Sanam Phud closed during mating season of Princess Sirindhorn’s bird

Sanam Phud in Krabi province which is the country’s only habitat of White-eyed River Martin bird or Princess Sirindhorn’s bird was declared off-limits to all unauthorized outsiders for six months starting on Monday May 1.

The Khao Phra-Bang Kram wildlife sanctuary in Krabi announced on Sunday the closure of the Sanam Phud which is the watershed area of Sa Morakot starting on Monday until October which is the breeding season of the endangered bird species.

Mr Wutthipong Chusungrat, chief of the wildlife sanctuary, said that park rangers had been assigned to patrol the habitat to prevent tourists or outsiders from venturing into Sanam Phud which might disturb the bird.

However, he said that Sa Morakot, a tourist destination, remains open for visits by tourists.

Princess Sirindhorn’s bird is a very rare and endangered bird species. Two birds were spotted last year which was the first time in three years.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)