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Vietnam: 15th - 24th November 2011

Published by Wendy Newnham (wendynewnham AT gmail.com)

Participants: Wendy & Richard Newnham

OVERVIEW

Due to unforeseen circumstances we were required to shorten our trip from four weeks to just a mere ten days & so it was decided that Rick should stay in Saigon to see the sites (War Remnants Museum, Cu Chi Tunnels, the Mekong Delta etc) whilst I travelled to Cat Tien National Park with my guide to spend four days birding there. The three of us would then meet up in Da Lat & it was Rick’s decision as to whether he went birding with us there or not. In the event he did join us for one day & enjoyed a climb to the top of Lang Biang Mountain whilst we stayed below enticing out birds on the lower slopes. The system worked well & we both enjoyed ourselves immensely. We treated ourselves to a five star hotel in Saigon on our last night.

Vietnam is such a charming country with gentle relaxed people & we plan to return & finish our adventures as soon as we possibly can.

LOGISTICS & PLANNING

On a recommendation from my friend Hugh I got in touch with Nguyen Hoai Bao of Vietnam Wildtour (www.birdwatchingvietnam.net) email: birdvietnam@gmail.com. He is well known in Vietnam & is probably the best Vietnamese birder (of which it has to be said there are very few). He is a zoologist working at the university in Saigon but is also involved in projects such as the Spoon-billed Sandpiper research along the coast of Vietnam. He is a very busy man so if you do want to employ his excellent services you would need to book at least a year ahead if you visit Vietnam in the birding season (Jan-April). I found him to be excellent, he knew the sites & what species to concentrate on, he had excellent field skills, knew all the calls & songs & had them all recorded on his Blackberry which he used in the field where necessary. He is also very good company & his itinerary was without fault. He doesn’t come cheap but gave us a good value all-in package & was very generous with accommodation & restaurants etc also supplying a very smart Mitsubishi four-wheeled drive & a careful driver. Basically I left the itinerary to him having given him a list of birds I needed, mostly endemics.

ITINERARY & NOTES ON SAIGON & THE SITES VISITED

SAIGON


We were picked up from the airport by a taxi (US$12) organised by our hotel, Madam Cuc’s 64 (madamcuc@hcm.vnn.vn). This is one of those tall, narrow hotels situated in the downtown Pham Ngu Lau district where most backpackers congregate. The area has a great atmosphere, lively streets with loads of bars & noise, motorbikes everywhere. Our spacious room on the third floor, probably the best room in the hotel, contained a single & a double bed, provided hot water, a fan & air-conditioning, absolutely perfect at US$25 a night. Breakfast & simple meals were served in the foyer. I stayed one night (Rick four). On the first night we went to bed early to try to get over jet lag, although we still managed a couple of drinks & an obligatory banana pancake at the O2 bar across the street.

CAT TIEN NATIONAL PARK

Cat Tien is about a six hour drive from Saigon by car north-east, initially through the outskirts of Saigon but basically along the main highway to Hanoi. There is a left hand turn off onto a lesser main road after about three hours. This road eventually leads to Da Lat but the turn off to Cat Tien is again on the left after about two hours. You arrive at the NP & stop by the river, leave the car & travel across to the headquarters on a motorised boat. You can also travel to Cat Tien by local coach & asked to be let off at the turning (Rick travelled past Cat Tien & on to Da Lat in this way & said it was a perfectly comfortable trip (US$12).

The Cat Tien NP headquarters area consists of various buildings of varying ages all in a reasonable state of repair & I was shown to a concrete building on concrete stilts which had four en suite bedrooms with air-conditioning & fan, hot water in the bathroom, a TV & a double bed with a mosquito net supplied. The veranda between the rooms looked out directly onto the middle storey of the forest & was an excellent spot to sit & watch for bird waves. I saw over fifteen species of birds in a half an hour in a middle of the day session on the first day including a really close absolutely stunning male Orange-breasted Trogon. There was an institutional type restaurant across from my building where we ate all meals, all very good & also a locally run coffee shop beside the check in building where we took our mid-morning iced coffee after returning from the forest each morning.

Bao & I spent three nights here which meant that we had one afternoon, two full days & one morning of full-on birding. However it was hot & the window of bird activity in Vietnam seems to be surprisingly small, so we had plenty of time to relax & rest in between forays into the forest or out onto the grasslands.

THE CAT TIEN FOREST

Target Birds – Germain’s Peacock Pheasant – Bar-bellied & Blue-rumped Pittas

There are a number of trails through the forest & we tried several of them. The main trail which starts from the side of the bear enclosure was the one we focused on as this was where the main target birds were heard on the first visit. The first afternoon was without success but the next morning we managed to see a female Bar-bellied Pitta after about an hour of creeping around in the leech infested forest playing its call. It was not the breeding season so the birds were not very interested in our recordings only just popping in for a quick look then disappearing off again, but we did hear a number of these birds so we knew we had a good chance. However we had no luck with the always illusive Blue-rumped Pitta. (Chris Gooddie, author of The Jewel Hunter who has managed to see all the pittas in the world says that this species is very difficult to see. His advice is to; ‘walk in, hide & wait a loooong time, keeping still & playing one snippet of tape every fifteen minutes’). In fact Bao did see a movement but I never managed to get onto his pointer light. The same morning we heard the Germain’s Peacock Pheasant in the distance but it was too late in the day to try for them.

The next day however, after an abortive attempt to attract in the only Blue-rumped Pitta we heard calling, we heard the pheasants again & after playing the tape off & on for some time they seemed to be closer & then Bao suddenly spotted a head peering over the roots of a tree behind us. I never got onto it though & the birds moved away. We tried again several times but once they had our measure they were just not interested. We also had a family party of Black-shanked Douc Langors in the forest, seen initially & heard again the next day.

We also visited the Crocodile Trail which is reached by a rough half hour’s drive in a headquarters jeep along the muddy track adjacent to the river & we also walked some of this road after coming out of the forest one morning & saw our only Grey-faced Tit Babbler for the trip here. Green Peafowl are often seen along this road in the early morning but although we tried this twice we did not manage it. Isn’t it infuriating when non birders come back an hour later to casually drop into the conversation their sighting of a family party!!

Other Species of Interest – Scaly-breasted Partridge (heard only), Greater Flameback & Laced Woodpeckers, Great Hornbill, Orange-breasted Trogon, Banded Kingfisher (heard only), Blue-bearded Bee-eater (heard only), Green-billed Malkoa, Black & Red Broadbill, Indochinese Cuckoo Shrike, Verditer, Hainan & Tickells Blue Flycatchers, Buff-breasted Babbler & the scarlet-backed race of Black-throated Sunbird, five species of Phyllosc warblers –Yellow-browed, Arctic, Greenish, Pale-legged & Kloss’s Leaf Warbler.

THE CAT TIEN GRASSLANDS

Target Bird – Green Peafowl

On the two afternoons available - when the forest was quiet - we drove to the grasslands in a headquarters jeep & managed to see many different open country species but it was not until the last half hour in fading light on the second visit that we finally flushed a Green Peafowl from close to the road & had quick but excellent views of this species in flight.

Other Species of Interest – Chinese Francolin, Barred Button Quail (on the road), Lineated Barbet, Oriental Pied Hornbill, Burmese Shrike, Racket-tailed Treepie, Great Iora, Vinous-breasted Starling, Chestnut-capped Babbler.

EN ROUTE TO DA LAT – THE DI LINH FOREST

Target Birds - Bar-backed Partridge, Indochinese Barbet, Red-vented Barbet, Indochinese Green Magpie, Black-crowned Parrotbill, White-cheeked & Orange-breasted Laughing Thrush.

After a last early morning foray into the forest at Cat Tien we packed up & headed off across the river & northwards stopping for lunch & then after about three hours turning off to the right at the town of Di Linh. We drove for 20 minutes south along this minor road to the Deo Nui San Pass (1100M) where there was some good forest on either side of the road. Unfortunately afternoon birding in Vietnam always seems to be quiet & so it was here too. It was quite disappointing especially when there was allegedly so much to see but we had no more time. We finally managed failing light views of the Indochinese & the Red-vented Barbets (identified by zooming in Bao’s photo!) & at the last minute close views of a flock of White-cheeked Laughing Thrushes as they settled in to roost. We hoped we would see the other missed species once we reached Da Lat.

THE DA LAT PLATEAU

The Da Lat plateau, about 230Kms to the NE of Saigon is the honeymoon capital of Vietnam. Da Lat itself is an attractive town with a central lake, many old French colonial buildings & lovely vistas across rolling hills, marred only by poly tunnels which cover the growing vegetables & flowers which this district is famous for. Bao had booked us into the 4/5 star Hotel du Parc, & this is where we found Rick (on his second happy hour) in the foyer bar.

TUYEN RESERVOIR & THE ‘GREEN HUT’ TRAIL LEADING TO ELEPHANT CAMP

Target Birds – Indochinese Barbet, Indochinese Magpie, Black-hooded Laughing Thrush, Yellow-billed Nuthatch, Vietnamese Cutia, Vietnamese Crossbill, Vietnamese Greenfinch

We visited this area twice (the second visit in the afternoon was basically a waste of time) but the first morning was excellent. We initially stopped on the roadside above the reservoir & had excellent views of at least five Vietnamese Greenfinches & then further on we left the car & walked up onto the ‘Green Hut Trail’. Almost immediately we had a small party of Black-hooded Laughing Thrush just past the hut. Further down the slope we came into contact with a good sized bird wave & had two Indochinese Barbets, a single Yellow-billed Nuthatch, Kloss’s Leaf Warbler, Grey-cheeked Warbler, Blue-winged Minla a single Black-headed Sibia & several Grey-crowned Tits. Unfortunately we only heard Indochinese Magpie as it flew off through the forest & we also heard Bar-backed Partridge in the distance but never made contact with them. We then walked down into a grassy area & had several Black-throated Prinia albeit in their winter plumage. At the Elephant Camp we had a pair of Vietnamese Crossbills in the pines, also a very nice Slender-billed Oriole, a pair of Long-tailed Minivets & two Indochinese Cuckooshrikes there.

Other birds of Interest – Collared Owlet, Pale-capped Pigeon (UTV’s only), Chestnut-vented Nuthatch, Mountain Fulvetta.

DI NONG TRAIL, TA NUNG VALLEY

Target Birds – Indochinese Magpie, Vietnamese Cutia, Grey-crowned Crocias, Black-crowned Parrotbill, Rufous-backed Sibia, Orange-breasted Laughing Thrush

Unfortunately we only had time for one morning visit here. Even worse, a group of road workers were in the process of building a road & we were only able to bird around a huge digger & a mechanical roller. Bao predicts that this area will soon disappear as they open up the area for luxury housing & he is now actively looking for an alternative site. This area is only small just three hundred metres down the newly built road. We birded along the edges of the open area looking directly into good thick, soon to disappear forest & also along a short path. Nevertheless we saw all the target birds except Orange-breasted Laughing Thrush & the Vietnamese Cutia. Bao had not seen or heard the thrushes there on his last visit some months before & fears the worst.
Other Birds of Interest – Indochinese Barbet, Slender-billed Oriole, Lesser Shortwing (heard only), Grey-cheeked Warbler, Black-headed Sibia, Goulds Sunbird.

LANG BIANG MOUNTAIN

Target Birds – Grey-bellied Tesia, Collared (Yersins) Laughing Thrush, Clicking Shrike Babbler, Dalat Shrike Babbler, Vietnamese Cutia, Black-crowned Fulvetta, Blue-winged Minla.

Our driver took us to the entrance of the NP & we were then ferried up by jeep by one of the rangers to the beginning of the path towards the right-hand summit. It was a windy day but really lovely with the conifers smelling beautifully fresh in the wind. We turned off onto the path & pretty soon ran into a calling Grey-bellied Tesia which we coaxed out into the open with ease & had several others during the course of the morning. Further up we hit a mixed flock & in amongst the Mountain Fulvettas we had several Black-crowned Fulvettas, Blue-winged Minla & a fleeting but satisfactory glimpse of a Clicking Shrike Babbler. At one point we also heard Collared Laughing Thrush way in the distance & Bao said they had become very shy since the Dalat Birdwatching (birdcatching!!) Society had been trapping up on the mountain. We saw absolutely no sign of the Dalat Shrike Babbler or Vietnamese Cutia & Bao thought it may have had something to do with the fierce wind which was keeping all the birds down.

Other Birds of Interest – Rufous-throated Partridge (heard only), Golden-throated Barbet, Wreathed Hornbill, Maroon Oriole, Lesser Shortwing (heard only), Chestnut-vented Nuthatch, White-spectacled Warbler, Chestnut-crowned Warbler, Spot-throated Babbler (heard only), Pygmy Wren Babbler, Rufous-capped Babbler.

CONCLUSIONS

Rick & I were very happy with the logistics of this trip. By separating & doing our own thing for several days we could both enjoy our own interests, Rick the tourist & cultural side & me the wildlife side. We shall no doubt travel this way again.

The birding was extremely successful bearing in mind the time limitation & I managed to see a total of 193 species for the trip which included 23 lifers. An in depth analysis (refer to the list of species attached) reveals that I saw five endemic & eight near endemic species & also nine endemic or near endemic sub species that might be split at a later date. Interestingly, the trip list included only one wader, no ducks & no seabirds, just an astonishing array of amazing forest & grassland birds. Not bad for seven days birding!!

COST

Flights - £577.23 x 2 = £1,154.46
Plus travel agent’s charge for date change -(£300.00)
Visas - 75.00 x 2 = 150.00
Bao’s fees for seven days birding included - everything really - guiding, driver & 4x4, accommodation, NP fees, food etc. (I paid half by TT in advance & the remainder in cash)- £820.00
Cash taken with us (converted into US$’s & excluding what I paid to Bao)- £350.00
Credit Card Purchases - £200.00
Total Cost of trip - £2974.46

REFERENCES

A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia Craig Robson (Holland Publishers 2011)
A Field Guide to the Mammals of Thailand & South-East Asia Charles M. Francis (New Holland Publishers 2008
The Jewel Hunter, Chris Gooddie (Wild Guides Ltd, 2010)
Vietnam - Lonely Planet Guide (July 2009)
Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos & the Greater Mekong – Lonely Planet Guide (Sept 2009)

REPORTS

Buckbird Journeys Ltd - Wildtour Co, Ltd: Endemic Birds & Endangered Primates in the Heart of Indo-China, 5th – 28th February 2011, Hugh Buck
Southern Annan, Vietnam Nov 24th – Dec 3rd 2010, Peter Schmidt, Sweden
South Vietnam – 13th – 22nd November, Clayton Byrne
Vietnam, Da Lat Highlands, Di Linh & Cat Tien, January 04-13, 2011 Bengt Legnell et al

READING

A Dragon Apparent: Travels in Cambodia, Laos & Vietnam, 1950, Norman Lewis (Eland Publishing, 1982)
First they Killed my Father, Loung Ung (Harper Collins, 2007)
River of Time, Jon Swain (Vintage Books London, 1998)
The Killing Fields, Christopher Hudson, (Pan Books, 1984)
The Secret Pilgrim, John Le Carre (Penguin Books, 2011)
Up Country, Nelson de Mille (Little Brown Publishers, 2002)

Species Lists

E = Endemic NE = near endemic SS = Sub species

CTF= Cat Tien Forest
CTG = Cat Tien Grasslands
DLF = Di Linh Forest, Dal Lat
GHT = Green Hut Trail, Da Lat
EC = Elephant Camp, Da Lat
TYR = Tuyen Reservoir , Da Lat
TNV = Ta Nung Valley, Da Lat
LBM Lang biang Mt, Da Lat


Chinese Francolin Francolinus pintadeanus CTG
Rufous-throated Partridge Arborophila rufogularis LBM - heard only
BAR-BACKED PARTRIDGE Arborophila brunneopectus GHT - heard only
Scaly-breasted Partridge Arborophila chloropus CTF - heard only
Red Junglefowl Gallus gallus CTG
GERMAIN'S PEACOCK PHEASANT - NE Polyplectron germaini CTF - heard only
GREEN PEAFOWL Pavo parvus CTG Barred Buttonquail Turnix suscitator CTG
Grey-capped Pygmy Woodpecker Dendrocopos canicapillus GHT
Greater Yellownape Picus flavinucha CTF
Laced Woodpecker Picus vittatus CTF
Common Flameback Dinopium javanense CTG
Greater Flameback Chrysocolaptes lucidus CTF
Bay Woodpecker Blythipicus pyrrhotis CTG
Great Slaty Woodpecker Mulleripicus pulverulentus CTF
RED-VENTED BARBET - NE Megalaima lagrandieri DLF
Lineated Barbet Megalaima lineata CTG
Green-eared Barbet Megalaima faiostricta CTF
Golden-throated Barbet Megalaima franklinii TNV
(ANNAN)INDOCHINESE BARBET - NE Megalaima annamensis DLF,GHT,TNV(spl. fr Blk-browed)
Blue-eared Barbet Megalaima australis CTF
Oriental Pied Hornbill Anthracoceros albirostris CTF,CTG
Great Hornbill Buceros bicornis CTF - heard only
Wreathed Hornbill Aceros undulatus LBM
Orange-breasted Trogon Harpactes oreskios CTF
Red-headed Trogon Harpactes erythrocephalus CTF - Bao heard
Indian Roller Coracias benghalensis CTG
Dollarbird Eurystomus orientalis CTG
Banded Kingfisher Lacedo pulchella CTF - heard only
White-throated Kingfisher Halcyon smyrnensis CTG
Blue-bearded Bee-eater Nyctyornis athertoni CTF - heard only
Blue-tailed Bee-eater Merops philippinus CTG
Chestnut-headed Bee-eater Merops leschenaulti CTG
Banded Bay Cuckoo Cacomantis sonneratii CTG - heard only
Plaintive Cuckoo Cacomantis merulinus CTG
Asian Koel Eudynamys scolopacea Saigon
Green-billed Malkoha Phaenicophaeus tristis CTF, CTG
Greater Coucal Centropus sinensis CTG
Lesser Coucal Centropus bengalensis CTG
Vernal Hanging Parrot Loriculus vernalis CTG
Red-breasted Parakeet Psittacula alexandri CTG
Blosson-headed Parakeet Psittacula roseata CTG
GERMAIN'S SWIFTLET Collocalia germani DLF (spl. fr. Himalayan)
Asian Palm Swift Cypsiurus balasiensis en route
House Swift Apus affinis en route
Collared Owlet Glaucidium brodiei DLF, GHT
Great Eared Nightjar Eurostopodus macrotis CTG
Rock Pigeon Columba livia towns
PALE-CAPPED PIGEON Columbia punicea CTF - UTV's only
Zebra Dove Geopelia striata CTG, EC
Spotted Dove Streptopelia chinensis CTG, DLF, DaLat
Red Collared Dove Streptopelia tranquebarica CTG
Barred Cuckoo Dove Macropygia unchall TNV
Ashy-headed Green Pigeon (SS of Pompadour Green)Treron pompadora phayrei CTF - heard only
Green Imperial Pigeon Ducula aenea CTF, CTG
White-breasted Waterhen Amaurornis phoenicurus CTG
Red-wattled Lapwing Vanellus indicus CTG
Osprey Pandion haliaetus CTG
Crested Serpent Eagle Spilornis cheela GHT
Besra Accipiter virgatus CTF
Grey-faced Buzzard Butastur indicus EC
Black Eagle Ictinaetus malayensis TNV
Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis EC
Little Egret Egretta garzetta CTG, EC
Chinese/Javan Pond Heron Ardeola bacchus CTG, EC
BLUE-RUMPED PITTA Pitta soror CTF - heard only
BAR-BELLIED PITTA Pitta elliotii CTF
Black-and-red Broadbill Cymbirhynchus macrorhynchos CTF
Banded Broadbill Eurylaimus javanicus CTF
Long-tailed Broadbill Psarisomus dalhousiae CTG - Bao heard
Asian Fairy Bluebird Irena puella CTG, TNV
Golden-fronted Leafbird Chloropsis aurifrons CTG
Orange-bellied Leafbird Chloropsis hardwickii DLF
Brown Shrike Lanius cristatus CTG
Burmese Shrike Lanius collurioides CTG, EC
Eurasian Jay Garrulus glandarius EC
INDOCHINESE GREEN MAGPIE - SS Cissa h.hypoleuca GHT, TNV
Racket-tailed Treepie Crypsirina temia CTG
Ashy Woodswallow Artamus fuscus CTG
Black-naped Oriole Oriolus chinensis CT headquarters
Slender-billed Oriole Oriolus tenuirostris EC
Black-hooded Oriole Oriolus xanthornus CTF
Maroon Oriole Oriolus traillii LBM
Large Cuckooshrike Coracina macei CTG
Indochinese Cuckooshrike - SS Coracina polioptera indochinensis CTF,GHT,TNV (future spl?)
Grey-chinned Minivet Pericrocotus solaris LBM
Long-tailed Minivet - SS Pericrocotus ethologus annamensis GHT
Scarlet Minivet Pericrocotus flammeus TNV
Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike Hemipus picatus CTG, TNV
White-throated Fantail Rhipidura albicollis DLF, GHT, TNV, LBM
Ashy Drongo Dicrurus leucophaeus CTF, CTG, EC, TNV
Bronzed Drongo Dicrurus aeneus CTF
Spangled (Hair-crested) Drongo Dicrurus hottentottus CTG
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo Dicrurus paradiseus CTF, CTG
Black-naped Monarch Hypothymis azurea CTF
Common Iora Aegithina tiphia CTG
Great Iora Aegithina lafresnayei CTG
Lesser Shortwing - SS Brachypteryx leucophrys langbianensis LBM
Asian Brown Flycatcher Muscicapa dauurica CT headquarters
Taiga Flycatcher Ficedula albicilla CT headquarters - Bao only
Little Pied Flycatcher Ficedula westermanni LBM
Verditer Flycatcher Eumyias thalassina CTF, CTG, GHT, EC
Large Niltava Niltava grandis LBM
Hainan Blue Flycatcher Cyornis hainanus CTF
Tickell's Blue Flycatcher Cyornis tickelliae CT headquarters
Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher Culicicapa ceylonensis GHT, TNV, LBM
Siberian Blue Robin Luscinia cyane CTF - heard only
Oriental Magpie Robin Copsychus saularis CTG
White-rumped Shama Copsychus malabaricus CTF
Siberian Stonechat Saxicola macrus CTG
Pied Bushchat Saxicola caprata CTG
Grey Bushchat Saxicola ferrea CTG
Black-collared Starling Sturnus nigricollis EC, TNV
Vinous-breasted Starling Sturnus burmannicus CTG, TNV
Chestnut-vented Nuthatch Sitta nagaensis EC, TNV, LBM
YELLOW-BILLED NUTHATCH - NE Sitta solangiae GHT
Green-backed Tit Parus monticolus GHT, LBM
Yellow-cheeked Tit Parus spilonotus GHT
GREY-CROWNED TIT - NE Aegithalos annamensis newly split GHT
Pacific Swallow Hirundo tahitica CTG
Striated Swallow Hirundo striolata CTG
Black-crested Bulbul Pycnonotus melanicterus CTG, DaLat, LBM
Sooty-headed Bulbul Pycnonotus aurigaster CTG
Stripe-throated Bulbul Pycnonotus finlaysoni CTF, DLF
Flavescent Bulbul Pycnonotus flavescens DLF
Streak-eared Bulbul Pycnonotus blanfordi CTF
Puff-throated Bulbul Alophoixus pallidus CTF
Ochraceous Bulbul Alophoixus ochraceus CTF
Grey-eyed Bulbul Iole propinqua CTF - Bao only
Ashy Bulbul Hemixos flavala CTF, LBM
Mountain Bulbul Hypsipetes mcclellandii LBM
Black (Himalayan) Bulbul Hypsipetes leucocephalus CTG, EC, TNV, LBM
Bright-headed Cisticola Cisticola exilis CTG
BLACK-THROATED PRINIA Prinia superciliaris GHT (split fr. Hill Prinia)
Rufescent Prinia Prinia rufescens CTG
Yellow-bellied Prinia Prinia flaviventris CTG
Oriental White-eye Zosterops palpebrosus DLF
GREY-BELLIED TESIA Tesia niventer LBM
Mountain Tailorbird Orthotomus cuculatus GHT, TNV, LBM
Common Tailorbird Orthotomus sutorius CTG
Dark-necked Tailorbird Orthotomus atrogularis CTF
Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus CTF, GHT, EC, TNV, LBM
Arctic Warbler Phylloscopus borealis CTF
Greenish Warbler Phylloscopus trochiloides CTF
Pale-legged Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus tenellipes CTF
Blyth's Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus reguloides LBM
KLOSS'S LEAF WARBLER Phylloscopus klossi GHT,TNV (spl.fr White-tailed
WHITE-SPECTACLED WARBLER Seicercus affinis/orientalis? LBM (spl.fr Gold-spec)
GREY-CHEEKED WARBLER Seicercus poliogenus? GHT, TNV
Chestnut-crowned Warbler Seicercus castaniceps LBM
BLACK-CROWNED PARROTBILL - NE Psittiparus margaritae TNV
White-crested Laughingthrush Garrulax leucolophus CTF,
BLACK-HOODED LAUGHING THRUSH - NE Garrulax milleti GHT
WHITE-CHEEKED LAUGHING THRUSH - NE Garrulax vassali DLF, TNV
COLLARED (YERSIN'S) L. THRUSH - E Garrulax yersini LBM - heard only
Buff-breasted Babbler Pellorneum tickelli CTG
SPOT-THROATED BABBLER Pellorneum albiventre LBM
Scaly-crowned Babbler Malacopteron cinereum CTF
White-browed Scimitar Babbler Pomatorhinus schisticeps GHT
Pygmy Wren Babbler Pnoepyga pusilla LBM
Rufous-capped Babbler Stachyris ruficeps GHT, LBM
(Pin) Striped Tit Babbler Macronous gularis DLF
GREY-FACED TIT BABBLER NE Macronus kelleyi CTF edge
Chestnut-capped Babbler Timalia pileata CTG, GHT
Silver-eared Mesia Leiothrix argentauris LBM - heard only
CLICKING SHRIKE BABBLER - E Pteruthius intermedius newly (spl.fr Chest-fronted) LBM
Blue-winged Minla End.race Minla cyanouroptera orientalis GHT, LBM (future split?)
BLACK-CROWNED FULVETTA - E Alcippe klossi LBM (split fr. Rufous-winged)
Mountain Fulvetta - SS Alcippe peracensis annamensis GHT, LBM
GREY-CROWNED CROCIAS - E Crocias langbianis TNV
RUFOUS-BACKED SIBIA - E Heterophasia annectans/eximia? TNV
Black-headed Sibia - SS (S. Annan) Heterophasia desgodinsi robinsoni GHT, TNV
White-bellied Yuhina (Erpornis) Yuhina zantholeuca TNV, LBM
Thick-billed Flowerpecker Dicaeum agile GHT, TNV
Yellow-vented Flowerpecker Dicaeum chrysorrheum TNV
Orange-bellied Flowerpecker Dicaeum trigonostigma CTG
Fire-breasted Flowerpecker Dicaeum ignipectus GHT, LBM
Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker dicaeum cruentatum CTF edge, CTG
Ruby-cheeked Sunbird Anthreptes singalensis CTF edge
Purple-naped Sunbird Hypogramma hypogrammicum CTF edge
Purple-throated Sunbird Nectarinia sperata CTF edge
Olive-backed Sunbird Nectarinia jugularis CTG
Mrs Gould's Sunbird - SS Aethopyga gouldiae annamensis GHT, TNV, LBM
Black-throated Sunbird -SS(Scarl-b race)Aethopyga saturata johnsi CTG (future split?)
Little Spiderhunter Arachnothera longirostra CTF, CTG
Streaked Spiderhunter Arachnothera magna CTG, GHT, TNV
Eurasian Tree Sparrow Passer montanus most towns
Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea DLF
Olive-backed Pipit Anthus hodgsoni LBM
White-rumped Munia Lonchura striata TNV
Scaly-breasted Munia Lonchura punctulata EC
VIETNAMESE GREENFINCH - E Carduelis monguilloti TYR
Red Crossbill (Vietnamese)- SS(NE race) Loxia curvirostra meridionalis(large-billed) (future split?) EC