Monday, July 24, 2017

Birding in Sorong Regency

Male Lesser Birds of Paradise
Sorong regency has got a nice birding site that is located in Klasow valley. The tropical rainforest that exists in the region is the natural habitat of a lot of species of birds such as Pinon Imperial Pigeon, Beautiful Fruit Dove, Great Cuckoo Dove, Pink-spotted Fruit Dove, Golden Myna, Large Fig Parrot, Red-cheeked Parrot, Moustached Treeswift, Helmetted Friarbird, Rufous-bellied Kookaburra, King Bird of Paradise, Lesser Bird of Paradise, Magnificent Riflebird, Northern Cassowary and a lot more.
Visitors usually spend between 3 to 5 days in the jungle of Sorong regency to see these unique New Guinea birds that live in lowland forest of the island. Tourists who go to the valley can stay in a wooden house that was constructed by local people.
As a tourist guide, I organize birding tours for visitors who come from various countries including the United Kingdom, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Indonesia, Sweden, Switzerland, Australia and other countries from North America.

Birding Gear
Wompoo Fruit Dove
To go birding in Klasow valley, visitors need to bring binoculars and if possible, a good spotting scope with at least 20-60×60 magnification. Birds of New Guinea by Thane K. Pratt and Bruce Beehler is a highly recommended field guide book for tourists who want to watch birds in the valley and other places in this region.
Two Different Administrations
New Guinea as the largest tropical island in the world, administratively is devided into 2 territories. The first one is Papua New Guinea - which is an independent state and second one is West Papua - which as the territory of the Republic of Indonesia. There are two provinces in West Papua, i.e. Papua Province with Jayapura as its capital and Papua Barat with Manokwari as its capital. Sorong is part of Papua Barat province.

Nankeen Night Heron
How to reach Klasow valley in Sorong regency
  • First, you need to fly from your country to Jakarta (the capital of Indonesia), 
  • After that you could choose a domestic airline such as Sriwijaya Air, Garuda, Sriwijaya Air, Lion Air, Nam Air or Batik Air to fly to Sorong city
  • I could meet you at Domine Eduard Osok (DEO) airport of Sorong city and organize your trip to Klasow valley.
Alternative flight route:
You could fly from your country to Singapore. After that you could use Silk Air to fly to Manado city in the North Sulawesi province of Indonesia and then continue your trip by Wings Air to Sorong city.
Day 1 Arriving in Sorong city, buying food supply from local market, transfer by 4wd car to Klasow valley in Sorong regency, birding and wildlife watching
Day 2 Birding and wildlife watching
Day 3 Birding and Wildlife watching
Day 4 Birding and Wildlife Watching, return to Sorong city

If you still want to continue your birding trip in other areas of West Papua, I could organize your birding tours to Raja Ampat and Manokwari or even to Numfor island

Please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to: or by sending whatsapp text message to: +6281332245180

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