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Peninsular and East Malaysia 19th July - 4th August 2012

  • We drove out to Kuala Selangor Nature Park, on the west coast, adding Dollarbird and Brahminy Kite on the way.  Around the reception area were a pair of Oriental Magpie Robins, Ashy Tailorbird and Pied Fantail....Colin and Alison Parnell report

Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah Nov/Dec 2011

  • We saw a group of Crested Partridges, had excellent views of Orange-backed, Maroon, Banded and Crimson-winged Woodpeckers and managed to identify some babblers and bulbuls....Rosemary Royle reports.

Unexpected SE Asia: Thailand, Cambodia and Malaysia April 9 - May 9, 2003

  • SE ASIA is always of great interest because of the diversity of species from it's proximity to the Equator and it's species movement from sources including India to the West, China to the North, Mekong Delta to the East and from Java and Sumatra to the South. The area is well studied from the time of Alfred Russell Wallace but new discoveries continue...Garry George reports...the last 12 days refer to Malaysia

Singapore, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Java, Flores, Rinca and KomodoIslands 24th May-4th August 2001.

  • Taman Negara needs no introduction and provides some of the best birding to be had in Malaysia in an ancient forest setting.   I found the birding difficult, tall 40-50m trees give you a bad neck after a while and it was the most humid place I have ever been to, my watch, supposedly waterproof to 30 m, steamed up!  Best bird goes to a Great Argus, which holds territory half way down the Jenet Muda trail and showed in exactly the same place three days running, he allowed me to within 10 m before casually walking off in to the forest....Andy Adcock reports.

Sabah, Peninsular Malaysia and S.Thailand 28 March - 8 May 2001

  • In April 2000 we undertook our first independent birding trip in SE Asia to the main sites within Peninsular Malaysia. As this proved reasonably successful we determined to undertake an extended trip in 2001 with the following objectives: To see a large cross section of the birds of Borneo including as many of the “realistic”endemics as possible ( Of the 37 endemics listed for Borneo we regarded Bornean Peacock Pheasant, Dulit Frogmouth, Black Oriole, Black-browed Babbler as unrealistic leaving 33 possibles);To revisit FH to see Cutia, Rusty-naped Pitta and Red-headed Trogon which we had missed on the 2000 trip and to visit KNC in S Thailand for Gurney's Pitta...Moira and Graeme Wallace report.

Malaysia (Bukit Fraser, Kuala Selangor and Sekinchan) 24 February - 4 March, 2001

  • If you've ever fancied visiting an exotic tropical destination, but have been worried about the difficulties of doing so, then Malaysia is the perfect destination for you.  This is a very modern country, with excellent roads, easy driving, good standards of accommodation and superb food, combined with extremely friendly people and wonderful birding...Gruff Dodd reports

Malaysia and Singapore 10th April - 4th May 1998

  • David Cooper split his time between Singapore and Malaysia on this 24 day visit. Itineraries and detailed bird lists are provided.

Malaysia and Singapore 14 to 26th September 1997

  • We flew to Kuala Lumpur with a 3h change in Bangkok (9 spp.), arriving in KL at 20:00. We drove to Kuala Selangor (61spp.), where we stayed two nights, visiting the reserve and nearby Tengi Estuary at Tanjong Karang (33 spp.). We then continued cross country.......David B. Collinge reports

See also: Birdwatching trip reports for the East Indies



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Some Useful bird books for Malaysia:
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Phillipps' Field Guide to the Birds of Borneo
Quentin Phillipps & Karen Phillipps: Buy from or

  • The most up-to-date and user-friendly guide to the birds of Borneo, covering Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei, and Kalimantan. This guide gives descriptions of 669 species living or reported on the island, including 51 endemic species. These are superbly illustrated in 141 color plates with more than 2,000 full color bird images, including most of the sexual variants and immature forms of polymorphic species.

A Photographic guide to the birds of SE Asia
Morten Strange: Buy from or

  • This guide covers almost 700 species found in Southeast Asia, including Malaysia, the Philippines and Borneo. Each species is illustrated with a photograph and distribution map, making this a quick-reference guide in a pocketable format. Many of the photos are new and invariably of good quality.

A Field Guide to the Birds of West Malaysia and Singapore
Allen Jeyarajasingam, Alan Pearson: Buy from or

  • Another classic field guide in what is fast becoming the most complete series currently on offer. The high standard of text and illustrations that we have come to expect of Oxford University Press is maintained, along with a wealth of information about the area, one which is often visited by birdwatchers but until now has not been covered by a decent field guide. Its small, portable nature and quick easy use make this a great book for the field or the home library.

A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia
Craig Robson: Buy from or

  • A new flexi-cover edition of this superb and influential book is now available (UK) making it much more useful as a field guide. The birds of South-East Asia details the identification, voice, breeding, status, habitat and distribution of the 1250 species and distinctive sub-species of the region covering Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, West Malaysia, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia. The illustrations are excellent and Craig Robson's text reflects his position as one of the foremost ornithological authorities of S.E.Asia. Indispensable for anyone visiting the area.

Where to watch birds in Asia
Wheatley, Nigel: Buy from or

  • This guide to birdwatching in Asia deals with over 250 sites in detail, and more in passing, from Turkey to Thailand and India to Indonesia. It is designed as much for pre-planning birding trips as for use in the country or countries on the itinerary. The countries are dealt with alphabetically and after a general introduction, there are site details, which include a list of birds to be seen, organized under the headings "Endemics", "Specialities" and "Others"; a list of "Other Wildlife" is also included where there is something of particular interest.

A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore
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  • Though only illustrating 252 species (which is more than we saw!), this helped to clinch the identification of several species where the colours in Lekagul are poor (for Malaysian forms) e.g. Mountain Imperial Pigeon, and the two "chestnut" laughing thrushes...

Recommended travel books for Malaysia:

Lonely Planet: Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei
Chris Rowthorn et al: Buy from or

  • You can shop in Singapore's Orchard Road malls or experience the abundant wildlife of Taman Negara National Park in Peninsula Malaysia. You could check out the water villages of Brunei, one of the worlds smallest but richest counties; discover bat caves and orang-utans in Sarawak; climb Mount Kinabalu in Sabah; or check out the incredible diving waters off Semporna. Importantly, there are several pages for birdwatchers including a very useful over view of the main sites.


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