SOUTH SUMATRA TOUR
We've long wanted to operate a tour that visits the areas where most of Sumatra's endemic species can be found. We have now found out how to do it without camping. Accommodations are rustic, but adequate. There are several long drives as well as some fairly long walks up Mt. Kerinchi, but we'll be walking very slowly. Our coverage of Mt. Kerinchi National Park will allow us a good chance for Sumatra's montane forest endemic species up to 2,400 m. (8,400 ft.). A couple of days at the Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park near Liwa will give us a look at a number of interesting species in the foothill, submontane forest zone. Way Kambas National Park on Sumatra's southern coastal lowlands will round out our coverage with lowland rain forest and coastal swamp and riverine habitat.
We will search for: Storm's Stork, Lesser Adjutant, White-winged Duck, Blyth's Hawk-Eagle, Oriental Hobby, Red-billed, Ferruginous and Crested Partridges, Salvadori's Pheasant, Bronze-tailed Peacock-Pheasant, Dusky Woodcock, Cinnamon-headed and Green-spectacled Pigeons, Pink-headed Fruit-Dove, Violet Cuckoo, Bay Owl, Reddish, Rajah and Sunda Scops-Owls, Large, Gould's and Short-tailed Frogmouths, Bonaparte's and Salvadori’s Nightjars, Blue-tailed Trogon, Wrinkled and Helmeted Hornbills, Rufous-collared Kingfisher, Schneider's, Banded, Sumatran and Hooded Pittas, Sunda Minivet, Cream-striped, Spot-necked, Orange-spotted and Sunda Bulbuls, Blue-masked Leafbird, Rufous-tailed Shama, Sunda Robin, Sunda Forktail, Sumatran Cochoa, Shiny and Brown-winged Whistlingthrushes, Horsfield's and Spot-necked Babblers, and Long-billed, Rusty-breasted and Eye-browed Wren-Babblers, Sumatran Drongo, Crested Jay, Black and Green Magpies, and Sumatran Treepie, etc. etc. We've seen tapir, Binturong, Leopard Cat, and Serow on previous tours to South Sumatra. Leader: Ben King.