Chiang Mai, July 1-August 8


     Chiang Mai is the largest city in northern Thailand and a wonderful place to visit to learn about the history and culture of this famous corner of Southeast Asia. Chiang Mai is also a pretty good place to get acquainted with Thailand's birdlife. Right at the western edge of the city are the hilly forests of Doi Suthep National Park and even in downtown Chiang Mai there are green oases that attract interesting birds year-round.

     Spend a few mornings walking around the campus of Chiang Mai University, especially in the vicinity of the reservoir, and you can expect to find doves, barbets, cuckoos, owls, drongos, mynas, bulbuls, and many other families of birds. Go up a little higher, into the lower slope woodlands of Doi Suthep, and the birdlife gets more interesting, with leafbirds, jays, magpies, paradise-flycatchers, babblers, and laughingthrushes among the many possible sightings.

     Should you stay at the world renowned Spicythai Backpackers Hostel, in Nanthawan Village, there are even some very good birds to be seen right in the neighborhood, with both Asian Barred Owlet and Brown Wood Owl found at Spicythai itself and serenading mynas and bulbuls of various species.

     There are more species to be seen in this area and in Thailand, in general, during the period from fall through spring, when northern migrants arrive and spend the winter.

     Here are the lists of all the species we found during our mid-summer stay in Chiang Mai. They are from four distinct areas, all readily accessible by songthaews or tuk-tuks. July can be quite dry or quite rainy.


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Elephant Nature Park


Nanthawan Village 


Chiang Mai University 


Road to Mon Tha Than Waterfall


Woods above lake at Kah-lee Restaurant