Peninsular Malaysia Birding Sites
Kenyir Lake State Park
This newly discovered birding destination affords easy birding with good accommodation with well over 230 species of lowland birds. Tasek Kenyir is one of South East Asia largest man made lakes. Spreading over 369 sq km and set within a lush rainforest. a breath taking place .
It is best for nature retreats, fishing, swimming, trekking, canoeing and birding. It is blessed with fresh air, great flora and fauna, streams and rapids or just simply a relaxing time.
The Belum - Temenggor eco region is located at the center of the Peninsular very close to the Thai border, it cover approximately 300,000 hectares of rainforest. it is divided by the East - West highway with the upper region comprising of 90% virgin rainforest while the lower region comprising of secondary rainforest.
It is home to at least 14 globally threatened species such as the Malaysian Tiger, Sumatran Rhinoceros, Malayan Tapir and White-handed Gibbon. Here two you can find all 10 species of Hornbills including the recently discovered Plain-pouched Hornbill. There are also over 3000 species of plants, including 3 species of rafflesia - the largest flower in the world.
One of the most important "natural" delights in the country is the Taman Negara National Park which is located at the very heart of Pahang's tropical forest.
Sprawled across 4,343 square kilometres of verdant tropical beauty, you will have a fine introduction to many of the Malaysian forest species such as Babblers, Barbets, Birds of Prey, Fairy Bluebird, Broadbills, Bulbuls, Crows, Cuckoos, Cuckoo-Shrikes, Doves, Drongos, Flowerpeckers, Flycatchers, Game Birds, Grackles, Hornbills, Kingfishers, Leafbirds, Minivets, Nightjars, Orioles, Owls, Parrots, Pigeons, Pittas, Rollers, Spiderhunters, Sunbirds, Thrushes, Trogons and Woodpeckers.
For deluxe tours, accommodation will be in air conditioned chalets and standard tours in air conditioned guesthouse.
The Endau Rompin Park consists of two contiguous forest blocks located in Northern Johore and Southern Pahang.Endau-Rompin National Park is made up of a lush, pristine tropical rainforest.
Covering an area of 48,905 hectares (800 sq. km), it is the second largest national park in Peninsula Malaysia after Taman Negara and has been upgraded to a national park in 1980s. This cross boundary area is made up of mostly lowland rainforest, hill forest, sub montane forest and tropical heath forest. Many unique and endemic species of plants have been discovered within the centuries-old forest such as the magnificent fan palm (Endauensis), climbing bamboo (Rhopa loblaste), and the slender-stemmed walking-stick palm (Phychorapis singaporensis). Pitcher plants, toadstools and orchids also grace the forest floor, and moths and butterflies of every shape and hue can be found flitting among the blossoms.
A total of over 250 species of birds are have been recorded here including the Garnet Pitta, Banded Pitta, Fiery Minivet, Wrinkled Hornbill, Rhinoceros Hornbills, Gold-whiskered Barbet, Black and Red Broadbill, Rufous-collared Kingfishers, Red–bearded Bee-eater and others. Large mammals like Elephants, Sumatran Rhino, Tapirs, Gaur and Tigers frequent the area.
The Panti Forest is a short drive from the causeway and is located at the head waters of the Johor, Linggiu and Ulu Sedili rivers. It is mostly lowland and hill rainforest and a surprising rich variety of birds’ species. It is an important site for the Storm Stock, and the venerable Lesser Adjutant, Wallace Hawk Eagle, Crestless Fireback, Brown-chested Flycatcher.
Other species commonly seen are Crimson-winged Woodpecker, Red-nape Trogon, Red-crowned Barbet, Black Hornbill, Rhinoceros Hornbill, Blue-rumped Parrot, Long-tailed Parakeet, Greater Green Leafbird, Violet Cuckoo and Velvet-fronted Nuthatch.
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