Striated Heron Bird at Langkawi Malaysia


Straited Heron Bird Malaysia

Here is a photo of a Striated Heron bird at Langkawi Island in the north west of Malaysia. This photo was taken during a quick bird watching trip to Darulaman Sanctuary, which is located in the center of Langkawi.

The Striated Heron (Butorides striata) is not easily spotted but during my birding trip to Darulaman Sanctuary, I managed to spot the bird at a small stream towards the end of my trek.

Langkawi Striated Heron Bird

The straited heron isĀ also known as mangrove heron, little heron or green-backed heron, and is a small heron which is only about 44 cm tall.

Straited Heron Langkawi
The Straited Heron gets ready to catch its prey.

While I was checking out some of the local butterflies near a stream at Lubuk Semilang, my bird guide Fendi noticed this Striated Heron perched on a rock by the stream.

We observed from a distance and it looked like it was on a hunting spree with its eyes fixated in the water. Of course I took a lot of photos and eventually moved in a little closer to get some close up shots.

However, I had to move slowly as not to startle the striated heron, but at around five meters, the bird noticed me coming and flew away to a nearby tree branch.

Just to add on, you can also find the Striated HeronĀ bird at various other locations around Langkawi, but again, as this is purely nature, it all depends on luck.

Directions to Darulaman Sanctuary
The distance from Kuah to Darulaman Sanctuary via car. Image: Google Maps

Where is Darulaman Sanctuary?

Darulaman Sanctuary is located at Lubuk Semilang and in the center of Langkawi. To get here, you need to use the Jalan Ulu Melaka Road and you will see a signboard that shows Lubuk Semilang or Langkawi Book Village.

There are a few ways of getting here and if you are self driving on finding oyur own way here, you can either rent a car in Langkawi or rent a motorbike to move around.

How to go to Darulaman Sanctuary
From Pantai Cenang, it takes about 20 minutes drive to Darulaman Sanctuary. Image: Google Maps.

From Kuah town or Kuah Jetty, it takes roughly 20 minutes drive to get there and from Pantai Cenang or Chenang, it takes around the same time.

In most cases, you would book your slot with the naturalist here before heading here. Also, it is best to book in advance and plan your transportation.

Darulaman Sanctuary
The Darulaman Sanctuary visitor building.

How To Get In Touch With Darulaman Sanctuary?

The place is open daily, but on weekends, you should contact MrFendi who oversees the place. He is also the resident naturalist for the place.

Otherwise, you can always email Mr.Fendi to book a day and time to visit this place. Please note it is not recommended to do this last minute.

Darulaman Sanctuary (Lubuk Semilang)
Address: Lubuk Semilang Kampung Buku, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah
Contact: Mr. Fendi
Tel: +6 019 591 9858


My trip here was done on 7 Jan, 2020 as I was staying at the Tanjung Rhu Resort for some work, and I had some free time to check out this new bird watching place in Langkawi.

Overall, I have to say that the Darulaman Sanctuary in Langkawi is one of the lesser visited natural destinations as it has only been three years since they opened up for visitors.

If you love nature walks, birds and butterflies, then I would highly recommend visiting this place and if you are a bird watcher, you may even spot the beautiful striated heron bird here in Langkawi.

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