Yok Don National Park

Yok Don National Park

 

Yok Don National Park is located in western Dak Lak province in the Central Highlands. To the west, the site borders Cambodia. The site is characterised by a relatively flat, lowland landscape dominated by dry dipterocarp forest studded with seasonal pools. Semi-evergreen forest can also be found, along watercourses and on the few low-lying hills. Yok Don is bisected by the Srepok River, a major tributary of the Mekong River. The national park contains numerous small (and often seasonal) tributary streams of the Srepok River.

 

Birding highlights: Green Peafowl, Lesser Adjutant, Woolly-necked Stork, woodpeckers and Mekong Wagtail.

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Bird faunaYok Don National Park supports a diverse bird community, including a particularly rich dry dipterocarp forest avifauna. The large tracts of dry dipterocarp forest with seasonal pools are important for large waterbirds in particular. Yok Don is the only known site for the Critically Endangered Giant Ibis in Vietnam and supports the last known breeding Sarus Cranes in the country. Both species are very rare at the site, however, and the localities where they occur are off-limits to visitors. Yok Don supports a globally significant population of Green Peafowl, estimated to number at least 400 individuals. Larger permanent waterways support small but nationally important populations of White-winged Duck, Masked Finfoot, Lesser and Grey-headed Fish Eagles. Yok Don is also one of a handful of sites in Vietnam with recent records of White-rumped and Red-headed Vultures. However, most of these records have been from the

western part of the park, close to the Cambodian border, which is closed to visitors. 

Other features: Dry dipterocarp forest, elephant rides.

Transportation: Car, flight. There is a airport at Buon Ma Thuot City, c.40 km from the park headquarters. From the headquarters, visitors can hire elephants or enter the park on foot. 

Accommodation: There is a guesthouse at the park headquarters. Visitors can also stay at the Banmeco Tourism Area, just 2 km from the headquarters.

Permission: Visitors are allowed to visit the eastern part of the park, which is zoned for tourism.

 

   
  Contact details: Yok Don National Park Office, Tel. +(84 50) 783049, 783052, 783053.

Banmeco Tourism and Trading Company, Krong Ana Commune, Buon Don District, Dak Lak Province, Tel.: +(84 50) 783020

   
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  Bird list (source: BirdLife International Vietnam Programme)
 

1. Chinese Francolin

 

2. Scaly-breasted Partridge

 

3. Red Junglefowl

 

4. Siamese Fireback

 

5. Green Peafowl

 

6. Lesser Whistling Duck

 

7. White-winged Duck

 

8. Barred Buttonquail

 

9. Grey-capped Pygmy Woodpecker

 

10. Fulvous-breasted Woodpecker

 

11. Stripe-breasted Woodpecker

 

12. Rufous-bellied Woodpecker

 

13. Rufous Woodpecker

 

14. White-bellied Woodpecker

 

15. Lesser Yellownape

 

16. Greater Yellownape

 

17. Laced Woodpecker

 

18. Streak-throated Woodpecker

 

19. Black-headed Woodpecker

 

20. Grey-headed Woodpecker

 

21. Common Flameback

 

22. Greater Flameback

 

23. Pale-headed Woodpecker

 

24. Bay Woodpecker

 

25. Heart-spotted Woodpecker

 

26. Great Slaty Woodpecker

 

27. Red-vented Barbet

 

28. Lineated Barbet

 

29. Green-eared Barbet

 

30. Blue-eared Barbet

 

31. Black-browed Barbet

 

32. Coppersmith Barbet

 

33. Oriental Pied Hornbill

 

34. Great Hornbill

 

35. Brown Hornbill

 

36. Orange-breasted Trogon

 

37. Red-headed Trogon

 

38. Common Hoopoe

 

39. Indian Roller

 

40. Dollarbird

 

41. Common Kingfisher

 

42. Blue-eared Kingfisher

 

43. Banded Kingfisher

 

44. Stork-billed Kingfisher

 

45. White-throated Kingfisher

 

46. Black-capped Kingfisher

 

47. Blue-bearded Bee-eater

 

48. Green Bee-eater

 

49. Blue-throated Bee-eater

 

50. Blue-tailed Bee-eater

 

51. Chestnut-headed Bee-eater

 

52. Chestnut-winged Cuckoo

 

53. Large Hawk Cuckoo

 

54. Indian Cuckoo

 

55. Banded Bay Cuckoo

 

56. Plaintive Cuckoo

 

57. Violet Cuckoo

 

58. Drongo Cuckoo

 

59. Asian Koel

 

60. Green-billed Malkoha

 

61. Greater Coucal

 

62. Lesser Coucal

 

63. Vernal Hanging Parrot

 

64. Alexandrine Parakeet

 

65. Grey-headed Parakeet

 

66. Blossom-headed Parakeet

 

67. Red-breasted Parakeet

 

68. Silver-backed Needletail

 

69. Fork-tailed Swift

 

70. Crested Treeswift

 

71. Oriental Scops Owl

 

72. Collared Scops Owl

 

73. Spot-bellied Eagle Owl

 

74. Tawny Fish Owl

 

75. Buffy Fish Owl

 

76. Brown Wood Owl

 

77. Asian Barred Owlet

 

78. Brown Hawk Owl

 

79. Great Eared Nightjar

 

80. Large-tailed Nightjar

 

81. Indian Nightjar

 

82. Savanna Nightjar

 

83. Oriental Turtle Dove

 

84. Spotted Dove

 

85. Red-collared Dove

 

86. Emerald Dove

 

87. Pink-necked Pigeon

 

88. Orange-breasted Green Pigeon

 

89. Thick-billed Green Pigeon

 

90. Yellow-footed Green Pigeon

 

91. Pin-tailed Pigeon

 

92. Green Imperial Pigeon

 

93. Mountain Imperial Pigeon

 

94. Masked Finfoot

 

95. Common Moorhen

 

96. Sarus Crane

 

97. White-breasted Waterhen

 

98. Common Greenshank

 

99. Green Sandpiper

 

100. Common Sandpiper

 

101. Red-wattled Lapwing

 

102. River Lapwing

 

103. Osprey

 

104. Black Baza

 

105. Oriental Honey-buzzard

 

106. Grey-headed Fish Eagle

 

107. Lesser Fish Eagle

 

108. Red-headed Vulture

 

109. White-rumped Vulture

 

110. Crested Serpent Eagle

 

111. Crested Goshawk

 

112. Shikra

 

113. Japanese Sparrowhawk

 

114. Besra

 

115. Rufous-winged Buzzard

 

116. Black Eagle

 

117. Changeable Hawk Eagle

 

118. White-rumped Falcon

 

119. Collared Falconet

 

120. Peregrine Falcon

 

121. Little Grebe

 

122. Oriental Darter

 

123. Little Egret

 

124. Intermediate Egret

 

125. Cattle Egret

 

126. Chinese Pond Heron

 

127. Little Heron

 

128. Cinnamon Bittern

 

129. Black Bittern

 

130. Giant Ibis

 

131. Woolly-necked Stork

 

132. Black-necked Stork

 

133. Lesser Adjutant

 

134. Blue-rumped Pitta

 

135. Blue-winged Pitta

 

136. Banded Broadbill

 

137. Asian Fairy Bluebird

 

138. Blue-winged Leafbird

 

139. Golden-fronted Leafbird

 

140. Brown Shrike

 

141. Burmese Shrike

 

142. Long-tailed Shrike

 

143. Eurasian Jay

 

144. Red-billed Blue Magpie

 

145. Rufous Treepie

 

146. Racket-tailed Treepie

 

147. Ratchet-tailed Treepie

 

148. Large-billed Crow

 

149. Ashy Woodswallow

 

150. Black-naped Oriole

 

151. Black-hooded Oriole

 

152. Large Cuckooshrike

 

153. Indochinese Cuckooshrike

 

154. Ashy Minivet

 

155. Small Minivet

 

156. Scarlet Minivet

 

157. Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike

 

158. White-browed Fantail

 

159. Black Drongo

 

160. Ashy Drongo

 

161. Crow-billed Drongo

 

162. Bronzed Drongo

 

163. Spangled Drongo

 

164. Greater Racket-tailed Drongo

 

165. Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo

 

166. Black-naped Monarch

 

167. Common Iora

 

168. Great Iora

 

169. Large Woodshrike

 

170. Common Woodshrike

 

171. Orange-headed Thrush

 

172. Asian Brown Flycatcher

 

173. Mugimaki Flycatcher

 

174. Red-throated Flycatcher

 

175. Blue-and-white Flycatcher

 

176. Verditer Flycatcher

 

177. Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher

 

178. Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher

 

179. Oriental Magpie Robin

 

180. White-rumped Shama

 

181. Common Stonechat

 

182. Pied Bushchat

 

183. Black-collared Starling

 

184. Vinous-breasted Starling

 

185. Crested Myna

 

186. Golden-crested Myna

 

187. Hill Myna

 

188. Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch

 

189. Velvet-fronted Nuthatch

 

190. Great Tit

 

191. Black-throated Tit

 

192. Barn Swallow

 

193. Red-rumped Swallow

 

194. Striated Swallow

 

195. Black-headed Bulbul

 

196. Black-crested Bulbul

 

197. Red-whiskered Bulbul

 

198. Sooty-headed Bulbul

 

199. Stripe-throated Bulbul

 

200. Streak-eared Bulbul

 

201. Ochraceous Bulbul

 

202. Grey-eyed Bulbul

 

203. Black Bulbul

 

204. Brown Prinia

 

205. Hill Prinia

 

206. Rufescent Prinia

 

207. Plain Prinia

 

208. Common Tailorbird

 

209. Dark-necked Tailorbird

 

210. Radde's Warbler

 

211. Yellow-browed Warbler

 

212. Arctic Warbler

 

213. Two-barred Warbler

 

214. White-crested Laughingthrush

 

215. Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrush

 

216. Puff-throated Babbler

 

217. Large Scimitar Babbler

 

218. White-browed Scimitar Babbler

 

219. Scaly-crowned Babbler

 

220. Striped Tit Babbler

 

221. Grey-faced Tit Babbler

 

222. Chestnut-capped Babbler

 

223. White-bellied Yuhina

 

224. Australasian Bushlark

 

225. Indochinese Bushlark

 

226. Oriental Skylark

 

227. Thick-billed Flowerpecker

 

228. Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker

 

229. Ruby-cheeked Sunbird

 

230. Purple Sunbird

 

231. Black-throated Sunbird

 

232. Olive-backed Sunbird

 

233. Eurasian Tree Sparrow

 

234. Plain-backed Sparrow

 

235. Forest Wagtail

 

236. Grey Wagtail

 

237. White Wagtail

 

238. Mekong Wagtail

 

239. Yellow Wagtail

 

240. Olive-backed Pipit

 

241. Asian Golden Weaver

 

242. White-rumped Munia

 

243. Scaly-breasted Munia

 

244. Yellow-breasted Bunting

 


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