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DI LINH

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Altitude (m):1500
# Species*:157
# Excl Vagrants*:157
# Endemics*:3
# Near Endemics*:3
*Based on partial or incomplete data.
Habitat: Mountain pass, roadside

ABOUT THE BIRDING

Di Linh is a small town between Cat Tien National Park and Dalat Plateau. The main birding is in the Deo Suoi Lanh pass. The pass is a forested area along the road from Di Linh to the seaside town of Phan Thiet. The best birding is between the 80 km and 75 km road markers, especially KM78-79, up a steep narrow trail starting at KM76 behind a tea stall, and along a logging road accessed from that trail. The logging road is difficult to reach because the trail leading to it ends at a stream where it's blocked by felled trees. It's possible to scramble over the downed trees or get across the stream a bit farther upstream. The primary target bird is the Green Cochoa, which is best seen along the central logging track. The tea stall trail is the best place for finding Orange-breasted Laughingthrush, always a difficult bird to see. The road itself is one of the best places to see Black-hooded Laughingthrush as well as many other tropical forest birds. The area is also one of the best places to see Vietnamese Cutia and Blackc-crowned Parrotbill.

LOCATION OF SITE

Di Linh is a small town located between Cat Tien National Park and Dalat along Highway 20. It's 80 km from Dalat. Beyond Di Linh is the mountain pass called Deo Suoi Lanh, often mistakenly referred to as Deo Nui San. The pass is located about 16 km east of Di Linh along the old road between Di Linh and the seaside town of Phan Thiet.