As a result of the remarkable biogeography of the region, our Highlights of the Eastern Indonesian archipelago provides very little overlap in bird species to our Highlights of Western Indonesia, with a phenomenal number of special and endemic birds. We begin by exploring the prime highland site of Lore Lindu National Park on the island of Sulawesi. Boasting over 70 endemic species, the exceptional range of highly desirable birds we will seek include the endemic Hylocitrea, now placed in its own monotypic family, the indescribable Purple-bearded Bee-eater, bizarre Geomalia, Fiery-browed Starling, Green-backed Kingfisher (one of many endemic kingfishers), Purple-winged Roller, Satanic Nightjar and the impressive Knobbed Hornbill.
We then wing our way to the nearby island of Halmahera, where we visit a lekking site for the highly sought-after Standardwing, surely one of the most bizarre birds-of-paradise! Here we also seek a mindboggling number of Mollucan endemics including the spectacular Ivory-breasted Pitta and Moluccan Owlet-nightjar. Moving further eastwards we again enter a completely new biological zone as we arrive in Sorong, on the extreme western tip of New Guinea. Here we bird the famous Vogelkop, a veritable feast of incredible highlights may include up to seven birds-of-paradise including Magnificent, King, Lesser and Twelve-wired as well as numerous pigeons (Wompoo, Superb and Pink-spotted Fruit Doves to name a few), parrots (including the localized Black Lory) and kingfishers (Red-breasted Paradise being one of the prime targets.) We conclude our tour on the Raja Ampat Island of Waigeo, famed for the best snorkeling in the world! Here our targets in this tropical island paradise include Red Bird-of-paradise, the incredible Western Crowned Pigeon, Palm Cockatoo, Lowland Peltops and much besides. And as a way of celebrating the finale of this remarkable tour we will visit the display ground of quite possibly the most beautiful bird on Earth – Wilson’s Bird-of-paradise!
Lesser, King, Twelve-wired, Red & Wilson’s Bird-of-paradise, Trumpet & Glossy-mantled Manucode, Standardwing, Paradise-crow, Moluccan Dwarf, Papuan Dwarf, Blue‐and‐white, Lilac, Little, Azure, Yellow-billed, Green-backed, Hook-billed, Beach, Sacred, Red-breasted Paradise & Common Paradise Kingfisher, Rufous-bellied Kookaburra, Scarlet‐breasted, Blue‐capped, Grey‐headed, Wompoo, Superb, Pink-spotted, Orange-fronted, Beautiful, Dwarf, Orange-bellied & Coroneted Fruit Dove, White‐bellied, Purple-tailed, Pinon’s, Zoe’s & Grey-headed Imperial Pigeon, New Guinea Bronzewing, Cinnamon Ground Dove, Pheasant Pigeon, Western Crowned Pigeon, Yellow-capped Pygmy Parrot, Orange-breasted Fig Parrot, Emperor & Broad-billed Fairywren, Black Berrypecker, Hooded Butcherbird, Southern Variable & Rusty Pitohui, Lowland Peltops, Spot-winged, Golden and Frilled Monarch, Pale-bellied, Sulawesi & White-necked Myna, Sulawesi Serpent Eagle, Crimson-crowned & Halmahera Flowerpecker, Fiery-browed, Moluccan & Grosbeak Starling, Ivory-backed Woodswallow, Golden-mantled Racket-tail, Malia, Black-billed Koel, Black Lory, Sulawesi Myzomela, Lemon‐bellied, Mountain, Streak-headed, Cream-throated & Black-crowned White‐eye, Sulawesi Blue, Blue-fronted Blue, Rufous-throated & Turquoise Flycatcher, Great Hanging Parrot, Sulawesi Cicadabird, Purple-winged Roller, Cinnabar Boobook, Great Shortwing, Pygmy, Halmahera, Golden, Yellow-eyed, New Guinea & Cerulean Cuckooshrike, Sulphur-vented & Maroon-backed Whistler, Rusty-bellied Fantail, Citrine Canary-flycatcher, Sulawesi Leaf Warbler, Dark-eared & White-eared Myza, Satanic Nightjar, Purple-bearded Bee-eater, Chestnut-backed Bush Warbler, Mountain Serin, Geomalia, Citrine, Red-flanked & Ornate Lorikeet, Barred Honey Buzzard, Sulawesi Hawk-Eagle, Hylocitrea, Sulawesi Thrush, Blue-faced & Tawny-breasted Parrotfinch, Sulawesi Cuckoo, Sulawesi Woodcock, Ivory-breasted & Red-billed Pitta, Azure Dollarbird, Red‐cheeked, Eclectus & Great‐billed Parrots, White & Palm Cockatoo, Dusky Megapode, Moluccan Goshawk, Dusky Friarbird, Invisible Rail, Goliath Coucal, Long‐billed Crow, Moustached Treeswift, Gurney’s Eagle, Yellow‐billed Malkoha, Sulawesi Pygmy & Ashy Woodpecker, Spot-tailed, Vinous-breasted & Dwarf Sparrowhawk, Red-billed & Waigeo Brushturkey.
montane and lowland forests, volcanic mountains, rice paddies, rivers, islands, beaches
mostly hot to humid with cooler nights and mornings in the highlands
relaxed pace with some longer hikes