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Arfak Mountains

Arfak is a mountain range that is located in the south of Manokwari city. Most of its region is still covered by tropical rainforest. A lot of species of plants and animals that live in the mountains. Some of them include Lesser Birds of Paradise (Paradisaea minor), Cuscus Possum, Papuan Frogmouth, various kinds of big trees and lianas, glowing mushrooms.

Hiking and Wildlife Watching in Mount Susnguakti of Arfak mountains

Mount Susnguakti is located in the eastern region of Arfak mountains. Birds, mammals, and marsupial animals live in its forest including cuscus possum, dwarf cassowary and birds of paradise. There are no guesthouses in the jungle. Local guides have built tents for tourists who want to stay there for several days.

Cuscus Possum in Arfak Mountains
Cuscus Possum in the jungle of Susnguakti forest of Arfak mountains

Hiking and Birding - To watch paradise birds, visitors need to wake up early in the morning at around 05.00. After that drinking tea or coffee and eat some biscuits, visitors need to walk for approximately 30 minutes down and up some steep slopes and walk through a river to reach the the trees where paradise birds like to gather, dance and mate. The birds usually are usually active between 05.30 and 09.00. To enhance birding experience, visitors need to bring a good pair of binoculars.
Night Walk is conducted to find Cuscus Possum that like to come out at night to find food and mate. Cuscus is a nocturnal animal. It lives in trees. It is still in the same family with other marsupial animals such as bandicoot, wallaby, and tree kangaroo.

Birdwatching in Klasow Valley

Klasow valley is located in the east of Sorong city. It has become a highly recommended site for birdwatching. There are a lot of species of birds that are endemic to lowland forest of New Guinea that can be found in the valley. Some of them include: Northern Cassowary, White Cockatoo, Western Crowned Pigeon, Palm Cockatoo, Lesser Birds of Paradise, King Bird of Paradise, and a lot more.

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