Boats, Jakarta Bay Christmas Frigatebird, Jakarta Bay, Java Coppersmith Barbet, Jakarta Gede Pangrano NP, Java Gede Pangrano NP, Java Indigo Flycatcher, Gede Pangrano NP, Java Javan Cochoa, Gede Pangrano NP, Java Javan Plover, Jakarta
  • Boats, Jakarta Bay
  • Christmas Frigatebird, Jakarta Bay, Java
  • Coppersmith Barbet, Jakarta
  • Gede Pangrano NP, Java
  • Gede Pangrano NP, Java
  • Indigo Flycatcher, Gede Pangrano NP, Java
  • Javan Cochoa, Gede Pangrano NP, Java
  • Javan Plover, Jakarta


Trip Report

Pre-Trip to Western Java, Indonesia

December 9 - 12, 2015


Christmas Frigatebird, Jakarta Bay, Java


    Java: an exotic destination or it probably was 100 years ago before the city of Jakarta expanded to swallow up most of the surrounding countryside. It’s now a huge city with bad traffic and any wild space seems to be choked with garbage…….

Despite this image, we did visit some great spots, met some wonderful folks and see some great birds. After landing in the haze, the hotel grounds offer a few birds. Apparently the lack of Magpie-Robins, Bulbuls and other songsters is due to the ever-increasing bird trapping, although with the lack of common birds, I can’t see this career lasting too much longer.Coppersmith Barbet, Jakarta



    Our first stop was the zoo (why, I hear you ask?) Ragunan Zoo has large areas of trees, undergrowth and other semi-wild areas that yes, attract birds in this otherwise barren landscape. A fruiting fig tree attracted several fruit-doves and bulbuls including a very rare sighting of 2 Gray-bellied Bulbuls. This latter species is not usually found on Java and may have been escaped birds, but this is very hard to prove. A blue-eared Kingfisher was in the Hippo area and one of the lagoons had Yellow Bittern, as well as Asian Monitor. Yes, a great place to start birding. We spent the afternoon down on the shore of Jakarta Bay. Despite our excitement on seeing the endemic Javan Plover, it was depressing to see them walking around in a garbage-strewn site adjacent to multi-million Dollar houses being built.


Javan Cochoa, Gede Pangrano NP, Java

    The next morning found us heading out of the city at a very early hour, bound for Gede Pangrano National Park in the nearby hills. The trail up the mountain is rocky and seems to go straight up. It was not easy, but that did not seem to bother any of the local population, as the way up was crowded with school groups, walkers and even many marathon runners in the upcoming days. That’s why we tried to get there as early as possible. Over the next 3 days, which included camping ¾ up the mountain, we found Chestnut-bellied Partridge, Javan Hawk-Eagle, Waterfall Swift, the ever-so-cute Javan Tesia, Javan Cochoa, both Lesser and White-browed Shortwing and the delightful Blue Nuthatch. It was fairly birdy in the lower elevations, but flocks seemed to be in short supply once we had climbed higher into the forest.


Indigo Flycatcher, Gede Pangrano NP, Java

         Camping was interesting as there was little level ground, and what was level was rock covered; plus it rained all night. We did not get a lot of sleep. Our last birding stop on Java was Muara Angke Reserve in Jakarta. This wetland is one of the few strongholds left of the Sunda Coucal. We only heard this endangered species calling from the dense thickets, but never saw the bird. This small reserve was full of birds, but seems to have been neglected over the past few years. This is aggravating considering the amount of money being spent on high-end homes all over the city. What was good is the fact that the boardwalk is at last being fixed, allowing visitors to fully explore this refuge. We managed to get half way around seeing such birds as Small Blue Kingfisher, Ruddy-breasted Crake, Chestnut-winged Cuckoo and White-capped Munia. A real surprise was a Pheasant-tailed Jacana; a “lifer” for our local guide and one of the few records for Jakarta.


Javan Plover, Jakarta


     We finished our time in Java with a boat trip out into Jakarta Bay. This is one of the best places in the world to see Christmas Island Frigatebird and we counted around 30-40 of these critically endangered birds. A small flock of Milky Storks was maybe nesting at the rookery, along with Gray and Purple Herons, Cattle Egrets and Oriental Darters. It was good to see a protected area for nesting birds, but the garbage problem was still everywhere and even our boat kept stalling due to plastic bags getting caught in the propeller! Despite the good birding in some areas, there is definitely a lot of work that needs to be done.


Simon Thompson    



Photos from this Trip are on the Ventures Flickr Page Under Western Java, Indonesia 2015 Album


Birds and Other Wildlife Seen on our Pre-Trip to Western Java, Indonesia

December 9 - 12, 2015



Chestnut-bellied Partridge
Milky Stork
Christmas Island Frigatebird
Lesser Frigatebird
Little Black Cormorant
Oriental Darter
Yellow Bittern
Cinnamon Bittern
Black Bittern
Gray Heron
Purple Heron
Great Egret
Intermediate Egret
Little Egret
Cattle Egret
Javan Pond-Heron
Striated Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Oriental Honey-Buzzard
Crested Serpent-Eagle
Javan Hawk-Eagle
Japanese Sparrowhawk
White-bellied Sea-Eagle
White-breasted Waterhen
Ruddy-breasted Crake
White-browed Crake
Purple Swamphen
Eurasian Coot
Pacific Golden-Plover
Javan Plover
Pheasant-tailed Jacana
Common Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper
Swinhoe’s/Pin-tailed Snipe
Whiskered Tern
Lesser Crested tern
Rock (Feral) Pigeon
Island Collared-Dove
Spotted Dove
Ruddy Cuckoo-Dove
Pink-necked Pigeon
Gray-cheeked Pigeon
Chestnut-winged Cuckoo
Oriental Cuckoo
Sunda Cuckoo
Plaintive Cuckoo
Brush Cuckoo
Sunda Coucal (Heard)


Waterfall Swift
Cave Swiftlet
White-nest Swiftlet
House Swift
Javan Trogon (Heard)
Blue-eared Kingfisher
Small Blue Kingfisher
Collared Kingfisher
Coppersmith Barbet
Flame-fronted Barbet
Brown-throated Barbet
Fire-tufted Barbet
Sunda Woodpecker
Freckle-breasted Woodpecker
Checker-throated Woodpecker
Spotted Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon
Yellow-crested Cockatoo (Escape)
Red-breasted Parakeet
Yellow-throated Hanging-Parrot
Golden-bellied Gerygone
Black-winged Flycatcher-Shrike
White-breasted Woodswallow
Common Iora
Small Minivet
Sunda Minivet
Lesser Cuckooshrike
Long-tailed Shrike
Pied Shrike-Babbler
Trilling Shrike-Babbler
Black-naped Oriole
Ashy Drongo
Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo
Malaysian Pied-Fantail
Rufous-tailed Fantail
Asian Paradise-Flycatcher
Racket-tailed Treepie
Striated Swallow
Pacific Swallow
Gray-headed Canary-Flycatcher
Cinereous Tit
Pygmy Tit
Velvet-fronted Nuthatch
Blue Nuthatch
Sooty-headed Bulbul
Sunda Bulbul
Orange-spotted Bulbul

Yellow-vented Bulbul


Gray-bellied Bulbul
Pygmy Cupwing (Wren-Babbler)
Javan Tesia
Mountain Tailorbird
Arctic Warbler
Mountain Leaf-Warbler
Sunda Warbler
Clamorous Reed-Warbler
Zitting Cisticola
Olive-backed Tailorbird
Bar-winged Prinia
Plain Prinia
Javan Gray-throated White-eye
Oriental White-eye
Crescent-chested Babbler
Chestnut-backed Scimitar-Babbler (Heard)
White-bibbed Babbler
Eyebrowed Wren-Babbler
Horsfield’s Babbler
Javan Fulvetta
Rufous-fronted Laughingthrush (Heard)
Dark-sided Flycatcher
Asian Brown Flycatcher
Indigo Flycatcher
Lesser Shortwing
White-browed Shortwing
Javan Whistling-Thrush
Sunda Robin
Little Pied Flycatcher
Mugimaki Flycatcher
Snowy-browed Flycatcher
Siberian Thrush
Javan Myna
Common Myna
Blood-breasted Flowerpecker
Scarlet-headed Flowerpecker
Ruby-cheeked Sunbird
Plain-throated Sunbird
Olive-backed Sunbird
White-flanked Sunbird
Streaky-breasted Spiderhunter
Eastern Yellow Wagtail
Gray Wagtail
Forest Wagtail
Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Javan Munia
Scaly-breasted Munia
White-capped Munia

White-headed Munia



Mammals & Reptiles etc.:

Plantain Squirrel
Ebony Leaf Monkey
Grizzled Leaf Monkey
Long-tailed Macaque
Insectivorous Bat sp.
Lesser Gymnure

Tokay Gecko
House Gecko
Monitor Lizard
Kuhl’s Forest Dragon
False Bloodsucker