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

With over 20 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: 0630-1230 hrs
Full Day: 0630-1830 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 Scarlet Sunbird

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

Habitat: Forest, Secondary Growth and Orchard
No. of species: 175
Star Birds: Crested Goshawk, Malaysian Eared Nightjar, Red-naped Trogon, Banded Kingfisher, Rufous-collared Kingfisher, Whiskered Treeswift, Rhinoceros Hornbill, Finsch’s Bulbul, Scaly-breasted Bulbul, Grey-headed Babbler, Chestnut-naped Forktail, Grey-headed Canary-flycatcher, Rufous-winged Philentoma, Spotted Fantail, Crimson-breasted Flowerpecker and Scarlet Sunbird

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 Scarlet 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, Crested Goshawk, Wallace’s Hawk-eagle, Orange-breasted Trogon, Banded Kingfisher, Rufous-collared Kingfisher, Red-crowned Barbet, Great Slaty Woodpecker, White-bellied Woodpecker, Great Hornbill, Dusky Broadbill, Finsch’s Bulbul, Dark-throated Oriole, Black-capped Babbler, Chestnut-naped Forktail, and Spectacled Spiderhunter





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, Buffy Fish-owl, Spotted Wood-owl, Brown Hawk-owl, Great-eared Nightjar, Ruddy Kingfisher, Lineated Barbet, Streak-breasted Woodpecker, Black-and-Red Broadbill, Mangrove Pitta, Blue-winged Pitta, White-chested Babbler, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Brown-streaked Flycatcher and Mangrove Blue Flycatcher

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, Chinese Egret, Grey Plover, Eastern Curlew, 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

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, Greater Spotted Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Grey-headed Lapwing, Common Snipe, Temminck’s Stint, Ruff, Greater Painted-snipe, Black-winged Stilt, Oriental Pratincole, Red Collared-dove, Sand Martin, Common Stonechat and Red-throated Pipit                                    

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, Brown Hawk-owl, Gould’s Frogmouth, Malaysian Eared Nightjar, Banded Kingfisher, Rufous-collared Kingfisher, Red-bearded Bee-eater, Grey-and-Buff Woodpecker, Dusky Broadbill, Great Iora, Rufous-tailed Tailorbird, Green-backed Flycatcher and Blue-throated Flycatcher

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 Adjutant, Lesser Whistling-duck, Javan Pond-heron, Indian Pond-heron, Changeable Hawk-eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Watercock, White-browed Crake, Slaty-breasted Rail, Black-winged Stilt, Chestnut-winged Cuckoo, Large Hawk-cuckoo, Black-capped Kingfisher, Greater Flameback, Mangrove Pitta, Great Tit and White Wagtail

 


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

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

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, Banded Kingfisher, Speckled Piculet, Orange-backed Woodpecker, Long-tailed Broadbill, Green Magpie, Sultan Tit, Eye-browed Wren-babbler, Slaty-backed Forktail, Yellow-breasted Warbler, Pygmy Blue Flycatcher, Spectacled Spiderhunter and Thick-billed Flowerpecker,

                                     


The above packages include guiding, petrol, toll and transport. The choice and number of birding spots to be covered during a single tour will depend on your preference, the availability of time and weather conditions. The number of species 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 are also available and it will cover birding spots like Perlis State Park, Chuping, Fraser’s Hill and Taman Negara Sungai Relau. The itinerary, food and accommodations can be arranged according to your preference.

3 comments:

Robin Leow 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...:)

mike birder said...

Love to join you when I am in Alor Setar

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