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Birdwatching and Jungle Treks

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Birdwatching and Jungle Treks 2018-06-16T15:54:07+00:00

Birdwatching and Jungle Treks in Raja Ampat

Although Raja Ampat boasts the world’s most diverse marine habitat, the area around Gam Island is covered in floral communities including Mangrove Forests, Beach Forest, Lowland Forest and Sub Mountain Forest. This broad variety of habitat offers respite for a wide range of animals such as birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, butterflies and plants. Many of these species are very rare or endemic to this area. As you can see the birdwatching and jungle trek in Raja Ampat will be an exciting activity that you should not miss.

BEST ACTIVITIES FOR BIRDWATCHING AND JUNGLE TREKS IN RAJA AMPAT

In order to improve the local economy, we source these local guides from neighboring Yenbeser Village. They have walked the jungle trails many times, and their local depth of knowledge of the plants, trees and animals that inhabit these forests will astound you. They will also spot insects, wildlife and plants that our foreign eye never can.

We list the most common species of birds that you will discover with us at our birdwatching and jungle treks in Raja Ampat:

  • A) TREK RED BIRD OF PARADISE
  • B) TREK WILSON BIRD OF PARADISE
  • C) OTHER SPECIES OF BIRDS

A) TREK RED BIRD OF PARADISE 

Although animals such as Spotted Cuscus, an array of colorful Butterflies and many forest birds can be seen, the main attraction is by far the Red Bird of Paradise as this is one of the only places in the world we can get to witness these truly amazing birds. We advise you to read up on some literature about them before doing this walk so as to maximize the enjoyment and magnitude of your walk.

These birds are very rare and they have their own special tree about 45 minutes from right at the back of our property. Upon reaching “base camp” you will soon be awarded by one of the most elegant and exotic displays in nature as there have been sightings of 4 male birds dancing and displaying to 1 or 2 females, vying for the chance to mate. These females are so choosy that it might take many visits by many evils before anything happens. After week upon week, day after day and countless hours some evils still never get the chance to mate!

Your options for the birdwatching and jungle treks

Now we have two option for the lover of nature that want to enjoy these extremely colorful and beautiful birds on our birdwatching and jungle treks tours

  • First option is right behind our property , a nice and easy path through the jungle will take you to base camp. Here you will be able to enjoy the courtship dance of the Red Bird of Paradise, which is endemic of Batanta, Waigeo, and Gam island. The guide, Yehuda, keep the path and base camp for guest. Price: IDRp150 000 – Payable directly to guide.
  • For the ones who want to enjoy a little bit more trekking and dance , we can offer a longer trip. Our guide Simon will pick you up at our EcoResort to take an amazing boat drive through the bay. After 20 min we will arrive at the starting point for the trek. This time a little bit more difficult but not too difficult, just half an hour trek. Upon reaching “base camp” you will soon be awarded by one of the most elegant and exotic displays in nature as there have been sightings of 4 male birds dancing and displaying to 1 or 2 females, vying for the chance to mate. These females are so choosy that it might take many visits by many evils before anything happens. After week upon week, day after day and countless hours some evils still never get the chance to mate! Price: IDRp250 000 – Payable directly to guide.

Our recommendation for the  birdwatching and jungle treks

We would recommend you to witness this once in a lifetime opportunity. The walk is easy going but in the forest and you will inevitably get wet. Wear a short and T-shirt, some good sturdy sandals or shoes and take along binoculars and your camera (please switch off all sound). Put on some insect repellant and let the local guide go show you a true spectacle of nature.

Other information about our birdwatching and jungle treks:

  • Please note that Biodiversity is only an intermediary between our guests and the local guides. We are not responsible for the way the tour is conducted, local guides are independent of Biodiversity.
  • Times: 05:00 and 15:00
  • Duration: 3-4 hours
  • Departure Point: Biodiversity

Recommended; torch, long trousers, mosquito repellent and trekking shoes

B) TREK WILSON BIRD OF PARADISE

We can also organize treks to see the Wilson Bird of Paradise , one of the most beatiful birds of the world.

We will organize transportation to the neighbout island of Waigeo (10-15min boat drive). We will drop you off at Sapokren where you will meet the local guide. Most of the trek is done though the main road, and it takes around one hour to get to the base camp.

Wilson’s bird of paradise is rather small. Males can reach a length of 16 centimetres. The male is a red and black bird of paradise, with a yellow mantle on its neck, light green mouth, rich blue feet and two curved violet tail feathers. The head is naked blue, with a black double cross pattern on it. The female is a brownish bird with bare blue crown.

The rituals of seduction of these birds clear an area in the floor to create a ‘display court’. Then they perform an elaborate mating dance to impress a potential mate. The male usually exhibits the attractive breast shield and accompanies the mating dance with song and calls.

birdwatching and jungle treks in raja ampat

In the footsteps of great naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace

Alfred Russel Wallace (8 January 1823 – 7 November 1913) was a British naturalist regarded as the pre-eminent 19 th -century collector and field biologist of tropical regions of the world. It was nearly 150 years ago that Wallace arrived on an island called Waigeo, after an 18-day ocean voyage on a small sailing canoe. I have stayed for three months in the village of Yenbeser, or Besir (as it was called then), studying the extraordinary nature and birds of the islands, including the birds of paradise. I have commented:

“Every islet was covered with strange-looking shrubs and trees, and was generally crowned by lofty and elegant palms, which also studded the ridges of the mountainous shores, forming one of the most singular and picturesque landscapes I have ever seen.” – Malay Archipelago 

Even today we often find ourselves gazing at exactly what Russell Wallace described; It is as though we are the ones on the brink of discovering a new species, enveloped in such amazing biodiversity.

You can visit the exact same hut, seen in the photo below, where Sir Wallace stayed while studying the bird of paradise.

Look at the Birds of Paradise in Action

C) OTHER SPECIES OF BIRDS

This is the list of other species that have been found in the area.

Note:

  • Italic Birds = seen in the Sorong area or on the pelagic trip to Gam
  • Bold birds = highlights of the trip
  1. Dusky Scrubfowl
  2. Matsudaira’s Stormpetrel
  3. Pomarine Skua
  4. Wedge-tailed Shearwater (pale morph / dark morph)
  5. Lesser Frigatebird
  6. Sooty Tern
  7. Bridled Tern
  8. Brown Noddy
  9. Little Tern
  10. Black-naped Tern
  11. Lesser Crested Tern
  12. Beach Stonecurlew
  13. Striated Heron
  14. Little Egret
  15. Intermediate Egret
  16. Eastern Great Egret
  17. Eastern Reef Egret
  18. Great-billed Heron
  19. Brahmany Kite
  20. Eastern Osprey
  21. White-bellied Sea-eagle
  22. Gurney’s Eagle
  23. Collared Sparrowhawk
  24. Long-tailed Buzzard
  25. Brown Cuckoo-dove
  26. Great Cuckoo-dove
  27. Stephen’s Emerald Dove
  28. Wompoo Fruit-dove
  29. Pink-spotted Fruitdove
  30. Superb Fruitdove
  31. Beautiful Fruit-dove
  32. Dwarf Fruit-dove
  33. Claret-breasted Fruit-dove
  34. Moluccan Fruit-dove
  35. Spice Imperial Pigeon
  36. Nicobar Pigeon
  37. White-throated Pigeon
  38. Pinon’s Imperial Pigeon
  39. Eclectus Parrot
  40. Palm Cockatoo
  41. Sulfur-crested Cockatoo
  42. Red-flanked Lorikeet
  43. Black-capped Lory
  44. Violet-necked Lory
  45. Red-cheeked Parrot
  46. Rainbow Lorikeet
  47. Great-billed Parrot
  48. Orange-fronted Hanging Parrot
  49. Blyth’s Hornbill
  50. Brush Cuckoo
  51. Papuan Frogmouth
  52. Large-tailed Nightjar
  53. Glossy Swiftlet
  54. Moustached Treeswift
  55. Uniform Swiftlet
  1. Tree Martin
  2. Pacific Swallow
  3. Common Paradise-kingfisher
  4. Oriental Dollarbird
  5. Rainbow Bee-eater
  6. Rufous-bellied Kookaburra
  7. Beach Kingfisher
  8. Collared Kingfisher
  9. Sacred Kingfisher
  10. Papuan Dwarf Kingfisher
  11. Rusty Mouse-warbler
  12. Ruby-throated Myzomela
  13. Papuan black Myzomela
  14. Long-billed Honey-eater
  15. Varied Honeyeater
  16. Helmeted Friarbird
  17. Mimic Meliphaga
  18. Puff-backed Meliphaga
  19. Mountain Meliphaga
  20. Tropical Scrubwren
  21. Fairy Gerygone
  22. Black Sunbird
  23. Olive-backed Sunbird
  24. Pygmy Longbill
  25. Olive-crowned Flowerpecker
  26. White-breasted Woodswallow
  27. Hooded Butcherbird
  28. Black-browed Triller
  29. Golden Cuckooshrike
  30. White-bellied Cuckooshrike
  31. Black Cicadabird
  32. Little Shrikethrush
  33. Raja Ampat Pitohui
  34. Rusty Pitohui
  35. Papuan Babbler
  36. Shining Flycatcher
  37. Frilled Monarch
  38. Golden Monarch
  39. Spot-winged Monarch
  40. Northern Fantail
  41. Willie Wagtail
  42. White-bellied Thicket-fantail
  43. Sooty Thicket-fantail
  44. Glossy Manucode (mature / immature)
  45. Brown-headed Crow
  46. Torresian Crow
  47. Wilson’s bird of paradise (male)
  48. Red Bird of Paradise (female)
  49. Black-sided Robin
  50. Olive Flycatcher
  51. Spangled Drongo
  52. Moluccan Starling
  53. Metallic Starling
  54. Brown Oriole
  55. Eurasian Tree Sparrow
  56. House Sparrow