Overview

Our short extension to the tiny Kai archipelago takes us to Kai Kecil and Kai Besar - the two largest islands, each hosting its very own suite of endemics. High on our priority list will be the endemic White-tailed (Kai) Monarch, Golden-bellied (Kai Kecil) White-eye, the elusive Kai Cicadabird, keyensis subspecies of Rufous-sided Gerygone, endemic assimilis subspecies of Northern Fantail (Kai Fantail) and the ubiquitous and noisy Spangled Drongo (Kai Spangled Drongo), Pheasant Coucal (usually split as Kai Coucal), Pearl-bellied (Kai Besar) White-eye and localised Cinnamon-chested Flycatcher.

Tour Facts Top Birds
Wallace's, White-bibbed & Rose-crowned Fruit Doves; White-tailed (Kai) Monarch; Golden-bellied (Kai Kecil) & Pearl-bellied (Kai Besar) White-eyes; Kai Cicadabird; Rufous-sided Gerygone; Northern Fantail (Kai Fantail); Spangled Drongo (Kai Spangled Drongo); Pheasant Coucal (Kai Coucal); Cinnamon-chested Flycatcher; Amboyna Cuckoo-Dove; Pink-headed, Elegant & Pied Imperial Pigeons; Red Lory; Coconut & Red-flanked Lorikeets; Red-cheeked & Eclectus Parrots; Orange-footed Scrubfowl; Papuan & Elegant Pittas; Arafura Fantail; Metallic Starling; Tanimbar Friarbird; Mistletoebird.
Habitats Covered
forest
Expected Climate
hot and humid with tropical showers in the lowlands
Max Group Size
10 with 2 Rockjumper leaders
Tour Pace & Walking
relaxed with some easy to moderate hikes
Accommodation
comfortable to good
Ease of Birding
average with some tough species
Photographic Opportunities
average
Tour Route Map Route Map Client Testimonials

Stephan Lorenz was excellent in all respects, he went out of his way to try and find a way for me to continue with the tour and then helped with my arrangements in getting home.

Glen was again a wonderful guide who has excellent field skills and is always willing to help clients who are struggling to find the birds or who have other ‘issues’..

We really enjoyed this tour, it felt like a holiday as well as a bird watching experience. Glen Valentine was an excellent guide, both in terms of bird spotting/knowledge, and also his affability and management of the group, and we will try to travel with him again.

This was a fabulous tour! Living on the Seahorse and going ashore each day to explore, in many cases, remote and under-birded locations was a truly exciting and wonderful experience. In addition, it was a fabulous and memorable experience to have Glen and Keith Valentine as leaders. They teamed seamlessly and ensured that everyone had a wonderful and got on to the birds. Oh, and of course, the sight of at least 4 male Wilson's Birds-of-Paradise displaying to multiple females was the stuff of dreams! Truly spectacular! And the local guides and drivers were all great, not forgetting the Skipper and crew of the Seahorse! The Buru extension for the Madanga and some of the owls was also so memorable, as were the few days in West Papua. All things considered, a truly wonderful and memorable tour!

David was notable in his high level of enthusiasm, how careful he is with identifications and how quick he is at spotting things. Our group was quite mixed in age and skills, and David was patient with members whose eyesight was not so good, and quick to get a spotting scope onto even difficult forest birds. I’d happily travel elsewhere with him and is every bit of what I could hope for in a guide. The overall group felt well run and there was always a plan B if one was needed. David’s knowledge and sense of humor also made him fun to travel with.

Dates, Leaders and Pricing
2022 DEPARTURES
2023 DEPARTURES
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