west papua birding

by Sultan Birding Tours Indonesia

Birds of Paradise Tours in West Papua
Birds Photography Tours in West Papua
Bird-Watching Trip in West Papua
Sultan Birding Tours is a birding tour and holidays with specialist local birding company
and guides are among the most popular wildlife experiences in West Papua of Indonesia

west papua birding TOUR 15 DAYS / 14 NIGHTS

Date & Price
PROMO only from July – December 2021
We recommend early booking
Price starting from US$ 0000/person sharing based on 4 – 6 participants
Includes accommodation during the trip, Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), Mineral water, Car transport for the group to all sites in the itinerary (4WD in Arfak), Express Boat (VIP Ticket) to get to Waigeo, English Speaking Bird Guide, Entrances to Parks and Reserves, Local guides/Landowner / local park ranger

West Papua has around 386 endemic species, 117 of these being non-passerines and 269 passerines. West Papua and Papua is blessed with a great abundance of forest in extremely challenging terrain, and this has thus far enabled many of the island ecosystems to remain relatively intact. The big pluses offered by West Papua include essentially a new bird fauna, particularly for songbirds, for example, the wonderful birds of paradise, bowerbirds, fruit-doves, pigeons, parrots, and kingfishers. West Papua is best considered a specialty destination, to be savored after gaining a seasoned grasp of birding in the tropical world. Whether a resident or a visitor, you will find bird-watching in West Papua a challenge, albeit an exciting one. Thus, it pays to plan and to be prepared. Birding in West Papua can produce amazing rewards but also offers up no shortage of hazards and frustrations. The resident novice or newly arriving visitors to West Papua will soon discover that although birds of the open country are conspicuous and easy to study, the forest-dwelling species typically are often less common, more selective, and difficult to observe. This phenomenon is common to tropical humid forest environments around the world. Patience and repeated effort provide the only antidote to the frustrations created by those rare species that defy locating on one’s first few field trips.  In nearly all West Papua habitats, bird activity is greatest at dawn and shortly thereafter. It pays to be afield early. By 10 a.m. it is usually quiet, especially in the lowlands, unless rain brings cooler conditions.  Hunting has been continuous for thousands of years, but at low-impact largely sustainable levels until very recently, when modern technology and the vastly increased human population pressure have tipped the balance. It is often asked why West Papua and Papua birds are so shy in many areas, and the response usually involves reference to hunting pressures, although this seems a tad glib and doubtless other factors are operating. Our birding in West Papua running from January to December with a destination to Waigeo island, Nimbokrang, Sorong, Malagufuk, Biak Numfour island. While birding in Arfak Mountains we run from mid-June to mid-November during the year.

Sultan Birding is the Wildlife Photography Tour Company in Indonesia that offers different photography tours and trips catering for the beginner to the photography expert. We offer Wildlife photography tours are very popular wildlife experiences. We are a local Wildlife Photography Tour Company and Guides to enquire directly about your next Birds of Paradise photography journey and Birdwatching trip to Indonesia of West Papua including Waigeo Island, Arfak Mountains, Nimbokrang Lowland, Wamena Highlands, Biak Island, Sorong, and Malagufuk Lowland.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1:Arrival Sorong – Waigeo Island
The tours begin with your arrival in Sorong and then will be transferred directly to Waigeo island with a fast and comfortable express boat. On Waigeo island you will stay 3 nights in a comfortable resort with great views both from the beach to the forest. This island located in the Raja Ampat archipelago arguably boasts the most wanted birds on the tour. The display sites of both Red Bird-of-paradise and the awe-inspiring Wilson’s Bird-of-paradise will be visited during our days on the island. To make it even better, these sites are easy to reach after short 10-minute walks.

Day 2: Waigeo Island
Just a few of many species that we might encounter include Blyth’s Hornbill, Eclectus Parrot, Emperor Fairywren, Orange-fronted Fruit Dove, and Papuan Drongo. We need to wake up 30 minutes early at 4.30 for breakfast. At 05.00 am we visit the hide of Wilson’s Bird of Paradise until lunch. From our resort, it takes around 15 to 20 minutes to drive to the stop point and we continue to walk around 5 to 10 minutes to the hide. The afternoon schedule will be the following.

Day 3:Waigeo Island
In addition to the aforementioned ‘BoP’s, the lowlands of this island offer a huge list of birds, including the localized Raja Ampat Pitohui, the incredible Western Crowned Pigeon, Great-billed and Moluccan King- Parrots, Claret-breasted, Orange-bellied, and Dwarf Fruit-Doves, Palm Cockatoo, Coconut Lorikeet, Yellow-faced Myna, Papuan Pitta, elusive White-eared Catbird, Brown-headed Crow, New Guinea Friarbird, and Golden Monarch and the Waigeo Cuscus. Our morning will start just like yesterday and after all preparation, we step up to the Red Bird of Paradise hide. From the resort, we will drive around 20 minutes to the stop point and walk for 30 minutes to the hide. You can enjoy the bird playing until lunchtime and we go back. The afternoon schedule will be the following.

Day 4: Waigeo Island – Sorong
We still have one more chance to do birding in the morning before sailing to Sorong. We can start birding earlier in the morning around the village until before lunch.   After returning to Sorong with the express boat, we shall have another afternoon birding into the lowland forests in Sorong with a slew of different lowland forest specialties. Some truly breathtaking birds are possibilities for this afternoon’s excursion: Blue-black Kingfisher will be a major target this afternoon before we depart for the Arfaks tomorrow morning.

Day 5: Sorong – Manokwari – Arfak
After a flight to Manokwari, and a drive with 4WD for around 2 hours, we will arrive at what is arguably the premier birding site on this side of New Guinea, the Arfak Mountains, situated on the northeast of the Bird’s Head (Vogelkop) Peninsula. This part of the island has a rich set of endemics all its own, plus a huge variety of widespread forest species. Five nights will be spent in a guesthouse at an elevation of 5250ft/1600m, and we will do birding in a range of elevations above and below here.

Days 6-9: Arfak Mountain
With so much to see here, we will spend four full days birding the various forests, gardens, and other secondary habitats that flank the mountains and hold many of the tour’s standout birds. We will visit the display grounds of Magnificent Bird-of-Paradise, Western Parotia, and the bower of the Vogelkop Bowerbird, one of the great architects of the bird world, with an extraordinarily large and decorative bower that far outshines the dour bird itself!

While these may arguably be the most famous targets in the mountains, the list of other birds is both extensive and tantalizing, and includes the likes of Vogelkop Superb BoP, Long-tailed Paradigalla, Arfak Astrapia, Black Sicklebill, Black-billed Sicklebill, Glossy Mantled Manucode, Green-backed Robin, Splendid Astrapia, Crinkle-collared Manucode and Spotted Jewel-Babbler. If we are extremely lucky we might catch up with Masked Bowerbird, Vulturine Parrot, or the New Guinea Harpy Eagle.

The nights will be spent at Sultan Birding’s Lodge. Sometimes owlet-nightjars, Feline Owlet-Nightar, Papuan Frogmouth, and Papuan Boobook can be found by daylight.

Day 10: Arfak – Manokwari
After another full day in the Arfaks chasing the last of the best birds of the mountains, we return to Manokwari where we overnight in a comfortable city hotel.

Day 11: Manokwari – Jayapura – Nimbokrang
After taking a morning flight to Sentani, we head for Nimbokrang, and the lowland forests of the north for a three-night stay. In the afternoon we may stake out a clearing that is an excellent site for raptors, pigeons, and the bounty of parrots that grace the Papuan lowlands

Day 12-13: Nimbokrang
This lowland site may be hot and sweaty, but it is loaded with special birds – a major theme on this tour! King Bird-of-paradise, Twelve-wired Bird-of-paradise, Hook-billed, Shovel-billed, and Blue-black Kingfishers are just some of the birds on offer, though all of these species require a combination of luck and effort.

Day 14: Nimbokrang
After a long day in the lowland jungles of Nimbokrang, we return to Sentani for an overnight stay of hot water and a little luxury.

Day 15: Hotel transfer to the airport
After long days of birding tour finally, it’s time to say goodbye. You will have your flight back to your home town. End of the trip.

Facts of West Papua Birding Tour 15 days / 14 nights by Sultan Birding

  • Location:Sorong, Waigeo Island, Manokwari/Arfak Mountain and Nimbokrang Jayapura
  • Availability: Set Departure
  • Tour Type: Multi-Day Tour
  • Tour Focus: Birds
  • Group Size: 4 – 6 Pax
  • Duration: 15 Days / 14 Nights
  • Best Time: Throughout The Year
  • Pace: Challenging
  • Arrival In: Sorong Airport, Papua Barat of Indonesia
  • Depart From: Sentani Airport,  Jayapura of Indonesia

What is included?

  • Accommodation during the trip
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
  • Mineral water
  • Car transport for the group to all sites in the itinerary (4WD in Arfak)
  • Express Boat (VIP Ticket) to get to Waigeo
  • English Speaking Bird Guide
  • Entrances to Parks and Reserves
  • Local guides/Landowner / local park ranger

What is not included?

  • Airfare to Indonesia ( Jakarta or Bali )
  • Internal Airfare: Jakarta – Sorong,
  • Internal Airfare: Sorong – Manokwari and Manokwari – Jayapura
  • All personal expenses that are not mentioned on the items above.
  • Tips for optional luggage porters in city hotels
  • Camera/luggage porters in the jungle
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Visa fees (payable on arrival in Indonesia);
  • Departure tax when leaving Indonesia
  • Travel insurance
  • excursions not included in the tour itinerary
  • extras in hotels such as laundry service, minibar, room service, telephone calls,
  • Tips to drivers, local guides, and lodge staff
  • Personal items; medical fees; other items or services not specifically mentioned as being included.
  • Any kind of expenditures incurred due to flight cancellation/delays or due to other causes beyond our control.

Payment Term and Condition
We require a minimum of 50% deposit payment to confirm your booking, we cannot guarantee your booking until this has been received. Bookings will be held for 7 days to allow the client time to send a deposit payment. We reserve the right to release the booking if the deposit is not received within 7 days of the booking being made. Changes of dates to bookings after the deposit has been made can be done but will be subject to availability.
Cancelation: Deposit payment No Refund, No show – full payment charge.
Full Payment, The full payment will be required at least 30 days prior to your date of arrival. The invoice amount has to be paid in full, net of all transfer costs and bank charges.

Sultan Birding Tours Indonesia act only as agents for the passenger in regard to travel, whether by railroad, motorcar, motor coach, boat, or airplane, and assume no liability for injury, damage, loss, accident, delay, or irregularity which may be occasioned either by reason of defect in any vehicle or for any reason whatsoever or through the acts or default of any company or person engaged in conveying the passenger or in carrying out the arrangements of the tour. Sultan Birding Tours Indonesia can accept no responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delay or changes in air or other services, sickness, weather, strike, war, quarantine, or other causes. All such losses or expenses will have to be borne by the passenger, as tour rates provide for arrangements only for the time stated. Baggage is at the owner’s risk entirely. The airlines concerned and their agents and affiliates are not to be held responsible for any act, omission, or event during the time passengers are not on board their aircraft.

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enjoy the slide photos & videos of the Birds of Paradise from West Papua Trip

Magnificent Bird-of-Paradise

Endemic to West Papua inhabits in hill forest most at 400 – 1200 m. Locally to 1780 m and as low as 100 m. Size 16 – 26 cm. The Male has central tail feathers. Keeps to lower and middle stages. Takes fruit and insects. Heard more often than seen. Males quite vocal, display courts on the ground. Usually seen singly, males seem solitary, but female-plumaged birds from loose flocks of up to six individuals at fruiting bushes and trees. Identified as small short-tailed Paradisaeid. Sexual dimorphic.

Wilson's Bird-of-Paradise

Endemic to West Papua island. Monotypic. Size 16 – 21 cm. Male has central tail feathers. Found only on Batanta and Waigeo island. Inhabiting on hill and mid-montane forest, rarely in lowlands. Keeps mostly to forest interior. Very vocal, display courts on ground.  Identified as small short-tailed paradisaeid and one of the most striking of the smallest members of the family on account of its unusual colour combination. 

Twelve wired bird of paradise

Endemic to New Guinea. Inhabits in swamp-forest and riparian forest with sago palms and Pandanus, also adjacent rainforest, in lowlands to 100 m. very much a lowland wet-forest specialist, wary but not particularly shy. Size 32 – 34 cm. Keeps to middle stages canopy. Male displays from barely exposed palm or vertical dead-tree tops. Usually seen singly. Displaying males will attract several female-plumaged birds and they join mixed feeding flocks.

Red Bird-of-Paradise

Endemic to West Papuan island. Occurs only in West Papuan island on Batanta and Waigeo. Inhabiting in lowland and hill forest to 600 m. Size 30-33 cm (excluding tail wires). Keeps to middle and upper stages. Works along branches like a woodpecker. Communal leks at huge forest trees may have up to twenty males. Sexual dimorphic.  

Western Parotia

Endemic to West Papua. Found in Vogelkop and Wandammen Peninsula. Inhibiting in mid-montane forests and old second growth at 1100 – 1900 m. Size 30 – 33 cm. Usually seen singly, but small groups at fruiting trees. Joined mixed flocks. Male almost entirely black, with erectile triangular silvery-white frontal chest, broad iridescent purple nuchal bar, and crown iridescent coppery bronze.

Vogelkop Superb Bird-of-Paradise

Endemic to West Papua. Size 25 – 26 cm. inhabits middle and upper montane forest, gardens, disturbed areas, and Casuarina groves at 850 – 2300 m, mainly 1650 – 1900. Keeps mostly to the middle stage and canopy, sometimes descending to lower levels. Display courts on saplings or trunks near the ground.

Black Billed-Sicklebil

Endemic to New Guinea. Inhibits in the montane forest at 1100-2000 m, rarely down to 600 m or up to 2250 m. Size 36 cm, usually seen singly. The Male seems solitary. Female-plumaged birds rarely join mixed flocks at fruiting trees. Small sicklebill of forest interior with strongly decurved bill and rounded tail. Sexual dimorphic.

Lesser Bird-of-Paradise

Endemic to New Guinea. Inhabits in lowland and hill rainforest, swamp-forest, second growth, disturbed areas and montane Casuarinagroves at up to 1550 m. Size 32 – 33 cm (excluding tail wires). Keeps to middle and upper stages. Usually seen singly or in loose flocks at fruiting trees. Leks may have five to six adult males and half a dozen female-plumaged birds.

King Bird-of-Paradise

Inhabits in lowland and hill forest to 300 m, locally to 1150 m, also secondary forest and forest edge. Male size from 16 cm to 31 cm with tail feathers. Female 17 cm. Endemic to New Guinea and Aru Island. Keeps mainly to the upper and middle stages, and fond of vine tangles. Usually seen singly, sometimes loose flocks up to ten birds at fruiting trees, males in auditory contact at displays trees.

Twelve Wired Bird-of-Paradise

Endemic to New Guinea. Inhabits in swamp-forest and riparian forest with sago palms and Pandanus, also adjacent rainforest, in lowlands to 100 m. very much a lowland wet-forest specialist, wary but not particularly shy. Size 32 – 34 cm. Keeps to middle stages canopy. Male displays from barely exposed palm or vertical dead-tree tops. Usually seen singly. Displaying males will attract several female-plumaged birds and they join mixed feeding flocks.

Western Parotia

Endemic to West Papua. Found in Vogelkop and Wandammen Peninsula. Inhibiting in mid-montane forests and old second growth at 1100 – 1900 m. Size 30 – 33 cm. Usually seen singly, but small groups at fruiting trees. Joined mixed flocks. Male almost entirely black, with erectile triangular silvery-white frontal chest, broad iridescent purple nuchal bar, and crown iridescent coppery bronze.

Masked Bowerbird

Taken from Arfak Mountains

Red BoP

Video by Sultan Birding Tours

Magnificent Bird of Paradise

Taken from Arfak Mountain,
during our West Papua Birding Trip
by Sultan Birding Tours

West Papua Birding Trip

We are a local birding tour operator who has been arranging West Papua birding and Birdwatching in West Papua programs for birdwatchers and bird photographers from around the world to West Papua of Indonesia to watch and photographs bird-of-paradise. Our services are ranged from medium to high category in lodging and meals depending on your needs. We provide packages including all services from your arrival until your departure from West Papua of Indonesia. We help you to set the ideal itinerary considering your main requirements as well as the birds you want to watch during your West Papua Birding Trip, Birdwatching in West Papua, Birding in West Papua. We also provide 4WD transportation and a knowledgeable birding guide who will take you to the specific display Lek for you to watch or take a picture of bird-of-paradise and your other target birds. Let us know the interests of your birding journey to West Papua, and we will be glad to advise and assist you in planning the itinerary that suits better to fulfill your expectations.

We offer you 15 days West Papua birding trip, Our West Papua birding tour starts on small town of Sorong, The word Sorong meant “deep and turbulent sea” in the local Soreri language. this town well known as the gateway to Waigeo in Raja Ampat islands. We travel by express boat to Waigeo and we will stay two nights at the nice resort near the beach. Our main target here Wilson’s bird-of-paradise and Red bird-of-paradise as well as endemic Raja ampat pitohui, we also try our luck to see amazing Western Crowned Pigeon, Beach Kingfisher, Yellow billed Kingfisher, Palm Cockatoo, Brown headed Crow. After Waigeo we go back to Sorong for overnight stay.

Next we take a flight to the small town of Manokwari from here we will travel by 4WD car up to the village of Mingre amongst the spectacular deep valleys of the higlands of Arfak Mountains. In Mingre Village we have our own guesthouse for you with a good facilities. The highland endemic include Western Parotia, Arfak Astrapia, Long-tailed Paradigalla, Black Sicklebill, Vogelkop Superb bird of paradise, black billed Sicklebill, Magnificent bird of paradise, Lesser bird-of-paradise, Arfak Honey eater, Vogelkop bowerbird, Masked bowerbird, Feline Owlet Nightjar. After this we go back to Manokwari for overnight stay

Finally we will take a flight to Sentani Jayapura where we explore the lowland rainforest. You will stay at the lodge in Nimbokarng which have air condition room with hot water shower and also excellent food. This lodge is management by Sultan Birding, we invest here for good accommodation for our lovely clients to visit Nimbokrang. Our bird of paradise here include Twelve wired bird of paradise, King bird of paradise, Lesser bird of Paradise, Salvadori’s Fig Parrot, Pale billed Sicklebill, Victoria Crowned Pigeon.

Delight yourself watching bird-of-paradise just a few meters away. Great chances to take pictures and learn from an experienced local guide. For those of you who have a short birding trip, we still can help you, We offer you Waigeo Birding Tour in 5 days, Arfak Birding Tour 5 days, Nimbokrang Birding Tour 5 days, Biak Birding Tour 5 days, Numfour Birding Tour 5 days, Wamena Birding Tour 5 days, Sorong Birding Tour 4 Days, Malagufuk Birding Tour 4 days.

For those of you who really wan to visit West Papua and really want to see your dream bird of paradise, kindly please feel free to send us email and we will help you to arrange your birding trip to West Papua. We are specialize for Papua bird photography, Papua birdwatching, Birding Papua, Arfak birding, Waigeo birding, Jayapura birding, sorong birdwatching, Biak birdwatching, Birding biak and Balliem Valley birding.

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