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List of species seen

Grey Heron 

This was the most common heron at Kuala Selangor, with at least 20 birds in the area

Great Egret

~4 birds were at Kuala Selangor

Little Egret

This species was encountered in small numbers at various sites throughout the week. Where possible each one was checked for the possibility of Chinese Egret, but only one bird showed the potential of bill and leg colour, although this was far from conclusive. A single bird was seen both on the outward and home boat journeys from Jerantut to Taman Negara, with 2 at the Kuala Selangor reserve, and ~5 at the small rice fields

Chinese Pond-Heron

As compared with the more straw coloured Indian Pond-Heron of the Indian subcontinent, the breeding plumage of this species is a lot more striking, and most of the birds that we saw were in these maroon based colours: Jerantut (1 in a particularly disgusting rubbish laden channel within the town); 1 at Taman Negara; 3 at Kuala Selangor; ~12 spread throughout the small rice fields

Striated Heron

These small yet raucous individuals are usually easy to pick up: 2 from the boat on both boat journeys; ~10 at Kuala Selangor

Brahminy Kite

None had been seen until we arrived at Kuala Selangor, where they were a regular feature, with at least 20 birds seen. A few were perched within the reserve, but most were seen in flight, with a circling flock of ~10 birds above us at one time

White-bellied Sea-Eagle

We were surprised to see only one bird, and this over Taman Negara resort on the first afternoon there

Crested Serpent-Eagle

2 birds seen, with possibly more heard. The first was from the boat travelling to Taman Negara, perched in a large tree adjacent to the river. The second was perched in trees within the mangroves at Kuala Selangor, seen from the boardwalk, but was only partially in view

Crested Goshawk

1 flew over us at Kuala Selangor

Black Eagle

1 flew over us on the New Road at Fraser's Hill, with 2 sightings from the porch of The Gap Resthouse

Black-thighed Falconet

This small and enigmatic falcon was one of the birds on the must see list, and the literature seemed to suggest that the best place to see them was the small village on the opposite side of the river to the Taman Negara resort. However, we were lucky to pick up a pair perched in a bare tree from the camp site at Taman Negara, and a third individual was on a smaller tree, but slightly closer, towards the centre of the resort

Red Junglefowl 

I've never been so pleased to see a chicken! A smart cock bird strolled out of the jungle to show itself at the edge of the clearing of the Bumbun Tahan hide at Taman Negara. The next day, a much more dowdy female was at the same spot

Crested Fireback

Two groups of these birds appeared in front of us along the forest trails of Taman Negara, 1 on the Bumbun Tabing trail, the other the Jenut Muda trail. Despite their size and the striking glossy black of the males, they give no warning of their approach, and seem to just emerge in front of you, slowly feeding before disappearing again into the forest. Equal numbers of males and females were in the two groups of 4 and 8 respectively

White-breasted Waterhen

Common at Kuala Selangor, where ~10 were along the grassy paths encircling the central lagoons, with a further 4 birds at the small rice fields

Red-wattled Lapwing

Only seen from the boat on the Jerantut / Taman Negara transfer, with 1 on the outward journey, and 5 on return

Common Sandpiper

2 seen from the boat on the Taman Negara to Jerantut boat journey, and 3 at Kuala Selangor

Spotted Dove

1 at Taman Negara, and ~12 throughout the small rice fields, usually perched on wires

Little Cuckoo-Dove

The 5 birds seen were briefly in view, with the first at the Jelai Hotel showing off its back, and the 2 pairs on the Telekom Loop flying over the road in front of us

Emerald Dove

The best view was of a bird strolling along the ground beside a chalet in the Taman Negara resort on the first morning. Another was flying over the Bumbun Tahan clearing, with a further 2 fly throughs at Kuala Selangor

Zebra Dove

Not as common as I had expected: 2 were in the centre of Jerantut, and ~ 8 were at the small rice fields

Little Green-Pigeon

After having seen many Thick-billed Pigeons landing in the trees to the centre of the Bumbun Tahan clearing, a pair of Little Green-Pigeons were eventually picked out

Pink-necked Pigeon

Very common around Kuala Selangor, with ~40+ birds seen

Thick-billed Pigeon

The most common pigeon at Taman Negara, but all were seen from the Bumbun Tahan hide, with slightly more males than females. 9 were there on the first day, with ~20 on the second visit

Mountain Imperial-Pigeon

Seen reasonably regularly at Fraser's Hill, with all birds flying over. 6, 2, and 2 seen on subsequent days, with most in the early morning from the Jelai Hotel

Blue-rumped Parrot

2 females seen only, one in the Taman Negara resort, and the other from the Bumbun Tahan hide

Blue-crowned Hanging-Parrot

Seen regularly around the Taman Negara resort, they were either feeding at the tops of the high trees, or picked up flying overhead with their high pitched buzzing call: 3, 10, and 8 seen on subsequent days

Chestnut-winged Cuckoo

2 separate individuals seen at Kuala Selangor. One was picked up flying across the drain and into the adjacent trees, the second was one of the last birds seen in the rain from the tower hide, landing in one of the bushes of the central lagoon

Oriental Cuckoo

Picked up on call at the start of the Bishop's Trail on Fraser's Hill, a single bird was seen briefly in the canopy

Little Bronze-Cuckoo

This bird was a bit of surprise, since it landed in the bushes in front of us while walking on the grassy footpath between the lagoons and mangroves at Kuala Selangor

Asian Koel

Only 2 males seen, one at Kuala Selangor, and another at the small rice fields

Black-bellied Malkoha

3 together at Taman Negara resort area

Raffles' Malkoha

A difficult to pin down pair were found at the camp site of Taman Negara on the first day, but a male on the last morning at the resort centre was much more obliging, spreading its plumage on a bare branch above our heads

Chestnut-breasted Malkoha

2 were along the Old Road up from The Gap Resthouse on the first afternoon in the rain, with another more obliging pair within the resort at Taman Negara

Greater Coucal

1 was at Taman Negara on the first afternoon, but a second at Kuala Selangor was much more obliging, perching and calling for some time in the open on the opposite side of the drain

Lesser Coucal

1 briefly at the small rice fields showed its smaller size and distinctive dull black plumage well

Large-tailed Nightjar

While waiting for a Bat Hawk to put in a potential appearance in front of The Gap Resthouse, 3 large nightjars of this species flew in front of us above the treeline in the diminishing light. A fourth, or one of the three returning, flew over us a few minutes later

Savanna Nightjar

2 nightjars were on the New Road when we were returning from the evening vigil at The Gap Resthouse. The first flew up before we could see any identification markers, but the second was watched for some time in the car headlights

Glossy Swiftlet

~25 over The Gap Resthouse and Old Road on the first afternoon; ~10 mixed with other swifts over the Jelai Hotel one morning

Black-nest Swiftlet

These small swifltets are notoriously difficult to identify in flight, so we were lucky to find a small breeding colony in a barred hut on the Telekom Loop at Fraser's Hill. Even so, they still took some sorting out, until the feathered legs could be seen on some, and the dark body of the local race stumbled on

Silver-rumped Needletail

2 of these rather smart birds were over Taman Negara on the last morning

Brown-backed Needletail

~40 were over Taman Negara. It took some time before we could see the backs of these birds, since they were directly overhead, and there was probable confusion with other needletails

Fork-tailed Swift

Quite common in the Fraser's Hill area, with ~12 over the Jelai Hotel, 2 over the Telekom Loop, and many over The Gap Resthouse

House Swift

Seen on most days in reasonable numbers, with a peak of ~50 on the first day over The Gap Resthouse

Red-headed Trogon

This is the most common trogon around Fraser's Hill, but some work has to be put in to see them. Our birds were seen along the Bishop's Trail, which is probably one of the best locations to find them, since they tend to stick within the closed forest. 2 sightings of possibly the same bird were seen

Stork-billed Kingfisher

1 flew into a tree downriver of us from the swimming area along the Bumbun Tabing trail at Taman Negara, and a second flew past the boat on the return journey to Jerantut

White-throated Kingfisher 

Quite easily the most common and confiding of the kingfishers, this species also occupies the most varied habitat, from river to open fields, and even along the roadsides. The only time we didn't see them was while at Fraser's Hill. The highest concentration was at the small rice fields, where ~15 were present

Black-capped Kingfisher 

Most of these were seen on the boat transfers, with 3 on the first journey, and 2 on the return. 3 were also at Kuala Selangor

Collared Kingfisher

Very noisy and obvious in the mangroves at Kuala Selangor, with ~8 birds present. One pair seemed to be making a nest in the hole of a dead tree

Red-bearded Bee-eater 

Only one of these forest dwelling species seen, on the first day in the rain along the Old Road up from The Gap Resthouse

Blue-throated Bee-eater

The most common and widespread bee-eater, initially seen in good numbers from the boat going to Taman Negara. 30+ were subsequently on each day in the Taman Negara area. Another ~10 were at Kuala Selangor

Blue-tailed Bee-eater

~8 were at Kuala Selangor, with another ~10 around the small rice fields

Dollarbird

2 were seen briefly at the Taman Negara resort, with a much closer and better illuminated bird from the boat on the return river journey

Oriental Pied-Hornbill

2 were seen in the central tree of the Bumbun Tahan hide clearing

Great Hornbill

1 bird in flight from the New Road down from Fraser's Hill

Fire-tufted Barbet

The first of these rather large and outstanding barbets was a group of six feeding in a fruiting tree with a couple of the more vocal Black-browed Barbets along the Jalan Lady Maxwell Road. A further 2 separate individuals were along the Bishop's Trail

Gold-whiskered Barbet

Only two seen - 1 along the trails at Taman Negara, and another in the late afternoon walk up the Old Road from The Gap Resthouse

Golden-throated Barbet

A single bird was seen on the first afternoon perched on a bare branch at Taman Negara resort grounds

Black-browed Barbet

Quite easily the most common barbet, both in birds seen, and also by call, which was a constant feature particularly around Fraser's Hill. The Gap Resthouse (first afternoon) 2; Hemmant's Trail (2); New Road from Fraser's Hill (1); Old Road up from The Gap Resthouse (2): Bishop's Trail (4); Fraser's Hill rubbish tip (1)

Coppersmith Barbet

Only one of these diminutive birds were seen, perched in the same tree as the Gold-whiskered Barbet a few minutes after the latter had departed

Speckled Piculet

Piculets tend to be difficult to catch up with at the best of times, but spotting this immaculately marked little bird ascending tree covered branches along Jalan Lady Maxwell Road on Fraser's Hill was our second piculet

Rufous Piculet

This stunning little warm rufous bird was very close to along the Bumbun Tabing trail, just 100m or so from the camp site entrance, but was keeping close to the ground in thick cover so gave only occasional views

Brown-capped Woodpecker

A pair were busily feeding young in a dead tree adjacent to the mangrove boardwalk at Kuala Selangor

White-bellied Woodpecker

A single bird was picked out on a bare tree, scaling the trunk in the distance to the rear of the clearing at the Bumbun Tahan hide

Banded Woodpecker

The finding of this bird was quite a coup, since they are far from common, and it seemed to be hammering out a hole in a dead tree. It was about 2km down on the New Road from Fraser's Hill

Lesser Yellownape

A pair of birds were visiting a nest hole to the rear of the rubbish tip at Fraser's Hill. We had at first expected them to be the much more common Greater Yellownape, but the barring on the belly and obvious white moustachial stripe proved otherwise

Crimson-winged Woodpecker

A few birds were seen at Taman Negara, with 4 separate individuals around the resort area

Laced Woodpecker 

Two groups of 3 were at Kuala Selangor, the first spending some time in the same spot in the mangroves, the second group in the trees near to the entrance

Common Flameback

A single bird in Taman Negara resort on the first afternoon was one of the first woodpeckers seen. It took until the last day to see more of this species, when 6 were at Kuala Selangor, mostly in the mangroves area

Greater Flameback

Searching through the Common Flamebacks unearthed a pair of their Greater cousins, in a pair at the junction of the mangrove boardwalk and the path adjacent to the mangroves

Orange-backed Woodpecker 

A single female was along the Jenut Muda trail in Taman Negara. As with many of the other woodpecker sightings, it was initially picked up with its tapping, but we were lucky enough to see it reasonably well through the thick foliage

Buff-necked Woodpecker

A single bird was alongside the Bumbun Tabing path at Taman Negara. It was while watching this bird that we came across a pair of Green Broadbills

Dusky Broadbill 

While sitting on the terrace of The Gap Resthouse one evening, a trio of these landed in a tree on the opposite side of the road, and one of the three stayed put for good scope views

Black-and-red Broadbill 

The first bird seen was a little bit of a shock to the system, being larger than expected, and with a lump of a blue bill on its gleaming black and red plumage. It gave us a bit of a runaround - despite being able to locate its territory three days running, it had a habit of disappearing into the dense foliage. A pair on the tree in the clearing from the Bumbun Tahan hide gave much more prolonged poses

Green Broadbill

Another surprise, mainly with the difficulty in finding this startling bird in mind. We came across the pair along the Bumbun Tabing trail while watching a Buff-necked Woodpecker, and they were a lot more obliging than the Black-and-red Broadbill holding territory a little further along the trail

Barn Swallow 

Quite common in the lowlands, although they seemed absent around Fraser's Hill

Pacific Swallow 

Much more common than Barn Swallow throughout, the only day they weren't identified was the full day at Taman Negara when we were mainly in the forests

Striated Swallow

The half a dozen birds we saw were at first thought to be a variant of Red-rumped Swallow, but the deep rufous underparts identified them as the Peninsular Malaysia race

Javan Cuckoo-shrike

The only site for these was at the Jelai Hotel on Fraser's Hill. A single bird was present on all three morning visits, happily gorging itself on large green cicada type insects. A further group of 4 flew over on the second morning

Lesser Cuckoo-shrike

A single individual was in the bird wave along the Old Road up from The Gap Resthouse on the first afternoon

Pied Triller

Only present at Kuala Selangor, where 3 adults and a juvenile (all separate individuals) were in the mangroves

Ashy Minivet

5 birds were at Taman Negara on the first afternoon, with a group of 4 and another lone individual at Kuala Selangor, the group from the tower hide, and the single singing early morning next to the grassy foopath

Fiery Minivet

A male and 3 females were together along the Old Road from The Gap Resthouse on the first afternoon, and a pair were along the Telekom Loop

Scarlet Minivet

2 males and a female were together along the Old Road from The Gap Resthouse on the first afternoon

Grey-chinned Minivet

A group of 4 were along the Old Road

Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike

6 were in the mixed bird wave on the first afternoon along the Old Road: 2 along the New Road; 2 on the second visit along the Old Road; 2 at the Fraser's Hill rubbish tip

Straw-headed Bulbul

This species is now struggling worldwide, and is one of those which is more impressive in real life than in the books. Apparently, Taman Negara is one of the more reliable places to see the species these days, but it was still a welcome surprise when a pair appeared for a short time within the resort grounds

Black-headed Bulbul

As opposed to the above species, this smart yellow and black bulbul is numerous around the Taman Negara area, with ~50 birds seen on any one of the three days spent there

Black-crested Bulbul

This is almost the highland equivalent of the Black-headed Bulbul, being very similar in all but the black crest. It was very common around The Gap Resthouse and the slopes below Fraser's Hill (although not seen on Fraser's Hill itself), with ~12 at the former site, and many along the New Road

Stripe-throated Bulbul

The stronghold of this species seemed to be the lowlands around Taman Negara, where ~20 were seen on the third day, with lower numbers on the first two days. However, 2 were also seen along the New Road below Fraser's Hill

Yellow-vented Bulbul

Another lowland species (apparently), with ~50 seen on the third day at Taman Negara. They seem almost as common and obvious as Black-headed Bulbul here. Similar numbers were also seen at Kuala Selangor

Olive-winged Bulbul

~15 were around Taman Negara resort on the second day there

Spectacled Bulbul

A single bird appeared for a brief time in the forest edge adjacent to the camp site at Taman Negara

Ochraceous Bulbul

This is a noisy yet reasonably elusive bird, seen both at the Fraser's Hill area (7&10 up the Old Road, 6 down the New Road) and Taman Negara (~6 near to the camp site)

Hairy-backed Bulbul

2 of these birds, showing the characteristic face markings, were at the camp site of Taman Negara

Streaked Bulbul

5 birds were seen on the central tree from the Bumbun Tahan hide

Ashy Bulbul 

The local race of these birds threw us at first, but the black face proved the vital clue to the identity. 2 were amongst the bird wave along the Old Road in the rain on the first day along the Old Road, with another 2 along the Bishop's Trail

Mountain Bulbul

2 were feeding for some time in the canopy of a single tree along the Bishop's Trail

Greater Green Leafbird

1 in the bird wave along the Old Road on the first afternoon

Blue-winged Leafbird

2 along the Old Road on the first afternoon; 4 and 3 on successive days at Taman Negara resort area

Orange-bellied Leafbird

This species was very obvious around Fraser's Hill, often being very confiding. Best spot for good views was at the Jelai Hotel, where both males and females fed almost at arms length: Jelai Hotel (5, 6, 4); New Road (2); Old Road (2); Bishop's Trail (2); Fraser's Hill rubbish tip (2)

Common Iora

The birds in Peninsular Malaysia are of the black-capped race. 3 males and a female were at Kuala Selangor

Malayan Whistling-Thrush

For many birders, this is one of the top target birds of the area, due to its scarcity and also shy and retiring habits. It seems to be best seen either early morning or late evening, often on a flypast next to a stream. We were lucky to see a bird perched for a short time at the waterfall of Fraser's Hill, fanning its tail before moving on

Lesser Shortwing

Perhaps even more difficult to pin down than the above species, any report highlighting these usually only mentions call heard only. Our good fortune continued when a helpful pair of Belgian birders showed us the location for an adult they had found feeding a young bird along the Hemmant's's Trail, and after a half hour vigil, the adult duly reappeared for its waiting audience

Hill Prinia

2 separate skulking birds were seen along the New Road below Fraser's Hill

Yellow-bellied Prinia

A single singing bird was next to the grassy path at Kuala Selangor

Common Tailorbird

Old Road (3, 1); Telekom Loop (likely to be this species, but Mountain Tailorbird can't be ruled out); Kuala Selangor (1)

Dark-necked Tailorbird

A single female was in a low bush next to the chalets at Taman Negara resort

Ashy Tailorbird

Very common around Kuala Selangor, both visually and in song, with ~30 birds seen

Arctic Warbler

2 at Taman Negara, 1 on the Old Road above The Gap Resthouse, and 1 at the Jelai Hotel

Chestnut-crowned Warbler 

2 together at the Jelai Hotel; 1 along the Hemmant's Trail

Siberian Flycatcher

A very obliging bird was perched on the top of a bare tree in a gulley along the Old Road. This species was originally known as Dark-sided Flycatcher

Asian Brown Flycatcher

Seen every day in small numbers, and in all habitats. 1-2 were seen on almost every day, apart from 2 along the Telekom Loop and 2 later along the Hemmant's Trail

Mugimaki Flycatcher

A stunning male was very close to in the car park of the Jelai Hotel on the first morning there. We subsequently saw separate individual male and female along the Telekom Loop, a male along the Hemmant's Trail, a male down the New Road from Fraser's Hill, and another male along the Bishop's Trail

Rufous-browed Flycatcher 

This is another of those birds which looks so much better in the flesh than in the guide books. They are reputed to be quite a shy and retiring bird, but we were treated to some good views of the 4 seen. The first was in excellent light in an open wooded gulley along the Telekom Loop, with a second bird the same afternoon along the Hemmant's Trail. Best views were of a second Bishop's Trail bird, which looked to be feeding young next to the trail

Rufous-chested Flycatcher 

A single male was seen early on at Kuala Selangor

Little Pied Flycatcher 

These dapper little Flycatchers can be quite confiding, as demonstrated by the one we saw in the same bush as the first Mugimaki Flycatcher outside of the Jelai Hotel, but on the following morning. Other birds were lone individuals along the along the Telekom Loop (2) and Hemmant's Trail (2)

Verditer Flycatcher

As with some of the other Flycatchers (eg Little Pied & Rufous-browed), these were only seen in the highlands around Fraser's Hill, as well as 3 separate birds along the Old Road up from The Gap Resthouse: Jelai Hotel (male and female on each morning visit); 2 separate birds along the New Road

Large Niltava

In good light the blue males are stunning, although most of the sightings were in the cover of the forest: Hemmant's Trail (pair and separate male); New Road (male); Hemmant's Trail 2nd visit (male)

Tickell's Blue-Flycatcher 

A single male was feeding at the swimming area of the river along the Bumbun Tabing trail at Taman Negara

Mangrove Blue-Flycatcher

A male was heard singing along the mangrove boardwalk of Kuala Selangor, before being eventually sighted quite close to where we were standing

Grey-headed Canary-flycatcher

2 were in the bird wave along the Jenut Muda trail, 1 was along the Telekom Loop at Fraser's Hill, and 1 was down the Old Road

Oriental Magpie-Robin

A very common sight in all habitats throughout, with between 4-12 birds being seen on any particular day. The race here is the white-bellied form, as opposed to the black-bellied form found on Borneo

White-rumped Shama

1 briefly along the Bumbun Tabing trail at Taman Negara on the second day there

Slaty-backed Forktail

This was one of the birds we wanted to see, both due to its looks and also the difficulty in seeing them. Forktails tend to be very shy, hiding along river courses whenever they can. We were thus both surprised and pleased to find a pair showing well at the Fraser's Hill waterfall. We were even more surprised to find a different third bird first thing the next morning below the first stream bridge reached while descending the New Road

White-throated Fantail

The higher elevation fantail. A very close bird at the Jelai Hotel was followed by 3 along the Telekom Loop, and 1 the same day along the Hemmant's Trail. On the second walk along the Hemmant's Trail, a further 2 were seen

Pied Fantail

The mangrove fantail. 4 were seen from the mangrove boardwalk at Kuala Selangor

Spotted Fantail

The lowland forest fantail. 4 were found in the forest trails of Taman Negara

Black-naped Monarch

Only seen at Taman Negara, where one was seen on the full day there, and 7 on the last morning

Asian Paradise-Flycatcher

Only 2 seen, in the bird wave along the Jenut Muda trail

Black Laughingthrush

4 birds were seen on the second full day at Fraser's Hill; 1 briefly along the New Road while watching the Banded Woodpecker; a pair followed a single male along the Old Road up from The Gap Resthouse on the last morning in the area

Chestnut-capped Laughingthrush

Very common and vocal around Fraser's Hill, where there were at least 20 on any one day

Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush

Much less common and brash than the above species, apart from a trio feeding at the Jelai Hotel. Away from here, only one was seen, along the Bishop's Trail

Ferruginous Babbler

A pair was in the undergrowth along the Jenut Muda trail

Abbott's Babbler

One of the nightmares of the area - very similar to Horsfield's Babbler, the 6 individuals seen were in view for some time (eventually) and a combination of concolourous back and unmarked breast helped with identication: swimming area of Bumbun Tabing trail at Taman Negara (2); beginning of Bukit Teresek trail (1); Bumbun Tebing trail (1); Kuala Selangor (2)

Marbled Wren-Babbler

The wren-babblers have an appeal of their own, mainly due to their subtle and well marked colours and their secretive nature. This species typifies the point, and is one of the hard to see residents of the Fraser's Hill area. We were lucky to sit out the calls of 3 birds along the Old Road up from The Gap Resthouse on the first afternoon. The birds were frequenting a densely foliaged gully next to the road, and it took some time to see them in the depths of the understorey

Rufous-fronted Babbler

Quite common at Taman Negara. With ~12 on the first day (most easily seen around the camp site), and 2 & 3 on subsequent days

Golden Babbler 

Occasional at Fraser's Hill: Jelai Hotel (1, 1); Telekom Loop (2); Hemmant's Trail (1, 1)

Grey-throated Babbler

3 were in an active feeding group at the Jelai Hotel, with a pair of birds along the Hemmant's Trail

Striped Tit-Babbler

A pair were at Kuala Selangor

Silver-eared Mesia

Common at Fraser's Hill, and very easily seen, both at the Jelai Hotel (~8 each morning), and along the Telekom Loop (~8)

White-browed Shrike-Babbler

1 was in a mixed bird wave along the Telekom Loop

Black-eared Shrike-Babbler 

One of this species was seen immediately after the above, this a poorly marked individual. Much brighter birds were subsequently seen along the Hemmant's Trail (2)

Blue-winged Minla

Most of the birds seen were at the Jelai Hotel, where they were feeding very actively. Up to 5 were seen on any one morning, with an additional 2 birds seen at the mosque car park before walking the Hemmant's Trail

Brown Fulvetta

Only one pair seen, and we had to strain our necks to see them, since they were directly above us shortly after starting the walk along the Bukit Teresek trail

Mountain Fulvetta

This species was very common around the highlands of Fraser's Hill. A  few were present on each morning at the Jelai Hotel, but many more were seen around the resort, particularly when walking the trails, with at least 25 seen on any one day

Long-tailed Sibia

Another very common and seemingly omnipresent species around Fraser's Hill. A small and noisy group were at the Jelai Hotel each morning, and more were seen around the resort in general, with ~20 on any one day

White-bellied Yuhina

Old Road above The Gap Resthouse (2, 1); Jenut Muda trail at Taman Negara (2); Hemmant's Trail (1)

Golden-bellied Gerygone

Surprisingly, only one of these drab and uncharacteristic birds was seen at Kuala Selangor, and this was also one of the first birds seen on the visit to the reserve

Great Tit

3 rather grey birds of the local race at Kuala Selangor

Sultan Tit

As opposed to the grey Great Tit of the region, the Sultant Tit is large and bright, making it rather a spectacular sight. They were also seen regularly in small numbers: Old Road above The Gap Resthouse (2); Jelai Hotel (2 on each morning); Telekom Loop (1); New Road down from Fraser's Hill (1); Bishop's Trail (2); Fraser's Hill rubbish Tip (1)

Blue Nuthatch

If we were pushed, we would admit that this was one of the birds we really wanted to see during the visit. However, we gathered that they were quite difficult to see, since they prefer to keep to the closed forest, and are usually stumbled upon in a bird wave. The first of our two birds almost fitted these particulars, being seen only briefly along the Bishop's Trail, although not in a bird wave. The second rewrote expectations, landing twice on a bare tree in the open on the periphery of Fraser's Hill rubbish tip

Ruby-cheeked Sunbird

Separate male and female individuals at Kuala Selangor

Plain-throated Sunbird

2 separate males at Kuala Selangor

Olive-backed Sunbird

2 separate males at Kuala Selangor

Black-throated Sunbird

Seen quite regularly at Fraser's Hill: Jelai Hotel (1); Telekom Loop (2); Old Road (1); Bishop's Trail (4). All records refer to males, since a few female sunbirds were seen at Fraser's Hill, and apparently only this species occurs there, but we could not confirm their identity

Long-billed Spiderhunter

2 birds seen on separate days at Taman Negara, around the resort area

Little Spiderhunter

Only one seen, in a tree at Taman Negara resort. This bird occupied the same branch for some time, picked up easily since it was calling at first

Grey-breasted Spiderhunter

2 seen at Taman Negara resort

Streaked Spiderhunter 

The only spiderhunter to occur at Fraser's Hill, this species was seen regularly. They are very vocal, including in flight, and confiding when perched / feeding: Jelai Hotel (up to 4 each morning); Telekom Loop (1); Hemmant's Trail (1); Old Road (2, 1); Fraser's Hill rubbish tip (1); Bishop's Trail (1)

Orange-bellied Flowerpecker 

Only one seen - a very obliging male directly above us in the same tree as the more or less static Little Spiderhunter

Fire-breasted Flowerpecker

This is apparently the only flowerpecker to be found in the higher altitudes of Fraser's Hill, and the good views we had of a male visiting the Jelai Hotel on two successive days left little doubt as to its identity

Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker

A single male was watched feeding for some time in the same flowering tree at Kuala Selangor

Everett's White-eye

All the birds seen seemed to be of this species, although the race of Oriental in the lowlands has less yellow above the bill, and so has to be seen extremely well or heard for separation: Telekom Loop at Fraser's Hill (3); Jelai Hotel (2); Kuala Selangor (6)

Black-naped Oriole

Very common and vocal at the lower altitudes: Taman Negara, mainly in the resort area (1, 8, 2): Kuala Selangor (12)

Black-and-crimson Oriole

Only seen at the Jelai Hotel on all three early morning visits. The single and elusive bird on the first day was joined by a second on the subsequent days, when they became much more obliging and vocal

Asian Fairy-bluebird

This species was only seen at Taman Negara, particularly from the Bumbun Tahan hide, where they were present in some numbers, with up to 6 males being seen in the lone tree at any one time. Only one pair was seen on the first day, with ~10 males and 6 females on the second, with another 7 males on the third day

Tiger Shrike

Perhaps a little bit of a surprise, this skulking shrike was the reward for not prolonging our visit to the rice fields on the last day, and deciding to return to Kuala Selangor instead. It occupied low bushes next to the loop and adjacent to the drain

Brown Shrike

The first bird was a singleton along Lady Maxwell Drive at Fraser's Hill after completing the Bishop's Trail. 5 were around the small rice fields on the last day, all on telegraph wires

Large Woodshrike

6 were in the mixed wave of birds along the Old Road up from The Gap Resthouse on the first afternoon. A single bird was seen there on the second visit later in the week, and another was along the trails at Taman Negara

Black Drongo

There can be some confusion in the region with Ashy Drongo, where the race is darker than those encountered in India. Not all are said to show the distinctive loral spot: presumed up to 10 along the Old Road from The Gap Resthouse on the first afternoon; 4 at Taman Negara; 2 at Kuala Selangor

Bronzed Drongo

A more delicate and shiny plumaged bird than Black Drongo, this species was seen at higher altitudes, with most at Fraser's Hill (12 along the New Road, 1 and 2 along the Old Road up from The Gap Resthouse)

Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo

Most of the birds seen had lost their rackets, with this species being more of a higher altitude bird than Greater: Jelai Hotel (2 on each morning); Telekom Loop (1); Hemmant's Trail (2); Bishop's Trail (4)

Greater Racket-tailed Drongo

3 and then 2 birds were seen from the terrace of The Gap Resthouse; up to 6 birds seen on each day at Taman Negara

White-breasted Woodswallow

Only seen at the small rice fields, where they are a relatively recent colonist. ~12 birds were seen here, either perched on telegraph wires, or in flight

Green Magpie

A single bird was a regular visitor each morning to the Jelai Hotel, usually staying only for brief periods

House Crow 

Common in the lowlands, most often seen from the car en route

Slender-billed Crow

~5 were at Kuala Selangor

Large-billed Crow

4 along the New Road down from Fraser's Hill; 2 over Fraser's Hill. Many more crows were seen throughout the week, but not specifically identified

Asian Glossy Starling

~40 around Taman Negara; 1 at Kuala Selangor

Common Hill Myna

1 on the first day's journey before arriving at The Gap Resthouse; 1, 4 at Taman Negara, usually from the Bumbun Tahan hide; 1 at Kuala Selangor

Javan Myna

At least 15 were at Kuala Selangor

Jungle Myna

Quite common around Taman Negara (15+)

Common Myna

Probably common but not specifically identified while driving, only 2 were pinned down at Taman Negara, but they were very common around Kuala Selangor

Daurian Starling

At least 20 were seen on the full day at Taman Negara, in 2 good sized groups perched at the top of bare trees from the resort

Eurasian Tree Sparrow 

Mainly seen en route, they were common around Jerantut

Baya Weaver 

5 non breeding birds were at the small rice fields

Nutmeg Mannikin

4 in a group at the small rice fields

White-bellied Munia

8 flew over us and landed on a tree while descending the Old Road on the return to The Gap Resthouse on the first afternoon


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