Birding at Moeyungyi Wetland

Birding at Moeyungyi Wetland is a very good attraction for the tourists. Moeyungyi Wetland is the first RAMSAR site in Myanmar. There are many migratory birds. For viewing some specialty Myanmar (South East Asian) bird species. Studying the Ecology and Biodiversity of Moeyungyi Wetland and Wildlife Sanctuary.

NT = Near Threatened, VU = Vulnerable, EN = Endangered, LC = Least Concern E = Endemic, S = Saw, H = heard


A birding at Moeyungyi was collaborated by Myanmar Bird and Nature Society and SST Tourism Co., Ltd on 28 December 2019 with ten participants including three Tour leaders, Ko Ye (Birder) MBNS Executive, S.S.T Tourism Bird Guides Mr.HtayNgwe and Mr. Mai Mingalar Lay. Moeyungyi is located about 70 miles north of Yangonwith an area of 40 square miles in Wow Township, Bago Region, and was designated as the first RAMSAR site in Myanmar in 2004. It is home for 20, 844 birds from 44 species of migratory birds and 67 species of resident water birds according to the figures for the end of January in 2018.

Today (28th Dec 2019), we started to leave for our birding site from our meeting point, Myae Ni Gone, at 06:00 am with two buses. After driving forty minutes, we arrived at Htaukkyan, Mingalardon Township, and we had our breakfast and tea at Tat Lu restaurant – Shan-noddle, Monehinga was completed our morning meal. Next, we headed for Moeyungyi driving on Yangon – Mandalay high way – on the way, Black Drongo, Egrets, Jungle Myna was firstly added to our list. When we arrived at Moeyungyi Ticket Counter, two black-capped Kingfishers, Common Kingfisher, masses of Barn Swallows, Sand Martins, and Eurasian Wryneck was sighted on walking in ten minutes to Moeyungyi Restaurant. After relaxing for about six minutes, we started to sail inside with two boats to see the water birds. When we are on the boats seven Whiskered Terns, two Little Grebes, Osprey, three Oriental Darters listed on the list. Then, to see many more species, we tried to do birding at the bank of wetland where many fish farms and some huts located near. On the bank, there are really good views by looking back to the wetland, and here, It can be seen many species even though shorebirds feeding there. On arriving at the bank of Moeyungyi Wetland, firstly starting to hear the calling of Striated Grassbird and saw its two perching at the post, and fighting in seconds. Next, we kept it walking and heard Prinias and Reed Warblers calling around. Firstly, we saw two black-browed Reed Warbler at five meters in distance by calling.

While did birding here about four hours, we listed Oriental Reed Warblers, Yellow – belliedPrinias, Little Green Bee-eater, Pacific  GoldenPlover, Baya Weaver, Plaintive Cuckoo (male and female), Yellow Bittern and others. We had our lunch at the Moeyungyi Restaurant and did the bird list. After that, continuing birding around the resort, Asian Pied and Chestnut-tailed Starlings, Sand Martin, Blue-tailed Bee-eater were added, and seventy-three bird species were heard and spotted on the activity. In the evening at fifteen passed three, we went back to Yangon.

NOTE: Thanks to Moeyungyi Resort for supporting boats the whole trip and every single of participants for participating with us.

No Common Name              Scientific Name   S and H   IUCN
1 Cotton Pigmy-goose Nettapuscoromandelianus S LC
2 Little Greebe Tachybaptusruficollis S LC
3 Eurasian Wryneck Jynxtorquilla S LC
4 Common Kingfisher Alcedoatthis S LC
5 Black-capped Kingfisher Halcyon pileata S LC
6 Plaintive Cuckoo Cacomantismerulinus S LC
7 Little Green Bee-eater Meropsorientalis S LC
8 Blue-tailed Bee-eater Meropsphilippinus S LC
9 Spotted Dove Streptopeliachinensis S LC
10 Watercock Gallicrexcinerea S LC
11 Common Moorhen Gallinulachloropus S LC
12 Common Coot Fulicaatra S LC
13 Grey-headed Swamhen Porphyriopoliocephalus S LC
14 Phesant-tailed Jacana Hydrophasianuschirurgus S LC
15 Bronze-winged Jacana Metopidiusindicus S LC
16 Common Snipe Actitishypoleucos S LC
17 Wood Sandpiper Tringaglareola S LC
18 Common Sandpiper Actitishypoleucos S LC
19 Pacific Golden Plover Pluvialisfulva S LC
20 Black-winged Stilt Himantopushimantopus S LC
21 Grey-headed Lapwing Vanelluscinereus S LC
22 Whiskered Tern Chlidoniashybridus S LC
23 Osprey Pandionhaliaetus S LC
24 Oriental Darter Anhinga melanogaster S NT
25 Little Cormorant Phalacrocoraxniger S LC
26 Little Egret Egrettagarzetta S LC
27 Great Egret Ardea alba S LC
28 Intermediate Egret Mesophoyxintermedia S LC
29 Cattle Egret Bubulcuscoromandus S LC
30 Indian Pond-heron Ardeolagrayii S LC
31 Grey Heron Ardeacinerea S LC
32 Purple Heron Ardeapurpurea S LC
33 Yellow Bittern Ixobrychussinensis S LC
34 Glossy Ibis Plegadisfalcinellus S LC
35 Common Iora Aegithinatiphia S LC
36 Brown Shrike Laniuscristatus S LC
37 Long-tailed Shrike Laniusschach S LC
38 House Crow Corvussplendens S LC
39 Black-napped Oriole Orioluschinensis S LC
40 Black Drongo Dicrurusmacrocercus S LC
41 Rock Dove Columba livia S LC
42 Taiga Flycatcher Ficedulaalbicilla S LC
43 Oriental Magpie Robin Copsychussaularis S LC
44 Eastern Stonechat Saxicolamaurus S LC
45 Chestnut-tailed Starling Sturnusmalabaricus S LC
46 Common Myna Acridotherestristis S LC
47 Jungle Myna Acridotheresfuscus S LC
48 Asian Pied Starling Sturnus vulgaris S LC
49 Common Sand Martin Ripariariparia S LC
50 Barn Swallow Hirundorustica S LC
51 Ayeyarwady Bulbul Pycnonotusblanfordi S E
52 Red-whiskered Bulbul Pycnonotusjocosus S LC
53 Red-vented Bulbul Pycnonotuscafer S LC
54 Yellow-bellied Prinia Priniaflaviventris S LC
55 Plain Prinia Priniainornata S LC
56 Striated Grassbird Megaluruspalustris S LC
57 ZittingCisticola Cisticolajuncidis S LC
58 Black-browed Reed Warbler Acrocephalusbistrigiceps S LC
59 Paddyfield Warbler Anthusrufulus S LC
60 Blunt-winged Warbler Acrocephalusconcinens S LC
61 Oriental Reed Warbler Acrocephalusorientalis S LC
62 Common Tailorbird Orthotomussutorius S LC
63 Dusky Warbler Phylloscopusfuscatus S LC
64 Yellow-eyed Babbler Chrysommasinense S LC
65 Oriental Skylark Alaudagulgula H LC
66 White Wagtail Motacilla alba S LC
67 Yellow Wagtail Motacillatschutschensis S LC
68 Paddyfield Pipit Anthusrichardi S LC
69 House Sparrow Passer domensticus S LC
70 Eurasian Tree Sparrow Passer montanus S LC
71 White-rumpedMunia Lonchurastriata S LC
72 Red Collared Dove Streptopeliatranquebarica S LC
73 Baya Weaver Ploceusphilippinus S LC