Cuc Phuong National Park

Cuc Phuong, Vietnam’s first national park established in 1962 by President Ho Chi Minh, is located in Ninh Binh Province, a three-hour drive south from Hanoi. Cuc Phuong’s main vegetation type is limestone forest with areas of secondary forest where the natural limestone forest has been cleared.

There are two main areas to concentrate on at Cuc Phuong, the headquarters area and Bong sub-station, 20 km inside the park. There are several good forest trails leading from Bong sub-station and the road between the headquarters and Bong can be surprisingly good for birding especially early in the morning.

Evergreen forest at Cuc Phuong
Forest trail at Cuc Phuong

Red-collared Woodpecker, Pied Falconet, Malayan Night-heron, Eared Pitta, Blue-rumped Pitta, Bar-bellied Pitta, Silver-breasted Broadbill, Indochinese Green Magpie, White-winged Magpie, Ratchet-tailed Treepie, Limestone Wren-babbler and large numbers of wintering thrushes are among the many avian attractions to be found at Cuc Phuong.

Cuc Phuong’s most wanted

Silver Pheasant, Red-collared Woodpecker, Northern Brown Hornbill, Pied Falconet, Eared Pitta, Blue-rumped Pitta, Bar-bellied Pitta, Silver-breasted Broadbill, White-winged Magpie, Indochinese Green Magpie, Ratchet-tailed Treepie, White’s Thrush, Black-breasted Thrush, Japanese Thrush, Chinese Blackbird, White-tailed Flycatcher, Rufous-tailed Robin, Fujian Niltava, Limestone Wren-babbler, Rufous-throated Fulvetta, Black-browed Fulvetta.

Pied Falconet