New Birding Sites in Myanmar
New birding sites are increasing in Myanmar since tourism and conservation activities are increasing by conservationists, researchers and explorers. Bird watching tours contribute the local economy and conservation awareness. Therefore more and more new birding sites are welcoming your visit.
Kyaikhteeyoe Wildlife Sanctuary
Kyeikhteeyoe is located at Kyaikhto Township in Mon state in the northern part Tenasserim coast with elevation 1,100 m (3,609 ft) above sea level. It is about 140 miles away from Yangon. Kyeikhteeyoe is a popular pilgrimage and tourist attraction. It was proposed as wildlife sanctuary in 1998 and gazette in 2001 in order to conserve the fauna and flora of the surrounding of Kyeikhtiyoe Pagoda which is a National monument. The wildlife sanctuary was established to protect globally threatened species. And, it is the only opportunity to see White-headed Bulbul ( Hypsipetes thompsoni ).
Hpa-an in Karen State
Hpa-an is the capital of Kayin state which is located at the eastern bank of Thanlwin river, about 270 km east of Yangon. Zwekabin Mountain is an attractive place for visitors. It is famous among tourists for its stunning view and beautiful green nature. And, the natural Limestone Caves are highlights of the area. Delicious local foods can be offered at the night bazaar pleasant place of Kantharyar. The opportunity to spot over 70 bird species in the region with the highlight Stripe-throated Bulbul (Pycnonotus finlaysoni ) , Ruby-cheeked Sunbird ( Chalcoparia singalensis ) , Asian Golden Weaver (Ploceus hypoxanthus ) and Streaked Weaver (Ploceus manyar ) , Chestnut-tailed Starling (Sturnia malabarica ), Plaintive Cucukoo (Cacomantis merulinus ) , and Ayeyawady Bulbul (Pycnonotus blanfordi ). Beside, offering the best opportunity to see the region’s key species called Limestone Wren Babbler( Turdinus Crispifrons).
Bird watching in Rakhine Yoma ( Arkan Mountain Range )
Rakhine Yoma also known as Arakan Mountain is a tropical and subtropical moist broadleaf forest eco-region in western Myanmar between the coast of Rakhine State and Central Myanmar Basin. Therefore, the best opportunity to search dense forest birds such as Great Hornbills, Hill Mynas and six different Myanmar endemic species and other highlight species of low land areas. Besides, its virgin tourist destination and unspoiled tradition of native people. A few hour drive from Bagan and easy to access to Natmataung(Chin Hills) too.