Phuttamonton (Phuttamonton Park)
Phuttamonton (Phuttamonton Park)
is a very large park just outside Bangkok in Nakorn Pathom
province, a few kilometres west of Bangkok's southern bus
Much of the park consists of open woodland with mown grass underneath
the canopy, with pools, flower beds and gardens, although there
are a few areas where the ground layer is uncut and insect diversity
is fairly high, attracting a number of birds. Apart from birdwatching,
this is a good place to have a picnic in a quiet corner of the
park and it would be most enjoyable to cycle around.
The migratory periods of September-October and April-May usually
turn up the most interesting species in Phuttamonton Park; a
good number of species have been recorded here, and of course
there are healthy populations of the more common parkland and
open-country birds here too.
The only downside of Phuttamonton park is its distance from
Bangkok's city centre.
at Phuttamonton Park
(Photo by Nick
Park has a good number of common resident birds and is a good
place for photographers to get pictures of species such as Indian
Roller, Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, Coppersmith Barbet and
This park has a resident population of Small Minivets which
are usually quite confiding, making this one of the easiest
places to find this bird close to Bangkok. Red-billed Blue Magpie
can be found in the more wooded areas and on the un-manicured
islands in the lakes there are small colonies of Black-crowned
Night Herons, Little Egrets, Cattle Egrets and a few Little
Cormorants. Red-wattled Lapwings are very common breeding birds
and it is nice to watch them with their young in April to June.
However, in migratory periods, particularly autumn, the scruffy
corners of Phuttamonton Park play host to a number of interesting
passage migrants including Ferruginous Flycatcher, Siberian
Blue Robin, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Crow-billed Drongo and
Pale-legged Leaf Warbler. In fact for the keen and vigilant
almost anything could turn up on passage.
A checklist for the birds of this location can be found here
(Photo by Johan
If you need help organizing a bird watching trip to Thailand,
take a look at the suggested itineraries for ideas on
creating a tailor-made trip and contact me for advice:
|The most convenient
way of getting to Phuttamonton Park, as ever, is with ones own vehicle;
in fact without a vehicle birding around this vast park will be extremely
tiring. From central Bangkok one should drive towards the Grand Palace
and cross the Chao Praya river just north of the palace on the Pin
Klao bridge. Follow the main road heading towards Nakorn Pathom and
ascend the elevated highway. Continue on this road and follow and
eventually one begins to see blue signs for Phuttamonton Park. However,
at the turning for the park the signs vanish; one will see signs which
indicate Salaya to the north (right) and Pet Kasem Higway to the south
(left). Take the left and Suan Phuttamonton is on the right a few
hundred metres further down.
For those without their own transport taking a taxi would be the most
comfortable way to get to Phuttamonton, from downtown it probably
costs somewhere in the region of 250-300 baht but it might be worth
hiring the taxi for the morning so that you can be driven around the
park in comfort and get out when you see a likely birding spot. Phuttamonton
park is unlikely to be understood by taxi drivers, so try speaking
in Thai; Suan Phuttamonton (pronounced Soo-Wun Put-a-Mon-Ton) or print
the Thai script and show the driver: Suan
Phuttamonton Thai Script.
However, it is possible to get to the park by bus. From the southwest
corner of Victory Monument (there is a skytrain station there) there
are two air-conditioned buses, numbers 539 and 547 which go to Phuttamonton
Park, taking about 50 minutes to get there.
Do not be tempted to take a motorcycle taxi from the town centre to
Phuttamonton. the distance, traffic and lunacy of motorcycle taxi
drivers means that you will almost certainly have a bad accident.
Taking a bicycle with you to the park would be a great idea and would
be a really good way to go birding here.
good number of species have been recorded in Phuttamonton park but
it is in migratory periods, in Spring and Autumn, that one is most
likely to have a memorable birding experience with passage Flycatchers,
Leaf Warblers and Shrikes turning up during these times.
Phuttamonton is a huge park but most of it is highly manicured and
low in bird diversity. Look out for the less cultivated areas where
undergrowth has not been cut back and insect diversity is high. In
migratory periods passage migrants are abundant around bamboo which
harbours large numbers of aggressive mosquitos.
are a few places where certain species are likely to be seen in Phuttamonton
(Photo by Peter
Lawn: Not quite unmown but certainly very
irregularly mown and as such it attracts resident Paddyfield
Pipits and wintering Richard's Pipits and Yellow Wagtails.
Lake: Of all the lakes and pools at Phuttamonton
Park this one has the most overgrown surroundings and plays
host to a small colony of Black-crowned Night Herons. Small
numbers of Little Cormorants can always be found here along
with Cattle Egrets, Little Egrets and Pond Herons. On a couple
of occasions I have seen a pair of Lesser Whistling Ducks here
although the habitat is not exactly ideal for them.
Area 1: A small patch of trees where the
undergrowth is not cut back always seems to produce some birds
including Spotted Owlet, Drongos, Black-naped Oriole, Lineated
Barbet, Coppersmith Barbet with Flycatchers and Warblers on
Area 2: This is by far the most overgrown
and unkempt part of the park and it is worth sneaking around
in the undergrwoth here. Resident species include Asian Barred
Owlet, Green-billed Malkoha, Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, Red-billed
Blue Magpie and Lineated Barbet but on migration anything can
turn up here and in autumn it is particularly good for Pale-legged
An area of bamboo groves and open woodland is excellent for
passage migrants such as Yellow-rumped Flycatcher and Leaf Warblers
due to the high density of mosquitos. In the past Ferruginous
Flycatcher, Hainan Blue Flycatcher, Mugimaki Flycatcher, Pale-legged
Leaf Warbler and Asian Paradise Flycatcher have been seen here.
Plenty of resident species can be found here including the ever-present
Oriental Magpie Robin, Racket-tailed Treepie, Green-billed Malkoha,
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, Common Iora and Small Minivet.
Area 3: This area has some small, twisted
tress with long grass underneath; an area which is relatively
rich in insect life and consequently it attracts a few birds.
On passage migration Asian Brown Flycatcher, Eastern Crowned
Warbler and Arctic Warbler can be seen and winter visitors include
Yellow-browed Warbler, Brown Shrike and Taiga Flycatcher. A
few other common species occur here including Mynas, Common
Iora, Spotted Dove, Coppersmith Barbet, Olive-backed Sunbird,
Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker and Oriental Magpie Robin.
Restaurant, Phuttamonton Park
(Photo by Nick
Phuttamonton Park is in Nakorn Pathom province, it is easily
visited from Bangkok which obviously has an abundance of hotels:Bangkok
Hotel Reservations. If for any reason one gets
stuck in this area there are no doubt a few hotels in the surroundings;
failing that just pull up a park bench and sleep with the tramps!
The park is huge and many areas are quite some distance from
the few facilites available so it is a good idea to come armed
with cold water and some snacks to consume while birding in
the heat. However, a variety of snacks, drinks and simple meals
can be purchased at the restaurant which is close to the main
There are a number of clean public toilets dotted around the
park and for those who enjoy massed aerobics, anyone can join
in the sessions in the early morning near the giant standing
Buddha which is apparently the largest in the world.
in the park is a monastic library and a museum of Buddhism.
There is no charge to enter the park.
Other Central Thailand Birding Locations
Birds of the Bangkok Area
My Sunbirds in Bangkok
Migrants in Bangkok's Parks - posted on 08/04/14
Migration & Phuttamonton Park -
Bulbul - posted 14/09/08
Sunbird - posted 14/06/08
Park - posted 22/04/08
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