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Re: Birds of Thailand

Post by dtaai-maai » Mon Apr 30, 2012 6:57 pm

Don't complain about their absence - horrible creatures.
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Re: Birds of Thailand

Post by Takiap » Tue May 01, 2012 7:08 am

prcscct wrote:What's up with seagulls here...or the lack of them? Everywhere I've ever lived near the sea they were in abundance. Is the coastal small fish supply so depleted here that there isn't enough food for them? Pete :cheers:

I would imagine so Pete. May also explain why you never seem to have any shark sightings or shark attacks either.


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Re: Birds of Thailand

Post by hhfarang » Tue May 01, 2012 9:54 am

A strange bird happening at my home this morning. There is a bird (or more, only seen one at a time) that lives in our garden and surrounding empty lots that the Mrs. calls a Kapook. It's a large bird that, when sitting, resembles a raven, but when flying has reddish rust colored wings and is very beautiful. I think they must be kin to pheasants or peacocks or some other large birds that don't fly well for long distances as I've only seen them in flight two or three meters off the ground and for short distances.

Anyway, we open our front door in the mornings to let in some fresh air. I was sitting here in the office and heard a banging noise in the house and went to investigate. A large Kapook had come in the front door and made his way to the dining room in the back corner of the house and was banging against a window to try to escape. Thank Buddha the dogs were asleep and closed in the laundry room or the poor bird would no longer be with us and there would have no doubt been scratched furniture, torn curtains and a mess to clean up.

I opened the back (double) door nearest the animal and with my wife's help managed to herd it outside. It was quite a bit of excitement for us and the bird for a few minutes...
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Re: Birds of Thailand

Post by barrys » Tue May 01, 2012 10:00 am

One of these perhaps?

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Re: Birds of Thailand

Post by hhfarang » Tue May 01, 2012 10:06 am

That's the one Barry!
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Post by Big Boy » Tue May 01, 2012 1:39 pm

Lovely looking bird - I've seen one a couple of times in the jungle that is outside of our back door.
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Re: Birds of Thailand

Post by barrys » Wed May 02, 2012 12:52 am

They are quite common around the Pranburi river - member of the cuckoo family

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Re: Birds of Thailand

Post by barrys » Thu May 03, 2012 9:46 pm

For those of you who are interested, we have a wildlife page on our website showing pics and names of the species of birds we have seen so far around the Pranburi River/Paknampran area.

www.huahincruises.com, point cursor at Gallery and then click on Wildlife

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Re: Birds of Thailand

Post by moja » Thu May 03, 2012 10:26 pm

They are sometimes called Monkey Birds because their call is at times similar to a Monkey. They seem to be the most ungraceful birds around and are forever crash landing onto something.

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Re: Birds of Thailand

Post by buksida » Wed May 16, 2012 9:19 am

This article has been doing the rounds recently: http://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/internati ... tweet-life

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Re: Birds of Thailand

Post by Super Joe » Fri Jun 22, 2012 9:49 am

Not a very cheerful story obviously, but thought the bird enthusiasts among us might appreciate a close up of this stunning bird... a 'Mangrove Pitta'... from what I can make out after a few searches. Not sure what is was doing down Soi 94 looking at it's normal habitat, but it was another case of flying into a window or whatever, for which most seem to come two and fly off again, unfortunately this little fella never came round.

The photo (lack of) quality & dull colours etc, do not at all do it justice...
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Re: Birds of Thailand

Post by tijeigrin » Fri Jun 22, 2012 7:41 pm

So, when and where is the next bird-watchers' expedition?

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Re: Birds of Thailand

Post by Vital Spark » Fri Jun 22, 2012 8:21 pm

What a beautiful little bird SJ - and a pretty good photograph. I've never seen one of these in Thailand.

I've just consulted my 'bird bible' and found out that the Mangrove Pitta looks very similar to the Blue-winged Pitta. It's more likely to be the Blue-winged Pitta as Hua Hin is on their migratory route, and, apparently, they are common in the wet season. Sort of fits in. The Mangrove Pitta is far less common and tends to restrict itself to mangroves.

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Re: Birds of Thailand

Post by PeteC » Sat Jun 23, 2012 8:06 am

See the bird in the second photo on post #1, Page #1. A pair made a nest in a small crevice at the top of a support pole on our sala. Very clean birds, no poop at all on sala floor or furniture. BUT....once the egg hatches (two nests this season and only one egg each for this species) and they start feeding the chick all hell breaks loose. Below photo is only of the shallow end of the pool, the deep end was filled the same, and this was only deposits from one day! :shock: Don't let these guys settle in if near a pool unless you're very fond of vacuuming every day. :roll: Pete :cheers:
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Re: Birds of Thailand

Post by dtaai-maai » Sat Jun 23, 2012 9:25 am

Vital Spark wrote:What a beautiful little bird SJ - and a pretty good photograph. I've never seen one of these in Thailand.

I've just consulted my 'bird bible' and found out that the Mangrove Pitta looks very similar to the Blue-winged Pitta. It's more likely to be the Blue-winged Pitta as Hua Hin is on their migratory route, and, apparently, they are common in the wet season. Sort of fits in. The Mangrove Pitta is far less common and tends to restrict itself to mangroves.

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Well spotted, VS. Comparing the two on Google, you can eventually see that the mangrove pitta has more green on wings and back, while the blue-winged pitta has more blue and black.
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