Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Birding in Sumatra


Sumatran endemicAceh Bulbul, Schneider’s Pitta, Roll’s Partridge, Red-billed Hill-partridge, Salvadori’s Pheasant (Lophura inornata hoogerwerfi), Bronze-tailed Peacock-Pheasant, Rajah Scops Owl, Short-tailed Frogmouth, Salvadori’s Nightjar, Graceful Pitta, Cream-striped Bulbul, Spot-necked Bulbul, Rusty-breasted Wren-Babbler, Shiny Whistling Thrush, Blue-masked Leafbird, Sumatran Babbler, Sumatran Bulbul, Sumatran Drongo, Sumatran Flowerpecker, Sumatran Green-pigeon, Sumatran Laughingthrush, Sumatran Leafbird, Sumatran Mesia, Sumatran Shortwing, Sumatran Treepie, Sumatran Trogon, Sumatran Warbler, Sumatran Whistling-thrush, Sumatran Woodpecker, Sumatran Wren-babbler, Sumatran Owlet.  ( Photo of Sumatran Birds viewable here )
Endangered species
Silvery Pigeon(CR), Storm Stork, White-winged Wood Duck, Masked Finfoot, Helmeted Hornbill, Milky Stork

Asian Golden Cat, Sumatran Orangutan, Thomas Leafmonkey, Black Gibbon, Lar Gibbon, Sun Bear, Sumatran Tiger, Sunda Clouded Leopard, Sumatran Elephant, Sumatran rhinoceros

Red-billed Hill-partridge in Leuser Ecosystem Rainforest Sumatra.

The Leuser Ecosystem rainforest is as the best forest for sumatran birds. The Leuser Ecosystem and Gunung Leuser National Park (GLNP) is one of the richest tropical rainforest in Southeast Asia. The Leuser Ecosystem are covering more than 2.6 million hectares and including the 1.094.692 ha of Gunung Leuser National Park. The bigger part is located in Aceh Province (2,255,577 hectares) and the rest in North Sumatra Province (384,297 hectares). The Mount Leuser National Park (TNGL) has been recognised as a “World Heritage Site” by UNESCO. The park area starts at an altitude of 0m in Kluet and the highest point in this area is peak of Gunung Leuser reaches up to 3450 m, and also the second highest point in Sumatra. More than 400 species of birds recorded with majority Sumatran endemic, such as Hoogerwerf’s Pheasant, Roll’s Partridge, Red-billed Hill-partridge, Bronze-tailed Peacock-Pheasant, Sumatran Green Pigeon, Rajah Scops Owl, Short-tailed Frogmouth, Sumatran Laughingthrush and also Schneider’s Pitta as a new record was discovered in 2013. The Kluet swamp as part of this area as important for White-winged Wood Duck, Storm Stork and Masked Finfoot. However in Leuser Ecosystem is poorly discover by birder.

Sumatran Laughingthrush in Gayo Highlands of Leuser Ecosystem Rainforest Sumatra

The Leuser Ecosystem, including the Gunung Leuser National Park, is by far the largest and most significant forest remnant remaining in Sumatra. All three parks would undoubtedly have been important climatic refuge for species over evolutionary time and have now become critically important refuge for future evolutionary processes. The northern part of Sumatra, i.e. the provinces of Aceh (Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam) and North Sumatra (Sumatera Utara) lies just above the equator.

The beautiful Gayo Highlands deep in the interior of Aceh are ripe for off-the-path picking. This is coffee country, cool and mountainous with spectacular vistas drifting in and out of focus between cool morning mists. The Gayo Highlands will also give us the opportunity to see a wide variety of Indo-Malayan species, from the broadbills, trogons and hornbills of the many montane species that inhabit the highland forests. It's a new of the best wildlife spot in Sumatra.

Aceh Bulbul in Leuser Ecosystem Rainforet Sumatra

The Top highlights in Northern Sumatra is Aceh Bulbul and ‘Sumatran’ Silver-eared Mesia (Sumatran endemic subspecies rookmakeri race, Highlands of northern Sumatra). Others highlight is Sumatran Laughingthrush as one of the rare Laughingthrush in the world!!! ….Vulnurable(IUCN redlist). It is endemic to highland forest on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, where it is threatened by habitat loss and capture for the wildlife trade.

The Leuser Ecosystem Rainforest in Aceh Province, Sumatra has all species of Sumatran birds except Sumatran Cochoa and Sumatran Ground Cuckoo. Aceh is a new birding spot in Sumatra. The Leuser Ecosystem in Aceh as a remote area in Sumatra with biggest forest. Not so many birders come to Aceh. Aceh Birder say it is a new paradise for Sumatran bird endemics.

Japan Birders in Leuser Ecosystem Rainforest Sumatra in Aceh province (August 2015), Birding in Sumatra with Aceh Birder.

Many endemic bird species of Sumatra Island can be found in the Leuser Ecosystem Area or Gunung Leuser National Park of Aceh like Sumatran Laughingthrush (Garrulax bicolor). Over 600 bird species recorded including around 28 epidemics. You can join with us to explore more....!

If you have any questions about our tours or require further information, we will be happy to hear from you.
Please feel free to contact us by


FaceBook FanPage : Birding in Sumatra

CP: +6285361481022

- See more at:


Aceh Birding Tour and Eco-adventure - Birding in Sumatra - Birds of Aceh - Birdwatching in Gunung Leuser NP - Sumatran Endemic Bird - Sumatra Ecotourism - Wildlife in Sumatra - Cicem Nanggroe - Endangered bird Sumatra - Birding in Ulu Masen - Birding in Weh Island - Wildlife Aceh - Wildlife Ketambe - Wildlife Gunung Leuser NP - Wildlife Simeulue Island - Bird tour Sumatra - Holistic Bird Sumatra - Wildlife Watching Sumatra - the Best Wildlife in Sumatra - Sumatra Bird Watching Trip - Sumatran Wildlife tour - Sumatran wildlife endemic - Orangutan Sumatra - Elephant Sumatra - Sumatran Tiger - Bukit Lawang Sumatra