Bird Watching

Bird Watching Tours in Timor-Leste: See the Endangered Timor Green Pigeon

Ataúro, with its wide range of habitats from coastal plains to rugged forested mountains, has many bird species: some of which are very rare, including the endangered Timor green pigeon. Ataúro and especially the area around Manukoko Peak has been identified by Birdlife International as an Important Bird Area (IBA) because of the diversity and populations of birds that live here.

Though there is currently not any birding equipment for rent on the island, many local people are familiar and knowledgeable about birds in the area and can serve as local guides. ATKOMA can help you connect with the right people to design bird watching tours based on your wants and needs. 

Other wildlife on Ataúro includes bats, geckos, lizards, shrews, snakes, and the unique civet. Research on these has been carried out by a number of organisations including Conservation International and the Tropical Research Initiative at Victor Valley College.

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