Birding in West Papua

Here is the picture of Sulphur Crested Cockatoo that I saw while I was guiding Gauri, a lady from India on a 2-week nature tour, snorkeling, and birding trip in Raja Ampat, Sorong regency, and the Arfak mountains. We visited remote uninhabited islands, villages and walked through empty road in the jungle to find tropical birds, butterflies, cuscus possum and wild flowers. We also enjoyed swimming and snorkeling at secluded white sandy beaches of Raja Ampat to see its coral reef and colorful fish.
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita)
Sulphur Crested Cockatoo in Waigeo island
While in Raja Ampat, we did not go to places that had been frequently visited by tourists such as southern area of Waigeo, Kri, Gam, Mansuar and Arborek islands. Instead, we went to eastern region of Waigeo. We went to Sopen village and explored its nearby islands, i.e. Waim and Mamiaef. We also did rainforest tour through a river in the north of the village and then continued our trip southward to Yen-Papir Karst. Here, went hiking to the top of one of the islets to see its beautiful scenery. Standing on the top of the rock island inside the karst formation, we felt as if we were looking over a huge lake.
Sightseeing tour to Yenpapir karst
Yenpapir Karst in Raja Ampat

Olive-backed Sunbird in Waigeo island
Sahul Sunbird
I brought several sets of snorkeling equipments (masks, snorkels, lifejackets) and birding devices (binoculars, spotting scope and bridge camera Fujifilm HS50EXR) during the tour.
During our birding tour in eastern region of Waigeo, we also Eclectus Parrot, Palm Cockatoo, Red Bird of Paradise, Palm Cockatoo, Beach Kingfisher, Olive-backed Sunbird, Black Sunbird, Pink-spotted Fruit Dove, White-bellied Sea Eagle, Brahminy Kite, Lesser-crested Tern, Lesser Frigatebird, Pacific Swallow, White-breasted Wood Swallow.
In Sorong, we saw Lesser Birds of Paradise, Northern Cassowary, Pinon Imperial Pigeon, Wompoo Fruit Dove, and a lot of other birds during the tour.
In Arfak range, we saw Magnificent Bird of Paradise, Black Sicklebill, Western Parotia, and Vogelkop Bowerbird.

Birding in Lowland Forest of Manokwari

Yellow Capped Pygmy Parrot
There is a nice birding site in northwest region of Manokwari. Its name is Mesirrokow. It is located deep in the forest. To reach it, visitors need to go there by car, and then continue their trip on foot through the forest and through the river. Various species of birds can be seen along the banks of the river such as Blyth's Hornbill (Rhyticeros plicatus), Magnificent Riflebird (Ptiloris magnificus), Glossy Manucode (Manucodia ater), Little-Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius), Sulphur Crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita) and a lot more.
There is no guesthouse in the jungle, so, our accommodation will be portable dome tents. Cooking and eating utensils are provided.
Birding in the forest along the Mesirrokow river is easy because the open space is very wide. A good pair of binoculars and a spotting scope will enhance the birding experience.

Hiking and Birding in Mesirrokow forest
In addition to birding, visitors can enjoy swimming and sunbathing. Fishing can be done in the river too.
Also read: Birding Tour in Manokwari Lowland Forest

Watching Birds in Tambrauw Mountains

Male Lesser Birds of Paradise (Paradisaea minor)
Here is the picture of male Lesser Birds of Paradise (Paradisaea minor) in tropical rainforest of Tambrauw mountains. The bird can be found in lowland and lower montane forest. Visitors who want to go there can also see other birds such as Black Capped Lory, Forest Kingfisher, Egret, Variable Goshawk, King Bird of Paradise, Golden Myna, and a lot of species of birds that live in lower to upper montane forest areas of the regencies.
As a tour guide, I can organize a birding trip for visitors who want to see rainforest environment and enjoy birding. I can guide single traveler and also groups of visitors. Because the cost of a chartered 4wd car is quite expensive, I suggest that birdwatchers come in a group of 2 to 4 people.

How to get there?
  • Fly from your country to Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia
  • Continue your trip to Manokwari city by taking a domestic flight
  • I will meet you in Manokwari and organize your hiking and birding trip in Tambrauw Mountains
What to bring
In general, every birdwatcher knows what they should bring when going to the forest for birding such as a good pair of binoculars, spotting scope and tripod, laser pointer. For birding in Tambrauw mountains, a field guide book Birds of New Guinea written by Thane K. Pratt and Bruce Beehler is highly recommended.
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Tambrauw regency in Papua Barat province of Indonesia

Birding Trip to Tambrauw Mountains

Moustached Treeswift in Aibogiar ridge of
Tambrauw Mountains
This is the picture of Moustached Treeswift (Hemiprocne mystacea) that I see in Aibogiar ridge of Tambrauw Mountains. I visited that region to watch birds and explore the tropical rainforest that covers most of its slopes, ravines and valleys. I also saw Lesser Birds of Paradise (Paradisaea minor), Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, New Guinea Vulturine Parrot and a lot of other birds that make the forest of Tambrauw as its habitat. Tambrauw regency is located between Sorong and Manokwari. It has got the potentials to be developed as a highly recommended destination for birdwatchers.
How to get there?
Tambrauw Mountains
If you want to enjoy hiking and birding in Tambrauw Mountains, here is the routes that you can take to reach the region.

  • First, fly from your country to Jakarta (the capital of Indonesia)
  • After that, take a domestic flight to Sorong city.
  • I could meet you at the airport and organize your birding and wildlife watching trip to Tambrauw.
What to bring
In general, every birdwatcher knows what they have to bring when they want to enjoy birding in the forest. Here are some of the things that visitors need:
  • A good pair of binoculars and spotting scopes
  • Digital camera with telephoto lens
  • Field guide book: Birds of New Guinea written by Thane K. Pratt and Bruce Beehler
  • Flash light/ torch
  • Ponco
  • Ziploc plastic bags to protect your electronics in case of rainings

Traveling to Tambrauw Mountains is quite expensive. I suggest that visitors travel in group to share the cost. If you are interested in going to Tambrauw Mountains, please, contact me by e-mail to: or send text message to my whatsapp: +6281332245180.

Birding Tour in Tambrauw Mountains

This is the picture of Great Cuckoo Dove (Reinwardtoena reinwardti) that was made by a Belgian tourist in the forest of Tambrauw Mountains. There are a lot of beautiful birds which visitors can see while traveling to the regency. Birds such as Lesser Birds of Paradise (Paradisaea minor), King Bird of Paradise (Cicinnurus regius) and Magnificent Bird of Paradise (Diphylodes magnificus) can be found in region.

As a guide, I could organize tour to the regency for visitors who are interested in seeing rainforest environment. Please, contact me by email to: or by whatsapp to: +6281332245180.