Birding Tours

I do organize guided tours for visiting birders to Malaysia that can be tailored to suit your every need and desire. If you are interested or just want to find out more about these tours, feel free to drop me (Choy Wai Mun) an email at peregrine@live.co.uk or choywaiimun@gmail.com

With over 30 years of birding experience in Penang and the rest of Malaysia, I will be able to provide you with interesting and rewarding trips that will open up your senses to a whole new world of birding in this region. My passion and love for the birds will be reflected in the way I conduct my trips and of course, your satisfaction will always be my top priority.




Short Tour Packages
No. of paxs: 3 (max)
Half Day: 0600-1200 hrs (weekends only)
Full Day: 0600-1800 hrs


Kedah Birding Spots

1. Pedu: 2.5 hours drive from Georgetown

Habitat: Forest and Secondary Growth
No. of species: 114
Star Birds: Raffles's Malkoha, Diard's Trogon, Oriental Pied Hornbill, Rufous-collared Kingfisher, Red-bearded Bee-eater, Orange-backed Woodpecker, Hooded Pitta, Banded Broadbill, Black-capped Babbler, Scaly-breasted Bulbul and Temmick's Sunbird
Checklist of birds (via eBird)

2. Sungai Sedim Recreational Forest: 1.5 hours drive from Georgetown

Habitat: Forest, Secondary Growth and Orchard
No. of species: 175
Star Birds: Malaysian Eared Nightjar, Red-naped Trogon, Rufous-collared Kingfisher, Rhinoceros Hornbill, Finsch’s Bulbul, Scaly-breasted Bulbul, Grey-headed Babbler, Chestnut-naped Forktail, Rufous-winged Philentoma, Spotted Fantail and Crimson-breasted Flowerpecker.
Checklist of birds (via eBird)

3. Bukit Palong Forest Reserve: 2 hours drive from Georgetown

Habitat: Forest, Secondary Growth and Orchard
No. of species: 102
Star Birds: Blyth’s Hawk-eagle, Large Hawk-cuckoo, Orange-breasted Trogon, Banded Kingfisher, Rufous-collared Kingfisher, Red-bearded Bee-eater, Great Hornbill, Dusky Broadbill, Finsch’s Bulbul, Buff-breasted Babbler, Sultan Tit and Temmick's Sunbird

4. Bukit Wang Forest Reserve: 2 hours drive from Georgetown  
     
Habitat: Forest, Secondary Growth and Orchard
No. of species: 122
Star Birds: Oriental Honey-buzzard, Orange-breasted Trogon, Banded Kingfisher, Red-crowned Barbet, White-bellied Woodpecker, Great Hornbill, Finsch’s Bulbul, Dark-throated Oriole, Black-capped Babbler, Chestnut-naped Forktail, Chinese Blue Flycatcher and Spectacled Spiderhunter
Checklist of birds (via eBird)





Penang Mainland Birding Spots

1. Air Hitam Dalam Educational Forest: 1 hour drive from Georgetown 

Habitat: Forest and Paddy Field
No. of species: 115   
Star Birds: Black Kite, Chestnut-winged Cuckoo, Green-billed Malkoha, Great-eared Nightjar, Ruddy Kingfisher, Lineated Barbet, Streak-breasted Woodpecker, Black-and-Red Broadbill, Blue-winged Pitta, White-chested Babbler, Amur Paradise Flycatcher and Mangrove Blue Flycatcher
Checklist of birds (via eBird)

2. Teluk Air Tawar: 1 hour drive from Georgetown

Habitat: Mudflat, Mangrove and Secondary Growth
No. of species: 95     
Star Birds: Javan Pond-heron, Indian Pond-heron, Bar-tailed Godwit, Black-tailed Godwit, Nordmann’s Greenshank, Ruddy Turnstone, Asian Dowitcher, Red Knot, Great Knot, Brown-headed Gull, Black-headed Gull, Gull-billed Tern, Red-whiskered Bulbul and White Wagtail
Checklist of birds (via eBird)

3. Permatang Pauh: 45 minutes drive from Georgetown 


Habitat: Paddy Field and Secondary Growth
No. of species: 112   
Star Birds: Javan Pond-heron, Indian Pond-heron, Eastern Marsh Harrier, Pied Harrier, Peregrine Falcon, Grey-headed Lapwing, Common Snipe, Temminck’s Stint, Ruff, Greater Painted-snipe, Black-winged Stilt, Oriental Pratincole, Red Collared-dove and Siberian Stonechat
Checklist of birds (via eBird)                                 

4. Batu Kawan and Juru: 45 minutes drive from Georgetown 

Habitat: Marsh, Mudflat, Mangrove and Secondary Growth       
No. of species: 72
Star Birds: Lesser Adjutant, Grey Heron, Purple Heron, White-browed Crake, Slaty-breasted Rail, Grey-headed Lapwing, Red-wattled Lapwing, Eurasian Curlew, Long-toed Stint, Black-capped Kingfisher, Buffy Fish-owl, Lineated Barbet, Great Tit, Crested Myna and Long-tailed Shrike

5. Bukit Panchor Forest Reseve: 1 hour drive from Georgetown

Habitat: Forest, Secondary Growth and Orchard
No. of species: 127
Star Birds:Thick-billed Green-pigeon, Banded Kingfisher, Rufous-collared Kingfisher, Red-bearded Bee-eater, Grey-and-Buff Woodpecker, Dusky Broadbill, Great Iora, Rufous-tailed Tailorbird, Green-backed Flycatcher and Chinese Blue Flycatcher
Checklist of birds (via eBird)

6. Pulau Burung and Byram Estate: 1 hour drive from Georgetown 

Habitat: Marsh, Mudflat, Mangrove and Secondary Growth       
No. of species:129
Star Birds: Little Grebe, Lesser Whistling-duck, Javan Pond-heron, Indian Pond-heron, Changeable Hawk-eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Watercock, Black-winged Stilt, Chestnut-winged Cuckoo, Large Hawk-cuckoo, Black-capped Kingfisher, Greater Flameback, Mangrove Pitta and Cinereous Tit
Checklist of birds (via eBird)

 


Penang Island Birding Spots  

1. Sungai Burung: 30 minutes drive from Georgetown 

Habitat: Mangrove, Paddy Field, Mudflat and Secondary Growth
No. of species: 102   
Star Birds: Black-crowned Night-heron, White-bellied Sea-eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Watercock, Grey-headed Lapwing, Red-wattled Lapwing, Little Bronze Cuckoo, Chestnut-headed Bee-eater, Pallas’s Grasshopper-warbler, Mangrove Whistler, Crested Myna and Copper-throated Sunbird
Checklist of birds (via eBird)

2. Bukit Penara Forest Reserve: 30 minutes drive from Georgetown

Habitat: Forest, Secondary Growth and Orchard
No. of species: 79
Star Birds: Peregrine Falcon, Thick-billed Green-pigeon, Chestnut-breasted Malkoha, White-bellied Woodpecker, Green Broadbill, Blue-winged Pitta, Grey-bellied Bulbul, Velvet-fronted Nuthatch, Fluffy-backed Tit-babbler, Asian Paradise Flycatcher and Purple-throated Sunbird



Perak Birding Spots

1. Kuala Gula Bird Sanctuary: 2 hours drive from Georgetown

Habitat: Mangrove, Marsh, Mudflat and Palm Oil Estate
No. of species: 116
Star Birds: Chinese Egret, Milky Stork, Lesser Adjutant, Black Baza, Ruddy-breasted Crake, Brown-headed Gull, Lesser Crested Tern, Chestnut-winged Cuckoo, Large Hawk-cuckoo, Barn Owl, Spotted Wood-owl, Sunda Woodpecker, Great Tit, Mangrove Whistler and White-breasted Woodswallow
Checklist of birds (via eBird)

2. Bukit Larut: 2 hours drive from Georgetown

Habitat: Forest
No. of species: 227
Star Birds: Black Eagle, Large Hawk-cuckoo, Brown Wood-owl, Collared Owlet, Grey Nightjar, Red-headed Trogon, Orange-backed Woodpecker, Long-tailed Broadbill, Green Magpie, Sultan Tit, Slaty-backed Forktail, Yellow-breasted Warbler and Spectacled Spiderhunter
Checklist of birds (via eBird)

The above packages include guiding, petrol, toll and transport. The choice and number of birding spots covered during a single tour will depend on your preference, the availability of time and weather conditions. Do take note that the number of species for each site stated above is based on my personal checklist and is not an indication of the number of species you will get to see during the tour.


Long Tour Packages (3 days 2 nights)
No. of paxs: 3 (max)

1. Fraser's Hill: 5 hours drive from Georgetown

Habitat: Forest
No. of species: 207
Star Birds: Black Eagle, Malaysian Hill Partridge, Dark Hawk-Cuckoo, Mountain Scops-Owl, Grey Nightjar, Red-headed Trogon, Fire-tufted Barbet, Bay Woodpecker, Blue Nuthatch, Silver-eared Mesia, Malayan Laughingthrush, Malayan Whistling Thrush, White-tailed Robin and Large Niltava
Checklist of birds (via eBird)

2. Taman Negara (Sungai Relau): 5 hours drive from Georgetown

Habitat: Forest
No. of species: 158
Star Birds: Lesser Fish-Eagle, Malaysian Peacock-Pheasant, Large Frogmouth, Cinnamon-rumped Trogon, Black Hornbill, Great Slaty Woodpecker, Garnet Pitta, Malayan Banded Pitta, Slender-billed Crow, Ferruginous Babbler, Maroon-breasted Philentoma and White-bellied Munia
Checklist of birds (via eBird)



The above packages include guiding, petrol, toll and transport. The itinerary, food and accommodations can be arranged according to your preference. Do take note that the number of species for each site stated above is based on my personal checklist and is not an indication of the number of species you will get to see during the tour.

4 comments:

Unknown said...

Wow, Master Choy! I never did know that you conduct bird tours! Now, at least I know all the places you mentioned in your blog...:)

mikebirder said...

Love to join you when I am in Alor Setar

Unknown said...

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meiyen said...

Love to go for one of your tours but never can find enough people to make the min. pax count.