Sulawesi-Halmahera birding trip report Aug. 2016   -   John van der Woude   -
Bird photos
This is a long page with bird photos taken by me (P file names; Panasonic FZ1000) and Nollie (DSC file names; Sony HX400), plus 15 photos by tour leader Laurens Steijn.
They are in chronological sequence of the trip.
These photos are meant as our memories of the birds of the trip. So please skip the poorer ones quickly.
See also the main report.

Sacred Kingfisher in the woodland in front of Makassar airport.

Collared Kingfisher.

Malaysian Plover at fish ponds near Makassar. Photo Laurens Steijn/

Sulawesi Cuckoo-Dove, recently split from Slender-billed/Brown Cuckoo-Dove. Sulawesi endemic. Note the stripes on the neck - a difference with the Slender-billed CD from Halmahera, now split as Sultan's CD (see photo near the bottom of this page).

Sulawesi Streaked Flycatcher, a species only recently discovered. Sulawesi endemic. Karaenta Forest near Makassar.

Black-ringed White-eye, a Sulawesi endemic. Photo Laurens Steijn/ Only occurs on South Sulawesi so here in the Karaenta forest was our only chance to see it.

Blue-tailed Bee-eater, Sulawesi endemic.

Red-backed Buttonquail, male and female, near Palu. Both photos Laurens Steijn/

Satanic Nightjar at Lore Lindu NP. Sulawesi endemic.

Knobbed Hornbill in a fruiting tree. Sulawesi endemic, seen regularly.

White-bellied Imperial-Pigeon. Sulawesi endemic.

Streak-headed Dark-eye. Sulawesi endemic. Lore Lindu NP. Photo Laurens Steijn/

Rhinoceros beetles.

Red-eared Fruit-Dove. Sulawesi endemic.

Fiery-browed Starling, Sulawesi endemic.

Malia, another sought-after Sulawesi endemic. Lore Lindu NP.

Ivory-backed Woodswallow. Sulawesi endemic.

Sulawesi Pygmy-Woodpecker. Sulawesi endemic.

Sahul Sunbird, recently split from Olive-backed Sunbird. Occurs from Sulawesi eastward, but may be split even further. This is subspecies frenatus.

Grey-sided Flowerpecker in half open area near Palu. Sulawesi endemic. Photo Laurens Steijn/

Buff-banded Rail in hotel garden Manado. Photo Laurens Steijn/

Barred Rail in hotel garden Manado.

Java Sparrows (introduced here) at roost site in front of our hotel in Manado. We had seen this species in the wild on Java.

Sulawesi Babbler in Tangkoko. A Sulawesi endemic. Photo Laurens Steijn/

Ochre-bellied Boobooks in Tangkoko. Sulawesi endemic.

Sulawesi Dwarf Kingfisher, a Sulawesi endemic forest kingfisher.

Green-backed Kingfisher, a Sulawesi endemic forest kingfisher regularly seen in Tangkoko.

Bear Couscous.

Spectral Tarsier (Sulawesi/Celebes spookdiertje). Max 14 cm without the tail. At a well-known stake-out in Tangkoko reserve.

Pied Imperial-Pigeon.

White-faced Dove (Sulawesi Black Pigeon), a Sulawesi endemic.

Lilac Kingfisher, a Sulawesi endemic. Tangkoko. Photo Laurens Steijn/

Red-backed Thrush, a difficult bird and we were very glad to see it here in Tangkoko. Sulawesi endemic.

Ashy Woodpecker in Tangkoko. Sulawesi endemic.

Black-naped Fruit-Dove.

Crested Macaque, one of a group.

Sacred Kingfisher in the mangroves in front of Tangkoko reserve.

Great-billed Kingfisher deeper in the mangrove. Sulawesi endemic.

Yellow-billed Malkoha, a Sulawesi endemic.

White-eyed Spangled Drongo. Sulawesi endemic.

Grosbeak Starling, a Sulawesi endemic and seen almost daily.

Scaly-breasted Kingfisher, another Sulawesi endemic forest kingfisher. Gunung Mahawu.

Maleo at our hide. A Sulawesi endemic megapode. Scratching in the sand where the eggs are laid in, to be bred by thermal activity.

Purple-winged Roller, a Sulawesi endemic. Bogani Nani Wartabone NP. Photo Laurens Steijn/

Grey-cheeked Green-Pigeon at Bogani Nani Wartabone NP. Sulawesi endemic.

Knobbed Hornbill, male. Sulawesi endemic.

Purple Swamphen.

Black-crowned White-eye, a Sulawesi endemic.

Matinan Flycatcher at Gunung Ambang. A highland endemic of just northern Sulawesi, so this is a real specialty despite its drab plumage. Nollie stayed at this bird to make photos, while I, after a quick glance at this bird, rushed to where the only Sulawesi Serpent-Eagle of the trip was being seen soaring overhead. I was just in time...

White-browed Crake, the only one of the trip.

Barred Rail.

Now on Halmahera. Willie Wagtail (not a wagtail but a fantail) at its nest.

Beach Kingfisher. Glad we glimpsed it. Halmahera is the westernmost occurrence. Photo Laurens Steijn/

Blue-and-white Kingfisher, a Halmahera endemic. Still on our way to the Weda resort after arrival with the speedboat from Ternate.

Wallace's Standardwing Bird-of-Paradise on our first forest walk near Weda resort. Halmahera endemic.

Nicobar Pigeon, an unexpected bonus. Widespread but rare species.

Moluccan Whistler, recently split from Golden Whistler.

Spectacled/Moluccan Imperial-Pigeon. Restricted to Halmahera and a few surrounding Moluccan islands.

Moluccan Cuckooshrike. We saw seven cuckooshrike species on this trip, including the even darker Halmahera Cuckooshrike, although this has recently changed to Halmahera Cicadabird.

Blyth's Hornbill. Occurs from Halmahera eastward. Photo Laurens Steijn/

Moustached Treeswift. Occurs from Halmahera eastward.

Eclectus Parrot. Occurs from Halmahera eastward.

Pitcher plants.

Great Cuckoo-Dove. Occurs from Halmahera eastward.

White-bellied Cuckooshrike. Occurs from Halmahera eastward.

Drab Whistler. Restricted to Moluccan islands. Photo Laurens Steijn/

Cinnamon-bellied Imperial-Pigeon. Halmahera endemic.

Scarlet-breasted Fruit-Dove. Halmahera endemic. Photo Laurens Steijn/

Sultan's Cuckoo-Dove, recently split from Slender-billed/Brown Cuckoo-Dove. Occurs from Halmahera eastward.

Sombre Kingfisher, a Halmahera endemic.

Grey-headed Fruit-Dove. Halmahera endemic.

Goliath Coucal, a Halmahera endemic.

Halmahera Boobook. Endemic for Halmahera.

Moluccan Owlet-Nightjat. Halmahera endemic.

Umbrella/White Cockatoo. Halmahera endemic.

Blyth's Hornbill female.

On our way from Weda resort to the north of Halmahera we saw these Lesser Frigatebirds.

In the late afternoon, before entering the rowing boats to get to the megapode sand bar north of Tobelo, we visited a stake-out for Common Paradise-Kingfisher, which occurs from Halmahera eastward. In total I have seen 14 kingfisher species on this trip (the group had 15). Photo Laurens Steijn/

Moluccan Scrubfowl, the fourth megapode of the trip. See also the last photo of the main report.

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