Friday, August 24, 2018

eBird Malaysia Selected Checklists from Jan to April 2018

WHY enter your sightings in eBird Malaysia? Watch this 3-minute video below to learn more:-

679 species, 5139 Checklists were submitted for Malaysia from 1st Jan to 19th August 2018. Some of the sightings from Jan to April 2018, sourced from eBird Malaysia’s Checklists, are provided below. Credit goes to the respective contributors of the checklists, for notable species such as the Jambu Fruit Dove, Large Hawk Cuckoo, Oriental Plover, Pectoral Sandpiper, Red-Legged Crake, Mountain Scops Owl, Black Eagle, Brown Bullfinch and Cook’s Swift. For the full checklists submitted for Malaysia from 1st Jan 2018 onwards as well as for previous years, just click on The Illustrated Checklist of eBird Malaysia. That section of eBird Malaysia has species information together with photos and sounds from the Macauley Library which you can access HERE

Selected eBird Malaysia checklists from May to August 2018, followed by Sept to Nov 2018 will be shared shortly through this website.

Jambu Fruit Dove (Photo Credit: Andy Lee)
29th Jan 2018 submitted by Andy Lee

Listen to the audio recordings of Golden Babbler, Buff-breasted Babbler, Large Niltava from Todd A. Watkins’s checklist.

Cook’s Swift (L) Pectoral Sandpiper (R) (Photo Credit: Ang Teck Hin)

22nd Jan 2018 and 18th Feb 2018 submitted by Ang Teck Hin

Red-Legged Crake (Photo Credit: Khoo Swee Seng)
11th Feb 2018 submitted by Khoo Swee Seng

Black Eagle (Photo Credit: Ng Jia Jie)

10th Feb 2018 submitted by Yeo Yee Ling and Ng Jia Jie

Mountain Scops Owl (Photo Credit: Wilbur Goh)

8th Feb 2018 submitted by Wilbur Goh Soon Kit

Brown Bullfinch (Photo Credit: Alan Koh)

12th March 2018 submitted by Alan Koh

Oriental Plover (Photo Credit: Dake Bakewell)
19th April 2018 submitted by Dave Bakewell

Text by Yeo Yee Ling

Friday, July 6, 2018

Global Big Day in Malaysia 2018 Winner and Runner Up

Wild Bird Club Malaysia conducted the Lucky Draw for Global Big Day in Malaysia 2018 on 24th June 2018 together with Minox Malaysia, and the following winner and runner up, with their respective checklists are…..

First prize:
Hum Kim Choy (First prize: Minox BF Model 10 x 42 Binocular)

Second prize:
Azmil Pillantong (Second prize: Minox Macroscope)

Congratulations to both Hum Kim Choy and Azmil Pillantong!
Thanks to Malaysian eBird reviewers Dave Bakewell, Ng Jia Jie, Andy Lee and Mark Ng for going through the 149 checklists submitted by eBirders, for Malaysia.

Global Bird Day in Malaysia was held on 5th May 2018, in conjunction with Global Big Day, an initiative by Cornell Lab of Ornithology where a single day was dedicated to celebrate birds in every place on Earth. Read on about 2018 results in Asia, and Malaysia in particular HERE

Worldwide, Malaysia ranked 18th in terms of Species Leader, with 459 species recorded. The South American countries of Colombia, Peru and Ecuador held the 1st to 3rd spots respectively in terms of Species Leader, with their birders logging in more than 1,000 species. In Asia, Malaysia ranked just below India and China, by species:-

eBird Malaysia portal is a joint collaboration between Wild Bird Club Malaysia and Cornell Lab of Ornithology and was launched on 9th November 2016. You can read more about this collaboration HERE

Just click on GET STARTED in order to sign up for your free eBird account. Contribute your sightings and pictures of Birds in Malaysia when you go birdwatching, through eBird. Articles on interesting bird behavior and pictures can also be submitted for publication through eBird Malaysia portal.  Submission guidelines are available HERE

Text by Yeo Yee Ling

Pictures sourced from eBird Malaysia portal 

Thursday, May 24, 2018

WBCM Fraser Hills Trip on 19 and 20th May 2018

Birding @ Fraser Hills is really relaxing with its cool weather!  Exciting with good birds and most of
All great company.
A group of 20 eager birders gathered at Puncak Inn for a 2 days one night birding trip.
The group was divided in 3 groups with 2 leaders & 5 members. We flagged off around 2.30pm on 19th May 2018 and each group went off to explore their own birding sites.
All were exhausted after hours of walking , searching, waiting,  photo shooting and discussing. After a night's rest after dinner on Saturday, we welcomed another fruitful day on Sunday.
After a night rest, all were looking fresh. Off to individual sites again after Sunday breakfast on 20th May Morning,
And……all the excitement starts again till 1 pm.
Red-headed Trogon
Black and Crimson Oriole
Malaysian Hill Partridge
Malaysian Honeyguide

Some of the highlights of the whole trip were :
Malaysian Honey Guide sighted by YL Yeo at Bishop trail
Helmeted Hornbill by Mr. KH Low at the Gap
Grey Capped Woodpecker at the Gap
A pair of Long Tailed Broadbill in nest
Malayan Partridge ( family of 7) at Richmond Bungalow 
Red headed Trogon (Male & Female)
Mountain Imperial Pigeon
Rufous Browed Flycatcher
Golden Babbler
Lesser Yellownape
Silver-breasted Broadbill, Male and female
Telekom Loop (L) and White-tailed Robin, Male (R)
Group 3's Checklists from eBird for the two days birding count sites at Bishop trail, Hemmant trail, Richmond Bungalow and Telekom Loop are as follows:-

Wild Bird Club Malaysia will be organizing a day trip in July 2018 so stay tuned to website for more details.

Text by Chen Seow Kean
Pictures by Yeo Yee Ling, Charles Ooi and Ang Teck Hin 

Friday, May 11, 2018

Global Big Day 2018 5th May counts from Malaysia

eBirders recorded 454 species and 143 lists from birdwatching sites all over Malaysia covering different habitats such as wetlands, coastal areas, islands, parks and gardens, lowland forests, montane forest, on 5th May 2018, which enabled Malaysia to be placed 18th worldwide. View the 2018 World results HERE .

In Asia region, Malaysia was placed 3rd behind India and China. A new world record of 6899 species was achieved in 2018 compared to 2017's total species of 6637.

Mr Vincent Wong, our member from Kuching, Sarawak shares his Global Big Day 2018 experience as below:-

Global Big Day 2018 was a date I have been looking forward to since the early announcement months ago.

I went to bed early and by first light, I was ready to count birds in my house back yard. But unfortunately, due to the extreme heat of that day, most bird activities had slowed down after an hour thus I stopped counting.

I did another short count at a different location for the evening even though it was still so hot.
Though my contribution to this Global Event was modest, I had great satisfaction in being part of it to report my bird sighting to the world. And I do not have to travel far nor cost much to participate, to contribute to this world wide survey of our birds population which is the Barometer of our Environmental Healt

Mr Vincent Wong's morning checklist can be viewed HERE and his afternoon checklist can be viewed HERE . He was in 56th position out of 100 Top eBirders in the World by species on 5th May 2018 when he submitted his morning checklist through eBird.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology initiated Global Big Day (GBD) since 2015. In 2017, 6,659 species were reported worldwide during GBD that was celebrated on 13th May. Malaysia recorded 380 species with 75 checklists submitted for GBD 2017 according to eBird website

Some of the birds recorded on 5th May 2018 in Malaysia were Cinnamon-headed Pigeon (see Ang Teck Hin's checklist HERE , White-winged Black Tern (see David Bakewell's checklist HERE ), Lesser Adjutant (see Tang Tuck Hong's checklist HERE ) and Hadada Ibis  ( see Yeo Yee Ling's checklist HERE  )

It was also exciting to read about nesting records of Whitehead's Trogon, Whitehead's Broadbill and Borneon Stubtail, in Kinabalu Park, Sabah. See checklist by Timothy Forrester, HERE .

Cinnamon headed Pigeon, male and female species
Photo credit: Ang Teck Hin
White-winged Black Tern
Photo credit: David Bakewell
Lesser Adjutant
Photo Credit: Tang Tuck Hong

Hadada Ibis
Photo credit: Yeo Yee Ling

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Global Big Day 2018 Malaysia - Prizes for Lucky Draw Winners

First Prize for Lucky Draw organized by Wild Bird Club Malaysia. Thanks to Sponsor, Minox Malaysia
On 5 May 2018, Global Big Day is back. Wherever you are in the world, go eBirding on 5 May to be a part of birding's biggest day! Read about Counting Birds to Save Nature article HERE.
Our favorite part of Global Big Day is watching the shared passion for birds unite 20000+ people from more than 160 countries in a single day to celebrate birds. With this in mind, we can think of no better theme for this May's Global Big Day than shorebirds!
Sandpipers, plovers, oystercatchers, lapwings, avocets—no matter the flavor, these evocative birds tie countries and continents together like few other animals on this planet. Their stories inspire us—from Red Knots that have cumulatively migrated the distance to the moon and back, to Semipalmated Sandpipers that travel 8,000 miles each year, and still manage to find the same exact nest scrape in the Arctic tundra to raise their young. Black-bellied Plover, or Grey Plover if you know it for its less colorful plumage, is our emblem for the 5 May Global Big Day, with a global distribution and remarkable migration effort that embodies the epic spirit of shorebirds and Global Big Day itself.
On 5 May 2018, can we we surpass last year's result, of 6635 bird species, and set a new record for one day of birding? It's in your hands.
No matter what you do—have fun, enjoy the birds you find, and share your sightings on eBird! We’re excited to see what we can achieve together for Global Big Day.

How to Participate

Submit Your Data to eBird on May 5
It's that simple. If you submit your birds to eBird they count. Use the website or mobile app, whichever you prefer. Learn how to take part. Don't worry -- you don't need to be a bird expert, or to go out all day long. Even ten minutes from your backyard will help. Of course, you are welcome to spend the entire day in the field, but know that it is not required! Please enter your data as soon as you can, preferably by Tuesday, May 8.

Follow Live Updates and Detailed Stats
During the Big Day, this page will be updated. You'll be able to follow Team Sapsucker in Colombia, Honduras, and California -- but more importantly, you'll be able to track how many species have been seen around the world and in any region of interest to you. Follow live updates here.

Organize With Your Friends for Greater Coverage
Now is the time to start planning to find difficult species. Learn how to share Global Big Day with others. Who will get CommonGreen-Magpie ? Mangrove Blue-Flycatcher ? Malaysian Plover ? Crested Fireback (Malay) ? Not all efforts need to work towards the global total. Try to organize in your home state, province, or even county to make sure teams spread out and find as many species as possible. Put your patch on the worldwide Global Big Day map. Tweet #globalbigday.

Second Prize
Make Your Sightings Count
Don't worry, every bird that you enter in eBird counts as a part of Global Big Day. However, there are three ways that you can make your sightings as valuable as possible. It is important to note that these are only suggestions—not requirements! 1. Submit complete checklists. 2. Keep counts of the birds that you see. 3. Keep multiple checklists throughout the course of your birding: if you get in the car, end that checklist and start a new one when you get to the next location.

Submit Your Checklist and Stand a Chance to Win Minox Binoculars
Wild Bird Club Malaysia will be giving away Minox BF Model 10 x 42 Binocular as First Prize and Minox Macroscope as Second Prize to TWO LUCKY Malaysian eBirders who will be selected based on lucky draw. Complete checklists with no Xs submitted through eBird Malaysia on 5th May 2018 will be eligible for this lucky draw. Lucky Draw is open to citizens or permanent residents of Malaysia, over the age of 18 years old. WBCM reserves the right to verify the eligibility of eBirder and to disqualify any eBirder who do not meet this criteria. WBCM reserves the right to publish and display the names, photographs, audio and visual recordings of the winners, in any mass media or newsletter for advertising and publicity purposes without payment or compensation. Winners will be notified via email by WBCM. 

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Taman Negara Bird Count 2018

Orange-backed woodpecker
Once again, Taman Negara Bird Group successfully organized the Taman Negara Bird Count for the 5th year,  from 16th to 18th March 2018, and Wild Bird Club Malaysia was glad to be invited to be part of the Count. The 2½ days event attracted 300 participants, some of whom were from Germany, France, Nigeria, Thailand and Spain, including students from University Malaysia Terengganu and College Poly-Tech Mara Campus. The main objective of the bird count, as informed  by TNBC secretary, Mr. Sabri Abdullah and committee members, Mr. Abdul Jalil Rahman, Mr. Roslan Abu Kasim (TNBC President), was to survey and establish an accurate record of the avian diversity in Kuala Tahan, especially at the two  focused sites this year: Tembeling Hornbill Valley and Benus Bird Camp. Secondly, to promote sustainable ecotourism especially birdwatching, plus nature conservation work in Kuala Tahan area, especially against logging activities. As an invited NGO to the TNBC 2018, Wild Bird Club Malaysia were represented by 7 members: Mr. Tang Tuck Hong, Mdm. Yeo Yee Ling, Mr. and Mrs. Hiew, Mr. and Mrs. Alan Koh  and Mr. Ng Jia Jie. Upon reaching Kuala Tahan on 16th March, we decided to birdwatch in Taman Negara Mutiara Resort before and after registering for TNBC. We covered the area around the resort chalet, the trail towards Tahan Hide and the plank walk trail towards Lubok Simpon, where we managed to spot Orange-backed Woodpeckers, Chestnut-breasted Malkohas, Raffles’ Malkohas, Korean Flycatchers, Thick-billed Green Pigeons, Brown Needletails, Pacific/Cook’s Swift, White-bellied Woodpeckers, Black-backed Kingfisher, Little Green Pigeon, the star of Taman Negara: Crested Fireback, and of course the friendly female Great Argus. For more detailed checklist, please click the ebird checklist link: ( (
Crested Fireback

White-Bellied Woodpecker

Korean Flycatcher
Chestnut-breasted Malkoha (M)

Chestnut-breasted Malkoha (F)

                                                                            On the 17th and 18th, we visited and birded at the Lubok Simpon trail of Mutiara Resort, Tembeling Hornbill Valley in Kg. Dedari and Benus Bird Camp in Kg. Gol. Both days were sunny and blazing hot, although we were all fired up for birding,  the weather seems to be too hot for the birds as the bird counts were rather low at Hornbill Valley and Benus Bird Camp. However, we were glad to share the beauty of our wild birds with the students and exchange stories with the experienced local guides like Mr. May and Mdm. Aida. Despite the absence of hornbills at the hornbill valley, we were delighted to enjoy sighting a few Violet Cuckoos vocalizing and foraging along with a single Plaintive Cuckoo, a single perched Whiskered Treeswift, and a male Greater Green Leafbird in the distance. We had another bird count along the trail to Lubok Simpon,  the endangered Straw-headed Bulbul at the riverside of Lubok Simpon, Red-bearded Bee-eater, Black-naped Monarch, Blyth’s Paradise Flycatcher, Stork-billed Kingfisher, Tiger Shrike, Lesser Cuckooshrike, Long-tailed Parakeet, being some of the highlights for the day. The local torquatus race Oriental Honey Buzzard exhibited breeding display flight – wing clapping behavior mid-flight. While at the Benus Bird Camp, we spotted Rufous Woodpecker, Black Magpie, Rufous-backed Dwarf Kingfisher, Black-and-Yellow Broadbill, and several bulbul species, however, the highly sought after Garnet Pitta was missing, but Mr. Arif and Mr. Sulaiman from NEST had rather easy personal experiences with Garnet Pitta sighting in BBC. The Malaysian Honeyguide was also seen by Mr. Arif in BBC. With the support from local community in Kampung Gol and Mr. Arif Ahmad, the Benus Bird Camp was established  3 or 4 years ago, and has  great potential in not only being a birdwatching site but also a research site related to mammals and plants, subsequently capable of providing an income for the local community.
Straw-Headed Bulbul (a pair)
Black-backed Kingfisher

Red-bearded Bee-Eater
ebird checklist:
1. Mutiara Resort on 17th Morning:
2. Tembeling Hornbill Valley in Kg. Dedari on 17th Afternoon
3. Benus Bird Camp in Kg. Gol on 18th Morning:
With the support from  the Jerantut Parliment Member YB. Dato’ Haji Ahmad Nazlan Bin Idris, Tourism Pahang, The Habitat Foundation and The Habitat Penang Hill, Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia, Taman Negara Bird Count 2018 was concluded with a total of 120 bird species recorded, with 19 of these being  threatened species. As the slogan of TNBC 2018 goes: Count for fun! Count for Conservation! Count for Future Generation! ; we had fun and wished them all the best for their nature conservation work.
Text by Ng Jia Jie
Pictures by Yeo Yee Ling and Tang Tuck Hong

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

KEDIDI - Newsletter APRIL 2018 issue

KEDIDI is the thricely newsletter of Wild Bird Club Malaysia (WBCM) and we are delighted to announce that the APRIL 2018:Vol 2/2 is now available for download HERE . You can also download this issue by clicking on image above.

Members and Birders are also welcomed to contribute bird sightings to the current data collection and retrieval platform via eBird Malaysia.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Global Big Day 2018 in Malaysia

How many birds can a world of birders find in one day? You can help answer that question on 5 May 2018Global Big Day.

Last year's Global Big Day featured more than 20000 people across 162 countries, collectively reporting 6637 species of birds—more than 60% of the world's bird diversity. This May, you can be a part of the fun. All you have to do is spend a few minutes birding, and eBird what you find.

Here are three quick ways to have the most fun:
  1. "Scout" your birding spots for 5 May. Finding where the birds are ahead of time makes the big day birding more fun, and also gives you more chances to be out enjoying birds. Perfect. Learn how to use eBird to find birds. 
  2. Use eBird Mobile. eBird's free data-entry app takes the time out of data entry, with tools like Quick Entry that mean you have less time with your face in a notebook and more time birding. Try eBird Mobile.
  3. Get a friend involved. Perhaps this is a good birding buddy, or someone who has never been birding before. Make it a friendly competition, or join forces as a Global Big Day team, and put your marker on the global participation map. Share on social media using #GlobalBigDay. Check out the Facebook event

No matter what you do, have a great time, enjoy the birds around you, and let us know what you find! We're excited to see what we can achieve together on Global Big Day.

Wild Bird Club Malaysia will be giving away a mystery gift to Malaysian eBirder who will be selected based on lucky draw. Full checklists with no Xs submitted through eBird Malaysia on 5th May 2018 will be eligible for this lucky draw. More information on GBD 2018 will be posted soon in website and KEDIDI newsletter. 

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Introduction to Birdwatching at UPM Ayer Hitam Forest Reserve Puchong

It is never too early to begin bird watching activities. Some started as young as a child. For a group of young men and ladies who will one day become the authority of the park and forest, it is just the right time for them to get acquaintance with this form of activity while they are still pursuing their education in the university.
Wild Bird Club Malaysia (WBCM), in collaboration with NEST, successfully conducted an Introduction to Birdwatching for 2nd year students of Park and Recreational Faculty, UPM at SISFEC UPM, Puchong, on 2nd and 3rd of February, 2018.
The practical session was held on 3rd February morning. As early as 6:30am, WBCM volunteers had gathered at the centre to receive a briefing by the President of WBCM, Mr. Andy Lee.
Volunteers were divided into 4 groups as follow:
Group 1
Low Kok Hen (leader)
Chen Seow Kean
Katherine Khong
Group 2
Ng Jie Jia (leader)
Alan Koh
Group 3
Lee Keen Seong (leader)
Hiew Fong Oon
Chin Nyuk Hwa
Group 4
Andy Lee (leader)
Teoh TH
Kelvin Chew

Each team consisted of 10 to 11 students.
After briefing, the students set off to the forest.  With the help of WBCM volunteers, they learnt the proper way of using binoculars, the birding ethics, spotting and identifying bird etc.  This practical session ended at 9:00am, where all the participants had their breakfast thereafter.
Later in the lecture hall, each group appoint a student representative to present their experiences.
Overall, the students displayed their utmost discipline, interest, and enthusiasm. Hope one day they can contribute towards the conservation of avifauna in our country.
Below is a report by one of the participant in group 3, Jayden Chin:

Bird-watching in Hutan Simpan Ayer Hitam, Puchong
On March 3, 2018, Universiti Putra Malaysia UPM held a bird-watching session at Pusat Pendidikan Perhutanan Sultan Idris Shah (SISFEC) UPM together with NEST and Wild Bird Club Malaysia.
The bird-watchers gathered at 7.30am and started to look for birds after being briefed by Mr Andy Lee. Out of four groups, Group 3 consisted of 11 members who were led by Mr Lee, Mr and Mrs Hiew.
The journey to look for birds were filled with joy, excitement and hope. A few types of birds were identified such as Red-eyed Bulbul, Greater racket-tailed Drongo and Flycatcher. Few birding experiences were shared in group. Everyone were satisfied and happy with the bird-watching session. 
We had breakfast after the completion of birdwatching session, followed by presentations in Bilik Tiong Emas. Group 3 shared the sighting of the Greater racket-tailed drongo. Finally after presentation, Group 3 joined the other groups for the photo session to conclude the bird-watching session at UPM.
Andy talking about the newly redesigned website for eBird Malaysia to UPM students
eBird Malaysia is a collaboration between WBCM and Cornell Lab of Ornithology with this regional portal being launched for Malaysia and Malaysian birdwatching community since 9th November 2016. UPM through Dr Puan Chong Leong had contributed an article on Recognising Individual Birds through Calls: First Acoustic Study on a Malaysian Owl which can be read HERE. The current eBird regional portals within Asia are in India and Taiwan. Learn more about eBird through video below:-  
Text by Lee Keen Seong
Pictures by Wild Bird Club Malaysia
Video of eBird by Cornell Lab Ornithology

Monday, January 15, 2018

AGM 2018 and Post-AGM Birding at Genting Highlands

Annual General Meeting of Wild Bird Club Malaysia is not merely getting members to meet and vote. It also served as a platform for members all over the country to communicate and consolidate friendship through the bird watching activities. A day after the AGM, a bird-watching session at Old Pump House road, Gothong Jaya, just served the purpose right.

As early as 7:30am, a party of 31 members from all over the country, which includes Perak, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka, Johore, Pahang, and Sarawak gathered infront of Goh Tong Jaya Police Station for a briefing by the trip leaders before setting off to hunt for birds.

Covering 6.4km, the whole trip was filled with joy, laughter, excitement and surprises. A lone Great Hornbill posed high on a big tree enabled us to have a good look and opportunity to point our binoculars and cameras, but while on the other side, a noisy Banded Bay Cuckoo just refused to show up. 
Great Hornbill (Picture Credit: Tang Tuck Hong)
Great Hornbill (Picture Credit: Dr Lum Wei Wah)
Bar-Winged Flycatcher-Shrike (Picture Credit: Ang Teck Hin)
For the 4 hours we spent there, 47 species of birds seen or heard were as follow (as recorded in eBird Malaysia):
Green-Billed Malkoha (Picture Credit: Dr Chan Kai Soon)
16 species of birds were also recorded during Pre-AGM birdwatching session at Selesa Resort Golf Course, Pahang. Dr Chan Kai Soon's list as below: 

eBird Malaysia

eBird Malaysia was the result of a partnership between Wild Bird Club Malaysia and Cornell Lab of Ornithology USA. You can read more about the introduction of eBird Malaysia here. Notes on the Field Identification of the Green-Plumaged Barbets of Malaysia by Mr Allen Jeyarajasingam (with images by Andy Lee and Choy Wai Mun) was the first article that was published in eBird Malaysia portal. Submissions of articles to eBird Malaysia are welcomed from all. Kindly refer to the Guidelines for Submission of Articles here.

Text on AGM 2018 and Post-AGM Birding at Genting Highlands by Lee Keen Seong
Text on eBird Malaysia by Yeo Yee Ling
Pictures by Tang Tuck Hong, Ang Teck Hin, Yeo Yee Ling, Valleamah Sinniah, Lee Keen Seong, Dr Chan Kai Soon and Dr Lum Wei Wah