Poring Hot Springs

The Lowland rainforest of the Poring Hot Springs area provides a dramatic contrast with the vegetation of Kinabalu Park Headquarters. Located around 550 metres above sea level, this site within Kinabalu Park is 40 kilometres by road from the Headquarters, and is known for its hot mineral baths.

Birdwatchers will find the areas close to the hot springs too frequented by visitors for good sightings, and enthusiasts prefer to trek along the often-steep trail towards the Langanan Waterfall. They may be rewarded by such species as the Banded Broadbill, Diard’s Trogon, Gold-Whiskered Barbet. Pygmy White-eye, several species of bulbul and even a Blue-banded Pitta. The Banded Broadbill, Bold-strip Tit-Babbler, have also been recorded along this trail.

Early morning and late afternoon, when the number of visitors is at a minimum, birders may find a good range of species near the accommodation. The White-bellied Woodpecker, Brown Barbet, Thick-billed Spiderhunter and two endemics – the White-browed Shama and the Dusky Munia – have all been spotted here, together with several sunbirds feeding on nectar among the flowering plants.