This exciting tour takes us deep into the vast and remote ocean of forest that cloaks the Sarawak and Sabah provinces of Borneo. There, using recently made logging tracks to gain access to these forests, we will endeavour to find several of the island's seldom-seen endemics, including the mythical Bornean Peacock-Pheasant, Bulwer’s Pheasant and Crested Partridge, as well as two of the most poorly known species on earth, namely Black Oriole and Dulit Frogmouth. Fortunately, many of the species we will search for live in relatively healthy numbers, and we have a very high chances of finding such desired specials as Whitehead’s Trogon, Bornean and Mountain Barbets, Bornean Bulbul, Blue-banded Pitta, Whitehead’s and Hose's Broadbills, Bornean Frogmouth, Whitehead's Spiderhunter, Pygmy White-eye, Mountain Serpent Eagle and Bornean Leafbird!
Whilst by no means guaranteed, we also have an excellent chance of finding both the oriole and the frogmouth, even though the former was only known from specimens until its recent discovery, while the latter has remained almost as poorly known since 1891! In fact, our previous departures have enjoyed a 100% success rate with these two species!
On its own, this tour offers a chance at seeing around half of the island's endemics, while as an add-on to our Malaysia & Borneo – Rainforest Mammals and Birds tour, the combination could add nearly 95% of the island's endemics to your list!
Black & Black-and-crimson Orioles; Dulit, Bornean & Sunda Frogmouths; Bornean Peacock-Pheasant; Bulwer's Pheasant; Crested Partridge; Crested Fireback; Dayak Blue Flycatcher; Bornean & Mountain Barbets; Bornean & Penan Bulbuls; Bornean Banded & Blue-banded Pittas; Whitehead’s & Hose's Broadbills; Whitehead’s, Scarlet-rumped & Diard’s Trogons; Whitehead's Spiderhunter; Pygmy White-eye; Mountain Serpent Eagle; Bornean Leafbird; Helmeted, Wreathed & Bushy-crested Hornbills; Maroon-breasted Philentoma; Bornean Treepie; Raffle’s Malkoha; White-crowned & Rufous-tailed Shamas.
montane and sub montane forest
cool but comfortable in the higher areas, warmer and more humid lower down. Rain and mist is possible.
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader
Our Mega tours are very fast-paced birding adventures designed for the dedicated lister and serious birder. The focus of the tour is to see as many of the endemics and area specials as possible in our given time. In order to cover the necessary route to maximize the species list we tend to spend a single night at most sites and travel large distances. There is very little down time aside from that spent driving from one site to the next. These tours are not suitable for dedicated or avid photographers; inexperienced or new birders; as well as anyone with serious mobility or health challenges.
simple lodges and hotels
moderate with some very difficult species
average, some blinds/hides
The ability of our guide, Rich Lindie, to locate the birds from the faintest movement or call under difficult and trying conditions was outstanding.
Our tour was really exceptional, and our guide, Glen Valentine, was fabulous!!! Being in the jungle meant our views were narrowed, but Glen went out of his way to make sure everyone had a chance to see these exceptional birds.
Our local leader and Adam Walleyn made a great team; we appreciated Adam’s great skill at spotting and identifying the mammals and herptofauna, which is an important part of any birding trip for us.
Glen did a fantastic job on this tour. Birding in the lowland rainforest looking for Pittas was certainly a challenge! Glen was informative, patient and persistent, and did his best in making sure that the entire group saw these fascinating birds. The itinerary was comprehensive, the accommodations were great and the food was excellent. Overall, a wonderful trip.
We felt that the trip was very well organised and efficient so we could spend as much time in the field as possible. Glen was a terrific guide - excellent birder as well as his concern that everyone was seeing the birds. Glen was very even in his manner at all times and with everyone.
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