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 Birds of Bali and where you can see them...

Bali Barat National Park (West Bali)

The Bali Barat National Park is located on the north west tip of Bali. This reserve is the last site for the endangered Bali Myna. At Tegal Bunder it is possible to visit the Bali Myna project release centre. Pulau Menjangan is a small island that belongs to the reserve. Here are very beautiful coral reefs . The park is pretty much left alone by the thousands of tourists that visit Bali each year.
The Bali Barat National Park (Taman Nasional Bali Barat) has a few short hikes. In order to hike in the National Park, you must obtain a permit from the National Park HQ at Cekik, or the National Park office at Labuan Lalang. The price of the permit used to be 2,500rp a couple of years ago and may have risen, although its likely to be no more than a couple of dollars. You must hire a guide, rates are around 120,000rp for a 2 hour hike.

For me this takes away part of my interest in visiting a National Park, but thatís how they do it here. One of the hike is the Tegal Bunder Trail. This hike like many others in Bali, is most pleasant in the morning and take 1-2 hours. A Bali Starling Pre-Release Center is set up in the middle of thick forest. Access is via the village of Sumber Klampok followed by a 2 km walk.

Driving up from Cekik you will see local vegetation, including Sonokeling (Rosewood trees), Panggal Buaya (Crocodile trees). These type of trees are part of the Dry Monsoon Forest, that cover a large portion of the Bali Barat National Park. They can survive for long periods with little rain, and shed their leaves periodically.

Sumber Klampok is the location of a ranger station. The completion of the National Park has not been totally without problems. Locals in Sumber Klampok say the government did not tell them how things would work. They complain that local fisherman cannot access certain areas, and locals are not able to search for wood as they used to. There was also a rumour that a large resort would be built in the area. The government has offered a tranmigrasi option to Sulawesi, for the people in Sumber Klampok, but obviously this is never a happy situation. Villagers have refused to leave and currently there is no resort.

Getting to the Bali Barat National Park from Kuta: Driving time is around 4 hours.

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Actitis hypoleucos, Common Sandpiper , Trinil pantai

Aegithina tiphia , Common Iora , Cipoh Kacat

common near the coast


Alcedo atthis, Common Kingfisher

Artamus leucorynchus, White-breasted Woodswallow

a few at Tegal Bunder

Butorides striatus , Striated Heron, Kokokan Laut

Caprimulgus affinis, Savanna Nightjar, Cabak Kota

on the beach. at Gilimanuk Bay

Centropus bengalensis , Lesser Coucal , Bubut Alang-alang

Coracina javensis, Javan Cuckoo-shrike
just seen one one at Tegal Bunder

Copsychus saularis , Oriental Magpie Robin , Murai kampong

Crypsirina temia , Racket-tailed Treepie , Cetrong
common a few

Dicaeum sanguinolentum , Blood-breasted Flowerpecker , Cabai Gunung Dicrurus macrocercus , Black drongo , Srigunting hitam
a few groups common

Ducula aenea, Green Imperial Pigeon Egretta garzetta nigripes , Little Egret , Kuntul Kecil
a few one at Labuan Lalang

Egretta novaehollandiae, White-faced Heron,

Egretta sacra , Eastern Reef Egret

one at Labuan Lalang

on the beach.

Esacus giganteus, Beach Thick-knee Eurystomus orientalis , Dollarbird , Tiong-lampu Biasa
a few on the beach fairly regular

Gallus varius ,Green junglefowl , Ayam-hutan Hijau Haliastur indus , Brahminy kite , Elang bondol
a few at Tegal Bunder

fairly regular

Halcyon cyanoventris , Javan Kingfisher , Cekakak Gunung

Halycon sancta . Sacred Kingfisher , Cekakak


common near the coast

Hemiprocne longipennis, Grey-rumped Treeswift Hirundo tahitica, Pacific Swallow
 a few  

Lalage sueurii, White-shouldered Triller

Lanius schach , Long-tailed Shrike , Bentet

fairly common


Leptopilus javanicus , Lesser Adjutant , Bangau tongtong

Leucopsar rothschildi , Bali Starling, Jalak Bali

at Gilimanuk Bay.

extremely rare. Only about 30 birds remains!
Lonchura oryzivora , Java Sparrow , Gelatik Jawa Megalaima lineata , Lineated Barbet , Takur Bultok
rare common

Megalurus palustris , Striated Warbler Merops-leschenaulti,Chestnut-headed Bee-eater
a few a few
Microhierax fringillarius . Black-thighed Falconet , Alap-alap Capung Pitta guajana , Banded Pitta , Burung Paok
a few at Labuan Lalang a few heard.

Psittacula alexandri , Red-breasted Parakeet , Betet

Pycnonotus aurigaster , Scooty-headed Bulbul , Cucak Kutilang

at Tegal Bunder

a few

Pycnonotus goiavier , Yellow-vented Bulbul , Srigunting gunung Streptopelia chinensis , Spotted-necked Dove , Balam, Tekukur Biasa


Streptopelia bitorquata, Javan Turtle-Dov, Dederuk Jawa

Sturnus melanopterus , Black-winged Starling , Jalak Putih

a few

a few

Treron bicincta , Orange-breasted Green Pigeon, 
Punai Siam

Treron griseicauda, Grey-cheeked Green Pigeon , Punai Penganten

a few

a few

Todirhamphus chloris , Collared Kingfisher , Cekakak Sungai  

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