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Bird List for Ko Chang

Ko Chang is another one of those holiday islands that people e-mail me about, asking where they can watch birds and what they are likely to see. From my past experience of the island, it is quite difficult to get into the island's forested interior where, presumably, a number of forest birds can be found, although anywhere around the coast can turn up some interesting birds such as Collared Kingfisher, Brahminy Kite and White-bellied Sea Eagle.

A couple of forest species that I saw on Ko Chang back in 1998 were Hill Myna, Vernal Hanging Parrot, Ochraceous Bulbul and Crested Serpent Eagle but there really should be many more.

A couple of records for Ko Chang have appeared on Worldtwitch over the years:

"A Mountain Hawk Eagle was seen on Ko Chang during December 2002"

"Six Hill Mynas were seen, unusually, perched in a coconut palm on the beach at Ko Chang (Trat) on 25 July 2002"

However, after returning from his trip in November 2006, Ola Ejdren sent me his list of species seen on the island (mostly around the Klong Prao river mouth), which may be of interest to others heading to Ko Chang for a holiday.

A map of Ko Chang might prove helpful too. - Nick Upton, 7th April 2007.
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Birds on Ko Chang, 14th - 27th November 2006
1. Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)
2. Black-capped Kingfisher (Halcyon pileata)
3. Greater Coucal (Centropus sinensis)
4. Asian Koel (Eudynamys scolopacea)
5. Indian Roller (Coracias benghalensis)
6. Dollarbird (Eurystomus orientalis)
7. Vernal Hanging-parrot (Loriculus vernalis)
8. Himalayan Swiftlet (Collocalia brevirostris)
9. Asian Palm Swift (Cypsiurus balasensis)
10. Pacific (Fork-tailed) Swift (Apus pacificus)
11. House Swift (Apus affinis)
12. Brown-backed Needletail (Hirundapus giganteus)
13. Pink-necked Green Pigeon (Treron vernans)
14. Thick-billed Green Pigeon (Treron curvirostra)
15. Emerald Dove (Chalcophaps indica)
16. White-breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus)
17. Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus)
18. White-bellied Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)
19. Shikra (Accipter badius)
20. Crested Serpent Eagle (Spilornis cheela)
21. Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)
22. Great Egret (Casmerodius albus)
23. Intermediate Egret (Mesophoyx intermedia)
24. Pacific Reef Egret (Egretta sacra)
25. Chinese Pond Heron (Ardeola bacchus)
26. Little Heron (Butorides striatus)
27. Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus)
28. Ashy Drongo (Dicrurus leucophaeus)
29. Crow-billed Drongo (Dicrurus annectans)
30. Greater Racket-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus paradiseus)
31. Hair-crested (Spangled) Drongo (Dicrurus hottentottus)
32. Large-billed crow (Corvus macrorhynchos)
33. Black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis)
34. Pied Fantail (Rhipidura javanica)
35. Blue Rock Trush (Monticola solitarius)
36. Asian Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica)
37. Red-throated Flycatcher (Ficedula parva)
38. Oriental Magpie Robin (Copsychus saularis)
39.Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis)
40. Hill Myna (Gracula religiosa)
41. Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
42. Pacific Swallow (Hirundo tahitica)
43. Black-headed Bulbul (Pycnonotus atriceps)
44. Black-crested Bulbul (Pycnonotus melanicterus)
45. Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier)
46. Radde’s Warbler (Phylloscopus schwarzi)
47. Arctic Warbler (Phylloscopus borealis)
48. Striped Tit-babbler (Macronous gularis)
49. Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker (Dicaeum cruentatum)
50.Brown-throated Sunbird (Anthreptes malacensis)
51. Olive-backed Sunbird (Nectarinia jugularis)
52. Purple-throated Sunbird (Nectarinia sperata)
53. Crimson Sunbird (Aethopyga siparaja)
54. Grey Wagtail (Monticilla cinerea)
55. Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer Montanus)
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