Birding in Kalimantan

Find information about the top birdwatching sites in Kalimantan

Kalimantan is massive, making up by far the biggest proportion of the island of Borneo. It is rarely visited by birders, however, many of whom prefer the easier birding of Sabah and Sarawak. For those interested to give Kalimantan a go you’ll certainly avoid the crowds, and several of the Bornean endemic species are much easier to be found here.

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SiteWhat's there?
Kayan MentarangMontane birding near the Sarawak border. Difficult access but maybe the best site for Bornean montane endemics in Kalimantan.
MenyapaHill and montane birding in the seldom visited Menyapa hills is not for the unadventurous, but new discoveries undoubtedly await those who try it.
Tanjung PutingLowland peat swamp forest in Central Kalimantan's south. Good for lowland and peatland specialities, plus orangutans!
Barito UluLowland and hill forest in the remote north of Central Kalimantan. Home to some of Borneo's most sought-after birds.
Gunung NiutRemote montane forest in West Kalimantan. Difficult to access and seldom visited, but home to several montane specialities rarely recorded elsewhere
Gunung PalungAccessible swamp, lowland and hill forest in West Kalimantan's south. An impressive bird list to match the variety of habitat types.
Mahakam RiverBoat trips on the Mahakam River for rare waterbirds including Storm's Stork and White-shouldered Ibis.
Sungai WainEasily accessible lowland forest near Balikpapan, with a great range of species including Bornean Peacock-pheasant and Bornean Ground-cuckoo.

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