Bukit Fraser: Rainforest Dawn - Album Cover

Bukit Fraser:
Rainforest Dawn

Nature sounds and vibrant birdsong
from Malaysia’s montane rainforest.

Recording Location: Bukit Fraser, Malaysia
Habitat: Montane tropical rainforest
Duration: 47 minutes (8 tracks)
Year of Release: 2013 © All rights reserved
Download Formats: mp3 & FLAC (44.1kHZ/24bit)


Bukit Fraser: Rainforest Dawn - Album Cover

Album Description

Nestled amongst the jungle-clad mountains of Pahang province, Bukit Fraser (Fraser’s Hill) is one of Malaysia’s prime birding destinations and an ideal base to explore the surrounding forests. At higher altitudes, the cool montane forests provide relief from the tropical heat in the lowlands and host a diversity of animal and plant species which specialize in this more temperate habitat. In the sub-montane valleys below the temperature is significantly higher and these humid rainforests are home to a wide variety of lowland flora and fauna. This variety in altitude and forest-types makes the area a biological hotspot and the sounds recorded in this album reflect this remarkable diversity.

This album is a compilation of dawn and early morning recordings made in the Fraser’s Hill area over a period of several days.

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Recording Location

Map - Bukit Fraser, Malaysia

Track Listing

1. Pre-Dawn (3:29)
In the darkness before dawn the calls of Brown Wood Owl, Collared Owlet, Little Cuckoo Dove, Banded Langur and White-handed Gibbon can be heard, along with the gentle calls of insects and frogs.
2. Hornbills at Dawn (4:12)
The forest awakens with the calls of Rhinoceros Hornbill, Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo and Black-browed Barbet.
3. Morning Chorus (4:38)
Long-tailed Broadbill, Streaked Wren Babbler, White-rumped Shama, and Golden-whiskered Barbet can be heard in this rich morning soundscape in the hill forest.
4. Forest Rhythms (2:43)
As the morning air warms, the rhythmic calls of Black-browed & Red-throated Barbets fill the air.
5. Mountain Melodies: Part 1 (6:52)
Later in the morning, a gentler soundscape from a damp gully on the mountainside with the melodic songs of Mountain Leaf-Warbler, Silver-eared Mesia & Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo.
6. Mountain Melodies: Part 2 (8:06)
Silver-eared Mesia and Mountain Fulvetta sing the the rhythm of a Black-browed Barbet. Siamangs can be heard in the distance.
7. Siamangs Singing (6:55)
High in the rainforest canopy, a family group of Siamangs sing to declare their territory. Frogs croak from the damp undergrowth while cicadas chant overhead. The sweet song of Silver-eared Mesia is heard throughout this track.
8. By a Mountain Stream (10:27)
The sounds of birdsong and frogs by a small rainforest stream on the mountainside. Bird species heard on this track include Mountain Imperial Pigeon, Collared Owlet, Little Cuckoo Dove & Rufous-browed Flycatcher.

Bird species heard on this album include:

Brown Wood Owl, Collared Owlet, Little Cuckoo Dove, Mountain Imperial Pigeon, Green-winged Pigeon, Rhinoceros Hornbill, Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo, Black-browed, Red-throated, Golden-whiskered and Fire-tufted Barbet, Long-tailed Broadbill, Streaked Wren Babbler, Silver-eared Mesia, Mountain Fulvetta, White-rumped Shama, Rufous-browed Flycatcher, Mountain Leaf-Warbler and many more!

Photos from the Recording Location