Bird Watching in Sabah

Borneo is mind-blowingly rich in Biodiversity. The rainforest wonderlands of Borneo are home to a diverse range of tropical life that includes a seemingly endless number of exotic bird species. In fact, a total of 688 resident and migratory species of birds have been recorded in Borneo alone. 60 are endemic to the island. Many of these endemic species are found on either Sabah’s hill slopes or in its montane ecosystem – in particular its forests.

Sabah is an excellent destination for any budding ornithologist. Its mountain ranges present opportunities to spot  the Malaysian Treepie, Laughing Thrush, Short-tailed Magpies, Sunda Laughing Thrush, Whitehead’s Spiderhunter – and not forgetting the endemic Mountain Barbet. Sabah’s lowland forests are famous among the bird watching community for possessing the richest habitat with the greatest concentration of bird species found here. Expect to see the endemic Bornean Bristlehead, Scarlet Minivet, Banded Broadbill and Red-bearded Bee-Eater. Kinabatangan River holds one of the world’s richest ecosystems and makes Kinabatangan an excellent location to spot some champions. Eight species of Hornbill reside here alongside Oriental Darter and the rare Storm’s Stork. All the bird watching destinations we visit are easily accessible and have a good selection of accommodation facilities.

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