A birdwatcher’s journey in Southeast Asia is not complete without a visit to the Danum Valley Conservation Area in the east Malaysian state of Sabah (North Borneo). This 43,800 hectares area is one of the few places in the region that is still teeming with bird life. This preserved rainforest with its pristine environment is home to myriads of all shapes, sizes, colours and sounds! To date over 275 species have been recorded and the list is still growing. The lowland dipterocarp forest of Danum Valley is home to several species of birds that are endemic to Borneo. These include the Bornean Bristlehead, Bulwer’s Pheasant, Bornean Ground-Cuckoo, Bornean Wren-Babbler, Black-throated Wren-Babbler and Dusky Munia, just to name a few. It is also home to all eight species of the Bornean Hornbills and six species of Pitta, including the impressive Giant Pitta. Danum Valley is indeed a birdwatcher’s paradise!
To facilitate the bird watchers, there is a 300 meters long Canopy Walkway hanging 26 meters above the ground. You can actually come eye to eye with some of the tropical birds.
The rainforest surrounding the Borneo Rainforest Lodge in Danum Valley offers birdwatcher’s both average and avid, ample opportunity to observe and enjoy the abundant bird’s life while staying at the comfortable lodge. To assist in searching and identifying birds in the area, specialized bird guides can be requested by the guests (at extra cost) when initially booking on your accommodation at the lodge.

Banded Pitta
White Rumped Shama
Malaysian Blue Flycatcher
Blue Headed Pitta
Orange Backed Woodpecker
Buffy Fish Owl
Great Argus Pheasant
Asian Brown Flycatcher
Crested Serpent Eagle
Scarlet  Rumped Trogon
Borneon Bristlehead
Black Throated Wren Babbler
Grey Streaked Flycatcher
Wheathed Hornbill
Dark Necked Tailorbird
Blue Eared Barbet
Scarlet Minivet (Male)
Scarlet Minivet (Female)
Rhinocheros Hornbill
Great Billed Heron

Downloads:  Birds of Danum Valley (pdf)

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