Monday, April 9, 2018

Yellow-faced Myna

Yellow-faced Myna lives in tropical rainforest of New Guinea especially in lowland and lower montane region.
Yellow-faced Myna (Mino dumontii)
This is Yellow-face Myna - a large starling that lives in lowland and lower montane forest of New Guinea and its surrounding island. It saw the bird for the first time when I guided two Belgium tourists to Tambrauw mountains. After that, I saw the bird again in Klabolo forest of Sorong regency, in Mesirrokow forest of Manokwari as well as in Waigeo of Raja Ampat islands.
I made the above photograph when I went birding in Waigeo island of Raja Ampat. It was morning time when I saw the bird sitting on the branch of a tree above my head. In Wikipedia, it says that Yellow-faced Myna eats fruits and insects.
There is also Golden Myna (Mino anais) that has got black, white and yellow colors. These Golden Myna and Yellow-faced Myna can be watched in the mornings and in the afternoons in the forest of Tambrauw Mountains, Manokwari, Sorong, and Raja Ampat. Actually, they are not the only birds that tourists can watch while taking a birding tour with me in West Papua. From my previous birding tours, I saw a lot of species of woodland and coastal birds such as: Palm Cockatoo, Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, Eclectus Parrot, Yellow-capped Pygmy Parrot, Large Fig Parrot, Pinon Imperial Pigeon, Pink-spotted Fruit Dove, Beautiful Fruit Dove, Great Cuckoo Dove.

Paradise Birds Tour in West Papua

Most tourists who take birding and rainforest tours with me want to watch paradise birds. Therefore, I offer trips to Susnguakti forest and Mount Soti in Arfak range of Manokwari, to Syuan river and Miyah forest in Tambrauw mountains, to Klabolo and Sunbird forest in Sorong regency, and to Waigeo island of Raja Ampat. During the two weeks hiking and birding tours, we will watch paradise birds such as:
  • Lesser Birds of Paradise
  • King Birds of Paradise
  • Glossy Manucode
  • Western Parotia
  • Magnificent Bird of Paradise
  • Black Sicklebill
  • Twelve-wired Birds of Paradise
  • Wilson's Bird of Paradise
  • Red Bird of Paradise
If you are interested in visiting West Papua province of Indonesia to take a birding tour with me, for detailed itinerary and cost, please, contact me by e-mail to: or by whatsapp to: +6281332245180.