Myanmar/ Burma has unique biodiversity in the world. Myanmar offers outstanding opportunities for birders and professional nature and wildlife photographers with its diverse biosphere, different ecosystems from coastal habitat to mountainous forests, and unparalleled natural beauty and preserved cultural heritage among South East Asian countries.
Due to isolation from world community, Myanmar is not yet fully explored; hence offer exciting birding in the region.Actually, there are still new species of birds yet to be discovered in Myanmar. New discovery of the “Naung Mung Scimitar Babbler (Jabouilleia naungmungensis)” in February 2004 is a recent example.
Myanmar’s recorded 1070 bird species makes it one of the birders’ paradises, and six endemic species, and thirty-five near-endemic bird species can also be found. Those Myanmar endemic species are;
(1) Globally endangered White-browed Nuthatch (Sitta victoriae),
(2) near-threatened Hooded Treepie (Crypsirina cucullata),
(3) White-throated Babbler (Turdoides gularis),
(4) Burmese Bushlark (Mirafra microptera),
(5) Jerdon’s Minivet (Pericrocotus albifrons), recently split from White-bellied Minivet,
(6) Burmese Tits (Aegithalos sharpei)
(7) Burmese-collered Dove ((Streptopelia xanthocycla), recently split from Eurasian collared dove.
Critically endangered, Spoon-Billed Sand Pippers were seen in Myanmar Gulf of Mottama and Just five years ago, conservationists uncovered the largest, previously-unknown concentration of the birds in the Gulf of Martaban in Myanmar. Almost immediately it became obvious that bird hunting, carried out by the poorest sections of society, could be a major factor behind the recent drastic decline in numbers. The Spoon-billed Sandpiper Task Force and BANCA have made great progress working with villagers to find alternatives to bird trapping, by helping provide fishing equipment and access to other livelihoods. Ecotourism is playing its own part in helping to save this wonderful bird.
one of the world’s rarest and most beautiful birds, Gurney’s Pitta have been found in southern Myanmar near Linya National Park, in the Ngawun Reserve Forest. Bird Life International, Biodiversity And Nature Conservation Association together with the Ministry of Forestry has found the largest group of Gurney's Pitta in Myanmar. They found about 150 of these birds in the same place.
The Gurney's Pitta are often called Jewel-thrush. Until 2003, only about 20 of these rare species were found in the world and the respective organizations were much concerned for their existence.
But now, Bird Life International and Biodiversity And Nature Conservation Association have found that not only Gurney's Pittas but also other endangered species dwells in the Ngawun Reserve Forest.
Also there are rare birds like:
In Yangon, Pale-capped Pigeon, Rocket Tailed Treepie, in Hlawgar Park.
Bagan, Plain Back sparrow, Lager falcon, Sun lark, White-Tailed Stonchat, Straited Bubbler, River Lapwing, near the river.
Chin Hill: near endemic Mt. Victoria Berbax, Yellow Billed Blue Pagpie, Yellow Breasted Green Finch, Buffed Breasted Parrotbill, Brown-capped laughing thrush, Assan Laughing thrush, striped laughing thrush, Black Headed strike Bubbler, Chin Hills Wren-babbler, Streak-throated Barwing, Spot-breasted Scimitar Bubbler
Inle: Jerdon Bushchart, Collered Myna, Striated Grassbird,
Kalaw: Burmese Yuhina, Spectable Barwing, Dark Backed Sibia, Rusty- Cheek Scimitar Bubbler