Welcome to Photographic Guide to the Birds of Vietnam & Indochina


Vietnam Bird Guide is a photographic database of the birds in both mainland and maritime of South-east Asia including Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste and Viet Nam. The application is a small product of many year's effort in collection of photographs and sounds, detail information compilation of each species including distribution range, birding spots appearance that birders may go to see within Vietnam.

With the Vietnam Bird Guide Apps, you can:
- Identify species by searching name in English, Vietnamese or Scientific languages
- Listen to learn bird calls
- Browse species in gallery view and filter by distribution range, shape, size, birding spots, colors, etc
- Play birdquiz to test and improve your bird identification skills with multiple-choice quizzes


Vietnam Wildlife Tours & Research team wishes to thank all photographers who have contributed number of valuable pictures to the database. Especially thank to Dr. Nguyen Cu and Mr. Le Trong Trai, the authors of the book "Chim Việt Nam, 2000. Nguyễn Cử - Lê Trong Trải - Karen Phillipps", who have permitted us to use the text of the book and allowed us to modify "status section" for the new updated information of each species.

Claims: Some of thumbnail pictures (95x71 pixel) of those species occur in Vietnam but we are still missing image were collected on internet for temporary use without mentioning credit. Many of voice recordings were collected from open source http://www.xeno-canto.org - We apology if there is any inconvinience, please contact us if you don't agree this situation.

All copyrights of photos belong to the photographers and can not be used in any pulications without the expressed permission from the owners, please contact authors (copyrighters) or administrator if you would like to use in any case.

This is ongoing project, we're continue uploading pictures as well as species account information. Please visit back to get more our updating

Bird names

English and scientific (Latin) names in this product is following Clement Checklist version 2015 with updating. We are also reviewing for number of split species update by HBW and Birdlife International checklist 2017. Vietnamese name is following Checklist of the birds of Vietnam (Vo Quy & Nguyen Cu, 1995) 

The birds of Vietnam

                                                                                             Source: Birdlife Indochina


Vietnam is home to one of the richest but most poorly known avifauna in Southeast Asia, with number of endemic, near-endemic, and highly threatened species found there. As a matter of fact, no other mainland Southeast Asian country can boast as many endemisms as Vietnam. Although intense agriculture, population pressures, and the long era of strife in this small country have taken their toll on the native wildlife and habitat, several fine reserves and national parks dot the length of the country and shelter some of Southeast Asia's rarest birds and mammals, including several species new to science. Figures for the total number of bird species recorded in the country range around 828 to 888 species. However, some species recorded historically may already be nationally extinct, for example Great-billed Heron (Ardea sumatrana), Black-necked Crane (Grus nigricollis), Common Crane (Grus grus), have not been recorded for at least 60 years, therefore we removed them from the list. Other species that has not been seen last 15 years including Giant Ibis, White-shouldered Ibis, Bengal Florican, Greater Adjutant, White-winged Duck, Masked Finfoot, Vietnamese Pheasant. On the other hand, many new species are still being added to the list. Splitting works also make Vietnam bird-list is increasing.

Vietnam National Bird?

Vietnam doesn't have national bird yet. Long time ago, it was "Chim Lac", a kind of bird only found in stories as it was the symbol in the surface of bronze drum (Trong Dong). There are 3 birds name with "vietnamese": Vietnamese Pheasant, Vietnamese Cutia and Vietnamese Greenfinch, they are all endemic to Vietnam, the first one is extinct in the wild while the last two are confined in Da Lat plateau. These can be candidates to be a national bird of Vietnam?