Birds of the Hkakabo Razi Landscape, Myanmar
The avifauna of northern Myanmar is poorly known and new insights into the biology, distribution, occurrence, behavior, and biogeography of the birds in Myanmar and particularly the northernmost tip of Myanmar are produced constantly. The area’s hill jungle is largely untouched by humans and
has not been visited by ornithologists since the late 1940s. Even today, this jungle can be considered a pristine forest with large tracts "untouched" in the literal sense and a refuge area for most biodiversity. During my recent visits to this extraordinary, species-rich area I compiled in cooperation with several partners an inventory of the avifauna that includes records of more than 440 birds
species condensed into less than 1% of Myanmar's terrestrial surface. Although the area is very small, the species found include endemics as well as globally threatened taxa and represent more than a third of all known bird species from the country.