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Area 6: Southern Thailand
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Southern Thailand has an increasingly Sundaic avifauna as one travels down the peninsula. In the past it was almost entirely covered in rainforest, but now this is restricted to the hill slopes with very little lowland forest remaining. There may be nowhere left in southern Thailand that has a complete lowland avifauna, but by visiting a number of sites many wonderful species can be found. The main attraction to the south used to be Gurney's Pitta but with now only 3 birds remaining sightings outside of the breeding season are almost nil.
1 Khao Pra Bang Khram (Khao Nor Chu Chi)

2 Krabi River

3 Hala-Bala Wildlife Sanctuary

4 Khao Sok National Park

5 Mu Ko Surin National Park

6 Mu Ko Similan National Park

7 Ko Phi Phi

8 Thalebun National Park

9 Hat Nopparat Thara

10 Laem Pakarang

11 Sri Phang Nga National Park

12 Satun Mangroves

13 Ao Phang Nga National Park

  • Bird list and map for Ko Pha Ngan
  • With many small patches of forest and a large number of seldom-visited national parks, Southern Thailand is an excellent place to explore and with some effort some very rare species may be found in "undiscovered" sites. Birders should be aware that independent travel in the three troubled provinces of Yala, Narathiwat and Pattani, where there are bombings and shootings daily, is extremely inadvisable; the remaining southern provinces are safe.

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