Birding Tour Malaysia: Peninsular Malaysia September 2020

Tour Details

Duration: 13 days
Group Size: 4 – 8
Date Start: September 14, 2020
Date End: September 26, 2020
Tour Start: Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia
Tour End: Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia

Tour Costs

Price: US$5,540 / £4,238 / €4,707 per person sharing – based on a minimum of 4 people

Single Supplement: US$1,015 / £776 / €862

Please note that the costing is based on local currency, so there is a (remote) chance of a surcharge in the very unlikely case of a dramatic change in the exchange rate and also that currency conversion is calculated in real-time, therefore is subject to slight change. Please refer back to the base price when finalising payments.

Price includes:
Meals and drinking water during the tour (from evening meal on day 1 until lunch on day 13)
Accommodation as described above
Expert tour leader and local bird/wildlife guide fees
National park/birdwatching reserve entrance fees
All transport while on tour, including airport pick-up and drop-off
Tolls

Price excludes:
All flights
Meals and drinking water before/after tour as described above
Items of a personal nature, e.g. gifts, laundry, internet access, travel insurance, phone calls, etc.
Soft/alcoholic drinks
Camera permits
Personal insurance
Gratuities

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Peninsular Malaysia September 2020

This tour will cover several key birding sites in peninsular Malaysia, visiting various habitats from the coastal mangrove forests to the highlands of the Titiwangsa Range. The Titiwangsa Range runs southward from the border of Thailand and forms the backbone of the peninsula. After spending three nights at Fraser’s Hill, one of the best areas for birdwatching in Malaysia, we will also concentrate our efforts on the world-famous and stunningly bird-rich Taman Negara National Park; the tropical rainforest here is said to be 130 million years old. We will be targeting many of the highly-sought species to be found in Malaysia, such as pittas, trogons, broadbills, hornbills, and kingfishers, along with some very special, secretive birds such as Rail-babblerMountain Peacock-Pheasant, and Malayan Whistling Thrush.

This tour can be combined with our preceding Birding Borneo – Spectacular Birds and Other Wildlife 2020 tour for a complete Malaysia mega tour.

 

Itinerary (13 days/12 nights)

Day 1. Arrival at Kuala Lumpur

After arrival at Kuala Lumpur International Airport you will be taken to our nearby hotel, with the rest of the day spent at leisure. The group will meet for a welcome dinner in the evening, when we will discuss plans for the coming days.

Overnight: Putrajaya

Day 2. Pulau Indah and Putrajaya

We’ll have an early-morning transfer to the coastal mangroves for Mangrove Pitta and other species such as Ashy TailorbirdLaced WoodpeckerSunda Pygmy WoodpeckerPink-necked Green PigeonBlue-tailed Bee-eaterCopper-throated SunbirdBrahminy KiteWhite-bellied Sea EagleBlack-winged KiteLesser CoucalCoppersmith BarbetLong-tailed ShrikeBarred Eagle-Owl, and more. After the morning birding session we will travel back to our hotel for a rest during the heat of the day.

In the late afternoon and early evening we will head out again to a patch of forest, looking for Oriental Dwarf (Rufous-backed) and Blue-eared KingfishersBlack-and-RedDusky, and Banded BroadbillsGold-whiskered BarbetDollarbirdBrown Hawk-Owl, and Blyth’s Frogmouth.

Overnight: Putrajaya

Day 3. Putrajaya and Kuala Lumpur

We will likely head back to the same forest that we visited the previous afternoon and evening, where we will look for several species, such as Black-backed SwamphenPainted StorkLarge-tailed NightjarSavanna NightjarPlaintive CuckooRufous-collared KingfisherWhite-crowned HornbillBlack HornbillLittle Bronze CuckooViolet CuckooBlack-and-yellow BroadbillWhite-chested BabblerPale Blue FlycatcherRufous-chested FlycatcherScarlet-backed Flowerpecker, and Olive-backed Flowerpecker. We will spend the majority of the day birding in this area, as there are numerous high-quality target birds for us to search for.

Overnight: Putrajaya

Day 4. Kuala Selangor

After breakfast we will visit a nearby heronry for Painted StorkPurple HeronGrey HeronBlack-crowned Night HeronLittle EgretEastern Cattle EgretStriated HeronWhite-throated KingfisherPied Triller, and others. Then we will check out from our hotel and travel to Kuala Selangor in the afternoon. Along the route we will check out some rice fields, where we may find Scaly-breastedWhite-headedChestnut (Black-headed), and White-rumped MuniasWhite-breasted WoodswallowYellow BitternCinnamon BitternWatercockOriental Pied HornbillCoppersmith Barbet, and others. At night we will be looking for Buffy Fish OwlSunda Scops OwlSpotted Wood Owl, and Large-tailed Nightjar.

Overnight: Kuala Selangor

Day 5. Kuala Selangor to Fraser’s Hill

A pre-dawn walk will give us another chance to look at the nocturnal species. In the morning we will be exploring the mangrove and their surrounds for Mangrove Blue FlycatcherMangrove WhistlerRuby-cheeked SunbirdGolden-bellied GerygoneLittle Bronze CuckooScarlet-backed FlowerpeckerLineated BarbetDaurian (Purple-backed) StarlingCrested GoshawkCrested Serpent Eagle, Red-whiskered BulbulOlive-winged BulbulCommon FlamebackGreater Flameback, and many more.

During the afternoon, we will transfer to the beautiful, picturesque mountains of Fraser’s Hill. Along the way to the hill station we will make several stops for Chestnut-naped ForktailWhiskered TreeswiftRufous-bellied SwallowHouse SwiftRed-wattled Lapwing, and Banded Bay Cuckoo. At night we will be looking for Brown Wood OwlMountain Scops Owl, and Grey Nightjar.

Overnight: Fraser’s Hill

Days 6 – 7. Two full days birding at Fraser’s Hill

We will take a pre-dawn walk for the rare and local endemic Malayan Whistling Thrush.  During our two full days in the hill station we will look for Silver-eared MesiaSpectacled LaughingthrushMalayan LaughingthrushBlack LaughingthrushGreater YellownapeLesser YellownapeBay WoodpeckerLarge Hawk-CuckooMountain BulbulOchraceous BulbulScaly-breasted BulbulCinereous BulbulBlue NuthatchVelvet-fronted NuthatchSquare-tailed Drongo-CuckooBanded BroadbillLong-tailed BroadbillSilver-breasted BroadbillRed-headed TrogonOrange-breasted TrogonChestnut-backed Scimitar BabblerPygmy Wren-babblerWhite-tailed RobinLesser ShortwingBuff-breasted BabblerGolden BabblerGrey-throated BabblerBlyth’s Shrike-babblerBlack-eared Shrike-babblerLarge NiltavaRufous-browed FlycatcherLittle Pied FlycatcherVerditer FlycatcherMugimaki FlycatcherHill Blue Flycatcher, the endemic Malaysian PartridgeStreaked SpiderhunterFire-breasted Flowerpecker, and Black-throated Sunbird. We will also try to look for the rare Rusty-naped Pitta if luck is on our side!

Overnight: Fraser’s Hill (two nights)

Day 8. Fraser’s Hill to Taman Negara

In the morning we transfer to Taman Negara with a stopover for Dusky Crag MartinBlack HornbillOriental Pied HornbillRufescent PriniaBanded Broadbill, and others.

Upon arrival at Taman Negara we will start exploring the village for Barred ButtonquailBlue-crowned Hanging ParrotBlue-rumped ParrotBlack-and-red BroadbillBanded WoodpeckerChecker-throated WoodpeckerAsian Palm SwiftBlack-thighed Falconet, and Oriental Dollarbird. We’ll also take a drive around the local roads at night, looking for an assortment of owls, frogmouths, and nightjars.

Overnight: Taman Negara

Day 9 – 11. Three full days birding at Taman Negara 

We will spend the morning exploring the incredible Taman Negara valley for many species, including Rhinoceros HornbillWreathed Hornbill, and Great Hornbill, and if possible Garnet Pitta. In the afternoon we will transfer across the river into the national park for a three-night stay inside the park. For these three days we will explore the forest along the boardwalks/trails and by boat for a wide-range of awesome target birds (some of the best birds in all of Asia!), such as Asian Fairy BluebirdBlack-and-yellow BroadbillGreen BroadbillScarlet-rumped TrogonDiard’s TrogonRed-naped TrogonCinnamon-rumped TrogonBlack MagpieCrested JayGreat Slaty WoodpeckerWhite-bellied WoodpeckerBuff-rumped WoodpeckerBuff-necked WoodpeckerStraw-headed BulbulYellow-bellied BulbulGrey-cheeked BulbulHairy-backed BulbulBlack-and-white BulbulSunda Scops OwlReddish Scops OwlLarge FrogmouthGould’s FrogmouthBlyth’s FrogmouthLarge Wren-babblerStriped Wren-babblerChestnut-winged Babbler, Chestnut-rumped BabblerWhite-chested BabblerSooty-capped BabblerMoustached BabblerBlack-capped BabblerBlack-throated BabblerTickell’s Blue FlycatcherMalaysian Blue Flycatcher,  Blue-banded KingfisherOriental Dwarf (Rufous-backed) KingfisherRuddy KingfisherStork-billed KingfisherBlue-eared KingfisherBanded KingfisherRufous-collared KingfisherRed-bearded Bee-eaterRail-babblerMalayan Banded Pitta, and so much more!

Overnight: Taman Negara (three nights)

Day 12. Taman Negara to Bukit Tinggi

We’ll have a final morning birding at Taman Negara, looking for anything else that might be new or missing from the species listed above before we transfer to Bukit Tinggi in the afternoon.

Overnight: Bukit Tinggi

Day 13. Bukit Tinggi to Kuala Lumpur International Airport, tour concludes 

We will have an early morning birding session, where we will target the rare and localized endemic Mountain Peacock-Pheasant and Ferruginous Partridge. There are plenty of other exciting birds in this gorgeous forest, and we may find Sultan TitLarge WoodshrikeLong-billed SpiderhunterBlue-winged Leafbird, and Chestnut-backed Scimitar Babbler. After lunch we will then transfer back to Kuala Lumpur, where the tour will conclude mid-afternoon and you will be able to take your evening international flight home.

 

Please note that the itinerary cannot be guaranteed as it is only a rough guide and can be changed (usually slightly) due to factors such as availability of accommodation, updated information on the state of accommodation, roads, or birding sites, the discretion of the guides and other factors.

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Andy is a superb guide with a wonderful knowledge of birds and where to find them. He is enthusiastic and keen, great company and a real pleasure to bird with. Our Australian trip was very successful in terms of sightings and also really enjoyable. Andy played a big part in that with his superb organisation, excellent birding skills, easy-going nature and positive attitude. I would happily join Andy on a birding trip again and hope to be able to do so later this year!

Janice — Kent, UK

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