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MAE HIA AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE

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Altitude (m):310
# Species*:5
# Excl Vagrants*:5
# Endemics*:0
# Near Endemics*:0
*Based on partial or incomplete data.
Habitat: Farmland, wetland, woodland

ABOUT THE BIRDING

Mai Hia offers a good selection of open country birds close to Chiang Mai, where birders are likely to arrive in northern Thailand. A notable bird seen frequently is Wire-tailed Swallow. These are most often seen at along the canal at the entrance or a swampy spot a hundred meters beyond the entrance. The experimental farm plots, referred to as the Lapwing Fields by local birders, is a good place for farmland species. Red-wattled Lapwing is always present. It's also good for pipits, wagtails, munias, and sparrows. Scrub habitat that hasn't been cleaned up by maintenance crews are a good place for Zitting Cisticola, Gray-breasted Prinia, and Plain Prinia. It's also good for winter visitors during dry season. The small Fishing Lake attracts a few water birds, and surrounding vegetation may yield Green Bee-eater, Brown Shrike, Burmese Shrike, and Dusky Warbler. There is also some woodland on the site that is worth birding.

The following are some of the birding sites in the area.

LOCATION OF SITE

Mai Hia Agricultural College is located 4.6 km southwest of Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. It's reached by taking the canal road out of town to the intersection with Doi Sythep Road. The college is visible from there.