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1 February 2011

Zebra Dove at Ho Tram Beach Resort

Hi All,

Further to Florian and Simon's reports of Zebra Doves in the vicinity of Vinh Cuu and Cat Tien last year I can now confirm that they have arrived at Ho Tram, 100km or so to the South-East of Saigon. During a pre-Tet beach break there with the family at the weekend I came across several Zebra Doves looking very at home in the casuarinas around the Ho Tram Beach Resort. Although much of the weekend was spent in the swimming pool and on the water slides rather than looking for birds there were plenty of birds around the resort with Plain-backed Sparrows and Grey-headed Greenfinches common in the casuarinas as usual. A list of birds seen on a pre-breakfast stroll around the resort, beachfront and neighbouring scrub and from my sun lounger follows:

Little Heron
Pond Heron species
Eastern Cattle Egret
Little Egret
Kentish Plover
Spotted Dove
Zebra Dove
Plaintive Cuckoo
Asian Koel
White-throated Kingfisher
Little Green Bee-Eater
Common Hoopoe
Golden-bellied Gerygone
Racket-tailed Treepie
Brown Shrike
Olive-backed Sunbird
Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker
White-rumped Munia
Plain-backed Sparrow
Grey-capped Greenfinch
Taiga Flycatcher
Sooty-headed Bulbul
Streak-eared Bulbul
Barn Swallow
Red-rumped Swallow
Common Tailorbird

All the best and chuc mung nam moi etc... to all,

Richard Craik


  1. Hey, nice to hear from you Richard, and also nice to get the confirmation that more zebras are around there. And congratulations for the new year and the boost to your list ;)
    I am doing the best here to cope with below zero temperatures and dull ducks on the lake of Constance...
    Best to all of you!

  2. Thanks Florian...it was exactly a year ago I stopped off at the weather station at Tri An Reservoir en route to Cat Tien to look for that little bugger and I had completely forgotten about it until I came face to face with it on my way to the swimming pool with Carmen. Have fun with the ducks and look forwad to catching up next time you are over here. Richard

  3. Nice one Richard!

    I guess it won't be long until they are part of the furniture in southern Vietnam.