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Sulawesi, 6-13 October 2009

Lesser Frigatebird  Fregata ariel
4 birds on the boat trip off Tangkoko

Purple Heron  Ardea purpurea
Several seen in flight Tapaculintan

Little Egret  Egretta garzetta

Pacific Reef-Heron Egretta sacra
Several off Tangkoko

Javan Pond-Heron  Ardeola speciosa
Only few birds seen en-route.

Cattle Egret  Bubulcus ibis

Striated Heron  Butorides striata

Osprey  Pandion haliaetus
1 off Tangkoko

Barred Honey-buzzard  [Sulawesi]  Pernis celebensis  Near-endemic
A couple seen on the first day at a roadside stop. (forest)

Black Kite  Milvus migrans

Brahminy Kite Haliastur indus

White-bellied Sea-Eagle Haliaeetus leucogaster
Seen twice Tangkoko

Spotted Harrier Circus assimilis  Near-endemic
1 seen briefly Tambun

Chinese Goshawk  Accipiter soloensis
Tangkoko and Gunung Ambang

Spot-tailed Goshawk  Accipiter trinotatus  Country endemic
1 seen well, another calling nearby at Gunung Ambang.

Rufous-bellied Eagle  Aquila kienerii
1 seen Tarout

Sulawesi Hawk-Eagle  Spizaetus lanceolatus  Country endemic
Immature seen perched Torout and juv. at Tangkoko.

Spotted Kestrel  Falco moluccensis
Seen near Gunung Ambang and at Taraut.

Maleo  Macrocephalon maleo  Endangered (EN)  Country endemic
1 seen running and 2 birds perched up high in the trees at Tambun on our first evening visit, 1 seen briefly on the ground in the forest the next morning.

Tabon Scrubfowl  Megapodius cumingii
Seen twice at Tangkoko, 2 and 1 bird respectively.

Buff-banded Rail  Gallirallus philippensis
Only seen once near Tambun.

Barred Rail  Gallirallus torquatus  Near-endemic
Common and encountered regularly.

Isabelline Bush-hen  Amaurornis isabellina  Country endemic
1 seen near Tambun by Peter only, seen at 2 spots at Tangkoko

White-breasted Waterhen  Amaurornis phoenicurus
only seen at Taraut

Lesser Sandplover  Charadrius mongolus
Only 1 bird seen on the boat trip off Tangkoko.

Common Sandpiper  Actitis hypoleucos

Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola

Little Tern  Sternula albifrons
Only 1 seen off Tangkoko.

White-winged Tern  Chlidonias leucopterus
A few off Tangkoko

Whiskered Tern  Chlidonias hybrida
1 off Tangkoko

Common Tern  Sterna hirundo
30+ off Tangkoko

Great Crested Tern  Thalasseus bergii
5+ off Tangkoko

Spotted Dove  Streptopelia chinensis

Slender-billed Cuckoo-Dove  Macropygia amboinensis
Several seen both at Gunung Ambang and Tangkoko.

White-faced Cuckoo-Dove (Sulawesi Black Pigeon) Turacoena manadensis  Country endemic
1 seen and photographed at Tangkoko

Stephan's Dove  Chalcophaps stephani
1 seen Tangkoko

Pink-necked Pigeon  Treron vernans
2 in flight on the boat trip off Tangkoko

Grey-cheeked Pigeon  Treron griseicauda  Country endemic
Rather common, Tambun, Tangkoko...

Maroon-chinned Fruit-Dove  Ptilinopus subgularis  Near-threatened (NT)  Country endemic
Singles at Tambun and Taraut

Superb Fruit-Dove  Ptilinopus superbus
Several seen at Gunung Ambang

Black-naped Fruit-Dove  Ptilinopus melanospilus  Near-endemic
Fairly common, seen Tambun, Tapaculintan and Tangkoko.

White-bellied Imperial-Pigeon  Ducula forsteni  Country endemic
Quite a few at Gunung Ambang.

Green Imperial-Pigeon  Ducula aenea
Tambun, Taraut and Tangkoko.

White Imperial-Pigeon  (Silver-tipped) Ducula luctuosa  Country endemic
Seen Taraut, en-route to Manado and Tangkoko.

Ornate Lorikeet  Trichoglossus ornatus  Country endemic
Fairly common Gunung Ambang and Taraut, heard Tangkoko.

Yellow-and-green Lorikeet  Trichoglossus flavoviridis  Country endemic
Seen well at Gunung Ambang.

Yellowish-breasted Racquet-tail  Prioniturus flavicans  Near-threatened (NT)  Country endemic
Great looks of a perched bird at Taraut, flight views Tangkoko.

Golden-mantled Racquet-tail  Prioniturus platurus  Country endemic
Several groups of up to 30 birds going to roost at Gunung Ambang on our first evening.

Azure-rumped Parrot  (Blue-backed) Tanygnathus sumatranus  Near-endemic
Few seen at both Taraut and Tangkoko.

(Large) Sulawesi Hanging-Parrot  Loriculus stigmatus  Country endemic
Fairly common and encountered at all sites.

Pygmy Hanging-Parrot  (Small Sulawesi) Loriculus exilis  Near-threatened (NT)  Country endemic
Only 1 seen Tangkoko.

Brush Cuckoo  (Rusty-breasted Cuckoo) Cacomantis variolosus
heard only Tapak Kolintan

Black-billed Koel  Eudynamys melanorhynchus  Country endemic
common and heard a lot, several good looks at Ambang and Tangkoko

Yellow-billed Malkoha  Phaenicophaeus calyorhynchus  Country endemic
Fairly common, seen at Gunung Ambang, Tambun and Tangkoko.

Bay Coucal  Centropus celebensis  Country endemic
Several good observations at Tambun, Tapaculintan and Tangkoko.

Lesser Coucal  Centropus bengalensis
Several seen en-route and at Tangkoko

Sulawesi (Masked) Owl  Tyto rosenbergii  Country endemic
A couple seen in the spotlight at Taraut, found by Samuel at a new daytime roost in a tree hole at Tangkoko.

Sulawesi Scops-Owl  Otus manadensis  Country endemic
Good looks at Taraut and Tangkoko, heard also Gunung Ambang.

Ochre-bellied Hawk-Owl  (Boobook) Ninox ochracea  Near-threatened (NT)  Country endemic
Perfect looks of 3 birds at a daytime roost half a metre above the forest floor at Tangkoko. Heard at Gunung Ambang and at Taraut.

Cinnabar Hawk-Owl  (Boobook) Ninox ios  Vulnerable (VU)  Country endemic
2 birds seen well at Gunung Ambang.

Speckled Hawk-Owl  (Boobook) Ninox punctulata  Country endemic
Seen in the spotlight at Gunung Ambang and on the daytime roost at Taraut.

Great Eared-Nightjar  Eurostopodus macrotis

Sulawesi Nightjar  Caprimulgus celebensis  Country endemic
Heard only Tambun.

Glossy Swiftlet Collocalia esculenta

Uniform SwiftletAerodramus vanikorensis

Purple Needletail  Hirundapus celebensis  Near-endemic
Singles at Taraut and Tangkoko.

Grey-rumped Treeswift  Hemiprocne longipennis
Tambun, Tangkoko...

Common Kingfisher  Alcedo atthis
One on the river at Tapaculintan, the hispidoides supspecies looks a lot like Blue-eared.

Sulawesi (Dwarf) Kingfisher  Ceyx fallax  Near-threatened (NT)  Country endemic
Great looks at 2 different birds at Tapaculintan and another one stayed 20 min. for fantastic looks and photos at Tangkoko.

Lilac Kingfisher  (Lilac-cheeked) Cittura cyanotis  Near-threatened (NT)  Country endemic
Several seen at Tangkoko, tame and easy to approach.

Black-billed Kingfisher  (Great-billed) Pelargopsis melanorhyncha  Country endemic
2 birds on our boat trip off Tangkoko found in the mangrove channel at low tide.

Ruddy Kingfisher  Halcyon coromanda
At least 2 different birds seen at Tangkoko.

Collared Kingfisher  Todiramphus chloris

Sacred Kingfisher  Todiramphus sanctus
Only 2 seen boat trip off Tangkoko.

Green-backed Kingfisher  Actenoides monachus  Near-threatened (NT)  Country endemic
Seen a couple times at Tambun but the best looks were at 2 confiding birds at Tangkoko.

Purple-bearded Bee-eater  Meropogon forsteni  Country endemic
A pair at Gunung Ambang with great looks at 1 bird bringing a bee to the nest.

Purple-winged Roller  Coracias temminckii  Country endemic
Only 2 birds seen, at Tapaculintan but heard several times at Tangkoko.

Sulawesi (Dwarf) Hornbill  Penelopides exarhatus  Country endemic
Only 2 sightings, at Taraut and en-route near Tangkoko.

Knobbed Hornbill  Aceros cassidix  Country endemic
Common at Tapaculintan, several at Tangkoko and brief views once at Tambun.

Sulawesi Woodpecker  Dendrocopos temminckii  Country endemic
Easiest to observe at Gunung Ambang but also seen Tambun.

Ashy Woodpecker Mulleripicus fulvus  Country endemic
A female photographed at Tambun, 2 males and a female for photos at Tangkoko.

Red-bellied Pitta  Pitta erythrogaster
Brief views of 1 at Tambun by Peter only. A pair for great looks at Tangkoko on our first day with another bird at a different spot on our last day.

Barn Swallow  Hirundo rustica

Pacific Swallow  Hirundo tahitica

Eastern Yellow Wagtail  Motacilla tschutschensis
Seen en-route.

Grey Wagtail  Motacilla cinerea
Seen en-route.

Pied Cuckoo-shrike Coracina bicolor  Near-threatened (NT)  Country endemic
Hard to find but good looks as Samuel found a pair at Tangkoko.

White-rumped Cuckoo-shrike  Coracina leucopygia  Country endemic
Couple observations at Tangkoko.

Sulawesi Cuckoo-shrike  (Sulawesi Cicadabird) Coracina morio  Country endemic
A pair seen Tapaculintan and a female at Tangkoko.

White-rumped Triller  (Sulawesi Triller) Lalage leucopygialis  Country endemic
Great looks at Tambun.

Sooty-headed Bulbul  Pycnonotus aurigaster

Rusty-backed Thrush  (Red-backed) Zoothera erythronota  Near-threatened (NT)  Country endemic
At least 5 seen Tangkoko.

Golden-headed Cisticola  Cisticola exilis
Few at Tangkoko.

Mountain Tailorbird  Orthotomus cuculatus
Seen at Gunung Ambang, spp riedeli

Grey-streaked Flycatcher  Muscicapa griseisticta
A few at Gunung Ambang

Sulawesi Blue-Flycatcher  [Mangrove Blue] Cyornis omissus  Country endemic
Photographed at Gunung Ambang.

Citrine Canary-Flycatcher  Culicicapa helianthea  Near-endemic
Only 1 bird seen, Gunung Ambang.

Rusty-flanked Fantail  (Rusty-bellied)  Rhipidura teysmanni  Country endemic
Only seen once at Gunung Ambang.

Black-naped Monarch  [Pale Blue Monarch] Hypothymis azurea
Scarce but seen at Tambun and Tangkoko

Sulphur-bellied Whistler  (Yellow-vented) Pachycephala sulfuriventer  Country endemic
A single bird seen Gunung Ambang.

Sulawesi Babbler Trichastoma celebense  Country endemic
Seen briefly Gunung Ambang, heard at Taraut and good looks at Tangkoko.

Plain-throated Sunbird  (Brown-throated) Anthreptes malacensis
Seen twice, Tangkoko and en-route.

Black Sunbird  Leptocoma sericea  Near-endemic
Seen only twice, Tapuculintan and Tangkoko.

Olive-backed Sunbird  Cinnyris jugularis

Yellow-sided Flowerpecker Dicaeum aureolimbatum  Country endemic
fairly common

Grey-sided Flowerpecker  Dicaeum celebicum  Country endemic
fairly common

Black-crowned White-eye  (Black-fronted) Zosterops atrifrons  Near-endemic
Common Gunung Ambang, a few Tangkoko.

Scarlet Myzomela  Myzomela sanguinolenta  Country endemic
Gunung Ambang

Black-naped Oriole Oriolus chinensis
Tambun and Tangkoko.

Hair-crested Drongo  Dicrurus hottentottus
Common, leucops spp with white iris.

Sulawesi Drongo  Dicrurus montanus  Country endemic
Seen once only, Gunung Ambang.

White-backed Woodswallow  (Ivory-backed) Artamus monachus  Country endemic
Tambun and Tangkoko, not common.

White-breasted Woodswallow  Artamus leucorynchus
Fairly common, more open country than Ivory-backed, regularly seen en-route also.

Slender-billed Crow  Corvus enca
Very common.

Asian Glossy Starling  Aplonis panayensis
Only few seen, en-route.

Sulawesi (Crested) Myna Basilornis celebensis  Country endemic
2 birds en-route near Tangkoko on the last day.

White-necked Myna  Streptocitta albicollis  Country endemic
Great looks at Tambun and Tapaculintan, heard at Tangkoko.

Fiery-browed Myna (Starling)  Enodes erythrophris  Country endemic
Gunung Ambang only.

Finch-billed Myna  (Grosbeak Starling)  Scissirostrum dubium  Country endemic
Fairly common, en-route, Tambun, Tangkoko...

Eurasian Tree Sparrow  Passer montanus

Black-faced Munia  Lonchura molucca  Near-endemic
Only seen en-route on our first day.

Nutmeg Mannikin  Lonchura punctulata (Scaly-breasted Munia)
Chestnut Munia Lonchura atricapilla

Stijn De Win / published this information page on 22 October 2009.

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