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Birding in Chiangmai Thailand

The Centre of the Universe is ideally located for bird lovers visiting Chiangmai. We are 3 kilometres from Huay Tong Tao, a National Park, where over 250 bird species have been sighted around the lake. Doi Suthep National Park is about 10 kilometres away, and Doi Inthanon, the highest point in Thailand and world famous for its bird-life, is easily accessible by private car. The scenery on the way to Doi Inthanon is stunning and makes for an enjoyable day-trip.

The following 53 species of birds (and counting!) have been sighted in and around our gardens and swimming pool Chiangmai. If you are a birding enthusiast, stay with us and we will help you book transport and/or provide maps and directions to local birding sites. 

Alternatively, we can help you to engage the services of a local Thai/English speaking guide.  In the high season November - February, when the number of indigenous species is swelled by the arrival of many migrant birds (and birders!), finding a guide at short notice is not easy and early booking is advised.

Please contact us for further details at info@therealcentreoftheuniverse.com

Bird checklist
Scientific name
  Ashy Wood-Swallow Artemus fuscus  
  Asian Barred Owlet Glaucidium cuculoides  
  Asian Palm-Swift Cypsiurus balasiensis  
  Banded Bay Cuckoo Cacomantis sonnerati  
  Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica  
  Black Drongo Dicrurus macrocercus  
  Black-capped Kingfisher Halcyon pileata  
  Black-collared Starling Sturnus nigricollis  
  Blue-bearded Bee-eater Nictyornis athertoni  
  Blue-tailed Bee-eater Merops philippinus  
  Brown Prinia Prinia polychroa  
  Brown Shrike Lanius cristatus  
  Chestnut-tailed Starling Sturnus malabaricus  
  Chinese Pond-Heron Ardeola bacchus  
  Common Iora Aegithina tiphia  
  Common Koel Eudynamys scolopacea  
  Common Mynah Acridotheres tristis  
  Common Tailorbird Orthotomus sutorius  
  Coppersmith Barbet Megalaima haemacephala  
  Eurasian Jay Garrulus glandarius  
  Greater Coucal Centropus sinensis  
  Greater Racket-tailed Drongo Dicrurus paradiseus  
  Green Bee-eater Merops orientalis  
  Green-billed Malkoha Phaenicophaeus tristis  
  Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea  
  Grey-breasted Prinia Prinia hodgsonii  
  Grey-eyed Bulbul Hypsipetes propinquus  
  Hoopoe Upupa epops  
  House Swift Apus affinis  
  Indian Roller Coracias benghalensis  
  Large-billed Crow Corvus macrorhynchos  
  Lesser Coucal Centropus bengalensis  
  Lineated Barbet Megalaima lineata  
  Olive-backed Sunbird Nectarina jugularis  
  Oriental Magpie-Robin Copsychus saularis  
  Purple Sunbird Nectarina asiatica  
  Red-throated Flycatcher Ficedula parva  
  Red-whiskered Bulbul Pycnonotus jocosus  
  Scaly-breasted Munia Lonchura punctulata  
  Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker Dicaeum cruentatum  
  Shikra Accipiter badius  
  Sooty-headed Bulbul Pycnonotus aurigaster  
  Spotted Dove Streptopelia chinensis  
  Streak-eared Bulbul Pycnonotus blanfordi  
  Tree Sparrow Passer montanus  
  White Wagtail Motacilla alba  
  White-breasted Waterhen Amaurornis phoenicurus  
  White-rumped Shama Copsychus malabaricus  
  White-throated Kingfisher Halcyon smyrnensis  
  White-vented Mynah Acridotheres javanicus  
  Crested Treeswift Hemiprocne coronata  
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