Endemic and Highlighted Birds during Trip on mount ijen
Mount Ijen is a volcano complex in banyuwang regency, East Java, Indonesia. With the most popular attraction being a one-kilometre-wide, turquoise blue, acid crater lake and amazing blue fire. Mount Merapi stratovolcano is the highest point of that complex. Here, there is an ongoing process of backbreaking sulphur mining, where the local men carry baskets weighing up to 100 kilos of sulphur.
Ijen is not just about the beautiful crater-lake; it is surrounded by a lush belt of forest, which is a great place to observe flora and fauna. If you are lucky, you could spot some of the rare endemic birds of Java, such as the majestic Javan Hawk Eagle, which can be found nowhere else in the world. Catching a glimpse of this rare and endangered bird of prey is something special, as it is now rarely seen due to habitat loss. The Javan Hawk Eagle can be seen soaring low, just over the forest canopy where it hunts for its prey. Another spectacular bird is the Yellow-throated Hanging Parrot; this is the only parrot to be found in Java, and quite rare at that. Look for it high in the trees, possibly feeding on fruiting fig trees or other flowering trees. Flowering and fruiting trees are the best place to stop and wait; this is nature’s buffet for birds and other animals.
Exploring early in the morning, you may hear the call of the White Faced Partridge, which is another endemic only found in the mountainous regions of East Java. ( banyuwangi ) Searching for this bird can be a bit tricky, as it tends to hide off the trails on the ground, but its call is unmistakable and can be incredibly close at times. All these birds I have mentioned so far can be spotted below 1,800 metres, with the Javan Hawk Eagle sometimes being higher. There are many other colourful forest birds you may encounter, such as, the Orange-breasted Trogon, White-flanked Sunbird, Malkohas and even Hornbills.
Ijen is a truly beautiful place, still wild and, for the most part, untouched by today’s standards. With its beautiful lower to upper mountain forest to alpine forest and gorgeous mountain views, you will surely not be disappointed with a journey to Ijen, Java. Being located so close to Bali, it’s a great idea for Ijen is a truly beautiful place, still wild and, for the most part, untouched by today’s standards. With its beautiful lower to upper mountain forest to alpine forest and gorgeous mountain views, you will surely not be disappointed with a journey to Ijen, in East Java Indonesia
Best Times for Birds and other wildlife on Java
The best time to be on Java to look for birds and other wildlife is April to October, which is usually the dry season, especially October when resident breeding birds are beginning to set up territories. The rainy season usually lasts from November to April and it usually rains a lot, especially in January-February.
bird of ijen
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