“Black Sickle bill-Arfak Mountains-Manokwari -20—-”
Tour Program in Brief
Day 0 – 15th June
Depart China-Airport for Jakarta Flight with Garuda Indonesia 17.40 21.30
Day 1 – 16th June
Depart Jakarta for Sorong Flight with Garuda Indonesia
Depart Sorong for Manokwari Flight with Batik Air
After lunch we will drive to Siyoubri Village (Approx. 3 hours)
Spend balance of day birding near village
Spend night at Siyoubri Village
Day 2 –17th June
Day spent chasing primary target the Black Sicklebill, Western Parottia, Magnificent BoPs, Bower
BoPs, etc* (described name of Arfak Birds bellow)”
Spend night Siyoubri Village
Day 3 – 18th June
This morning we transfer to our next site
Balance of day birding
Spend night Kwau Village
Day 4 – 19th June
All of today available for birding
Spend night Kwau Village
Day 5 – 20th June
Morning available for birding
After lunch, we will pack and head back to Manokwari
Overnight at Mokwam or Faldros Hotel
Day 6 – 21st June
Depart Manokwari for Sorong in West Papua Flight with Batik Air
8: 25.40 10.10
Depart Sorong for Jakarta Flight with Garuda Indonesia
END OF TOUR
- All internal airfares Sorong-Manokwari-Sorong.
- Must meet group in Jakarta, or in Sorong, Indonesia.
- All accommodation as indicated above, including taxes. Price based on twin share. Single accommodation is not always available, for those having this requirement.
- All breakfasts, lunches and evening meals. Non-alcoholic beverages included.
- English speaking guides during entire tour.
- All guiding, land access fees and associated costs.
- All road transport with drivers and fuel. This includes airport transfers.
- Alcoholic drinks.
- Travel insurance. We recommend “Travel Insurance Direct.”
- Personal effects, including toiletries, medications such as vaccinations, malaria prophylactics and the like.
- Anything not shown as included.
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**Birding in the Arfak Mountains:Arguably one of the premier birding regions in West Papua, the Arfak Mountains support nine endemic bird species (and a further eleven species with restricted ranges), of which the most famous must be Vogelkop Bowerbird – the world’s greatest avian architect. Males of this amazing species build a roofed house-like maypole (tented) bower construction at the base of a tree sapling, inside and in front of which they place colorful berries, flowers, and insect parts to attract females, a true sight to behold for the female, and for us!
We will also look for the exciting Western Parotia, the males of which perform a bizarre side-step dance on the floor of their display courts, while their flank plumes are spread to form a circular skirt, with their six, wiry, antenna-like nape feathers directed forward. Two other endemic birds-of-paradise are commonly seen here at higher altitudes (almost 2,000m) – the little-known Arfak Astrapia and Long-tailed Paradigalla (rediscovered in 1989), as well as the more widespread Black Sicklebill with its 80cm long tail. Lower down, the Magnificent Bird-of-paradise may be seen on his court, displaying, in sequence, his iridescent, carmine back, dark green breast shield, and sulphur-yellow cape before jerkily dancing up and down a vertical sapling, while quivering his cocked, sickle-shaped central tail feathers. Up to seven species of robins may be seen on the mountain trails, among many other families, as well as Spotted Jewel-babbler, and, if we are lucky, Feline or Mountain Owlet-nightjar.
Other wonderful birds, most of them endemic or range-restricted, which we hope to find in the Arfak Mountains include Superb Bird-of-paradise (the Arfak subspecies likely to be split soon), Papuan Mountain Pigeon, Red-collared Myzomela, Rufous-sided Honeyeater, Vogelkop Melidectes, Arfak Honeyeater, Northern Variable Pitohui, Vogelkop Scrubwren, Papuan Parrotfinch, Papuan Boobook, Wattled Brushturkey, White-striped Forest Rail, Trumpet Manucode, Papuan Black Myzomela, Vogelkop Whistler, Papuan Eagle, Papuan Lorikeet, Papuan Treecreeper, Papuan Logrunner, Papuan Sittella, and Smoky Robin, among, as always, so many others.* (https://papua-birdswatching.com/