Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary

The riverine forests adjacent to the Kinabatangan River is probably the best place in the world to see the enigmatic Bornean Ground Cuckoo. It's also a stronghold for the globally endangered Storm's Stork which are common here. Aside from that, all 8 species of Hornbills in Borneo are found here plus many other species that are easier to see here compared to other sites. Most of the birding will be done from the boat with cruises done early in the morning, late afternoon and at night for a few nocturnal species.

We will also visit the nearby Gomantong Caves where the 3 very similar looking swiftlets nest here. Edible-nest, Black-nest and Mossy-nest Swiftlets are best identified via the type of nest they build. We aim to be here at dusk to witness the spectacle of millions of bats coming out to feed and there are usually Bat Hawks around to feed on them.

Star Birds

Storm's Stork, Bristlehead, Wallace's Hawk-Eagle, Jerdon's Baza, Buffy Fish Owl, Oriental Bay Owl, Bornean Ground Cuckoo, White-crowned Hornbill, Wrinkled Hornbill, Malaysian Blue Flycatcher, White-fronted Falconet, 3 swiftlets - Edible-nest, Black-nest and Mossy-nest, Bat Hawk
Bornean Ground Cuckoo Bornean Ground Cuckoo
Storm's Stork Storm's Stork
Oriental Bay Owl Oriental Bay Owl
Wrinkled Hornbill Wrinkled Hornbill
White-crowned Hornbill White-crowned Hornbill
Rhinoceros Hornbill Rhinoceros Hornbill
Buffy Fish Owl Buffy Fish Owl
Bat Hawk Bat Hawk
Wallace's Hawk Eagle Wallace's Hawk Eagle
Lesser Fish Eagle Lesser Fish Eagle
Malaysian Blue Flycatcher Malaysian Blue Flycatcher
Moustached Hawk Cuckoo Moustached Hawk Cuckoo