Sabah Birdwatching Map Guide

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Sabah Birdwatching Map and Guide Launch

Tourism Malaysia Sabah has collaborated with The Sandakan Borneo Bird Club to introduce the latest Sabah birdwatching guide and map in conjunction with the upcoming Borneo Bird Festival 2022, which will take place at the Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC) in Sepilok, Sandakan, this October.

This fun birdwatching guide highlights all the popular birding locations around Sabah, including the world heritage site of Kinabalu Park, the amazing Kinabatangan Floodplains, Danum Valley, Tabin and Sepilok forests. It also provides information about each of the sites, the birds that can be seen there, trails, accommodations and how to get there.

Sabah Birdwatching Map Guide

Tourism Sabah Ednie Rahma Ab Rahim
Ednie Rahma Ab Rahim and Robert C Ong from RDC walking at the Canopy Walk.

Sabah is undoubtedly one of the top birding destinations in Malaysia, and over the years, the tourism board and local community have developed an excellent infrastructure that caters to nature lovers, birders and bird photographers.

The highlight for many birdwatching enthusiasts is none other than the 66 endemic species found only on the Borneo island, such as Bornean Bristlehead, Blue-Headed Pitta, Bornean Ground-Cuckoo, Whitehead’s Trogon, Whitehead’s Spiderhunter, and Crimson-Headed Wood-Partridge.

Over the years, Sabah has become the top birdwatching destination in Malaysia due to all the efforts made by the community, tourism board and tourism players. This bird guide and map launch will add more positive outcomes for birding here.

TM Sabah Ednie Rahma Ab Rahim
Ednie looks through a spotting scope at the RDC in Sepilok.

Tourism Malaysia Sabah Director, Ms Ednie Rahma Ab Rahim said,

“The development of this Sabah Birdwatching Map Guide is timely as this will be useful for bird enthusiasts taking part in the festival to refer to. The birding segment is very niche but it yields high tourism revenues which will further boost the economy of Sabah.”

With this new, vibrant birdwatching guide and map, birders and nature lovers can easily plan the areas they want to visit. This initiative was made possible by members of the Sandakan Borneo Bird Club (SBBC) and Tourism Malaysia Sabah.

Birdwatching Guide Map Sabah Borneo
The Birdwatching Guide Map for Sabah.
Bird Watching Guide Map Sabah
The list of birds that can be found throughout Sabah is on the reverse side of the guide.

Where to Download the PDF Copy for the Sabah Birdwatching Map?

You can use your phone to scan the QR Code below, which will open up the two-sided birding map and guide for Sabah.

QR Code for Sabah Birdwatching Map and Guide
Scan this QR Code to download the Sabah Birdwatching Map and Guide.
New RDC Canopy Walk
The newly completer RDC Steel Canopy Walk is perfect for birdwatching.
Launch of Sabah Birding Guide
At the launching of the Sabah Birding Guide.
Sabah Tourism Malaysia
TM Sabah’s director receives a gift from Dr Robert Ong of RDC.
TM Sabah Launch Sabah Birding Guide
Ednie Rahma Ab Rahim has a moment of joy during the souvenir handing.


The Sabah Birdwatching Map Guide was written by Alexander John, illustrated by Amberlyn Louisa, and issued by Tourism Malaysia Sabah and the Borneo Bird Club. It is also created for birders, birdwatchers and bird photographers who plan to visit Sabah.

The Borneo Bird Festival 2022 takes place at the Rainforest Discovery Centre in Sandakan this 22-23 October. The Sabah Birdwatching Map Guide will also be available there for anyone attending.

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4 Comments on “Sabah Birdwatching Map Guide”

  1. I look forward to visiting sabah for bird watching and photography. The last time I visited sabah was to scuba dive in Sipadan many years ago.
    Hope to visit your bird sanctuary soon.

  2. Hi, I will be going to RDC in Sandakan for a few days bird watching and photography. Is it easy to spot birds there or should I employ a local bird guide?

    1. Hello Juliana, usually, if you are those types with a specific list, then I recommend getting a guide, if you want to spot/photograph specific endemics there. Otherwise, solo-birding is perfectly awesome there. I recommend going as early as possible. They open at 8.00 AM, but it is recommended to start birding along the road at the RDC car park from 6.00 AM as there’s a good chance to spot at least 10 species there. Inside, the canopy walks and the towers are ok if you’re looking for raptors, hornbills or the occasional Bristlehead. The recommended routes are the RDC Trails, like the Pitta Trails, Kingfisher Trail and so on. All the best and happy birding!

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