I often hear the calling sound of Magnificent Riflebird (Ptiloris magnificus
) when I guide tourists in lowland and lower montane forest of West Papua. The male feather is mostly dark with blue breast that looks like a triangle. We cannot easily find him. I saw the birds several times in Susnguakti forest of Manokwari and in Klasow valley of Sorong regency. I also heard his sounds in Syuan forest in Tambrauw mountains. Some tourists whom I guided saw the bird through a blind which we built especially for viewing the bird in Susnguakti forest.
Animals in Susnguakti forest of Manokwari
Magnificent Riflebird is not the only paradise bird that we could watch in lower montane forest of Manokwari. There are Lesser Birds of Paradise (Paradisaea minor
), King Bird of Paradise (Cicinnurus regius
). In addition to those paradise birds, visitors who explore tropical rainforest of Susnguakti could find Common Paradise Kingfisher (Tanysiptera galatea
), Rufous-bellied Kookaburra (Dacelo gaudichaud
), Great Cuckoo-Dove (Reinwardtoena reinwarti
), Beautiful Fruit-Dove (Ptilinopus pulchellus
), Hooded Butcherbird (Cracticus cassicus
), Black-capped Lory (Lorius lory
), Coconut Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus
), cassowary, and etc.
Susnguakti forest is the natural habitat of insects such as: Cruiser butterfly, Silky Owl butterfly (Taenaris catops), birdwing butterfly Ornitopthera priamus, Blue Emperor butterfly (Papilio ulysses
); beetles such as tiger beetle, and green jewel beetle. For marsupial animals, I have seen cuscus possum and bandicoot. There are also various kinds of reptiles including snakes, brown grown skink, Papua dragon tree lizard, small forest lizards.
Birding and Wildlife Watching Tour
I offer a 3- day/ 2-night birding and wildlife watching tour in Susnguakti forest of Manokwari. This can be combined with tour lowland forest of Manokwari. Similar birding tours to Sorong and Raja Ampat can also be organized.
Please, contact me by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org and whatsapp: +6281332245180.
Lesser Paradise Birds
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