Kelantan Bird Watching Sites – Kuala Koh and Stong State Park. Stong State Park – Due to the undulating hilly terrain, this park is well suited for adventurous bird watchers. Bird watching is common along the main trail.
STONG STATE PARK
Situated at the Kuala Krai district in the south of Kelantan, Stong State Park is a unique park that is accessible via the Dabong town. Covering an area of more than 21 ,900ha, the park?s hill dipterocarp, oak-laurel, sub-montane and montane ericaceous forests shelter about 100 bird species. It is linked to the main range, Titiwangsa Range, and has several prominent mountain peaks. An outstanding feature found here is the seven-tiered Jelawang waterfall, one of the highest waterfalls in Malaysia. Due to the undulating hilly terrain, this park is well suited for adventurous bird watchers. Among the 14 montane bird species seen here are the Green-billed Malkoha, Little Cuckoo- Dove, Mountain Imperial Pigeon, Long-tailed Broadbill, White-throated Fantail, Rufous-browed Flycatcher, Ochraceous Bulbul, Everett?s White-eye, Mountain Tailorbird, Pygmy Wren Babbler, Mountain Fulvetta, Black-throated Sunbird and the Streaked Spiderhunter.
Other lowland forest birds found here include the Great Argus Pheasant, Red-naped Trogon, Banded Kingfisher, Oriental Honey-buzzard, Blyth?s Hawk Eagle, Green Broadbill, Asian Fairy Bluebird, Crested Jay, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Chestnut-naped Forktail, Fluffy-backed Tit-Babbler, Red-throated and Yellow-crowned Barbets, as well as the Rhinoceros, Helmeted and White-crowned Horn bills. Bird watching is common along the main trail leading from the base of the mountain to the peak of Gunung Stong. There is a campsite midway along the trail to the mountain peak where you can stay overnight. The base of the Gunung Stong and the small river found there are also good areas to start looking for birds, before trekking to the higher forest areas. Another good birding area is the trail along the plateau area where many lowland birds can be seen.
Kompleks Perkayuan Kelantan
Tel: +609 – 741 4256
A base camp with basic huts is located midway along the trail to Gunung Stong. Arrangements can be made by local guides if you wish to camp.
TAMAN NEGARA – KUALA KOH
Kuala Koh in the state of Kelantan is the gateway to the northern section of Taman Negara, with the other gateways being Kuala Tahan as well as Sungai Relau in Pahang and Tanjung Mentong in Terengganu. It is situated about 90km from Gua Musang town and one of the least visited areas of Taman Negara. This pristine hill and lowland forest covers an area of 835km. Kuala Koh offers bird watching in rugged terrains and peaceful riverine landscapes. Over 300 bird species have been spotted in Taman Negara and birds you might find here include lowland species such as eagles, pigeons, woodpeckers, trogons, broadbills, hornbills, leafbirds, drongos, bulbuls, babblers, flycatchers, sunbirds and fiowerpeckers. Several trails are available and they include the Ara interpretive trail and Raffiesia trails, which have circular routes as well as the trail to the observation hide and the canopy walkway. Discerning bird watchers and nature lovers will enjoy the secluded and tranquil surroundings of Kuala Koh.
Department of Wildlife & National Parks – Gua Musang
Tel: +609 – 912 2940