Birding in Lore Lindu

Lore Lindu

Lore Lindu is propbably the best place to see the unique avifauna of Sulawesi with 80% of the islands endemic species present. This is mainly because the park has different levels of altitude that can be visited. The main rule is altough that the higher the altitude the harder you’ve got to work for it. But the rewards are great, the park is beautiful and inhabits the endemic bird family(!) of Sulawesi: the Hylocitreidae (only one species: Hylocitrea). Add up special beauties like Racquet-tails, Bee-Eaters and Fruit-Doves and you know why Lore Lindu is on the wish list of many hardcore birders.

Key Bird Species

Purple-bearded Bee-eater:  Large and beautiful endemic Bee-eater of the highlands. Not easy to see and one of the main reasons people come to Lore Lindu. The dark purple on its head and breast fades beautifully into maroon until the green back and wings. Carefully designed bird!

Hylocitrea:  Maybe not the most spectacular bird to see, but so unique that it forms its own family and with that Sulawesi is the only place in the world to see this family. That’s why serious birders from all over the world come to Lore Lindu to see it. 

Diabolical Nightjar: Nicely cryptically patterned bird that is a mysterious habitant of the deep highlands forest. Because of its secretive life in the night, it was given supernatural powers by the local people, but it peacefully hunts for insects. We hope to find one roosting during the day.

Geomalia: Rare and secretive Thrush of the forest floor. Easy to recognize with warm rufous-orange underparts and a long tail. Lore Lindu is one of the very few places with a chance of seeing this special endemic.

Malia: Very odd member of the Locustella family (Grasshopper-warblers) that has puzzeled scientists for many years. With its bright yellow underside it looks like something between an Oriole and Bulbul and its an attractive visitor of highland forest canopies.  


Other special bird species are: (forest, fairly common), (forest, common), (forest, fairly common but shy),  

More nature



Minimum amount of days: 4 (3 nights).

Advised amount of days: 5 (4 nights).

Maximum amount of days: 6 (mainly because of the basic accommodation).

Price Lore Lindu 5 days 4 nights: US$ 1.075 per person

Needed level of fitness: Average for the lower parts and above average for the hard hiking to the Anaso track for the species of the highest altitudes.


Nearest airport: Palu, connections to all Indonesian cities.

Transport: From Palu to Lore Lindu 4-5 hours with a private car and during the stay transport with a private car and lots of walking.


Mama Sendi Guesthouse:

Basi guesthouse without hot water, showers and mosquito nets. But the food is very good.

Combinations and extensions:

Good destinations to combine with Lore Lindu: Manado and Makassar.

Typical itinerary:

1Transport Palu to Lore Lindu, late afternoon some short birding4-5 hours
2Birding in valley
3Up to Anaso track to see higher altitude birdsHard hike, people that can’t do it can bird in the valley
4Birding in valley
5Early morning birding, transport back to Palu


Bird List

BirdChance of seeing (%)Remarks
Pacific Black Duck (Anas superciliosa)<10
Sunda Teal (Anas gibberifrons)>50
Philippine Megapode (Megapodius cumingii)<10
Red Junglefowl (Gallus gallus)<10
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis)>10
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)>90
Red Collared-Dove (Streptopelia tranquebarica)<90
Spotted Dove (Spilopelia chinensis)<10
Sultan’s Cuckoo-Dove (Macropygia doreya)>90
White-faced Cuckoo-Dove (Turacoena manadensis)<50
Sula Cuckoo-Dove (Turacoena sulaensis)>50
Asian Emerald Dove (Chalcophaps indica)>90
Stephan’s Dove (Chalcophaps stephani)>90
Sulawesi Ground Dove (Gallicolumba tristigmata)>90
Gray-cheeked Green-Pigeon (Treron griseicauda)>50
Red-eared Fruit-Dove (Ptilinopus fischeri)>90
Superb Fruit-Dove (Ptilinopus superbus)<50
Black-naped Fruit-Dove (Ptilinopus melanospilus)>10
White-bellied Imperial-Pigeon (Ducula forsteni)<10
Gray-headed Imperial-Pigeon (Ducula radiata)<50
Green Imperial-Pigeon (Ducula aenea)<10
Sombre Pigeon (Cryptophaps poecilorrhoa)<10
Bay Coucal (Centropus celebensis)<10
Lesser Coucal (Centropus bengalensis)>50
Yellow-billed Malkoha (Rhamphococcyx calyorhynchus)<10
Black-billed Koel (Eudynamys melanorhynchus)>90
Little Bronze-Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx minutillus)>90
Plaintive Cuckoo (Cacomantis merulinus)>50
Brush Cuckoo (Cacomantis variolosus)<10
Moluccan Drongo-Cuckoo (Surniculus musschenbroeki)>50
Sulawesi Cuckoo (Cuculus crassirostris)<10
Diabolical Nightjar (Eurostopodus diabolicus)<10
Great Eared-Nightjar (Lyncornis macrotis)<10
Savanna Nightjar (Caprimulgus affinis)<10
Purple Needletail (Hirundapus celebensis)<10
Glossy Swiftlet (Collocalia esculenta)<10
Sulawesi Swiftlet (Aerodramus sororum)<10
Uniform Swiftlet (Aerodramus vanikorensis)<10
Pacific Swift (Apus pacificus)<10
Asian Palm Swift (Cypsiurus balasiensis)<50
Gray-rumped Treeswift (Hemiprocne longipennis)<10
Buff-banded Rail (Gallirallus philippensis)<10
Barred Rail (Gallirallus torquatus)<10
Eurasian Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)<10
Isabelline Bush-hen (Amaurornis isabellina)<10
White-breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus)<10
Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva)>50
Sulawesi Woodcock (Scolopax celebensis)<10
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)<50
Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola)>50
Barred Buttonquail (Turnix suscitator)>50
Oriental Pratincole (Glareola maldivarum)<10
Oriental Darter (Anhinga melanogaster)<10
Cinnamon Bittern (Ixobrychus cinnamomeus)<10
Black Bittern (Ixobrychus flavicollis)<10
Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea)<10
Great Egret (Ardea alba)<10
Intermediate Egret (Ardea intermedia)<50
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)<50
Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)<10
Javan Pond-Heron (Ardeola speciosa)<10
Striated Heron (Butorides striata)<10
Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)<10
Nankeen Night-Heron (Nycticorax caledonicus)<10
Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)<10
Black-winged Kite (Elanus caeruleus)<10
Sulawesi Honey-buzzard (Pernis celebensis)<10
Jerdon’s Baza (Aviceda jerdoni)<10
Sulawesi Serpent-Eagle (Spilornis rufipectus)<10
Sulawesi Hawk-Eagle (Nisaetus lanceolatus)<50
Rufous-bellied Eagle (Lophotriorchis kienerii)<10
Black Eagle (Ictinaetus malaiensis)<10
Sulawesi Goshawk (Accipiter griseiceps)<10
Chinese Sparrowhawk (Accipiter soloensis)<10
Spot-tailed Goshawk (Accipiter trinotatus)<50
Small Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nanus)<50
Vinous-breasted Sparrowhawk (Accipiter rhodogaster)<10
Black Kite (Milvus migrans)<10
Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus)>50
Lesser Fish-Eagle (Haliaeetus humilis)<50
Gray-headed Fish-Eagle (Haliaeetus ichthyaetus)>50
Minahasa Masked-Owl (Tyto inexspectata)<10
Sulawesi Masked-Owl (Tyto rosenbergii)<10
Australasian Grass-Owl (Tyto longimembris)<10
Sulawesi Scops-Owl (Otus manadensis)<50
Cinnabar Boobook (Ninox ios)<10
Speckled Boobook (Ninox punctulata)<50
Knobbed Hornbill (Rhyticeros cassidix)>50
Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)<10
Sulawesi Lilac Kingfisher (Cittura cyanotis)<10
Collared Kingfisher (Todiramphus chloris)<10
Scaly-breasted Kingfisher (Actenoides princeps)<10
Purple-bearded Bee-eater (Meropogon forsteni)<10
Blue-tailed Bee-eater (Merops philippinus)<50
Purple-winged Roller (Coracias temminckii)>50
Sulawesi Pygmy Woodpecker (Yungipicus temminckii)<50
Ashy Woodpecker (Mulleripicus fulvus)>50
Spotted Kestrel (Falco moluccensis)>50
Oriental Hobby (Falco severus)<10
Ornate Lorikeet (Saudareos ornatus)<50
Yellow-cheeked Lorikeet (Saudareos meyeri)>50
Sulawesi Hanging-Parrot (Loriculus stigmatus)<10
Pygmy Hanging-Parrot (Loriculus exilis)>50
Dark-eared Myza (Myza celebensis)<10
White-eared Myza (Myza sarasinorum)>90
Sulawesi Myzomela (Myzomela chloroptera)>50
Golden-bellied Gerygone (Gerygone sulphurea)<50
Pied Cuckooshrike (Coracina bicolor)<10
Cerulean Cuckooshrike (Coracina temminckii)<50
White-rumped Cuckooshrike (Coracina leucopygia)>90
White-shouldered Triller (Lalage sueurii)>50
White-rumped Triller (Lalage leucopygialis)>50
Pygmy Cuckooshrike (Celebesia abbotti)<50
Sulawesi Cicadabird (Edolisoma morio)>50
Common Cicadabird (Edolisoma tenuirostre)>90
Maroon-backed Whistler (Coracornis raveni)<10
Sulphur-bellied Whistler (Pachycephala sulfuriventer)<10
Black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis)>50
Ivory-backed Woodswallow (Artamus monachus)<50
White-breasted Woodswallow (Artamus leucorynchus)<10
Sulawesi Fantail (Rhipidura teysmanni)>50
Hair-crested Drongo (Dicrurus hottentottus)<10
Sulawesi Drongo (Dicrurus montanus)<10
Pale-blue Monarch (Hypothymis puella)<10
Slender-billed Crow (Corvus enca)<10
Piping Crow (Corvus typicus)<50
Citrine Canary-Flycatcher (Culicicapa helianthea)>50
Golden-headed Cisticola (Cisticola exilis)<50
Sulawesi Bush Warbler (Locustella castanea)<10
Malia (Malia grata)<50
Tawny Grassbird (Cincloramphus timoriensis)<10
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)<10
Pacific Swallow (Hirundo tahitica)<10
Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier)<10
Sulawesi Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus nesophilus)<10
Mountain Tailorbird (Phyllergates cucullatus)<50
Streak-headed White-eye (Heleia squamiceps)>50
Lemon-bellied White-eye (Zosterops chloris)<10
Black-crowned White-eye (Zosterops atrifrons)<50
Sulawesi Babbler (Pellorneum celebense)<50
Fiery-browed Myna (Enodes erythrophris)<10
Short-tailed Starling (Aplonis minor)<10
Sulawesi Myna (Basilornis celebensis)>90
White-necked Myna (Streptocitta albicollis)<50
Geomalia (Zoothera heinrichi)<50
Sulawesi Thrush (Cataponera turdoides)>90
Gray-streaked Flycatcher (Muscicapa griseisticta)<10
Sulawesi Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa sodhii)>50
Sulawesi Blue Flycatcher (Cyornis omissus)<10
Blue-fronted Flycatcher (Eumyias hoevelli)>90
Turquoise Flycatcher (Eumyias panayensis)<10
Great Shortwing (Heinrichia calligyna)<10
Mugimaki Flycatcher (Ficedula mugimaki)<10
Snowy-browed Flycatcher (Ficedula hyperythra)<50
Little Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula westermanni)>50
Rufous-throated Flycatcher (Ficedula rufigula)<10
Blue Rock-Thrush (Monticola solitarius)<50
Pied Bushchat (Saxicola caprata)>90
Hylocitrea (Hylocitrea bonensis)<10
Yellow-sided Flowerpecker (Dicaeum aureolimbatum)<50
Crimson-crowned Flowerpecker (Dicaeum nehrkorni)>50
Gray-sided Flowerpecker (Dicaeum celebicum)<50
Black Sunbird (Leptocoma aspasia)<10
Olive-backed Sunbird (Cinnyris jugularis)<10
Crimson Sunbird (Aethopyga siparaja)<50
Scaly-breasted Munia (Lonchura punctulata)>50
Black-faced Munia (Lonchura molucca)<10
Chestnut Munia (Lonchura atricapilla)>50
Pale-headed Munia (Lonchura pallida)<50
Blue-faced Parrotfinch (Erythrura trichroa)>50
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus)>50
Gray Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea)<50
Eastern Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla tschutschensis)<10
Mountain Serin (Chrysocorythus estherae)<10


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