Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Birdwatching in Arfak mountains

Magnificent Birds of Paradise
(male and female)
 a courtship encounter
in the jungle of Arfak mountains
The mountain range of Arfak is located in the south of Manokwari city. It is a popular destination for watching various species of paradise birds. There are 2 birding sites that I recommend for birdwatchers. The first one is Warmarway (located in the eastern side of the mountains) and the second one is Imubri.
  • Warmarway village - this is a great place for watching coastal and lower montane forest birds such as brahminy kite, fregate birds, kingfishers,  lesser birds of paradise, blyth's hornbills and various species of doves. A villager - Yunus Sayori - works as local guide. He can accompany visitors in the jungle. He has the skill to immitate the sounds of female cuscus to attract male cuscus at night. Unfortunately, he does not speak English.
  • Imubri - this is a village located between middle and upper montane forest of Arfak range. Imubri is the natural habitat of vogelkop bowerbird, western parotia, cinnamon fruit dove, hooded pitohui, spotted catbird, and magnificent birds of paradise. Tree kangaroo is a vocal point of the jungle trekking tour in Arfak range.
If you are interested in traveling to Arfak mountains of Manokwari to watch paradise birds in the jungle, please, contact me (Charles Roring) -  by email: peace4wp@gmail.com or send text message to my number +6281332245180.