Bird Watching Locations in Malaysia

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Malaysia Bird Watching Locations

A list of bird watching locations in Malaysia is compiled by me from many different sources and shared here for anyone interested to visit some of these places. They are broken down by the states of Malaysia and by the areas where you can spot birds.

Most of them can be done with casual bird watching, while a number of them may require the services of a bird guide. Though the places for bird watching in Malaysia is provided here, you still need to know exactly where the spots are.

I have been to many of them, but not all, and I have more experience exploring the bird-watching places in Sabah and Sarawak. I have spent most of my bird watching there since 2008 till this very day. However, I have started to explore some of the places in Semanajung Malaysia nowadays.

Malaysia Bird Watching Sites
Some of the locations include exploring the beautiful and lush rainforest of Malaysia.

Bird Watching Locations in Malaysia

Please know that this list of birding locations in Malaysia isn’t an academic article done by researchers, universities, or NGOs but by one person, which is me. It is done purely for everyone.

My main mission is to provide information for anyone interested in finding more birding locations in Malaysia, as there isn’t anyone where you can get this information. Below are the locations;

Selangor Bird Watching Locations

  • Kuala Selangor Nature Park
  • Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM)
  • Paya Indah Wetlands
  • Tanjong Karang – Kuala Selangor
  • Bukit Melawati – Kuala Selangor
  • Kuala Kubu Bahru
  • Taman Botani Negara Shah Alam (Bukit Cahaya)
  • Sungai Perdik, Hulu Langat
  • Gunung Nuang Recreational Forest
  • Kota Damansara Community Forest Reserve – Petaling Jaya
  • Bukit Gasing Forest Reserve – Petaling Jaya
  • Sungai Congkak Recreational Forest

Kuala Lumpur Bird Watching Locations

  • Taman Rimba Ampang
  • Kepong Metropolitan Park
  • Kepong Botanical Gardens
  • Perdana Botanical Gardens (Kuala Lumpur Lake Gardens)
  • Taman Rimba Kiara Park
  • Bukit Kiara Trail and Park
  • TTDI Park (Taman Tun Dr Ismail) near Taman Rimba Kiara
  • Taman Tasik Titiwangsa Lake Garden Park

Putrajaya Bird Watching Locations

  • Putrajaya Wetlands
  • Taman Saujana Hijau

Pahang Bird Watching Locations

  • Taman Negara National Park – Kuala Tahan
  • Hornbill Valley – Kuala Tahan
  • Fraser’s Hill
  • Cameron Highlands
  • Krau Wildlife Reserve
  • Bukit Rengit – Lanchang
  • Bukit Tinggi – Berjaya Hills
  • Awana Genting – Genting Highlands
  • Lentang Recreational Forest
  • Sungai Relau National Park – Merapoh
  • Tasek Bera Ramsar Site
  • Sungai Cherating – Kuantan

Negeri Sembilan Bird Watching Locations

  • Port Dickson
  • Pasoh Forest Reserve
  • Hutan Rekreasi Ulu Bendul
  • Pasir Panjang Amenity Forest
  • Gunung Datuk Recreation Forest
  • Ulu Serting Recreational Park
  • Hutan Lipur Jeram Toi – Kuala Klawang

Melaka Bird Watching Locations

  • Air Keroh Recreational Forest
  • Tanjung Tuan Forest Reserve and Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Durian Tunggal Wetlands
  • Melaka Raya Mudflats
  • Pengkalan Bird Sanctuary – Alor Gajah
  • Sungai Rambai Paddyfields – Merlimau
  • Batang Tiga Paddyfields – Klebang Besar

Johor Bird Watching Locations

  • Panti Forest Reserve
  • Endau Rompin National Park
  • Pontian Coast
  • Bunker Trail at Gunung Panti Bird Sanctuary in Kota Tinggi
  • Pulau Kukup National Park
  • Tanjung Piai National Park

Perlis Bird Watching Locations

  • Perlis State Park
  • Mato Ayer Forest Reserve
  • Wang Mu Forest Reserve
  • Timah Tasoh Dam
  • Bukit Ayer Recreational Forest
  • Gua Kelam Cave
  • Chuping Plantation
  • Wang Kelian
  • Museum Negeri Hill Area
  • Kuala Perlis Mangroves and Coastal Area

Kedah Bird Watching Locations

  • Ulu Muda Forest Reserve
  • Lake Pedu
  • Merbok River
  • Bukit Hijau Forest Reserve (Sedim Canopy Walk)
  • Jerai Mountain
  • Tupah Recreational Forest

Langkawi Island Birdwatching Locations

Penang Bird Watching Locations

  • Teluk Air Tawar – Kuala Muda Coast
  • Penang National Park
  • Penang Hill
  • Bukit Penara Forest Reserve
  • Penang Botanic Gardens
  • Bukit Laksamana Forest Reserve
  • Teluk Bahang Forest Reserve
  • Sungei Burung in Balik Pulau
  • Bukit Relau Forest Reserve
  • Bukit Gemuruh Forest Reserve
  • Air Hitam Dalam Educational Forest – Seberang Prai
  • Paddy Fields at Kubang Sembang, Permatang Pauh
  • Bukit Panchor Forest Reserve – Seberang Prai
  • Bukit Mertajam Forest Reserve – Seberang Prai
  • Bukit Juru Forest Reserve – Seberang Prai
  • Byram Mangrove Forest Reserve – Nibong Tebal

Perak Bird Watching Locations

  • Kuala Gula Bird Sanctuary
  • Royal Belum State Park
  • Temenggor Forest
  • Bukit Larut – Taiping
  • Taiping Lake Gardens
  • Matang Mangrove Forest, Taiping
  • Kledang Saiong Forest Park – Ipoh

Terengganu Bird Watching Locations

  • Tanjung Mentong – Kenyir Lake
  • Setiu Wetlands – Setiu
  • Pelagat Forest Reserve – Besut
  • Lake Kenyir (Terengganu Side)
  • Bewah Caves
  • Kolej Ugama Sultan Zainal Abidin (KUSZA) Grounds
  • Sekayu Forest Reserve – Kuala Berang, Near Kenyir Lake
  • Redang, Perhentian, Tenggol, Lang Tengah Islands

Kelantan Bird Watching Locations

  • Kuala Koh National Park – Gua Musang
  • Gunung Stong State Park – Dabong
  • Taman Rekreasi Tengku Anis – Kota Bharu
  • Sabah Mangrove Area – Kota Bharu
  • Tumpat Paddy Fields
  • Tok Uban Lake – Pasir Mas
  • Gunung Reng – Jeli

Sabah Bird Watching Locations

  • Danum Valley Conservation Area – Lahad Datu
  • Kinabalu National Park – Kundasang
  • Kinabatangan Flood Plain and Wildlife Sanctuary – Kinabatangan
  • Likas Bay – Kota Kinabalu
  • Tanjung Aru Beach – Kota Kinabalu
  • Tambunan Rafflesia Nature Reserve Center – Tambunan
  • Imbak Canyon – Telupid (Permit Required)
  • Maliau Basin Conservation Area – Maliau Basin (Specialized tours only)
  • Rainforest Discovery Center (RDC) – Sepilok, Sandakan
  • Mantanani Island – Kota Belud
  • Sipadan Island – Semporna
  • Crocker Range National Park
  • Kota Belud Bird Sanctuary

Sarawak Bird Watching Locations

  • Bako National Park – Kuching
  • Kuching Ash Pond – Kuching
  • Gunung Mulu National Park – Mulu
  • Similajau National Park
  • Bario Highlands
  • Ba’Kelalan Highlands
  • Borneo Highlands – Kuching
  • Lambir Hill National Park – Miri
  • Paya Maga – Miri
  • Kuala Baram Mangrove – Miri

I’ve also done an article highlighting the birdwatching locations in Sarawak, emphasising the three main regions of the largest state in Malaysia.

Labuan Bird Watching Locations

  • Universitiy Malaysia Sabah
  • Patau-Patau Water Village
  • Pulau Ular Island

Disclaimer: The list above is a collaboration between Bird Watching Malaysia and sourced online, namely bird watching sites, NGO sites, blogs and other resources.

Other resources include the top birdwatching places in Malaysia, which were done by my other site several years ago and another, highlighting some bird-watching locations near Kuala Lumpur for those in the city area.

Sarawak Borneo Highlands Birdwatching
Birders at the Borneo Highlands in Sarawak.


If you know of any other birding sites in Malaysia that are not listed here and want to share them, please get in touch with me or leave the information in the comment form below. I will edit and include it in this list.

Also, if you feel any of the bird watching sites are no longer worthwhile, let me know why. It may be there are no more birds there, or the place is closed to the public.

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