Birds of the Forests of Peninsular Malaysia: A Photographic Guide

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This book showcases birds of the forests - lowland, montane, mangrove - of Peninsular Malaysia. Their choice as the subject matter is tied to their propensity to be "most endangered" due to their habitat's rapid destruction. Also included are forest edge birds, birds that birders encounter at the edge of forests or along forest tracks. Through photographs which capture their beauty, this book hopes to spark appreciation for these feathered friends and the desire to safeguard them from depletion or extinction through forest conservation. This, in turn, will also help preserve other flora and fauna.

Aimed as a field guide (or for the simple pleasure of enjoying photos of the birds), this book presents 301 species - 189 lowland, 72 montane, 40 mangrove - with their distribution, status (conservation - local, global, and local legal status), range, habitat, habits, food, gender difference, subspecies, and breeding information. Data from the now closed website, Bird-i-Witness, has also been included (number of a species observations, places it was observed, etc).

Like the Malaysian Nature Society's A Checklist of the Birds of Malaysia (2016), this book follows the eBird website of Cornell University's names (English and scientific). Names that are different from those used by other bird organisations and books are also given, along which Malay name(s), size, resident and/or migrant status. Each species has a dedicated page (occasionally, two) with two photographs (sometimes one, or three) allowing for large photographs of male, female and juvenile birds if available.


Omar, R. (2018). Birds of the Forests of Peninsular Malaysia: A Photographic Guide. Strategic Information and Research Development Centre, Malaysia. pp. 351.

Species   298 records

by Kingdom Species
  • Animals 298
  • Total 298
by IUCN Status Species
  • Vulnerable 9
  • Near Threatened 56
  • Least Concern 227
  • Total 292
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298 records
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