East Kalimantan is the second largest Indonesian province, located on the Kalimantan region on the east of Borneo island. The resource-rich province has two major cities, Samarinda (the capital and a center for timber product) and Balikpapan (a petroleum center with oil refinery). Ever since Indonesia opened its mineral and natural resources for foreign investment in 1970s, East Kalimantan province has experienced major boost of timber, petroleum and other exotic forest products. The state-owned petroleum company Pertamina has been operating in the area since it took control oil refinery from the Royal Dutch Shell company in 1965.
The main problem in this province is the illegal logging which destroyed almost all the rainforest. Less than half the original rainforest still remains, in places such as the Kayan Mentarang National Park in the northern part of the province.
Kayan Mentarang National Park
Montane birding near the Sarawak border. Difficult access but maybe the best site for Bornean montane endemics in Kalimantan.
Kutai National Park
Vast lowland forest area near Samarinda, with a great range of birds including many of Kalimantan's lowland specialities.
Hill and montane birding in the seldom visited Menyapa hills is not for the unadventurous, but new discoveries undoubtedly await those who try it.
* Field Guides & Bird Song
For a comprehensive list of recommended titles covering Indonesia as a whole - please see the Indonesia page of Fatbirder
Birds of Borneo
By Susan Myers| Christopher Helm | Paperback | March 2016 | 336 Pages | many Colour Plates and Distribution Maps | Edition 2 | I
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ISBN: 9781472924445Buy this book from NHBS.com
Birds of Mount Kinabalu, Borneo
GWH Davison 146 pages, 61 col plates. Natural History Publications 1992
ISBN: 9838120006Buy this book from NHBS.com
Pocket Guide to the Birds of Borneo
Charles M Francis 123 pages, 50 col plates. The Sabah Society 1984
ISBN: 9679994708Buy this book from NHBS.com
The Birds of Borneo
Bertram E Smythies and Geoffrey WH Davison 853 pages, 47 col plates, 4 b/w plates, 1 map. Natural History Publications 1999
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