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Bird List for Ko Pha Ngan
I get a lot of requests from people who are going to popular tourist destinations within Thailand asking me if there are any good birding locations nearby or what species they are likely to see around their resort.

Ko Pha Ngan is a frequently visited island off the east coast of Thailand, but one which is not usually visited for the purpose of birdwatching. However, I received a query about it from Ann Follows in December 2006 and having never visited the island I was only able to speculate upon which species she might encounter. The only record from the area I was able to locate was this one from Worldtwitch:
"30–40 Bridled Terns were reported on each of two rocky islets between Ko Phang-ngan and Ko Tao, Hin Bai (Surat Thani)and Hin Lak Ngarm (Chumphon) on 22 June."
Having returned from her trip, Ann has very kindly supplied me with a list of birds seen in the region around Chaloklum village, in the north of the island. I hope it might prove useful to others heading to Ko Pha Ngan.

A map of Ko Pha Ngan is also useful to have when planning your trip. - Nick Upton, 10th January 2007.
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Birds in the Chaloklum village area, 29th December 2006 - 28th January 2007

Taxonomy correct at the time of writing this article.
1. Chinese Pond Heron - Ardeola bacchus
2. Little Egret - Egretta garzetta
3. Pacific Reef Egret dark morph - Egretta sacra
4. Cattle Egret - Bubulcus ibis
5. Great Egret - Casmerodius albus
6. Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker - Dicaeum cruentatum
7. Common Myna - Acridotheres tristis
8. White throated Kingfisher - Halcyon smyrnensis
9. Common Kingfisher - Alcedo atthis
10. Greater Racket-tailed Drongo - Dicrurus paradiseus
11. Brahminy Kite - Haliastur indus
12. White-bellied Sea Eagle - Haliaeetus leucogaster
13. Chinese Sparrowhawk - Accipiter soloenis
14. Grey-faced Buzzard - Butastur indicus
15. Blue-throated Bee-eater - Merops viridis
16. Black-naped Oriole - Oriolus chinenis
17. Stripe-throated Bulbul - Pycnonotus finlaysoni
18. Red-whiskered Bulbul - Pycnonotus jocosus
19. Large-billed crow - Corvus macrorhynhos
20. Greater Coucal - Centropus sinensis
21. Pacific Swallow - Hirundo tabitica
22. House Swift - Apus affinis
23. Copper-throated Sunbird - Nectarinia calcostetha
24. Black-browed Reed Warbler - Acrocephalus bigistriceps
25. Grey Wagtail - Motachilla cinerea
26. Rock Pigeon - Columba livia
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