Whether you are a mere nestling who is new to bird watching, a fully-fledged birder, or a seasoned twitcher, this 10-day (9-night) ornithological adventure through the remote, rainforest-clad islands of northern Raja Ampat and North Maluku, which includes a two-night stay at the famed Weda Resort on Halmahera, is a fantastic opportunity to add some significant numbers to your life lists. No other feathered family is as beautiful, or displays such diversity of plumage, extravagant decoration, and courtship behaviour as the ostentatious Bird of Paradise.
In the company of our guest expert, Dr. Kees Groeneboer, we will be in hot pursuit of as many as six or seven species of these fabled shapeshifters, which strut, dazzle and dance in costumes worthy of the stage. Raja Ampat is one of the most noteworthy ecological niches on the planet, where you can snorkel within a below-surface world reminiscent of a living kaleidoscope, while marveling at above-surface views – and birds, which are among the most stunning that you are likely to behold in a lifetime. Meanwhile, Halmahera, in the North Maluku province, is where some of the world’s rarest and least-known birds occur.
Note: An optional two-night programme in Sorong at the end of the cruise is availabel where the Magnificent Rifebird and the Twelve-wired Bird-of-Paradise can be seen. Ask us for details.
Which Birds-of-Paradise might we see?
On the islands of Gam, Waigeo, Batanta and Salawati: Red Bird-of-Paradise, Wilson’s Bird-of-Paradise, Glossy-mantled Manucode. On Batanta and Salawati also: King Bird-of-Paradise, Twelve-wired Bird-of-Paradise, Lesser Bird-of-Paradise, Magnificient Bird-of-Paradise, Magnificent Rifflebird, Trumpet Manucode. On Halmehera: Standard-wing (Wallace’s) Bird-of-Paradise, Paradise Crow.
Special birds in the Weda-Forest of Halmahera
Moluccan Goshawk, Moluccan Scrubfowl, Bare-eyed Rail, Drummer Rail, Scarletbreasted Fruit-Dove, Blue-capped Fruit-Dove, Cinnamon-bellied Imperial Pigeon, Chattering Lory, White (Alba) Cockatoo, Moluccan Cuckoo, Goliath Coucal, Blue and-white Kingfisher, Sombre Kingfisher, Azure (Purple) Dollarbird, Ivory-breasted Pitta, Halmahera Cuckooshrike, Rufous-bellied Triller, Halmahera (Dusky-brown) Oriole, Moluccan Starling, White-streaked Friarbird, Halmahera Flowerpecker, Gery-headed Fruit-Dove, Moluccan King-Parrot, Rufous-bellied Whistler, Moluccan Owlet Nightjar, Moluccan Scops-Owl.
Special birds of Northern Raja Ampat
Orange-bellied Fruitdove, Pinon’s Imperial Pigeon, Palm Cockatoo, Papuan Frogmouth, Rufous-bellied Kookaburra, Blue-black Kingfisher, Yellow-billed
Kingfisher, Western Crowned Pigeon, Grey-headed Goshawk, Collared Sparrowhawk, Brown Cuckoo-Dove, Long-billed Honeyeater, Tawny-brested
Honeyeater, Varied Honeyeater, Spectacled Longbill, Pink-spotted Fruit-dove, Black-capped Lory, Channel-billed Cuckoo, Hooded Butcherbird, Barred
Cuckooshrike, Raja Ampat Pitohui, Spot-winged Monarch, Golden Monarch, Singing Starling, Brown Oriole, Yellow-faced Myna
Special birds found both in Northern Raja Ampat and Halmahera
Red-cheeked Parrot, Yellow-capped Pygmy-Parrot, Claret-breasted Fruit-Dove, Spice Imperial Pigeon, Pied Imperial Pigeon, Sulpher-crested Cockatoo, Violetnecked Lory, White-bellied Cuckooshrike, Shining Flycatcher, Torresian Crow, Dusky Scrubfowl, Common Paradise Kingfisher, Beach Kingfisher, Black Sunbird, Stephan’s Emerald Dove, Eclectus Parrot, Red-cheeked Parrot, Great-billed Parrot, Blyth’s Hornbill, Olive-backed Sunbird, Willie-wagtail, Spangled Drongo.