Birding to endemic birds of Sumatra in the unique eco-system of Leuser Ecosystem and Gunung Leuser National ParkGunung Leuser National Park is a national park covering 7,927 km² in northern Sumatra, Indonesia. The Gunung Leuser National Park is one of the richest tropical rainforests in Southeast Asia and straddling the border of North Sumatra and Aceh provinces it is one of the last places on earth. This region is also a host of other wildlife. Elephants, rhinos, tigers, leopard cats, siamangs, Thomas leaf monkeys, macaques, gibbons are just a handful of the thousands of species found in this unique eco-system.
The park area reaches up to 3,404m to the peak of Gunung Leuser which gave the area its name and protects a wide range of eco-systems. There are river systems, volcanoes and lakes. This rainforest is immensely biodiverse, hosting approximately 700 different species of animals - more than 175 mammals, 320 birds, 190 reptiles and amphibians. Because of the great differences in altitude and the diversity in soil, the Gunung Leuser National Park has also an enormous wealth of plant species.
|Enjoy Birdwatching in the Beautifully landscape of Leuser Ecosystem Sumatra|
The highest point in this area is peak of Gunung Leuser, and also the second highest point in Sumatra. Beside that, there are some areas that have elevation above 3000 m . Lembah Alas, with the highest point of Gunung Bendahara (2997 m), is also part of this area.Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre in Bahorok-Bukit Lawang (North Sumatra) is visited by many tourists. Research station in Ketambe and National Park Head office located near Kutacane. Other popular activities are birdwathing and rafting in Alas River from Ketambe to Singkil (Griffiths 1992, Rijksen & Griffiths 1995).
|The Sumatran Drongo is a species of bird in the Dicruridae family. It is endemic to Sumatra in Indonesia. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests. It is threatened by habitat loss|
In Gunung Leuser Rainforest Sumatra will also give us the opportunity to see a wide variety of Indo-Malayan species like Hornbills including Helmeted and Rhinoceros, broadbills including Black-and-red, Black-and-yellow, Green and Long-tailed, barbets including Fire-tufted, trogons including the endemic Sumatran as well as Diard's, Red-headed, Red-naped and Scarlet-rumped, kingfishers including Banded and Rufous-collared, (Malaysian) Banded (irena), and the endemic Graceful and Schneider's Pittas, leafbirds including the endemic Blue-masked, Asian Fairy Bluebird, sunbirds including Temminck's, Blue Nuthatch, Red-bearded Bee-eater, Common Green Magpie, Whiskered Treeswift and more
|Local people rowing boat in Kluet Swamp of Gunung Leuser NP Sumatra. Kluet: boating on rivers and lakes, trekking through coastal forest and caving. Kluet is also a habitat of tigers and Orangutan.|
Other highlight of Sumatran endemic in Leuser such as Aceh Bulbul (Orange Spoted Bulbul), Schneider’s Pitta, Sumatran Laughingthrush, Sumatran Woodpecker, Roll’s Partridge, Red-billed Hill-partridge, Hoogerwerf’s Pheasant, Bronze-tailed Peacock-Pheasant, Rajah Scops Owl, Short-tailed Frogmouth, Salvadori’s Nightjar, Graceful Pitta, Sumatran Green Pigeon, Sumatran Trogon, Sumatran Babbler, Sumatran Drongo, Sumatran Treepie, Sumatran Leafbird, Cream-striped Bulbul, Spot-necked Bulbul, Rusty-breasted Wren-Babbler, Sumatran Wren-Babbler, Shiny Whistling Thrush, Brown-winged Whistling Thrush, Blue-masked Leafbird. ( Photo of Sumatran Birds viewable here )
"Sumatran" Silver-eared Mesia (Leiothrix argentauris rookmakeri) Highlands of nw Sumatra (Aceh District) see: avibase.bsc-eoc.org
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....!
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1. Information & Base data from Cicem Nanggroe (Aceh Birder & Birdwatcher) https://cicemnanggroe.wordpress.com/2013/04/09/aceh-birder-of-aceh-province-indonesia/
2. Bird Life International http://www.birdlife.org
3. Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gunung_Leuser_National_Park