In the lower Kinabatangan, the key bird is the storm’s stork which is listed on the endanger species in the birdlife international. Other birds include the illusive Bornean Ground Cuckoo; Borneo has 8 Species of Hornbills and all 8 species are found in Kinabatangan. For nocturnal species, good chance for the large frogmouth and the oriental bay owl.
Among the myriad of striking birds seen along the river are the rare Storm’s Stork and the endangered Oriental Darter which have disappeared from the freshwater swamps of Peninsular Malaysia. Of the 54 hornbills species that exist in the world, eight species of hornbill have been recorded here, with the most common being the Asian Black Hornbill, Oriental Pied Hornbill and Rhineceros Hornbill. Raptors are also frequently seen, especially near the oil palm plantations. These include the Crested Serpent Eagle, Lesser Fish Eagle, Jerdon’s Baza, the Buffy Fish Owl and Brown Wood Owl, (normally seen at night times), the soaring Brahminy Kite, and the little White-fronted Falconet.
Other bird families recorded by birdwatchers are the woodpeckers, barbets, parrots, pigeons, pittas, bulbuls, and sunbirds. Bird lovers will also be fascinated by some of the stunning birds such as the slender White Egret, the Black-and-red and Black-and-yellow Broadbills and the Paradise flycatcher with its waterfall of white tail feathers arc.
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Pickup from hotel/airport. Transfer to Village of Bilit in the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary.
Arrive to Village of Bilit, take 15 boat ride to lodge.
Check in and briefing by professional bird guide.
Lunch is served.
Free & leisure time.
Start boat cruise for bird watching until nightfall.
Dinner is served.
Overnight at lodge.
Pending on schedule, another morning cruise might arrange in case can’t find the Bornean Ground Cuckoo in the previous day.
Check out and transfer back to Sandakan City.
Arrive to city.
Min. Participant(s): 2 Persons To Go (child does not counted)
Tour location / Depart from: Sandakan . To reach Sandakan city, you have to take a domestic flight or bus express from Kota Kinabalu.
Recommend to book: 2 month(s) in advance
To book at least: 14 day(s) in advance
Cancellation & Refund Policy: No refund for those tours which involve accommodation.
Tour Type: Sit-In-Coach basis (SIC). This tour is not private tour, you will share the trip with other guests come from different countries. Please notify us upon booking if you are looking for private tour, surcharge might be applied.
Insurance: Tourist transportation insurance included. Please contact your insurance agency for personal travel insurance.
Pickup Service: Pickup service will be provided from the hotel/hostel/lodge that you are staying. Please wait at lobby while the tour guide will find you when he/she arrive. Dropoff service will be provided after travelling, please notify us upon booking if your dropoff location is differ from pickup location.
Specialities: You may decide the joining date, no compulsory tips (If you are happy and satisfied with the journey and the tour guide service, it's always a nice way to express your appreciation with tipping, OR words of thanks is good enough).