Thursday, May 9, 2024

Paradise Bird Watching Tour from Sorong City

The interest of international visitors in watching paradise birds is increasing. There are places in Sorong city where visitors can enjoy birdwatching during day tours. Lesser Birds of Paradise birds are the main target of observation. However, visitors can watch a lot of other birds too such as Red-cheeked Parrot, Pinon Imperial Pigeon, Pink-spotted Fruit Dove, Shining Flycatcher, Rufous-bellied Kookaburra, Yellow-billed Kingfisher, Common Paradise Kingfisher and etc.

Lesser Birds of Paradise (Paradisaea minor)
Lesser Birds of Paradise

Usually the time to watch the paradise birds is early in the morning. Participants need to start very early in the morning at around 04:00. 

I usually organize the tour by car. Arriving at the foot of the hill, tour participants still need to go hiking to the site of the paradise birds for around 1 hour. 

Eclectus Parrot (Eclectus roratus)
Eclectus Parrot

Bringing binoculars and camera will enhance the birding experience. This tour can be combined with snorkeling or fishing if the sea weather is calm. 

The day tour to watch paradise bird at the outskirt of Sorong city can also be combined with trips to see unique buildings whose architectural designs were inspired by nature, and culture. 

For multiple day trips, the places that are good for birding include Sausapor town, Klasow valley, and Raja Ampat. 

Traveling further to North Sulawesi for Birding

For birding site that can be visited from Sorong city, the Minahasa highland in the Province of North Sulawesi should also be considered. It is only around 1 hour, 25 minutes flight. Sonder forest, Mount Mahawu are good places for watching birds such as:

  • Black-crowned White-eye
  • Mountain (warbling) White-eye
  • Crimson Sunbird
  • Sahul Sunbird
  • Chestnut Munia
  • Black-faced Munia
  • Scaly-breasted Munia
  • Black-naped Oriole
  • Sulawesi Cuckoo Dove
  • White-faced Cuckoo Dove
  • Gray-cheeked Green Pigeon
  • Pale Blue Monarch
  • Sulawesi Hanging Parrot
  • Sulawesi Drongo
  • Hair-crested (White-eye) Drongo
  • Grey-sided Flowerpecker
  • Yellow-sided Flowerpecker
  • Cattle Egret
  • Little Egret
  • White-browed Crake
  • White-breasted Woodswallow
  • Collared Kingfisher
  • Eastern Yellow Wagtail
  • Sulawesi Pygmy Woodpecker
  • Sahul Sunbird
  • Black Sunbird
  • Sooty-headed Bulbul
  • Brush Cuckoo
  • Barn Swallow
  • White-nest Swiftlet
  • Sunda Teal
  • and a lot more. 

Black-naped Oriole, Sulawesi Cuckoo Dove, Sulawesi Pygmy WoodpeckerPale Blue Monarch
Some birds in Minahasa highland of North Sulawesi

If you are interested, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to: or by whatsapp to: +6281332245180. 

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