Malaysia and bird watching? Yes, sir! Aside from the fact that it is home to one of the oldest rain forests in the world, Taman Negara, the avian life in Malaysia goes to a count of more of 750. If you are a birder, I know you are rubbing your hands in glee and reaching for your DSLR already.
Reaching the birdwatching spots on time is a must. A bus will take you there easily and much quicker than a train. Quickly book your bus tickets online from www.redbus.my and make your journey hassle-free.
If you are a newbie to the world of bird and watching them, bird watching in Malaysia will convert you entirely. Tick the following off your list on your next visit here.
Rhinoceros horn bill: Around 10 species of the Horn bill found in Malaysia, of which the Rhinoceros horn bill is the most beautiful of the lot with its crown resembling a horn. The best places to spot all the 10 species is the Temenggor Lake in Perak between August to September or the Kenyir Lake in Terengganu.
Malayan peacock-pheasant: Endemic to peninsular Malaysia, it finds itself listed as Vulnerable in the IUCN rankings. A glimpse at this striking bird—blue-green eyes and chartreuse-colored tail-feather markings on the males—can be sought at Taman Negara.
Stork Billed kingfisher: Its colors quite resemble the national flag and to spot any of the eight species of this bird.
Black and crimson pitta: These diminutive ground dwellers are endemic to Sabah. They have a lovely red belly and the look of a friendly cartoon animal. You can find these guys in tropical rain forest in Sabah from sea level to 300m. Look in ravines and beneath dense cover, especially in the Danum Valley Conservation Area.
Dulit partridge: Would you call yourself a lucky person? You’ll need to be in order to seek out this Sarawak native, as no sightings have been recorded since 1937. But birding experts say the best places to look include the hills of Mount Dulit or Mount Batu Song in Sarawak to save further time.