Ngoc Linh nature reserve

VietnamBirdShooting 2016-05-15

Ngoc Linh proposed nature reserve is situated on the Kon Tum plateau, a montane isolate, which is separated from other high altitude areas by relatively long distances. The highest point in the proposed nature reserve is Mount Ngoc Linh (2,598 m), the highest point in the central Annamite Mountains, which lies on the border between Kon Tum and Quang Nam provinces.

Biodiversity of Ngoc Linh Nature Reserve

Ngoc Linh proposed nature reserve supports high levels of endemism in plants and animals. The proposed nature reserve supports populations of several plant species that are endemic to Vietnam, including Pinus dalatensis and Panax vietnamensis. Also, Ngoc Linh supports a population of the recently discovered, endemic mammal species, Annamite Muntjac Muntiacus truongsonensis. Furthermore, the proposed nature reserve supports one bird species, Golden-winged Laughingthrush Garrulax ngoclinhensis, whose known global range is restricted to the central Annamites. Due to the presence of Golden-winged Laughingthrush and three other restricted-range bird species, Ngoc Linh proposed nature reserve qualifies for inclusion in the Kon Tum Plateau Endemic Bird Area (EBA), the most recently discovered of Vietnam's four EBAs. In addition, together with parts of the contiguous Ngoc Linh Nature Reserve, the site qualifies as an Important Bird Area.

This area is very new so security is not guaranteed but has a lot of things to see. One of the most desired is Golden-winged Laughingthrush although it is not common along the road you climb a bit to reach 1900m will be easier. Black-crowned Barwing is very common around. Grey-crowned Crocias also occurs here.

Birds highlight of Ngoc Linh Nature Reserve

Himalayan Cutia, Grey-headed Parrotbill, Green Shrike-Babbler, Crested Argus, Rusty-napped Pitta, Blue Pitta, Silver Pheasant, Black-crowned Barwing, Grey-crowned Crocias, Golden-winged Laughingthrush, Red-tailed Laughingthrush.

Time for birding and bird photography in Ngoc Linh nature reserve

The good time for birding is from October to November or March to Jun. For the Bird, photography is from March to Jun.