A quick update: we did well with rusty-naped Pitta, marbled-wren babbler, malayan whistling thrush, partridges, bamboo woodpecker and the more common stuff. No snif of cutia and long billed partridge but we only tried the pine trail in the afternoon. It feels like many skulking birds are overplayed and not responding on the regularly birded trails, eg we heard 5 rusty naped pittas on bishop that were playing very hard to see while we saw one much more easily on a less birded trail... more important: we found the little shop entering the village from the old road sold beer, and some restaurants (not all) serve beer! Tomorrow we'll be in Taman Negara. Pray for us that the ground birds will be visible!
I haven't heard of a confirmed sighting of this bird in years, did you get any photos?
Plenty of people have claimed it but the ID is not as straightforward as many think, add to this, the poor light that it's often claimed in and there's definitely, IMHO, been a lot of erroneous reports. Is this stakeout the one by the gate? I thought that this bird was no longer being seen and this is over a long period of time, I think that David Bakewell found another site for it. Doing this from memory but a real confusion factor, is that the local race of Blue Whistling Thrush, has a very similar bill?
Distribution and habitat
Its natural habitat is montane forests. It is usually found near streams. It is situated at elevations of about 750–1,750 m (2,460–5,740 ft) in central peninsular Malaysia. The Malayan whistling thrush historically ranged from the Cameron Highlands to the Genting Highlands. It was present in the Cameron Highlands, where it was trapped in the 1950s and 1960s, but a further survey in 2009–2010 failed to find it there, bringing into question the reliability of intermediate sightings; it is possible that there may have been confusion with the subspecies dicrorhynchus of the blue whistling thrush (Myophonus caeruleus). Since 1980, it has been trapped and recorded with certainty only in Fraser's Hill.
Bamboo Woodpecker is far from guaranteed though I got one right at the bottom of the Gap road.
How long did it take you to figure out the local race of Blue-winged Minla, I can't see it on your list?
You've always been able to get beer at FH but unless anything has changed, the only place to get it at TN is at the Mutiara resort, not on the floating restaurants.