Birding Tour in Borneo, Malaysia
This leisurely-paced 4-day Borneo Birdwatching Tour is available on request and focuses on the lowland dipterocarp rainforests of the Tabin Wildlife Reserve.
Tabin is a birdwatcher's paradise, with about 42 indigenous families representing more than 300 species having been recorded. It is a popular nesting and breeding ground for an amazingly rich diversity of birds, including rare and endemic species, due to the abundance of food plants. The relatively low canopy allows sufficient natural light to make bird viewing and photography a truly rewarding experience.
During this Borneo birdwatching trip, you can expect to encounter endemic species such as the White-crowned Shama, Yellow-rumped Flowerpecker, Dusky Munia, Bornean Wren-babbler and Black, Crimson and Blue-headed Pittas. Rare species like the Speckled Piculet, Chestnut-capped Thrush, Sinch’s Bulbul and Strom's Stork have all been recorded. The reserve is also home to the eight Hornbill species of Borneo – Black, White-crowned, Wreathed, Oriental Pied, Bushy-crested, Helmeted, Wrinkled and, of course, the majestic Rhinoceros Hornbill, the national bird of Malaysia. Your guides will also organise special dusk and night excursions to explore the nocturnal activities of birds in the forest.
This Borneo birdwatching tour give you time to explore Tabin’s high concentration of mineral-rich mud volcanoes and salt springs. Serving as ‘salt-licks’ to ingest essential minerals, the mud volcanoes are frequented by wildlife and birds as shown by the sheer number of animal tracks found here daily. Similarly, the Lipad river and nearby waterfall attract a huge amount of wildlife. The Core Area of Tabin Wildlife Reserve is a fully regenerated secondary forest that also provides a delightful birding experience as well as good mammal-watching opportunities.
A large number of tropical plants thrive in the region, some known for their medicinal and therapeutic properties. Wild orchids, lianas, jungle vines, towering strangler figs and rare ferns are amongst the interesting collections of rainforest vegetation. Flowers and fruits in the rainforest often carry an exotic contrast of colours with unique shapes and scents to attracts birds and insects to maximise pollination.
Aside from the abundant bird population on this Borneo birdwatching tour, Tabin has a healthy population of more than 70 mammal species, including Borneo Pygmy Elephants, Orang-utans, Clouded Leopards, Bearded Pigs, Red Leaf Monkeys, Pigtail and Long-tail Macaques, Binturongs and herds of deer. You'll also find many rare reptiles, amphibians and insects
Following your Borneo birdwatching tour you can look forward to returning to one of our charming timber lodges and enjoy the exotic sounds of the rainforest, the soothing flow of the river, the cool rhythms of waterfalls and the gentle caress of the breeze in Tabin.
Borneo Birdwatching Tour highlights include:
- The opportunity to see up to 300 species of bird, many of them endemic to Borneo and Sabah
- Trekking to the active mud volcanoes, which provide an essential mineral source for wildlife, and to the Lipad river and waterfall, as well as the Core Area of Tabin
- Special dusk and night birding safaris to look out for nocturnal wildlife
- Expert advice on the best times and locations to see specific species on your list
Like the look of this tour, but looking to bird for a shorter period? Check out our 3-day Borneo Birding Tour
Alternative Tour Name: 3D2N Birding @ Tabin