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September 28, 2009

Bali Bird Watching

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Bali Bird Watching

This is information that I have collated from various trip reports. I wanted to have all the sites in one spot for an easy analysis and for making a plan to visit Bali for bird photography. For those of you that have not been to Bali, you can take the cheap or expensive option. Either cheap backpacker travel and accommodation or fully serviced transport and hotel. Its very easy to get around by bemo or hire a car. There are hotels or losmens everywhere you go and its easy to find a place to stay. The best time to visit would be during the dry, from about May to November. The wet is still fine, it just rains in the afternoon, for example, or it could pour at any time. Its no problem. I have been in Indonesia from December to February and it was great.

Pacific Reef-egret.
Pacific Reef Egret

Bali Barat National Park
This National Park has only one endemic, the Bali Starling, which has a breeding centre in the park. You can stay in Gilimanuk which is the ferry port for Java. Or closer towards the park near Cekik. There are two trails to follow – the Tegal Bunder trail or a longer hike along the Gunung Klatakan trail. There is also a good walk along Teluk Terima, on the other side of the island. You can also get a boat to Deer Island from here. You can also take a boat trip around Gilimanuk Bay which goes along the mangrove forests on a little prahu. There are reports that Park fees and obligatory guides can be quite expensive.

Yellow Vented Bulbul
Yellow-vented Bulbul

At Tegal Bunder you may see the Yellow-vented Bulbul, Black-naped Oriole, parakeets, fantails, Green Jungle Fowl, Spotted Dove, Black Drongo or Olive-backed Sunbird. Along the Gunung Klatakan trail you may see the Southern Pied Hornbill, Wreathed Hornbill, Banded Pitta, Dollarbird, Talking Mynah or Jungle Fowl.

Buyan and Tamblingan Lakes
This area is near to Wanagiri and at the village of Pura Gubug you will find remnants of relatively undisturbed forests that may be home to babblers, woodpeckers, ground thrushes and malkohas. Stay at Pondok Kesuma Wisata.

Gunung Batukau
Warung Kaja has amazing views and offers bird-watching tours for a very reasonable rate. Also try the Garden Temple, Pura Luhur Batukau, which may have barbets, Scarlet Minivets, flycatchers and Scarlet-headed Flowerpeckers in the trees around the temple.

You can go on a Victor Mason “Bali Bird Walks” tour from the Beggars Bush Cafe which goes around the rice paddies and you can see such birds as Striated Swallow, Pied Bushchat, Pacific Swallow, Cattle Egret, Cinnamon Bittern, as well as many others. Out of town near the Campuhan area you can do some birding around the rice fields. Jungut Inn.

Along the cliffs of Uluwatu, you may see frigatebirds, Brown Booby, White-tailed Tropicbirds.

Tanjung Benoa
Around the harbour, you may see a Javan Plover, Savannah Nightjar, kingfishers, flowerpeckers, Grey-tailed Tattler or Little Pied Cormorant. The mudflats in the harbour are good for waders.

The Bali Botanical Gardens and Lake Bratan have a large variety of birds that include Grey-cheeked Green Pigeons, Blue-crowned Barbets, Snowy-browed Flycatcher, Philippine Glossy Starling, Yellow-throated Hanging Parrot or Collared Kingfisher. The botanical gardens are on the slopes of Gunung Pohon. Stay – Pondok Wisata Dahlia Indah. Or Hotel Melati on the road to the Kebun Raya.

Kebun Raya Bedugul
Rainforest at Bedugul

Sanur mudflats.
You may see egrets, Purple Heron, munia, gerygone, Olive-backed Sunbird. The Mangrove Information Centre is 5 kilometres west of Sanur with a boardwalk and hides. Also try Turtle Island and Mertasari Temple which are also on the eastern side of the island quite near to Sanur.

long-tailed shrike
Long-tailed Shrike

The Celu Sewerage Farm at Nusa Dua is a good place for water birds, especially the Sunda Teal.

Mangrove Information Center
There are two hides and a 3km trail winds through the mangrove forest. It is at Suwung Kauh, on the road to Sanur, from Kuta.

Another possibility is Kintimani and Gunung Batur. This is high up in the mountains and there is a lake in the volcano crater. I visited here in the seventies and its a weird and creepy place for those of you that like the bizarre. If you are lucky you might see the volcano erupt. We watched the lava flowing down the volcano at night time. It was truly amazing.


The National Parks and Other Wild Places of Indonesia (National Parks of the World)

A Field Guide to the Birds of Borneo, Sumatra, Java, and Bali: The Greater Sunda Islands

Photographic Guide to Birds of Java, Sumatra and Bali


  1. birding in bali

    Petulu, north of Ubud.
    three types of herons at Petulu: the Egret which is totally white, the Cattle Egret which is slightly smaller and has a brown neck and finally the Javan Pond Heron.This is the smallest of the three and it has a black patch on his neck.

    Nusa Dua Recycling pond.

    Serangan Island. Nusa Penida island.

    indonesia general.

    Comment by admin — March 23, 2012 @ 7:45 am

  2. Bali Accommodation. very extensive.

    Comment by @steve_happ — March 29, 2012 @ 7:41 am

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