Overview

Our Lesser Sundas birding tour takes us to this remarkably diverse and rugged chain of volcanic islands stretching across the Javan Sea between Bali and New Guinea, supporting over 80 Indonesian endemic bird species! Our tour visits four of these islands (Sumba, Timor, Flores and Komodo), targetting over 60 of these localized and highly sought-after birds. The Lesser Sundas fall within a region known as Wallacea and its avifauna is a startling mix of Asiatic and Australasian families. Starting and ending in Bali, we explore montane rainforests, lowland monsoon forests, wetlands, mangroves, coastal mudflats, grasslands and dry scrub.

We begin our tour in East Sumba, where mouth-watering specialties include Red-naped Fruit Dove, Sumba Hornbill, Great-billed Parrot, Mees’s Nightjar, Sumba Green Pigeon, Pale-shouldered Cicadabird and the little-known Sumba Buttonquail. Our next leg of the tour takes us to West Timor where avian specialties abound, including some of the island’s most highly regarded species; Banded Fruit Dove, Pink-headed Imperial Pigeon, Flame-breasted Sunbird, Orange-sided and Chestnut-backed Thrushes, Cinnamon-banded Kingfisher, Black-banded Flycatcher, Buff-banded Thicketbird and Timor Sparrow.

We end the tour on the island of Flores, where the magnificent Flores Hawk-Eagle, Glittering Kingfisher, sensational Elegant Pitta, Wallace’s (Flores) Hanging Parrot, Leaf (Flores) Lorikeet and the bizarre Bare-throated Whistler will be among the many targets on the island. One of the undoubted highlights of the trip will be the visit to Komodo Island just off of Flores, where 10ft (3m) Komodo Dragons roam this almost prehistoric paradise along with Green Junglefowls and Orange-footed Scrubfowls. Here we will also seek the beautiful and critically endangered Yellow-crested Cockatoo.

The Lesser Sundas has something very special to offer the keen birder and nature enthusiast and this eighteen day birding tour promises to be a classic among international birding adventures!

2023 Tour price is an estimate and will change. Tour dates could be adjusted.

Tour Facts Top Birds
Red-naped Fruit Dove, Sumba Hornbill, Great-billed Parrot, Mees’s Nightjar, Sumba Green Pigeon, Pale-shouldered Cicadabird, Sumba Buttonquail, Banded Fruit Dove, Pink-headed Imperial Pigeon, Flame-breasted Sunbird, Orange-sided & Chestnut-backed Thrushes, Cinnamon-banded Kingfisher, Black-banded Flycatcher, Buff-banded Thicketbird, Timor Sparrow, Flores Hawk-Eagle, Glittering Kingfisher, Elegant Pitta, Wallace’s (Flores) Hanging Parrot, Leaf (Flores) Lorikeet, Bare-throated Whistler, Green Junglefowl, Orange-footed Scrubfowl, Yellow-crested Cockatoo.
Habitats Covered
montane rainforests, lowland monsoon forests, wetlands, mangroves, coastal mudflats, grasslands and dry scrub
Expected Climate
mostly hot and humid in the lowlands, being very cool to warm in montane areas. Some heavy rain can be expected
Max Group Size
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader & local birding leader
Tour Pace & Walking
mostly relaxed with some longer walks
Accommodation
basic yet comfortable
Ease of Birding
moderate with some tricky species
Other Attractions
beautiful beaches and tropical island scenery, 10ft (3m) Komodo Dragons!
Photographic Opportunities
excellent
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.

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!

This [was] my second tour with Glen Valentine and he is the most professional guide I have ever traveled with. It goes without saying (but shouldn't) that he knew every single species on the tour including all their calls. He found birds when I saw nothing and then managed to get all guests onto the birds. This was impressive in itself, however there were many secretive birds that made guiding much harder. We had few problems on the tour, but I don't doubt that he would have handled it without problem. He is to be highly commended for his guiding on this very tiring trip, especially considering he was not well. Paul was also a really great training guide and I thoroughly enjoyed his company.

This was an outstanding trip among many great RJ trips. The guides, Adam and Lev were wondering in their ability to identify and everyone onto the irds and ammals.

I am writing to let you know what an amazing trip we had with David Erterius and Tuomas Seimola. They are both outstanding bird guides and a pleasure to travel with.

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