If each national park in Thailand had a bird as it emblem, for Nam Nao National Park it would surely be the White-crested Laughingthrush, last week whilst we were at Nam Nao from the 18th-21st January, they were ever present, when I have seen them before they are usually shy and quickly disappear off into the forest, but at Nam Nao they feed out in the open around the campsite and at times fed within just a few feet of us on our balcony, this must be the easiest place in the world to see this species
by Fred Rowe
Used to campers a number of other species are also tame and easy to see, with daily flocks of Red-billed Blue Magpie, several Green Magpie and a male Red-headed Trogon also showing well daily. We also saw an excellent selection of woodpeckers, including a White-bellied and Grey-headed, both of which spent nearly an hour looking at their selfs in one of the toilet blocks mirrors. The lights by the entrance to the campsite, attracted a number of birds early in the morning, to feed on insects attracted by the light, the best of these was an intricate patterned female White-throated Rock Thrush, a Hainan Blue Flycatcher and a very obliging Verditer Flycatcher.
A walk along the entrance road produced at least two Grey-sided Thrush, which seem to have been part of a wide influx into Thailand over the past week. Other species noted, included several calling Bar-backed Partridge, several Northern Boobook, Barred Cuckoo Dove, Orange-breasted Trogon, Grey-capped Pygmy Woodpecker, Greater and Lesser Yellownape, numerous Black-winged and Indochinese Cuckooshrike, Rosy and Small Minivet, Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrush and Golden-crested Myna.