Birds of the Indonesian Archipelago: Greater Sundas and Wallacea 2nd edition – A Field Guide Review

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In recent years Indonesia has been competing with the Andes as the region giving rise to the biggest number of undescribed bird species (naturally, all of them endemics). Brickle is a long-time Indonesia resident, birdwatcher and conservationist from 1992 onwards.

PETA Exposes Horrible Practice of Reptile Skinning

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It takes place in Indonesia. Tags: reptiles indonesia lizards crocodile endangered species The skins are being used for handbags and other products. This link has a horrible photo and a worse video. Just warning you.

World birding from a Schrödinger’s house

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Indonesia 1761 5. Almost every 4th bird is endemic in Indonesia , a large country spread over several huge (Borneo is the 3rd, Sumatra the 6th and Sulawesi the 11th largest island on the planet) and 17,500 smaller islands, not to mention over two zoogeographical regions.

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Tiger Slaughtered in Indonesian Zoo

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Tags: zoos wildlife crime poaching tigers indonesia

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This is a bit of a quick post, but there is a very good reason for this: it was written back in October and then pre-scheduled since I’ll be in Indonesia again from the end of October until the day before this post goes up. Birds camouflage IndonesiaYou’d think that dressing in green to hide from predators inside a dense rainforest is as a strategy as plain as day, yet only a surprisingly limited number of bird species on Borneo have ventured down that evolutionary road.

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“Keep your taxonomy out of my field guide” – revisited

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Birds Borneo field guide Indonesia Indonesian Archipelago taxonomy taxonomy and systematicsWay back in the days when blog posts still got a lot of comments, I wrote a piece on why field guides that arrange species in a more or less strict taxonomic order regularly frustrate me. I gave a number of reasons in a great number of paragraphs and got an enormous amount of comments, many of which were highly critical of what I had said.

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Pygmy Wren-babblers on Java

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Birds babbler Babblers IndonesiaThe pygmy wren-babbler is a tiny babbler that looks like a wren, making it a bird well named. This is not an insignificant fact from this blogger’s perspective, considering the awkward common names we often have to cope with in our day-to-day birding lives and the fact that all babblers are essentially brown, offering few options to those in charge of naming them.

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Savanna Nightjars prove that growing old is a process of becoming increasingly disillusioned

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Birds Indonesia nightjars I am starting to feel my age. To be clear, in my early 40′s I really am not complaining. However, I feel the wind of an increasingly fast downhill ride in my face now: I notice that I should probably get myself some reading glasses soon. My left knee occasionally hurts after a long day in the field. Overall, I can’t do things anymore that I could do just a few years ago, both physically and mentally.

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Asia’s Deadliest Bird: The Brown Prinia

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” Birds Indonesia prinias It must suck to be called “ Brown Prinia “ Try as I might, I can’t think of a name that implies more boredom and more unattractiveness, and is less apt at attracting the interest of birders. From a birder’s perspective however, this is both a shame and a blessing, as I will show below based on my observations of the species on the island of Java in November.

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The bills of the broadbills

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Birds Borneo tropical Indonesia broadbillSince this is the season of love and harmony and all things nice, I sincerely and originally had planned to write an equally nice, loving and harmonic post on a beautiful group of birds that’s mostly found in SE Asia, the broadbills.

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The Sunda Teals of Jakarta

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Birds dabbling ducks Indonesia waterfowl The Sunda Teal is a brown duck. This may make it very popular amongst European birders who can relate, but it doesn’t make it much of a deal within such an illustrous group as the dabbling ducks. There is one thing however that makes the Sunda Teal a rather highly desired species, and the name is a bit of a give-away: the species’ magic is in its range.

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Demand for Palm Oil Threatens Orangutans

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The demand for palm oil in the US and Europe, is threatening to wipe out orangutans in Indonesia. Indonesia is the world's top producer of palm oil, and prices have jumped by almost 70 percent in the last year. There are only an estimated 50,000 to 60,000 orangutans left in the wild, 90 percent of them in Indonesia, said Serge Wich, a scientist at the Great Ape Trust of Iowa. The demand for palm oil is rising in the U.S.

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Cute: Pinky the Orangutan

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While shooting the premiere episode of National Geographic Channel’s new series, Beast Hunter , host Pat Spain visited the Ragunan Zoo in Jakarta, Indonesia to visit a seven-year-old Orangutan named Pinky. Too cute, right?! Pinky sure does love Pat! The show premieres tonight, Friday, March 4 at 9PM ET/PT on the National Geographic channel. cute video tv

Where America dreams of/goes birding?

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Also, the island of New Guinea appeared as a whole, or as its parts, the eastern independent country of Papua New Guinea (PNG) and the western West Papua province of Indonesia. 4%: Mexico, West Papua (Indonesia), New Zealand, South Africa, Kenya. 6%: Antarctica, Argentina, Indonesia (including the votes for West Papua), India. With 400 endemics, Indonesia tops the list of the world’s most wanted lister’s destination, but the only destination in Asia proper is India.

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Endangered Indonesian Birds Put On Stamps

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Indonesia hosts 1,597 species, of which 126 are endangered – 19 critically. Four critically endangered Indonesian birds – the Flores Hawk , the Siau Owl , the Sangihe Honeybird , and the Mandar Gendang , which is otherwise known as the Invisible Rail - will have their profiles raised a bit when they debut on Indonesian postage stamps. It is unclear if the Invisible Rail stamp will be blank. Asides

“The 125 Best Bird Watching Sites in Southeast Asia”

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Having more than 2500 bird species, including over 850 endemics (480 in Indonesia alone), Southeast Asia stretches roughly from the easternmost Himalayan slopes in Myanmar and the palm-fringed beached of Thailand all the way to the ridiculously colourful Birds of Paradise of New Guinea, which Phoebe Snetsinger described: “I’ve never done acid, but I imagine that when you do, you see things like the birds-of-paradise.”

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Connecticut Oil Company President Illegally Owns Primate

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Pierce Onthank, the president of an oil and gas company, was charged in January with illegal possession of a primate for keeping a siamang, a type of gibbon that is native to rain forests in Malaysia and Indonesia and can weigh up to 30 pounds and stand 3 feet high. I'm starting to wonder about Connecticut. It's the same state where the Travis incident occurred. However, this time the owner is an oil and gas company president , not some eccentric woman on Xanax.

Exploring the Uncharted Bird World

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And what does it tell us, other than the obvious “head for South America” or perhaps Indonesia? 1401-1600 sp: Ecuador, Bolivia; Indonesia. It may be slightly impractical to focus on big countries such as Brazil or Indonesia. Summer is normally the vacation season, for ordinary tourists at least. Birders follow different patterns of bird migration and their local activities and travel accordingly. But – where?

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Spotted Whistling Ducks at Australia’s Wonga Beach

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The birds have historically been found from the Philippines south through central Indonesia to Papua New Guinea though they recently colonized remote parts of the west coast of Australia’s Cape York peninsula. Birders across Australia are excited about reports of a flock of 23 Spotted Whistling Ducks just north of Cairns in a pond in Wonga Beach.

Bowling for Rhinos

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All donations go to the National AAZK for distribution to the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya, Africa, the Ujung Kulon National Park in Java, Indonesia and the Bukit Barisan Seletan National Park in Sumatra, Indonesia. Please join the Utah Chapter American Association of Zookeepers (AAZK) for their 18th annual “Bowling for Rhinos” on Friday, May 1st.

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Raptors of Nanhui, Shanghai

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Apparently, soloensis stands for “Discovered in or native to the Solo River valley” (Wikipedia; the Solo river is a river in Indonesia).

For the Love of Trogons

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In fact, the best known member of the family, Central America’s aptly-named Resplendent Quetzal , looks less like Michoacán’s trogons than, say, Africa’s Narina Trogon , or the Red-naped Trogon of Indonesia. 2021 is turning out to be a good year for trogons.

Birding Singapore

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1) Not surprisingly, the Pink-necked Green Pigeon is widely distributed in Indonesia, where the batik technique was invented. Writing this post, I have been in lockdown in my Shanghai compound for 60 days.

Voices for Biodiversity Funding New Articles for #GivingTuesday

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One of their upcoming articles will focus on the effects of the bird pet trade in Indonesia, but if readers from 10000 Birds give at least $1,000 in the crowdfunding campaign, they will add an additional bird conservation story to their roster! . Hi all! In addition to birding as much as I can and my full-time job in Okaloosa County, I also work part-time for Voices for Biodiversity , an online magazine.

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Birding Wolongshan, Sichuan, China

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Anyway, even this lower number puts China at rank 8 in the list of countries with the most bird species, surpassed only by Indonesia outside of the usual suspects in South America.

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“Peacocks and Picathartes: Reflections on Africa’s Birdlife”

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A lot of destinations were mentioned, with Central and South America leading the way, New Guinea, Indonesia and Australia appearing only at the middle of the list, and African countries (South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania and Madagascar) lagging at the end of the list.

Georgian Raptor Protector Up for “Green Oscar”

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But he’s got stiff competition, including peers working to save Tree Kangaroos in Papua New Guinea, Sumatran Orangutans in Indonesia, and Snow Leopards in Pakistan. Sparrowhawk photo by Freek Verdonckt, Batumi Raptor Count. The Whitley Awards , bestowed by the UK-based Whitley Fund for Nature, have been dubbed the “Green Oscars” for their role in recognizing and supporting grassoots-based conservationists in developing countries.

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Birding Gunung Gede on a weekend without suffering a mental break-down, part 1

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Destinations Indonesia Gunung Gede Pangrango National Park, which comprises the twin volcanoes Gede and Pangrango (with gunung meaning “mountain”), surely must rate as one of the birding highlights of Southeast Asia, and is arguably the most important and well-known birding site on the island of Java.

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Birds of the Indonesian Archipelago: Greater Sundas and Wallacea–A Field Guide Review

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So–the book covers islands that belong to the Republic of Indonesia and to Malaysia. But, it doesn’t cover all or Indonesia or all of Malaysia. Does the fact that this guide doesn’t include all of Indonesia or Malaysia mean that a birder going to these countries will have to invest in multiple field guides? And, there is A Photographic Guide to the Birds of Indonesia: Second Edition by Morten Strange (2012).

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Purple Swamphen: Supertramp or superspecies?

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Black-backed Swamphen ( Porphyrio indicus ) in Java, Indonesia, by Ron Knight. Dark blackish swamphens occur from eastern Indonesia across Australia, Melanesia, southern Micronesia, and Polynesia as far east as American Samoa, having reached some of these islands only in the last few hundred years and, in the case of New Zealand at least, recolonizing islands previously settled by their cousins.

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Avian Quiz – April 15, 2011

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In descending order, the list starts with those countries with more than 1,000 bird species, so the country is NOT one of these: - Colombia - Peru - Brazil - Indonesia - Ecuador - Bolivia - Venezuela - China - India - Congo, Dem Rep - Kenya - Tanzania - Myanmar - Argentina - Mexico - Uganda 7. Two oceans ANSWER THIS QUESTION: Determine the country, but do not name it. This week’s quiz is geographically GLOBAL in nature.

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Do Snowy Owls really belong in genus Bubo?

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Over the past two weeks, an incursion of Snowy Owls ( Bubo scandiacus ) has spread rapidly across the Great Lakes region and down the Atlantic Coast, as far south as North Carolina. The haunting image above is from another year, by Kate Ter Haar.). It’s the third year in a row for a significant, hunger-driven push south by these spectacular predators of the far north, so commanding of the imagination with their striking plumage, remote origins, and wondrous peregrinations.

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Hill Mynas: A Touch of Tropical Asia in Miami

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Distributed across a broad swath of territory that includes India’s Himalayan foothills, Thailand, Indochina, peninsular Malaysia and western Indonesia, this species occurs in moist or semi-evergreen forests that may include secondary growth and degraded habitats in its native range. Miami, Florida has a reputation among the birding community for being overrun with exotic bird species. It is well-deserved.

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15 expat-friendly countries for a birder to move to

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Indonesia (1615 / 1603). What are the best countries for a passionate birder to move to? And why? I discovered this map a while ago, hidden somewhere at the not so easy to navigate BirdLife International’s website, and I have used it as my computer wallpaper ever since. Usually, I interchange some birdy wallpapers several times per month, but this one has stayed for several months already. It makes me think what is the meaning of life, the universe and everything? Why am I here?

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Victoria’s Riflebird, a Bird-of-paradise

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Adding to their mystique is the remoteness of their home, the undeveloped and rarely visited islands of New Guinea and eastern Indonesia. There are few families of birds as bewitching as the birds-of-paradise. They are feathered jewels with extraordinary breeding dances almost unrivalled in the bird world.

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Songbird-parrot link strengthened in new study, with implications for vocal learning

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Zebra Finch ( Taeniopygia guttata ), one of the study subjects, in Indonesia © David J. Last month, I wrote about hypothesized relationships between passerines, parrots, falcons, and seriemas , noting a need for further research on the subject. The post stimulated some great discussions but not really any additional commentary on the science behind these proposed relationships.

Keep your Taxonomy out of my Field Guide!

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I was seeing all sorts of small to very small songbirds with yellow bellies and a greenish back in the dense foliage of Indonesia’s trees. “In failure lies opportunity”, and luckily I noticed this while still being in Indonesia. At the onset of this post, let me firmly state that I love taxonomy. I even attended taxonomy classes at university. Biogeography, speciation, splitting, lumping, all that jazz really sets my boat afloat (well, the lumping not so much).

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Common Tailorbird

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The Common Tailorbird , Orthotomus sutorius, is a small warbler whose range extends from India to southern China and down into Indonesia. It is common, mostly in the lowlands, but can range as high as 5000ft. It is found in most habitats with thick cover and can often be found in urban parks and gardens. It is an active bird that seldom stays still or quiet and often cocks its tail as it moves about through the thick cover.

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Waxwings and their kin: Meet the bombycillids

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The Olive-flanked (or Yellow-flanked) Whistler ( Hylocitrea bonensis ) is endemic to to the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia, where it lives inconspicuously in montane forests. Waxwings and their relatives are a small, interesting group of songbirds that have seen some interesting taxonomic changes in the last few years.

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The Cattle Egret Expansion

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They have expanded their range through Indonesia and into Australia and is found in post breeding dispersal as far north as South Korea and Japan. Will Raup is a birder from upstate New York who helped Corey learn a lot about birds when Corey was first starting out as a birder.

Stop to Smell the Giant Parasitic Roses

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The 28 odd species of this genus are found in the Sunda (the islands of Indonesia, Malaysia and the southern bit of Thailand) and the Philippines, and are named for the inescapable (in this region anyway) Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, he of the founding of Singapore fame. When birding, as in life in general, it is important to stop occasionally and smell the metaphorical roses.

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Yellow Bittern

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It is an adherent to fresh water lakes, canals and swamps from India through East Asia, Indonesia and New Guinea. This weeks post is driven by a glut of pictures and the need to clear the air with a small confession. Yellow Bitterns ( Ixobrychus sinensis ) showed strongly during a recent trip to Singapore and on occasion it would have been impossible to pose them any better than they were already doing themselves.

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Birding the Little Rann of Kutch

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They belong to the same species like those found back in Europe, Sus scrofa – which inhabits a belt stretching from northern Africa and Europe all the way to Indonesia, but a different subspecies, S.s. Wake up buzz at 5.30 am, breakfast at 6 (toast – who can eat at that ungodly hour?) and at 6.30 we’re already in an open 4×4 heading for the salt pans of the Little Rann of Kutch in Gujarat, India.

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