Region (Compass)

Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W 4,000ha topography msl 

Protected/registered status 

Best Time for visit (15.04.1997-18.04.1997)


Birding Site Guide

Three kilometres south of Da Lat on the H.C.M. city road we found Datania Waterfall. This area provided us with our "teatime" birding each night. On the first visit we had to pay an entrance fee, but subsequently we were either regarded as regulars or just demented foreigners, and allowed to enter free of charge. This place turned out to be a real discovery and provided us with some excellent birding. The activity centred around one place in particular. We followed the steps down to the Waterfall, but stopped short at the place where the cobbled path starts and an overflow pipe crosses the track. It was this comer that surprised us time and again. The waterfall itself and area around it was explored but was of little interest. Over the next four evenings we had birds that were obviously nesting, and birds that were just passing through Mountain Imperial Pigeon, Moustached Barbel, Flavescent, Mountain and Black Bulbuls, White-bellied Yuhina, Black-throated Laughing Thrush and Chestnut-vented Nuthatch were the regulars, whilst Siberian Rubythroat, Blue-winged Minla, Bar-tailed Cuckoo Dove, Silver Pheasant and Siberian Blue Robin were amongst the visitors. 

Species seen

  • Silver Pheasant Lophura nycthemera DW
  • Barred Cuckoo-Dove Macropygia unchall DW
  • Mountain Imperial-Pigeon Ducula badia BL, DW, HTL
  • Green-billed Malkoha Phaenicophaeus tristis BL, DW, CT, NDL
  • House Swift Apus nipalensis many places
  • Red-vented Barbet Megalaima lagrandieri DW
  • Moustached Barbet Megalaima incognita DW, CT
  • Indochinese Cuckoo-shrike Coracina polioptera DW
  • Scarlet Minivet Pericrocotus flammeus DW, CT
  • Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike Hemipus picatus DW, M/CT, CT
  • Black-crested Bulbul Pycnonotus melanicterus many places
  • Red-whiskered Bulbul Pycnonotus jocosus DW, HTL, ML
  • Flavescent Bulbul Pycnonotus flavescens DW, ML
  • Black Bulbul Hypsipetes leucocephalus BL, DW, HTL, ML
  • Blue Whistling-Thrush Myophonus caeruleus DL, LKA, DW
  • Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus DW
  • Eastern Crowned Leaf-Warbler Phylloscopus coronatus DW, HTL
  • Little Pied Flycatcher Ficedula westermanni DW, ML
  • Verditer Flycatcher Eumyias thalassinus DW, HTL, ML
  • Gray-headed Canary-flycatcher Culicicapa ceylonensis DW, HTL, ML
  • Siberian Rubythroat Luscinia calliope DW
  • Siberian Blue Robin Luscinia cyane DW
  • White-throated Fantail Rhipidura albicollis DW, HTL, ML
  • Black-throated Laughingthrush Garrulax chinensis DW
  • Rufous-capped Babbler Stachyris ruficeps DW
  • Gray-faced Tit-Babbler Macronous kelleyi DW
  • White-browed Shrike-Babbler Pteruthius flaviscapis DW, HTL, ML
  • Blue-winged Minla Minla cyanouroptera DW
  • Mountain Fulvetta Alcippe peracensis DW, HTL
  • Chestnut-vented Nuthatch Sitta nagaensis DW, HTL, ML
  • Eastern Crimson Sunbird Aethopyga siparaja DW, CT
  • Burmese Shrike Lanius collurioides DW, HTL, ML
  • Vinous-breasted Starling Acridotheres burmannicus many places
  • Black-collared Starling Gracupica nigricollis many places
  • Nutmeg Mannikin Lonchura punctulata many places

Author: BSG, Geof Grafton