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OBI (MOLUCCAS) EXPEDITION

Thursday 28th July - Monday 8th August 2016

CRAIG ROBSON

Moluccan Woodcock roding - mission accomplished! (Craig Robson).

Moluccan Woodcock roding - mission accomplished! (Craig Robson).

The first ever group birding tour to this little-known north Moluccan island was a great success, and all of our major targets were found relatively easily, and seen well. Unsurprisingly, the bird of the trip was the enig-matic Moluccan Woodcock, which was seen very well on multiple occasions, both at dawn and dusk. Three currently recognised endemics, Carunculated Fruit Dove, Rusty Imperial Pigeon (split from Cinnamon-bellied), and Cinnamon-breasted Whistler were also much appreciated amongst the 102 species that we en-countered. Additionally, we saw a whole host of other species, the local forms of which have been proposed as distinct species: Chattering and Violet-necked Lories, Hair-crested Drongo, Northern and Rufous Fantails, Paradise-crow, Northern Golden Bulbul, Island Leaf Warbler, and Cream-throated White-eye.

A Moluccan Pitta lurks in the foliage (Craig Robson).

A Moluccan Pitta lurks in the foliage (Craig Robson).