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The Following Reports are available from Peninsular Malaysia :
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Malaysia 22nd August - 2nd September 2010

  • The Telekom loop was great and a very birdy introduction. We encountered a number of bird waves, all with Mountain Fulvettas and plenty with Golden Babblers...Brendan Threlfall reports.

Malaysia August 4-17th 2007

  • At first I was a bit sceptical about the situation in Taman Negara N.P....but actually the birding was great, the scenery and forest still astonishing ...and even the trails close to the HQ gave me great birds...Henk Hendricks reports

Taman Negara and Fraser's Hill, peninsular Malaysia, 20 April - 1 May 2007

  • From April 20 until May 1, 2007, I made a short trip to peninsular Malaysia, aiming at two most-wanted lifers (Malaysian Rail-babbler and Marbled Wren-babbler)....Remco Hofland reports

Peninsular Malaysia 21st of March - 6th of April 2003

  • The first thing we did was grab our binoculars and check the hotel grounds for our first birds. Among the first birds we had were Yellow-vented Bulbul, Black-naped Oriole, Dollarbird (pair), Common Iora and Brown-throated Sunbird, as well as our first and only Coppersmith Barbet....Jos Wanten reports.

West Malaysia 2–17 March 2002

  • Summary of John van der Woude's 2-week trip to West Malaysia, an easy country to start with in SE Asia.

Peninsular Malaysia July 4th - August 5th 1999

  • The boardwalk is very interesting for typical mangrove species: Mangrove whistler, flyeater, Sunda woodpecker, Common Flameback and Great tit are fairly common. We also saw Mangrove blue flycatcher, Buffy Fish owl (1 juv.), Greater Flameback and Chestnut-bellied Malkoha from the boardwalk. A Mangrove Pitta was calling near the end, but it didn't respond to the tape. Wim Veraghtert reports

Peninsular Malaysia 17th - 28th September 1998

  • The return trip via the bunds improved our count of Kingfishers, particularly welcome was our first amazing Stork-billed Kingfisher and a surprisingly fearless Crested Serpent Eagle that allowed a close approach. The afternoon was spent around Lighthouse hill where we found our only Lineated Barbet and Spotted Dove....Keith Regan reports

Malaysia May 1997

  • In May 1997 I had a brief opportunity to do some birding in peninsular Malaysia on my to and from Brisbane, Australia. My itinerary was as follows:.. Peter Thompson reports.


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Some Useful bird books for Peninsular Malaysia:
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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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