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Bird Watching In Johor

 

Favourite bird watching sites in Johor – Panti Forest Reserve & Endau-Rompin National Park. More than 200 species of resident and migrant birds have been found here, with the majority of birds found in the lowland and hill forests.

 

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PANTI FOREST RESERVE

Bird Watching at Panti Forest Reserve - Johor

Located about 20km from the town of Kota Tinggi, Panti Forest Reserve covers an area of approximately 275km and is situated at the headwaters of the Johor, Linggiu and Ulu Sedili rivers in southern Johor. The area is made up mostly of lowland dipterocarp forest with hill forests on two mountains, Gunung Muntahak (654m) and Gunung Sumalayang (61 5m). The montane ericaceous forest occurs on the western summit of Gunung Panti (654m) and peat swamp forest can be found in the low-lying areas. Panti Forest Reserve is listed as an internationally Important Bird Area, perhaps second only to Taman Negara in terms of bird diversity. More than 300 resident and migrant bird species have been found here, including many Sunda endemics. Five globally threatened bird species are also found here: Wallace?s Hawk Eagle, Chestnut-necklaced Partridge, Short-toed Coucal and the Wrinkled and Helmeted Hornbills. Lowland forest birds found around the foothill and ridge trails comprise the Lesser Fish Eagle, Black-thighed Falconet, Crestless Fireback Pheasant, Blue-rum ped Parrot, Blue-crowned Hanging-Parrot, Cinnamon-headed Green-Pigeon, Red-bearded Bee-eater, Straw-headed Bulbul, Banded Pitta, Laced, White-bellied and Slaty Woodpeckers, Dark-throated Oriole, Cinnamon-rum ped and Scarlet-rumped Trogons, Black-and-Red as well as the Black-and-Yellow Broadbills.

The peat swamp forest trail thrives with wildlife and here you might find the Blyth’s Hawk Eagle, Wrinkled Horn bill, Banded Kingfisher, Red-billed Malkoha, White-bellied Yuhina and the Purple-naped Sunbird. You might also spot the Wallace’s Hawk Eagle, Bat Hawk, Lesser Cuckoo-Shrike, Green bra, Scarlet and Fiery Minivets, Black-and-White Bulbul and the Malaysian Rail Babbler while bird watching along the Quarry Trail. Migrants include the Siberian Thrush, Siberian Blue Robin as well as the Dark-sided, Asian Brown, Yellow-rumped and Blue-and-White Flycatchers. The Panti Forest Reserve?s Bunker trail harbours eight hornbill species as well as the Olive-backed Woodpecker, Dusky Broadbill and the Velvet-fronted Nuthatch. During the migration season, the nearby swamps could surprise you with migrant birds such as the Black and Schrenck’s Bitterns as well as the Chestnut-naped and White-crowned Forktail. Parts of the forest reserve are being turned into a bird sanctuary. Currently, the most accessible trail is the Bunker Trail, where a parking lot, watchtower and a few huts are available. Permission is required from the Johor Forestry Department to enter the Panti Forest Reserve. It is advisable to inform the South Johor Forestry Office of your visit.

CONTACT:
Southern Johor Forestry Office
Tel: +607 – 224 3048

Johor Tourism Action Council
Tel: +607 – 223 4935 / 9960 / 8019

 

ENDAU – ROMPIN NATIONAL PARK

Bird Watching at Endau-Rompin National Park

The second largest national park in Malaysia straddles the states of Johor and Pahang, covering an area of about 48,905ha. The Endau-Rompin National Park is an Important Bird Area and was established largely due to the efforts of the Malaysian Nature Society, after conducting scientific expeditions in 1985 and 1986. Habitats here vary from lush lowland and hill dipterocarp forests, interspersed with unique palm and plateau forests as well as montane ericaceous forest at the higher elevations. Access to the park is via the two park base camps of Kuala Jasin and Sungai Selai. More than 200 species of resident and migrant birds have been found here, with the majority of birds found in the lowland and hill forests.

Six species of hornbills have also been spotted here, including the White-crowned, Rhinoceros and Helmeted Horn bills. Forest birds include the Bat Hawk, Wallace’s Hawk Eagle, Rufous-bellied Eagle, Crested Partridge, Red Jungle Fowl, Crested Fireback Pheasant, Thick-billed Green Pigeon, Jambu Fruit Dove, Long-tailed Parakeet, Red-naped Trogon, Blue-banded Kingfisher, Red-bearded Bee-eater, Great Slaty Woodpecker, Green Broadbill, Blue-winged Lea fbird, Asian Fairy Bluebird, Crested Jay, Chestnut-rumped Scimitar-Babbler, Black-naped Monarch, Hill Myna, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Long-billed Spiderhunter, Garnet and Banded Pittas as well as the Finch’s and Black-and-White Bulbuls.

Bird watching spots are located along various short and long trails at both the Kuala Peta Jasin and Selai base camps. It is advisable to hire a park guide if you decide to take the longer trails.

CONTACT:
Southern Johor Forestry Office
Tel: +607 – 224 3048

Johor Tourism Action Council
Tel: +607 – 223 4935 / 9960 / 8019

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