Myanmar is often considered to be the last frontier of global biodiversity in mainland Asia. This diversity includes over 11000 flowering plants, with 841 species of orchid; 1014 species of butterfly (some 6% of the world’s total); 92 species of bat (about 9% of the world’s total) and 1017 species of bird, including 137 species shared with the UK. This makes Myanmar one of the most diverse bird faunas per unit area of any country in the world.
We will visit the following areas
We start our tour in the Ayeyarwady (Irrawady) Delta near Yangon. This is a vast complex of islands and waterways, including swamp and mangrove forest. The delta is rich in birds. The delta is also one of the last refuges of the Eastern Sarus Crane.
After this we will fly to Bagan. This is an ancient city of 9th to 13th century and located in the middle of Dry zone in central Myanmar. It lies in the vast expanse of plains in Upper Myanmar on the bend of the Ayeyarwaddy River. This is a very good birding area with 6 endemic bird species. which we can find around the dry fields and surrounding ancient temples and pagodas in Bagan. They are Hooded Treepie, Jerdon’s Minivet, White-throated Babbler, Burmese Collared Dove, Ayeyarwady Bulbul, and Burmese Bushlark.
Our next stop will be Mt. Victoria, which is known as Nat Ma Taung National Park and is located in Chin State in western Myanmar. During the months of between November and February, the area is full of the blooms of rhododendrons. Being a remote region, it still remains relatively unexplored today and is less visited by ornithologists. It is home to a rich variety of rare eastern Himalayan species, including the endemic White-browed Nuthatch and Burmese Tit and also home to ethnic tribes famous for their tattoo-faced women.
Going back to Bagan we will fly to Pindaya to visit the Kalaw and Inle area. Kalaw stands high on the western edge of the Shan Plateau. This was a popular hill resort in the British colonial period. The hill station is located at an elevation of 1320 metres and covered by secondary evergreen forests and open pine forests. We will visit and explore the Inle lake by boat where we hope to see a good number of birds living on the water edges