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Wilson's Bird of Paradise

Wilson's Bird of Paradise (Diphyllodes respublica) is one of the forty two species of Birds of Paradise that are known to science. This paradise bird lives in tropical rainforest of Raja Ampat particularly in Waigeo, Batanta and Gam island. The male bird is small approximately 16 cm long. He has got very bright red, yellow and light blue colors with dark green underparts. The female one has got brown feather with similar light blue bald head. The play-grounds of Wilson's bird of paradise is mostly located deep in the forest and on the slope of karst mountains.

Watching Wilson

Wilson's Bird of Paradise in Waigeo island of Raja Ampat regency
Wilson's Bird of Paradise (Diphyllodes respublica) can only be found in the rainforest of Raja Ampat

A lot of birders go to West Papua to watch paradise birds and a lot of other tropical birds that live in the forest. Wilson's Bird of Paradise is also included in their target list. To watch the bird, they have to go to Waigeo, Batanta or Gam island. Usually, the distance between the guesthouse and the birding ground is around one to two hours walk. Visitors have to wake up early at 04.00 to make preparation and have early morning tea before local guides bring them to the birding ground of Wilson. From my personal experience, I and some of my clients needed to go by motorized boat for approximately 20 minutes before started hiking for 1 hour to reach Wilson's playground. It looked similar to the playground of Magnificent Bird of Paradise.
Booking your Birding Tour
To book your birding tour in Raja Ampat, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by e-mail to: peace4wp@gmail.com or by whatsapp to: +6281332245180. You could also click the contact link above to book your birding trip to West Papua of Indonesia.

beach kingfisher in Waigeo island of Raja AmpatBeach Kingfisher can be watched in coastal area of Raja Ampat islands

Watching other Tropical Birds in Raja Ampat

In addition to Wilson BOP and Red BOP, there are other tropical birds that we can watch such as Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, Palm Cockatoo, Rufous-bellied Kookaburra, Blyth's Hornbill, Eclectus Parrot, and Beach Kingfisher. As an archipelago, Raja Ampat islands are the natural habitat of a lot of sea and coastal birds such as Pacific Swallow, Tadorna Radja, Beachstone Curlew.

Birding Devices
Visitors need a good pair of binoculars, and a digital camera with super telephoto lens in order to watch and take pictures of the tropical birds. I personally use Visionking 10x42 mm binoculars. To take pictures of these Wilson's Bird of Paradise, and Beach Kingfisher, I used my old camera Fujifilm Finepix HS50EXR. The binocular is not the best in the market but it can enhance my birding experience. Visitors who travel to tropical rainforests such as the ones in Waigeo island and Arfak mountains definitely need a good pair of binoculars. I have guided a lot of birders who come from Europe, North America and Australia. Most of them bring Swarovski binoculars and spotting scopes. I have tried them and yes, those birding devices are the best. The crystal clear and crisp view of birds that I see through a Swarovski spotting scope makes me come to this conclusion. - written by Charles Roring

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