Langkawi is home to approximately 200 species of birds, of which about one third are migrants. These migrants winter here between the months of September and April. This tour is suitable for serious birders between September to April only.
The Jewels of Langkawi: Rainforest Birds, Mangrove Forest Birds, Paddyfield Birds and Wetland Birds
Langkawi has a rich diversity of ecosystems and habitat types. This includes lowland broadleaf rainforest, mangrove forest, reed beds, rice paddies, orchards, scrublands and mudflats. This therefore ensures a correspondingly rich diversity in birdlife on the island.
There are 3 species of Hornbills including the Great Hornbill, 8 species of Kingfishers including the Brown-winged Kingfisher, 20 species of birds of prey including the Mountain Hawk Eagle, 6 species of owls including the Brown Hawk Owl, 4 species of woodpeckers including The Great Slaty Woodpecker, 4 species of munias including the White-headed Munia, 5 species of sunbirds including the Crimson Sunbird along with many species of rails, crakes, plovers, egrets, herons, snipes and sandpipers.
Day 1 - Session 1: Pick up time: 7.30am
Itinerary: Rainforest Birds and Mangrove Forest Birds
The open corridor between tracks of rainforest is best for observing these birds. Among the birds we may see are Flower Peckers, Hill Mynas, Dollarbirds, Green Pigeons, Drongos, Tailorbirds, Babblers, Bulbuls, Sunbirds, Eagles, Woodpeckers and Oriental-pied Hornbils
Our next destination takes us to a mangrove forest to search out Brown-winged Kingfishers, Collared Kingfishers, Black-capped Kingfishers, White-bellied Sea Eagles, Bhraminy Kites, Common Sandpipers and Little Herons. Return to hotel at 11.30am
Day 1 - Session 2: Pick up time: 3.30pm
Itinerary: Mountain Birds and wetland birds
A short drive to a local village pond that is frequented by Lesser Whistling-Ducks, Little Egrets, Little Herons, Moorhens, Little Grebes, Pond Herons, Needle-tailed Swifts and Striated Swallows.
We drive to the highest peak in Langkawi to see the Great Hornbills and Wreathed Hornbills. These amazing birds will be the highlight of the trip. The Great Hornbills, measures at 1.3meters (4 feet) from tip of beak to tip of tail, are the largest birds in Langkawi.
Return to hotel at 8.00pm
Day 2 - Session 1: Pick up time: 7.30am
Itinerary: Scrubland, Disturbed Forest, Mudflats and Plantations Birds.
Depending on the tide, we might start at the mudflat area where we get to see Pacific Golden Plovers, Sand Martins, Sand Pipers and Artic Warblers. We then continue on to scrubland rainforest in search of Black-hooded Orioles and continue on to plantations in the hope of seeing Chestnut-breasted Malkohas and Blue-wing Pittas. Return to hotel at 11.30am
Day 2 - Session 2: Pick up time: 3.30pm
Itinerary: Paddyfield Birds
We make our way to the paddyfields in search of birda associated with this habitat. We may get to see Sandpipers, Plovers, Lapwings, Pond Herons, Egrets, Bitterns, White-throated Kingfishers, Peaceful Doves, Spotted Doves and Plain-backed Sparrows. Also any other target birds that we have not seen yet. Return to hotel at 8.00pm
Pictures by: Dr. Ho Min Lim taken on June 2007
- Daily but monday
- 7.30am to 8.00pm
- 2 days
- T shirts, shorts, walking shoes, hat and good sun protection, keep to earth colors like green brown or black and avoid bright colors like red, yellow, and white
- RM 750 per person.
- Minimum 2 persons maximum 12 persons
- FITNESS LEVEL
- Very easy
- INCLUSIVE OF
- Transfer from and to the hotel, birdwatching guide, drinking water. Although we provide binocular, but we advice you to bring your own.
Following our wonderful time spent exploring the flora and fauna of Langkawi in your company, we were thrilled on the last afternoon of our stay (Tuesday 12th February 2008, 5.50pm) to spot a brown winged kingfisher in the river area behind the beach at Berjaya, as you suggested. Thank you for helping to make our stay on Langkawi so memorable. Hopefully we will re-visit before too long.