Humming Bird . . . or not?

humming bird moth koh changWhat do you see in this 9 second video?

At first it appears to be a Hummingbird.   However, Hummingbirds don’t live in Thailand and as much as I’d like to discover a new species of Koh Chang Hummingbird, that isn’t going to happen.

The bird, is in fact a moth – a Hummingbird Hawk Moth. ( Click for photo from Wikipedia )   This is just Mother Nature’s way of messing with your mind.


  • Unless it has flown here from either the North American or South American continent, it won’t have been a Hummingbird. As they dont live in Asia.

    It will have been either a large moth ‘Macroglossum’ that is often mistaken for a hummingbird or a Sunbird which looks similar.

  • A hummingbird visited our garden yesterday in Udon Thani. We saw it from less than 10 feet away. 100% sure it was a hummer. Long beak, it flew backwards and was beautiful.
    I see the large moths daily. We had a hummingbird garden for years in California. I know them well! This was a hummingbird in Udon Thani yesterday.

  • Saw one today in our Papaya tree going from flower to flower. Tried taking a pic but was moving too fast. It’s about half the size of my pinky. This was in Nam Yuen Ubon Ratchathani Thailand.

  • Hummingbirds don’t live in Asia. Wrong continent. The humming birds shown in that link are from central America. The photos are stolen from other websites.

  • I live in Nakhon Ratchisima and am a keen naturalist.I have seen humming bird moths many times,
    up close and distinguishable by a pair of probiscus,
    I have also seen hummingbirds up close.They tend to be more nervous and are difficult if not
    impossible to photo.,but I have been close enough to clearly see a beak.

  • Hi I just saw one at my fish farm in nakhon phanom long way from koh chang But if i didnt know I would swear it was a humming bird I watched it for about 5 minutes allways the same when you dont have your camera

    Best Regards Richard

  • Hi Ian
    This explains a mystery of our garden in Bangkok I have seen this humming bird many times to be told they do not live in Bangkok by various friends who obviously know of my penchant for a glass of the red stuff. I will now go boldly where I have been unable to tread before and educate these unfortunate morons as to the Fuana and Flora of our beautiful country.
    PS Still on for the Cheese and Red stuff

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