Trip report: Malaysia (July-August 2014) by Tropical Birding

Guided by Scott Watson.This was a custom tour.

This custom tour was designed to maximize the number of Peninsular Malaysian specialties, in only 7 days time, and birding at only 2 locations. Both Fraser’s Hill and Taman Negara national Park are 2 perfect locations for this short custom tour. By visiting these two sites we covered both hill forest and lowland forest zones, thereby maximizing the best species this peninsula has to offer. We saw some great gems such as; Garnet Pitta, Malaysian Rail-Babbler, Malayan Whistling-Thrush, Great Argus, Malayan Peacock-Pheasant, Diard’s Trogon, Rhinocerous Hornbill, lots of Woodpeckers, Bulbuls, and Babblers, and a great selection of Broadbills. All in all we saw an amazing 233 species of birds and 11 species of mammals, not bad for a 7 day (5 birding day) tour! We stayed at 2 fantastic lodges, both with good food and cold beer, and drove on paved roads for the entire trip! Peninsular Malaysia offers up a great duo of easy travel and some of the best birding in Southeast Asia.

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