Why birding in Lo Xo Pass

Lo Xo is actually the name of a pass on Ho Chi Minh road leading Da Nang southwestward to Kon Tum. The mountain forest along the Vietnam border with Laos. It is located in the Kontum Plateau EBA nearby Ngoc Linh national park, the tantalizingly close but for now off-limits Mount Ngoc Linh is mostly covered in the primary evergreen forest although the effects of wartime defoliation can still clearly be seen at certain points along the highway.

One of the most important birds, the Black-crowned Barwing, discovered in 1996 and known from only three sites in Vietnam and Laos, seems to favor the easily accessed scrub and secondary growth bordering the highway.

What to see?

Bird fauna

A forested mountain pass at around 1100 m on the recently-constructed Ho Chi Minh Highway tracing the route of the legendary Ho Chi Minh Trail along the border with Laos. Many of the best areas of montane evergreen forest in the area are currently not accessible but the near-endemic Black-crowned Barwing can still be encountered in roadside scrub, secondary growth and cultivation.

Other species of interest in the area include White-winged Magpie, White-cheeked, Black-hooded, and Red-tailed Laughinghthrush, Red-tailed Minla, Yellow-billed Nuthatch, and Green-tailed Sunbird. White-capped and Plumbeous Water-redstarts occur along the river below the pass.

Recently birds list of Lo Xo pass (updating…)

Most highlights Lo Xo Pass

White-winged Magpie, Yellow-billed Nuthatch, White-cheeked Laughingthrush, Black-hooded Laughingthrush, Red-tailed Laughingthrush, Indochinese Wren-babbler, Red-tailed Minla, Black-crowned Barwing.

When is the best time for birding in Lo Xo Pass

“The best time for birding in Lo Xo is from Nov to May & Aug-Sep when it is not much rain and migratory time”

Note that It will be cool, you should prepare for clothing

Where birding in Lo Xo

Birding routes

Keep along the main road 14 but find some scrub or coffee plantations to find Black-crowned Barwing, the bird is easy to see around the area just about 2 km near Dak Che bridge.

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Tips for birding in Lo Xo pass


This map helps you to find the way, you can travel by private car from Da Nang airport for about 3 hours. A connected trip with MANG DEN is usually a drive from Da Nang for one night stay in Kham Duc or in-versa.


Two good hotels (Kham Duc and Be Chau Giang) are located in Kham Duc town, Phuoc Son district, Quang Nam province, about 40km from Da Nang.

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