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ULTIMATE SULAWESI & HALMAHERA

Sunday 4th September - Saturday 24th September 2016

Craig Robson

Minahassa Masked Owl - one of many 5 star endemics seen on this tour (Craig Robson).

Minahassa Masked Owl - one of many 5 star endemics seen on this tour (Craig Robson).

The latest Birdquest tour to Sulawesi and Halmahera proved to be another great adventure, with some stunning avian highlights, not least the amazing Minahassa Masked Owl that we had such brilliant views of at Tangkoko. Some of the more memorable highlights amongst our huge trip total of 292 species were: 15 species of kingfisher (including Green-backed, Lilac, Great-billed, Scaly-breasted, Sombre, both Sulawesi and Moluccan Dwarf, and Azure), 15 species of nightbird seen (including Sulawesi Masked and Barking Owls, Ochre-bellied and Cinnabar Boobooks, Sulawesi and Satanic Nightjars, and Moluccan Owlet-Nightjar), the incredible Maleo, Moluccan Megapode at point-blank range, Pygmy Eagle, Sulawesi, Spot-tailed and Moluccan Goshawks, Red-backed Buttonquail, Great and White-faced Cuckoo-Doves, Red-eared, Scarlet- breasted and Oberholser’s Fruit Doves, Grey-headed Imperial Pigeon, Moluccan Cuckoo, Purple-winged Roller, Azure (or Purple) Dollarbird, the peerless Purple-bearded Bee-eater, Knobbed Hornbill, White Cockatoo, Moluccan King and Pygmy Hanging Parrots, Chattering Lory, Ivory-breasted, Moluccan and Sulawesi Pittas (the latter two split from Red-bellied), White-naped and Shining Monarchs, Maroon-backed Whistler, Piping Crow, lekking Standardwings, Hylocitrea, Malia, Sulawesi and White-necked Mynas, Red- backed and Sulawesi Thrushes, Sulawesi Streaked Flycatcher, the demure Matinan Flycatcher, Great Shortwing, and Mountain Serin.

Sulawesi Masked Owl (Craig Robson).

Sulawesi Masked Owl (Craig Robson).