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MALAYSIA’S 8 BEST KEPT SECRETS FOR BIRD LOVERS!

If you’ve watched animation movie Rio (2011) or The Big Year (2011) played by Steve Martin and Owen Wilson, you might have changed your perception about the winged animals prominently featured in these films. Yes, birds are actually one interesting type of reptile, attracting the attention of ornithologists and the casual nature lover alike.

These creatures – some of them rare, nomadic, mysterious, and beautiful – occupy a variety of habitats. They nest in urban parks, while some others hide away in forests. There have been stories of people venturing deep into the jungles of continents for a single satisfying glimpse of these feathered friends.

We may observe them, but they remain “untouchable.” Perhaps that is what makes them such fascinating creatures to us all, and the reason why birdwatching is a passionate pursuit for many, especially among the hipster generation now.

Malaysia, blessed with its tropical nature and greenery, is certainly one of the best bird-watching destinations in the world, with many species easily observable.

 

Let’s see why Malaysia should be your next birdwatching destination!

  1. After South America, Asia has the second largest concentration of birds in the world, and Malaysia boasts a total of 790 species nationwide in both Peninsular and East Malaysia, plus over 100 species of migratory birds.
  2. Malaysia has 55 Important Birds Area (IBA) covering a total of 5.1 million hectares of mangroves land, forests and parks (www.birdinginmalaysia.com). There are 63 species of endemic birds in Malaysia (nowhere else in the world can you find them but here) along with other rare and endangered species such as Silvery Pigeons, Christmas Frigatebirds, Spoon-billed Sandpipes and Helmeted Hornbills.
  3. The migration season for birds coming from Siberia, Manchuria and China to Malaysia starts around September annually, up until early April when it’s time to return to the north. This is the perfect time to observe the arrival of Oriental Honey buzzard, Siberian Thrush and Yellow-rumped Flycatcher after a long flight from home.
  4. The well-known birding sites in Peninsular Malaysia are Fraser’s Hill and Taman Negara which are easily accessible over a 2 or 3 hours’ drive respectively from the nation’s capital of Kuala Lumpur. Meanwhile, over in Sabah, Kinabalu Park, Kinabatangan River and Danum Valley are well known birding destinations. In Sarawak, there are 20 IBAs which are home to 500 species of birds, especially in Bako National Park. Good transport infrastructure allows quick and easy travel between the different birding sites. 

  5. There are several interesting birding routes in Malaysia that each offer different experiences and allow birdwatchers to observe different species of birds. In Peninsular Malaysia there are the Central Route, Central Route Plus and the captivating Northern (Hornbill) Route. These routes cover the crowd–favourite venues such as Taman Negara, home to 350 bird species including Hornbills, Trogons, Barbets and Great Argus. Migratory birds also can be viewed in Langkawi, Kedah and Tg. Tuan, Melaka.
  6. Up north in the state of Perak and just a 2-hour drive from Penang is The Royal Belum Park. The Royal Belum Park is home to an impressive 10 species of hornbills. Some even call it the Hornbill Capital of the World! There is no other place on the planet relative to the size of the area where tourists can find that many number of species of hornbills.
  7. Meanwhile, in East Malaysia there are two well-known routes, namely Borneo (Sabah) Route and Borneo (Sarawak) Route – that covers lowland forest to montane and lower montane which promise many species – such as Malaysian Treepies, Ashy Drongos, Mountain Leaf Warblers or bulbuls.
  8. In the care of skilled and experienced Malaysian birdwatching guides, your chances of seeing your target birds are greatly enhanced. With the right equipment such as potable blinds (camouflage tents), the guide can bring you up close to view the beautiful and vulnerable Malayan Peacock Pheasant and – when the timing is right – even to witness its behaviour during the courtship season!  A well organised birdwatching tour, lasting approximately 14 days, may result in an impressive 200 to 230 species of birds!

 

Contacts:

Tour Agency: Natural History Tours (bird-malaysia.com or junglewalla.com)
Address:        1C, Lot 1392 Jalan Tanjung Rhu, 07000 Langkawi
Website:        www.jungewalla.com
Email:             info@bird-malaysia.com or jungewalla@gmail.com
Contact:         + 6019 5902 300 or + 6012 4870 600

Tour Agency: Ecotourism Conservation Society (ECOMY)

Address:        28, Jalan Spektrum U16/21, Taman Bukit Subang, 40160 Shah Alam, Selangor
Website:        www.ecomy.org
Email:             ecotourismmalaysia@gmail.com
Contact:         +6019 3745246

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Hotspots for birding in Malaysia

Hotspots for birding in Malaysia

I have to acknowledge we was not a birder compartment we bought a 70-300mm wizz lens. But once we could get tighten to a birds we started to brand them and my interests in birds usually grew.

There are many hotspots for birding in Malaysia like Taman Negara, Kuala Selangor, Fraser Hill and on a many islands. If we are an gifted birder we can transport to these places on your possess though differently many agencies offer orderly birding trips in Malaysia. There are bird examination options even in a bustling Kuala Lumpur.

Taman Negara is widespread over 3 states – Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang. It is home to 350 bird species. Many forms of hornbills can be seen in this segment though it customarily takes a lot of calm and some fitness to mark a birds. Also a chances of spotting anything are some-more during early morning and late dusk as that is when a birds come out. Apart from hornbills there are chances to watch Asia Fairy Bluebird, minivets, woodpeckers, barbets and many others on a revisit to Taman Negara. Bird sightings are probable both while movement and boating.

Kuala Selangor is a city located in a Selangor segment of Malaysia about an hour from Kuala Lumpur. Kuala Selangor Nature Park is a bliss for bird watchers. There are 4 clearly noted walking trails within a park. But if we are new to bird examination carrying a beam can make a knowledge so many some-more enriching. Even gifted bird watchers cite to go with a beam as they would be some-more associating about a habitats of a opposite birds. Birds, along with many other class in a animal kingdom, are really good during regulating camouflage. A lerned beam can mark them among a leaves or bellow that we competence differently miss. The many ordinarily sighted birds in this segment are herons and storks. Other birds in a area are kingfishers, woodpeckers, barbets, flycatchers. Kuala Selangor also has fireflies by a thousands and tours can be taken to see them in a dark.

The Common Kingfisher during Kuala Selangor. Pic: jack2964, Flickr.

Fraser Hill is an aged colonial mountain hire in Malaysia and is famous for a birds and bird watchers. It is home to around 250 class including a few involved ones like a Malaysian Whistling Thrush and a Mountain Peacock Pheasant. But sighting these birds is a matter of fitness and gigantic patience. More ordinarily sighted birds are Asian Fairy Bluebird, Black Crested Bulbul, woodpeckers and many forms of warblers.

Loagan Bunut National Park in Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo is another birding hotspot. The Lake Loagan Bunut covers an area of 65 hectares. There are walking trails within a park by a dusty adult lake during sold seasons. However it is strongly suggested to take a beam who can negotiate by a swamps. Birding can be finished on vessel rides too. Darters, hornbills and eagles can be ordinarily sighted. The landscape of a inhabitant park is in itself utterly fascinating and creates for glorious pictures.

The pleasing Loagan Bunut National Park. Pic: norm-digitalfoto, Flickr.

The island of Langkawi boasts a bird park located on a categorical highway opposite a island. The Langkawi Bird Paradise is a 5 hactare park that is home to 150 bird class and around 2500 birds. Feeding is available and photography with a birds is also possible. Hornbills, flamingos, parakeets, mandarin ducks, owls and eagles can be ordinarily sighted.

There are also some options for bird examination closer to Kuala Lumpur as well. Putrajaya is a executive collateral of Malaysia 25 kilometers from a capital. It is a designed city with vast series of H2O bodies that attract birds. The Putrajaya Wetlands Park is widespread over 200 hectares and attract a accumulation of internal and roving birds like egrets, herons and bitterns.

Finally right in a heart of Kuala Lumpur there is KL Bird Park and it was on my agenda. we was in Kuala Lumpur on business and we managed to see it usually on my final day. It was a totally hypnotizing experience. we clicked uninterrupted and we finished adult with so many cinema that we done a stop suit video!

Within 3 hours we speckled flamingos, Asian Fairy Bluebird, Splendid Starling, Scaly-brested Munia, hornbills, golden pheasants, parakeets of several colors and more. And what would we give to watch that Scarlet Ibis out in a wild! Three hours were not adequate though we had a moody to locate after in a day.

 

The Asian Fairy Bluebird during KL Bird Park. Pic: Mridula Dwivedi.

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1 Day Taman Negara Tour with Lunch during Mutiara Resort

Get behind to inlet with a day-trip to Taman Negara, Malaysia’s initial inhabitant park!

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