Lo Xo

Lo Xo is the name of a forested mountain pass along the newly-built Ho Chi Minh Highway which traces the route of the legendary Ho Chi Minh Trail along Vietnam’s border with Laos. Lo Xo is located in the Kontum Plateau EBA and is a three-hour drive from Danang in Central Vietnam.

The surrounding peaks, including the tantalizingly close but for now off-limits Mount Ngoc Linh, are mostly covered in primary evergreen forest although the effects of wartime defoliation can still clearly be seen at certain points along the highway.

Roadside scrub at Lo Xo Pass

Fortunately for birders, the Black-crowned Barwing, discovered in 1996 and known from only three sites in Vietnam and Laos, seems to favour the easily accessed scrub and secondary growth bordering the highway.

Black- crowned Barwing

Lo Xo’s most wanted

Northern Brown Hornbill, Plumbeous Water-redstart, White-capped Water-redstart, White-winged Magpie, Yellow-billed Nuthatch, White-cheeked Laughingthrush, Black-hooded Laughingthrush, Red-tailed Laughingthrush, Indochinese Wren-babbler, Red-tailed Minla, Black-crowned Barwing.