Myeik City

Meik City

Travel to MYEIK over the rolling hills of southern Myanmar. Meik is the capital of the Tanintharyi region, the southernmost part of Myanmar. The city of Myeik, locally known as Beik, lies on a peninsula that stretches as far as the Andaman Sea.

Birdwatching in the Myeik/ Tanintharyi Division

Meik is the capital of the Tanintharyi region, the most southern part of Myanmar. This is the gate to the 800 archipelagic Myeik Island, spread in the Andaman Sea Coast. They differ greatly in terms of growth, form and wealth of flora, with some little more than rocks, while others are clad in lush mangrove and lush greenery.

Meik is also the gate to the once vast woods of the Tanintharyi land. They are home to the hard-to-record and vulnerable Gurney's Pitta in some prohibited areas. Though the Pitta is the main tourist destination for many birdwatchers, there are many other interesting and uncommon birds in the Tanintharyi region, which lies in the transitional area between Sundaic and Indochines.

A number of houses/apartments will be handed over to the host Nestsalangane settlements in the city of Myeik, mainly on the beach next to the dock. It has become much simpler in recent years to get to Myeik City, with frequent services from Yangon and without limitations or allows. It is still hard to get to the island and/or continental area outside the city for which you need a permit.

Alcedinidae: Red-necked Kingfisher, Band-tailed Kingfisher, Blue-eared Kingfisher. Oxerotidae: Oriental Hornbill, Great Hornbill, Great Hornbill, Great White Hornbill, Crimson Hornbill, Tawny Hornbill, Unicoloured Hornbill, Wreath Hornbill. Picidae: Rufous Woodpecker, Barred Woodpecker, Himalayan Woodpecker, Great Ridge of Fire, Bamboo Woodpecker, Maroon Woodpecker, Bay Woodpecker, Pale Piculet, Great Slate Woodpecker. Common Broadbill, Long-tailed Broadbill, Dusky Broadbill, Silver-breasted Broadbill, Black-Red Broadbill, Ribboned Broadbill, Black-Yellow Broadbill.

Pittidae: Hooded pitta, Blue-winged pitta, Blue pitta, Rusty-naped pitta, Gurney's pitta. Chloropsseidae: Large green leafbird, blue-winged leafbird. Muscicapidae: White-crowned Forktail. For many years, habitats, especially forested areas, have been a persistent issue on the land. Wood is also currently being mined on the island. Both on the island and on the coast there was a significant depletion of mangroves.

Apparently there are no recently released accounts of birdwatching trips to the Myeik/Tanintharyi Division.

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