Tuesday 28 February 2023

Southern Vietnam - February 2023 : Part 4

Day 9:

This was our final morning of birding with Tien, and one last morning inside Cat Tien National Park before heading back to Ho Chi Minh City. Half of the group decided to give the Germain's Peacock Pheasant another try, while the other half decided to bird with Tien outside to hopefully get some more species onto our trip list. Our day started with not birds, but a group of Buff-cheeked Gibbons right at the park HQ! The family group showed well, the females were golden coloured, while males were black with buffish cheeks. Their calls were immensely loud and could be heard from very far away.

Buff-cheeked Gibbon - mother with young

Buff-cheeked Gibbon - male

While the other group headed into the bird hide, the rest of us walk north along the main road, there are more large trees on this side, therefore better chance for birds such as woodpeckers. The first woodpecker we saw was a pair of Greater Flamebacks. I later even spotted a Great Slaty Woodpecker! But that one got away too quickly for a photo.

Greater Flameback

One of my main target was the Golden-crested Myna that Captain saw on the previous day, but all we found were Hill Mynas. An Oriental Pied Hornbill showed briefly.

Hill Myna

Oriental Pied Hornbill

Dollarbirds were pretty common here and we saw a few perched high up, other birds that were seen by scanning the tree tops were Thick-billed Green Pigeons and Black-hooded Orioles. An Indian Cuckoo was also spotted by Tien.


Thick-billed Green Pigeon - male

Black-hooded Oriole

Indian Cuckoo

An Asian Brown Flycatcher was spotted hawking for insects from the overhead cables. While an Ashy Drongo of race leucogensis was spotted above, this race is less common here in Vietnam. A Rufescent Prinia showed briefly by the side of the road.

Asian Brown Flycatcher

Ashy Drongo - leucogensis

Rufescent Prinia

Further along we found a bird wave with numerous Great Ioras, a few came very close. Swinhoe's Minivets were in no short supply, while we finally got some good views of Grey-faced Tit-Babblers. A Purple-naped Sunbird was a nice addition to our trip list.

Great Iora
Swinhoe's Minivet

Grey-faced Tit-Babbler

Purple-naped Sunbird

A juvenile Shikra sat up on the tree was the only raptor we got in the morning. A big flock of Silver-backed Needletails plus a few Brown-backed Needletails came through was the perfect birds to end our morning session at Cat Tien! Whats better, was that we heard the other group finally got great views of the Germain's Peacock Pheasant! While I would have loved to see it one more time, I was quite happy with my encounter with this species, so maybe next time I will get more time to enjoy this species.


Silver-backed Needletail

We packed our stuff and took the boat back to the other side of the river. After that it was another long drive back to Ho Chi Minh City, it was nearly 4pm by the time we got to our hotel! That evening we met with Captain's cousin who lives in Vietnam for dinner, he treated us to dinner at a Chinese restaurant.

Dong Nai River

Happy birders!

Day 10:

We left one and a half day of our trip as a bit of a city tour, but as birders we of course jumped on any opportunity in birding. Having looked on various eBird birding hotspots around Ho Chi Minh City, it was obvious that the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden was the most obvious choice. The bird list here boasts common garden birds such as Coppersmith Barbets to incredible waterbirds such as White Ibis! With an interesting checklist we decided to check it out in the morning. There was a running event that morning, therefore the park entrance was completely packed!

Entrance of Saigon Zoo & Botanical Garden

Saigon Zoo & Botanical Garden opened in 1869, making it one of the oldest continually operating zoo in the world. once we got into the park and gone to quieter areas, we started seeing a few birds, the first being quite a nice find in form of a few Blossom-headed Parakeets! This was the only time we saw this species on this trip. A Taiga Flycatcher was also seen. A confiding Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker showed well.

Blossom-headed Parakeet

Taiga Flycatcher

Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker - male

We got to one of the small pond, here we added Golden-bellied Gerygone, which turns out to be a pretty common species here. A flock of White-crested Laughingthrushes came through, which provided plenty of good opportunities. Ashy Tailorbirds was another nice common bird to see.

Golden-bellied Gerygone

White-crested Laughingthrush

Ashy Tailorbird

Lesser Adjudants were seen by the pond, we first thought these were wild birds, as none of them had any rings or tags on their legs, but soon we saw that they had clipped wings...Swinhoe's Minivets as well as Verditer Flycatchers were added nearby. Spotted Doves as well were certainly wild birds.

Lesser Adjutant - captive individual

Swinhoe's Minivet - male

Verditer Flycatcher - female

Spotted Dove

While I was slightly baffled by why those birds did not have tags on their legs, my question was answered quickly going past the Silver Langur cage, this out of date cage was clearly in need of some maintenance, as the Langurs can literally come in and out of the enclosure freely! Therefore, I am simply not surprise by the lack of efforts given to tagging and recording all the birds they have in the park.

Things got stranger as we got to the main lotus pond, here hundreds of Black-crowned Night Herons roosted, these were able to fly, so no doubt these are wild. But, there were also a lot of other waterbirds present, again without tags. Painted Storks, White Ibis and Grey-headed Swamphens just to name a few. While the White Ibis never spread its wings for me to see, I saw the clipped wings on the Painted Storks, therefore I can safely assume the White Ibis are not wild.

Black-crowned Night Heron

Black-crowned Night Heron & captive Painted Stork

White Ibis - captive individual

But, the reason why all this was even more baffling was that there WERE Lesser Adjutants with no tags, and wings not clipped! These were free flying birds that literally flew and walked around everywhere, my theory is that maybe, just maybe, some wild Lesser Adjutants were attracted to the captive individuals inside the cages or in the area, and just decided to take up roost here? Lesser Adjutants are not rare birds in the Vietnam, as we saw several throughout the trip. So, I am afraid I have no real answer to whether these are genuine wild birds or not, but certainly some interesting birds to see up close.

Lesser Adjutant - free flying individuals, maybe from wild stock?

The park got crowded pretty quickly, along an area with less visitors we found more birds, mainly Red-breasted Parakeets. This species is very common in Ho Chi Minh City, it is not unusual to see these colourful parakeets just flying around occasionally.

Red-breasted Parakeet - male

Red-breasted Parakeet - female

There were also more Swinhoe's Minivets. Streak-eared Bulbuls were also pretty common. I noticed some flowering orchids up in the trees, turns out these are Rhynchostylis gigantea

Swinhoe's Minivet

Streak-eared Bulbul

Rhynchostylis gigantea

We noticed quite a few Coppersmith Barbets, including an interesting looking juvenile. Later we also saw an adult seemingly excavating a hole on a stump, perhaps in the process of making a nest?

Coppersmith Barbet - adult

Coppersmith Barbet - juvenile

Coppersmith Barbet - excavating a nest hole

Finally, a few Shikras came through, first seen circling above, but later we spotted a female perched high up, which gave fairly good views before it flew away.

Shikra - male

Shikra - female

The rest of the day we spent doing touristy things, including visiting the various markets, as well as buying some Vietnamese coffee beans from a cafe, the coffee culture here is huge and coffee is served sweet, either with sugar or with condensed milk, but the sweetness does goes very well with the famous robusta beans that are very deep roasted and packs quite the punch!

Day 11:

For our final morning we visited Tao Dan Park in down town, as a former French colony, the city is dotted with many nice parks with large trees, these parks provide some shelter for birds, although most of these parks have very little under and lower storey of trees, therefore birds here tend to be quite high up. Here, I finally took the chance to photograph common species such as Zebra Doves and the hundreds of Germain's Swiftlets that got mostly ignored throughout the trip.

Zebra Dove

Germain's Swiftlet - the most common bird in Vietnam

Flocks of Red-breasted Parakeets flew past, although none were seen up close like those the day before. In the trees above we added Black-winged Cuckooshrikes, Black-naped Monarch and Black-naped Orioles.

Red-breasted Parakeet

Black-winged Cuckooshrike

Black-naped Monarch - male

Black-naped Oriole

A few Shikras circled above to end our birding trip in Ho Chi Minh City. We got back to our hotel by mid-morning and checked out. We spent the rest of our day exploring the city and headed to the airport in the afternoon where we took the evening flight back to Hong Kong.



My overall birding experience in Vietnam was very positive, there are a lot of interesting endemics here that will certainly entice me to return, while the overall density of bird is not really high, the quality is more than enough to make up for it. Over really just 10 days of birding the group recorded 255 species of birds collectively, considering the limited habitats that we visited I thought this was quite a decent list. Personally I had 28 lifers, as I've seen many species previously in Northern Thailand and Cambodia, but there were quite a few endemic subspecies that may split in the near future.

Our bird guides Tien and Duc from VietBird Ltd (https://vietbirdtours.com/) were excellent, they had very good knowledge of the local birds and their calls, the trip was overall very well planned and they were happy to cater for our needs throughout the trip. They were also able to get us most of our target species within a very limited time limit, I highly recommend anyone going to Vietnam to go with their company.

Travelling within Ho Chi Minh City was overall quite easy, we mainly used the app Grab (works the same as Uber) to call for cars, while the price may fluctuate due to heavier traffic, you were able to confirm the price of the trip before you even get in the car, which minimize the chances of getting scammed. But that being said, Vietnamese are friendly people, we felt very safe while we were out, even walking around the city at night.

On hindsight, I think we should have added one more day of birding with Tien at Cat Tien National Park, as we simply didn't have enough time to do this amazing hotspot any justice! Birding within Ho Chi Minh City is very limited, unlike some other large cities in South East Asia there are very limited habitats within the city limits, still it was interesting to explore the city as well as some of the birdlife that resides in the urban areas.

Great thanks to Captain for helping with organizing this trip and all the members of the group for the great company throughout this trip.

Trip List:

NameScientific NameRemarks
1Rufous-throated PartridgeArborophila rufogularisSeen at Da Lat
2Bar-backed PartridgeArborophila brunneopectusHeard at Deo Nui San Pass
3Orange-necked PartridgeArborophila davidiAt Tan Phu Forest bird hide
4Siamese FirebackLophura diardiAt Tan Phu Forest and Cat Tien bird hide
5Green PeafowlPavo muticusCat Tien National Park
6Scaly-breasted PartridgeTropicoperdix chloropusCat Tien National Park
7Germain's Peacock-PheasantPolyplectron germainiFew seen and many heard at Cat Tien
8Red JunglefowlGallus gallusTan Pu Forest & Cat Tien
9Rock DoveColumba livia
10Red Collared DoveStreptopelia tranquebarica
11Spotted DoveSpilopelia chinensis
12Barred Cuckoo-DoveMacropygia unchallA few seen flying at Da Lat
13Asian Emerald DoveChalcophaps indica
14Zebra DoveGeopelia striata
15Thick-billed Green-PigeonTreron curvirostra
16Pin-tailed Green-PigeonTreron apicaudaTwo seen flying at Deo Nui San Pass
17Mountain Imperial-PigeonDucula badiaMany seen flying at Da Lat
18Greater CoucalCentropus sinensis
19Lesser CoucalCentropus bengalensis
20Green-billed MalkohaPhaenicophaeus tristis
21Asian KoelEudynamys scolopaceus
22Banded Bay CuckooCacomantis sonneratiiMany heard
23Plaintive CuckooCacomantis merulinus
24Square-tailed Drongo-CuckooSurniculus lugubris
25Indian CuckooCuculus micropterus
26Great Eared-NightjarLyncornis macrotisMany seen at Cat Tien
27Grey NightjarCaprimulgus jotakaHeard at Da Lat
28Large-tailed NightjarCaprimulgus macrurusMany seen at Cat Tien
29Silver-backed NeedletailHirundapus cochinchinensis
30Brown-backed NeedletailHirundapus giganteus
31Germain's SwiftletAerodramus germani
32House SwiftApus nipalensis
33Crested TreeswiftHemiprocne coronataOne seen at Tan Phu Forest
34Common MoorhenGallinula chloropus
35White-breasted WaterhenAmaurornis phoenicurus
36Slaty-legged CrakeRallina eurizonoidesOne seen at Cat Tien bird hide
37Ruddy-breasted CrakeZapornia fuscaOne seen at Cat Tien bird hide
38Red-wattled LapwingVanellus indicus
39Asian Woolly-necked StorkCiconia episcopusOne seen flying at Cat Tien
40Lesser AdjutantLeptoptilos javanicus
41Little CormorantMicrocarbo niger
42Great White EgretArdea alba
43Little EgretEgretta garzetta
44Cattle EgretBubulcus ibis
45Chinese Pond HeronArdeola bacchus
46Javan Pond HeronArdeola speciosaOne enroute
47Black-crowned Night-HeronNycticorax nycticorax
48OspreyPandion haliaetus
49Crested Honey-buzzardPernis ptilorhynchus
50Crested Serpent-EagleSpilornis cheela
51Changeable Hawk-EagleNisaetus cirrhatus
52Black EagleIctinaetus malaiensis
53Crested GoshawkAccipiter trivirgatus
54ShikraAccipiter badius
55Eastern BuzzardButeo japonicus
56Oriental Bay-OwlPhodilus badiusGot close to one at Tan Phu but no view
57Mountain Scops OwlOtus spilocephalus
58Collared Scops OwlOtus lettia
59Oriental Scops OwlOtus sunia
60Asian Barred OwletGlaucidium cuculoides
61Collared OwletTaenioptynx brodiei
62Brown BoobookNinox scutulataA pair at Cat Tien HQ
63Red-headed TrogonHarpactes erythrocephalusOne seen at Deo Nui San Pass
64Orange-breasted TrogonHarpactes oreskios
65Eurasian HoopoeUpupa epops
66Oriental Pied-HornbillAnthracoceros albirostris
67Common KingfisherAlcedo atthis
68Black-backed Dwarf-KingfisherCeyx erithaca
69Stork-billed KingfisherPelargopsis capensisSeen at Cat Tien HQ
70Banded KingfisherLacedo pulchellaOne heard and one seen at Cat Tien
71White-throated KingfisherHalcyon smyrnensis
72Collared KingfisherTodiramphus chloris
73Blue-bearded Bee-eaterNyctyornis athertoniThree in total at Deo Nui San Pass
74Chestnut-headed Bee-eaterMerops leschenaulti
75Indochinese RollerCoracias affinisA few at Cat Tien
76DollarbirdEurystomus orientalis
77Coppersmith BarbetPsilopogon haemacephalus
78Blue-eared BarbetPsilopogon duvauceliiSeen at Cat Tien
79Red-vented BarbetPsilopogon lagrandieriOne bird at Cat Tien
80Green-eared BarbetPsilopogon faiostrictusOne bird at Cat Tien
81Lineated BarbetPsilopogon lineatusHeard at Tan Phu Forest
82Necklaced BarbetPsilopogon auricularis
83Indochinese BarbetPsilopogon annamensis
84Speckled PiculetPicumnus innominatusSeen at Da Lat
85Grey-capped Pygmy WoodpeckerYungipicus canicapillus
86Bay WoodpeckerBlythipicus pyrrhotis
87Greater FlamebackChrysocolaptes guttacristatus
88Pale-headed WoodpeckerGecinulus grantiaOne at Cat Tien
89Common FlamebackDinopium javanense
90Lesser YellownapePicus chlorolophusSeen by Captain at Cat Tien
91Laced WoodpeckerPicus vittatus
92Great Slaty WoodpeckerMulleripicus pulverulentusOne at Cat Tien
93Blossom-headed ParakeetPsittacula roseataA few seen at Saigon Zoo
94Red-breasted ParakeetPsittacula alexandri
95Vernal Hanging-ParrotLoriculus vernalis
96Long-tailed BroadbillPsarisomus dalhousiaeOne heard at Deo Nui San Pass
97Silver-breasted BroadbillSerilophus lunatus
98Black-and-red BroadbillCymbirhynchus macrorhynchos
99Banded BroadbillEurylaimus javanicus
100Rusty-naped PittaHydrornis oatesiSeen at Da Lat bird hide
101Blue-rumped PittaHydrornis sororSeen at Tan Phu Forest and Deo Nui San Pass
102Blue PittaHydrornis cyaneusTwo seen at Deo Nui San Pass
103Bar-bellied PittaHydrornis elliotiiFour at Tan Phu Forest and one at Cat Tien
104Golden-bellied GerygoneGerygone sulphurea
105Grey-chinned MinivetPericrocotus solaris
106Long-tailed MinivetPericrocotus ethologus
107Scarlet MinivetPericrocotus speciosus
108Ashy MinivetPericrocotus divaricatus
109Swinhoe's MinivetPericrocotus cantonensis
110Large CuckooshrikeCoracina maceiSeen at Da Lat and Deo Nui San Pass
111Black-winged CuckooshrikeLalage melaschistos
112Indochinese CuckooshrikeLalage polioptera
113White-browed Shrike-BabblerPteruthius aeralatusFormerly Dalat Shrike-Babbler, Seen at Da Lat
114Clicking Shrike-BabblerPteruthius intermedius
115White-bellied ErpornisErpornis zantholeuca
116Black-naped OrioleOriolus chinensis
117Black-hooded OrioleOriolus xanthornus
118Maroon OrioleOriolus traillii
119Ashy WoodswallowArtamus fuscus
120Large WoodshrikeTephrodornis virgatus
121Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrikeHemipus picatus
122Common IoraAegithina tiphia
123Great IoraAegithina lafresnayei
124White-throated FantailRhipidura albicollis
125Black DrongoDicrurus macrocercus
126Ashy DrongoDicrurus leucophaeus
127Bronzed DrongoDicrurus aeneus
128Lesser Racket-tailed DrongoDicrurus remifer
129Hair-crested DrongoDicrurus hottentottus
130Greater Racket-tailed DrongoDicrurus paradiseus
131Blyth's Paradise FlycatcherTerpsiphone affinisA few at Tan Phu Forest
132Black-naped MonarchHypothymis azurea
133Brown ShrikeLanius cristatus
134Long-tailed ShrikeLanius schach
135Burmese ShrikeLanius collurioides
136Eurasian JayGarrulus glandarius
137Indochinese Green-MagpieCissa hypoleucaSeen at Deo Nui San Pass, but heard at Tan Phu Forest
138Racket-tailed TreepieCrypsirina temia
139Large-billed CrowCorvus macrorhynchos
140Grey-headed Canary-FlycatcherCulicicapa ceylonensis
141Green-backed TitParus monticolus
142Yellow-cheeked TitMachlolophus spilonotusOne male at Saigon Zoo, perhaps an escaped?
143Common TailorbirdOrthotomus sutorius
144Dark-necked TailorbirdOrthotomus atrogularis
145Ashy TailorbirdOrthotomus ruficeps
146Annam PriniaPrinia rockiOne at Deo Nui San Pass
147Hill PriniaPrinia superciliaris
148Rufescent PriniaPrinia rufescens
149Yellow-bellied PriniaPrinia flaviventris
150Lanceolated WarblerLocustella lanceolataOne seen by Michelle at Deo Nui San Pass
151Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
152Red-rumped SwallowCecropis daurica
153Asian House MartinDelichon dasypus
154Black-headed BulbulBrachypodius melanocephalosA few at Cat Tien
155Black-crested BulbulRubigula flaviventris
156Red-whiskered BulbulPycnonotus jocosus
157Sooty-headed BulbulPycnonotus aurigaster
158Stripe-throated BulbulPycnonotus finlaysoni
159Flavescent BulbulPycnonotus flavescens
160Yellow-vented BulbulPycnonotus goiavier
161Streak-eared BulbulPycnonotus conradi
162Ochraceous BulbulAlophoixus ochraceus
163Puff-throated BulbulAlophoixus pallidusA few at Da Lat
164Grey-eyed BulbulIole propinqua
165Black BulbulHypsipetes leucocephalus
166Ashy BulbulHemixos flavalaA few at Da Lat
167Mountain BulbulIxos mcclellandii
168Yellow-browed WarblerPhylloscopus inornatus
169Hume's WarblerPhylloscopus humeiOne heard and later seen at Da Lat
170White-spectacled WarblerPhylloscopus intermediusOne at Da Lat
171Alström's WarblerPhylloscopus sororA few around Deo Nui San Pass
172Pale-legged Leaf WarblerPhylloscopus tenellipes
173Arctic WarblerPhylloscopus borealisOne at Cat Tien
174Blyth's Leaf WarblerPhylloscopus reguloides
175Kloss's Leaf WarblerPhylloscopus ogilviegranti
176Grey-bellied TesiaTesia cyaniventer
177Yellow-bellied WarblerAbroscopus superciliarisA few at Deo Nui San Pass
178Mountain TailorbirdPhyllergates cucullatus
179Black-throated TitAegithalos concinnusrace annamensis also known as 'Grey-crowned Tit'
180Black-chinned YuhinaYuhina nigrimentaA few at Deo Nui San Pass
181Swinhoe's White-eyeZosterops simplex
182Indian White-eyeZosterops palpebrosusA few at Deo Nui San Pass
183Chestnut-capped BabblerTimalia pileataOne seen briefly at Deo Nui San Pass
184Grey-faced Tit-BabblerMixornis kelleyi
185Pin-striped Tit-BabblerMixornis gularis
186Rufous-capped BabblerCyanoderma ruficeps
187White-browed Scimitar-BabblerPomatorhinus schisticeps
188Grey-throated BabblerStachyris nigriceps
189Scaly-crowned BabblerMalacopteron cinereumSeen at Tan Phu Forest bird hide
190Black-crowned FulvettaSchoeniparus klossiA few at Da Lat bird hide
191Puff-throated BabblerPellorneum ruficeps
192Buff-breasted BabblerPellorneum tickelli
193Abbott's BabblerMalacocincla abbotti
194Streaked Wren-BabblerGypsophila brevicaudata
195Short-tailed Scimitar-BabblerNapothera danjouiOne showed well at Da Lat bird hide
196Mountain FulvettaAlcippe peracensis
197Vietnamese CutiaCutia legalleniSaw up to 5 birds at Da Lat, amazing views!
198Grey-crowned CrociasLaniellus langbianisTwo small flocks at Da Lat
199Black-headed SibiaHeterophasia desgodinsi
200Blue-winged MinlaActinodura cyanouroptera
201Silver-eared MesiaLeiothrix argentauris
202Rufous-backed SibiaLeioptila annectens
203White-crested LaughingthrushGarrulax leucolophus
204White-cheeked LaughingthrushPterorhinus vassali
205Chestnut-vented NuthatchSitta nagaensis
206Velvet-fronted NuthatchSitta frontalis
207Yellow-billed NuthatchSitta solangiaeA pair at Da Lat
208Golden-crested MynaAmpeliceps coronatusA flock seen by Captain
209Common Hill MynaGracula religiosa
210Black-collared StarlingGracupica nigricollis
211Chestnut-tailed StarlingSturnia malabaricaA pair at Di Linh town
212Common MynaAcridotheres tristis
213Vinous-breasted MynaAcridotheres leucocephalus
214Dark-sided ThrushZoothera marginataOne at Da Lat bird hide
215Orange-headed ThrushGeokichla citrina
216Eyebrowed ThrushTurdus obscurus
217Asian Brown FlycatcherMuscicapa dauurica
218Oriental Magpie-RobinCopsychus saularis
219White-rumped ShamaCopsychus malabaricus
220Rufous-browed FlycatcherAnthipes solitaris
221Hainan Blue FlycatcherCyornis hainanus
222Large NiltavaNiltava grandis
223Verditer FlycatcherEumyias thalassinus
224Lesser ShortwingBrachypteryx leucophris
225Siberian Blue RobinLarvivora cyane
226Siberian RubythroatCalliope calliope
227White-tailed RobinMyiomela leucura
228Mugimaki FlycatcherFicedula mugimaki
229Snowy-browed FlycatcherFicedula hyperythra
230Little Pied FlycatcherFicedula westermanni
231Taiga FlycatcherFicedula albicilla
232White-throated Rock ThrushMonticola gularis
233Pied BushchatSaxicola caprataOne enroute
234Grey BushchatSaxicola ferreus
235Thick-billed FlowerpeckerDicaeum agileOne at Cat Tien, also Tan Phu Forest
236Fire-breasted FlowerpeckerDicaeum ignipectus
237Scarlet-backed FlowerpeckerDicaeum cruentatum
238Ruby-cheeked SunbirdChalcoparia singalensis
239Black-throated SunbirdAethopyga saturata
240Mrs. Gould's SunbirdAethopyga gouldiae
241Crimson SunbirdAethopyga siparaja
242Purple-naped SunbirdKurochkinegramma hypogrammicum
243Little SpiderhunterArachnothera longirostra
244Streaked SpiderhunterArachnothera magna
245Asian Fairy-bluebirdIrena puella
246Blue-winged LeafbirdChloropsis cochinchinensis
247Golden-fronted LeafbirdChloropsis aurifrons
248Scaly-breasted MuniaLonchura punctulata
249White-rumped MuniaLonchura striata
250House SparrowPasser domesticus
251Eurasian Tree SparrowPasser montanus
252Grey WagtailMotacilla cinerea
253White WagtailMotacilla alba
254Vietnamese GreenfinchChloris monguillotiFairly common around Da Lat
255Red CrossbillLoxia curvirostraA few seen around Da Lat


  1. 4 excellent blogs, what a superb trip you had. Thank you for writing this.

  2. Thanks for your sharing of Vietnam Birding Trips, detailed and remarkable descriptions with decent photos.