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Bubbling Yellow-vented Bulbuls Make Koh Chang Delighful

Yellow-vented Bulbuls

Yellow-vented Bulbuls

If you happened to be occupying a room facing the gardens or mountains in any of the hotels or resorts at Koh Chang, you cannot miss in all probability the sight of yellow-vented bulbul birds. This kind of bird species is a common resident in the island. It is not difficult to find its kind. They are almost everywhere. They are bolder birds which are not easily frightened by people or other birds. They are delightful to watch and observe while enjoying the natural and beautiful scenes of the surroundings of Koh Chang.

 

Yellow-vented bulbul, scientifically known as Pycnonotus goiavier, is a member of the buibul family of passerine birds. It is not easy to differentiate the male from female because they almost look the same. The only sure way to distinguish female from male is during nesting. They make cup-liked nests in dense bushes or trees usually 3-5 feet off the ground. They make the mangrove areas along the southernmost portion of Koh Chang their frequent habitation. Going around this area by kayak, you can hear them make a variety of musical “chup-chup-chup” calls and see their nests hanging on the branches. In terms of food, they are naturally generalist. They have a large and very wide diet. They survive on fruits, insects, carrion, flower’s nectar and invertebrates such as grasshoppers, butterflies, spider and worms.

 

The yellow-vented bulbul is approximately 6-8 inches long. When viewed from behind, it looks very non-descript and can be mistaken as like other bird species. The back of its head, throat and tail are colored olive brown. The distinguishing features or field marks of the yellow-vented bulbul are the black stripe on the top of its head, broad white eyebrow, black mask-like rings around its eyes, white breast and belly, and yellow tone below the belly which is right before the tail. The yellow vent is what gives the bird its name.





published: 21.10.2012

Klong Son Beach is good for:

peace and quiet

sandy beach

fishing

 

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Klong Son beach (or Had Klong Son) is located on the north of Koh Chang. Nice bay at the very top of the island. Pure white sand stretch of beach, shaded with coconut trees. Klong Son gets very low numbers of visitors with the bulk of the backpackers and tourists alike speeding south enroute to Koh Chang's finer and more popular stretches of sand.

White Sand Beach is good for:

night live

sandy beach

variety of restaurants

shopping

Short description:

Koh Chang's most famous stretch of sand, at over 2km long there's certainly room for everyone! Lined with bungalows, food stalls and shops this is one of the best beaches in all of Thailand.

Klong Phrao Beach is good for:

tranquil surroundings

gorgeous rocky landscape

all sorts of activities

quiet and peaceful

Short description:

Situated on the somewhat less glamorous, northern side of the Koh Chang Island, Klong Prao isn’t all that much of tourist destination, especially for those who are in need of a true holiday experience of the exotic kind.

Lonely Beach is good for:

great sunset

cheap and peaceful retreat

all sorts of beach activities

perfect for family

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Also known as Kai Bae Beach, this is the spot to catch a great sunset! A few small shops and food stalls are along the beach, a good spot to chill out away from the crowds at White Sands Beach.

Bangbao Bay is good for:

fishing

seafood restaurants

shopping

nightlife

Short description:

A well-sheltered bay with a small and quiet beach. It is a fishing community where residents still live in houses built on stilts and are connected by wooden bridges. There are a growing number of tourist shops, scuba dive outlets and seafood restaurants offering a good selection of seafood.

Salak Khok Bay is good for:

pretty, unspoiled area

traditional Thai community

kayaking

quiet and peaceful

Short description:

There aren’t so much attraction in Salak Kok, but tourists can Kayak among the mangroves. Salak Kok Bay still has a fishing community that doesn’t change so much in many years, a great place to see the real traditional Thai community.

 

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