Bird watching sites In Perak – Bukit Larut, Kuala Gula Bird Sanctuary, Royal Belum State Park & Temenggor Forest. More than 190 species of birds exist here with about half of them migratory species.
Bukit Larut or Maxwell Hill is the oldest hill resort in Peninsular Malaysia. Located close to the town of Taiping, it is nestled within the Bukit Larut Forest Reserve along the Bintang Range. It comprises hill and montane forests, with the highest peak being the 1,448-metre high Gunung Hijau. It is home to a rich diversity of birds, over 250 species of lowland and montane birds. Among its rare resident birds include the Malaysian Hill Partridge, Wedge-tailed Pigeon, Blyth’s Hawk Eagle, Rusty-naped Pitta as well as migrant birds such as the Siberian and White-throated Rock Thrush and the Yellow-rumped Flycatcher. In the middle and upper parts of the forest, you might spot the Long-tailed Broadbill, Red-headed Trogon, Chestnut-capped Laughing Thrush and the Rufous-bro wed Flycatcher. The forest-lined road that runs from the foothills until the higher elevations of Bukit Larut is recommended for bird watching. Do bring a light jacket or sweater along, as it gets quite cool at night.
Taiping District Office
Tel: +605 – 808 1963
KUALA GULA BIRD SANCTUARY
The Kuala Gula Bird Sanctuary is located near the Matang Forest Reserve. Its diverse habitats include tidal mudflats, estuaries and mangrove forests. More than 190 species of birds exist here with about half of them migratory species. Kuala Gula is known for shorebirds and waterbirds. A large numbers of egrets, herons, terns as well as gulls stop by Kuala Gula between September and April. Many of which spend the winter months along the mudflats. There are several bird watching trails along the Gula River and coastal bunds fringing mangrove forest. Unique birds here include the Mangrove Pitta, Mon grove Blue Flycatcher, Mangrove Whistler and the Great Tit. Other resident birds found here are the Brown-capped Woodpecker, Laced Woodpecker and the migrant Ruddy Kingfisher. Lucky bird watchers may be rewarded with sightings of the endangered and rare Lesser Adjutant Stork and Milky Stork, which reside further in the mangrove islands and mudflats. Another bird watching area worth visiting is the Kuala Sepetang Eco-Education Centre in Kuala Sepetang town, located not far from Kuala Gula. You can look for the elusive Milky Stork, waterbirds and shorebirds along the mudflats by hiring a boat from the nearby fishing village. It is advisable to check for tide times before going for boat trips.
Kuala Gula Eco-tourism Committee
Tel: +605 – 807 0842
ROYAL BELUM STATE PARK & TEMENGGOR FOREST
The Belum-Temengor Forest comprises the Royal Belum State Park, Temengor and Grik forest reserves. Situated in the Grik district, its lowland and hill forests are sanctuaries for a rich variety of wildlife and birds. The Temengor Dam, which was built in 1978, is among the scenic attractions of the area. Approximately 304 bird species have been discovered with the entire ten Malaysian hornbill species found here. Between July and November, usually during the fruit season, hundreds of hornbills can be spotted around the Temengor Lake in the mornings and evenings. This is the only known area where thousands of hornbills have been seen at any one time or season. Much sought after birds here include the Plain-pouched, Helmeted, White-crowned and Great Hornbills, Wallace?s and Blyth’s Hawk Eagle, Large Green Pigeon and the Puff-throated Babbler. Between September and November, bird watchers might find the very rare Amur Falcon during the raptor migration period. The main bird watching areas are Pos Chiong, Halong River and the road leading to the Temengor Dam. Bird watching is also possible while cruising around the lake and along various river tributaries. Alternatively, you can bird watch along the forest-lined road of the East-West Highway from Grik to Jeli (Kelantan), which runs through part of the Belum Forest. Various tour operators offer guided tours to Royal Belum and Temengor forest and will arrange for the necessary permits, river and road transport as well as accommodation, which includes camping. Permission to enter the Royal Belum State Park is required and can be obtained from the Perak State Parks Corporation. This can be arranged by tour operators or guides.
Perak State Parks Corporation
Tel: +605 – 791 4543