PLANNING YOUR BIRDING HOLIDAYS IN THAILAND

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THAILAND

Thailand situated in South-east Asia, the Indo-Chinese peninsula of the Oriental Region and has been described as a “zoogeographic crossroads”. Thecountry’s avifauna comprises Sino-Himalayan, Indo-Burmese, Indo-Chinese and Sundaic elements and large number of migrant visitiors from the Palearctic Region. There are approximately 996 (BCST – Nov 2008) species at present or 10% of the world species are recorded in Thailand.

PLANNING YOUR BIRDING HOLIDAYS IN THAILAND

TO COVER AREAS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY ; Central, North, North-east, South-west, South

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December – February : Best period of the year as resident species are joined by winter visitors from northern Palearctic. The weather is reliably cool, with no rain. It’s also a high season for general tourism, accommodation and the tour organizing may be a problem if not booked well in advance.

March – May : Second best period as resident species start calling, breeding and are easy to see, while winter visitors are still present in the country. The weather is getting hotter by the month and some rain in May. April-May is good time for the spring (return) passage.
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June – August : Rainy season, with most residents breeding. The migration is largely over. Still good time for birding especially the difficult species. An ideal to stay longer to explore the country when it is beautiful.

September – November : Rainy season continues through September-October but no comes to fairly abrupt halt in Nov. September-October is a good period to observe autumn passage, particulary of waders, raptors and some passerines. The weather is getting cooler in November.