Altitude (m):0-25
# Species:491
# Excl Vagrants:491
# Endemics:0
# Near Endemics:2
Habitat: Mangroves, river, urban waterfront


There are two main birding locales along the Krabi River, namely mangrove boat trips and the mangrove boardwalk. The best approach is to explore the mangroves by boat. A boat trip can produce target species such as Chinese Egret, Nordmann's Greenshank, Great Knot, and Brown-winged Kingfisher. Mangrove Pitta is most easily seen by getting out of the boat. They're most vocal in the morning. Chestnut-bellied Malkoha, Ruddy Kingfisher, Black-and-red Broadbill, and Mangrove Blue Flycatcher are also present in and around the mangroves. The latter is easily confused with Hill Blue Flycatcher and Blue-throated Flycatcher, also present in the mangroves. Other birds of interest include Chinese Pond-Heron, Terek Sandpiper, Great Crested Tern, and Lesser Crested Tern. Also possible though rare is Indian Pond-Heron. It's important to go out when the tide is in, since the tide recedes a very long distance when it goes out.

An alternative to a boat trip is walking the boardwalk through the mangroves. The walkway is only a kilometer long so it needs to be walked several times. This is a good place to find Brown-winged Kingfisher and Mangrove Pitta, so it is worth exploring before going out on a boat trip.

The riverfront in Krabi is also of interest, especially at low tide when a variety of sandpipers are present in winter. Plenty of pond-herons are present, including a few Javan Pond-Herons and occasionally an Indian Pond-Heron. Other birds of interest include Brahminy Kite and White-bellied Sea-Eagle soaring above the town and Asian Glossy Starling around the buildings near the long-tailed boat moorage. Also, the mangroves can be accessed from the Maritime Park and Spa a kilometer north of town. The staff are happy to let birders in.


Krabi River is located on the western coast of southern Thailand. The town of Krabi is 9-10 hours by car from Bangkok, so it's best to combine this area as part of a tour of the south.