hornbills, a very satisfying sighting! So with a spring in my step, I continued back to my cabin, and after 5 hours and about 8 km, I had a well-deserved rest from the heat of the midday sun.

Krung Ching Waterfall (morning) – February 6th

I was back out again a little before 2:30 pm, and given the bird activity I’d seen along the trail that morning, I decided to try my luck once again, walking about 3 km along the trail and back. Unfortunately, the trail was much quieter in the afternoon, but did get better views of Rufous-winged Philentoma and Blyth’s Paradise-Flycatcher, as well as a single Dark-sided Flycatcher. Furthermore, while I wasn’t able to see them this time, I could once again hear the Black Hornbills, this time much closer to the top of the ascent to the plateau.

Eventually I cut my losses and spent the rest of my afternoon walking up and down the entrance road above the helipad, and in doing so added Whiskered Treeswift to my trip list, as well as seeing Banded Woodpecker, Drongo-Cuckoo, Dollarbird and Vernal Hanging-Parrot among others.

Krung Ching Waterfall (afternoon) – February 6th

February 7th

Once again I decided to take a walk along the waterfall trail in the morning, but the trail was not as busy as it had been the previous day. I did, however, hear the hornbills again, but they remained firmly out of sight. Despite the trail being quieter, I did happen to pick up a few additional species, with a single male Plain Sunbird seen along the first stretch of trail, and a bird wave along the top section contained among other species Moustached Babbler, Greater Green Leafbird, Buff-rumped Woodpecker, several bulbul species including Hairy-backed Bulbul, Sooty Barbet; several raptors were also seen along the trail including Crested Serpent-Eagle, a soaring Oriental Honey-buzzard, and an unidentified accipiter.

Krung Ching Waterfall (morning) – February 7th

At 3 pm, I heading down from my cabin to the campgrounds, and immediately noticed a lot of activity in the trees around the HQ, especially a fig tree directly across the road.  After getting to grips with the number of birds zipping around, I counted five different species of flowerpecker: Orange-bellied, Thick-billed, Yellow-vented, Yellow-breasted, and Crimson-breasted; while the tree also contained a couple species of barbet – Blue-eared and Golden-whiskered – two species of leafbird – Greater Green and Bluewinged, and other birds such an Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike and Yellow-eared Spiderhunter; it was quite the spectacle to begin my afternoon!

After watching the tree for a while, I finally headed up the entrance road for my daily routine of walking up and down and spending time at the helipad – I’ve personally found this to be the best place to spend afternoon at Krung Ching, with the views afforded into the trees allowing good views even as the sun sets. On this afternoon’s walk, the usual birds were present, but I was also greeted with my best ever views of Black-bellied Malkoha, while other highlights included Ruby-cheeked Sunbird and Lesser Cuckooshrike.

 

Krung Ching Waterfall (afternoon) – February 7th

February 8th 

On this Friday morning, my wife was flying down for us to have a short getaway at a coastal town of Sichon, about an hour’s drive north of Nakhon Si Thammarat town. But with her flight getting in a little before lunchtime, I had a few hours left to do some morning birding, so I packed up my stuff and parked at the helipad so I could spend a couple of hours walking along the entrance road.

This morning’s walk turned up the similar birds as I’d seen along here previously on this trip, but I did get closer views of Hairy-backed Bulbul than I’ve had before, and I also had my first Dark-throated Oriole of this trip. I did also come across two bulbuls I’d not encountered before, with individual Buff-vented and Streaked Bulbuls putting in appearances. Among other species seen this morning were Buff-vented Woodpecker, both Green and Great Ioras, Large Woodshrike, Scarlet Minivet and Scarlet Sunbird.

By a little before 9 am, however, I decided to hit the road, given myself plenty of time to get back to NST airport to pick my wife up, and it was lucky that I wasn’t late, as her flight arrived early – something that happens more frequently than I’d have thought with domestic flights in Thailand. Nonetheless, with the forest leg of my trip complete, we were off to spend some time in the sun on the beach.

Krung Ching Waterfall – February 8th

February 8th-10th

While no serious birding was done at Sichon, the resort we stayed at was right on the beach, and near a small headland. In the afternoons, a pair of White-bellied Sea-Eagles would fly from the headland and around the beach area, and other birds to be seen included Brahminy KitesCollared Kingfishers, and a couple of Pacific Reef Herons.

Sichon itself was a pleasant little beach side village with a few resorts and made for a comfortable finish to my week in the forest, visiting what is one of my favourite national parks in Thailand. My next visit here will hopefully come in April 2020 when I hope to find drier weather and will once again attempt to reach the summit of Khao Luang.

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Khao Luang mocking me in the sunshine as we left the airport to return to Bangkok.

 

BIRD LIST (124 identified species):

LOCATION CODE – Location seen first

KV – Khiriwong Village

KLS – Khao Luang summit trail

KC – Krung Ching Waterfall substation

SC – Sichon

  1. Spotted Dove – KV
  2. Asian Emerald Dove – KC
  3. Thick-billed Green Pigeon – KC
  4. Greater Coucal – KV
  5. Raffle’s Malkoha – KLS
  6. Chestnut-breasted Malkoha – KC
  7. Black-bellied Malkoha – KC
  8. Asian Koel – KV
  9. Violet Cuckoo – KC
  10. Plaintive Cuckoo – KLS
  11. Banded Bay Cuckoo – KC
  12. Square-tailed Drongo-Cuckoo – KC
  13. Moustached Hawk-Cuckoo – KC
  14. Indian Cuckoo – KC
  15. Germain’s Swiftlet – KC
  16. Whiskered Treeswift – KLS
  17. Little Cormorant – KV
  18. Little Egret – KV
  19. Pacific Reef-Heron – SC
  20. Cattle Egret – KV
  21. Malayan Night-Heron – KC
  22. Oriental Honey-Buzzard – KC
  23. Brahminy Kite – SC
  24. White-bellied Sea-Eagle – SC
  25. Crested Serpent-Eagle – KLS
  26. Buffy Fish-Owl – KC
  27. Orange-breasted Trogon – KC
  28. Black Hornbill – KC
  29. Banded Kingfisher – KC
  30. White-throated Kingfisher – KV
  31. Collared Kingfisher – KC
  32. Rufous-collared Kingfisher – KC
  33. Red-bearded Bee-eater – KC
  34. Indian Roller – KV
  35. Dollarbird – KC
  36. Sooty Barbet – KC
  37. Coppersmith Barbet – KV
  38. Blue-eared Barbet – KV
  39. Red-throated Barbet – KC
  40. Lineated Barbet – KV
  41. Gold-whiskered Barbet – KLS
  42. Maroon Woodpecker – KC
  43. Buff-rumped Woodpecker – KC
  44. Bamboo  Woodpecker – KC
  45. Crimson-winged Woodpecker – KC
  46. Banded Woodpecker – KC
  47. Vernal Hanging-Parrot – KLS
  48. Green Broadbill – KC
  49. Banded Broadbill – KC
  50. Black-and-yellow Broadbill – KC
  51. Large Woodshrike – KLS
  52. Bar-winged Flycatcher-Shrike – KV
  53. Rufous-winged Philemtoma – KC
  54. Green Iora – KC
  55. Great Iora – KC
  56. Fiery Minivet – KC
  57. Scarlet Minivet – KC
  58. Lesser Cuckooshrike – KC
  59. Dark-throated Oriole – KC
  60. Crested Jay – KC
  61. Brown Shrike – KC
  62. Crow-billed Drongo – KC
  63. Bronzed Drongo – KC
  64. Greater Racket-tailed Drongo – KC
  65. Black-naped Monarch – KC
  66. Amur Paradise-Flycatcher – KC
  67. Blyth’s Paradise-Flycatcher – KC
  68. Pacific Swallow – KV
  69. Grey-headed Canary-Flycatcher – KLS
  70. Black-headed Bulbul – KLS
  71. Stripe-throated Bulbul – KV
  72. Yellow-vented Bulbul – KV
  73. Scaly-breasted Bulbul – KC
  74. Black-crested Bulbul – KC
  75. Spectacled Bulbul – KC
  76. Red-eyed Bulbul – KLS
  77. Hairy-backed Bulbul – KC
  78. Yellow-bellied Bulbul – KC
  79. Ochraceous Bulbul – KC
  80. Grey-cheeked Bulbul – KLS
  81. Buff-vented Bulbul – KLS
  82. Streaked Bulbul – KC
  83. Yellow-bellied Warbler – KC
  84. Yellow-browed Warbler – KC
  85. Eastern-crowned Warbler – KC
  86. Common Tailorbird – KV
  87. Dark-necked Tailorbird – KC
  88. Rufous-tailed Tailorbird – KLS
  89. Pin-striped Tit-Babbler – KC
  90. Chestnut-winged Babbler – KC
  91. Grey-headed Babbler – KC
  92. Moustached Babbler – KC
  93. Black-capped Babbler – KC
  94. Short-tailed Babbler – KC
  95. Ferruginous Babbler – KLS
  96. Asian Fairy-Bluebird – KLS
  97. Dark-sided Flycatcher – KC
  98. Asian Brown Flycatcher – KV
  99. White-rumped Shama – KC
  100. Fulvous-chested Jungle-Flycatcher – KC
  101. Verditer Flycatcher – KLS
  102. Siberian Blue Robin – KC
  103. Chestnut-naped Forktail – KLS
  104. Slaty-backed Forktail – KLS
  105. Green-backed Flycatcher – KC
  106. Greater Grren Leafbird – KC
  107. Lesser Green Leafbird – KLS
  108. Blue-winged Leafbird – KLS
  109. Common Myna – KV
  110. Yellow-breasted Flowerpecker – KC
  111. Crimson-breasted Flowerpecker – KC
  112. Thick-billed Flowerpecker – KC
  113. Yellow-vented Flowerpecker – KC
  114. Orange-bellied Flowerpecker – KC
  115. Ruby-cheeked Sunbird – KC
  116. Plain Sunbird – KC
  117. Plain-throated Sunbird – KC
  118. Crimson Sunbird – KC
  119. Little Spiderhunter – KLS
  120. Purple-naped Spiderhunter – KC
  121. Yellow-eared Spiderhunter – KC
  122. Spectacled Spiderhunter – KLS
  123. Grey Wagtail – KV
  124. Eurasian Tree Sparrow – KV

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