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Menoreh Mountains, Birding in Javanese Traditional Village

January 2, 2017

Birding in this nice and beautiful scenery of Javanese traditional village, Menoreh mountains provide you a chance to see many lowland birds. The hilly landscape (300–800 meters asl) covered with an agroforest ecosystem proof to be a good habitat for birds. If you're in Borobudur, then facing to the south you'll see the shape Menoreh mountains like a figure who sleep in the mountains. Local residents believe that the figure is Gunadharma, architect of Borobudur.

 

 

Menoreh Mountains located in the north-west end of Kulon Progo district Yogyakarta province (borders with Central Java province), part ridge line east of the zone "oblong domes / ridges". Birding site in the village Jatimulyo, just about an hour drive west of Jogja city (32 km). Also an hour drive south of famous Borobudur (36 km).

 

Down the street, the alley between the garden all day and can greet villagers were friendly. You might have chance to see the beautiful Javan Kingfisher Halcyon cyanoventris, Javan Sunbird Aethopyga mystacalis, Streaky-breasted Spiderhunter Arachnothera affinis, Rubby-throated Bulbul Pycnonotus Dispar, Grey-cheeked Tit-Babbler Macronous flavicollis, Crescent-chested Babbler Stachyris melanothorax, Orange-bellied Flowerpecker Dicaeum trigonostigma, Common Goldenback Dinopium javanense, Oriental-dwarf Kingfisher Ceyx erithaca and more. The good and clean air in the village and the friendly villagers, will satisfying your birding day.

 

 

Besides, many tourist attractions in Jatimulyo village such as waterfalls, hills, caves that can be combined with your birding holidays. After birding, an experience with a good local menus serve by the villagers is a must. You can also taste the fine taste of shade-grown coffee produce by locals in the spirit of conservation.

 

Note:

- Villagers keep the animals there to make the rules a ban on hunting.
- Former coffee plantation in the Dutch colonial era are still managed by the residents, the coffee with the early varieties were planted in Java.

 

BEST TIME TO BIRDING: August - January

 

ACCESS AND ACCOMODATION:

The best way for you getting to the location is rent a car or motorbike, because there are no public transportation to take you here.  The trails can be a bit confusing so you may consider asking a local for assistance as a guide. Stay in city center and drive very early morning.

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