As you all know we really love parrots and we really love Biak. So what could be better than a Biak parrot today?
Geelvink Pygmy Parrot – Micropsitta geelvinkiana misoriensis
When you google this species Mehd’s pictures are always at the top. It took some time to learn their behaviour and to spot them.
Mehd shot this amazing video in 2013 when he went to Numfor with Australian friends.
How many parrots can you see?
I know this video has been upploaded both to our Facebook and to World Parrot Trust’s Facebook before, but it’s worth it’s own blog as well.
After all it is Saturday in most parts of the world right now, so why not enjoy some eye candy? The beautiful Biak Paradise Kingfisher. He always deliver for us and we have not been to Biak once without meeting him. And that despite the continuing logging that’s going on in the world and Biak is by no means an exception.
Happy weekend to you all!
Mehd was really happy to start off the 24 day tour with some really good birding in Biak.
Biak Gerygone – Gerygone hypoxantha was a real gem on this amazing little island just north of Papua.
We are not aware of any other pictures of this species anywhere on internet. Please tell us if you have found other pictures.
The taxonomy of this species is still not settled and it is often regarded as a race of G. magnirostris. Acoording to HBW it seems quite distinct in having yellow in plumage, and confined to a long-isolated island with many other distinct endemic taxa.
The birdlife is really unique there but so is also culture, history and nature.
Biak was an important island during WW2 where dutch and japanese soldiers fought at length.
You can see more of the Biak and Numfor birds in the photo album.
Mehd has just come back from a 20-day version of our 24-day Biak, Nimbokrang, Arfak, Sorong and Waigeo tour. They’ve had a sucessful tour wit around 250 species of birds.
The group started with only two days in Biak, but managed to see the Biak Coucal (Centropus chalybeus) that can be a real skulker when the weather is good.
In Nimbokrang the group was very lucky with finding a bower of the Fawn-breasted Bowerbird (Chlamydera cerviniventris). It’s the first time the guide pak Jamil has found a bower in the forests of Nimbokrang. They also got Shovel-billed Kingfisher (Clytoceyx rex) and Hook-billed Kingfisher (Melidora macrorrhina).
After Nimbokrang they went on to Arfak mountains. There they got some good records with Black SIcklebill (Epimachus fastosus) posing out in the sun, which is not normal behaviour for this species.
They also got 4-5 individuals of Long-tailed Paradigalla (Paradigalla carunculata) -a real treat – and a flock of Blue-collared Parrots (Geoffroyus simplex) flying over their heads!
The final leg was Sorong with Batanta and Salawati for Wilson’s and Red Birds of Paradise. There some nice Kinfishers and pigeons and doves as well, topping the list with the endemic Western Crowned Pigeon.
We offer Guided Tours to many different birding destinations in eastern Indonesia.
We start and end our tours in Bali, as it makes a nice and relaxing base.
Please also chek out our photos in the top menu from travels around Indonesia!
While travelling with us you will have the chance to see Lowland Peltops, Pesquet’s Parrot Palm Cockatoo, Western Parotia, Magnificent Bird of Paradise, Pale-billed Sicklebill, Wilson’s Bird of Paradise and many more.
We have travelled and birdwatched around Indonesia since 2001 and
from August 2007 we live in Yogyakarta on Java.
So far we have experience in birdwatching in the following locations:
Java, Bali, Komodo, Flores, Sulawesi, Halmahera, Buru, Sula, Tanimbar, Sumba, Timor, Flores, West Papua (Baliem Valley, outskirts of Foya mountains, Arfak mountains, lake Sentani), Merauke, Batanta, Salawati, Yapen, Biak and Numfor.
Lena & Mehd Halaouate