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Six tips to watch 'Cendrawasih' in Papuan jungle

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Fri, June 15, 2018  /  02:19 pm
Six tips to watch 'Cendrawasih' in Papuan jungle

A type of 'Cendrawasih' bird, Goldie, in Papua. (Shutterstock/Dicky Asmoro)

Miyah district in Tambrauw regency, West Papua, is among popular spots to see Cendrawasih (bird of paradise).

However, Cendrawasih watching is not as easy as spelling A-B-C. According to, the birds are sensitive to smell, sound and movement.

Two locals, Vince and Sleke, shared several tips for those wanting to see Cendrawasih.

Don’t take shower or use perfume

Cendrawasih are said to be sensitive to aromas and are able to sense human odors.

Birdwatchers are suggested not to use perfume or even take a shower, as it could make the endemic species reluctant to appear.

Silence is golden

Since the birds are sensitive to sound, they can hear human voices from far away. Those who want to see Cendrawasih need to remain quiet throughout the journey.

Hide behind trees

Cendrawasih are also sensitive to movement. It is recommended to hide behind trees so the birds will not see you.

Read also: Endemic Cendrawasih species of Raja Ampat

Wear dark color clothes

The birds have sensitive eyes, allowing them to spot humans easily. Therefore, it is suggested to wear dark colors, such as brown, dark green and black, as it allows the birdwatchers to blend in with their surroundings.

Patience is a virtue

When it comes to Cendrawasih bird watching, you need to be patient.

Prior to arriving at the spot, observers need to pass challenging tracks of tree roots, animals and unpredictable terrain, making it important to stay healthy during the journey.

Once observers arrive at the spot, it does not mean they will instantly see the birds dancing on top of the trees. Sometimes they need to wait, hence patience is key.

Early risers see the birds

Cendrawasih usually appear at the forest between 6 and 10 a.m. Hence to be able to see them in their natural habitat, it is suggested to depart early in the morning. (jes/kes)