Paya Maga Highlands
The highlands comprises steep hilly terrain rising from 300 m elevation and reaching a maximum elevation of 1860 m at the summit of Gunung Matalan. The site encompasses the stretch of logging road from where the road begins a steep uphill incline past Gunung Do’a (c. 800 m) to the base of the Paya Maga plateau (1400 m). Along the lower sections of this road the forest is mostly secondary with an abundance of Macaranga trees, but at higher elevations the forest is less disturbed and comprises mixed dipterocarp and lower montane forest, particularly on the steep gradients. The Paya Maga plateau is mostly covered with montane heath forest.
Birding in Paya Maga Highlands
Highlight species ~ Black Oriole, Mountain Serpant Eagle, Bornean Frogmouth, Whitehead’s Broadbill, Whitehead’s Spiderhunter, Bornean Spiderhunter, Black-throated Wren Babbler, Bornean Bulbul, Bornean Leafbird, Bornean Barbet, Mountain Barbet, Pygmy Ibon, Bornean Flowerpecker, Bornean Treepie, Chestnut-hooded Laughingthrush, Red-breasted Partridge, Crimson-headed Partridge, Ferruginous Partridge, Blyth’s Hawk Eagle, Rusty-breasted Cuckoo, Collared Owlet, Whiskered Treeswift, Helmeted Hornbill, Wreathed Hornbill, Bushy-crested Hornbill, Cinereous Bulbul, Straw-headed Bulbul, Orange-breasted Trogon, Banded Kingfisher, Dusky Broadbill, Red-bearded Bee-eater, Hill Blue-flycatcher, Pale Blue-flycatcher, Crested Jay & etc.
MasWings operates regular DHC-6 Twin Otter turboprop flights to and from Miri to Lawas. From Lawas town require 3 hours drive and follow by 3-4 hours trek. Tour agents operate tour to the site.