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Red-bearded Bee-eater Nyctyornis amictus ©Laurence Poh Website

The Fat Birder has seen just a little of the east. I found that Mai Po is glorious; Thailand has huge dense cities and almost pristine National Parks, Malaya still has some great birding forests but they are under great threat from loggers, Sri Lanka's endemics are sometimes hard to find but the search is through beautiful landscapes and India is rich culturally as well as in terms of its birding spectacle. With a large proportion of the world's bird families and some wonderfully diverse habitat there should be more to see on the world wide web - over the last year it has certainly grown but there is plenty of room for more birding websites in the east…

Not only are the birds colourful but there are asian photographers and artists who have captured these glories and a few images appear on these pages.

Number of Species

Number of bird species: 1900

This is roughly 20% of the world total.


iGoTerra Checklist of the Indian Ocean

iGoTerra Checklist

Fatbirder Associate iGoTerra offers the most comprehensive and up to date birds lists on the web

Useful Reading

A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Japan and East Asia

Tadao Shimba 400 pages, 800 col photos. Christopher Helm 2007

ISBN: 9780713674392

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A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Southeast Asia

Including the Philippines and Borneo - Morton Strange 398 pages, col photos, maps. Christopher Helm 2003

ISBN: 0713664029

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Birds of Central Asia: Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan

by Raffael Ayé (Author), Manuel Schweizer (Author), Tobias Roth (Author), Dave Nurney (Illustrator), Per Alström (Illustrator), Adam Bowley (Illustrator), Carl D'Silva (Illustrator), Kim Franklin (Illustrator), John Gale (Illustrator), Alan Harris (Illustrator), Ren Hathway (Illustrator), Christopher Schmidt (Illustrator), Brian Small (Illustrator), Jan Wilczur (Illustrator), Tim Worfolk (Illustrator), Martin Woodcock (Illustrator), Arend Wassink (Contributor) | Paperback | Oct 2012 | Christopher Helm | 336 pages, 141 plates with colour illustrations; 14 colour photos, 5 b/w illustrations, 3 colour maps, colour distribution maps

ISBN: 9780713670387

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Birds of East Asia

Mark Brazil Helm 2007

ISBN: 0713670401

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Birds of South Asia. The Ripley Guide

Pamela C Rasmussen and John C Anderton 1061 pages, 180 colour plates, 1450 colour distribution maps. Lynx Edicions 2005

ISBN: 8487334679

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Birds of South-East Asia: a Photographic Guide

Morten Strange Paperback - 112 pages ( 1 February, 1998) New Holland Publishers (UK)
See Fatbirder Review

ISBN: 1853688797

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Birds of the Indian Ocean Islands: Madagascar, Mauritius, Réunion, Rodrigues, Seychelles and the Comoros

Ian Sinclair (Author), Olivier Langrand (Author), Norman Arlott (Illustrator), Hilary Burn (Illustrator), Peter Hayman (Illustrator), Ian Lewington (Illustrator) | New Holland Publishers | Paperback | Jul 2013 | Edition: 2 |

ISBN: 9781431700851

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Collins Illustrated Checklist: Birds of South East Asia

Martin Woodcock and Frank Lambert Series: COLLINS ILLUSTRATED CHECKLISTS 112 col plates, 1400 maps. Harper Collins In preparation

ISBN: 9780002200943

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Identification Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia

Craig Robson 504 pages, 104 col plates. New Holland Publishers 2007

ISBN: 9781845374808

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Important Bird Areas in Asia - Key Sites for Conservation

S Chan, MJ Crosby, MZ Islam and AW Tordoff Series: BIRDLIFE CONSERVATION SERIES 13 297 pages, col photos, tabs, maps, figs. BirdLife International Distributed by NHBS

ISBN: 094688854X

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New Holland Field Guide to the Birds of South East Asia

Craig Robson Hardcover - 504 pages New Holland Publishers 2000

ISBN: 1843307464

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Saving Asia's Threatened Birds

A Guide for Government and Civil Society - BirdLife International 256 pages, col photos, dist maps, tabs. BirdLife International Distributed by NHBS

ISBN: 0946888477

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Threatened Birds of Asia (2 Volume Set)

The BirdLife International Red Data Book - Edited by NJ Collar, AV Andreev, S Chan, MJ Crosby, S Subramanya and JA Tobias Series: THREATENED BIRDS OF ASIA 3038 pages, line illus, distribution maps (2 Volume Set). BirdLife International Distributed by NHBS

ISBN: 0946888442

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Threatened Birds of Asia CD-ROM

NJ Collar et al Series: THREATENED BIRDS OF ASIA Illus, dist maps. BirdLife International 2001 Distributed by NHBS

ISBN: 125996

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BirdLife Asia


General info…

Oriental Bird Club


Oriental Bird Club, UK registered charity 297242, has been established for ornithologists throughout the world, both amateur and professional, who share a common interest in the region's birds and wish to assist in their conservation.

Sanctuary Asia


Sanctuary Asia, India's leading wildlife, conservation and environment magazine, was started by editor Bittu Sahgal in 1981 to raise awareness among Indians of their disappearing natural heritage.

Forums & Mailing Lists


Mailing List

To post to list: orientalbirding@yahoogroups.com

List contact: http://www.orientalbirdclub.org/

To subscribe to list: orientalbirding-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

A mailing list for all who are interested in wild birds, birding and conservation in the Oriental region. In association with the Oriental Bird Club.

Guides & Tour Operators

Click on WAND for tours, guides, lodges and more…

Bird Tour Asia

Tour Operator

Birdtour Asia are specialists in Asian birding tours, offering organised and tailor-made travel throughout the region. Our tours are planned to optimise the birding opportunities at each site visited concentrating on the most enigmatic, localized and hard to find species. By allowing time for comprehensive coverage we will give ourselves the best realistic chance of locating these speciality birds of the region. We aim to offer the best possible bird-tour experience through a combination of small group sizes, experienced and knowledgeable leaders, a friendly and relaxed atmosphere and of course some of the finest birding in the world…

Birdtours 2 Asia

Tour Operator

We offer quality guided birding tours but at the same time provide the independent traveller with real value information. To form this perfect venture has only been possible thanks to the knowledge of the region by our dedicated team. We hope to see you soon and in the mean time enjoy the information or dream about your upcoming birding tour!

KingBird Tours

Tour Operator

Since 1980 KingBird Tours has been the premier company specializing in Asian birding tours. Renowned ornithologist, Ben King, author of, A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia, Collins,(1975); designs all tours to offer comprehensive coverage of the areas visited. Small groups and expert leadership insure seeing as many birds as possible, especially endemics, in each Asian destination.

Trip Reports


Trip Report Repository

CloudBirders was created by a group of Belgian world birding enthusiasts and went live on 21st of March 2013. They provide a large and growing database of birding trip reports, complemented with extensive search, voting and statistical features.

Other Links

Sibagu - Bird Names in Oriental Languages


"Sibagu" is the Classical Mongolian word for "bird". The site is devoted to bird names in different languages of Asia….

Photographers & Artists

Gallery - Avian Galleries


Asian bird pictures…

Gallery - Oriental Bird Images


Oriental Bird Images (OBI) has been created by the Oriental Bird Club (OBC) to bring together photographs of as many bird species from the Oriental Region as possible. We hope this will provide both a useful tool for researchers and a splendid collection of photographs for anyone to browse…