Bird watching sites in Perlis – Perlis State Park & Lake Timah Tasoh. Among the unique birds found here, which are confined to northern Peninsular Malaysia, are the Streaked-breasted Woodpecker and Puff-throated Babbler. Four species of hornbills are found here, with the Great and Rhinoceros Horn bills being two of the most spectacular.
PERLIS STATE PARK
Perlis State Park, which is also known as the “Pearl of Perlis”, is the northernmost bird watching location in Peninsular Malaysia. Covering an area of 5,075 ha, it consists of the Mata Air as well as the Wang Mu forest reserves. The peninsula’s first trans-frontier park, it has a unique limestone-dominated ecosystem with pockets of lowland dipterocarp forest and harbours the only deciduous forest in the country. The Thaleban National Park in Thailand borders the park. More than 200 bird species exist in the Perlis State Park. Among the unique birds found here, which are confined to northern Peninsular Malaysia, are the Streaked-breasted Woodpecker and Puff-throated Babbler. Four species of hornbills are found here, with the Great and Rhinoceros Horn bills being two of the most spectacular. Other colourful and sought after birds include three species of pittas – the Banded, Blue-winged and Hooded Pittas.
Bird watchers might also spot the elusive, resident Peregrine Falcon when trekking up the limestone hills. During the bird migration season between October and November, you may observe thousands of raptors flying across the park. Among the raptors found here include the Japanese Sparrowhawk, Chinese Sparrowhawk, Black Baza, Oriental Honey-buzzard and the Grey-faced Buzzard. An excellent place to watch raptor migration is the watchtower situated in the park. The park offers numerous trails that require varying levels of fitness. Try the Tok Jaafar Heritage Trail that starts at Kampung Wang Kelian and ends at Kaki Bukit town or the paved path of the Rainforest Trail. This trail starts from the back of the Visitors? Centre and ends at the park?s accommodation area. In the late evenings, you might spot birds such as hornbills while relaxing on the verandah of the park’s chalets.
LAKE TIMAH TASOH
Located about halfway between the Perlis State Park and Kangar, Lake Timah Tasoh is a 1,300 hectare man-made, state-owned reservoir. The lake area provides various wetland habitats for birds and as a result, is home to more than 140 species of resident and migrant birds. The best time for bird watching is from October to March during the bird migration season, when many migratory birds make stopovers at Lake Timah Tasoh. Sedges and reeds, a refuge for birds, surround parts of the lake. Among the rarer birds found here are the Eurasian Coot, Grey-headed Lapwing and the Cotton Pygmy Goose. Apart from waterbirds, one might also spot forest birds in the patches of lowland forest and around the lake. Bird watchers can head for the short trail near the main visitor area along Federal Route 7. Access to the lake shoreline is possible via several roads branching from the main road. Lake Timah Tasoh also draws locals who come to enjoy spectacular views of sunrise and sunset.
Accommodation is not available at Lake Timah Tasoh. Visitors can stay at various hotels in Kangar or book a chalet at the Perlis State Park.