Experience a discovery unlike any other as you encounter the rich diversity of species of birds in Langkawi.
The Jewel of Kedah is not just an island paradise but is also a famous destination for bird enthusiasts. Home to approximately 267 species of birds, it is no wonder bird watchers love Langkawi. One-third of the population is of migratory birds from the likes of Manchuria, China, Siberia and other countries who are around between the months of September and April.
Either early morning or in the afternoon is when the birds are the most active, making it the ideal time for bird watching. Hence, you can opt for a morning or afternoon tour. The diverse population of birds in Langkawi comprises of very rare species of birds such as the Jerdon’s Baza, European Oriole, Plain Backed Sparrow and even the Brown Winged Kingfishers. A comparatively recent discovery of rare species of birds includes the Mountain Hawk Eagles which are birds originating from Thailand but also now found to be nesting in Langkawi.
The morning session of the birdwatching tour begins at the open corridor between the rainforest which is optimum for observing rainforest birds. You will be able to encounter birds such as Hill Mynas, Green Pigeons, Woodpeckers, Babblers, Sunbirds, Bulbuls, Drongos, Flower Peckers, Oriental-pied Hornbills, Tailorbirds and Dollarbirds. You will also be able to explore the Kubang Badak River mangrove forest reserve where limestone forests rest on top of magnificent limestone outcrops. This unique destination is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Three types of kingfishers can be observed here, the Brown-winged Kingfisher, Collared Kingfisher, Black-capped Kingfisher. Other birds include Brahminy Kite, Common Sandpiper, the majestic White-bellied Sea Eagle and Little Heron.
Next stop on our exploration is towards the rice paddies to observe the paddy field birds. Among the birds that we might catch sight of are White-throated Kingfishers, Blue-throated Bee-eaters, Lapwings, Blue-tailed Bee-eaters, Peaceful Doves, Pond Herons, Egrets, Sandpipers, Plovers, Spotted Doves, Chestnut-headed Bee-eaters, Bitterns and the earlier mentioned Plain-backed Sparrows.
If you opt for the afternoon session of birdwatching, we will kick start the exploration with a short drive towards a local village pond which is a common spot for Little Egrets, Little Herons, Moorhens, Pond Herons, Lesser Whistling-Ducks, Needle-tailed Swifts, Little Grebes and Striated Swallows to make an appearance.
Journeying to the highest peak in Langkawi, get excited for the highlight of the trip where we will be able to observe Great Hornbills, Wreathed Hornbills and other rainforest species. Measuring up to 1.3 meters (4 feet) from tip of the tail to tip of the beak, the Great Hornbills are easily the largest birds in Langkawi. However, in the past, their existence has been threatened as their ‘yellow ivory’ or ‘golden jade’ bills were more valuable to the likes of real ivory. Their bills were used as a part of tribal arts and those artefacts of the past are nevertheless still circulating in today’s profitable industry of International Tribal Arts.