Copyright © 2017 by Ali Bernie Buga-ay, all rights reserved. Large Niltava (female): this photograph may not be used without permission.

The Large Niltava or Niltava grandis can be found Bangladesh China, Bhutan, India, Malaysia, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Indonesia, Nepal, Vietnam, and Thailand. Its natural habitat is subtropical montane forest in which Doi Lang in Chiang Rai is a perfect place for this bird to be. The word Niltava is a Nepali word for N. Sundara, which means beautiful, lovely, noble, well, and right. That’s a little complicated for a name, but for sure, it means beautiful, so some complications are fine.

This species also belongs to the Old World Flycatcher in which tells us that this bird eats insects and stuff like that. Its behavior in the wild was gentle and even reserve in taking meal worms during the stakeout. We could not take the sharpest photographs since our shots were filtered by thick fog, rain, wind, cold, all natural elements seem to be against us; yet, we were very happy to have this lovely female Large Niltava.

Doi Lang, Chiang Mai, Thailand
August 5, 2018
Nikon D500 + Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR
Fotopro TS-85C | Fotopro WH-30 | Carry Speed FS-Pro | Nitecore UNK1

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