Ashy-throated Warbler Phylloscopus maculipennis was one of sixteen species of the Leaf Warbler bird family Phylloscopidae which we saw on this trip and yet the only species which I was able to photograph. Leaf Warblers are small, often dull coloured and forage constantly in bushes and trees which makes them difficult to see let alone photograph.
This was the last full day of the tour and we spent the early part of the day at the top of the mountain in the Doi Inthanon National Park, one of the few places in Thailand where this mainly high altitude species can be seen. It was crowded with people and the road was busy with traffic when a mixed flock which included a small party of Ashy-throated Warblers was seen foraging in bushes on the other side of the road. One of the birds came into the open in bright sunlight and this provided the opportunity for a photograph.
Ashy-throated Warbler is found in Bhutan, China, India, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Its natural habitats are temperate forests and subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.
Location: Doi Inthanon National Park
Family: Leaf Warblers and allies (Phylloscopidae)
Species: Ashy-throated Warbler (Phylloscopus maculipennis)
Date taken: 13/12/2016