Photo update 2: Feathered friends of Kenyir!

Did you know that nine species of hornbills can be found in the forests near Lake Kenyir? We’ve only seen five species so far and photographed three, but that’s only because we’ve been busy looking at the ground for mammal tracks.

Did you know that the world’s fastest bird, the peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus), passes by Kenyir on its migratory route? It came and went so fast we couldn’t get a photo (yet)!

We’ve decided to pay tribute to the 230 bird species that have been recorded in the forests near Lake Kenyir by giving you an update of birds recorded during birding trips and mammal surveys in the Kenyir Wildlife Corridor Project.

Here are two little appetisers which show you what to expect if you visit us at our field station in Kenyir.

Great Slaty Woodpecker (Mulleripicus pulverulentus)
Rhinoceros Hornbill (Buceros rhinoceros)

We welcome corrections to our identifications as we’re still fledgling birders. This is a great place for hornbill research so if you have any ideas, let’s talk! Please scroll down the list for the rest of the ‘main course’:

Asian Fairy Bluebird (Irena puella)

Black Magpie (Platysmurus leucopterus)

Blue-throated Bee-eater (Merops viridis)

Buffy Fish-owl (Ketupa ketupu)

Changeable Hawk-eagle (juvenile)  (Spizaetus cirrhatus)

Chestnut-breasted Malkoha (Phaenicophaeus curvirostris)

Crested Serpent-eagle (Spilornis cheela) sharing a tree with an Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris)

Crested Serpent-eagle on a power line (Spilornis cheela)

Crimson-winged Woodpecker (Picus puniceus)

Great Hornbill (Buceros bicornis)

Changeable Hawk-eagle (pale morph) (S. c. limneatus)

Little Green Pigeon (Treron olax)

Oriental Pied Hornbill evening gathering (Anthracoceros albirostris)

Red-crowned Barbet (Megalaima rafflesii)

Rufous-tailed Tailorbird (Orthotomus sericeus)


2 thoughts on “Photo update 2: Feathered friends of Kenyir!

  1. Nice shots guys. Kenyir is sort of an ’emerging’ birding site. The MNS Terengganu Branch has done a bird checklist for the area. BTW, the ID for the hawk-eagle is correct. It’s not a honey-buzzard.

  2. Nice appetizers and main course! Definitely looks like an amazing place for birdwatching.. I thought the photo missing the ID could be a Honey-Buzzard, although I am not very sure

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