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Indonesia 2001

  • We spent the period between 5th June and 13th October 2001 birding in Indonesia, visiting sites on Sumatra, Java, Bali, Sulawesi, Sanghie, Talaud, Sumba, Flores, Komodo and Sumbawa. Indonesia is fantastic birding, the high level of endemism and the overall diversity (cultural and biological) throughout the country make it a stunning destination. It is hard work though, the archipelago that makes up this country is vast and consists of over 13,000 islands...Phil and Charlotte Benstead report.

Birding Trip to Indonesia - Java & Sumatra  July 2001

  • Itinerary, Photos, Site guide and maps, Jens Hjerrild Hansen reports

Singapore, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Java, Flores, Rinca and KomodoIslands 24th May-4th August 2001 .

  • Gunung Kerinci famed as the site of mouth watering rarities such as Schneider's Pitta, Sumatran Cochoa and Salvadori's Pheasant, the site is both spectacular and active with the volcano smoking on most days.  Realisation of how much work is needed to see the birds soon kicks in when you have spent two full days in the forest and seen only common stuff and even this is not easy.  I found this a very difficult site and of the target species I only saw the endemic Rusty-breasted Wren Babbler which, is common and a single sighting of Blue-tailed Trogon.....Andy Adcock reports. 

Report on a birding trip to Indonesia (Sumatra and Java) 24 June-17 July 2000

  • Indonesia, the largest archipelago of islands in the world, is a fantastic birding destination. Together with some of the richest forests on earth, Indonesia has more endemic bird species than any other country in the world. Unfortunately Indonesia's huge population has taken its toll on the natural habitat and many bird species are highly threatened due to deforestation....Aidan G. Kelly reports (A big report: 200Kb)

Carita National Park, West Java, Indonesia 1999 and 2000

  • During 1999 and 2000 I made numerous trips to this small and increasingly degraded and disturbed patch of remnant forest in West Java. This is by far the best place to catch up with some of Java's lowland forest endemics: White-breasted Babbler, Black-banded Barbet and Javan Sunbird etc. It is also home to a fair variety of other wonderful species such as Banded Broadbill, Banded Kingfisher, Banded Pitta, Crested Jay, Orange-headed Thrush and Javan Hawk Eagle to name but a few....Tim Allwood reports.

Way Kanan National Park Dec 99 - Jan 2000

  • Way Kanan is part of the larger protected area known as Way Kambas National Park. The park comprises an area of 130,000 ha. in Lampung province, south Sumatra.  The relatively open character of the forest coupled with a few trails makes it a rewarding site, where you can observe several unusual species of bird and animal. It is probably the easiest place in the world to see White-winged Duck and Bonaparte's Nightjar and a good place to catch up with other difficult to find birds, such as Storm's Stork, Cinnamon-headed Green-pigeon and Wrinkled Hornbill....Tim Allwood reports.

Short notes on a visit to Flores and Komodo November 99

  • Flores is not so easy to reach but it is easy to get around, very cheap and the people are friendly and helpful and notably restrained when compared to Javans. The birding is wonderful and reasonably straightforward....Tim Allwood reports.

Gunung Gede Pangrangro National Park

  • Whilst resident in Jakarta I made many birding trips to this fantastic park Almost all of Java's endemic birds can be found here although you'll have to be  extremely lucky if you are to see a high percentage of them. Over the course of 18 months I managed to record almost all the "big" species. The birding is fantastic, if a little slow at times, but you should be rewarded with some never to be forgotten experiences....Tim Allwood reports.

West Java July 25 - August 3 1998

  • It is clear that this report is mainly useful for those who, like me, only have limited time to spend for birding when visiting Java. In my opinion (short) visits to the Bogor botanical garden, to the Gunung Gede/Pangrango N.P. and to the Muara Angke wetland reserve, all well accessible within limited time from Jakarta, will produce the most optimal bird list...

Lombok 19 - 29 August 1997

  • The island offers interesting birding in the Mt Rinjani reserve. The area is very extensive and much of it is difficult of access. It would reward anyone with the time and perseverance to visit zones off the beaten track. The accessible areas nonetheless provided a good and representative variety of species....Dr E.F.J. Garcia reports.



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Some Useful bird books for Indonesia:
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A Field Guide to the Birds of Borneo, Sumatra, Java, and Bali
John MacKinnon: Buy from or

  • This book provides a complete identification guide to the birds of this important region, including descriptions and colour illustrations of all 820 species found there, many of which do not occur anywhere else. Information is provided on where to look for endemic and insular forms and on major birding localities. Introductory chapters discuss habitats, climate, land-use, and conservation. This volume is intended for reference and for pleasure, for amateur and professional ornithologists, for birdwatchers and for tourists to Indonesia and region.

A Photographic guide to the birds of Indonesia
Morten Strange: Buy from or

  • The first comprehensive photographic guide to the birds of Indonesia ever available, this superb volume covers 686 species in one of the world's most diverse avifauna regions. The highlight of this book is its almost 700 stunning colour photographs--many appearing here for the first time. Attractive and easy to use, this guide is indispensable reading for all bird lovers.

A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia
Craig Robson: Buy from or

  • A new flexi-cover edition of this superb and influential book is now available (UK) making it far more useful in the field. The birds of South-East Asia details the identification, voice, breeding, status, habitat and distribution of the 1250 species and distinctive sub-species of the region covering Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, West Malaysia, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia. The illustrations are excellent and Craig Robson's text reflects his position as one of the foremost ornithological authorities of S.E.Asia. Indispensable for anyone visiting the area.

Birding Indonesia
Paul Jepson: Buy from or

  • This guide to birdwatching in Indonesia contains travel tips and articles which cover many species of birdlife, with information on sightseeing tours to many little-known places. Detailed maps show the different habitats. There is an index of English and scientific names

Where to watch birds in Asia
Wheatley, Nigel: Buy from or

  • This guide to birdwatching in Asia deals with over 250 sites in detail, and more in passing, from Turkey to Thailand and India to Indonesia. It is designed as much for pre-planning birding trips as for use in the country or countries on the itinerary. The countries are dealt with alphabetically and after a general introduction, there are site details, which include a list of birds to be seen, organized under the headings "Endemics", "Specialities" and "Others"; a list of "Other Wildlife" is also included where there is something of particular interest.

Recommended travel books for Indonesia:

Lonely Planet : Indonesia's Eastern Islands
Peter Turner : Buy from or

  • The tri-coloured lakes of Keli Mutu on Flores have a habit of changing colour in their volcanic craters. This guide includes travel information for Lombok, Flores, Sumbawa, Sumba, Timor, Komodo, Rinca, Alor and Solor Archipelagos, Roti and Sabu

Get by in Indonesian: the All-in-one Language and Travel Guide: Travel Pack
Diana Flint: Buy from

  • Combining a language course with travel information, this pack consists of a guidebook for visitors to Indonesia, an accompanying audio-cassette, and a booklet which summarizes phrases and conversations and is designed for quick reference. The guidebook contains phrases, dialogues, a 1000-word dictionary, and information on topics such as transport, accommodation, shopping, food and drink, entertainments and emergencies. Fold-out flaps carry key phrases, numbers, a short pronunciation guide and a map. The cassette presents model dialogues and pronunciation tips.

Indonesia: the Rough Guide
Stephen Backshall: Buy from or

  • Written since the coup, this guide covers practicalities of travel in this Southeast-Asian archipelago, from catching the right city "bemo" to negotiationg a boat ride, from wildlife and trekking to surfing and scuba, with directions to the best places to eat

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