Bird Watching in Malaysia

BirdWatching in Malaysia

As Bird Watching in Malaysia is growing, a recent seminar called 'Malaysia, a Preferred Birding Destination' was concluded at Cyberjaya with tourism players and birding enthusiasts feeling excited about elevating the niche interest as one of the main tourism attractions in Malaysia.

The birding seminar, organized by Tourism Malaysia, had brought together some 100 participants comprising government officers from Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Tourism Malaysia, Forestry Department, Department of Wildlife and National Parks, tourism promotions boards, researchers and academicians, nature and birding societies, nature guides, travel agents, and nature photographers.

Malaysia, a Preferred Bird Watching Destination'
Birders in action during a bird race in Sabah recently
YB Dato’ Sri Maznah Mazlan, who launched the Birding in Malaysia seminar said, 
“This seminar is a great start to combine the efforts of all stakeholders and bird experts together to identify the strategies to make Malaysia a preferred birding destination. I look forward to seeing all parties working together to elevate Malaysia’s birding destinations into a world-class destination. This is an effort that requires the combined effort of all, such as the private sector, the academicians, associations, volunteers and the community.”
Tourism Malaysia, a Preferred Birding Destination
Encik Jefri Munir having a group discussion with birders
Over the two days of the birding seminar, the mixed group got together to share experiences and best practises, impart knowledge on birding and propose specific ideas on how to develop and market the niche interest in terms of identifying marketable birding areas for tourists.

Also discussed was documenting the inventory of birds in Malaysia, developing the human resource to support birding tourism, proposing an entity and blueprint to push the birding agenda forward, and marketing and promotional strategies.

Malaysia Bird Watching Tourism
Japanese Birders in Malaysia
Malaysia - A Bird Watching Paradise

As the country is located in the tropical zone, Malaysia is blessed with an abundance of amazing biodiversity offering natural assets of virgin jungles, beautiful islands, cool highlands and pristine rainforest that come together to provide the perfect habitat and ecosystem for birds and also wildlife. 

As for birding in Malaysia. the country lies on the path of the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Network Site which provides strategic and important resting sites for migratory birds flying between wintering sites in Southeast Asia and Australia and the breeding grounds in China, Japan, Korea, Mongolia and Siberia. Bako Buntal Bay in Sarawak also recently became the first site in Malaysia to be officially recognized within the flyway network.  

The Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) has identified 55 Important Bird Areas in Malaysia, areas that are internationally recognized for biodiversity conservation. A total of 795 species of birds have been recorded in Malaysia with over 60 species considered as endemic birds, many of them found equally in Peninsular Malaysia and Borneo Malaysia. 

The diverse bird population combined with the wonderful scenery, bustling cities and friendly people make any visit to Malaysia an unforgettable experience especially for first timer birders and also not forgetting the seasoned veterans. Some international birders have been known to come back yearly to spot some of the endemic birds too. 

Below are various photos of bird watchers or birders in Malaysia during a recent Borneo Bird Race which took participants throughout the stunning island of Borneo to bird watching locations in Sabah, Sarawak and Brunei. for mote information, you can find out what is the Borneo Bird Race about.

International birders in Malaysia
A group of international bird watchers in Malaysia
Bird Watching Tourism Malaysia
Bird watchers in action
Indian birders in Malaysia
Birders from India in Malaysia
Malaysia Birding
One of the Malaysian birds photographed
Bird Watching Malaysia
Hong Kong birders check out another bird watcher's photograph
Birdwatching in Malaysia
Birders in action in Malaysia
Japanese Birders in Malaysia
Japanese Bird Watchers in Malaysia
Malaysia bird watching guides
Some of the best bird watching guides in Malaysia
Malaysia Bird watching Equipment
Bird watching equipment in Malaysia

Currently, thousands of birders or bird watchers visit Malaysia, especially over in Sabah Borneo as bird watching in Borneo is well practised by the tourism industry players there with the support of the Sabah Tourism Board and also many other government related bodies. 

In recent years, the number of international bird watchers from East Asian countries like Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan and China and also birders from India, have been visiting Malaysia Borneo frequently for the bird festival and bird races. Over the last 5 years, the hobby has grown tremendously in the country and right now, this is the perfect moment to overall promote Bird Watching in Malaysia.