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Sumatra Bird Watching Tour

Sumatra Bird Watching Tour
When: Tue 10 Aug - Mon 30 Aug 2021
Leaders: Chris Doughty and
Nurlin Djuni
Sumatra Bird Watching Tour
Melbourne/Melbourne (21 Days)
Ground Content (Jakarta/Jakarta) $8,352
Single Room Supplement $1,600
Sumatra Bird Watching Tour
For centuries, the fabled Spice Islands drew seafarers from all parts of the world, including Marco Polo, who visited the island in 1292. 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. Sumatra is situated at the northwestern end of the Indonesian archipelago; stretching nearly 2,000 kilometres from end to end, it is not only the largest island of Indonesia but also, the sixth-largest island in the world. It is far less populated than most other Indonesian islands, and boasts nearly 400 resident species of birds. Including 30 or so endemic birds, although one or two are only known from just a handful of specimens or are from small offshore islands. 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 truly remarkable birds. We will visit the five key birding sites on the island. The first will be Aceh province in the far north of Sumatra, where we will spend several exciting days birding the forested slopes of Gunung Leuser National Park and a new, recently discovered hot-spot of Sumatran birding, the beautiful Gayo Highlands, where we will search for four little-known endemics, the strikingly plumaged Roll's Partridge; the spectacular, but rather shy, Bronze-tailed Peacock Pheasant; the striking Sumatran Laughingthrush; and the recently split Arche Bulbul; as well as a host of other colourful birds, including Red-billed Partridge, Great Argus, the aptly named Graceful Pitta, Blue-masked Leafbird and Sumatran Drongo. Moving on, we visit the forested slopes of Kerinci-Seblat National Park, in central Sumatra, where we spend most of our time birding in sub-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 bird-rich lowland rainforests of 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, as well as a dazzling selection of kingfishers, trogons, broadbills, flycatchers and babblers.
Come with us and enjoy this fabulous Sumatra Bird Watching Tour.

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