Sumba Birding Tours


Duration : 6 Day / 5 Night

Day 1: Denpasar – Waingapu (- / L / D )

On arrival at Umbu Mehang Kunda Airport of Waingapu – East Sumba, aour driver and local guide will pick up you then transfer to your hotel. Afternoon birding at the sides of Kambaniru river. Targets: Sumba flowerpecker, Apricot sunbird, Five coloured Munia, Rufous-backed Kingfisher, Sumba buttonquail, Sunda Flowerpecker, and many more.
Dinner and stay overnight at Tanto hotel.

Day 2: Waingapu – Tabundung (B / L /D )

Depart at 07.00 AM drive to Tabundung district with stops at some spots for birding on the sides of road. Luch at local house in Tabundung. After lunch birding at the 1st birding site of Billa forest, Matalawa NP. Targets: Sumba Hornbill, Sumba Green Pigeon, Cinnamon-banded Kingfisher, Citron-Crested Cockatoo, Sumba brown Flycatcher and more. This is the 1st session of birding in Billa forest.
Birding will finish at 05.00 PM then drive to National Park office. Coffee time and dinner at the office. After dinner, back to Billa fores for owling with target: Little Sumba Boobook and Great Sumba Boobook.
Owling finish at 09:00 PM then back to the office where staying overnight.

Day 3: Birding in Billa (B / L / D )

Leaving the office at 04:00 AM, driven to Billa for morning Owling. This option will be skipped when two targets (Little Sumba Boobook and Great Sumba Boobook) already encountered at the night before. The next option is leaving the office at 06:00 AM. Today, we move to the 2nd birding site of Billa forest. Targets: Sumba myzomela, Nusatenggara Paradise Flycatcher, Sumba Flycatcher, Rusty-breasted Whistler, Marigold lorikeet, Eclectus parrot, Red-naped Fruit-Dove and more.
Birding finish at 11:00 AM then back to the office for lunch. After lunch drive back to Waingapu with stops for short birding at the side of road.
Dinner and stay overnight at Tanto Hotel.

Day 4: Birding at Praingkareha (B / L / D )

Starts from hotel at 05:30 AM, directly driven to Praingkareha for morning birding. The special target today is Sumba Buttonquail. This is the rarest species on Sumba. Spending more time to discover the savannah for more possibility. Luch at local and simple restaurant in Praimahala.
After lunch continue birding at Praingkareha till 04:00 PM. Another target: Sumba Flycatcher, Great-billed parrot, Drive to Waikabubak in the afternoon. Dinner at local restaurant in Waikabubak. Stay overnight at Manandang Hotel, Waikabubak.

Day 5: Birding at Tanadaru (B/ L / D )

Birding starts at 06:30 AM at Tana Daru a part of Matalawa National Park. Lunch at local restaurant in Waikabubak. After lunch, directly driven to Tambolaka. Afternoon birding around the beach line around Mario Hotel.
Dinner and stay overnight at Mario Hotel in Tambolaka

Day 6: Tambolaka – Denpasar (B/-/- )

Soft birding in the morning around the hotel before transfer to the Airport

• AC car / bus for tours and transfer
• Accommodations
• Full board Meals during the trip.
• Entrance fee/donation
• Water, Snack and Fruits
• Refreshment
• Birding guide (English)

• Flight ticket to and from Sumba
• Drinks
• Personal expenses and tipping

Sumba Bird Checklist

Wandering Whistling-Duck, Lesser Whistling-Duck, Pacific Black Duck, Sunda Teal, Gray Teal, Hardhead, Orange-footed Scrubfowl, Brown Quail, Blue-breasted Quail, Red Junglefowl, Green Junglefowl, Little Grebe, Metallic Pigeon, Island Collared-Dove, Spotted Dove, Barred Cuckoo-Dove, Ruddy Cuckoo-Dove, Little Cuckoo-Dove, Asian Emerald Dove, Pacific Emerald Dove, Zebra Dove, Barred Dove, Nicobar Pigeon, Pink-necked Pigeon, Sumba Green-Pigeon, Flores Green-Pigeon, Black-backed Fruit-Dove, Red-naped Fruit-Dove, Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove, Black-naped Fruit-Dove, Green Imperial-Pigeon, Pink-headed Imperial-Pigeon, Lesser Coucal, Asian Koel, Pacific Koel, Channel-billed Cuckoo, Horsfield’s Bronze-Cuckoo, Shining Bronze-Cuckoo, Little Bronze-Cuckoo, Plaintive Cuckoo, Brush Cuckoo, Large Hawk-Cuckoo, Himalayan Cuckoo, Sunda Cuckoo, Oriental Cuckoo
Large-tailed Nightjar, Mees’s Nightjar, Savanna Nightjar, Cave Swiftlet, Tenggara Swiftlet, Drab Swiftlet, White-nest Swiftlet, Pacific Swift, House Swift, Asian Palm-Swift, Buff-banded Rail, Eurasian Moorhen, Dusky Moorhen, Australasian Swamphen, White-breasted Waterhen, White-browed Crake, Red-legged Crake, Ruddy-breasted Crake, Beach Thick-knee, Pied Stilt, Black-bellied Plover, Pacific Golden-Plover, Lesser Sand-Plover, Greater Sand-Plover, Red-capped Plover, Malaysian Plover, Kentish Plover, Javan Plover, Little Ringed Plover, Oriental Plover, Black-fronted Dotterel, Greater Painted-Snipe, Comb-crested Jacana, Whimbrel, Little Curlew, Far Eastern Curlew, Eurasian Curlew, Bar-tailed Godwit, Black-tailed Godwit, Ruddy Turnstone, Great Knot, Broad-billed Sandpiper, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Curlew Sandpiper, Long-toed Stint, Red-necked Stint, Sanderling, Common Snipe, Pin-tailed Snipe, Swinhoe’s Snipe, Terek Sandpiper, Red-necked Phalarope, Common Sandpiper, Gray-tailed Tattler, Common Greenshank, Marsh Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Common Redshank, Red-backed Buttonquail, Barred Buttonquail, Sumba Buttonquail, Australian Pratincole, Oriental Pratincole, Pomarine Jaeger, Long-tailed Jaeger, Brown Noddy, White Tern, Sooty Tern, Bridled Tern, Little Tern, Gull-billed Tern, White-winged Tern, Whiskered Tern, Roseate Tern, Black-naped Tern, Common Tern, Great Crested Tern, Lesser Crested Tern
White-tailed Tropicbird, Red-tailed Tropicbird, Wilson’s Storm-Petrel, White-faced Storm-Petrel, Matsudaira’s Storm-Petrel, Bulwer’s Petrel, Streaked Shearwater, Wedge-tailed Shearwater, Woolly-necked Stork, Milky Stork, Lesser Frigatebird, Great Frigatebird, Masked Booby, Brown Booby, Red-footed Booby, Oriental Darter, Little Pied Cormorant, Little Black Cormorant, Australian Pelican, Yellow Bittern, Cinnamon Bittern, Gray Heron, Great-billed Heron, Purple Heron, Great Egret, Intermediate Egret, White-faced Heron, Little Egret, Pacific Reef-Heron, Pied Heron, Cattle Egret, Javan, Pond-Heron, Striated Heron, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Rufous Night-Heron, Glossy Ibis, Royal Spoonbill
Osprey, Black-winged Kite, Oriental Honey-buzzard, Pacific Baza, Short-toed Snake-Eagle, Changeable Hawk-Eagle, Rufous-bellied Eagle, Bonelli’s Eagle, Spotted Harrier, Chinese Sparrowhawk, Variable Goshawk, Brown Goshawk, Japanese Sparrowhawk, Black Kite, Brahminy Kite, White-bellied Sea-Eagle, Australasian Grass-Owl, Barn Owl, Wallace’s Scops-Owl, Sumba Boobook, Least Boobook, Brown Boobook, Northern Boobook
Sumba Hornbill, Common Kingfisher, Blue-eared Kingfisher, Small Blue Kingfisher, Black-backed Dwarf-Kingfisher, Rufous-backed Dwarf-Kingfisher, Stork-billed Kingfisher, Javan Kingfisher, Sacred Kingfisher, Collared Kingfisher, Cinnamon-banded Kingfisher, Blue-tailed Bee-eater, Rainbow Bee-eater, Dollarbird, Sunda Woodpecker, Spotted Kestrel, Australian Kestrel, Australian Hobby, Peregrine Falcon, Yellow-crested Cockatoo, Eclectus Parrot, Red-cheeked Parrot, Great-billed Parrot, Rainbow Lorikeet, Elegant Pitta, Red-headed Myzomela, Sumba Myzomela, Indonesian Honeyeater, Helmeted Friarbird, Golden-bellied Gerygone
White-breasted Woodswallow, Flores Minivet, Black-faced Cuckooshrike, Wallacean Cuckooshrike, White-shouldered Triller, Pale-shouldered Cicadabird, Common Cicadabird, Rusty-breasted Whistler, Yellow-throated Whistler, Baliem Whistler, Brown Shrike, Black-naped Oriole, Wallacean Drongo, Northern Fantail, Rufous Fantail, Arafura Fantail, Blyth’s Paradise-Flycatcher, Spectacled Monarch, Broad-billed Flycatcher, Large-billed Crow, Australasian Bushlark, Barn Swallow, Pacific Swallow, Red-rumped Swallow, Striated Swallow, Fairy Martin, Tree Martin, Gray-headed Canary-Flycatcher, Cinereous Tit, Sooty-headed Bulbul, Yellow-vented Bulbul, Russet-capped Tesia, Japanese Leaf Warbler, Arctic Warbler, Kamchatka Leaf Warbler, Mountain Leaf Warbler, Australian Reed Warbler, Tawny Grassbird, Gray’s Grasshopper-Warbler, Sakhalin Grasshopper-Warbler, Olive-backed Tailorbird, Bar-winged Prinia, Zitting Cisticola, Golden-headed Cisticola
Ashy-bellied White-eye, Yellow-spectacled White-eye, Gray-streaked Flycatcher, Asian Brown Flycatcher, Sumba Brown Flycatcher, Fulvous-chested, Jungle-Flycatcher, Flores Jungle-Flycatcher, Little Pied Flycatcher, Sumba Flycatcher, Blue Rock-Thrush, Pied Bushchat, Sunda Thrush, Scaly Thrush, Chestnut-backed Thrush, Short-tailed Starling, Javan Myna, Pale-bellied Myna, Thick-billed Flowerpecker, Red-chested Flowerpecker, Blood-breasted Flowerpecker, Plain-throated Sunbird, Apricot-breasted Sunbird, Gray Wagtail, Western Yellow Wagtail, Eastern Yellow Wagtail, Richard’s Pipit, Paddyfield Pipit, Pechora Pipit, Eurasian Tree Sparrow, Red Avadavat, Zebra Finch, Javan Munia, Black-faced Munia, Scaly-breasted Munia, Five-colored Munia, Pale-headed Munia, Java Sparrow