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LESSER SUNDAS

Monday 18th August - Tuesday 5th August 2014

Craig Robson

The rare endemic Sumba Buttonquail (Craig Robson)

The rare endemic Sumba Buttonquail (Craig Robson)

Highlights during the tenth Birdquest to this little visited part of Indonesia included Flores Hawk-eagle, Sumba Buttonquail, Timor Black Pigeon, Barred-necked Cuckoo-dove, Flores Green-pigeon, both Flores and Wallace's Scops-owls, Citron- and Yellow-crested Cockatoos, Pink-headed Imperial Pigeon, Wallace’s Hanging-parrot, Olive-shouldered Parrot, Iris Lorikeet, Sumba Hornbill, Cinnamon-banded and White-rumped Kingfishers, Elegant Pitta, Chestnut-capped, Chestnut-backed, Orange-sided and Sunda Thrushes, Black-banded Flycatcher, Flores Monarch, Bare-throated Whistler, Tricoloured Parrotfinch, and Timor Sparrow. Additionally, for the second year running, we observed several tailorbirds along the Sumba coast near Waingapu. They were discovered by us on the 2013 tour, and resemble Olive-backed (which is known to occur only as far as Lombok in Wallacea), but appear to show at least some minor vocal differences. The weather was remarkably sunny, with virtually no rain at all during birding hours, and we recorded a record 276 bird species for this tour.

Komodo Dragon: the non-avian highlight of the tour! (Craig Robson)

Komodo Dragon: the non-avian highlight of the tour! (Craig Robson)