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Located in the Gulf of Thailand Heart shaped Phu Quoc Island is the ideal destination in Vietnam for a beach relaxing holiday as it has the most beautiful beaches in the country. The island not only has gorgeous emerald warm sea and long sandy beaches but also has a rich national park which covers almost 60% of the island and thus makes Phu Quoc an attractive destination for birders all around the world.

There are 119 species of birds on Phu Quoc and the best time for bird watching is before sunrise and sunset.  The following is our list of the top ten birds that you may see while you are here on the island.

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1. Oriental Pied Hornbill

Where to see: North East section of the island
Difficulty of spotting this bird: 7/10

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2.  White Bellied Sea Eagle

Where to see: Ganh Dauh Village
Difficulty of spotting this bird: 4/10

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3.  Little Egret

Where to see: Mangrove ares – Along Cua Can river.
Difficulty of spotting this bird: 2/10

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4.  Hill Myna

Where to see: North East section of the island
Difficulty of spotting this bird: 6/10

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5. Lesser Whistling Duck

Where to see: Rach Tram Village along the river and Cua Can River.  They have also been spotted around Duong Dong Lake.
Difficulty of spotting this bird: 4/10

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6. Greater Flameback

Where to see: North East section of the island
Difficulty of spotting this bird: 7/10

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7.  Blue Eared Barbet

Where to see: Any forested area on the island
Difficulty of spotting this bird: 5/10

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8. Chestnut Headed Bee Eater

Where to see: Any forested area around the island.  Easier to spot near Ham Ninh.
Difficulty of spotting this bird: 6/10

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9.  Common Kingfisher

Where to see: North section of the island, especially Rach Tram and Rach Vem area.
Difficulty of spotting this bird: 6/10

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10.  Tawny Fish Owl

Where to see: North East section of the island, deeper in the forest.
Difficulty of spotting this bird: 10/10 (nocturnal)

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