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Purple swamphens, Thale Noi, Phattalung
Photo: Purple swamphens, Thale Noi, Phattalung

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  • Some of the birds I have come across in Thailand

Thailand - Birds of Thailand

Introduction

I'm not a fanatical birdwatcher, but I enjoy observing (and photographing) birds if they are around. Thailand is home to many birds, both resident and migrant varieties. In the same way that humans from cold countries show up in Thailand during the cold winter months, so do birds.

Below is information regarding the species of bird, and also technical photography stuff for those who are interested in such things.

If I've mis-identified a bird (which is highly likely), please let me know. If I get enough photos I will start to categorise them, but for the moment they are just on one page.

The quality of some images may not be very good but I've included them on the basis that a bad image is better than no image at all. If I get better photos, I will replace the poor ones.

Click on the thumbnail images for a larger view in a pop-up window (needs Javascript enabled). This site is - and will always be - completely free of viruses and other malware.

Books

I started off with two simple books, one in English and one in Thai. The English one is titled: A Photographic Guide to Birds of Thailand by Michael Webster and Chew Yen Fook. They're OK but the information is basic and I had problems identifying juveniles.

I then bought Birds of Thailand by Craig Robson. This is a wonderful field guide and its value far outweighs the Bt695 purchase price that I paid for it in Thailand.

The information is a lot more detailed and the plates are superb, with illustrations for adult birds, juveniles, and adults in breeding plumage. If you have this book, I can't imagine that you would need any more.

It covers all species recorded in Thailand up to mid-February 2001, and therefore it is quite comprehensive.

Being located in the provinces, I haven't yet been able to lay my hands on anything by Philip Round. His work on Thai birds appears to be the reference to which all other authors work to.

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Black-crowned Night Heron - Click for larger image

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English name: Black-crowned Night Heron

Scientific name: Nycticorax nycticorax

Thai name: นกแขวก

Transliteration: Nok Kwairk

Location: Hat Yai, Songkhla

Camera: Canon 10D

Lens: Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS

Extender: No

Focal length: 300mm

ISO: 400

Shutter speed: 1/800

Aperture: f/4.0

Flash: No


Black-winged Stilt - Click for larger image

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English name: Black-winged Stilt

Scientific name: Himantopus himantopus

Thai name: นกตีนเทียน

Transliteration: Nok Dteen Tee-un

Location: Thale Noi, Phattalung

Camera: Canon 40D

Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS

Extender: No

Focal length: 200mm

ISO: 400

Shutter speed: 1/500

Aperture: f/5.6

Flash: No


Black-winged Stilt (juvenile) - Click for larger image

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English name: Black-winged Stilt (juvenile)

Scientific name: Himantopus himantopus

Thai name: นกตีนเทียน

Transliteration: Nok Dteen Tee-un

Location: Khu Khut Waterfowl Park, Songkhla

Camera: Canon 40D

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L

Extender: No

Focal length: 400mm

ISO: 400

Shutter speed: 1/1000

Aperture: f/5.6

Flash: No


Blue-tailed Bee-eater - Click for larger image

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English name: Blue-tailed Bee-eater

Scientific name: Merops philippinus

Thai name: นกจาบคาหัวเขียว

Transliteration: Nok Jaap Kaa Hua Kiaew

Location: Lampo, Songkhla province

Camera: Canon 40D

Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS

Extender: No

Focal length: 200mm

ISO: 200

Shutter speed: 1/1250

Aperture: f/8.0

Flash: No


Blue Whistling Thrush - Click for larger image

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English name: Blue Whistling Thrush

Scientific name: Myophonus caeruleus

Thai name: นกเอี้ยงถ้ำ

Transliteration: Nok Ee-ung Tum

Location: Krabi

Camera: Canon 40D

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L

Extender: No

Focal length: 400mm

ISO: 800

Shutter speed: 1/100

Aperture: f/5.6

Flash: Canon 550EX


Blue-winged Pitta - Click for larger image

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English name: Blue-winged Pitta

Scientific name: Pitta moluccensis

Thai name: นกแต้วแล้วสีน้ำเงิน

Transliteration: Nok Dtaiw Laiw See Naam Ngern

Location: Hat Yai, Songkhla

Camera: Canon 40D

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L

Extender: No

Focal length: 400mm

ISO: 400

Shutter speed: 1/250

Aperture: f/6.3

Flash: Canon 550EX


Brahminy Kite - Click for larger image

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English name: Brahminy Kite

Scientific name: Haliastur indus

Thai name: เหยี่ยวแดง

Transliteration: Yiaw Dairng

Location: Thale Noi, Phattalung

Camera: Canon 40D

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L

Extender: No

Focal length: 400mm

ISO: 200

Shutter speed: 1/1250

Aperture: f/5.6

Flash: No


Bronze-winged Jacana - Click for larger image

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English name: Bronze-winged Jacana

Scientific name: Metopidius indicus

Thai name: นกพริก

Transliteration: Nok Prik

Location: Thale Noi, Phattalung

Camera: Canon 40D

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L

Extender: No

Focal length: 400mm

ISO: 200

Shutter speed: 1/400

Aperture: f/10.0

Flash: No


Brown-throated Sunbird - Click for larger image

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English name: Brown-throated Sunbird (but not sure)

Scientific name: Anthreptes malacensis

Thai name: I don't know

Location: The western rim of Songkhla lake between Lum-bpum and Thale Noi, Phattalung Province

Camera: Canon 40D

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L

Extender: No

Focal length: 400mm

ISO: 500

Shutter speed: 1/1000

Aperture: f/5.6

Flash: No


Cattle Egret - Click for larger image

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English name: Cattle Egret

Scientific name: Bubulcus ibis

Thai name: นกยางควาย

Transliteration: Nok Yaang Kwaay

Location: Umper Meuang, Phattalung Province

Camera: Canon 10D

Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS

Extender: No

Focal length: 200mm

ISO: 200

Shutter speed: 1/1600

Aperture: f/8.0

Flash: No


Chinese Pond Heron - Click for larger image

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English name: Chinese Pond Heron

Scientific name: Ardeola bacchus

Thai name: นกยางกรอกพันธุ์จีน

Transliteration: Nok Yaang Grok Pun Jeen

Location: Thale Noi, Phattalung

Camera: Canon 40D

Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS

Extender: No

Focal length: 200mm

ISO: 200

Shutter speed: 1/800

Aperture: f/8.0

Flash: No


Coppersmith Barbet - Click for larger image

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English name: Coppersmith Barbet

Scientific name: Megalaima haemacephala

Thai name: นกตีทอง

Transliteration: Nok Dtee Tong

Location: Hat Yai, Songkhla

Camera: Canon 40D

Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS

Extender: No

Focal length: 200mm

ISO: 200

Shutter speed: 1/800

Aperture: f/6.3

Flash: No


Great Egret - Click for larger image

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English name: Great Egret

Scientific name: Casmerodius albus

Thai name: นกยางโทนใหญ่

Transliteration: Nok Yaang Tone Yai

Location: Thale Noi, Phattalung

Camera: Canon 40D

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L

Extender: No

Focal length: 400mm

ISO: 400

Shutter speed: 1/8000

Aperture: f/7.1

Flash: No


Greater Flameback - Click for larger image

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English name: Greater Flameback (but not sure - could be a Common or Black-rumped Flameback)

Scientific name: Chrysocolaptes lucidus

Thai name: นกทัวขวานสี่นิ้วหลังทอง

Transliteration: Nok Hua Kwaan Sii Niw Lung Tong

Location: The western rim of Songkhla lake between Lum-bpum and Thale Noi, Phattalung Province

Camera: Canon 40D

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L

Extender: No

Focal length: 400mm

ISO: 500

Shutter speed: 1/1600

Aperture: f/5.6

Flash: No


Indian Roller - Click for larger image

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English name: Indian Roller

Scientific name: Coracius benghalensis

Thai name: นกตะขาบทุ่ง

Transliteration: Nok Dta-kaap Tuung

Location: Lampo, Songkhla province

Camera: Canon 40D

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L

Extender: No

Focal length: 400mm

ISO: 500

Shutter speed: 1/2000

Aperture: f/5.6

Flash: No


Little Cormorant - Click for larger image

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English name: Little Cormorant

Scientific name: Phalacrocorax niger

Thai name: นกกาน้ำเล็ก

Transliteration: Nok Gaa Naam Lek

Location: Thale Noi, Phattalung

Camera: Canon 40D

Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS

Extender: No

Focal length: 200mm

ISO: 400

Shutter speed: 1/640

Aperture: f/5.6

Flash: No


Olive-backed Sunbird - Click for larger image

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English name: Olive-backed Sunbird

Scientific name: Nectarinia jugularis

Thai name: นกกินปลีอกเหลือง

Transliteration: Nok Gin Bplee Ok Leu-ung

Location: Thale Noi, Phattalung

Camera: Canon 40D

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L

Extender: No

Focal length: 400mm

ISO: 200

Shutter speed: 1/125

Aperture: f/5.6

Flash: No


Pacific Swallow - Click for larger image

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English name: Pacific Swallow

Scientific name: Hirundo tahitica

Thai name: นกนางแอ่นแปซิฟิค

Transliteration: Nok Naang Airn Bpair-Si-Fik

Location: Krabi

Camera: Canon 40D

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L

Extender: No

Focal length: 400mm

ISO: 200

Shutter speed: 1/250

Aperture: f/5.6

Flash: Canon 550EX


Purple Heron - Click for larger image

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English name: Purple Heron

Scientific name: Ardea purpurea

Thai name: นกกระสาแดง

Transliteration: Nok Gruh-saa Dairng

Location: Krabi

Camera: Canon 40D

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L

Extender: Canon EF 1.4x II

Focal length: 560mm

ISO: 200

Shutter speed: 1/500

Aperture: f/8.0

Flash: No


Purple Swamphen - Click for larger image

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English name: Purple Swamphen

Scientific name: Porphyrio porphyrio

Thai name: นกอีโก้ง

Transliteration: Nok Ee-gong

Location: Thale Noi, Phattalung

Camera: Canon 40D

Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS

Extender: No

Focal length: 200mm

ISO: 200

Shutter speed: 1/500

Aperture: f/8.0

Flash: No


Purple Swamphen chick - Click for larger image

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English name: Purple Swamphen (chick)

Scientific name: Porphyrio porphyrio

Thai name: นกอีโก้ง

Transliteration: Nok Ee-gong

Location: Thale Noi, Phattalung

Camera: Canon 40D

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L

Extender: No

Focal length: 400mm

ISO: 200

Shutter speed: 1/500

Aperture: f/5.6

Flash: No


Whiskered Tern - Click for larger image

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English name: Richard's Pipit

Scientific name: Anthus richardi

Thai name: I don't know

Location: Lampo, Songkhla province

Camera: Canon 40D

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L

Extender: No

Focal length: 400mm

ISO: 500

Shutter speed: 1/2000

Aperture: f/5.6

Flash: No


Whiskered Tern - Click for larger image

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English name: Whiskered Tern

Scientific name: Childonias hybridus

Thai name: นกนางนวลแกลบเคราขาว

Transliteration: Nok Naang Nuan Glairp Krao Kaaw

Location: Thale Noi, Phattalung

Camera: Canon 40D

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L

Extender: No

Focal length: 400mm

ISO: 200

Shutter speed: 1/1250

Aperture: f/5.6

Flash: No


White-throated Kingfisher - Click for larger image

White-throated Kingfisher - Click for larger image

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English name: White-throated Kingfisher

Scientific name: Halcyon smyrnensis

Thai name: นกกะเต็นอกขาว

Transliteration: Nok Guh-dten Ok Kaaw

Location: Hat Yai, Songkhla

Camera: Canon 40D

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L

Extender: No

Focal length: 400mm

ISO: 200

Shutter speed: 1/1000

Aperture: f/5.6

Flash: No


Yellow Bittern - Click for larger image

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English name: Yellow Bittern

Scientific name: Ixobrychus sinensis

Thai name: นกยางไฟหัวดำ

Transliteration: Nok Yaang Fai Hua Dum

Location: Thale Noi, Phattalung

Camera: Canon 40D

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L

Extender: No

Focal length: 400mm

ISO: 200

Shutter speed: 1/640

Aperture: f/5.6

Flash: No


Yellow-vented Bulbul - Click for larger image

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English name: Yellow-vented Bulbul

Scientific name: Pycnonotus golavier

Thai name: นกปรอดหน้านวล

Transliteration: Nok Bprot Naa Nuan

Location: Thale Noi, Phattalung

Camera: Canon 40D

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L

Extender: No

Focal length: 400mm

ISO: 400

Shutter speed: 1/500

Aperture: f/5.6

Flash: No

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