Birding in Thailand at Khao Sok National Park with PaddleAsia
Bird watching takes place in all sorts of environments. Some birders prefer walking through forests or jungles. Some birders fancy seeing birds in a beach atmosphere. One of the easiest and most productive ways to watch birds is from the comfort and convenience of a traditional kayak or canoe. It’s almost effortless to slip up close to birds in their natural habitat by a self-propelled kayak (canoe). Our Khao Sok birding tour is relax and very productive.
Most of our birding trips are on foot.
The bird watching in Thailand is outstanding! PaddleAsia offers several trips which include birding. Dave Williams, PaddleAsia’s birding specialist, is a fanatic birdwatcher. His enthusiasm for this wonderful pastime motivates non-birders as well as seasoned birders. Nipon "Tom" Pannoi and Ms. Games Punjapa are the lead Thai birding guides. Their wonderful personality combined with her keen eye will make your Thailand birdwatching trip truly memorably.
Did you realize that there have been more than 980 species of birds recorded in Thailand? Over 200 species of birds that have been recorded in Thailand’s mangrove forests! Close to 400 species of birds reside in or visit Khao Sok National Park. Hornbill sightings are actually common in Khao Sok! You're likely to see plenty of exotic tropical birds on our trips to Phang Nga bay trip where mangrove forests are common.
We can combine any of our destinations to give you a better chance of seeing more birds. One nice combination tour is Khao Sok and Phang Nga Province.
Our most popular trip however, is a Phuket Birding Day Trip. In spite of certain parts of the island being over-developed, there are still plenty of birds to be seen and the variety of habitat means you'll have a wonderful opportunity to maximize your species count.
Jewels of the South
If you are looking to maximize your species count, this is the way to do it.
Birding close to Phuket
There are many families of birds in Thailand, here are a couple of favorites:
Kingfishers - There are 86 species of kingfishers worldwide. Thailand has 15 species. Most of them have bright plumage.
Kingfishers typically perch in trees in an upright exposed posture. They often plunge-dive in the water for food. They eat fish, shrimp, other small aquatic animals, insects and occasionally small terrestrial animals such as lizards.
Some species, such as the White-throated kingfisher, inhabit inland areas. They’re commonly seen around rice fields looking for lizards, frogs, and insects. They’re absolutely stunning when the sunlight hits their beautiful shiny blue feathers.
Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher photo by Mr. Ian Dugdale
Hornbills - All of the hornbills found in Thailand are resident... they don't migrate.
These very primative birds are one of the most amazing birds in Thailand. You don't have to be a seasoned birder to appreciate these unique flying wonders of nature.
Hornbills are primarily frugivorous (fruit eaters) though they will take small reptiles, insects, and even other smaller birds during molting or when rearing young.
Hornbills make their nests in holes in trees. Dipterocarpus, massive straight-trunked trees, are a popular species for hornbills to build their nests. If you see hornbills, there is some nice jungle somewhere nearby.
The female seals herself in a hole using mud and droppings. This helps prevent predation. The male's role is that of a food provider. He will bring the female and their young food until the young are ready to leave their transitory home.
Close to 400 species of birds reside in or visit Khao Sok. Click here to see a list of birds you will possibly see on a PaddleAsia Khao Sok trip.
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