The Best Site to See Survived Population of Javan White-eye in Java.

On July 21st 2018 we had client from US looking for the main target the Javan White-eye (Zosterops flavus) that found only in west & south of Borneo, coastal north of Java and Madura.

Due the massive hunting and poaching of all kind white-eye's species, the population in the wild is crazy decline. Sounds like critically endangered.

The main target of the trip, Javan White-eye

Khaleb Yordan told us that last time he saw this endemic white-eye in western of Java was 2 years ago. Yesterday was a reunion for him, also lifer for Mr. Russell Graham.

We saw more than 6 individuals in save area since the people around here is educate well for conservation of wildlife.

We were start birding that day after leaving Juanda international airport, Surabaya, East Java. The location is not too far away, it takes about 30 minutes from the airport. On 6.30 am we were on location, called Wonorejo. This is huge fish-pond and mangrove area.

On the first stop, before the parking area we tried looking Sunda Coucal. Usually, it's perch on tree or bushes top for sun-bathing. Sadly, the birds was not shown also we did not hear the sounds.

At least a male Freckle-breasted Woodpecker present by perched on dried branch. We don't want missed it.

Following the Javan White-eye movement.

Then we walk slowly, a clearly calls of Cerulean Kingfisher attracting us. For sure, single bird perched in front of us, divided by the river. The kingfisher was perched on bush near the water surface. Then it's fly, respond to the other kingfisher's calls.

We move to the parking area and prepare our stuff to get inside. But, we have to take a time in around Muntingia calabura tree.

3 individuals of Scarlet-headed Flowerpeckers foraging on that tree. Our client pull up his binocular to adding it into his life-list. Bravo! new lifer again.

Satisfied with it, we continue walk to pursued our main target.

Walk for about 500 meters inside through fish-pond and mangrove trees. Then we played the Javan White-eye's sounds. We heard the respond at mangrove tree that crowded by Cave Swiftlet. This was also new for him.

We were approach the tree and find the object. Voila! our ears was correct, four individuals gleaning it's prey below the mangrove's leaves at the middle canopy.

The Javan White-eye foraging in mangrove tree

Hang out and enjoyed the birds also following it's movement while watching other species until our clients satisfied.

At 8.30 am we moved out to warung (small canteen) near the parking area. After take break for a while we continue again to other directions. But the birds was low and no new birds added to the list. So we ended the trip and start driving to airport.


  1. 6+ individuals Javan White-eye (Zosterops flavus)

  2. A male Freckle-breasted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos analis)

  3. 5 individuals Cerulean Kingfisher (Alcedo coerulescens)

  4. A pair and 1 immature male Scralet-headed Flowerpecker (Dicaeum trochileum)

  5. Single adult Javan Tailorbird / Olive-backed Tailorbird (Orthotomus sepium)

Other birds are included such as:

Javan-pond Heron, Purple Heron, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Striated Heron, Great Egret, White-shouldered Thriller, Spotted Dove, Island-collared Dove, Sacred Kingfisher, Javan Plover, Common Sandpiper, Whimbrel, Whiskered Tern, Little Tern, Gull-billed Tern, Black-winged Stilt, Golden-bellied Gerygone, Little Black Cormorant, Sunda Teal, Racket-tailed Treepie, Cave Swiftlet, Scally-breasted Munia, Eurasian Tree Sparrow.

Other Taxa:

Javan Mongoose

Gallery of the trip: