Sunday, December 8, 2019

Magnificent Riflebird from Tropical Rainforest

Magnificent Riflebird (Ptiloris magnificus) lives in lowland and lower montane forest of West Papua. The chest and the breast shield are iridescent blue. There are several places which tourists can go to watch the bird of paradise, i.e. Asbaken village of Sorong regency, Weyos beach and Fef town Tambrauw Regency, and Susnguakti forest of Manokwari. This bird is an important target in a list of birds that visitors want to see while exploring the tropical rainforest of West Papua.

Birding in Sorong regency
Magnificent Riflebird (Ptiloris magnificus)
Male Magnificent Riflebird performs courtship dance that looks like cheerleader dance to attract his female counterpart.
Paradise bird of Tropical Rainforest of West Papua
A Male Magnificent Riflebird was waiting for his female counterpart
Birds of Paradise eat fruits and spread their seeds to all corners of the forest. They play important role in growing the forest. The followings are some animals which visitors can watch in lowland tropical rainforest.

Lesser Birds of Paradise

King Bird of Paradise

Common Paradise Kingfisher

Cuscus Possum

Forest Dragon


Anyone who is interested in tropical birding in West Papua especially in Sorong regency, Tambrauw Mountains and Raja Ampat can contact me by email to: by whatsapp to: +6281332245180.

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