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Birding In Selangor

Selangor is the most developed state in Malaysia and has a large human population. Despite its rapid development there are still many wild places with natural ecosystems in the state that support a high diversity of birds. Below are four birding sites in Selangor; two rainforest sites, a freshwater wetland and one site of coastal mangroves.

About an hour's journey from Kuala Lumpur is Hulu Langat Forest Reserve. The main entrance to this virgin forest reserve is at Hutan Lipur Congkak near Pangsun, Hulu Langat. The vast rainforest and many streams are home to many forest birds. You might spot the magnificent Rufous-backed Kingfisher along one of the streams, hear the melodious song of the White-rumped Shama or watch the Asian Paradise Flycatcher catching insects along one of the tracks. Nearly all rainforest families like broadbills, woodpeckers, flycatchers and babblers are well represented here.

Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM) is another great birding spot and located 15 kilometres to the northeast of Kuala Lumpur at Kepong. Besides rainforest, there are also gardens around the institute which is a great place to see open country birds. The extensive walking trails which lead into the forest ecosystems is excellent for seeing bulbuls, leafbirds, drongos and other forest birds. A canopy walk is also available here but to use it you have to make prior arrangement.

The reserve no called Paya Indah Wetlands is only about 15 kilometres from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). This area is comprised of lakes and peat swamp forest. The natural ecosystem is rich in open country and water birds. Among the birds seen here are Purple Heron, Purple Moorhen, bee-eaters, pigeons and birds of prey. The walking trails and viewing jetties at the lakes are great for birding… however, they are no longer open to the public.

An alternative site is Putrajaya - see below…

One of the most famous birding spots in Malaysia is Kuala Selangor Nature Park. The park is formed by a large mangrove ecosystem along the coastline. It is the perfect place to see water birds like herons, egrets, curlew and godwits. Birds of prey such as Brahminy Kite, Black Baza and Japanese Sparrowhawk have also been recorded. The boardwalks and the mudflats provide excellent birdwatching. This is an amazing natural habitat not to be missed by birders.

Top Sites

Putrajaya Wetlands Park


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Putrajaya Wetland is the first constructed wetland in Malaysia - consisting of 24 wetland cells. A variety of bird life can be sighted in this wetland park which includes: purple heron, grey heron, little heron, common moorhen, purple swamphen, painted stork, and yellow bittern. The surrounding vegetation which has been preserved is made up of oil palm and rubber trees. Flowering and fruiting plants were also planted during the constuction of the park. These are good habitat for other birdlife and among those are barred eagle owl, barn owl, collar scops owl, large-tailed nightjar, savanna nightjar, and red-whiskered bulbul. During the migration season, raptors can be seen soaring above the wetland.

Sungai Tekala Recreational Forest


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Sungai Tekala Recreational Forest is a lowland dipterocarp forest located adjacent to Semenyih Dam. This forest is easily accessible by road. There is a small stream running through the forest providing crystal clear water with gentle rapids. There is also a forest trail and along the trail there is a few exits. It is best to stay near clearings and along the stream. The road leading to the forest is also rewarding and keep observing along the way as you may catch a glimpse of hornbills, barbets, bulbuls, falconet, and many more.


Useful Reading

*Field Guides & Bird Song

For a comprehensive list of recommended titles covering Malaysia as a whole - please see the Malaysia page of Fatbirder


Malaysia Nature Society - Selangor Bird Group


Local branch news, trips, photos etc.


Abbreviations Key

Kuala Selangor Nature Park


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The Kuala Selangor Nature Park is managed by the Malaysian Nature Society, under a co-operative arrangement with the Selangor State Government…

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Wengchun's Birding


…Started the trip quite late as the weather doesn't look so good early in the morning. So, I didn't expect much though. The road towards Sungai Tekala seems quite good and after passing by Sungai Tekala, there are more birds flying across the road. So, I stopped at some of these areas to enjoy the birds…

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