Paradise of birds in primary rain forest on low land.
Located 150km by road from HCMC, Cat Tien is the largest remaining lowland rainforest in Vietnam, and one of the best birding destinations in the country. Birders have recorded over 400 species in the park, including many specialties that are easier to find in Cat Tien than in any other park in the region. This site also boasts a great deal of non-bird biodiversity, including numerous primate species. A large portion of the park itself is an IBA, and a lake within the park (named "Crocodile Lake" for the impressive siamese crocodiles that live there) has been designated a Ramsar site.
Birding Highlights: Good chances for specialties such as the Bar-bellied and Blue-rumped Pitta, as well as Germain’s Peacock-pheasant, Siamese Fireback, Green Peafowl. Also Orange-necked Partridge, Scaly-breasted Partridge; numerous woodpeckers (White-bellied, Great Slaty, Pale-headed, Black-and-buff, Heart-spotted); Great Hornbill, Wreathed Hornbill, Orange-breasted Trogon, Blue-bearded Bee-eater, Banded Kingfisher, Stork-billed Kingfisher, Blyth’s Frogmouth, Great-eared Nightjar, Grey-headed Fish-eagle, Lesser Fish-eagle, Black Baza, Collared Falconet, Woolly-necked Stork, Lesser Adjutant, Black-and-red Broadbill, Banded Broadbill, Dusky Broadbill, Golden-crested Myna, Grey-faced Tit-babbler.