Doi Cum Fa, around 30 kilometers north of Chiang Dao, which is part of the Pha Dang National Park. Birding is along a jeep track starting at an altitude of 1300 meters, asscending up to 1800 meters at the summit and the habitat is a mix of natural forest, planted and natural pine, scrub and some cleared areas. During the course of the day we saw around 80 species, an excellent total for forest birding. One of the first birds heard calling when we got out of the car was a Giant Nuthatch, later in the morning we saw at least four and heard two others, I have visited this site over a dozen times and have never failed to see this species. Further along the track a pair of Rufous-bellied Niltava showed well.


Rufous-bellied Niltava

It wasn't long before we encounted the first feeding party of the day which contained Chestnut-vented and Velvet-fronted NuthatchChestnut-fronted Shrike BabblerYellow-cheeked TitGrey-chinned Minivet and the first of very many Grey-cheeked Fulvettas. The first kilometer of the track follows a stream where single pairs of both White-crowned and Slaty-backed Forktails were present.

Flavescent Bulbul

A number of small fruting trees alongside the stream were full of feeding birds, including many bulbuls which included Mountain, Ashy, Flavescent and at least a hundred Black Bulbuls. Also present here were both Dark-backed and Rufous-backed Sibia, Blue-winged Minla and a large party of Silver-eared Mesia. After a couple of hours of walking the trail began to climb, a couple of Oriental Turtle Doves flew off the track, many noisy Grey Treepie were noted and what was probably a Bar-backed Partridge flew off into the forest. Over the next couple of hours an excellent selection of woodpeckers was noted, with Stripe-breasted, Grey-capped Pygmy, Greater Yellownape, Grey-headed, Bay and Rufous all being seen.



Long-tailed Broadbill

The highlight of the day was a group of at least 25 Long-tailed Broadbills a personnel favourite and one of the smartest looking birds in the world. Higher along the trail many Mountain Tailorbirds were singing and several Bianchi's Warblers were seen and more importantly heard to call. Flycatchers noted including four Little Pied and at least six Slaty-backed. At the trail summit in a large clearing around a small campsite there were at least twenty Crested Finchbills, six Spectacled Barwings, a fine male Red-flanked Bluetail and a Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush. The walk back down the mountain was quieter, but when nearly back at the car a large group of Grey-headed Parrotbills was present along with a a shy group of White-cheeked Laughingthrush's in the undergrowth.

Chestnut-headed Bee-eater

Numerous phylloscopus warblers were seen during the day, many were ignored, but White-tailed Leaf Warbler was abundant, and several Blyth's, Pallas's and Buff-barred Warblers were noted. Additional species seen during the day, included Chestnut-headed Bee-eater, Slender-billed and Maroon Oriole, Long-tailed Minivet, Great and Golden-throated Barbet, Hill Prinia, Orange-bellied Leafbird, White-browed Shrike Babbler, Straited Yuhina and Golden Babbler.

Checklist birds of Doi KamFa

 Common name

Bar-backed Partridge

Grey-capped Pygmy Woodpecker

Stripe-breasted Woodpecker

Speckled Piculet

White-browed Piculet

Greater Yellownape

Lesser Yellownape

Grey-headed Woodpecker

Bay Woodpecker

Rufous Woodpecker

Great Barbet

Golden-throated Barbet

Blue-throated Barbet

Chestnut-headed Bee-eater

Blue-bearded Bee-eater

Indian Roller

Large Hawk Cuckoo

Hodgson’s Hawk Cuckoo

Banded Bay Cuckoo

Asian Emerald Cuckoo

Green-billed Malkoha


Himalayan Swiftlet

Fork-tailed Swift

Crested Swiftlet

Collared Owlet

Mountain Imperial Pigeon

Spotted Dove

Oriental Turtle Dove

Emerald Ground Dove

Oriental Honey Buzzard

Common Buzzard

Rufous-winged Buzzard

Crested Serpent Eagle

Changeable Hawk Eagle

Mountain Hawk Eagle

Silver-breasted Broadbill

Long-tailed Broadbill

Orange-bellied Leafbird

Long-tailed Shrike

Brown Shrike

Grey-backed Shrike

Ashy Drongo

Bronzed Drongo

Greater Racket-tailed Drongo

Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo

Spangled Drongo

Large-billed Crow

Eurasian Jay

Green Magpie

Grey Treepie

Slender-billed Oriole

Maroon Oriole

Black-winged Cuckooshrike

Grey-chinned Minivet

Long-tailed Minivet

Short-billed Minivet

Scarlet Minivet

Bar-winged Flycatcher Shrike

White-throated Fantail

Asian Paradise Flycatcher

Large Woodshrike

Blue-whistling Thrush

Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush

Eye-browed Thrush

Slaty-backed Flycatcher

Red-throated Flycatcher

Little Pied Flycatcher

Hill Blue Flycatcher

Verditer Flycatcher

Large Niltava

Rufous-bellied Niltava

Vivid Niltava

Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher

Slaty-backed Forktail

White-crowned Forktail

Red-flanked Bluetail

Grey Bushchat

Ashy Woodswallow

Chestnut-vented Nuthatch

Velvet-fronted Nuthatch

Giant Nuthatch

Great Tit

Yellow-cheeked Tit

Striated Swallow

Crested Finchbill

Streaked Bulbul

Black-crested Bulbul

Sooty-headed Bulbul

Flavescent Bulbul

Grey-eyed Bulbul

Puff-throated Bulbul

Ashy Bulbul

Black Bulbul

Mountain Bulbul

Hill Prinia

Mountain Tailorbird

Radde’s Warbler

Two-barred Greenish Warbler

Greenish Warbler

Pallas’s Warbler

Chinese Leaf Warbler

Yellow-browed Warbler

Hume’s Yellow-browed Warbler

White-tailed Leaf Warbler

Blyth’s Leaf Warbler

Oreintal White-eye

Chestnut-flanked White-eye

Japanese White-eye

Omei Warbler

Grey-crowned Warbler

Bianchi’s Warbler

Lesser Neck Laced Laughingthrush

Greater Necklaced Laughthrush

White-necked Laughingthrush

Rusty-cheeked Scimiter Babbler

White-browed Scimiter Babbler

Silver-eared Mesia

Striped Tit Babbler

Rufous-fronted Babbler

Golden Babbler

Grey-throated Babbler

White-browed Shrike Babbler

Chestnut-fronted Shrike Babbler

Blue-winged Minla

Striated Yuhina

Grey-cheeked Fulvetta

White-bellied Yuhina

Spectacled Barwing

Dark-backed Sibia

Rufous-backed Sibia

Long-tailed Sibia

Grey-headed Parrotbill

Fire-breasted Flowerpecker

Ruby-cheeked Sunbird

Gould’s Sunbird

Black-throated Sunbird

Little Spiderhunter

Streaked Spiderhunter

Olive-backed Sunbird

Olive-backed Pipit

Grey Wagtail

Black-headed Greenfinch

Common Rosefinch