Bird Watching in
Central Myanmar and Shan State

An Introduction to Myanmar Birds, Myanmar

(Yangon - Bagan - Shan State - Yangon)


Day 1

Morning arrival Moeyungyi

Drive to Moeyungyi Wild Life sanctuary

Day 2 Birding Moeyungyi Yangon

Afternoon drive to Yangon

Day 3 Fly Yangon to Bagan Bagan
Afternoon boat ride along Irrawaddy
Day 4 Birding and sightseeing Bagan Bagan
Day 5 Drive and cross Irrawaddy river Bagan
Birding west bank dry forest
Day 6 Drive Bagan to Kalaw with birding along the way Kalaw
Day 7 Morning birding Kalaw Inlay Lake
Evening drive to Inlay Lake
Day 8 Birding Inlay Lake  Taunggyi
Evening drive to Taunggyi
Day 9 Morning birding Taunggyi Yangon
Evening fly Yangon
Day 10 Morning birding Hlawgar Wildlife Park
Evening depart.


Day.1 Arrive in Yangon in morning, check into hotel and have a tour briefing. After lunch drive to Moeyungyi sanctuary (a vast area of wet land) situated approximately 110 km north to Yangon. Spend the late afternoon birding along the shores of the wetland, looking for birds like the Blue throat, Thick-billed warbler, Wagtails, Pipits, Golden Plvers, Harriers and Kites. Dinner and overnight at the resort in the sanctuary.
Day.2 With an early boat ride in the sanctuary look for Greater spotted Eagle, Woolly necked Stork, Asian Openbill, Sarus Crane, Spot-billed Pelican, Painted Stork, among thousands of waders and shorebirds. This sanctuary is approximately 40 square miles with about 80 species of birds. Spend the whole morning birding in the sanctuary and after a late lunch, drive back to Yangon. Visit the Shwedagon Pagoda in the evening.
Day.3 Fly to Bagan in morning. After lunch those who are tired can have an afternoon siesta. In the evening have a short boat ride along the Irrawaddy river to look for Sand Larks, Indian Skimmer, Indian River Tern, Black-bellied Tern, Pied Kingfisher and Little Tren and others.
Day.4 Birding in Bagan and see the Burmese Bush-lark, White-throated Babbler, White-bellied Minivet, Spotted Owlet, Rain Quail, Button Quail, Vinous-breasted Starling and another 20-30 species. Also spend some time visiting the famous Temples and Pagodas built during the Bagan era 700 - 1000 years ago.
Day.5 Early morning drive about 45 minutes to Chauk to cross the Irrawaddy river by ferry. After another one hour's drive go birding in the dry deciduous forest where the special endemic Hooded Treepie will be found. Those who have missed the White-bellied Minivet in Bagan will have a chance to see again here together with Alexandrine, Grey-headed, Red-breasted and Blossom-headed Parakeets, White- umped Falcon, White-eyed Buzzard, Rufous Treepie, Fulvous-breasted Woodpecker, Puff-throated Babbler and many more. Return to Bagan in the evening.
Day.6 Drive to the Shan plateau which takes about half a day with some time to spend in the lowland forest to look for birds like the White-browed Scimitar Babbler, White-bellied Woodpecker, Green-billed Malkoha, Velvet-fronted Nuthatch, White- rumped Shama, Yellow-footed Pigeon, Doves, Sunbirds and Prinias. Dinner and overnight at Kalaw.
Day.7 In the morning start birding in a montane forest to find birds like Silver-eared Mesia, Pin-tailed Pigeon, Hill Prinia, Striated Grassbird, Black Bulbul, Collared Myna, and others. Overnight Inle Lake
Day.8 Boat ride in Inle lake to see the Jerdonís Bushchat and White-tailed Bushchat which are only found in this area. Those who have missed other water and shore birds earlier in the trip will have a chance to see them here. Also see the Brown-headed Gull and the Black-Headed Gull following the boat. After lunch transfer to Taunggyi. Evening birding in Taunggyi will include Black and White Bulbul, Chestnut-vented Nuthatch, Oriental White-eye, Flavacent Bulbuls.
Day.9 Morning drive up to Taunggyi crag to look for birds such as the Giant Nuthatch, White-browed Laughing thrush, White-throated Fantail, Speckled Woodpigeon, Fire-capped Tip, Maroon Oriole, Little Pied Flycatcher and Crested Bunting. Afternoon drive to Heho for flight to Yangon.
Day.10 Morning drive to Hlawga Wild life Park on the outskirts of Yangon where one can find the Pale-capped Pigeon, Racket-tailed Treepie, Ruby-cheeked Sunbird, Scarlet- backed Flowerpecker, Striped-throated Bulbul with white eye and Olive-backed Sunbird. International departures.