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Tangkoko

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Another wonder in Minahasa Smiling Land is Tangkoko Celebes Birding  Tour. It is worth every minute in this National Park, made up of rolling hills, valleys, and three volcanoes, located right next to a beautiful black sandy beach of vitamin sea, at the northern tip of endemic-rich Sulawesi. The Tangkoko bay and mangrove boat birding trip is an enjoyable one and a nice change from the forest walks makes Tangkoko Celebes Birding  Tour unique.

Certainly Tangkoko Celebes Birding  Tour – North Sulawesi offers an exciting trip. Very pleasantly, birds and primates were generally fairly tame, often allowing for close and prolonged views, something you don’t get often anywhere in Indonesia. Tangkoko Celebes Birding  Tour is also a good combination of mangrove, lowland land and mid-mountain forest enables you to spot many different species. For anyone living in on this planet with only a few days in hand, this is a very doable trip, maybe the easiest introduction to Wallacea’s unique avifauna. Tangkoko Celebes Birding  Tour is important for birdwatchers touring Sulawesi.

Black sandy beach Tangkoko

Key bird species

The World Institute for Conservation and Environment (WICE) lists 12 kingfisher species found in Sulawesi, the Tangkoko Natinal Park records  ten of them including five endemic species; the first is the forest dwelling Lilac-cheeked Kingfisher and the second is Green-backed Kingfisher pose little difficulty unless you can identify their call; they usually sit quietly on a low branch. The third is Sulawesi Dwarf Kingfisher; it is trickier, mostly due to its tiny size and less vocal nature. The fourth is Scaly-breasted Kingfisher needs extra efforts; it is a mid-mountain forest kingfisher. The last on the endemic list is the huge Black-billed Kingfisher found in a mangrove. To complete the Kingfisher sweep, Ruddy Kingfisher usually found by the small river near the entrance and Blue-eared Kingfisher is found mainly in dense shaded forests where it hunts in small streams. Common Kingfisher haunts the mangrove area as the ubiquitous Collared Kingfisher is often heard and seen around cultivation areas and so does Sacred Kingfisher. This fact makes it best birding spot for Kingfishers. Tangkoko NP is the capital of Sulawesi’s Kingfisher.

Lilac-cheeked Kingfisher Tangkoko, North Sulawesi

Lilac-cheeked Kingfisher

Green-backed Kingfisher

Green-backed Kingfisher

Sulawesi Dwarf Kingfisher....

Sulawesi Dwarf Kingfisher

Scaly-breasted Kingfisher - Birding and Wildlife Photography Tangkoko Nature Reserve Tour

Scaly-breasted Kingfisher

Black-billed Kingfisher

Black-billed Kingfisher

Whereas the coastal trail that starts from Batu Putih is very good for all lowland forest species, the canopy specialists such as Hornbills, Pigeons and Doves and Parrots will be better viewed from the Temboan Hill viewpoint.

The notable sightings included the shy Red-backed Thrush (look for it near the entrance at dawn), Vineous-breasted Sparrowhawk, Ashy Woodpecker, Blue-breasted Pitta, Sulawesi Hawk-eagle, Knobbed and Sulawesi Dwarf Hornbills, Blue-backed Parrot, Golden-mantled and Yellow-breasted Racquet-tail, Ornate Lorikeet, Large and Small Sulawesi Hanging-parrots, Silver-tipped, Pied and White-bellied Imperial Pigeons, Sulawesi Black Pigeon, Purple-winged Roller, Sulawesi Crested and White-necked Mynas (for all those best views from the Temboan Hill viewpoint), Barred Rail, Philippine Scrubfowl, Yellow-billed Malkoha, Bay Coucal, Black-billed Koel, White-rumped Cuckooshrike, Grosbeak Starling, Sulawesi Babbler, Yellow-sided and Grey-sided Flowerpecker (all fairly common along the coastal trail), Great Eared and Sulawesi Nightjars. You might also spot the nocturnal birds like the Sulawesi Scops-owl and the Minahasa Masked Owl.

Mammals 

But Tangkoko NP is most famous among visitors because it is home to two primate species that are easily visible in the park: the endangered Sulawesi Crested Macaque and the cute Spectral Tarsier, the smallest Primate on earth. The macaques forage on the ground in large groups and are usually easily found near the entrance of the park, apparently oblivious to visitors approaching them, allowing great portraits and close-ups. The Tarsiers are nocturnal, and are usually seen at dawn or dusk around their communal roosting site, typically a tree hole surrounded by vines. At dusk, they generally hang around the roost for 10 to 30 minutes before dispersing in search of insects, their primary diet. As known roosting sites are regularly visited, the animals are really tame and tolerant to lighting as long as intermittent.

Smiling baby tarsius and mother by Rhett A Butler mongabay.com

Smiling baby Spectral Tarsius and mother by Rhett A Butler

To go on a guided trek through the jungle of the world-famous thousands hectares National Park and its vicinity is a once in a lifetime experience!

Getting there

With direct flights from/to Singapore several times a week, North Sulawesi is easy to travel to, and transport, accommodation and guiding are readily available for visiting birdwatchers. Tangkoko is Located at the Northeastern tip of endemic-rich Sulawesi. This ± 87 sq-km National park is easily accessible place, a 2 hour drive from Manado airport will bring you to the entrance at Batu Putih.

Tangkoko

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