Langkawi’s rich diversity of ecosystems and habitats gives rise to an equally diverse range of birds, making it an essential destination for birdwatchers and nature lovers. There are more than 230 bird species in Langkawi, with 70% being residents and 30% being migratory birds that come between October-April. Amongst these species are various species of hornbills, kingfishers, woodpeckers, and sunbirds, and many birds of prey including several different types of eagles. Some of the rarest birds found here include mountain hawk eagles, Jerdon’s baza, and brown winged kingfishers.
So where can you find these birds? Different species are found in the rainforest, wetlands, mangroves, and other habitats. The dense rainforests on Langkawi’s main island as well as some of the smaller islands are home to plenty of birds, including eagles, woodpeckers, hornbills, sunbirds, and many more. Make your way to the summit of Gunung Raya, Langkawi’s highest peak, to see mountain birds such as Great Hornbills and Wreathed Hornbills. Visit the swamps and river of the Kilim area to spot various types of birds, including several types of eagles and kingfishers. Alternatively look for swallows, herons, and more, around wetlands and ponds, or spot kingfishers, sparrows, and herons around paddy fields.
It isn’t necessary to book a Birdwatching tour to spot birds; however, tour guides know exactly where to go and what to look for to see rare birds. Various tours are available, including popular boat trips to the geopark water area to watch brown eagles swoop down from the sky to feed.