Malaysia and birdwatching? Yes, sir! Aside from the fact that it is home to one of the oldest rainforests 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. If you are a newbie to the world of bird and watching them, birdwatching in Malaysia will convert you entirely. Tick the following off your list on your next visit here.
Reaching these birdwatching spots on time is a must. A bus will take you there easily and much quicker than a train. Quickly book your tickets from redbus.my to save further time.
Rhinoceros hornbill: Around 10 species of the Hornbill found in Malaysia, of which the Rhinoceros hornbill 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. The rhinoceros hornbill (Buceros rhinoceros) is a large species of forest hornbill (Bucerotidae). In captivity it can live for up to 35 years. It is found in lowland and montane, tropical and subtropical climates and in mountain rain forests up to 1,400 metres altitude in Borneo, Sumatra, Java, the Malay Peninsula, Singapore, and southern Thailand. Male and female hornbills look the same. Its just that the mail hornbill has an orange or red ring around its eyes and the female hornbill has a white ring.
Hornbills mainly eat fruits and insects, but you may be surprised to see them prey on small reptiles, rodents and also small birds.
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-coloured tail-feather markings on the males—can be sought at Taman Negara. The Malayan peacock-pheasant (Polyplectron malacense) also known as crested peacock-pheasant or Malaysian peacock-pheasant, is a medium-sized pheasant of the galliform family Phasianidae. Males can be identified by a combination of the base colour and they have buff coloured rings surrounding each ocelli. Females have a very short crest and they are smaller is size they have a little shorter and darker tail than the mailes and their facial skin is a little yellowish in colour. The closely related Bornean peacock-pheasant (P. schleiermacheri) was formerly included here as a subspecies, but as understood today, P. malacense is monotypic.
Stork Billed kingfisher: Its colours quite resemble the national flag and to spot any of the eight species of this bird, a trip to Langkawi is what you must make. They have the capacity to hover round in water for hours together. They mostly feed on fresh water fish. At times you will also find them eating rodents and sometimes preying frogs. They either make their nests by digging holes in a decaying tree or they make nests close to river banks.