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To prepare for bird watching, you must take note of the following:
- a pair of binoculars
- a field guide (help you identify the species you come across)
- a field notebook (twrite down your observations)
Fraser's Hill is popular for bird watching as forests in the highlands are different from those found in the lowlands, and supports mostly different community of birds. The forest is cooler, damper, shorter in stature, and contains mostly different plant species from those found in the lowlands. As bird food, there are differences in fruit production and insect species as well. Bird species in the highlands tend to be related to those of subtropical mainland Asia, whereas birds in the lowlands tend to be related to those in the rest of the islands in Southeast Asia.
In the entire region of Fraser’s Hill, from the Gap at 2,700ft to the peak at 4,200ft, about 265 species of birds have been recorded.
The birds of the highlands are particularly important for several reasons. Highlands contain a high proportion of the endemic birds that are found only in Malaysia and nowhere else in the world. Two of the three endemic birds of the Malay Peninsula, and 20 of the 33 endemic birds of Borneo, are found only in the highlands. Examples are the Malaysian Whistling Thrush, the Mountain Peacock-Pheasant, and the Kinabalu Friendly Warbler. We have a special responsibility for these species because their entire populations occur within this country only.
Second, highland birds are found in a relatively small geographical area because highlands occupy less than 10% of the entire country. Because of this, birds in the highlands (and particularly those that are strictly confined to the highlands) are more vulnerable to disturbance than widespread ones.
Birds in the highlands are often brilliantly coloured. They are easily spotted and tamer than birds elsewhere. The various Laughing Thrushes at Fraser’s Hill are noisy and active.
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