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16 April 2011

Birding near Nha Trang

With a week in Nha Trang, unfortunately I only managed to get out twice, to some forest about 40km to the west of Nha Trang. Still, lots of birds around.


  • Babbler-Chestnut capped

  • Babbler-Striped tit

  • Bea-eater Green

  • Bluebird-Asian fairy

  • Bulbul-Black crested

  • Bulbul-Forest unidentified

  • Bulbul-Sooty headed

  • Dove-Spotted

  • Egret-Cattle

  • Flycatcher-Dark sided

  • Flycatcher-Little pied

  • Iora-Common

  • Iora-Green???

  • Kingfisher-White throated

  • Leafbird-Blue winged

  • Malkoha-Green billed

  • Minivet-Long Tailed???

  • Minivet-Scarlet

  • Shrike-Long tailed

  • Tailorbird-Dark necked

  • Woodshrike-Large

What Iora is this???


  1. Hi Wayne,

    It's nice to have a birdlist from Nha Trang.

    However, I wonder about a couple of the records. Grey-streaked Flycatcher is a very rare bird in Vietnam with just a handful of records, check OBC Images to see how similar it is to Dark-sided, which is a very variable species. Also I'm guessing that the two Iora species you saw were Common and Great rather than Common and Green, because Green doesn't occur any further north than southernmost Thailand.

    Large Woodshrike looks like a good call on that last photo.



  2. Hi Siimon

    You are fully right about the flycatcher - it was a Dark-sided flycatcher (post amended). You are most probably also right about the Iora, as I am an almost total novice at the birding game, but I am not 100% sure, so I have posted the image at the end of the original blog post, for you to confirm. Almost looks liek an eye ring which suggests Green, but maybe belly is too yellow, suggesting not. I am sure you will let me know!



  3. Hey Wayne,

    Great to see more photos, they make the blog look so much better. From your last photo I would say Common Iora, it's just too yellow to be Green, if you know what I mean!


  4. I was in Long Range Recon Patrol (173rd Airborne) in 1966-67 and saw a lot of beautiful birds on patrol. Alas, there was no Peterson Guide to birds of Southeast Asia and never identified them. There were a number of unusual pheasants and a curious red-head blackbird. It was quite common for us to sit and observe a trail for hours (five of us on a team) and wildlife were commonly seen - Reed