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Owls And Other Birds - Sighted In C.Rai Area?

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A perennial favorite of mine is the Pied Harrier. A strikingly beautiful bird to watch as it performs low level aerobatics over the fields, looking for mice I would assume. Each year we seem to have new varieties taking up residence around our house. For the most part I like them being around, except for the ones who like to peck on the windows early in the morning and throughout the day. Was surprised one year to witness eight little bats flying out of one our streetlights at dusk. Haven’t seen them for a while.

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Here is a common one I have not identified yet. It is the size of a crow and has a similar look except for reddish wings. It walks around the property slowly and can be seen daily eating frogs or toads perched on the top of fence posts. It makes an alarm call much like water getting sucked up a hose! I have seen them all over the Chiang Mai area. The name in Thai is nok ka puudt da dang. And in English?????

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I know totally unrelated to Chiang Rai but this guy was spoted not far from my home town.

Its a snowy owl and it was very rare to see one.

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#12 T_Dog

"Here is a photo of what I think I have mistakenly identified as a Swift."

It is a good photo of a Black Drongo (Dicrurus macrocercus). The silhouette of the bird on the water shows the deeply forked tail. The Black Drongo is the only drongo species in open country. They are often seen gleaning the insects disturbed by cattle.

#14 maidu

Are starlings and myna two names for the same type of bird?

Starlings and mynas belong to the same family (Sturnidae). There are 16 species of starlings and myna in Thailand, belonging to 6 genera. A genus (plural: genera) is a group of closely related species which have communal ancestors and a specialized way of living.

I have to google to find the origins or meaning of starling and myna. A myna is also called an Indian starling.

#15 maidu

"Two small black coloured birds on the ground. A male was courting a female. He displayed his tail feathers like a black fan (to the female, of course), while quickly darting from side to side while squawking faintly."

You have seen Pied Fantail (Rhipidura perlata). This species prefers to live close to water and can be found in mangroves and coastal bush.

#16 villagefarang

"A perennial favourite of mine is the Pied Harrier."

Did you know that up to 500 birds roost communally in the Yonok wetlands near Chiang Saen each winter? At present the harriers are breeding in Russia, Mongolia, China,... Mick and Dowroong are protecting the roost. You can visit the area and watch their arrival just after dark.

#17 T_Dog

"the size of a crow and has a similar look except for reddish wings"

This the Greater Coucal. A second species occurring in Chiang Rai is the Lesser Coucal which is much smaller. The two species of coucals can be identified by their distinct call notes.

Coucals are terrestrial birds and their habitat is grass and shrub.Coucals build their own nests, which are dome-shaped and have a side entrance. The nests are made of grass and are situated near the ground in dense cover.

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I once chanced upon a wooded area where there were literally thousands of Black Drongo congregating. This was late afternoon - early evening and I heard a riotous sound which drew me to them. I have never seen anything like it. This was near the Chiang Rai fishing park but opposite side of the highway. Going towards Hua Doi from the fishing park, there is a soi on the left hand side that runs along a construction firm or building contraction. The soi goes in quite a way (around 800 meters), then it turns into a trail. The black drongo condo is to the right hand side. I don't know if they are still there or whether that wooded area has been destroyed. That was many years ago.

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I didn't know the name 'coucal' before, but have seen those large pheasant shaped birds often around Chiang Rai. I asked an Aka friend of mine, "why don't you kill and eat those birds, when you kill and eat nearly all others?" He told me that bird "has foul tasting flesh, because it eats rotten things, so we leave it alone." ...or words to that effect.

There is a semi-flightless shy bird, size of a chicken but much more handsome. It is bluish-slate gray and makes a loud mating call with wok wok wok wok sounds in quick succession. For that reason, it is known by locals as 'nok wok' but I don't know its proper name.

I've seen quail on rare ocassions, though quite small, compared to quail in N.America.

Have also seen nets strung up between trees, for the purpose of catching small song birds - probably for putting in woven cages, to sell to locals so they can feel good (gain merit) when releasing them. I suspect many of those birds are not sold and probably die. Not cool. It doesn't fit with Buddhism at all. They should make bird dolls and do their voodoo with that, and leave wild birds alone.

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I didn't know the name 'coucal' before, but have seen those large pheasant shaped birds often around Chiang Rai. I asked an Aka friend of mine, "why don't you kill and eat those birds, when you kill and eat nearly all others?" He told me that bird "has foul tasting flesh, because it eats rotten things, so we leave it alone." ...or words to that effect.

There is a semi-flightless shy bird, size of a chicken but much more handsome. It is bluish-slate gray and makes a loud mating call with wok wok wok wok sounds in quick succession. For that reason, it is known by locals as 'nok wok' but I don't know its proper name.

I've seen quail on rare ocassions, though quite small, compared to quail in N.America.

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We have quite a few quail around and last month they had chicks. The hawks were around every evening and the chicks soon disappeared with one ambush only 20 meters from the house during dinner! Hopefully enough left to keep them around.

My wife knows about Nok Wok but she says she has not seen one for a while and I have never seen it myself. I thought at first you were speaking of the black and white Asian Water Hens as we see those every day too, but she assures me Nok Wok is real and a different bird! Apparently they are quite tasty so that is why they are seldom seen here.

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#22 maidu and #23 T_Dog

"There is a semi-flightless shy bird, size of a chicken but much more handsome. It is bluish-slate gray and makes a loud mating call with wok wok wok wok sounds in quick succession. For that reason, it is known by locals as 'nok wok' but I don't know its proper name."

This is the White-breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus). Philip Round in A guide to the Birds of Thailand, writes the following on the voice of this species: "demoniacal roaring noises and a long series of monotonous 'kwaak' notes."

The habitat of the White-breasted Waterhen is waterlogged areas with dense vegetation. They mostly feed while walking on vegetation or on land.

"the black and white Asian Water Hens" You are probably referring the Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus). The Common Moorhen feeds while swimming.

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Thanks hmj.... Definitely correct on both counts. The Greater Coucal is a common resident here, so we must have built the house on his turf! For those that are curious, here is what they look like.

http://en.wikipedia....Coucal_I_65.jpg

Really beautiful bird but have seen a few as 'Road Kill". I think the reason is that they fly very low, slow and not long distance. I myself have nearly collected a few with my car around the Rai. There are two across the road from my house on Koh Chang. I see two together regulary so maybe the same ones????

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#22 maidu and #23 T_Dog

"There is a semi-flightless shy bird, size of a chicken but much more handsome. It is bluish-slate gray and makes a loud mating call with wok wok wok wok sounds in quick succession. For that reason, it is known by locals as 'nok wok' but I don't know its proper name."

This is the White-breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus). Philip Round in A guide to the Birds of Thailand, writes the following on the voice of this species: "demoniacal roaring noises and a long series of monotonous 'kwaak' notes."

The habitat of the White-breasted Waterhen is waterlogged areas with dense vegetation. They mostly feed while walking on vegetation or on land.

"the black and white Asian Water Hens" You are probably referring the Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus). The Common Moorhen feeds while swimming.

Not that. Here is what I was referring to. Looks like it white breasted water hen and Asian water hen are both names for it.

http://www.pbase.com/howardbanwell/whitebreasted_waterhen

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#22 maidu and #23 T_Dog

"There is a semi-flightless shy bird, size of a chicken but much more handsome. It is bluish-slate gray and makes a loud mating call with wok wok wok wok sounds in quick succession. For that reason, it is known by locals as 'nok wok' but I don't know its proper name."

This is the White-breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus). Philip Round in A guide to the Birds of Thailand, writes the following on the voice of this species: "demoniacal roaring noises and a long series of monotonous 'kwaak' notes."

The habitat of the White-breasted Waterhen is waterlogged areas with dense vegetation. They mostly feed while walking on vegetation or on land.

I have adopted the White breasted water hen as my patron bird. I like the name 'nok wok' better than 'water hen,' but good to know its 'westerner designated' name. Plus, I wouldn't describe its mating call as 'demoniacal'. To me, it's more like a large one note bamboo flute - playing its note insistantly. They're quite shy - and cute when they're walking around, always solo. Too bad the locals want to kill it for food. They've got their raunchy chickens, for heaven's sake.

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Took this photo near Tessaban 7. Not sure what it is. Thought it as a white rumped Shama.post-21351-0-36193000-1345294269_thumb.j

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toybits #28

This is a Green-billed Malkoha. It's Latin name is Phaenicophaeus tristis; this name will help you find reference images on the Internet.

The Green-billed is the only Malkoha in Chiang Rai province. The genus has five more species in Thailand.

Malkohas search for food whilst running along the smaller branches of trees.

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toybits #28

This is a Green-billed Malkoha. It's Latin name is Phaenicophaeus tristis; this name will help you find reference images on the Internet.

The Green-billed is the only Malkoha in Chiang Rai province. The genus has five more species in Thailand.

Malkohas search for food whilst running along the smaller branches of trees.

You are a wealth of information and much more efficient than wading through those bird books. Amazing that you could identify that bird when so obscured by the bamboo.smile.png

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