Melaka Bird Watching

Bird Watching In Melaka

 

Bird Watching Sites In Melaka / Malacca – Air Keroh Recreational Forest and Tanjung Tuan Forest Reserve & Wildlife Sanctuary. Situated just off the North-South Highway, the Air Keroh Recreational Forest is about 15 km from Melaka town.

 

Melaka / Malacca Birding Sites

AIR KEROH RECREATIONAL FOREST

Bird Watching in Air Keroh Recreational-forest

Situated just off the North-South Highway, the Air Keroh Recreational Forest is about 15km from Melaka town. This 359-hectare secondary forest is also the location of the A’Famosa Resort, which boasts several themed attractions. Among the 135 bird species found here include lowland forest birds such as the Black-thighed Falconet, Jambu Fruit Dove, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Purple-naped Sunbird, Sunda Pygmy, Banded Bay, Pink-necked and Thick-billed Green Pigeons, Stork-billed, Banded and Blue-eared Kingflshers, Buff-necked, Buff-rumped, Crimson-winged and Rufous Woodpeckers, Coppersmith, Gold-whiskered and Red-crowned Barbets, Drongo and Rusty-breasted Cuckoos as well as the Changeable Hawk Eagle and Crested Serpent Eagle.

There are also three owl species here – Barred Eagle Owl, Buffy Fish Owl and Brown Wood Owl. During the migration season from September to March, migrant birds such as the Black Baza, Oriental Honey-buzzard, Arctic Warbler, Blue-winged Pitta, Indian Cuckoo, Crow-billed Drongo, Black-capped and Common King fishers as well as the Dark-sided and Yellow-rumped Flycatchers make stopovers. Forest birds can be found along the well-marked trails. You can head for the observation towers as they provide good vantage points to observe birds in the treetops or the lake, an area usually frequented by waterbirds.

CONTACT:
Melaka Forestry Department
Tel: +606 – 231 6095

 

TANJUNG TUAN FOREST RESERVE & WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

Bird Watching in Tanjung Tuan Recreational Forest

Although this forest reserve is located at Tanjung Tuan in Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan, it is managed by the Melaka state government. Initially established as the Cape Rachado Forest Reserve in 1921, it was later declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1971. This area has been designated as an Important Bird Area by BirdLife International. The present sanctuary is made up of more than 6Oha of lowland coastal forest, near the Tanjung Tuan lighthouse. More than 100 bird species have been spotted here, including forest birds and migrating raptors. From late February to March, some of the migratory raptors you might see here include the Black Baza, Oriental Honey-Buzzard, Grey-faced Buzzard, Greater Spotted Eagle as well as the Chinese and Japanese Sparrowhawk. Forest birds that may be seen here include the Changeable Hawk Eagle, Large Green Pigeon, Dollarbird, Coppersmith Barbet, Greater Flameback Woodpecker, Banded Kingfisher, Black-naped Oriole, Blue-throated Bee-eater and the Asian Glossy Starling. The road leading to the lighthouse is a good area for bird watching and it is best to go in the early morning.

CONTACT:
Melaka Forestry Department
Tel: +606 – 231 6095

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