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A Report from

Systematic List of birds seen in Vietnam 2003,


This list follows the taxonomy, names and sequence of James F. Clements (Birds of the World, A Check List, Fifth Edition, 2000, including updates May 2000 - July 2003).

This fifth edition is based primarily on the higher taxonomic sequence outlined in the "Handbook of the Birds of the World" series published by Lynx Edicions.

Species in brackets are the English names in "A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia" by Craig Robson, but only mentioned when these differ substantially from the Clements Check List.

The Dutch names follow the translated "Complete Checklist of Birds of the World" (Complete Checklist van Vogels van de Wereld) of Michael Walters.

Numbers quoted are estimates of the minimum numbers seen.

The following abbreviations are used:

NP  = National Park

1.   GREY HERON, Ardea cinerea, Blauwe Reiger
A single observation near Hoi An.

2.   Great Egret, Ardea alba, Grote Zilverreiger
Small numbers throughout the country.

3.   LITTLE EGRET, Egretta garzetta, Kleine Zilverreiger
3 in the Mekong Delta.

4.   PACIFIC REEF-HERON, Egretta sacra, Oostelijke Rifreiger
3 at Halong Bay.

5.   CHINESE Pond-Heron, Ardeola bacchus, Chinese Ralreiger
A single bird in the Mekong Delta.

6.   Cattle Egret, Bubulcus ibis, Koereiger
Only 3 in the Mekong Delta - amazing.

7.   STRIATED HERON, Butorides striatus, Mangrovereiger
A single bird at Halong Bay.

8.   CINNAMON BITTERN, Ixobrychus cinnamomeus, Rossig Woudaapje
A single bird en route from Dalat - Nha Trang.

9.   BLACK-SHOULDERED KITE, Elanus caeruleus, Grijze Wouw
Single ones at Dalat and near Hanoi.

10.   Black Kite, Milvus migrans, Zwarte Wouw
Fairly common at Halong Bay.and at Cat Ba Island.

11.   BRAHMINY KITE, Haliastur indus, Brahmaanse Wouw
A single bird near Hoi An.

12.   WHITE-BELLIED SEA-EAGLE, Haliaeetus leucogaster, Witbuikzeearend
2 on the boat trip near Mun Island at Nha Trang.

13.   Shikra, Accipiter badius, Shikra
One bird at Cuc Phuong NP was the only record.

14.   Black Eagle, Ictinaetus malayensis, Indische Zwarte Arend
A single bird at Cuc Phuong NP.

15.   CHESTNUT-NECKLACED PARTRIDGE, Arborophila charltonii, Charltons Bospatrijs
2 at Cuc Phuong NP.

16.   GREY PEACOCK-PHEASANT, Polyplectron bicalcaratum, Spiegelpauw
Highly vocal, heard at Cuc Phuong NP.

17.   GREAT THICKNEE, Burhinus recurvirostris, Grote Griel
A splendid observation along the Thu Bon River near Hoi An.

18.   Red-wattled Lapwing, Vanellus indicus, Indische Kievit
3 along theThu Bon River near Hoi An.

19.   MONGOLIAN Plover, Charadrius mongolus, Mongoolse Plevier
2 along the Thu Bon River near Hoi An.

20.   BLACK-NAPED Tern, Sterna sumatrana, Zwartnekstern
Small numbers during the "pelagic"  near Mot Island at Nha Trang.

21.   BRIDLED TERN, Sterna anaethetus, Brilstern
A single bird during the "pelagic"  near Mun Island at Nha Trang.

22.   Rock Dove, Columba livia, Stadsduif
Common in villages and towns.

23.   RED COLLARED-DOVE, Streptopelia tranquebarica, Rode Tortel
Small numbers in the Hué area.

24.   SPOTTED DOVE, Streptopelia chinensis, Parelhalstortel
Small numbers en route in Vietnam.

25.   BARRED CUCKOO-DOVE, Macropygia unchall, Gestreepte Koekoeksduif
1 at Cuc Phuong NP.

26.   PLAINTIVE CUCKOO, Cacomantis merulinus, Piet-van-Vliet
2 at Hoi An.

27.   GERMAN'S SWIFTLET, Aerodramus germani, Oustalets Salangaan
A fairly common and widespread species along the coast.

28.   ASIAN PALM-SWIFT, Cypsiurus balasiensis, Aziatische Palmgierzwaluw
Small numbers in the Mekong Delta and the Nha Trang area.

29.   HOUSE SWIFT, Apus nipalensis, Aziatische Huisgierzwaluw
A fairly common and widespread species.

30.   COMMON KINGFISHER, Alcedo atthis, IJsvogel
2 at Cuc Phuong NP.

31.   White-throated Kingfisher, Halcyon smyrnensis, Smyrna‑ijsvogel
A fairly common and widespread species throughout.

32.   COLLARED KINGFISHER, Todirhamphus chloris, Witkraagijsvogel
A single one at Cat Ba Island.

33.   Pied Kingfisher, Ceryle rudis, Bonte IJsvogel
A single observation in the Mekong Delta.

34.   BLUE-TAILED BEE-EATER, Merops philippinus, Blauwstaartbijeneter
Fairly common in the My Son area.

35.   Indian Roller, Coracias benghalensis, Indische Scharrelaar
Seen in small numbers throughout the country.

36.   DOLLARBIRD, Eurystomus orientalis, Dollarvogel
A single bird near My Son.

37.   Eurasian Hoopoe, Upupa epops, Hop
A single bird at Cat Ba Island.

38.   ORIENTAL PIED-HORNBILL, Anthracoceros albirostris, Bonte Neushoornvogel
2 at Cat Ba NP.

39.   RED-VENTED BARBET, Megalaima lagrandieri, Lagrandiers Baardvogel
2 at Cuc Phuong NP.

40.   GREEN-EARED BARBET, Megalaima faiostricta, Groenoorbaardvogel
Only one seen at Cuc Phuong NP.

41.   BLACK-BROWED BARBET, Megalaima oorti, Zwartbrauwbaardvogel
Only one seen at Mount Lang Bian.

42.   MOUSTACHED Barbet, Megalaima incognita, Groenkapbaardvogel
Heard at Cuc Phuong NP.

43.   WHITE-BROWED PICULET, Sasia ochracea, Himalayadwergspecht
2 at Cuc Phuong NP.

44.   LONG-TAILED BROADBILL, Psarisomus dalhousiae, Papegaaibreedbek
One group of 8 seen at Cuc Phuong NP.

45.   SILVER-BREASTED BROADBILL, Serilophus lunatus, Wenkbrauwbreedbek
2 at Cuc Phuong NP.

46.   BLUE-RUMPED PITTA, Pitta soror, Blauwstuitpitta
Surprisingly easy to see at Cuc Phuong NP. I did see 2 birds at Bong sub-station.

47.   BAR-BELLIED PITTA, Pitta elliotii, Elliots Pitta
Heard frequently at Cuc Phuong NP, a male and a female seen very well on the road!

48.   AUSTRALASIAN BUSHLARK, Mirafra javanica, Oosterse Struikleeuwerik
A few in the Nha Trang area.

49.   BARN SWALLOW, Hirundo rustica, Boerenzwaluw
Only a few en route in Vietnam.

50.   PACIFIC SWALLOW, Hirundo tahitica, Zuidzeezwaluw
Small numbers at Halong Bay.

51.   RED-RUMPED SWALLOW, Hirundo daurica, Roodstuitzwaluw
Small numbers en route in Vietnam.

52.   STRIATED SWALLOW, Hirundo striolata, Soendazwaluw
Small numbers in the Mekong Delta.

53.   ORIENTAL PIPIT, Anthus rufulus, Oosterse Pieper
Only 2 seen en route Hoi An - My Son.

54.   INDOCHINESE Cuckoo-shrike, Coracina polioptera, Indochinese Rupsvogel
A single bird at Mount Lang Bian.

55.   ASHY MINIVET, Pericrocotus divaricatus, Grijze Menievogel
3 at Halong Bay.

56.   LONG-TAILED MINIVET, Pericrocotus ethologus, Langstaartmenievogel
6 at Mount Lang Bian and 4 at Hoy Tuyen Lam.

57.   STRIATED BULBUL, Pycnonotus striatus, Gestreepte Buulbuul
2 at My Son.

58.   BLACK-CRESTED BULBUL, Pycnonotus melanicterus, Goudborstbuulbuul
Small numbers at Cuc Phuong NP.

59.   Red-whiskered Bulbul, Pycnonotus jocosus, Roodoorbuulbuul
A rather common and widespread species.

60.   LIGHT-VENTED BULBUL, Pycnonotus sinensis, Chinese Buulbuul
Fairly common at Cat Ba Island - hainanensis race.

61.   SOOTY-HEADED BULBUL, Pycnonotus aurigaster, Roetkopbuulbuul
A few at My Son and near Hoi An.

62.   STRIPE-THROATED BULBUL, Pycnonotus finlaysoni, Vlekkeelbuulbuul
A few at Cat Ba Island and 3 at Cuc Phuong NP.

63.   FLAVESCENT BULBUL, Pycnonotus flavescens, Geelwangbuulbuul
4 at Mount Lang Bian.

64.   STREAK-EARED BULBUL, Pycnonotus blanfordi, Blanfords Buulbuul
A few in the Hoi An area.

65.   PUFF-THROATED BULBUL, Alophoixus pallidus, Bleke Baardbuulbuul
Fairly common at Cuc Phuong NP.

66.   ASHY BULBUL, Hemixos flavala, Asgrijze Buulbuul
2 at Mount Lang Bian.

67.   MOUNTAIN BULBUL, Ixos mcclellandii, Groenvleugelbuulbuul
2 at Mount Lang Bian.

68.   BLACK BULBUL, Hypsipetes leucocephalus, Zwarte Buulbuul
Common at Mount Lang Bian.

69.   Golden-fronted Leafbird, Chloropsis aurifrons, Goudvoorhoofdbladvogel
4 at Cuc Phuong NP.

70.   GREAT Iora, Aegithina lafresnayei, Grote Iora
3 at Cuc Phuong NP.

71.   BLUE ROCK-THRUSH, Monticola solitarius, Blauwe Rotslijster
3 at Halong Bay.

72.   BLUe Whistling-Thrush, Myiophonus caeruleus, Himalayafluitlijster
Only one seen at Cuc Phuong NP.

73.   HILL PRINIA, Prinia atrogularis, Witborstprinia
A single bird at Mount Lang Bian.

74.   RUFESCENT PRINIA, Prinia rufescens, Roestprinia
2 at Cuc Phuong NP.

75.   COMMON TAILORBIRD, Orthotomus sutorius, Langstaartsnijdervogel
Seen regularly throughout the country.

76.   DARK-NECKED TAILORBIRD, Orthotomus atrogularis, Gestreepte Snijdervogel
Singles near Hué and at Cuc Phuong NP.

77.   ASHY-THROATED WARBLER, Phylloscopus maculipennis, Grijskeelboszanger
2 at Mount Lang Bian.

78.   LITTLE PIED FLYCATCHER, Ficedula westermanni, Ekstervliegenvanger
ingles at Mount Lang Bian and Hoy Tuyen Lam.

79.   VERDITER FLYCATCHER, Eumyias thalassina, Azuurvliegenvanger
1 at Mount Lang Bian.

80.   HAINAN BLUE-FLYCATCHER, Cyornis hainanus, Hainanniltava
1 at Cuc Phuong NP.

81.   GREY-HEADED CANARY-FLYCATCHER, Culicicapa ceylonensis, Grijskopvliegenvanger
Only one at Cuc Phuong NP.

82.   WHITE-RUMPED SHAMA, Copsychus malabaricus, Shamalijster
2 at Cuc Phuong NP.

83.   GREY BUSHCHAT, Saxicola ferrea, Grijs Paapje
2 at Mount Lang Bian.

84.   WHITE-THROATED FANTAIL, Rhipidura albicollis, Witkeelwaaierstaart
1 at Mount Lang Bian.

85.   PIED FANTAIL, Rhipidura javanica, Maleise Waaierstaart
A single one in the Mekong Delta.

86.   BLACK-NAPED MONARCH, Hypothymis azurea, Zwartnekmonarch
1 at Cuc Phuong NP.

87.   WHITE-CRESTED LAUGHINGTHRUSH, Garrulax leucolophus, Witkuiflijstergaai
A group of 6 at Cat Ba NP.

88.   COLLARED LAUGHINGTHRUSH, Garrulax yersini, Roestkraaglijstergaai
Vietnam endemic. A group of 5 at Mount Lang Bian.

89.   SPOT-THROATED BABBLER, Pellorneum albiventre, Witbuikjungletimalia
Heard at Mount Lang Bian.

90.   PUFF-THROATED BABBLER, Pellorneum ruficeps, Gevlekte Jungletimalia
4 at Cuc Phuong NP.

91.   SCALY-CROWNED BABBLER, Malacopteron cinereum, Schubkruintwijgtimalia
2 at Cuc Phuong NP.

92.   GREY-THROATED BABBLER, Stachyris nigriceps, Grijskeelboomtimalia
2 at Cuc Phuong NP.

93.   STRIPED TIT-BABBLER, Macronous gularis, Geelborsttimalia
Common at Cuc Phuong NP.

94.   SILVER-EARED MESIA, Leiothrix argentauris, Zilveroortimalia
3 at Mount Lang Bian.

95.   RUFOUS-WINGED FULVETTA, Alcippe castaneceps, Roodvleugelnontimalia
Small numbers on Mount Lang Bian.

96.   RUFOUS-THROATED FULVETTA, Alcippe rufogularis, Roodkeelnontimalia
A few at Cuc Phuong NP.

97.   BROWN-CHEEKED FULVETTA, Alcippe poioicephala, Bruinwangnontimalia
Fairly common at Cuc Phuong NP.

98.   MOUNTAIN FULVETTA, Alcippe peracensis, Maleise Nontimalia
3 at Mount Lang Bian.

99.   GRAY-CROWNED CROCIAS, Crocias langbianis, Langbiansibia
A pair at Ho Tyen Lam

100.   RUFOUS-BACKED SIBIA, Heterophasia annectens, Roodrugsibia
Heard at Ho Tuyen Lam.

101.   BLACK-THROATED TIT, Aegithalos concinnus, Roodkruinstaartmees
3 at Mount Lang Bian.

102.   GREAT TIT, Parus major, Koolmees
3 in Hanoi.

103.   GREEN-BACKED TIT, Parus monticolus, Bergkoolmees
 6 at Mount Lang Bian.

104.   SULTAN TIT, Melanochlora sultanea, Sultanmees
Up to 4 at Cuc Phuong NP.

105.   YELLOW-BILLED NUTHATCH, Sitta solangiae, Geelsnavelboomklever
A single bird at Mount Lang Bian.

106.   PLAIN-THROATED SUNBIRD, Anthreptes malacensis, Bruinkeelhoningzuiger
2 at Cat Ba NP.

107.   OLIVE-BACKED SUNBIRD, Nectarinia jugularis, Staalborsthoningzuiger
1 in the Mekong Delta.

108.   FORK-TAILED SUNBIRD, Aethopyga christinae, Vorkstaarthoningzuiger
2 at Cuc Phuong NP.

109.   CRIMSON SUNBIRD, Aethopyga siparaja, Geelrughoningzuiger
1 at Cuc Phuong NP.

110.   STREAKED SPIDERHUNTER, Arachnothera magna, Gestreepte Spinnenjager
2 at Ho Tuyen Lam.

111.   SCARLET-BACKED FLOWERPECKER, Dicaeum cruentatum, Roodrughoningvogel
Singles at Cat Ba NP and at Cuc Phuong NP.

112.   ORIENTAL WHITE-EYE, Zosterops palpebrosus, Indische Brilvogel
A group of 4 birds at Saigon.

113.   Long-tailed Shrike, Lanius schach, Langstaartklauwier
A few en the vicinity of My Son.

114.   GREY-BACKED SHRIKE, Lanius tephronotus, Himalayaklauwier
1 at Cat Ba Island.

115.   LARGE WOODSHRIKE, Tephrodornis gularis, Grote Rupsklauwier
A group of 10 at Cuc Phuong NP.

116.   BLACK dRONGO, Dicrurus macrocercus, Fluweeldrongo
Small numbers en route in Vietnam and at Lang Bian Mountain near Dalat. And in the Hanoi area.

117.   Ashy Drongo, Dicrurus leucophaeus, Grijze Drongo
2 at Cuc Phuong NP.

118.   BRONZED DRONGO, Dicrurusa aeneus, Bronsdrongo
2 at Cuc Phuong NP.

119.   EURASIAN JAY, Garrulus glandarius, Gaai
at the Lang Bian Mountain and 2 at Hoy Tuyen Lam.

120.   WHITE-WINGED MAGPIE, Urocissa whiteheadi, Grijsbuikkitta
2 at Cuc Phuong NP.

121.   YELLOW-BREASTED MAGPIE, Cissa hypoleuca, Geelbuikkitta
4 at Cuc Phuong NP.

122.   RATCHED-TAILED TREEPIE, Temnurus temnurus, Trapstaartekster
2 at Cuc Phuong NP.

123.   Large-billed Crow, Corvus macrorhynchos, Dikbekkraai
Small numbers only seen at Halong Bay.

124.   GOLDEN-CRESTED MYNA, Ampeliceps coronatus, Kroonmaina
4 seen flying over at Cuc Phuong NP.

125.   CRESTED MYNA, Acridotheres cristatellus, Kuifmaina
Small numbers en route Hanoi - Halong Bay and Hanoi - Cuc Phuong NP.

126.   BLACK-COLLARED STARLING, Gracupica nigricollis, Zwartkraagspreeuw
A few at Dalat.

127.   PLAIN-BACKED SPARROW, Passer flaveolus, Geelbuikmus
Small numbers in Hué.

128.   EURASIAN TREE SPARROW, Passer montanus, Ringmus
A fairly common and widespread species.

129.   ASIAN GOLDEN WEAVER, Ploceus hypoxanthus, Geelbuikwever
2 in the Hoi An area.

130.   NUTMEG MANNIKIN, Lonchura punctulata, Muskaatvink
Small numbers en route in Vietnam.

131.   JAVA SPARROW, Padda oryzivora, Rijstvogel
A single observation west of Saigon.

132.   RED CROSBILL, Loxia curvirostra, Kruisbek
2 at Mount Lang Bian.

133.   VIETNAMESE GREENFINCH, Acridotheres cristatellus, Vietnamese Groenling
Vietnam endemic. 3 at Mount Lang Bian

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