Drove through Khao Yai and on reaching the far side of the park were greeted by a group of confiding Black-throated Laughingthrushes feeding close to our minibus. It was a little cool and windy but despite this we still managed to find a perched Mountain Imperial-Pigeon, several Barred Cuckoo-Doves and a Common Green Magpie. Birding lower down the road proved to be tricky as the forest was quiet, although several Orange-breasted Trogons showed extremely well, as did Heart-spotted Woodpecker, Dark-necked Tailorbird, Puff-throated Babbler, Blue-winged Leafbird, and a few Sulphur-breasted Warblers.
|Orange-breasted Trogon showed really well today...|
|A little too close for comfort....|
So we drove to a different section of forest and after getting a close encounter with an Asian Elephant, walked along a trail which was very good and birdy despite several groups of annoying tourists passing by. Best of all was a pair of Red-headed Trogons, followed by a flock of White-crested Laughingthrushes that also held White-browed Scimitar-Babbler and Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrush.
|Red-headed Trogon (male)|
Also here were Black-naped Monarch, more Sulphur-breasted Warblers, Claudia’s Warbler, and we had the first of two flyby glimpses of Wreathed Hornbill for the day. I love birding these forest trails!
After lunch we drove along the road looking for pheasants without any luck, although did get Chestnut-headed Bee-eater, Philippensis Blue Rock Thrush (a future split…) and a Richard’s Pipit.
|Blue Rock Thrush of the race philippensis|
So following this we birded around one of the campsites seeing Blue-eared Barbet, a pair of Orange-headed Thrushes, Abbott’s Babbler, Yellow-vented Flowerpecker, and both Yellow-browed and Two-barred Warblers.