Monday, September 24, 2012

Blyth's hornbills are called Burung Taun-taun

Hornbill can be watched in most part of New Guinea and its surrounding islands.
Blyth's Hornbill (Rhyticeros plicatus)
I frequently see Blyth's hornbills while trekking in the jungle around Manokwari. The best spot to watch this bird is in the lowland forest. In West Papua, we call it taun-taun. It is big that likes to eat fruits from nutmeg and ficus trees. Blyth's hornbills and other birds play a very important role in the ecosystem of rainforest. They disperse seeds of the fruits that they eat. They can fly in a group of two, four or even thirty birds. I organize birding tours to rainforest in West Papua for birders who want to see hornbill and a lot of other tropical birds that are endemic to this region. Hornbills like to sleep in  high trees after sunset time. In order to avoid predators, perhaps snakes, Blyth's hornbills choose the tip parts of the twigs. The one below is a male.
I have guided birdwatchers from Europe, North Americas, Asia and Australia to watch Blyth's hornbill in Manokwari, Tambrauw Mountains, Sorong and Raja Ampat islands. The best times to watch birds are in the mornings and in the afternoon before sunset. I and some of my friends built basecamps deep in the jungle for birdwatchers to stay for several nights in the tropical rainforest of West Papua to watch birds and other wild animals such as cuscus possum, wallaby, deer, soa-soa lizard, butterfly, beetles, and etc.

Birding Tour in Manokwari and Tambrauw Mountains

If you are physically fit, then you can take a birding tour with me to Tambrauw mountains. I have seen various species of tropical birds there. Some of them that I can identify are the Lesser Birds of Paradise (paradisaea minor), King Bird of Paradise, Palm Cockatoo, Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, Eclectus Parrot, Yellow-capped Pygmy Parrots, Variable Goshawk, Western Crown Pigeon, Oriental Dollarbird, Yellow-faced Myna, Golden Myna, Pinon Imperial Pigeon, and etc.
In addition to animals, visitors who take a birding and wildlife watching tour with me can also see a lot of unique plants in the villages and forest that we visit including banana, papaya, mango, jackfruit, matoa, durian, and rambutan trees. Wild flowers such as Faradaya splendida, terrestrial orchid spathoglottis plicata, or various colors of hibiscus can be seen in the region.

Flights to Sorong and Manokwari city

  • If you live in the United States or in Europe and want to watch birds in Manokwari and its surrounding forest, first, you need to fly to Jakarta - the capital of Indonesia. 
  • Second, you take a domestic flight served by Sriwijaya Air, Batik Air or Garuda to Manokwari city. I will meet you at the airport and organize your bird and wildlife tour to Tambrauw mountains or to the nearby lowland forest. 


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Written by Charles Roring

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