Best Places For Bird-Watching

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From muddy mangroves to montane rainforests, Malaysia’s diverse tropical landscape teems with hundreds of resident bird species as well as migratory birds. Birding fans can enjoy bird-watching at these sites all year round.

Johor

• Endau Rompin National Park
Mersing

• Panti Bird Sanctuary
Kota Tinggi

Kedah

Photo: Langkawi Development Authority

Langkawi
• Lake Perdu
• Kilim Mangrove

• Mount Raya
• Sedim Rainforest
• Ulu Muda Forest Reserve

Kuala Lumpur

• Ampang Forest Park

Malacca

• Ayer Keroh Forest Reserve
• Tanjung Tuan Forest Reserve & Wildlife Sanctuary

Negeri Sembilan

• Linggi River
Port Dickson

• Menyala River Forest Reserve
Port Dickson

• Pasoh Forest Reserve
Forest Research Institute Malaysia Pasoh Jempol

• Taman Alam Liar Jelebu

• Tanjung Tuan
Port Dickson

Pahang

• Cameron Highlands
• Endau Rompin National Park
• Fraser’s Hill
• Genting Highlands
• Taman Negara Kuala Tahan
• Taman Rimba Kenong (Kuala Lipis)

Penang

• Air Hitam Dalam Education Forest
• Penang National Park

Perak

• Kledang Saiong Forest Reserve
• Kuala Gula Bird Sanctuary
• Maxwell Hill
• Royal Belum State Park

Royal Belum State Park harbours an incredible variety of bird life especially hornbills
Photo: Abd. Halim Hadi/Shutterstock

Perlis

• Perlis State Park
• Lake Timah Tasoh

Sabah

Spot birds such as the Bornean Bristlehead at Tabin Wildlife Reserve which attracts an amazingly rich diversity of birds
Photo: Azahari Reyes/Sabah Tourism

• Danum Valley
• Kinabalu Park
• KK Wetland Centre
• Kota Belud Bird Sanctuary
• Maliau Basin
• Rainforest Discovery Centre
• Tabin Wildlife Reserve

Sarawak

• Bako Buntal Bay (30-minute drive from Kuching)
The estuary and mangrove forest has over 40 species of shorebirds including the Chinese egret, Chinese crested tern and Christmas Island frigatebird.

• Bako National Park (one-hour drive from Kuching)
The Park’s seven distinct rainforest ecosystems in one small area are home to more than 150 forest species including the pink-necked pigeon, grey-rumped treeswift, common flameback, Asian fairy-bluebird, black-winged flycatcher-shrike and mangrove blue-flycatcher.

• Borneo Highlands (1.5-hour drive from Kuching)
The highland forest houses over 200 species including the pygmy white-eye, chestnut-crested yuhina, blyth’s hawk-eagle and various hornbills.

• Kubah National Park (45-minute drive from Kuching)
The Park’s lowland forest has around 100 species including the Bornean blue-flycatcher, rufous-collared kingfisher, rusty-breasted cuckoo, chestnut-naped forktail and blue-banded pitta.

• Lambir Hills National Park (40-minute drive from Miri)
The Park’s lowland forest houses around 240 species include the olive-backed woodpecker, orange-bellied flowerpecker, red-eyed bulbul, great argus pheasant and fluffy-backed tit-babbler.

• Mount Mulu National Park (45-minute flight from Miri)
The lowland and highland forests in the National Park are home to over 250 species of birds including the red-bearded bee-eater, garnet pitta, rufous-bellied eagle, all eight hornbills found in Borneo and many other endemic birds.

Similajau National Park (40-minute drive from Bintulu)
The Park’s lowland forest, cliffs and beach have around 180 bird species including the Bornean wren babbler, yellow-rumped flowerpecker, Wallace’s hawk-eagle, short-toed coucal, buffy fish-owl, blue-throated bee-eater, Diard’s trogon and scarlet-rumped trogon.

Info source: Sarawak Tourism Board

Selangor

• Forest Research Institute Malaysia
• Hulu Langat Forest Reserve
• Kuala Kubu Bharu
• Kuala Selangor Nature Park
• Paya Indah Wetland
• Taman Alam
Kuala Selangor
• Tekala River Recreational Forest

Terengganu

• Lake Kenyir
• Mount Tebu
• Setiu Wetlands