Overview

Our Southern Thailand: Rainforest Birding extension showcases the rich lowland forest ecosystem of peninsula Thailand, supporting many seldom-seen bird species. During this extension, we will be targeting a wonderful array of lowland forest specialities, including Blue-winged, Mangrove and Malayan Banded Pittas, Black Magpie, Red-crowned Barbet, and an assortment of colourful kingfishers and broadbills. The nocturnal birding here is also fabulous and we stand good chances of finding Oriental Bay Owl, Barred Eagle-Owl, Spotted and Brown Wood Owls, and Gould’s and Blyth’s Frogmouths. Furthermore, we will explore the nearby mangroves by boat and enjoy a day trip to the Similan Islands to find the brilliant Nicobar Pigeon, among other local specialities.

Tour Facts Top Birds
Malayan Banded & Mangrove Pittas, Banded, Brown-winged & Ruddy Kingfishers, Wallace’s Hawk-Eagle, Nicobar Pigeon, Banded, Green & Dusky Broadbills, Red-crowned Barbet, Oriental Bay Owl, Barred Eagle-Owl, Spotted & Brown Wood Owls, Gould’s & Blyth’s Frogmouths, Black-bellied Malkoha, Bushy-crested Hornbill, Scarlet-rumped Trogon, Crested Jay, Black Magpie, Large Wren-Babbler, Thick-billed Spiderhunter, Forest Wagtail, Chinese Egret
Top Mammals
White-handed Gibbon, Mouse Deer, Long-tailed Macaques, Flying Fox
Habitats Covered
lowland and montane rainforests, mangroves, wetlands, coastal mudflats
Expected Climate
generally hot and humid
Max Group Size
6 with 1 Rockjumper leader & local birding leader
Tour Pace & Walking
moderate pace, undemanding walking on forest trails
Accommodation
basic but comfortable
Ease of Birding
moderate with many challenging rainforest species
Number of Species Expected
200 - 250
Other Attractions
Pagodas and temples, great food, rainforests, Similan islands and coral reef snorkelling, friendly people
Photographic Opportunities
good
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I had a wonderful trip to Thailand with Forrest as our leader. Every aspect of the Rockjumper trip surpassed expectations. From the pre trip support, wonderful fellow trip participants, amazingly delicious food, our helpful and kind Thai drivers, and of course Forrest, who has to be the best guide out there. His energy, enthusiasm and knowledge, along with a patient and friendly demeanor makes him a joy to be with. Kudos to the Rockjumper organization and I look forward to taking part in a future tour.

As for the Tour itself, it was excellent – Andre Bernon is a super leader, not just an excellent birder but very good with all the trip details, dealing with problems, staff etc. nothing was too much trouble. He is a thoroughly good bloke into the bargain. A great asset.

In the field, Keith and the local “Zen Birding Master’’ Uthai were an unbeatable combination. Their knowledge, persistence and patience were greatly appreciated. They tried to make sure everyone got the birds and were willing to go to great lengths to do so. Both had a great sense of humour and were a pleasure to travel with.

I just want to say a big thank you to Alison and the Rockjumper team for an absolutely fantastic trip through Thailand recently. It was a thoroughly enjoyable and successful trip. Also, I must comment Nigel Redman, who is an exceptional guide, with a vast knowledge of birds (in Thailand and beyond), as well as a keen knowledge of recent taxonomic changes in Asian birds, and for his management of the trip and the group. Luckily for me, this was my first time birding in Asia, so I managed upwards of 330 lifers!

One of the best tours ever: great guides, beautiful country, friendly people, excellent group, lots of birds, good mammals, comfortable vans, tasteful (local) food, decent beers, and good accommodation.

Dates, Leaders and Pricing
2022 DEPARTURES
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