Birding in Sarawak


BirdLife International has designated 22 Important Bird Areas (IBAs) in Sarawak, the highest number for any state in Malaysia.

A total of 664 species both resident and migratory birds have been recorded in Borneo which including 52 endemic species and 143 endemic sub-species.

Sarawak hosts more than 47 Borneo endemic species where most of them are fairly common in most of the mountains and lowland of Sarawak.  As for certain rare and elusive endemic species like Black Oriole & Dulit frogmouth, they had been sighted and photographed by nature enthusiastic in the year 2008, 2011 and 2012.  Some rare endemic species like Bornean frogmouth, Blue-banded pitta, Whitehead broadbill, Hose broadbill, Whitehead Spiderhunter, Mountain Serpent Eagle also has been sighted constantly in the recent year.

As for some uncommon endemic species like Pygmy white-eye, Bornean Barbet, Yellow-rumped flowerpecker are commonly sighted in some of the birding destinations. The sightings of these magnificent birds have proven Sarawak is an exciting experience for the dedicated birdwatchers.

The state stretches for some 750 km along the north east coastline of Borneo, with habitats ranging from high hills and mountains forest to Lowland, Kerangas & Peat swamp forest, and from rice field, wetland to coastal region with their own specialized birds.

All birding destinations are easily accessible with good transportation network and accommodation facilities are available in the national parks.

Doing it

6D/5N Mulu, Lambir & Paya Maga Birding

Day 1 – Fly from Miri to Mulu National Park
Spend the day looking for resident species & endemics. After dinner, night walk to spot Large Frogmouth, Brown Hawk Owl, Barred Eagle Owl, etc. Overnight at Mulu Marriott Resort.

Day 2 – Birding
Rise early to spot canopy species from observation tower and walkway (Black- throated Wren-Babbler, Bornean Blue Flycatcher, Blue-headed Pitta, Hose’s Broadbill, etc.). Continue birding throughout the day and visit bat observatory to spot Bat Hawks & Rufous-bellied Eagles. Optional: visit show caves. Overnight at resort.

Day 3 – Continue birding on park trails
After lunch, fly to Miri. Dinner & overnight at City Hotel.

Day 4 – Transfer to Lambir Hills National Park
To search for over Bornean Bristlehead, Bornean Black Magpie, Dusky Munia, Garnet Pitta, Rufous-tailed Shama, etc. After lunch, transfer back to Miri for flight to Lawas. Dinner & overnight at Hotel Seri Malaysia.

Day 5 – Transfer by 4WD to Paya Maga Highlands
To Paya Maga Highlands then trek for 3-4 hours through montane heath forest to an altitude of 1,400m, searching for Black Oriole, Mountain Serpent Eagle, Whitehead’s Broadbill, etc. Dinner at campsite followed by night walk to spot Bornean Frogmouth & Collared Owlet. Overnight at campsite.

Day 6 – Continue birding
For Bushy-crested Hornbill,   Straw-headed   Bulbul,   Orange- breasted Trogon, Banded Kingfisher, Dusky Broadbill, Pale Blue-flycatcher. After lunch, trek back to road and catch flight to Miri.


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