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Birding in Indonesia

Indonesia has been famous for years as a popular destination for birdwatching. There are more than 17,000 islands in this country geographically located between the continents of Asia and Australia, as well as the oceans of the Indian and the Pacific. This strategic position makes this archipelago rich of bird diversity. There are hundreds of birding sites spread throughout big and small islands of Indonesia such as Sumatra, Java, Bali, Flores, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Halmahera, Seram, Kei, Aru islands, Tanimbar, Waigeo, Gam, Batanta, Misool, Salawati, Biak, Numfor, Yapen and New Guinea (particularly West Papua).
West Papua province, located in the eastern region of Indonesia, is a must see region for avid birders because of its endemic birds of paradise. According to field guide book: Birds of New Guinea written by Thane K. Pratt and Bruce Beehler, there are 41 species of Birds of Paradise known to science, 37 of them can be found in New Guinea. West Papua is the western half region of the island that is within the territory of Indonesia.

Birds of Paradise Watching Tours

Map of Indonesia with geographical location of West Papua province
West Papua is an important birding destination in Indonesia

As a guide, I offer birding adventure tour in West Papua province particularly in Manokwari (highland and lowland areas), in Sorong (lowland and hill forest) and in Raja Ampat. The duration of the paradise birds birding adventure can be customized from 3 days to 2 weeks. The starting point is usually lowland forest of Manokwari where we will explore the forest to find Glossy Manocude, King Bird of Paradise and then to higher elevation forest of Arfak range where visitors can watch Magnificent Birds of Paradise and Western Parotia. After that visitors could continue their tour to Klasow valley where visitors can watch Magnificent Riflebird and Twelve-wired Bird of Paradise. The tour can be completed in Raja Ampat for visitors to watch Red Bird of Paradise and Wilson's Bird of Paradise.

Destination West Papua

As a guide, I offer birding adventure tour in West Papua province particularly in Manokwari (highland and lowland areas), Tambrauw Mountains (montane forest), in Sorong (lowland and hill forest) and in Raja Ampat.

Target Birds

Lesser Birds of Paradise in Klasow Valley of Sorong regency in West Papua Province of Indonesia.
a male Lesser Birds of Paradise (Paradisaea minor)

West Papua is a very attractive destination for birdwatchers because it is the natural habitat of birds of paradise such as:

In addition to birds of paradise, the tropical rainforest that covers West Papua region is home to other beautiful tropical birds such as Northern Cassowary, Sulphur-crested/ White Cockatoo, Palm Cockatoo, Eclectus Parrot, Large Fig Parrot, Moluccan King Parrot, Yellow-capped Pygmy Parrot, Pinon Imperial Pigeon, Pink-spotted Fruit Dove, Orange-bellied Fruit Dove, Beautiful Fruit Dove, Wompoo Fruit Dove, Yellow-faced Myna, Golden Myna, Rufous-bellied Kookaburra, Forest Kingfisher, Red-breasted Paradise Kingfisher, Yellow-billed Kingfisher, Azure Kingfisher, Rainbow Bee-eater, Moustached Treeswift, and etc.


To book your birding tour in West Papua, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by e-mail to: peace4wp@gmail.com or send text message to my whatsapp: +6281332245180.

Birding in Klasow valley
Birdwatching in Manokwari
Birding in Raja Ampat
Birding Tours in Sorong Forest
Birding Tours in Tambrauw Mountains