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December 9, 2009

Central Java Bird Watching

Filed under: Birds — Tags: , , — admin @ 10:24 pm

Central Java Bird Watching Locations


Budget hotels are found in the Pasar Kembang district near the train station. Try Delta Homestay, Losmen Anda or Gandhi Losmen.


Parangtritis is a beach on the southern Java coast. It is very popular on Sundays and holidays. To get there, take a bus from Yogya to Wonosari, then hire ojek or colt. Stay at Yenny Homestay or Widodo. For birding try around the beaches or inland a bit around the swimming pools or hot springs. To the east of Parangtritis are more isolated beaches such as Baron, Kukup and Krakal, not far from Kemadang.

Dieng Plateau

There are small losmen (Losmen Bu Djono) on the plateau itself or you can stay at Wonosobo at places like Nirwana. Try the lakes on the plateau for water birds. But, some say the birding is dismal here.

Gunung Merapi

Kaliurang is 25km north of yogyakarta. There is a forest park(Hutan Wisata Kaliurang) on the slopes of Mount Merapi.
Stay at Vogels Hostel or Hotel Satriafi.


See birds like the Coppersmith Barbet, Javan Kingfisher, Grey-capped Woodpecker and Olive-backed Tailorbird near the river for instance. Stay at Hotel Sari.


There are several losmen in the village of Borobudur. Lotus Guest House.


Tawangmanu is a hill resort at 1200m on the west slopes of Mount Sewu. Try the Grojogan Sewu Waterfall walk, or the hike to Candi Sukuh. You can rent a horse. Stay at Tejo Moyo or Wisma Yanti.


Stay at Asia Hotel or Cordova.


Be sure to see the Moluccan Kestrel or Spotted Kestrel here. I have seen lots of photos of them from here. Make sure to go to Tanjung Emas to see the Pinisi schooners(drool). Stay at Losmen Purnama or Raden Patah Hotel.
Try the Taman Budaya Raden Saleh, Gunung Ungaran or around Batealit for birding.


A chain of 27 islands off Semarang. You can fly in or catch a ferry from Jepara. Check in Jepara or Semarang at KSDA to see if you need a permit to visit (because it is a Marine National Park).
There are reported to be about 40 kinds of birds like Ducula aenea, Haliaeetus leucogaster , Pycnonotus goiavier, Psittacula alexandri, Eretmochelys imbricata, Chelonia mydas.
There are a number of homestays at Karimunjawa village such as Wisma Wisata.


Stay at Menno Jaya. Get ferry to Karimunjawa.

North Coast

Try towns like Pati (Merdeka Hotel), Rembang (Losmen Perdana), Tegal (Hotel Semeru), Pekalongan (Hotel Damai).


Catch the boat to Pangandaran from here. Have a look at Teluk Penyu (Turtle Bay) for bird watching, about a 15 minute walk to east of town. Also you could get a ferry from Sleko pier to Nusa Kambangan, a nature reserve off the coast. Stay at Losmen Tiga or Losmen Sultana Adhi. The ferry to Kalipucang/Pangandaran goes from the Sleko Jetty on the western side of town.


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

Indonesia Handbook, 3rd (Footprint – Travel Guides)


  1. thanks for the advice

    Comment by semeru — January 14, 2010 @ 2:32 pm

  2. Thank you semeru.

    I will put a link from your site on the east java page.

    good luck with your tours.


    Comment by admin — January 14, 2010 @ 9:06 pm

  3. Birding on Java.

    Comment by admin — March 23, 2012 @ 7:34 am

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