Recently, I managed to find some time to do bird watching at Kepong Botanical Gardens or Taman Botani Kepong, which is just near FRIM in Kepong, but unfortunately, the park was closed for Covid 19.
Well, because the botanic garden is located just next to a housing area, I took the opportunity to walk the park fence’s perimeter, where many locals are seen exercising.
Bird Watching at Kepong Botanical Gardens
As I have heard from a few people that the Kepong Botanical Gardens is pretty decent for some bird watching, so I had to come here to document this place as one of the KL bird watching locations.
Overall, the last count I saw was around 60 species of birds spotted here and this time around, and I probably managed to see only 10 species.
But wait, I need to provide you with information about the botanic gardens before you plan your visit here. The Kepong Botanic Gardens is actually managed and owned by the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia or FRIM.
Apparently, this botanic garden was developed to be the centre for living plant collections, mainly for Malaysian plants and to provide opportunities in botany, landscape, horticulture, and other related fields.
For the locals, the botanic garden provides a beautiful and well-manicured landscaped space utilised for jogging, walking, nature observing, and bird watching. In Malay, this lace is known as Taman Botani Kepong too.
What Birds are Spotted at Kepong Botanical Gardens?
There is quite a decent selection of birds to be spotted here, and it also depends on luck and the timing. One of the many birds is because the park sits just by the Bukit Lagong Recreational Forest Reserve.
Among the last count of 60 species of birds spotted here, I will list down some of the species for your general interest on what birds you will encounter;
Asian Brown Flycatcher
Asian Glossy Starling
Black-winged Flycatcher Shrike
Black and Red Broadbill
Common Flameback Woodpecker
Common Hill Myna
Daurian Starlings (Purple-backed Starlings)
Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo
Oriental Magpie Robin
Where is Kepong Botanical Gardens?
It is located just outside of Kuala Lumpur main city area and from KLCC or KL Sentral; it will take about 30 minutes to drive here. This is based on normal traffic, and if the traffic is peak hours, it can take around 45 minutes to drive here.
Kepong is on the outskirts of the city area and is more sub-urban with a lot of greenery surrounding various areas. There is also FRIM, a trendy nature location and the Kepong Metropolitan Park Lake.
For those first-timers driving here, note that the main entrance to this park is quite hidden and located behind a housing area. One of the landmarks is a Muslim cemetery located next to the park.
If you drive here through Taman Eshan, you will encounter a roundabout, and from there, you should be able to see a signboard showing where the Kepong Botanic Garden is located. Use Waze or Google Maps for detailed directions too.
How to go to Kepong Botanical Gardens?
For local birders, the best way is to self-drive here, and if you are a visitor, you can always rent a car or take a ride-hailing service here. Your other alternative is to hire a local bird guide who may pick you up and bring you here.
There is no public transportation to this botanic garden while there are no trains or buses that ply this route; therefore, the best way is still a taxi, ride-hailing or car rental.
Kepong Botanic Gardens Address
Address: Jalan E 4/15,
Taman Ehsan 52100
Hours: 6.00 AM to 7.00 PM
Tel: 03 7963 0046
My last trip to do bird watching at Kepong Botanical Gardens was at the end of March 2021, and sadly, the botanic park was closed for Covid 19. This article is part of my bird watching locations around Kuala Lumpur too.
Asking around, some people informed me that they would most likely be opened to the public in early April of 2021, and I guess I need to make another trip back here when they open again.