Malaysia highland birds are generally colourful and relatively tame. These features make them easy to find and watch, at fairly close range. Well-known bird watching sites such as Fraser´s Hill, Cameron Highlands and Kinabalu Park attract Malaysians and tourists from around the world.
About 134 bird species are largely or exclusively dependent on montane forest. This is less than the total in lowland forest, but in a much smaller area. Several of the birds which are entirely or almost entirely confined to Malaysia can be found only in the mountains: for example, the Kinabalu Friendly Warbler, the Mountain Peacock-pheasant and the Kinabalu Serpent-eagle. This makes the conservation of the highlands vital for the survival of such birds.

The birds themselves are important for the survival of the forest. The Mountain Imperial Pigeon and the Black-sided Flowerpecker are two of the birds that disperse seeds, and various sunbirds and spiderhunters help to pollinate flowers. Without such help, the plants themselves could not continue to propagate successfully. Birds of the Malaysian highlands are an intergral part of the country´s rich heritage.






Date of Issue: 04.01.1997
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