to all the people who answered my request to e-mail me with their
top three most wanted Thai species, I have now been able to compile
a top ten of the most sought-after bird species by visiting birdwatchers,
as well as a few resident foreigners.
Rare and colourful
species featured heavily in many people's lists, and a few "old
favourites" were expectedly popular. Although Pitta species
were widely listed, only one species actually featured in the top
ten - no prizes for guessing which one.
European birders it seems are particularly keen to find species
that occur as vagrants in Europe and although none of these actually
made it into the top ten, as there was a wide variety of personal
favourites, a number of Phylloscopus warblers and waders
species which almost made the top ten were Beautiful Nuthatch, Green
Cochoa, Purple Cochoa, Blue Pitta, Nicobar Pigeon and White-eyed
River Martin (it appears most birders are realistic about their
chances of finding this).
Here is the
top ten; each species has its own page, with the last first, counting
down to number one, just to build the suspense!.