Peninsular Malaysia Traditional Route

Peninsular Malaysia Traditional Route

Our birding adventure will take us through several habitats that will include tidal mangrove forest, lowland rainforest and montane forest. Along the journey we will also search for the birds that frequent the rice paddies. This will offer a broad spectrum of Malaysian birds. These birding sites are well known among the worldwide birding community and our guides second to none. At all times we will ensure our clients the best Malaysia can offer in birds, accommodation and food.

Departure: on request
Destinations:  Kuala Lumpur – Kuala Selangor – Fraser’s Hill – Taman Negara
Duration : 8 days and 7 nights
Target Birds 150 to 200 species
Minimum 2 persons on twin sharing basis
Package Inclusive of: Accommodation in twin sharing room, bird guide, all land transportation.
Not Included in Price: Domestic airfare, Lunch, Dinner, Beverages, Camera fees where applicable, Tips and porter.

Tour Description:

The first site that we will visit is the mangrove forest of Kuala Selangor Nature Park and the surrounding areas. Mangroves are a very unique ecosystem, which is influenced by the rise and fall of the tides. Here we target to see a unique list including Mangrove Whistler, Mangrove Blue Flycatcher, Mangrove Pitta, Lesser Adjutants, Painted Stork, Eagles (Created Serpent & White-bellied), Brahminy Kite, Black Baza, Honey Buzzards etc (Migration season), Red Junglefowl, White-breasted Waterhen, Slaty-breasted Rail, Pink-necked Pigeon, Malaysian Bronze-cuckoo, Black-bellied Malkoha, Greater Coucal, Barred Eagle-Owl, Buffy Fish-Owl, Large-tailed Nightjar, Kingfishers (Stork-billed, White-throated, Black-capped, Collared, Common), Dollarbird, Barbets (Coppersmith & Lineated), Sunda Woodpecker, Greater Goldenback, Common Iora, Bulbuls (Red-eyed, Olive-winged, Yellow- vented etc), Black-naped Oriole, Warblers (Oriental Reed, Inornate), Flyeater, Ashy Tailorbird, Yellow-bellied Prinia, Pied Fantail, Paddyfield Pipit, White-breasted Wood-swallow, Tiger Shrike, Mynas (Common, Javan), Sunbirds (Ruby-cheeked,
Olive-backed, Plain-throated), Scarlet Flowerpecker, Oriental White-eye, Munias (White-rumped, Scaly-breasted, Black headed, White-headed), Baya Weaver etc..

Kuala Selangor is part of an Important Bird Area (IBA) and is good for its waders and waterbirds. Common sightings during the migration season end Sept-March would include Plovers (Little Ringed & Mongolian), Whimbrel, Common Redshank, Common Greenshank, Ruddy Turnstone, Curlew Sandpiper, Terns (White-winged,
Caspian, Black-naped, Little) etc. The area also includes a visit to the coastal mudflats and paddyfields to cover birds from a variety of habitats.
Our second site is the hill resort of Fraser’s Hill (also part of an IBA) for highland & lower montane birds. Here we will spend the next 3 days in birding heaven. At Fraser’s Hill we will get to see about 50 -70 highland species and we will hope to catch good views of mostly sunda (and Malaysian) endemics i.e. Malaysian Hill Partridge (E), Malaysian Laughingthrush (E), Malayan Whistling Thrush (E), Marbled Wren Babbler, Blyths Hawk-Eagle Yellow-vented Pigeon, Mountain Imperial Pigeon, Blue-crowned Hanging-Parrot, Green-billed Malkoha, Brown Wood-Owl, Treeswifts (Whiskered, Grey-rumped), Laughing-thrush (Black, Chestnut-capped, Black), Trogons (Red-headed & Orange-breasted), Red-bearded Bee-eater, Hornbills (Rhinoceros, Great, Wreathed), Barbets (Black-browed, Gold-whiskered, Brown), Yellownape (Greater & Lesser), Broadbills (Silver-breasted & Long-tailed), Red-rumped Swallow, Large Woodshrike, Malaysian Cuckoo-shrike, Grey-chinned Minivet, Orange-bellied Leafbird, Bulbuls (Black-headed, Black Crested, Ochraceous & Mountain), Drongos (Bronzed, Lesser & Greater), Black and Crimson Oriole, Green Magpie, Sultan Tit, Blue Nuthatch, Babblers (Buff-breasted, Striped-Tit, Golden, Grey-throated, White-hooded & Large Scimitar), Silvered-eared Mesia, Mountain Fulvetta, Long-tailed Sibia, Slaty-backed Forktail, Flycatchers (Verditer & Little Pied), Large Niltava, White-throated Fantail, Black-throated Sunbird, Streaked Spiderhunter, Flowerpeckers (Buff-bellied & Orange-bellied), Everett’s White-eye etc..

Our adventure concludes at one of South East Asia’s finest national park – Taman Negara. It is the most favoured birding destination for Peninsula Malaysia to primarily get the fantastic lowland birds. Sitting amidst towering rainforest trees and among the oldest rainforests and the Tahan River, it is a gem of a site that will be your base
for the next 3 days of fantastic birding. The lowland rainforest at Taman Negara is home to over 240 species of birds and it is your guide’s regular sites. Its primary forests and the network of jungle trails among the forest understorey
houses some of the most diversified birdlist Malaysia has to offer. We will try for gems such as the Crested Partridge, Crested Fireback, Malaysian Peacock Pheasant, Lesser Fish-Eagle, Bat Hawk, Black-thighed Falconet, Pigeons (Thick-billed,Little Green, Large Green, Wedge-tailed, Green Imperial, Green-winged), Long-tailed Parakeet, Parrots (Blue-rumped, Blue-crowned), Cuckoo (Indian, Oriental Banded Bay, Plaintive, Drongo, Asian Emerald), Malkohas (Raffles, Red-billed), Lesser Coucal, Owls (Reddish Scops, Collared Scops, Brown Hawk &; Spotted-Wood), Nightjars (Malaysian-Eared, Large Tailed), Trogons (Red-naped, Diard’s ;Scarlet-rumped), Kingfishers (Blue banded, Blue-eared, Oriental Dwarf, Rufous-collared ; Stork-billed), Hornbills (Bushy-Crested, Black, Oriental, Rhinoceros, Great, Helmeted), Barbets (Gold-whiskered, Red-crowned, Red-throated, Blue-eared ;
Brown), Woodpeckers (Grey-headed, Crimson-winged, Grey-and-Buffed, Great Slaty, White-bellied, Buff-rumped; Buff-necked), Broadbills (Dusky, Banded, Black and-Red, Black-and-Yellow; Green), Pitta (Garnet, Banded, Blue-winged and Giant), Black-winged Flycatcher Shrike, Scarlet Minivet, Green Iora, Leafbirds (Blue-winged, Greater ; Lesser), Bulbuls (Straw-headed, Scaly-breasted, Stripe-throated, Cream-vented, Red-eyed), Greater Racquet-tailed Drongo, Asian Fairy Bluebird, Black-naped Oriole, Black Magpie, Large-billed Crow, Velvet-fronted Nuthatch,
Babblers (Large Wren, Abbott’s, Rufous-crowned, Grey-headed; Chestnut-winged), Malaysian Rail-Babbler, Flycatchers (Dark-sided ; Asian Brown, Grey-headed ; Tickell’s Blue), Asian Paradise-Flycatcher, Black-naped Monarch,  Rufous-winged Philentoma, Spotted Fantail, Forest Wagtail, Hill Myna, Scarlet Sunbird, Little Spiderhunter, Flowerpeckers (Scarlet-breasted, Yellow-vented, Orange-bellied), Pin-tailed Parrotfinch and many others and if we are very lucky the elusive Great Argus.

Itinerary

Day 1: Meet at KLIA. Travel to Kuala Selangor. Check-in to resort. (De Palma Inn).
Day 2: Drive (5 minutes) to Kuala Selangor Nature Park, spend the morning on the mangrove and secondary forest trail. Break for Lunch, return to hotel and rest. Afternoon coastal birding around the area. Dinner & Optional Amazing Synchronous Fireflies (Pterotryx tener) boat tour.  Back to the resort.
Day 3: Breakfast & Depart from Kuala Selangor to Kuala Kubu Baru/Selangor Dam, opportunistic birding along the way. Arrive Fraser’s Hill, Check in Shahzan Inn, Hotel, Lunch and rest up.. exciting birds ahead.
Day 4: Fraser’s Hill Birding. More birds Last night Overnight in Shahzan Inn Hotel
Day 5: Drive to Taman Negara via Kuala Tahan and arrive Taman Negara (National Park). Check in at Mutiara Resort (the best location), subject to availability.
Exciting birding with a boat ride in Taman Negara National Park’s pristine Lowland Rainforest.
Day 6/7: Taman Negara Birding
Day 8: Last look for birds still not on our list, check out and drive to Kuala Lumpur

Accommodation: 
Selangor : De Palma Inn***
Fraser’s Hill : Shazan Inn Hotel***
Taman Negara : Mutiara Resort Taman Negara Resort****

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