Welcome, ornithologists and other bird enthusiasts, to our Adventures in Borneo – Borneo Birds Photo Collection & Identification Page. Through our many travels and explorations in Borneo, we present to you our images of all the interesting and remarkable birds we have encountered over the past years. From the frequently spotted to the rarely seen, discover a variety of species of birds on this page and learn more about each of them with the descriptions we have provided on each individual album page.
To know the birds on this page is to know Borneo. Borneo is the third largest island in the world. It is split between three countries – Brunei Darussalam, the states Sabah and Sarawak of Malaysia and Kalimantan of Indonesia. Within its vast area, Borneo is home to more than 600 species of birds. More than 300 species are typical of the tropical evergreen rainforest that in prehistory covered the island and today is still one of the major habitat types.
There are various locations in Borneo where bird enthusiasts can embark on their birding tours. Among the habitats worth mentioning are montane forests, peat-swamp and heath-like forests, lowland forest, rivers and lakes. Montane forests of Borneo are cooler, damper, more stunted, mossy and shrouded in mist because of the increasing altitude. The amazing species of birds you can find in this environment is abundant, such as Indigo Flycatcher, Short-tailed Magpie and the endemic Bornean Mountain Whistler which can be spotted at the UNESCO World Heritage Site Kinabalu Park. Our Kinabalu Park Day Trip and 2D/1N Hiking Kinabalu Park trip can be uniquely tailored for birding with our sharp eyed and highly experienced senior birding guide Jason.
Known to be a habitat with a rich bird community, the lowland forest of Borneo holds the most bird species. Birders can expect to see a variety of broadbills, pittas, kingfishers, birds of prey and more including the endemic White Crown Shama and our national bird the Rhinoceros Hornbill which can be spotted in Sabah’s largest wildlife reserve in Tabin. Tabin Wildlife Reserve is ideal for birding due to the abundant light of the secondary forest. The enchanting 130 million year old rainforest, Danum Valley in Sabah is where birders can spot endemic species such as the Bornean Wren-Babbler and Dusky Mania. Another excellent location for bird watching in Borneo are rivers and lakes. Where the banks of the rivers remain forested, they can be important for birds such as Oriental Darters and the rare Storm’s Stork. In Sabah, Kinabatangan River has one of the world’s richest ecosystem. The world’s smallest raptor, Bornean White Fronted Falconet which is also endemic and restricted to Sabah, can be spotted at this river. We offer specialised birding packages to all the above mentioned locations.
All our Borneo Birds were photographed in the wild by Richard Swann, our Managing Director and wildlife enthusiast. They can be seen in any one of our wildlife programs in Borneo, and we can take you there! Book our wildlife and birding tours instantly online. All you have to do is visit our Wildlife Tours page, select the program that interests you and have your place confirmed efficiently. For customised multi-location trips you can also speak to our Travel Centre team and let them plan a specialised package for you by contacting them at (+6) 012 866 1935 or info@DownbelowAdventures.com.