Bird watching sites in Penang or Pulau Pinang – Teluk Air Tawar & Penang National Park. Trails of varying difficulties are available at Teluk Bahang, TelukTukun, Tanjung Aling, Pantai Kerachut and Teluk Ketapang.
PENANG NATIONAL PARK
The Penang National Park was established in 2003 and is one of the smallest national parks in Malaysia. It covers an area of about 1,213ha and is located in the remote northwestern part of Penang Island. The park consists of pristine coastal rainforest, mangroves, mudflats and beaches. About 190 bird species exist in this remote and pristine park. One of the most well known birds here is the White-bellied Sea Eagle, which breed in the park, especially around the Muka Head area. They are frequently seen soaring and displaying in the hill forests facing the sea. If you are lucky, you might get to observe their soaring skills and aerial combats. Trails of varying difficulties are available at Teluk Bahang, TelukTukun, Tanjung Aling, Pantai Kerachut and Teluk Ketapang. The park is open daily from 8:00am to 6:00pm.
Visitors can stay in hotels as well as chalets at Teluk Bahang and Batu Ferringhi, as accommodation is currently not available in the park.
TELUK AIR TAWAR – KUALA MUDA COAST
The Teluk Air Tawar-Kuala Muda coastal area is located at Seberang Prai Utara near Butterworth on mainland Penang. The habitats here consist of paddy fields, farmland, coastal mudflats and mangroves – conducive habitats for shorebirds (waders), water birds and mangrove birds. It is listed by Birdlife International as one of the Important Bird Areas for Malaysia, locations that provide feeding and resting areas for shorebirds and water birds during the bird migration season from October to March. About 61 species of birds have so far been spotted here, in addition to thousands of shorebirds that visit the area annually. Species of shorebirds include the Brown-headed Gull, Great Egret, Black-tailed Godwit, Whimbrel, Eurasian Curlew, Terek Sandpiper, Ruddy Turnstane, Red-necked Stint, Great Knot, Curlew Sandpiper, Gull-billed and White-winged Tern as well as the Javan and Chinese Pond Heron.
Non-water birds such as the White, Yellow and Forest Wagtails as well as two globally threatened birds, the Lesser Adjutant Stork and Nordmann’s Greenshank, exist here. During the spring migration in February and March, hundreds of egrets, pond herons, terns, sand plovers, herons, greenshanks, redshanks, sandpipers and other species flock to the Bagan Tambang mudflats. Both binoculars and spotting scopes will come in handy for the viewing of shorebirds and water birds along the coastal bunds and when scanning the mudflats during the changing tides. It is advisable to check for tide times when bird watching here. Birds are likely to roost during low tide.
Accommodation is not available in the area. Visitors can stay at various hotels in Butterworth on mainland Penang.
Penang Tourism Action Council
Tel: +604 – 262 0202