Trip Report: Peninsular Malaysia, March 8-31, 1998

David Geale;


March 8: arrive Kuala Lumpur (KL) 1200
March 9-11 (am): Kuala Selangor
March 11 (pm) - 14 (am): The Gap
March 14-17 (am): Fraser's Hill
March 17 (pm) - 24 (am): Taman Negara
March 24 (pm): Sungai Batu Mining Pools
March 26-28 (am): Kuala Selangor
March 29: Templer Park
March 30: Taman Pertanian, Shah Alam
March 31: Lake Gardens, KL


Site Accounts

Kuala Selangor; March 9-11, 26-28


Trail D was best for secondary forest birds, but A, B and C were also productive. The "middle hides" (in the center of the loop of embankments surrounding the lake) were unpredictable -- they could either be excellent or dead, depending mostly on the tide. At high tide, many waders came to the ponds, but at low tide, there was virtually nothing at these hides. The tower hides at the NW and SW corners of the lagoon were useful with a scope, but most bird were usually too far away. There was only one mangrove boardwalk open during my visits, at the end of Trail D. The biggest problem was the lack of access to mudflats. The manager, Rajan, was very helpful. Ask him about any birds you want to find.

Accommodation and Food

Hotel Selangor is reasonable (RM40/night), but you are locked in until roughly 7:15 am, which isn't great. It is located across the street from the bus station, above the 99 Restaurant and Waterfall Café. The A-Frame huts in the reserve were better for convenience, but had only a fan for air conditioning. That was not a major problem. The huts are small, with two mattresses on the floor, and block toilets are nearby. They cost RM25/night. I didn't look at the chalets and don't know their prices. For food, I ate only at the 99 Restaurant, which was wonderful.


There were virtually no insects around, but this may have been due to the dry weather conditions. The only problem was the oppressive heat from about 8:00 am to 5:00 pm -- and only slightly cooler outside those times. On the whole, a very pleasant place to birdwatch.

Species Recorded

  1. Little Egret
    Common in the lagoon.
  2. Intermediate Egret
    Just one in the lagoon on the 28th.
  3. Grey Heron
    Very common.
  4. Purple Heron
    Up to 3 of these skinny guys in the lagoon.
  5. Great Egret
    Usually a few present in the lagoon.
  6. Chinese Pond-Heron
    There were many pond-herons in non-breeding plumage, just one of this species in full breeding dress.
  7. Javan Pond-Heron
    Exactly like the previous species. Both pond-herons in the lagoon.
  8. Striated (Little) Heron
  9. Yellow Bittern
    One immature seen occasionally at the north end of the lagoon.
  10. Black Baza
    Common in the secondary forest, often in small groups. Great birds, with a very silly crest.
  11. Black-shouldered Kite
    Just one sitting on a stump in the lagoon on the 26th.
  12. Brahminy Kite
    Whatever these eat (fish?), there must be lots of it! Very common overhead and perched.
  13. White-bellied Sea-Eagle
    The king of Kuala Selangor, one almost always sitting atop the tower on Bukit Melawit. It took me a while to notice that there was a nest up there.
  14. Crested Serpent-Eagle
    Seen a few times around the lagoon and in the secondary forest. All were singles, perhaps 3 or 4 in the area.
  15. Japanese Sparrowhawk
    One bird causing panic among the Pink-necked Pigeons on the 28th.
  16. Black-thighed Falconet
    Just one of these tiny birds of prey sitting above the parking lot of the reserve.
  17. Red Junglefowl
    Yes, it's a chicken. Great birds, heard often and seen occasionally in the secondary forest, particularly along Trail D.
  18. Slaty-breasted Rail
    Seen twice in the same place along the trail to the middle hides, also once along the north embankment.
  19. White-breasted Waterhen
    Very common, but for a bird like this that's okay.
  20. Watercock
    Two seen regularly from the middle hides during my second visit.
  21. Common Snipe
    Looked without success for pintails, but just two commons seen from the middle hides.
  22. Common Redshank
    Same as the previous species, but change the "pintails" to "spotteds".
  23. Marsh Sandpiper
    The second most numerous sandpiper, many among the Greenshanks in the lagoon.
  24. Common Greenshank
    The commonest sandpiper, at least a few present at all times; large flocks at high tide.
  25. Terek Sandpiper
    Just one at high tide on the evening of the 27th, seen from the middle hides.
  26. Common Sandpiper
    Yes, it was common; many individuals in the lagoon.
  27. Ruddy Turnstone
    A few birds in the lagoon during my second visit.
  28. Rufous-necked Stint
    One from the middle hides on the evening of the 27th at high tide.
  29. Curlew Sandpiper
    The third most common wader, usually a few with the Greenshanks and Marsh Sandpipers.
  30. Mongolian Plover (Lesser Sandplover)
    Two from the middle hide at high tide on the 27th.
  31. Rock Dove
    Only in town, happily.
  32. Zebra Dove
    Common in small flocks along the embankments.
  33. Pink-necked Pigeon
    Large numbers were obviously present, but inconspicuous as they are green and sit concealed in the foliage.
  34. Rusty-breasted Cuckoo
    This was the only typical cuckoo I could see, but many were calling. Just seen once in the mangroves.
  35. Asian Koel
    Hard to see, but quite common -- listen for its whistled "woo-eee-ooo" and you'll realize that they're everywhere.
  36. Chestnut-bellied Malkoha
    Gorgeous and rather clumsy -- a typical malkoha. Just one in the mangroves.
  37. Chestnut-breasted Malkoha
    One in the secondary forest.
  38. Greater Coucal
    Often heard, seldom seen, but common along the edges of embankments. Couldn't find a lesser!
  39. Collared Scops-Owl
    One roosting in a box outside the visitor's center. Be sure to ask Rajan about other owls. I had no success.
  40. Large-tailed Nightjar
    Common -- listen at dusk for its "chonk, chonk, chonk" etc. call. To see them, try spotlighting in the parking lot at dusk.
  41. Asian Palm-Swift
    There were many swifts over the park, including many I didn't identify. Quite a few of these flying around.
  42. Little Swift
    Common in the town, also seen occasionally over the park.
  43. Common Kingfisher
    Kuala Selangor proved to quite good for kingfishers. This one was not particularly common, but there was usually one or two around the lagoon.
  44. Stork-billed Kingfisher
    It sounds ridiculous, but it makes sense when you see one! Probably just one pair around, seen at various points around the lagoon.
  45. White-throated Kingfisher
    Not often seen in the park itself, but more frequently in the town area.
  46. Black-capped Kingfisher
    Probably the second most common kingfisher; a striking bird most easily seen along the drains outside the embankments.
  47. Collared Kingfisher
    Definitely the most common kingfisher, with a very loud, obnoxious call. Quite pretty though, seen everywhere from the mangroves to the secondary forest.
  48. Blue-throated Bee-Eater
    Seen rather infrequently, but very nice. Check the sky for flying birds or exposed perches at the top of trees.
  49. Blue-tailed Bee-Eater
    Another beautiful bird, seen only during my second visit.
  50. Dollarbird
    Amazing, and common as well. Usually seen flying floppily around the lagoon area.
  51. Lineated Barbet
    Just seen once atop Bukit Melawati.
  52. Coppersmith Barbet
    Only recorded once as well, this one near the visitor's centre.
  53. Sunda Woodpecker
    Very small and easy to overlook, but not rare. Seen a few times in the mangroves and secondary forest.
  54. Laced Woodpecker
    Common and very noisy, often in pairs in all habitats.
  55. Common Flameback
    A few records in the mangroves and secondary forest.
  56. Greater Flameback
    One very co-operative bird in the mangroves which sat still. Others seen only in flight could have been this or the previous species.
  57. Golden-bellied Gerygone (Flyeater)
    Flyeater is a much nice name. You'll hear it a lot, but perhaps not see it much. Its wheezy whistle sounds like part of "Street Rat" from Aladdin.
  58. Mangrove Whistler
    Very well named -- many whistling sounds in the mangroves turned out to be this bird.
  59. Pied Fantail
    Lively, cheerful and common in the mangroves and secondary forest.
  60. Ashy Drongo
    Beware of the illustration in King et al. -- the resident race is quite black above, but distinctively grey on the belly. Fairly common on the edges of secondary forest.
  61. House Crow
    Common, both in town and in the park.
  62. Large-billed Crow
    Outnumbered by the previous species, but also common in the park.
  63. Common Iora
    Very nice. Common in the secondary forest and along the embankments.
  64. Black-naped Oriole
    Exactly like the previous species.
  65. Ashy Minivet
    Seen just once along the A Trail.
  66. Brown Shrike
    One bird regularly along the path to town during my first visit, but it had apparently left by the time I returned the second time.
  67. Asian Glossy Starling
    Common in town, also in the fruiting trees near the visitor's centre.
  68. Daurian Starling
    Just two birds near the visitor's centre on the 27th.
  69. Common Myna
    Appropriately named.
  70. Jungle Myna
    Not appropriately named. Common around the lagoon. Check all the Common Mynas, and you'll almost certainly turn up a few of these.
  71. Hill Myna
    Another poor name. A great bird though, especially vocally. Just one flock in the secondary forest.
  72. Mangrove Blue-Flycatcher
    At first a bit confusing -- it hardly looks blue. However, fairly common in the mangroves.
  73. Oriental Magpie-Robin
    Very common, with a nice song and lively demeanour. Seen everywhere except the mangroves.
  74. Barn (European) Swallow
    Common over the lagoon.
  75. Pacific Swallow
    Like the previous species, but outnumbered by it.
  76. Red-rumped Swallow
    Two over the lagoon on the 28th, but not seen otherwise.
  77. Yellow-vented Bulbul
    One of the most abundant birds throughout Malaysian lowlands. Seen particularly often along the embankments, but just about anywhere will do for these guys.
  78. Olive-winged Bulbul
    Seen just twice in the secondary forest. The second most common bulbul here!
  79. Oriental White-eye
    Particularly in the mangroves.
  80. Yellow-bellied Prinia
    Quite shy, but sings loudly and often conspicuously, something like "chick! oubli-oubli-oubli." Sometimes snapped its wings in flight.
  81. Pallas's Warbler
    The skulker of the trip, even beating out Taman Negara pittas! Seen just once along the south embankment.
  82. Common Tailorbird
    A bit of confusion -- when this bird sings, they show a dark neck! The undertail coverts are the best clue. Quite common in open areas.
  83. Dark-necked Tailorbird
    See comment under the previous species. Also common, generally in denser vegetation.
  84. Ashy Tailorbird
    Not a confusing bird, and extremely common. The call is surprisingly loud for such little guys.
  85. Arctic Warbler
    Seen a few times in the mangroves and secondary forest.
  86. Abbott's Babbler
    Very common, but a skulker. When you clue in to its song (it took me a while!) you'll realise it's common -- "teeoo-tee-tooweet".
  87. Striped Tit-Babbler
    Common also, especially in secondary forest.
  88. Great Tit
    Common and talkative in the mangroves. Very pale in comparison to the European ones.
  89. Eurasian Tree Sparrow
    If there's a building, there will be one, but you won't feel like checking.
  90. White-rumped Munia
    A pair seen on my second visit, not recorded on my first.
  91. Scaly-breasted Munia
    Very common in the grass along the embankments.
  92. Forest Wagtail
    Common on my first visit, but only a few on my second until about 70 flew over on the evening of the 27th. Great birds, usually in secondary forest.
  93. Plain(Brown)-throated Sunbird
    The throat is the only plain part of this bird! Common along the embankments, often quite tame.
  94. Ruby-cheeked Sunbird
    Just one pair seen at the beginning of the mangrove boardwalk on the inland side of the coastal bund. Very nice!
  95. Olive-backed Sunbird
    The dullest sunbird here, but still quite nice, and common along the embankments.
  96. Little Spiderhunter
    Seen just once in the secondary forest.

The Gap; March 11-14


Unless you want to bushwhack, the birding is restricted to three roads. These are commonly known as the Fraser's Hill road, KKB road and the Raub road, based on where they go. I found the KKB road quieter than the other two, but others report just the opposite. There is a track off the road a km or two up the Fraser's Hill road, but it made birding much more difficult. The birding motto at The Gap could be "quality not quantity", as you can go a long way and see nothing, then get a real thriller. It is worth spending time just sitting on the front terrace (or back, for that matter) of the Resthouse and scan the surrounding trees. A scope is very useful here, especially from the terraces.

Accommodation and Food

There isn't much choice, but The Gap Resthouse is great for both. The rooms are large, with two beds and somewhat unreliable electricity. There was a sign that said that electricity would only be available at certain times, but the actual schedule was unpredictable. The menu is rather limited but the food is decent, if somewhat overpriced.


Not many, but I had two leeches and half an hour of rain. An annoyance was the volume of the cicada buzzing all day, but especially at dusk and before rain, as birds were much harder to hear when they turned it up.

Species Recorded

  1. Bat Hawk
    Seen one evening (7:25 pm) flying over the Resthouse. Try waiting on the front terrace at dusk.
  2. Crested Serpent-Eagle
    One over the Resthouse.
  3. Little Cuckoo-Dove
    Probably quite common, but inconspicuous. Seen perched on the KKB road and flying by the Resthouse at dusk.
  4. Emerald Dove
    One about 2 km down the Raub road.
  5. Thick-billed Pigeon
    Fairy numerous at fruiting trees.
  6. Blue-crowned Hanging-Parrot
    Common; often seen flying, occasionally perched.
  7. Drongo Cuckoo
    A stumper at first, but it really does look like a cross between its name-sakes. One just below The Gap on the Raub road.
  8. Green-billed Malkoha
    What a tail! One seen at the Fraser's Hill gate, a pair about 1 km down the Raub road.
  9. Glossy Swiftlet
    Common -- often flying low down, occasionally going under the road through culverts!
  10. Fork-tailed Swift
    Commonly seen overhead, especially at dusk from the front terrace.
  11. Little Swift
    Seen just once at the Resthouse; possibly overlooked.
  12. Red-bearded Bee-Eater
    Wow! Two birds together on the Fraser's Hill road -- one had a huge cicada in its bill.
  13. Rhinoceros Hornbill
    Magnificent views of two birds on the Fraser's Hill road. Great bird!
  14. Gold-whiskered Barbet
    Almost missed! I heard them often, but only seen once at the fruiting tree 15 minutes before I left for Fraser's Hill.
  15. Red-throated Barbet
    Like all barbets, heard more often than seen. Just one sight record near the beginning of the Fraser's Hill road.
  16. Black-browed Barbet
    This one was seen twice! One from the front terrace and one about 2 km down the Raub road.
  17. Blue-crowned Barbet
    The most often seen barbet, always in fruiting trees.
  18. Brown Barbet
    One pair high up in a dead tree 500 m down the Raub road.
  19. Bamboo Woodpecker
    Well named. Seen twice in bamboo along the Fraser's Hill road. Frustratingly, no other woodpeckers here were identified.
  20. Dusky Broadbill
    This was our first broadbill. A group of about 7 down the Raub road moving somewhat clumsily through the foliage.
  21. Silver-breasted Broadbill
    Two birds building a nest in a bamboo patch about 2.5 km down the Raub road. Amazing birds!
  22. Bronzed Drongo
    Common, often near the Fraser's Hill gate.
  23. Greater Racket-tailed Drongo
    A few birds around the Resthouse, occasionally along the roads as well. Many did not have a full quota of rackets.
  24. Scarlet Minivet
    A lone female on the KKB road, a flock of about 10, including many brilliant males, on the Fraser's Hill road.
  25. Bar-winged Flycatcher-Shrike
    Seen just once on the Fraser's Hill road.
  26. Asian Fairy-Bluebird
    Very common at fruiting trees, particularly near the Resthouse.
  27. Blue-winged Leafbird
    Like the previous species. The male's head is much more yellow than illustrated, except in the photographic guide.
  28. Tiger Shrike
    One immature bird at the base of the new Fraser's Hill road, about 500 m below The Gap on the Raub road.
  29. Brown Shrike
    One seen regularly near the Fraser's Hill gate.
  30. Verditer Flycatcher
    Very nice; pale blue with a pleasant song, and usually a few near the back terrace.
  31. Grey-headed Canary -Flycatcher
    Get rid of the "canary" bit! A nice flycatcher seen just once on the Fraser's Hill road.
  32. Oriental Magpie-Robin
    A pair living around the Resthouse.
  33. White-rumped Shama
    The last bird before I left for Fraser's Hill, right at the Fraser's Hill gate.
  34. Slaty-backed Forktail
    Don't miss this one! Great birds; a pair seen twice above the road on Sungai Terranum, about 2 km down Raub road.
  35. Velvet-fronted Nuthatch
    Seen twice, once on the KKB road, once on the Fraser's Hill road. Colourful, but inconspicuous and possibly overlooked.
  36. Pacific Swallow
    A couple of pair around, seen regularly at the Resthouse.
  37. Striated (Red-rumped) Swallow
    Powerful flyers, beautiful birds. Seen often flying around the Resthouse.
  38. Black-crested Bulbul
    Very pretty and very common, seen along all the roads, all the time.
  39. Scaly-breasted Bulbul
    My favourite bulbul, seen a few times from the front terrace.
  40. Stripe-throated Bulbul
    Another common bulbul seen along every road.
  41. Ochraceous Bulbul
    Very common on the Fraser's Hill road, also seen on other roads.
  42. Ashy Bulbul
    Yet another common bulbul on all the roads.
  43. Dark-necked Tailorbird
    A few in the resthouse area, perhaps also some Common Tailorbirds; I didn't check very closely.
  44. Yellow-bellied Warbler
    Often heard, but seen only once about 2 km down the Raub road.
  45. Black Laughingthrush
    A flock (family?) of about 8 seen a few times near the Fraser's Hill gate.
  46. Chestnut-capped Laughingthrush
    Seen just once here, at the base of the Fraser's Hill road with some Black Laughingthrushes.
  47. Chestnut-backed Scimitar-Babbler
    Seen just once on the Fraser's Hill road.
  48. Grey-throated Babbler
    Common but skulking; seen especially on the Raub road.
  49. Striped Tit-Babbler
    Just seen once, just above the Fraser's Hill gate.
  50. Sultan Tit
    Spectacular birds, seen regularly on the Fraser's Hill road, once on the KKB road.
  51. White-rumped Munia
    Seen at the Resthouse and at the base of the new Fraser's Hill road.
  52. Grey Wagtail
    One bird often seen from the back terrace.
  53. Yellow-vented Flowerpecker
    Seen just once from the front terrace.
  54. Orange-bellied Flowerpecker
    One male of his species chased away the Yellow-vented Flowerpecker. There were several female flowerpeckers that I think were of this species near the Resthouse.
  55. Fire-breasted Flowerpecker
    One male from the back terrace.
  56. Black-throated Sunbird
    A pair just above the Fraser's Hill gate.
  57. Streaked Spiderhunter
    What a bill! One bird often around the Resthouse; several other spiderhunters seen in flight were probably this species.

Fraser's Hill; March 14-17


Obviously Fraser's Hill birding means bird waves. I found these virtually everywhere; the Bishop's Trail and Valley road (along the south side of the golf course) were the most consistent. The time between bird waves can be dull, but that's when some of the most exciting birds show up -- like trogons and hornbills. The newest Fraser's Hill hot spot is the "new road". It is planned to finally open to traffic in 1999, but another delay might keep the birding good a little longer. I personally did not find this road especially good, but there were some different birds there, and other groups saw many woodpeckers on it. Overall, the birding was highly variable and unpredictable but very exciting. Try to contact Durai at the new Nature Education Centre -- he was very useful.

Accommodation and Food

I stayed at Rasa -- at the far end of the Telecom Loop -- for one night, as I hadn't booked, and most other places were full. The birding there was good, but it was a rather long walk into town and beyond to other sites. For the rest of my stay, I slept at the Temerloh chalets, which were convenient and reasonable. For food, I ate only at "Spices", which was great. I met some German birders who had been warned not to eat "at the Chinese place". I don't know where that is, and remained satisfied with "Spices".


Fraser's Hill is notorious for leeches, and I met some, but the weather had been dry and they were not a serious problem.

Species Recorded

  1. European (Crested) Honey-Buzzard
    2 soaring over the town area. Somehow missed Blyth's Hawk-Eagle.
  2. Black Eagle
    One low over the canopy behind Rasa.
  3. Little Cuckoo-Dove
    Common, especially at High Pines.
  4. Mountain Imperial-Pigeon
    Common; most often seen flying or heard in the distance.
  5. Red-billed Malkoha
    2 seen about 2 km down the "new road". Beautiful birds.
  6. Jungle (Grey) Nightjar
    Seen along the High Pines road at dusk.
  7. Silver-rumped Needletail
    2 flying around about 2 km down the "new road".
  8. Fork-tailed Swift
    Common overhead, especially over the town.
  9. Little Swift
    Nesting in the town, common overhead.
  10. Red-headed Trogon
    A stunning pair on the Bishop's Trail.
  11. Red-bearded Bee-Eater
    Great looks at one bird in a bird wave near Allan's Water.
  12. Great Hornbill
    Spectacular! Just one individual seen along the Bishop's Trail.
  13. Fire-tufted Barbet
    Very common in bird waves. Listen for an accelerating series of buzzes.
  14. Black-browed Barbet
    Often heard, seen just once on the Telecom Loop.
  15. Speckled Piculet
    One at Maybank Lodge. I heard it drumming, but it took for ever to spot, although it turned out to be quite close. Great bird!
  16. Greater Yellownape
    Common in bird waves. Inexplicably, I couldn't find a Lesser Yellownape anywhere!
  17. Bay Woodpecker
    One at Maybank Lodge, just before the piculet.
  18. Long-tailed Broadbill
    Wow! Probably my favourite bird at Fraser's Hill; two seen separately on the Telecom Loop.
  19. White-throated Fantail
    Common in bird waves.
  20. Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo
    About one per bird wave. Their tail must take quite a beating -- I only one had a full pair of rackets out of the dozens I saw.
  21. Green Magpie
    Gorgeous and common. The first one I saw was a fledgling which was almost pure white.
  22. Large-billed Crow
    Seen at a rate of about one or two per day; often in town.
  23. Black-and-crimson Oriole
    Common in bird waves. I know I'm overusing that comment, but it's always true.
  24. Large (Black-faced) Cuckoo-Shrike
    Common, but usually seen flying, rarely perched.
  25. Grey-chinned Minivet
    Common in pairs or flocks, but no grey chin on the male in this part of the world!
  26. Bar-winged Flycatcher-Shrike
    Just one in a bird wave on the "new road".
  27. Brown Shrike
    A few seen around the town. Definitely not in bird waves.
  28. Malayan Whistling-Thrush
    Get to the gate at the Gap road before dawn and wait. Almost a guaranteed bird, but also almost guaranteed to be in bad light.
  29. Mugimaki Flycatcher
    Apparently quite numerous during my visit, but I saw just two beautiful males on the Telecom Loop.
  30. Rufous-browed Flycatcher
    Very nice! Quite tame, and seen on almost any forest trail. Often in bird waves.
  31. Little Pied Flycatcher
    Like the previous species.
  32. Large Niltava
    Common; seemed to prefer more open areas. A nest was found in the roadside bank on the high pines road. Again, bird waves usually had one.
  33. Grey-headed Canary-Flycatcher
    Seen a couple of times along the Bishop's Trail. Yes, in bird waves.
  34. Oriental Magpie-Robin
    Common, obviously the town was the place for this one.
  35. White-tailed Robin
    Another species seen in a bird wave -- just once though, on the Bishop's Trail.
  36. Blue Nuthatch
    Common. Yes, in bird waves. Wonderful birds!
  37. Barn (European) Swallow
    In town; I didn't check closely enough to say common or not. Combined with the next species, they were common.
  38. Pacific Swallow
    See Barn Swallow, also in town.
  39. Striated (Red-rumped) Swallow
    A few seen over the Old Zoo at the end of the Bishop's Trail.
  40. Black-and-white Bulbul
    A very nice pair, and obliging too, on the Telecom Loop.
  41. Yellow-vented Bulbul
    A surprise sighting of one on the golf course.
  42. Ochraceous Bulbul
    Seen only on the "new road".
  43. Mountain Bulbul
    Common in bird waves. If you thought I said that a lot up until now, believe me, it gets worse (better?).
  44. Mountain Tailorbird
    The prettiest tailorbird I saw, very common in bird waves.
  45. Inornate (Yellow-browed) Warbler
    A few sightings along the Bishop's Trail and Telecom Loop.
  46. Arctic Warbler
    Like the previous species, but often in bird waves.
  47. Eastern Crowned-Warbler
    Just one in a bird wave on the "new road".
  48. Chestnut-crowned Warbler
    Common... you guessed it, in bird waves.
  49. Chestnut-capped Laughingthrush
    Very common, in their own waves or with others.
  50. Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush
    Fairly common in bird waves. Quieter and less obtrusive than "capped". Who made these confusing names?!
  51. Pygmy Wren-Babbler
    Seen in just one bird wave on the Bishop's Trail.
  52. Golden Babbler
    Yes, another abundant in bird waves. The crown streaking is not as conspicuous as illustrated in all field guides.
  53. Grey-throated Babbler
    Seen in a few bird waves, possibly overlooked.
  54. Silver-eared Mesia
    What stunning birds! Happily common too, often in small parties in bird waves.
  55. White-eared Shrike-Babbler
    Seemed to be the less common shrike-babbler, just one pair on the Telecom Loop.
  56. Black-eared Shrike-Babbler
    Usually a pair per bird wave.
  57. Blue-winged Minla
    Common. In bird waves. The "blue-winged" part is not obviously applicable to all birds.
  58. Mountain Fulvetta
    Excessively common in bird waves.
  59. Long-tailed Sibia
    Equally excessively common, but usually in their own waves.
  60. Sultan Tit
    Just one of these magnificent birds in the town.
  61. Eurasian Tree Sparrow
    As expected.
  62. Grey Wagtail
    Just one seen in town.
  63. Fire-breasted Flowerpecker
    A few males on the Telecom Loop. Many high-flying flowerpeckers were probably this species.
  64. Black-throated Sunbird
    Common in town, even seen during lunch at Spices.
  65. Streaked Spiderhunter
    Very common, but often refused to perch.

Taman Negara; March 17-24


This was my favourite birding place in Malaysia. Some stats -- 6 partridge/pheasants, 8 kingfishers, 10 woodpeckers, 4 pittas, 5 broadbills, 14 bulbuls, 21 babblers and 5 spiderhunters. Obviously any trail in the forest can be good; these were my favourites:

Swamp Loop -- Rename it the "shy and elusive ground-bird loop". Great for pheasants and partridges, also Banded Pitta. Otherwise not too active, but usually at least one other bird of interest. A bit hard to find by following sign posts -- the Bransbury map is good. Starts off the trail to Bumbun (hide) Tahan.

Jenut Muda Trail -- Babbler city! Many other birds as well -- especially broadbills and bulbuls. Waiting a while at each of the creeks was productive. Just what "Jenut Muda" is I didn't find out, but it's 700 m from one end and 800m from the other.

Tahan Trail -- Good for general activity, many babbler flocks encountered.

Hides (bumbuns) were typically not very productive for birds, but were a good place for lunch in the field (forest!). Bumbun Tabing was a good -- I saw several nice birds, such as Scarlet-rumped Trogon and Finsch's Bulbul from it. Bumbun Kumband itself was not great, but the surrounding area was amazing -- a good overnight hike.

Boat trips were also productive for different birds. The one up the river to the park from Tembeling was good for kingfishers, but the one to take is the trip to Lata Berkoh for Masked Finfoot (apparently only February - June) and Lesser Fish-Eagle. The cost was RM80, and the boat took a maximum of four people. Book at the wildlife office and make sure the driver knows you're looking for birds (burung). The canopy walkway was not particularly useful, but did get a better view into the canopy.

Accommodation and Food

Very interesting! One night in a chalet was RM201.25, but 8 nights camping was RM164.00, mostly for the rental of a tent. Staying in a hide (book at the wildlife office) cost RM5. Camping was hot, but bearable. Some Brits were staying in a hostel across the river for RM10/night. For food, the floating restaurants were amazing. For less than RM10, you could get a reasonable meal, or pig out for below RM20. A buffet at the resort cost RM40 -- I didn't try it, but other said the food wasn't as good anyway. Besides, the boat trip across the river is fun!


No leeches, no rain (or very little of the latter). These two non-problems were probably related. The heat wasn't bad either -- the canopy blocked out the sun. The trails were definitely in need of maintenance -- the resort obviously cares more about the money making business in the resort itself -- but most were quite walkable.

Species Recorded

  1. Cattle Egret
    One seen on the boat ride in to the park.
  2. Striated (Little) Heron
    Like the previous species.
  3. Lesser Fish-Eagle
    2 on the Sungai Tahan boat trip near the "waterfall".
  4. Crested Serpent-Eagle
    Again, like the previous species.
  5. Black-thighed Falconet
    One hunting cicadas in the resorts area; seen just once.
  6. Black Partridge
    One seen en route to Bumbun Kumbang via the Tahan Trail.
  7. Crested Partridge
    Common, especially on the Swamp Loop. Also seen on Jenut Muda.
  8. Crestless Fireback
    One male en route to Bumbun Kumbang, one female in the area of that hide.
  9. Crested Fireback
    Common all around the resort, and on all trails. Much too easy for a pheasant!
  10. Malayan Peacock-Pheasant
    Very common, but hard to see -- listen for its call -- like a strangled duck, accelerating. You'll know when you hear it. Seen on the Swamp Loop, heard everywhere.
  11. Great Argus
    Heard often -- a whistled "oh-wow" -- but just one female seen near the canopy walkway.
  12. White-breasted Waterhen
    Just one seen scurrying around on the resort lawn.
  13. Masked Finfoot
    What a bird! Some people had seen them from the Tahan Trail, but it was more original and exciting to take a boat trip. Great looks at a male who was quite unconcerned by the boat.
  14. Common Sandpiper
    One seen one the way in to the park, one on the way out.
  15. Emerald Dove
    Seen just once on the Tahan Trail near the old pumphouse.
  16. Little Green-Pigeon
    Common at fruiting trees in the resort area.
  17. Thick-billed Pigeon
    Like the previous species.
  18. Large Green-Pigeon
    One pair seen at dusk from Bumbun Kumbang.
  19. Blue-rumped Parrot
    Just one pair seen from the canopy walkway.
  20. Blue-crowned Hanging-Parrot
    Very common; the easiest views were at fruiting trees in the resort.
  21. Hodgson's Hawk-Cuckoo
    One bird surprised me by perching in front of nose and calling about 5 km out of the resort on the Tembeling Trail.
  22. Raffles's Malkoha
    Small and pretty and common, particularly on the Tahan Trail.
  23. Chestnut-breasted Malkoha
    Big and pretty, but not so common, seen once each near Gua Telinga and on the Tembeling Trail.
  24. Greater Coucal
    Common along rivers, but usually heard and not seen.
  25. Malaysian Nightjar
    Probably common -- people had seen them over the Sungai (River) Tembeling. On my last evening, I went up to Lubok Simpson at dusk and saw at least five. Their call is similar to Olive-sided Flycatcher; a whistled "What to do!"
  26. Grey-rumped Treeswift
    Common along the Sungai Tembeling. The shape might throw you (like it did me) at first if you've not seen a treeswift before.
  27. Whiskered Treeswift
    Seen twice -- once from the canopy walkway and once from Bumbun Kumbang. Probably common above the canopy.
  28. Silver-rumped Spinetail
    Common along rivers. There were many swiftlets that I wasn't sure about that were probably Edible-nest.
  29. Brown(-backed) Needletail
    Only positively identified at Lubok Simpson, but I think they flew over the Sungai Tembeling every evening.
  30. Cinnamon-rumped Trogon
    One gorgeous male between Bumbun Kumbang and Kuala Trenggan.
  31. Scarlet-rumped Trogon
    A male seen from Bumbun Tabing and a beautiful pair at the creek just before Bumbun Kumbang.
  32. Common Kingfisher
    Taman Negara was kingfisher paradise. I had 8 species here. This one lived up to its name along larger rivers.
  33. Blue-eared Kingfisher
    Probably seen twice near Bumbun Kumbang, one on a quiet backwater of the Sungai Tembeling on the return boat trip. Given good views, it was not the identification problem I was expecting.
  34. Blue-banded Kingfisher
    Seen just once along the Sungai Tahan from the Tahan Trail.
  35. Rufous-backed (Oriental Dwarf) Kingfisher
    The commonest kingfisher in the forest, always along small streams. Brilliant. Jenut Muda consistently had one.
  36. Banded Kingfisher
    My favourite kingfisher, seen twice; a lone male on Jenut Muda and a pair en route to Bumbun Kumbang. Unfortunately missed Rufous-collared.
  37. Stork-billed Kingfisher
    Two sighting from the resort jetty, also seen on both Sungai Tembeling boat trips.
  38. White-throated (-breasted) Kingfisher
    Common along the Sungai Tembeling.
  39. Black-capped Kingfisher
    Common along the larger rivers.
  40. Red-bearded Bee-Eater
    Wonderfully strange birds. Two birds croaking at Bumbun Kumbang and one doing the same on the Tahan Trail.
  41. Blue-throated Bee-Eater
    Common along rivers, also in clearings (in front of hides).
  42. Oriental Pied-Hornbill
    Seen a few times in the resort area.
  43. Black Hornbill
    3 flying across the Sungai Tembeling on the return boat trip.
  44. Bushy-crested Hornbill
    I think I heard these all over the place -- rising "whoop" notes -- but I only saw them en route to Bumbun Kumbang.
  45. Gold-whiskered Barbet
    Barbets were difficult here, but there were lots calling. This species was relatively easy in the resort area and on Jenut Muda.
  46. Red-throated Barbet
    Heard often, seen only on Jenut Muda sharing a fruiting tree with the previous species.
  47. Yellow-crowned Barbet
    "Took-took-took trrrr..." -- they're everywhere! It took me a while to see one though; one near Bumbun Kumbang.
  48. Blue-eared Barbet
    Common in fruiting trees in the resort area.
  49. Coppersmith Barbet
    Nesting in a dead tree at the Tembeling jetty; not seen in the park itself, but... you guessed -- heard regularly. No Brown Barbets here, surprisingly.
  50. Malaysian Honeyguide
    Seen once in a bird wave (not Fraser's Hill quality, but not bad) along the Tahan Trail.
  51. Rufous Piculet
    Taman Negara is also woodpecker paradise. I saw 10 species. This one was quite common on trails near the resort, also at Bumbun Tabing.
  52. Rufous Woodpecker
    Seen once at the campsite, a few times on the Tahan Trail.
  53. Banded Woodpecker
    Taman Negara was also the place for "Banded" birds -- I saw four. This one on the Swamp Loop.
  54. Crimson-winged Woodpecker
    One pair being noisy on the trail to Gua Telinga.
  55. Checker-throated Woodpecker
    Another gorgeous woodpecker seen on the Tahan Trail.
  56. Maroon Woodpecker
    Not quite as beautiful as some of the others, but common along the Tahan Trail.
  57. Orange-backed Woodpecker
    A spectacular bird! One pair seen on the Tembeling Trail.
  58. Buff-necked Woodpecker
    Probably the commonest woodpecker, seen on most trails.
  59. Grey-and-buff Woodpecker
    Probably my favourite woodpecker. Incredibly ill-proportioned with a relatively huge crest. I saw just one male on the Gua Telinga Trail. The tapping recalls a piculet.
  60. Great Slaty Woodpecker
    Another amazing bird -- the biggest Old World Woodpecker. Seemed quite common, seen on Jenut Muda (4 birds) and near Bumbun Kumbang (3).
  61. Banded Pitta
    Now this is why to come to SE Asia -- PITTAS! The problem is expressing your excitement in a whisper to whoever you're birding with! For this one I said "I see it! I see it! Wow!" Fairly easily the "bird of the trip". Shyer than the other pittas, seen just once on the Swamp Loop, heard in the area of Bumbun Kumbang.
  62. Hooded Pitta
    This one got "It's a pitta pitta pitta!" The commonest pitta in the resort area during my visit -- from the 19th onwards everyone was seeing them. Seen often on the Tembeling Trail and once on the Tahan Trail.
  63. Garnet Pitta
    For this one I was along and simply said "Wow!" under my breath. My second favourite bird for the trip. Apparently it was a "stake-out" where I saw it -- about 300 m from Bumbun Kumbang towards Kuala Tranggan in a relatively open, palm filled gully.
  64. Blue-winged Pitta
    This one was interesting. Returning on the Tembeling Trail at dusk, I met some British birders who asked to look in my field guide and told me they had just seen one! I scanned the understorey for a while, but the light was bad and I gave up. I took two steps back toward the resort when a Brit spotted it around the corner on the trail. Great looks in the end! During my stay at Taman Negara, I saw a pitta each day, ensuring that it was my favourite birding place.
  65. Dusky Broadbill
    Another one of my favourite families. I saw all of Malaysia's broadbills, five of them here. This one just once on the Swamp Loop. Odd birds!
  66. Black-and-red Broadbill
    Beautiful and common. Seen on the Swamp Loop and along rivers.
  67. Banded Broadbill
    The final "banded" bird and the last broadbill. Seen just once on Jenut Muda, but heard elsewhere.
  68. Black-and-yellow Broadbill
    My favourite broadbill here with a wonderful clown face. Seen twice on Jenut Muda.
  69. Green Broadbill
    A very interesting and distinctive shape. Great birds, seen on Jenut Muda and from the canopy walkway.
  70. Golden-bellied Gerygone
    Seen just once from the canopy walkway.
  71. Spotted Fantail
    Common, often in bird waves on the Tahan Trail.
  72. Black-naped Monarch
    Very attractive little birds, and common, often in bird waves.
  73. Asian Paradise-Flycatcher
    Reasonably common along the Tahan Trail, just one long-tailed male seen on Jenut Muda.
  74. Bronzed Drongo
    Seen often in clearings.
  75. Greater Racket-tailed Drongo
    Common; makes so many different sounds I was often sure I had something different only turn up on of these.
  76. Black Magpie
    Two birds along the Tembeling Trail. Looked without luck for Crested Jay.
  77. Slender-billed Crow
    Seen with certainty just once on the Tembeling Trail.
  78. Large-billed Crow
    Along rivers; not all crows identified certainly.
  79. Dark-throated Oriole
    Two individuals -- one male on the Tahan Trail and one female near Bumbun Kumbang.
  80. Black-naped Oriole
    Common in the resort area.
  81. Bar-bellied Cuckoo-Shrike
    Seen only at the Tembeling Jetty.
  82. Black-winged Flycatcher-Shrike
    Like the previous species.
  83. Asian Fairy-Bluebird
    Common, especially on the Tahan Trail.
  84. Greater Green Leafbird
    A pair in the campsite area. Most surprisingly I missed Lesser -- must have been looking at the ground for pittas too much!
  85. Blue-winged Leafbird
    Common on most trails.
  86. Rufous-winged Philentoma (Flycatcher)
    Seen often on the Tahan Trail, Swamp Loop and Jenut Muda. Definitely the most common philentoma.
  87. Maroon-breasted Philentoma (Flycatcher)
    Seen just once each on Jenut Muda and the Swamp Loop.
  88. Daurian Starling
    A lone bird at the Tembeling Jetty.
  89. Common Myna
    Common indeed in the resort area. I heard what I know to be Hill Mynas, but could not see them.
  90. Asian Brown Flycatcher
    Just one on Jenut Muda.
  91. Grey-headed Canary-Flycatcher
    Seen a few times on the Tahan Trail.
  92. Siberian Blue Robin
    Just one splendid male near Bumbun Kumbang.
  93. Oriental Magpie-Robin
    Common in the resort area, also at Bumbun Kumbang.
  94. White-rumped Shama
    Very common and vocal along all trails. Great birds -- in spite of their abundance I did not get bored of them.
  95. Chestnut-naped Forktail
    Gorgeous birds; seen twice -- once at a Jenut Muda stream and also on the Sungai Tahan boat trip. Could not find a White-capped, but one had been seen at Bumbun Kumbang.
  96. Barn Swallow
    Common along major rivers.
  97. Pacific Swallow
    Like the previous species.
  98. Straw-headed Bulbul
    Bulbuls... well, there are lots -- I saw 14 and probably missed a few. This one is relatively colourful and has an incredible song. Fairly common along rivers.
  99. Black-and-white Bulbul
    Rare? No, seen regularly at both Jenut Muda streams.
  100. Black-headed Bulbul
    Common along trails, especially near the resort.
  101. Grey-bellied Bulbul
    Very nice; not as common as some of the others. Seen twice, once at Bumbun Tabing, once on the Tahan Trail.
  102. Puff-backed Bulbul
    Definitely one of the drabber ones. Seen just once on Jenut Muda.
  103. Stripe-throated Bulbul
    Common in the resort area.
  104. Yellow-vented Bulbul
    Like the previous species, but more common.
  105. Cream-vented Bulbul
    Seen just once on the Tahan Trail.
  106. Red-eyed Bulbul
    Common; probably the most non-descript bulbul I saw.
  107. Spectacled Bulbul
    Just one, with the Cream-vented Bulbul.
  108. Finsch's Bulbul
    A nice bulbul; a pair seen from Bumbun Tabing.
  109. Grey-cheeked Bulbul
    Common at the resort and on most trails.
  110. Yellow-bellied Bulbul
    A brighter version of the pervious species.
  111. Hairy-backed Bulbul
    One of the commonest bulbuls away from the resort; seen on all trails.
  112. Common Tailorbird
    Seen at Bumbun Tabing and also in the resort area.
  113. Dark-necked Tailorbird
    Common, especially near streams, not seen in the denser forest areas.
  114. Arctic Warbler
    Just one on the Tahan Trail.
  115. Eastern Crown-Warbler
    Like the previous species.
  116. White-chested Babbler
    Babblers! You'll get to like them -- there are so many options and they're great fun. This on was seen just once on the Tahan Trail.
  117. Ferruginous Babbler
    Well named. Seen just once in the Bumbun Kumbang area.
  118. Abbott's Babbler
    Common on trails, also in the resort area. Check them closely for the next species.
  119. Horsfield's Babbler
    Beware of young Abbott's! Seen with certainty only once near Bumbun Kumbang.
  120. Short-tailed Babbler
    One of my favourite babblers; seen only near Bumbun Kumbang.
  121. Puff-throated Babbler
    Just one en route to Bumbun Kumbang.
  122. Black-capped Babbler
    Seen on Jenut Muda and Tembeling Trails. Behaves like a pitta.
  123. Moustached Babbler
    Seen on the trail to Gua Telinga, also en route to Bumbun Kumbang.
  124. Sooty-capped Babbler
    Not a very contrasting crown -- see the photographic guide. Quite common on Jenut Muda.
  125. Scaly-crowned Babbler
    Common, particularly near Bumbun Tabing.
  126. Rufous-crowned Babbler
    Common also; breast streaking more distinct than I was expecting from the field guides.
  127. Grey-chested Babbler
    Just one on the Tembeling trail.
  128. Chestnut-backed Scimitar-Babbler
    One on the Tahan Trail -- a nice twist on the babbler theme.
  129. Striped Wren-Babbler
    A pair on the Swamp Loop. Reminded me vaguely of White-throated Sparrows from home.
  130. Black-throated Babbler
    One of the commoner babblers, especially on Jenut Muda.
  131. Chestnut-rumped Babbler
    A nice one; seen just once on the Tahan Trail.
  132. Chestnut-winged Babbler
    Probably the commonest babbler; seen on all trails, especially Jenut Muda.
  133. Striped Tit-Babbler
    One group seen at Lubok Simpson.
  134. Fluffy-backed Tit-Babbler
    A what?! Nice bird, though, seen just once on that good old Jenut Muda Trail.
  135. Brown Fulvetta
    Still a babbler. It would be hard to imagine a plainer bird. Seen certainly just once on the Tahan Trail.
  136. White-bellied Yuhina
    A very distinctive and silly babbler, seen on the Tahan and Tembeling Trails. That's 21 babblers!
  137. Eurasian Tree Sparrow
    Common around the resort and floating restaurants.
  138. White-bellied Munia
    A few seen in the clearing in front of Bumbun Kumbang.
  139. Crimson-breasted Flowerpecker
    A beautiful bird; seen on the Swamp Loop and at the campsite.
  140. Orange-bellied Flowerpecker
    A pair at Lubok Simpson -- another gorgeous bird.
  141. Plain-throated Sunbird
    Seen only in the resort area in the park; common at the Tembeling Jetty.
  142. Purple-naped Sunbird
    One nesting (actually a pair, I guess) on the Tahan Trail. Seen commonly along that trail and Jenut Muda.
  143. Olive-backed Sunbird
    Seen only at the Tembeling Jetty.
  144. Little Spiderhunter
    Common along any trail. Listen for its song (call?) -- a series of upwards inflected whistles.
  145. Long-billed Spiderhunter
    Well named, but it could apply to any spiderhunter. Fairly common in the resort area.
  146. Spectacled Spiderhunter
    In spite of the comment with the last species, this one has rather a short bill (everything's relative). A few seen in the resort area.
  147. Yellow-eared Spiderhunter
    Also in the resort area regularly.
  148. Grey-breasted Spiderhunter
    Common in the resort area. Most of these spiderhunters were visiting flowering trees.

Tanjong Karang; March 27


This site is best visited as a day trip from Kuala Selangor, preferably arriving at the beach about an hour or two before high tide. I arrived half an hour before and had limited time before the shorebirds vanished. Still, the visit was worthwhile because waders were otherwise hard to come by in Malaysia. To get to the beach, I took a bus from Kuala Selangor to the town of Tanjong Karang (regular buses from the main terminal) and walked to the coast. The walk took about an hour. Directions: the bus stop (actually a terminal, not one of the roadside stops) is on a road just off the main road from Kuala Selangor. Continue walking away from the main road. There are two right turns, but the road is always obvious. After about 2 km, you arrive at a T-intersection. Turn left (make note of a landmark at the intersection for the return trip) and walk for about 1 km until the road ends at a canal. The road actually becomes a rough vehicle track which crosses a bridge and forms a T-intersection. Turn left again and look for a good place to cross the mangrove belt (one good spot is roughly 200 m from the bridge).

Species Recorded

  1. Striated Heron
    Common along the beach.
  2. Black-shouldered Kite
    One hovering inland from the beach.
  3. Bar-tailed Godwit
    A few along the beach.
  4. Whimbrel
    Like the previous species.
  5. Eurasian Curlew
    One flew by the beach.
  6. Common Greenshank
    Common, yes, along the beach.
  7. Terek Sandpiper
    A few along the beach.
  8. Common Sandpiper
    A few on the beach and in the mangroves.
  9. Red Knot
    One or two on the beach.
  10. Curlew Sandpiper
    Common on the beach.
  11. Pacific Golden-Plover
    Like the previous species.
  12. Black-bellied Plover
    Same again.
  13. Mongolian Plover (Lesser Sandplover) A few on the beach; it was nice to see it along side the next species.
  14. Greater Sandplover
    A pair on the beach.
  15. Whiskered Tern
    Common off the beach.
  16. Gull-billed Tern
    Like the previous species but usually farther offshore.
  17. Little Tern
    A few sitting on the beach. Keep an eye out for Saunders's; they have been seen but are notoriously hard to separate.
  18. Spotted Dove
    One, in the mangroves, surprisingly.
  19. Little Swift
    Common in town.
  20. Common Kingfisher
    One near the canal inland from the beach.
  21. White-throated Kingfisher
    Several along the road in to town.
  22. Common Iora
    One on the walk to the beach.
  23. Brown Shrike
    Like the previous species.
  24. Common Myna
    Common in town.
  25. Asian Brown Flycatcher
    One along the road into town.

Kuala Lumpur Area; March 8, 28 - 31

Sites Visited

1. Lake Gardens

A typical urban park with more people than birds or understory. Not worth more than a few hours' visit. Interestingly, I saw a pair of Golden-fronted Leafbirds here, but I suspect they were escapees.

2. Sungai Batu Mining Pools (shortened to Sg. Batu in species recorded section)

Also not worth more than a few hours' visit, but definitely worth checking for bitterns and open country birds which are harder to find at the more popular sites. 3 bitterns, 3 munias and Baya Weaver made this a worthwhile site. The map in Bransbury shows bridges across Sungai Batu, but they were gone. Cross at the old (disused) railway bridge, also shown on the map.

3. Templer Park

Very disappointing, but the forest trail looked like it had potential. I may have just hit a bad day.

4. Taman Pertanian

I arrived at 7:45 on Monday morning, my taxi left, and I found out that the park was closed on Mondays! The man at the gate was very friendly, and gave me directions to get into some forest at the back end of the park. If you need to get there, here is what he told me: Just before arriving in the park, you cross a bridge over a freeway. Soon after you get off the bridge, the main road turns right and a smaller road turns left and goes up a hill. Take this small road. It goes up over the hill and down the other side. At the bottom of the hill, walk perhaps 100 m. Look on the right for a path through the woods. This path eventually comes to a clearing. Birding along the clearing was good for a few hours. Long-tailed Parakeets were notably abundant.

Species Recorded

  1. Yellow Bittern
    Several flushed at Sg. Batu.
  2. Cinnamon Bittern
    Two birds flushed at Sg. Batu.
  3. Black Bittern
    One flushed at Sg. Batu -- obviously this is bittern paradise.
  4. Brahminy Kite
    One seen regularly at Lake Gardens.
  5. Crested Serpent-Eagle
    One over Lake Gardens, one at Taman Pertanian.
  6. Black-thighed Falconet
    Two birds at Taman Pertanian. Great birds!
  7. White-breasted Waterhen
    Fairly numerous at Sg. Batu and Lake Gardens.
  8. Common Moorhen
    Just one at Sg. Batu.
  9. Pintail Snipe
    Like the previous species.
  10. Rock Dove
  11. Spotted Dove
    Recorded at Lake Gardens and Sg. Batu.
  12. Zebra Dove
    Like the previous species.
  13. Pink-necked Pigeon
    A few flying over at Taman Pertanian.
  14. Blue-crowned Hanging-Parrot
    Abundant at Taman Pertanian.
  15. Long-tailed Parakeet
    Again, like the previous species.
  16. Chestnut-winged Cuckoo
    Probably my favourite bird in the KL area; one seen at Taman Pertanian.
  17. Asian Koel
    Heard all over the place, even in central KL trees. Seen infrequently, but obviously widespread and common.
  18. Black-bellied Malkoha
    Fairly common at Taman Pertanian.
  19. Lesser Coucal
    Just once at Sg. Batu.
  20. Stork-billed Kingfisher
    I was rather surprised to find one at Taman Pertanian.
  21. White-throated Kingfisher
    Common; seen at Lake Gardens, Sg. Batu and Taman Pertanian.
  22. Black-capped Kingfisher
    Seen just once at Lake Gardens.
  23. Blue-throated Bee-Eater
    Seen once at Taman Pertanian.
  24. Blue-tailed Bee-Eater
    Common at Lake Gardens.
  25. Dollarbird
    One seen at Taman Pertanian.
  26. Coppersmith Barbet
    Quite common at Lake Gardens, but hard to see; heard often.
  27. Brown Barbet
    One pair at Taman Pertanian.
  28. Rufous Woodpecker
    Like the previous species.
  29. Common Flameback
    Seen just once at Lake Gardens.
  30. Golden-bellied Gerygone (Flyeater)
    Heard singing at Taman Pertanian.
  31. White-throated Fantail
    Seen once at Taman Pertanian.
  32. Ashy Drongo
    Fairly numerous at Taman Pertanian.
  33. Bronzed Drongo
    Just one at Taman Pertanian.
  34. House Crow
  35. Large-billed Crow
    Only recorded at Lake Gardens; I may have seen it elsewhere but not noted it.
  36. Black-naped Oriole
    Like the previous species, but also recorded at Taman Pertanian.
  37. Pied Triller
    Seen just once in Lake Gardens.
  38. Brown Shrike
    One at Templer Park.
  39. Long-tailed Shrike
    Strikingly beautiful; seen just once at Sg. Batu.
  40. Rufous-winged Philentoma (Flycatcher)
    One on the forest trail at Templer Park.
  41. Asian Glossy Starling
    Abundant, especially in KL itself.
  42. Common Myna
    Like the previous species.
  43. Jungle Myna
    Common; recorded at Templer Park, Taman Pertanian.
  44. White-vented Myna
    One seen at Sg. Batu.
  45. Hill Myna
    A few whistling away at Taman Pertanian.
  46. Yellow-rumped Flycatcher
    One beautiful male at Lake Gardens.
  47. Grey-headed Canary-Flycatcher
    Very common at Templer Park.
  48. Oriental Magpie-Robin
    Common at every site.
  49. Pacific Swallow
    Only recorded in KL; probably common.
  50. Barn Swallow
    Recorded only at Sg. Batu; like the previous species, probably common.
  51. Red-whiskered Bulbul
    A pair at Lake Gardens.
  52. Yellow-vented Bulbul
    Very common and widespread.
  53. Olive-winged Bulbul
    Common at Taman Pertanian.
  54. Cream-vented Bulbul
    One at Taman Pertanian.
  55. Red-eyed Bulbul
    Like the previous species.
  56. Yellow-bellied Prinia
    Common at Sg. Batu and Taman Pertanian.
  57. Black-browed Reed-Warbler
    One in the reeds at Sg. Batu; responded briefly to pishing.
  58. Oriental Reed-Warbler
    One at Sg. Batu.
  59. Yellow-bellied Warbler
    One at Templer Park.
  60. Black-capped Babbler
    Like the previous species.
  61. Eurasian Tree Sparrow
  62. Scaly-breasted Bulbul
    Common at Sungai Batu.
  63. Chestnut Munia
    A few small flocks at Sg. Batu.
  64. White-headed Munia
    Also a few at Sg. Batu.
  65. Richard's Pipit
    Seen at Lake Gardens, Templer Park and Sg. Batu.
  66. Baya Weaver
    Common in flocks at Sg. Batu.
  67. Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker
    Two males at Templer Park, one at Lake Gardens.
  68. Plain-throated Sunbird
    Common at Lake Gardens.
  69. Little Spiderhunter
    One at Templer Park.

N.B. Because of the difficulty of compiling lists from various places into one list, the KL Area section is probably an incomplete report.

A Few Statistics

Total species -- 315


12 herons, 10 hawks, 1 falcon, 7 pheasants, 4 rails, 1 finfoot, 14 sandpipers, 4 plovers, 3 terns, 10 pigeons/doves, 3 parrots, 11 Old World cuckoos (including 6 malkohas), 2 coucals, 1 owl, 1 eared-nightjar, 2 nightjars, 2 treeswifts, 6 swifts, 3 trogons, 9 kingfishers, 3 bee-eaters, 1 roller, 5 hornbills, 9 barbets, 1 honeyguide, 18 woodpeckers, 4 pittas, 7 broadbills, 1 gerygone, 1 whistler, 5 monarch flycatchters, 4 drongos, 5 corvids, 1 iora, 8 cuckoo-shrikes, 4 leafbirds, 3 shrikes, 2 bushshrikes, 1 thrush, 6 starlings, 15 Old World flycatchers, 2 nuthatches, 3 swallows, 21 bulbuls, 1 white-eye, 1 prinia, 13 Old World warblers, 33 babblers, 2 tits, 1 Old World sparrow, 5 munias, 3 wagtails, 1 weaver, 5 flowerpeckers, 11 sunbirds/spiderhunters

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