Myanmar: A Birder’s Paradise

Rufous-necked Hornbill

Rufous-necked Hornbill

Myanmar’s rich biodiversity makes for a bird-lover’s dream, home to over 1,000 species of stunning birds. To provide perspective, North America has about 900 species of birds on its entire continent, and Myanmar is roughly the size of Texas. Impressive!

Much of Myanmar’s forests are pristine and untouched. Unsurprisingly, in a survey from 2010-2014, twenty newly discovered species were recorded in the country. Imagine how many more species could be found in the future! These discoveries make it even more important to protect the beautiful birds of Myanmar. Enjoying these birds in national parks, protected islands and wildlife sanctuaries makes for an unparalleled experience.

Lampi National Park, which extends to a group of islands in Southern Myanmar’s Myeik Archipelago, is home to an impressive 228 of these bird species, including the threatened Plain-pouched Hornbill. The Inle Wetland Wildlife Sanctuary in Eastern Myanmar also houses over 200 species of birds, like the gorgeous Crimson Sunbird and the elusive Sarus Crane. There is no shortage of impressive and beautiful birds to observe in this richly diverse nation.

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