Our Buru Extension explores a beautifully forested island hosting up to 24 avian endemics including the little known Madanga!!! Other quality species include Buru Green Pigeon, Buru Mountain Pigeon, superb Buru Racket-tail, South Moluccan Pitta, Hantu (Buru) Boobook, Moluccan Masked Owl, Black-tipped and White-naped Monarchs, Buru Cuckooshrike, Buru White-eye, Buru Honeyeater, Flame-breasted Flowerpecker, Buru Thrush and Tawny-backed Fantail among many others, and if we are very fortunate we may even find a supreme rarity as the reputedly nocturnal Black-lored Parrot!
Endemics: Buru Green Pigeon, Buru Mountain Pigeon, Buru Racket-tail, Black-lored Parrot, Blue-fronted Lorikeet, Buru Dwarf Kingfisher, Buru Cuckooshrike, Buru Golden Bulbul, Black-eared Oriole, Buru Thrush, Black-faced Friarbird, Buru Honeyeater, Black-tipped Monarch, Streak-breasted Jungle Flycatcher, Flame-breasted Flowerpecker, Buru White-eye, Tawny-backed Fantail, Madanga
Additional targets: Dusky (Forsten’s) Megapode, Hantu (Buru) Boobook, Moluccan King Parrot, Red Lory, Moluccan Masked Owl, Moluccan Cuckoo, Moluccan Scops Owl, Great-billed Parrot, South Moluccan Pitta, Claret-breasted Fruit Dove, Metallic Pigeon, Chestnut-backed (Buru) Bush Warbler, Island (Buru) Leaf Warbler, Wakolo (Buru) Myzomela, Cinnamon-chested Flycatcher, Moluccan Flycatcher, Pale Cicadabird, Drab Whistler, (Buru) Spangled Drongo, Mountain White-eye & Black-faced Munia
tropical lowland evergreen & semi-evergreen rainforest, montane forest, woodland, savanna, scrub, coastline
hot and humid with tropical showers in the lowlands, cooler in the mountains with showers and fog possible
Max Group Size
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader / 14 with 2 Rockjumper leaders
Tour Pace & Walking
moderate with one uphill walk that is optional (for Madanga)
Ease of Birding
moderate to tough with some tricky species
Number of Species Expected
80 - 90
My thanks to Keith and Glen Valentine for taking so much time in getting me on the birds. They are so patient and really nice.
This was an adventure to be sure. The places we traveled were indeed remote and with the exception of larger cities like Ambon & Sorong inhabited by few people. This was my first trip to Indonesia and was an adventure to even get to Ambon. However, the Indonesian people must be the kindest most helpful people in the world. The boat was lovely and this amazing trip had so many interworking pieces -- moving from the Indo Seamore to the shore for the next adventure, disembarking at various kinds of dock, piers, rocks, etc, meeting up with our vehicles for rides up into the hills -- everything worked like clockwork. We saw so many fabulous birds thanks to our super guides, David Hoddinott and Lev Frid. The two guides were so helpful and informative; I would gladly travel with either of them or both in the future. However, I have to say that this trip was just about at the limit of my ability. I would never have seen the birds I did without the help of David & Lev and our various local guides and drivers. I think only Rockjumper could have pulled this tour off.
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.
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.
David Erterius is an excellent birder and a great tour leader. Unfailing enthusiasm while birding, and a great manner during non-birding time. The combination of the birders and the guides made this probably the most enjoyable trip I have been on.