Tangkoko Tomohon birding tour

Tangkoko-Tomohon birding tour
Shooting Bird photography in Tangkoko and Tomohon can be a rewarding experience. The area is home to a diverse range of birds, including many endemic and endangered species.With a little planning and patience, you can capture some stunning images of these beautiful creatures.

Duration: 6 Night / 7 Days
Starting Point : Manado (North Sulawesi)
Ending Point : Manado (North Sulawesi)
Physical difficulty: moderate to difficult
Focus: birding/photography
Min. group size: 2 persons
Max group size: 10 persons
Available : 10
We also provide for those who are on their own.

Tangkoko nature park

pardise is a paradise for birders. With over 150 bird species recorded in the park, including 47 endemics to Sulawesi, it's a place where you can see some truly unique feathered creatures.

Here's what makes Tangkoko so special for birding:

Diversity of habitats: The park encompasses rainforests, mangroves, coastline, and lowlands, providing a variety of habitats for different bird species.

Endemic birds:Sulawesi has many endemic bird species, meaning they can't be found anywhere else in the world. Tangkoko is a great place to see these birds, such as the Red-knobbed Hornbill, the Sulawesi Tarsier, and the Maleo bird

Easy accessibility: The park is relatively easy to get to and explore, with trails suitable for all fitness levels.

Some of the birds you can expect to see in Tangkoko include:

Hornbills: These large, colorful birds are a common sight in Tangkoko. The park is home to several species of hornbill, including the Red-knobbed Hornbill, the Writhed-Hornbill, and the Sulawesi Hornbill.

Kingfishers: Tangkoko is a great place to see a variety of kingfishers, such as the Sulawesi Dwarf Kingfisher, the Green-backed Kingfisher,the Lilac-cheeked Kingfisher, and great billed kingfisher.

Parrots: Sulawesi has six endemic parrot species, and Tangkoko is a good place to see some of them, such as the Blue-backed Parrot, the Ornate Lorikeet, and the Red-breasted Paradise Parrot.

Pitta birds: These colorful, ground-dwelling birds can be difficult to spot, but they are present in Tangkoko, that Sulawesi pitta and Some time  Hooded Pitta show up around tangkoko.

Other birds: There are many other bird species to be found in Tangkoko, including eagles, hawks, owls, doves, sunbird and bulbuls.

Mountain Mahawu - Tomohon

Birding on Mount Mahawu tomhon is a fantastic experience for bird enthusiasts. This forested volcano located about 1.5 hours south of Manado, Indonesia, provides habitat for a variety of bird species, including many that are endemic to Sulawesi. Here's what you can expect:

Endemic birds:Due to its geographical isolation, Sulawesi is home to many bird species found nowhere else on Earth. Mount Mahawu offers the chance to see incredible birds like the Scaly-breasted Kingfisher, the Sulawesi Blue Flycatcher, and the Crimson-crowned Flowerpecker.

Diverse habitats: The slopes of Mount Mahawu feature a variety of habitats, from dense rainforests to open fields, that cater to a range of avian life.

Some of the birds you might encounter on Mount Mahawu include:

Kingfishers: Several Kingfisher species are found here, including the Scaly-breasted Kingfisher, the Green-backed Kingfisher, and the Purple-winged Roller.

Flycatchers: Keep an eye out for the Sulawesi Blue Flycatcher, the Pale-blue Monarch, and the Chestnut-backed Bush-warbler.

Whistlers: The Sulphur-bellied Whistler and the Mountain Whistler are commonly seen in the mountain's forests.

Parrots: The Great Hanging Parrot is a possibility, especially in the higher parts of the mountain.

Others: Frugivorous birds like pigeons and doves, raptors like hawks and eagles, and insectivores like swallows are all potential sightings.

Here are a few tips for bird photography in Tangkoko and Tomohon:

Go during the dry season. The dry season, from March to October, is the best time to go birding in Tangkoko and Tomohon. The weather is generally sunny and clear, and the birds are more active. But that doesn't mean it's bad in November-February, it's just more rainy, but it's great for birdwatching and photography.
Start early in the morning. Birds are most active in the morning and evening. If you want to get the best shots, try to be out early in the morning.
Be patient. Birds can be difficult to photograph. It takes time and patience to get the perfect shot.
Use the right equipment. A good camera with a telephoto lens is essential for bird photography. You may also want to consider using a tripod to steady your camera.
Be respectful of the birds. Do not disturb the birds or their habitat.
With a little planning and effort, you can capture some stunning images of the birds of Tangkoko and Tomohon.

Gear up: Bring binoculars with good magnification for distant bird viewing. A camera with a long lens is helpful for capturing crisp photos of the birds you see.

Hire a guide: A local birding guide can be a valuable asset. They'll be familiar with the best birding spots on the mountain and can help you identify the birds you see.

Patience and respect: Birds are most active early in the morning and later in the afternoon. Be patient and quiet as you birdwatch, and avoid littering or going off designated trails.

By following these tips and with a little bit of luck, you can have a memorable birding experience on Tangkoko park and Mount Mahawu


Pic you up in manado,hotel/airport and directly to tangkoko NP and stay there for 4Night and 2Night in Tomohon to see some endemic bird of sulawesi. Any bird you will be see it such us : Sulawesi Dwarf kingfisher, green backed kingfisher, lilac kingfisher, ruddy kingfisher, red backed thrush, sulawesi scops owl, ochre bellied boobook, sulawesi nigtjar, sulawesi roller, knobbed hornbill, pale blue monarch and etc. and more over that, we can see also mammals,reptil and insect.
This tour is divided into two places, namely tangkoko as the representative of the lowland species and tomohon (G. mahawu) as the representative of the highland species. then we chose Tomohon as a complement. And Tomohon is not inferior either because it has special species not found in tangkoko, such as Sulawesi Myzomela, Sulawesi Blue Flycatcher, Sulfur Bellied Whistler, Touquoise Flycatcher Etc. And more specifically for lovers of Kingfisher, Tangkoko and Tomohon, they contributed 10 types of kingfisher, 5 of which were endemic to Sulawesi, namely Green backed kingfisher, Sulawesi lillac, Sulawesi dwarf kingfisher, Great billed kingfisher, And Scaly breassted kingfisher.
sulawesi pitta

Red knob hornbill

sulawesi dwarf kinfisher

Superb fruit dove

Scaly breasted kingfisher
Great billed kingfisher

Ruddy kingfisher
Sulaawesi lillac kingfisher
Sulawesi malkoha
Mangrove trip - look for great bill kingfisher

Knobbed Hornbill
Sulawesi Dwarf kingfisher
Green backed kingfisher
Short crested myna

White face Cuckoo dove

Ochre bellied boobook
sulawesi jungle flycatcher

Sulawesi scops Owl
sulawesi myzomela
Sulawesi Roller
Pale blue monarch


Anonymous said…
Nice tour with tangkoko wildlife tour,
Thank you for good sevice
Julian has an excellent knowledge in birdwatching and knows where and how to find the birds in the Tangkoko forest but also in other places in Sulawesi or West Papua. He has also knowledge about the the mammals and other animals. The days begin early morning to see the birds and there is also afternoon/evening sessions. The room was very simple but clean woth air con/wifi and the food was different and healthy at each lunch. He arranged the transfer to come and to the next destination or to the airport. I spent 2 full days and three nights plus a morning session and saw lot of endemic birds including different species of kingfishers,parrots and pigeons. It is worth to come there!

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