Saturday, June 29, 2024

Collared Kingfisher

Here is the picture of Collared Kingfisher (Todiramphus chloris) that I saw in the highland of Minahasa. 

The bird eats grasshopper, spider, lizard, frog, earthworm, small snake, snail, small fish and etc. In Subdistrict Sonder, the bird could be seen in forest edge, dry agricultural land, water streams and paddy fields. Collared Kingfisher is a solitary bird. It likes to sit motionless on a bare branch of a tree observing its prey. 

Collared Kingfisher in Tomohon town
Collared Kingfisher
Collared Kingfisher in North Sulawesi
Collared Kingfisher in Minahasa Highland

Most farmers like and protect the bird because it is a natural predator for pests in agricultural crops. 

Subdistrict town of Sonder in Minahasa Highland
Subdistrict town of Sonder is surrounded by forest, dry agricultural land and paddy fields.

Farmers in Subdistrict Sonder of Minahasa regency of North Sulawesi Province grow rice, corn, banana, papaya, tomato, chilli, cabbage, carrot, kangkung, chilli, rambutan, duku, kidney bean,vanilla, clove, coconut. They also run pig, poultry and fish farming. They sell their produce to local traditional market and to big towns and cities in the region. 

agricultural produce
Some of the agricultural produce from Subdistrict town of Sonder

Farmers in Minahasa regency are the main supplier of agricultural produce to towns and cities in central and eastern region of Indonesia including Manado, Bitung, Tomohon, Tondano, Langowan, Sonder, Balikpapan, Ternate, Ambon, Sorong, Manokwari and Jayapura. 

Birding Walk in Subdistrict Sonder of Minahasa Highland

In addition to Collared Kingfisher, there are other birds which visitors could watch when traveling around Subdistrict Sonder of Minahasa regency of Indonesia. They include Sulawesi Myzomela, Crimson-crowned Flowerpecker, Warbling White-eye, Black-crowned White-eye, White-rumped Triller, Pale Blue Monarch, Sulawesi Cuckoo Dove, Sulawesi Blue Flycatcher, Crimson Sunbird, Gray-sided Flowerpecker, Yellow-sided Flowerpecker, Eurasian Treesparrow,  Sooty-headed Bulbul, Sulawesi Hanging Parrot, Slender-billed Crow, Sulawesi Cuckoo-dove, Zebra Dove, Finch-billed Myna, Barred Rail, White-eyed Drongo, Sulawesi Drongo, Purple Heron, Eastern Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Gray-rumped Treeswift, Sunda Teal, Purple Needletail, White-nest Swiftlet, Glossy Swiftlet, Black-naped Oriole, White-browed Crake, Eastern Yellow Wagtail, and etc. 

birds of Minahasa
Black-naped Oriole, Sulawesi Cuckol-dove, Pale Blue Monarch, Sulawesi Pygmy Woodpecker

Visitors can enjoy the beautiful landscape of Subdistrict Sonder of Minahasa highland while walking through the villages, dry agricultural land, paddy fields and forest. At the same time, visitors could enjoy watching most of the birds that are mentioned above.

Bird of Sonder Minahasa
Black-crowned White-eye in Tounelet Slope of Subdistrict Sonder, Minahasa regency, Indonesia

Where is Minahasa Highland and How to get there?

Minahasa is a regency in North Sulawesi Province of Indonesia. The entry point is Manado city. Visitors need to fly from their country to some of the major cities in Indonesia such as Jakarta, Surabaya, Denpasar, and Makassar. There are domestic flights between these cities and Manado city served by Batik Air, Lion Air, TransNusa, Garuda and Citilink. There are also direct flights between Guangzhou and Manado city served by China Southern Airlines; and between Singapore and Manado city served by Scoot Air. 

Flight to Manado city of Indonesia
Flight route to Manado city in Indonesia

traveling by car to Tomohon and Sonder
Land route to Subdistrict Sonder from Manado city and Tomohon


Most visitors who go to Minahasa highland stay in hotels in Tomohon town. However, accommodation in homestays in Subdistrict town of Sonder could be arranged.


If you are interested in visiting Subdistrict town of Sonder in Minahasa highland for sightseeing its natural landscape and villages as well as birding in its forests, farmlands and paddy fields, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by whatsapp to: +6281332245180.

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