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Indonesia has more endemic birds than any other country, most of which can be found in the biogeographical region of Wallacea, which was named after the great naturalist and explorer Alfred Russel Wallace. Whether you are a mere nestling who is new to bird watching, a fully-fledged birder, or a seasoned twitcher, this expert-led, ten-day ornithological voyage through the remote, rainforest-clad islands and nature reserves of East Sulawesi presents a fantastic opportunity to add some significant numbers to your lifelists. Birding in Sulawesi is an amazing experience because 96 of the 507 species birds that have been recorded here are endemic or near-endemic, and if you are a first-time visitor, you will be forgiven for thinking that you are in that avian paradise, which you have always dreamt of, where almost every different species you see will be a new one. Your sightings will be rich with spectacular birds that might include the Purple-bearded Bee-eater, the Purple-winged Roller, the Golden-mantled Racquet-tail, and the Lilac-cheeked Kingfisher. Sulawesi’s signature bird is the Maleo, an odd megapode, which lays its eggs in the warm volcanic soils, and you will have the chance to visit a couple of nesting sites, where you may be lucky enough to see some pink-flushed adults digging in the sand in preparation to lay their eggs. There will also be some fabulous raptor watching opportunities, with possibilities to see the Sulawesi Serpent-Eagle, the Sulawesi Hawk-Eagle, Black Eagles, Rufous-bellied Eagles and Black Kites.
Every day from dawn until midday will be spent bird watching and trekking on the various islands in the company of professional spotters. In the afternoons there will be opportunities to do some snorkelling on the colourful coral reefs and to visit remote villages in the area, but of course, the afternoons can also be a time for trekking and bird watching ashore. Please be aware that the itinerary may be subject to change, depending on tides and weather conditions.
Endemic birds of Sulawesi spotted at Pulau Labengke and Pulau Salabangka include, among others: Maroon-chinned Fruit Dove, Black-billed Koel, Sulawesi Goshawk, Spot-tailed Goshawk, Ochre-bellied Boobook, Ashy Woodpecker, Vinous-breasted Sparrowhawk.
Endemic birds of Sulawesi spotted at Morowali Nature Reserve include, among others: Maleo, Knobbed Hornbill, Sulawesi Hornbill, Sulawesi Dwarf Hornbill, Piping Crow, Sulawesi (white-rumped) Triller, White-necked Myna, Yellow-billed Malkoha, Isabelline Bush-hen, Sulawesi Serpent Eagle, Sulawesi Hawk-eagle, Great-billed Kingfisher, Green-backed Kingfisher, Scaly-breasted Kingfisher, Black-capped Kingfisher, Ruddy Kingfisher, Red-eared Fruit-Dove, Grey-headed Imperial-Pigeon, White-bellied Imperial-Pigeon.
Endemic birds of Sulawesi spotted at Pulau Peleng include, among others: Ornate Lorikeet, Banggai Fruit-Dove, Slaty Cuckooshrike, Banggai Crow, Red-and-Black Thrush, Peleng Leaf-Warbler, Rusty-bellied Fantail, Helmeted Myna, Sula Scrubfowl, Glossy Starling, Red-and-black Thrush, Red-backed Thrush.
Endemic birds of Sulawesi spotted at the Togian Islands include, among others: Togian Boobook, Togian Golden Bulbul, Small Sparrowhawk, Blue-faced Rail, White-faced Cuckoo-Dove, Sulawesi Ground-Dove, Bay Coucal, Sulawesi Scops-Owl, Speckled Boobook, Sulawesi Dwarf-Kingfisher, Lilac-cheeked Kingfisher, Purple-bearded Bee-Eater, Purple-winged Roller, Golden-mantled Racquet-Tail, Yellow-breasted Racquet-Tail, Pied Cuckoo-shrike, White-rumped Cuckoo-shrike, Sulawesi Cicadabird, Sulawesi Drongo, Sulawesi (rusty-backed) Thrush, White-rumped Cuckoo-shrike, White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike.
Note: This is a first-time exploratory trip for SeaTrek, and as such it is reflected in the lower than normal price of the tour, but we will have professional guides on board to help us find the best locations and as many birds as possible en route. Please be aware that the itinerary may be subject to change due to tides, weather conditions or harbour restrictions.
Note: The price of this cruise does not include any domestic airfares to and from our start and end points, however, our reservations specialists in Bali are more than happy to help arrange domestic flights on your behalf and advise on scheduling. We book hundreds of flights each year on behalf of our guests and we know the best routes to take to ensure you arrive on time. We only book with IATA-approved airlines that have met with international standards of safety and dependability. Except for Bali, transfers to and from local airports to the boat are also included. If you are booking flights by yourself, do not book any flights before checking with us first. Our first and last day programmes rely on strict time scheduling, so please confirm with us to ensure that you arrive and depart at your destination with plenty of time to spare and to avoid disruption to other guests' schedules.