Ba Vi National Park
Ba Vi National Park, 50 km west of Hanoi, is centred around the three peaks of Mount Ba Vi. The highest peak, Dinh Vua, is 1,296 m asl. Birding can be a frustrating business at Ba Vi as like Tam Dao and Sapa it is often shrouded in thick fog. The natural forest cover ranges from lowland evergreen through lower montane evergreen to mixed coniferous and broadleaf forest.
The main target for birders at Ba Vi is the Rufous-cheeked Laughingthrush, once considered a subspecies of the Grey Laughingthrush but now a species in its own right with a limited range in north-western Vietnam, neighbouring areas of Laos and on China’s Hainan Island. Ba Vi is also a good place to search out over-wintering thrushes.
Ba Vi’s most wanted
Red-billed Blue Magpie, Grey Treepie, Orange-headed Thrush, Siberian Thrush, Scaly Thrush, Grey-backed Thrush, Japanese Thrush, Small Niltava, Fujian Niltava, Hainan Blue Flycatcher, Rufous-cheeked Laughingthrush.