Monday, May 14, 2018

Lesser Birds of Paradise in Sorong Regency

Birding Tour in Sorong regency of West Papua, Indonesia
Lesser Birds of Paradise (Paradisaea minor)
I have just returned from Sorong city after taking 1 week trip around the forest to watch Lesser Birds of Paradise and other birds. The name of the forest was Klabolo. It was located in the east of Sorong, approximately one and a half hour ride plus 3 hours walk. It was a difficult trip because the path was muddy and slippery.  I went there with some government officials who wanted to help local people develop their forest and village as tourist destination. One of the main attractions of the forest was the birds of paradise.
Lesser Birds of Paradise like to dance in the mornings and in the afternoons. Usually two, three or even five male compete against one another in order to attract their female birds of paradise.
When we visited the lek in the afternoons, we arrived too early. There were no birds dancing at that time. Later, they began to call one another and gathered in the branches of the tree where they usually chose for their courtship dance. The courtship dance performance started at approximately 16.00 and was still going more intense at 17.00 when we left the birding site.
For visitors who were interested in watching these birds, they need to bring their own binoculars, camera with telephoto lens of approx. 600 to 800 mm. There are no hotels in the forest, only simple huts for tourists. I could organize birding tours for 3 to 4 days or even more.
If you are interested, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to: or by whatsapp to: +6281332245180.
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