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ULTIMATE SULAWESI & HALMAHERA

Saturday 7th September - Friday 27th September 2013

Craig Robson

Moluccan Scrubfowl (Craig Robson)

Moluccan Scrubfowl (Craig Robson)

The latest Birdquest tour to Sulawesi and Halmahera was packed with superb highlights, amongst a total of 270 species. The bird of the trip was the fantastic Blue-faced Rail that we were shown in north Sulawesi, but we also enjoyed good views of Geomalia, Scaly-breasted Kingfisher, Purple Dollarbird, Great Cuckoo-dove, Moluccan King Parrot, Moluccan Scrubfowl, and the amazing Maleo and Standardwing Bird of Paradise. Halmahera Leaf-warbler was seen for the first time by Birdquest. A total of 13 species of nightbird were encountered, and we had good looks at all of them, including the tricky Sulawesi Nightjar. Our 13 species of kingfisher included the cracking little Sulawesi Dwarf and mega Great-billed. Other stand-out birds were a frog-hunting Small Sparrowhawk, Dusky Scrubfowl on a nest-mound, Oberholser’s and Scarlet-breasted Fruit-doves (the former split from Maroon-chinned), Small Sulawesi (or Pygmy) Hanging-parrot, Purple-bearded Bee-eater, Ivory-breasted Pitta, Piping Crow, scope views of Paradise Crow, Malia, Great Shortwing, Red-backed and Sulawesi Thrushes, Matinan Flycatcher, Hylocitrea (formerly Yellow-flanked Whistler), Maroon-backed Whistler, and Sulawesi Crested Myna. Among the mammals, the scope views that we had of a napping family of Bear Cuscus stands out.

Heinrich's (a.k.a. Satanic or Diabolical) Nightjar (Craig Robson)

Heinrich's (a.k.a. Satanic or Diabolical) Nightjar (Craig Robson)