WEST BURMA (MYANMAR) TOUR
Burma's hermit-like existence in the latter half of the 20th century kept most of this fascinating country closed, so that the modern world hasn't intruded much on this somnolent slice of the past, ensuring that there are still lots of birds to be seen. We'll cover areas from near sea-level to about 10,000 ft. (3,000 m.) in a variety of habitat from the desert-like area around Pagan, to the deciduous forests and bamboo near Yangon (Rangoon) and the lower hills of West Burma to the evergreen forests of the higher hills. Our main site in West Burma will be Mt. Victoria which has some excellent habitat and the endemic White-browed Nuthatch. While not difficult physically, this trip does feature some quite rustic accommodation and basic food as there is little tourist infrastructure in West Burma.
We should see all 4 of Burma's endemic species: White-throated Babbler, Hooded Treepie, Burmese Bushlark and White-browed Nuthatch. Other interesting species are: Striped and Brown-capped Laughingthrushes, Streak-throated Barwing, Grey Sibia, Long-tailed Wren-Babbler, Red-faced Liocichla, Green Shrike-Babbler, Rusty-capped Fulvetta, Spot-breasted Parrotbill, Black-breasted Thrush, Black faced and Broad-billed Warblers, and Yellow-streaked Warbler. We could see: Indian Skimmer, White bellied Minivet, White-rumped Falcon, Pale-capped Pigeon, Black-headed Shrike-Babbler, etc. Join us for a terrific trip. Leader: Ben King.