Birdwatching Tour – 2 Days

Birdwatching Tour – 2 Days


  • Enjoy observing Langkawi's wild birds in its natural habitat.
  • Seeing and experiencing Langkawi's endemic birds.
  • Immerse  in Langkawi natural landscape and surrounding. 
  • Good chance to tick √  your list.
  • Get good photograph of Langkawi's birds and landscape in your lens
  • Birders/photographer encourage to write in advance and let us know if you have any target birds. 


  • 2 days trip (4 sessions) available upon request/availability at RM1500 for minimum 2 persons. 
  • Not recommended for children
  • Please write to us at least 7 days in advance.

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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. This tour is suitable for serious birders between November to April only.

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 7.30pm

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 birds 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. We will use this day as last chance to get any target birds that we have not seen yet. Return to hotel at 7.30pm


  • Pick up time by 7.30am for morning trip and 3.30pm for afternoon trip.
  • Tour Duration:  16 hours approximately spread over 2 days.
  • Recommended Attire: 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.
  • Required moderate fitness level, there will be some short walk.
  • Not suitable for children.

Note: Junglewalla subscribe to the Birdlife International Guidelines for Best Practices on Bird Tourism for this tour. We promise to do our very best to get your target birds but we will not participate in feeding, bait and bird calls. 

Download Langkawi Bird list 2018
Read Trip Report on this Birdwatching with BIG thanks to Mat Wilson
Pictures below taken and credited by: Dr. Ho Min Lim taken on June 2007

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What's Included:

  • Return Transfers
  • English-Speaking Nature Guide
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Bottle water
  • Binocular to use (we advise to bring your own)

What's Not Included:

  • Any Items Not Mentioned
  • Gratuities 
  • Personal Expenses
Morning Birding in Langkawi

Morning Birding in Langkawi

The very next morning, my aunt took me along to go “Bird Watching” with two of the most pleasant and cheerful tourists I have ever met. We left the house at 6.45 am, right after a quick breakfast at a small local stall; we headed towards Pelangi Beach resort and picked up our guests. We headed towards a small paddy field nearby. It was a little shocking for me because I never really thought one could find many birds together in such a small area. It was a pleasant view for the tourist as well as for me. Next we headed up to Gunung Raya hoping to spot “The Great Hornbill”. While waiting for the Hornbills, we are accompanied by a group of shy macaque whose Alpha male was keeping an eye on us. We also spotted a group of “Dusky Leaf Languor”, one of which was carrying an infant baby (the baby languor was still orange !!). After waiting for about 15 minutes, we could hear the marvelous hornbills flapping their powerful wigs to get to their destination. After awhile, we also heard a “Wreathed Hornbill” calling for it's female. Not long after that, he was visible to us. I do not know about the rest of the birds but he was breath taking to me, he was my favorite bird. . It is amazing how beautiful he truly was, he looks so prehistoric, with bright yellow gular-pouch, black wing and white feather tailing behind him as he flies. We also spotted a few more “Oriental Pied Hornbill, a wagtail that keep wagging its tail and keep flying in front of our car and a pair of Hill Myna there”. The session was almost over but not just yet. We drove down to Teriang that located nearby the mangrove swamp and spotted many more wetland birds. See full bird list below. Thanks for reading.. Shakira Full Birdlist - on 10 March 2008 No./COMMON NAME/SCIENTIFIC NAME
      1. Bulbul, Yellow-Vented Pycnonotus goiavier
      2. Coucal, Greater Centropus sinensis
      3. Crow, House Corvus splendens
      4. Dollarbird Eurystomus orientalis
      5. Dove, Spotted Streptopelia chinensis
      6. Drongo, Greater Racket-Tailed Dicrurus paradiseus
      7. Eagle, White-Bellied Sea Haliaeetus leucogaster
      8. Egret, Cattle Bubulcus ibis
      9. Egret, Great Casmerodius albus
      10. Egret, Intermediate Mesophoyx intermedia
      11. Egret, Little Egretta garzetta
      12. Flowerpecker, Orange-Bellied Dicaeum trigonostigma
      13. Heron, Chinese Pond Ardeola bacchus
      14. Heron, Little Butorides striatus
      15. Hornbill, Great Buceros bicornis
      16. Hornbill, Oriental Pied Anthracoceros albirostris
      17. Hornbill, Wreathed Aceros undulatus
      18. Kingfisher, White-Throated Halcyon smyrnensis
      19. Kite, Black-Shouldered Elanus caeruleus
      20. Kite, Brahminy Haliastur indus
      21. Lapwing, Red-Wattled Vanellus indicus
      22. Munia, Black-Headed Lonchura malacca
      23. Munia, White-Rumped Lonchura striata
      24. Myna, Common Acridotheres tristis
      25. Myna, Hill Gracula religiosa
      26. Oriole, Black-Naped Oriolus chinensis
      27. Green Pigeon, Pink-Necked Treron vernans
      28. Pipit, Richard's Anthus richardi
      29. Sandpiper, Common Actitis hypoleucos
      30. Shrike, Brown Lanius cristatus
      31. Sparrow, Eurasian Tree Passer montanus
      32. Sparrow, Plain-Backed Passer flaveolus
      33. Starling, Asian Glossy Aplonis panayensis
      34. Sunbird, Olive-Backed Nectarinia jugularis
      35. Swallow, Barn Hirundo rustica
      36. Swallow, Pacific Hirundo tahitica
      37. Swallow, Red-Rumped Hirundo daurica
      38. Wagtail, Yellow Motacilla flava
      39. Waterhen, White-Breasted Amaurornis phoenicurus
      40. Weaver, Baya Ploceus philippinus
      41. Whistling-Duck, Lesser Dendrocygna javanica