Our 8 days long Peninsular Malaysia will cover most important bird habitats such as Ulu Langat Lowland Forest, Bukit Tinggi sub- montane forests, Krau forest and locations such as Merapoh, Taman Negara National Park, the Fraser’s Hill and finally Air Hitam Dalam Forest .
Welcome to KL ..
Day 1- (March 14) We will pick you up from the Kuala Lumpur airport, and if time permits we will drive straight to few nearby birding patches near the airport for some common and locally available species.
Overnight in a Kuala Lumpur hotel (Dinner)
Day 2- (March 15) We will start our day early in the morning with a drive to Ulu Langat lowland forest for morning round of birding . Post lunch we will explore some other low land forest zones for Kingfishes and other low land species.
Overnight at Kuala Lumpur hotel (Breakfast,Lunch, Dinner).
Target: Rufous backed kingfisher, Blue eared kingfisher, Rufous collard Kingfisher etc
Day 3 (March 16) We will check out from the hotel early in the morning and drive off to Bukit Tinggi forest zone. By 3 PM we will board our vehicles and drive to Merapoh Taman Negara.
( 3 hrs Drive )
Overnight accommodation near to Merapoh,Taman Negara (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Target: Black throated Babbler, Black and yellow broadbill, black and red broadbill, Scarlet rumped Trogon, Garnet Pitta etc.
Day 4,5,6 ( March 17,18,19) We will continue birding around Merapoh,Taman Negara in the morning, then slowly drive to Fraser's Hill ( 5 Hrs ) , the Mecca of Birding in Peninsular Malaysia .
Fraiser Hill was the escape destination for the British officers during the colonial era the from the heat of the lowlands . Our birding points are located above 1,500 meters (5000 feet) in the central highlands, the avifauna differs markedly from that of the lowland rainforests, consisting largely of montane species. Several trails run through the forest but many species can be located close to the roads. Mixed feeding flocks move quickly and noisily through out the forests – often the central species is Chestnut-crowned (Malayan) Laughing-thrush accompanied by Silver-eared Mesia, Chestnut-crowned and Mountain Leaf-Warblers, babblers including Gray-throated, Golden and Buff-breasted, Streaked and Pygmy Wren-babblers, White-browed and Black-eared Shrike-Babblers, Green and Banded broadbills, Blue-winged Minla,
Mountain Fulvetta, Long-tailed Sibia, and Bronzed Drongo with Black-and-crimson Oriole and Blue Nuthatch. Lesser Shortwings occupy deep gullies, and heavily wooded areas support Sultan Tit, Black Laughingthrush, Red-bearded Bee-eater, Green Magpie and Red-headed Trogon, and with great luck we may even encounter the endemic Mountain Peacock-Pheasant and Malayan Whistling-Thrush. The list of possibilities are endless: Garnet Pitta , Yellow- vented Pigeon, Jambu Fruit-Dove, Mountain Imperial Pigeon, Orange-bellied Trogon, the curious Fire-tufted Barbet, Long-tailed Broadbill, the secretive Rusty- naped Pitta, White-headed Babbler, Javan Cuckooshrike, the endemic Malayan Partridge, Little Cuckoo-Dove, Green-billed Malkoha and Black-browed Barbet. Flycatchers are also well represented at Fraser’s Hill. Blyth’s Hawk Eagle, Speckled Piculet, Greater and Lesser Yellownapes, Silver-breasted Broadbill, Grey-chinned Minivet, Orange-bellied Leafbird, Ochraceous and Mountain Bulbuls, Lesser Racket-tailed and Greater Racket-tailed Drongos, Large Scimitar Babbler, White-bellied Yuhina, Slaty-backed Forktail, Mountain Tailorbird, White-throated Fantail, Everett’s White-eye, Black-throated Sunbird, Streaked Spiderhunter and Fire-breasted Flowerpecker are generally seen in Fraiser Hills . Lesser common species such as Rufous-bellied Eagle, Wedge-tailed Green Pigeon, Large Hawk-Cuckoo, Oriental Cuckoo, Mountain Scops-Owl, Collared Owlet, Wreathed and Helmeted Hornbills, Bay Woodpecker, Ashy Bulbul and Himalayan Cutia are also possibile here. We will also search for Malayan Whistling-
Thrush, and Brown Wood-Owl etc during our birding over here. Mammals list include lots of squirrels, Banded Leaf Monkeys and Siamangs-a species of gibbon whose amazing vocalisations echos through the hills in the early mornings. At the bottom of the hill up to Fraser’s Hill there is the area known as “The Gap”, where Pin-tailed Parrotfinch, Marbled Wren- Babbler and Black-crested Bulbul are generally seen. Nights at Fraser’s Hill.
Day 6 (March 19 ) We will bird in and around Fraser's hill in the morning after that we will proceed to Kuala Gula ,
Overnight Kuala Gula (Breakfast,Lunch, Dinner)
Targets : Sultan Tit, Collard owlet, Rhinoceros Hornbill, Oriental pied Hornbill,
Spotted wood-owl, Buffy Fish-owl and etc.
Day 7 (March 20 ) We will head to Air Hitam in the morning and bird in surrounding forest for local bird species. overnight Ipoh. (Breakfast,Lunch, Dinner)
Target: Mangrove blue flycatcher, laced woodpecker, banded woodpecker, Barred eagle owl and etc.
Day 8 (March 21 ) Morning birding around Ipoh before driving to the KL Airport for your International Departures (3hrs)
Target: Blue Rock Thrush, Javan Munia and etc.
TOUR COST : USD 1600 Per pax ( Twin-share )
Single Supplement Cost : TBA
All land transfer, 3 meal per day (except day 1 and day 8), all park fees, drinking water, Bird guide and 7 nights twin sharing accommodation.
All flight, travel insurance and personal expenses.
Tour Alterations : While every effort is made to make the tour descriptions as accurate as possible, participants should be aware that, factors beyond our control may result in changes to the itinerary. Should a major change of itinerary be forced upon us while the tour is in progress as, like an airline strike, weather delay or political crisis, the additional costs, if any, are the responsibility of the tour participant.
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