Five Fabulous Birds Found In Myanmar

If you're an avid birdwatcher who loves vacationing in areas that feature an abundance of avian species in a beautiful natural environment, you should consider paying a visit to the Texas-sized Southeast Asian country of Myanmar. Over 1,000 species of birds can be found within Myanmar's borders, including at least 12 endangered species. Following are just five of the fabulous birds you might see during a visit to this country.

Woolly Necked Stork

The wooly necked stork is a multicolored, long-legged bird that stands over three feet tall. It is usually seen wading in wetland areas or soaring overhead on thermal currents. Although it prefers natural wetlands near rivers, lakes, coastal flats, and marshes, it's also frequently seen in rice paddies and golf courses.

Glossy Ibis

The glossy ibis is another long-legged feathered friend who loves to hang out in wetlands. It gets its name from its iridescent bronze and red feathers. The glossy ibis is easily recognizable by its long, curved bill that turns downward toward the end.

Jerdon's Babbler

Jerdon's babbler was recently believed to be extinct until field researchers stumbled upon a small number of these small, caramel colored birds near an abandoned agricultural station. You might not get lucky enough to see them when you visit the country, but conservation officials are currently working to increase their numbers.

Himalayan Vulture

The Himalayan vulture is a large bird of prey with a tufted neck, wide wings, a sharp, hooked beak, and long, sharp talons. Grey to pale brown in color with whitish markings, these vultures make their nests in high, rocky crags or in the tops of tall trees. Therefore, you can usually only spot them when they're soaring in the sky, but if you're lucky, you might be able to see one while it's swooping down on prey.

Eurasian Coot

The Eurasian coot is a black and white shore bird with thick, long legs and snowy white bill that is shaped like that of a duck. Like seagulls, Eurasian coots generally live in small flocks and can frequently be seen in marinas and near waterfront businesses hoping for easy scavenging of human foods. Feeding them, however, is not advised because doing so causes them to associate food with people, and they have been known to become aggressive.

You could spend weeks traveling in Myanmar and still not see every bird species. Be sure to bring a good camera so that you can share the images of those you did get to see with your family and friends.