Best time to travel to Myanmar

Birdwatching

This unspoiled country provides the kind of subjects most wildlife photographers can only dream about, including rare tropical birds

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Myanmar is part of the East Asia Australian flyway for millions of birds who leave their home in September-October and set off to warmer lands. Its wetlands, namely Irrawaddy delta, are especially rich in migrating birds from the end of the rainy season.

Many of the waders make their way to the paddy plains; it is also one of the last refuges of the Eastern Sarus Crane. The Chin Hills has the cool climate and rich bird fauna of some 200 species.

The Shan Plateau, especially Pyin Oo Lwin, was known to have a particularly diverse bird fauna in its oak and chestnut forests. One of the best areas to see migrating birds is Inle Lake. Northern Kachin and Sagaing Division is another area of outstanding natural beauty and wildlife interest.

Over 470 bird species were recorded there, which includes Eastern White and Spot-billed pelicans, White-winged ducks, Asian paradise flycatchers, Mountain Imperial Pigeons, and a number of rare and beautiful pheasants. Moyungyi wetland is another famous bird sanctuary—the best and most accessible site around Yangon.

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