Birding Paradise Around Kalaw

Birding Paradise Around Kalaw

Our breath-taking Earth splendidly displays thousands of bird species all over the globe, and bird enthusiasts discover new bird species regularly. Southeast Asia has a vast diversity of birdlife, comprising roughly one fifth of the world’s living species, making the region a richly rewarding destination for birdwatchers. Kalaw, is a small town situated on the western edge of the Shan Plateau with an elevation of 1310 meters maintaining patches of evergreen, broad-leaf forest as well as secondary pine forest together with surrounding fields and thickets, some 189 bird species have been recorded from this area.

If hiking is really your jam, plan a few different hikes in different types of terrain with in Shan Highlands which gives you opportunity see as many different types of birds as possible.

Over time, most of the natural forest in the Kalaw area has been lost or modified. However, the catchment area of the Yay Ayekan Reservoir still has extensive pine and evergreen forest and is a great place to visit. Moreover, much of the town of Kalaw feels like a ‘garden city’ with many trees and open areas. There are also pockets of secondary forest, especially pine forest, on many the surrounding hillsides.


Bird Species found around Kalaw

Bird species include*: Falconidae: Crested Serpent-Eagle, Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Ruffous-winged Buzzard, Himalayan Buzzard, Long-legged Buzzard. Rallidae: Black-tailed Crake. Scolopacidae: Green Sandpiper. Columbidae: Oriental Turtle Dove, Yellow-footed Green-pigeon, Pin-tailed Green-pigeon, Wedge-tailed Green-pigeon. Apodidae: Himalayan Swiftlet. Trogonoidae: Red-headed Trogon. Meropidae: Blue-bearded Bee-eater. Picidae: Speckled Piculet, Greater Flameback. Eurylaimidae: Silver-breasted Broadbill, Long-tailed Broadbill. Vireonidae: White-browed Shrike-babbler, Green Shrike-babbler, White-bellied Erpornis. Campephagidae: Indochinese Cuckooshrike, Scarlet Minivet. Oriolidae: Slender-billed Oriole, Black-hooded Oriole, Maroon Oriole. Rhipiduridae: White-throated Fantail. Corvidae: Eurasian Jay, Red-billed Blue Magpie. Laniidae: Grey-backed Shrike. Nectariniidae: Black-throated Sunbird, Mrs Gould’s Sunbird, Green-tailed Sunbird, Streaked Spiderhunter. Chloropseidae: Blue-winged Leafbird, Golden-fronted Leafbird, Orange-bellied Leafbird. Estrildidae: White-rumped Munia, Scaly-breasted Munia. Motacillidae: Grey Wagtail. Fringillidae: Black-headed Greenfinch, Crested Bunting, Chestnut Bunting. Certhiidae: Hume’s Treecreeper. Sittidae: Velvet-fronted Nuthatch, Giant Nuthatch. Sturnidae: Black-collared Starling, Asian Pied Starling, Chestnut-tailed Starling. Turdidae: Orange-headed Thrush, Black-breasted Thrush, White-tailed Robin, White-capped Water-redstart, Daurian Redstart, BlueRock-thrush. Muscicapidae: Black-backed Forktail, White-crowned Forktail, Vivid Niltava, Pale-blue Flycatcher, Hill-blue Flycatcher, Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher, Verditer Flycatcher, White-gorgeted Flycatcher, Little Pied Flycatcher, Ultramarine Flycatcher, Taiga Flycatcher, Brown-breasted Flycatcher, Oriental Magpie Robin. Paridae: Japanese Tit, Yellow-cheeked Tit. Stenostiridae: Grey-headed Canary-flycatcher. Pycnonotidae: Crested Finchbill, Black-headed Bulbul, Flavescent Bulbul, Brown-breasted Bulbul, Sooty-headed Bulbul, Puff-throated Bulbul, Ashy Bulbul, Mountain Bulbul, Himalayan-black Bulbul. Hirundinidae: Red-rumped Swallow. Cettiidae: Slaty-bellied Tesia, Chestnut-headed Tesia, Bianchi’s Warbler, White-tailed Leaf-warbler, Asian Stubtail. Aegithalidae: Black-throated Tit. Phylloscopidae: Marten’s Warbler, Grey-crowned Warbler, Davison’s Warbler, Hume’s Warbler, Yellow-streaked Warbler. Timaliidae: Spot-breasted Parrotbill, Chestnut-flanked White-eye, Oriental White-eye, Japanese White-eye, Burmese Yuhina, Grey-cheeked Fulvetta, Rusty-capped Fulvetta, Rusty-cheeked Scimitar-babbler, White-browed Scimitar-babbler, Golden Babbler, Rufous-capped Babbler, Rufous-fronted Babbler, Spot-throated Babbler, Streaked Wren-babbler, Black-throated Laughingthrush, Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrush, White-browed Laughingthrush, Silver-eared Mesia, Dark-backed Sibia, Rufous-backed Sibia, Spectacled Barwing. Acrocephalidae: Spotted Bush-warbler. Megaluridae: Striated Grassbird. Cisticoloidae: Common Tailorbird, Brown Prinia, and Hill Prinia.

See what birders has to say about birding in and Kalaw


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Booking Condition

How to Book:

Complete the booking form click “submit” button to make your reservation. Alternately you may book through email [email protected].

Deposit and payment:

A deposit of 30% of your trip cost per person is require to secure your booking. The balance will need to be settled 7 day before commence of trek. Bookings made within 7 days must be paid in full at the time of booking.


Prices quoted are net basis and valid according to the date specified on the printed tariffs, quotation, invoice etc. Myanmar Hill lodges (Myanmar Highland Eco-adventures) warrants that the prices or rates quoted are correct at the time of issuance but are subject to change in line with market, tax or currency fluctuation.

Cancellations and refunds:

All cancellations must be advised in writing and are accepted from the date the written confirmation is received and applied cancellation as below.

15 days before trip date: you will lose your deposit
7 days and less before the trip date: 50% of the total cost per person
If reservations are cancelled (or) no-show: no refunds will be made

Amendments of trek:

If the change is minor we will endeavor to make the change at no further cost to you. If the change requires more work than we impose you an appropriate charge ask you to pay the charge before we action the change. Please note we may not be able to accommodate your request during “high occupation period”. In such case we will not be responsible for any lost or additional costs incurred. Should trip be cancelled after deposit cancellation fee applies.


There is no limitation on the group size on this program, however Myanmar Hill Lodges (Myanmar Highland Eco-adventures) reserves the right to combine in order to form a decent group on same departure.

Un-used service:

No refunds will be considered any unused service after commencement of the tour, trek or expeditions regardless of the reason whatsoever.



Your day pack should be a medium volume which can hold your personal belonging such as medication, camera, birding equipment, extra clothes, water etc.


Should be lightweight, dry quickly, and provide insulation even when wet. The brushed nylon pants are ideal for bush walking. Lightweight long sleeved shirt is useful as sunscreen and leeches protection while trekking. A raincoat and pants are ideal as they will keep you warm and dry in a variety of situations.

Foot ware:

Lightweight hiking boots or good quality running shoes will be ideal for the lowland trek. It is essential your walking boots be comfortable and broken-in.

Personal items

Personal item such as flashlight or headlamp with spare batteries, water bottle and lighter, a pocketknife, reading and writing material and personal first aid kit would also be essential for your convenience.

Protection from weather:

A pair of sun glass and hat is essential for your protection from sun. You will also need some sun screen to protect against sunburn.

Protection against insect bite:

It’s important to keep insect repellent to keep the insects away.


What are the overnight facilities in Kalaw?

Kalaw, having a trekking hub, there are many facilities to choose from starting from simple budgeted tourist class to high-end and everything fall in between. 

What will be the temperature like?

Our season is between October and May, which is winter and best tourist season in Myanmar. Mostly clear skies, warm during the day and cool evenings. Temperature steadily decreases between late December and early February. Average temperature would be between low 4/10 and high 22/30 degree Celsius. 

What about meal?

Lunch usually is simple, light and serve during mid-day. 

What about guide?

We provide English or Myanmar language guide and depending on the group size an assistance local guide.

Is there any age or health limit to participate?

This program is suitable to anyone with normal health and fitness condition. However older clients or clients with pre-existing medical conditions may require a doctor’s letter confirming their fitness for the trip. During your visit you are under the direction of your trip leader and he/she has total authority to determine your suitability to participate.

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