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Java and Sumatra Birdwatching Tour

Java and Sumatra Birdwatching Tour
When: Sat 5 Aug - Mon 28 Aug 2017
Leaders: Chris Doughty and local guides
Java and Sumatra Birdwatching Tour
Melbourne/Melbourne (24 Days) $9,990
Single Room Supplement $650
Ground Content (Jakarta/Jakarta) $9,130
For centuries the legends and charisma of the fabled Spice Islands drew seafarers from all parts of the world. A century ago they attracted the attention of Alfred Russel Wallace, an English naturalist, who during his eight years in the archipelago, discovered that the vast chain of islands we know today as Indonesia, is essentially a huge 'melting pot', where the Oriental and Australasian faunal regions merge. The millennia-long isolation of these islands has resulted in the creation of a remarkably rich, diverse and highly endemic avifauna, and Java and Sumatra are no exception. The two islands possess an exciting and varied avifauna, which totals more than 800 species of colourful tropical birds, including half, of all the families of birds in the world. The island of Java is home to an impressive 32 endemic species of birds, while the island of Sumatra, boasts no less than 24 species of endemic birds. This tour is a rare opportunity to explore some of the least birded areas in the world, where majestic, brooding volcanoes tower over their domain of humid, tropical rainforests, which abound with a colourful and spectacular diversity of mammals, and a host of truly remarkable birds. The tour begins in bird-rich west Java, where we visit four of the key birding sites on the island. Our first destination is the Muara Angke Nature Reserve, where we will search for the endemic Sunda Coucal. Next, we visit the Gunung Gede-Pangrango National Park, where the beautiful moss-encrusted montane forests are home to all but three of Java's 32 endemic species of birds, including such exciting species as Javan Trogon, Javan Tesia, Javan Whistling-Thrush, Rufous-fronted Laughingthrush and Javan Fulvetta. This is followed, by a visit to the Carita National Park, where we will search for the range-restricted Black-banded Barbet and the endemic Javan Banded Pitta. We then travel to the remote Halimun-Selak National Park, where amidst the largest unbroken tract of pristine rainforest in Java, we will search for Javan Barred Owlet, Spotted Crocias, White-breasted Babbler and Scarlet Sunbird. Moving on to Sumatra, we visit the forested slopes of Kerinci-Seblat National Park, where we spend most of our time over 1,600 metres in superb montane forest, which provides protection for such mouth-watering and near mythical species as the little-known Schneider's Pitta and the rare Sumatran Cochoa. We then go birding along the Tapan Road, which transects superb lower montane forest. It is the best site on the island for a number of Sumatran endemics and Sundaic specialities, including Sumatran Leafbird, Cream-striped Bulbul and Marbled Wren-Babbler. Our final destination is the beautiful lowland rainforest at Way Kambas National Park, in the far south of Sumatra. Here we will search for many of South-East Asia's most wanted species such as the endangered White-winged Duck, Storm's Stork and Oriental Bay-Owl, amongst a dazzling selection of kingfishers, trogons, broadbills, flycatchers and babblers.

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