Bird Watchers Paradise

About this tour

River Rovers’ Bird Watching Charters invite you to visit this wonderful land and experience the magnificent and diverse Avifauna of Thailand. Discover the Bird Life of Thailand. There is an astonishing wealth of shapes, colours and behaviors of the birds of this country. More than 920 species of birds have been identified, of which approximately two thirds are resident while one third are migratory. Over 200 species of these birds are found in the mangrove forests.

Birds Found in the Phuket Mangroves and the Inter Tidal Zone

Here is a list of the birds most commonly found in Thailand and often seen during any one of our River Rover Cruises, you will stand a very good chance of spotting many of these species:

The Mangrove Pitta is a beautiful, elusive bird. Although rarely seen, it’s loud “taew laew” call, gives away its presence. A strong bill enables them to feed on crabs.

The compact dark Little Heron can be found perched on a branch just above the water or wading in the mud. They feed on small aquatic fauna by stabbing them with their bill.

Two species of Kingfishers are common residents in the mangroves. The Brown Winged Kingfisher is the larger of the two, with a huge red bill and chocolate brown wings. The head and under parts are bright ginger. They have a loud and harsh “treew treew treew” call. And the Collared Kingfishers with blue upper parts and all white under parts.

The Common Sandpipers are migrant waders. Their distinct habit of bobbing their tail up and down while feeding and walking makes them easy to identify.

The Brahminy Kites are the most common birds of prey in the coastal areas. They are beautiful and graceful with a distinct colouring of bright chestnut, with the head, neck and breast being white. It is a delight to watch them circle gracefully overhead.

The White Bellied Sea Eagle is most frequently seen near the coastal areas of the South Asian continent and surrounding islands. They can be found at the coast in Australia, but are also to be found up the major waterways for some distance. The White Bellied Sea Eagle spends most of its day soaring, perched on rocks or trees at the edge of the water. This is where they hunt from. It has a strong liking for sea snakes, which come to the surface to breathe. When fishing they plunge with an impressive splash.

The Hornbills that you see in Thailand are resident. They are frugivorous, though they may eat small reptiles and insects during malting or when rearing young.

Over thirty species of water birds are known to utilize the mudflat areas of Thailand as refueling sites during migration which accounts for 9 out of every 12 months.

The rapid pace of habitat destruction in general, means that action should be taken to protect these areas and long term conservation programs must be implemented.

Some of the Migratory Species are:

The Grey Plover, The Asian Golden Plover, Greater Sandpiper, Mongolian Plover, The Malaysian Plover, Eurasian Curlew, Whimbret, Bar-tailed Godwit, Asian Dowitcher, Common Redshank, Common Greenshank, Terek Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Curlew Sandpiper, Great Knot, Red-necked Stint, Sanderling, Ruddy Turnstone, Crested Tern, Common Terns, Little Tern, Little Heron, Little Egret, and Pacific Reef Egrets.

This is a True Eco Adventure You Will Never Forget!

Experience another Thailand on a cruise charter with a huge difference!

Tour information

Start (depending on tides): 9am (9:00)
Tour duration: 8 hours
Maximum guests: 11 people
Departing from: Departure
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We don’t offer set prices for each of our tours. We give excellent value for money and believe and trust in our guests to offer us what they consider each tour is worth.

We offer you complete flexibility and the ability for our guests to plan their tours. In return we expect that our guests will understand that no other tours in Phuket offer the chance for their guests to negotiate what they want to pay. We have selected a variety of local Charities for you to choose from, and a generous 5% of your total tour cost will go to the Charity of your choice. Please remember this when deciding on your tour quote, as we kindly ask you to understand that even though most of our guests provide a satisfactory quote; in other circumstances one of the River Rovers team may need to contact you to negotiate a price that better matches your chosen tour itinerary and budget.

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River Rover’s Eco Tours provides services that no other tours in Phuket can offer… we are truly one of a kind. You may have experienced holidays, where the tour schedule is so rigid and over-planned that at the end you walk away feeling dissatisfied and overcharged. Even though River Rover’s Eco Tours does not provide discounted tours, we do provide our guests the opportunity to plan their perfect vacation:

Where you want to go - no more sitting around waiting at boring places or places you don’t wish to see.

How long you want your tours to last for - if you book in advance you will be able to choose from 1 day to even week long tours. As the boat is amazingly comfortable and our staff are friendly without being overbearing- you will surely have a chance to relax and take control of your holiday as you wish...

What you want to pay - River Rovers has a Charity focus, because we strongly believe in supporting the healthy growth of Phuket. We would like the local human and animal citizens of Phuket to benefit from tourism, and help give them the opportunities to prosper outside of the tourism industry.

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