Trip report: Malaysia and Borneo (June 2005) by Tropical Birding

Guided by Keith Barnes.

Borneo and Malaysia are hard to beat as a rainforest birding destination in Asia. The amazing efficiency make for a wonderfully pleasant trip and the sublime forests combine with some of the most incredible birds remaining on the globe today including Great Slaty Woodpecker, Rhinoceros and Helmeted Hornbill, Long-tailed and Black-and-Red Broadbills and a band of eclectic and secretive pittas to make this perhaps the finest forest birding destination in the Orient. The real birding highlight though came in the form of a group of the gregarious Bornean Bristlehead. This remarkable bird happened to be the last bird family to be clinched by two of this tour’s participants, a serious achievement. Then of course, there is the fabulous Orang-utan, of which we saw 13 on this tour along with a band of other mammals including Siamang, Bornean Gibbon, Leopard Cat and Banded Palm Civet. This tour encountered 342 bird species and 34 mammal species including four species of Ape….a rather incredible all round trip and one where we endured quite a bit of comfort in the fine facilities available throughout modern Malaysia!

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