Premier Myanmar Birding Tour

Premier Myanmar Birding Tour SST BIR 01 ( 14-Days/13-Nights )

14 days Premier Myanmar Birding Tour to South Myanmar, Central Myanmar, Chin Hills (Mt. Victoria) and East Myanmar (Shan State). For viewing all of Myanmar’s endemic bird species, some near-endemics and many other specialty bird species. Expect to see more than 350 species of bird. Explore and study to Dry Zone Eco System and Natural environment in Myanmar. Studying the ecology  included the Wetland and Wildlife Sanctuaries.

Jerdon's Minivet ( Pericrocotus albifrons)
Jerdon’sb Minivet (Pericrocotusalbifrons)

Itinerary

Day 1: Yangon (Myanmar) arrival day, Transfer and check in the hotel for one night stay.

Day 2:  Birding to Hlawgar Wildlife park by car. Premier Myanmar Birding Tour will start to Hlawga Wildlife Park is one of the best place for birding near Yangon. And The area of Hlawga Natural Park is 1540 acres, comprising of 818 acres of Wildlife Park, 62 acres of mini-zoo and 660 acres of buffer zone. It is the type of lowland evergreen rain, semi-evergreen, mixed deciduous and swamp forest types. Hlawgar Natural Park is the different varies of wildlife habitat, and recorded in 192 species of birds. The highlight species are Pale-eyed Bulbul ((Pyconontus davisoni), Racket-tailed Treepie (Crypsirina temia), Pale-capped Pigeon (Columba punicea), Ayeyawady Bulbul (Pynonotus blanfordi).

Day 3: Yangon – Bagan by flight and birding in Bagan
Early in the morning, we will take a short flight to Bagan (formally Pagan)Bagan ( Dry Zone )  is an ancient city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the Mandalay Region of Myanmar. The city was the capital of Pagan Kingdom from the 9th to 13 centuries. During the kingdom’s high between the 11th and 13th centuries, 4,446 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries were constructed in the Bagan plains alone, of which the remains of 2,217 temples and pagodas still survive to the present day. It is also famous for endemic birding sites in Myanmar. There are six endemic species can be found in Bagan: White-throated Babbler (Turdoides gularis), Hooded Treepie (Cypsirina cucullata), Jerdon’s Minivet (Pericrocotus albifrons), Burmese Collared-dove(Streptopelia xanthocycla),Burmese Bushlark (Mirafra microptera) and Burmese Prinia (Prinia cooki).

In the afternoon we will be birding by wooden boat along the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) River. Looking for White-tailed Stonechat( Saxicola leucurus), Sand Lark ( Calandrella raytal), Striated Babbler ( Turdoides earlei) and other birds. Overnight in Bagan.

Day 4: Bagan
Premier Myanmar Birding Tour, Second day birding the whole day in and around Bagan.  Endemic birds, near-endemic birds and other birds over one hundreds. Overnight in Bagan.

Burmese Bushlark (Mirafra microptera)
Burmese Bushlark(Miraframicroptera)

Day 5: Bagan – Mt. Victoria (Natmataung) National Park by car

In the early morning, we will drive south and across the Ayeyarwady River by car, Bagan to Kanpetlet Town Includes Birding through Variety of Habitats and Nagabwet Forest Reserve In these dry forests, one of our particular targets will be the scarce and habitat-specific White-rumped Falcon. We are also likely to encounter Crested Serpent-Eagle, Rufous-bellied Hawk-Eagle and Asian Barred Owlet. We should have a nice selection of woodpeckers today, including the rare and elusive Pale-headed Woodpecker and the impressive White-bellied Woodpeker, and Himalayan Flameback  and other Mountain birds.In the late afternoon we will arrive at Mountain Oasis Resort, on the lower slope of Mt. Victoria and overnight.

Days 6, 7, 8: Mt. Victoria (Natmataung) National Park
We will be birding Three full days at Mt. Victoria (Natmataung National Park) is the highest mountain in the Chin State of western Burma. Located in three townships – Kanpatlet, Mindat and Matupi, Mount Victoria is a part of the Chin Hills range.  The peak is unique for the presence of trees, bushes and grass, which have adapted to the environment. Although illegal was picked, epiphytes still cover older trees namely Coelogyne, Dendrobium, Cymbidium plants and Rhododendron arboretum flowers (along roads during the dry season) can be seen. On the way towards the top you will pass pine trees (Pinus kesiva), Benguet pine or three-needled pine. With a heigh of 3,053 m (10,016 ft) above sea level and a prominence of 2,231 m (7,320 ft) ,Nat Ma Taung is one of the ultra prominent peaks of Southeast Asia. Many near-endemic species and the two endemic called The White-browed Nuthatch (Sitta victoriae) and Burmese Tit or Burmese Bushtit (Aegithalos sharpei) are the birds endemic to this mountain range. Other highlight species are Chin Hills Wren-babbler (Spelaeornis oatesi), Mt.Victoria Babax (Babax woodi). Mt Victoria (Namataung) is one of the best places birding spot in Myanmar. We can see over 170 bird species.

Day 9: Mt. Victoria (Natmataung National Park) – Bagan by car
Morning, return to Bagan for one night stay. Birding stops en-route. Overnight in Bagan.

Day 10: Bagan – Kalaw by flight and  by car
Today we will take a short flight to Heho and make a short drive to Kalaw.

Kalaw is a hill in the Shan State of Myanmar. It is located in Kalaw Township in Taunggyi District. The town was famous for hiking, bird watching and trekking – many trekking trails ranging from nearby places. The hill station is located at an elevation of 1310 m from the Inle Lake. The town was popular with the British during the colonial rule. The town is cool and a good place for birding amid pines, secondary growth and mountain scenery. There are 180 bird species habitat in the mountain range of pine hill. The high light species are Burmese Yuhina ( Yuhina humilis ),Dark-backed Sibia (Heterophasia melanoleuca) and Spectacled Barwing (Actinodura ramsayi). Birding stops en-route. Overnight will be at hotel in Kalaw.

Day 11: Kalaw
Premier Myanmar Birding Tour is starting. After a short drive to evergreen forest area where birding the whole day here. Overnight in Kalaw.

Day 12: Kalaw – Inle Lake by car
We will drive a shot distant to Nyaung Shwe and then make boat ride and birding on Inle Lake.

Inle Lake , a freshwater lake located in the Nyaungshwe Township of Taunggyi District of Shan State, part of Shan Hills in Myanmar (Burma). It is the second largest lake in Myanmar with an estimated surface area of 44.9 square miles (116 km2), and one of the highest at an elevation of 2,900 feet (880 m). Inle Lake is famous for the floating vegetation, scenic beauty and the unique leg-rowing of the Inthas. Although the lake is not large, it contains a number of endemic species. There are 247 species of birds, over 20 species of snails and 9 species of fish in the Inle natural Lake. The highlight species of Inle Lake are Jerdon’s Bushchat (Saxicola jerdono), Collared Myna ( Acridotheres albocinctus), Chinese Grassbird (Graminicola striatus) and other water birds. Overnight on Inle Lake.

Day 13: Inle Lake – Yangon
We have a final morning birding on Inle Lake and drive to Heho for flight to Yangon. Overnight in Yangon.

Day 14: Departure
City tour or visit to famous Shwedagon Pagoda, the city’s primary Landmark, with its magnificent golden stupa. Transfer to Yangon international airport for the departure flight at your flight time.

Group Size: Minimum 2- Maximum 10