Birdwatching Tours

 With experienced Team of Birdwatching, we welcome you to Manado!
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Tour Code: Bellatour 002 :   8 DAYS/ 7 NIGHTS BIRDING
TANGKOKO NATURE RESERVE & DUMOGA BONE NATIONAL PARK
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Day 01: Arrival Transfer to Tangkoko
Upon arrival at Sam Ratulangi International airport Manado, meeting service with our guide. Proceed to car then drive to Tangkoko Nature Reserve (2 hours drive) passing lush coconut plantations, cleared forests and picturesque villages of the Minahasan.
Enroute you might spot Knobbed Hornbill, Barred Buttonquail.
Check into Mama Ross guest house or similar. Birding along the small river of the park.
 
Day 02: Early morning birding around Tangkoko Reserve.
Target of birding: Small and large Sulawesi hanging Parrots (e), Red-knobbed Hornbill (e – very common here), Dwarf Hornbill (e), Green, White-bellied and Silver-tipped (e) Imperial Pigeons and White-rumped Cuckoo-shrike (e)
Sulawesi Cicadabird (e), Sulawesi Drongo (e),  Isabelline Bush-hen (e), Sulawesi Black Pigeon (e), Sulawesi Dwarf Kingfisher (e), Sulawesi Babbler (e – common), White-necked Myna (e), Gross-beak Starling, Ashy Woodpecker (e), Sulawesi Pygmy Woodpecker (e), Brown-throated and Olive-backed Sunbirds (common here), Grey and Yellow-sided flowerpeckers (e), Hair-crested Drongo, Slender-billed Crow, Pacific Swallow, Sooty-headed Bulbul, Collared Kingfisher, Black-naped Oriole (quite common on lower area) and Grey-rumped Treeswifts.  Lunch will be prepared by the beach.
Late in the afternoon proceed to the coastal forest to catch a glimpse of  one of the world’s smallest primates, the Spectral Tarsier.
 
Day 03: Early morning birding around Tangkoko Reserve.
Target of birding are Purple-winged Roller (e),  Buff-banded Rails, S. Black Pigeon (e), Ornate Lorikeet (e), Blue-backed Parrot, Large (E) and Small (e) S. Hanging Parrots, Yellow-billed Malkoha (e), Lesser Coucal,  Moluccan Swiftlet (e), S. Triller (e), Golden-headed Cisticola, Grosbeak   Starling (e) Yellow-sided (e) and Grey-sided (e) Flowerpeckers, Black-fronted White-eye, and Chestnut Munia.
Birding along a track that parallels the ocean, taking you eventually into the coastal forest, hike a trail that goes up to higher elevation to spot the Green-backed Kingfisher (e), one of the harder forest Kingfishers, Sulawesi Dwarf Kingfisher (e), Ashy Woodpeckers (e), Brown Cuckoo-dove, Grey-cheeked Green Pigeon (e), Black-naped Fruit Dove (e), Sulawesi Babbler (e – one of only 2 babblers found east of Wallace), and  Black-naped Monarch. Sulawesi Serpent-eagle (e), Yellow-breasted Racquet-tail (e), Sulawesi Cicadabird (e), and White-necked Myna (e).
 
Day 04: Tangkoko – Dumoga Bone Park (7 Hours)
Today is a long drive to the Dumoga Bone National Park via Manado then through coastal roads. Before you get to the park, you will come across some flooded rice fields and ponds, where you will get your best looks  at Javan Pond Heron,  Purple Heron, Little and Great Egrets, Cinnamon Bitterns,  Wandering Whistling Ducks, Sunda Teal, White-browed Crakes,  White-breasted Waterhen, Common and Dusky Moorhens, and Sacred Kingfisher.
Overnight at Touraut Lodge by the river / or at the local’s house.
Before dinner, birding for an hour or two on the edge of a small lake in front of the guest house to see Great Eared Nightjar.
This lake has a   couple of large dead trees in the middle of it and they are home to a raucous group of Grosbeak Starlings.
After dinner, we’ll try to find  Sulawesi Masked Owl (e).
 
Day 05:  DUMOGA BONE PARK
Early morning proceed to the forest. First, we’ll across the small river on a raft made of lashed together bamboo poles.
Target of birding:  Oriental Cuckoo, the Maroon-chinned Fruit Dove (e),
Lilac-cheeked Kingfisher (e), Bay Coucal (e), Lesser Coucal, Black-naped Fruit Dove, Green Imperial Pigeon, Knobbed Hornbills. Sulawesi Dwarf Kingfisher, Sulawesi ground-dove (e – very difficult to see), Purple Needletails, Barred Rails,  Wandering Whistling Duck, Sunda Teal, Chestnut Munias, Asian Glossy  Starlings.
After dinner, birding at the river edge to find Sulawesi Scop Owl and Great Eared Nightjars.
 
Day 06: Tambun (Maleo Bird hatching site) – Matayangan
We drive for about an hour to Tambun (Project of nesting Maleo)   where there are hot springs and the ground is heated from geothermal sources.
The Maleo uses the warm soil to lay its egg in a hole about 18 inches deep, cover it up, and walk away never to see the offspring or take part in its upbringing.
Other birds to see: Plaintive Cuckoo,  Wandering Whistling Ducks and Sunda Teal, Black-billed Koel, Sulawesi Black Pigeon, Ivory-backed Wood-swallows, Stephan’s Dove, Red- knobbed Hornbill (e), Great-billed Kingfisher (e), Yellow and Cinnamon Bitterns, White-bellied, Green, and Grey-headed Imperial Pigeons and Asian Palm Swifts, Dwarf  Hornbills (e), and Purple Rollers, Brown Cuckoo-Dove, Superb  and Black-naped Fruit Doves, Ornate Lorikeet, Small Sulawesi Hanging Parrot (e), Bay Coucal, Ashy Woodpecker, Sulawesi Cicadabird (e), Sulawesi Babbler (e), and Crimson Sunbird.  After lunch, birding to Matayangan area.
The roadside birding here is pretty good and is not too busy with vehicles.
Birds to see: Sulawesi Hawk-eagle (e)  Glossy Swiftlet (below eye level), , Rufous-bellied Eagle, Sulawesi small and large hanging parrots, , Sulawesi Hawk-eagle,  Barred Honey Buzzard, Purple Needletails, Glossy Swiftlets,  Ivory-backed  Wood-swallows, ). Red-throated Little Grebe, Brahminy Kites and Purple Swamphen, Yellow-sided Flowerpecker, yellow-breasted Racquet-tail, Sulawesi Black Pigeon (e).
Late in the afternoon return to Guest House.
 
Day 07: Dumoga Bone – Mt. Ambang – Manado
Depart early morning to Mt. Ambang via a little town, Kotamobagu and Lake Moaad (1000 m).  Trekking to the foot of Mt. Ambang with stunning view all the way passing vegetable gardens.
Birds to see:   Red-eared fruit-dove, Purple-bearded Bee-eater (e), Sulawesi hawk-eagle (e), Red-backed Trush (e), Lesser Sulawesi honeyeater (e), Matinan Flycatcher (e), etc.  This a great birding at a little site.
Drive to Manado via coastal roads.  Arrive late in the afternoon check into hotel.
 
Day 08: Departure
Free at leisure before depart.
 
Suggested hotel/ resort around Manado or outside of Manado
- Tasik Ria Resort (rated 3 star resort) by the beach. (20 km outside of town)
- Tateli Manado Beach Resort
- Luley Resort (rated 4 star) surrounded with mangroves forest, located by the beach (15 km outside of town).
 
Price includes: (please email us of your total participants so that we can send you our best offer. 
 √ All transfers
√ Accommodations
√ Guide service & rangers
√ Fullboard
√ Entrances
√ Donation
√ Permits of the park
 
Important notes:
- Bird List is according to the surveys conducted for months.
- Accommodation at Tangkoko is very basic.  Food served is Indonesian meals.
- Accommodation at Dumoga Bone park is also very basic.  Local’s house might be the best alternative available.
- Due to the park regulation, it is a must to involve local rangers during  birding, trekking, and other activities.
- November to April is rainy seasons.
 
Member of Indonesian Tourist Guide Association chapter North Sulawesi.
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 Extent Birding to Central Sulawesi & Halmahera, please email us: bellawisata@mail.com

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