For the first time, the 10th Asian Bird Fair will hosted in the capital city of Sarawak, Kuching. This will be the second time Malaysia is hosting this gathering of birders and service providers from around the world.
The Black Oriole, a much sought-after lifer experience for birders. The Paya Maga Higlands, Lawas is the place to spot them.
Blue Banded Pita – Endemic bird of Borneo. The Borneo Higlands, Padawan is one place to spot this specie.
A great portion of Borneo’s 650 bird species have been recorded in the state, including most of the island’s endemics such as the bizarre Bornean Bristlehead. With the highest number of national parks and nature reserves in the country (over 600,000 ha of totally protected areas), Sarawak offers superb birdwatching opportunities. These range from balmy lowlands and shorelines to cold mossy forests at the summits of the higher mountains. Not surprising then that Sarawak has the most number of Important Bird Areas (IBAs) in Malaysia, at 18 in total.
Among the countries expected to send representation include Cambodia, Australia, Kenya, Mongolia, Nepal, Panama, Peru, the Philippines, China, Taiwan, Singapore and Solomon Islands, Spain, United States of America, Japan, Hong Kong, Korea, Uganda and Argentina.
Eco-tourism and Conservation Society Malaysia and Sarawak Bird Club will co-host the event offering 70 booths to showcase their projects and initiatives from various participating countries.
Activities including International Eco Forum, schools’ programme throughout Kuching, children programme such as colouring contest and public talks will also be held.
The event is in collaboration among different stakeholders the Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture Sarawak, Sarawak Tourism Board, Sarawak Convention Bureau, Wild Bird Club Malaysia, Ecotourism and Conservation Society of Malaysia and the Sarawak Bird Club.
The Asian Bird Fair (ABF) is a network between countries in Asia to promote the various regional bird fairs and the value of ecotourism in each country. They are committed in promoting the importance of ecotourism and appreciation of birds in the Asian region. The 2018 edition in Chiayi, Taiwan saw an attendance of 180 delegates from 29 countries. A total of 30 birding service providers participated in the trade show.