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The Maluku Archipelago

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Birding the Moluccas

The Maluku Islands or the Moluccas are an archipelago within the Banda Sea. Geographically they are located east of Sulawesi, west of New Guinea, and north and east of Timor. The islands were known as the Spice Islands due to the nutmeg, mace and cloves that were originally exclusively found there, the presence of which sparked colonial interest from Europe in the 16th century. The Islands formed a single province from Indonesian independence until 1999, when it was split into two provinces. A new province, North Maluku, incorporates the area between Morotai and Sula, with the arc of islands from Buru and Seram to Wetar remaining within the existing Maluku Province. North Maluku is predominantly Muslim, and its capital is Sofifion Halmahera island. Maluku province has a larger Christian population, and its capital is Ambon. The Maluku Islands have a total area of 850,000 km2, 90% of which is sea. There are an estimated 1027 islands. The largest two islands, Halmahera and Seram are sparsely populated, while the most developed, Ambon and Ternate are small.

The majority of the islands are forested and mountainous. The Tanimbar Islands are dry and hilly, while the Aru Islands are flat and swampy. Mount Binaya at 3027m, on Seram is the highest mountain. A number of islands, such as Ternate (1721m) and the TNS islands, are volcanoes emerging from the sea with villages sited around their coasts. There have been over 70 serious volcanic eruptions in the last 500 years and earthquakes are common.

Biogeographically, all of the islands apart from the Aru group lie in Wallacea, the region between the Sunda Shelf (part of the Asia block), and the Arafura Shelf (part of the Australian block). More specifically, they lie between Weber's Line and Lydekker's Line, and thus have a fauna that is rather more Australasian than Asian. Malukan biodiversity and its distribution are affected by various tectonic activities; most of the islands are geologically young, being from 1 million to 15 million years old, and have never been attached to the larger landmasses. The Maluku islands differ from other areas in Indonesia; they contain some of the country's smallest islands, coral island reefs scattered through some of the deepest seas in the world, and no large islands such as Java or Sumatra. Flora and fauna immigration between islands has thus been restricted, leading to a high rate of endemism.

The ecology of the Maluku Islands has fascinated naturalists for centuries; Alfred Wallace's book, The Malay Archipelago was the first significant study of the area's natural history, and remains an important resource for studying Indonesian biodiversity. Maluku is the subject of two major historical works of natural history by Georg Eberhard Rumphius: the Herbarium Amboinense and the Amboinsche Rariteitkamer.

Rainforest covered most of northern and central Maluku, which, on the smaller islands has been replaced by plantations, including the region's endemic cloves and nutmeg. The Tanimbar Islands and other southeastern islands are arid and sparsely vegetated, much like nearby Timor. Manusela National Park (1997) and Aketajawe-Lolobata National Park (2004), were established, for the protection of endangered species.

Nocturnal marsupials, such as cuscus and bandicoots, make up the majority of the mammal species, and introduced mammals include Malayan civets and wild pigs. Bird species include approximately 100 endemics with the greatest variety on the large islands of Halmahera and Seram. North Maluku has two species of endemic birds of paradise. Uniquely among the Maluku Islands, the Aru Islands have a purely Papuan fauna including kangaroos, cassowaries, and birds of paradise.

Central and southern Maluku Islands experience the dry monsoon between October to March and the wet monsoon from May to August, which is the reverse of the rest of Indonesia. The dry monsoon's average maximum temperature is 30 °C while the wet's average maximum is 23 °C. Northern Maluku has its wet monsoon from December to March in line with the rest of Indonesia. Each island group have their own climatic variations, and the larger islands tend to have drier coastal lowlands and their mountainous hinterlands are wetter.

Top Sites

Ambon

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The travel hub of central and southern Maluku. Got a few nice birds too.

Bacan

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This is where Wallace first discovered the Standardwing now named after him, but he may also have been the last person that visited this island!

Buru

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It looks big on the map, but getting there and getting around is for the adventurous. If you try it the birds are all there somewhere.

Damar

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There is an endemic flycatcher here, and who knows what else.

Halmahera

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Packed with north Moluccan endemics including the stunning Standard wing and Ivory-breasted Pitta. A trip to Halmahera is on many people's wish list.

Kai

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Relatively easy to get to, nice beaches, two endemic white-eyes and an endemic coucal. Can't say better than that, can you?

Obi

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If you make it this far you will be on your own. There is a woodcock here somewhere. Good luck!

Seram

Huge mountains, obscure islands, Salmon-crested Cockatoo and a whole load more central moluccan specialities and Seram endemics await.

Taliabu

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If you can figure out how to get here then there are a load of gripping endemics to be seen!

Tanimbar

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The far south of Maluku and not easy to get too. If you make it, the reward is accessible forest packed with endemics.

Contributor

Nick Brickle

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Wikipedia

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Number of Species

Number of bird species: 727

(As at February 2019)

Endemics

Number of endemics: 106

Tanimbar Scrubfowl Megapodius tenimberensis, Forsten's Scrubfowl Megapodius forsteni, Tanimbar Cuckoo-Dove Macropygia timorlaoensis, Sula Fruit-Dove Ptilinopus mangoliensis, Scarlet-breasted Fruit-Dove Ptilinopus bernsteinii, Blue-capped Fruit-Dove Ptilinopus monacha, Gray-headed Fruit-Dove Ptilinopus hyogastrus, Carunculated Fruit-Dove Ptilinopus granulifrons, Spectacled Imperial-Pigeon Ducula perspicillata, Seram Imperial-Pigeon Ducula neglecta, Buru Mountain-Pigeon Gymnophaps mada, Seram Mountain-Pigeon Gymnophaps stalkeri, Goliath Coucal Centropus goliath, Moluccan Cuckoo Cacomantis aeruginosus, Moluccan Owlet-nightjar Aegotheles crinifrons, Seram Swiftlet Aerodramus ceramensis, Moluccan Woodcock Scolopax rochussenii, Moluccan Goshawk Accipiter henicogrammus, Rufous-necked Sparrowhawk Accipiter erythrauchen, Seram Masked-Owl Tyto almae, Taliabu Masked-Owl Tyto nigrobrunnea, Halmahera Boobook Ninox hypogramma, Tanimbar Boobook Ninox forbesi, Sula Dwarf-Kingfisher Ceyx wallacii, North Moluccan Dwarf-Kingfisher Ceyx uropygialis, Seram Dwarf-Kingfisher Ceyx lepidus, Buru Dwarf-Kingfisher Ceyx cajeli, Blue-and-white Kingfisher Todiramphus diops, Lazuli Kingfisher Todiramphus lazuli, Sombre Kingfisher Todiramphus funebris, Salmon-crested Cockatoo Cacatua moluccensis, White Cockatoo Cacatua alba, Buru Racquet-tail Prioniturus mada, Black-lored Parrot Tanygnathus gramineus, Blue-fronted Lorikeet Charmosyna toxopei, Chattering Lory Lorius garrulus, Purple-naped Lory Lorius domicella, Red Lory Eos bornea, Blue-eared Lory Eos semilarvata, Sula Hanging-Parrot Loriculus sclateri, Sula Pitta Erythropitta dohertyi, Ivory-breasted Pitta Pitta maxima, Seram Myzomela Myzomela blasii, Crimson-hooded Myzomela Myzomela kuehn,i Wakolo Myzomela Myzomela wakoloensis, Buru Honeyeater Lichmera deningeri, Seram Honeyeater Lichmera monticola, Black-chested Honeyeater Lichmera notabilis, White-streaked Friarbird Melitograis gilolensis, Dusky Friarbird Philemon fuscicapillus, Black-faced Friarbird Philemon moluccensis, Seram Friarbird Philemon subcorniculatus, Moluccan Cuckooshrike Coracina atriceps, Buru Cuckooshrike Coracina fortis, White-browed Triller Lalage moesta, Rufous-bellied Triller Lalage aurea, Halmahera Cuckooshrike Celebesia parvula, Pale Cicadabird Edolisoma ceramense, Sula Cicadabird Edolisoma sula, Drab Whistler Pachycephala griseonota, Buru Oriole Oriolus bouroensis, Tanimbar Oriole Oriolus decipiens, Seram Oriole Oriolus forsteni, Halmahera Oriole Oriolus phaeochromus, Wetar Figbird Sphecotheres hypoleucus, Taliabu Fantail Rhipidura sulaensis, Tawny-backed Fantail Rhipidura superflua, Streak-breasted Fantail Rhipidura dedemi, Long-tailed Fantail Rhipidura opistherythra, Loetoe Monarch Carterornis castus, Black-chinned Monarch Symposiachrus boanensis, White-tailed Monarch Symposiachrus leucurus, Black-tipped Monarch Symposiachrus loricatus, Moluccan Flycatcher Myiagra galeata, Long-billed Crow Corvus validus, Paradise-crow Lycocorax pyrrhopterus, Standardwing Bird-of-Paradise Semioptera wallacii, Golden-bellied Flyrobin Microeca hemixantha, Obi Golden-Bulbul Alophoixus lucasi, Buru Golden-Bulbul Alophoixus mystacalis, Seram Golden-Bulbul Alophoixus affinis, Chestnut-backed Bush Warbler Locustella castanea, Gray-hooded White-eye Lophozosterops pinaiae, Rufescent White-eye Tephrozosterops stalkeri, Great Kai White-eye Zosterops grayi, Little Kai White-eye Zosterops uropygialis, Seram White-eye Zosterops stalkeri, Cream-throated White-eye Zosterops atriceps, Buru White-eye Zosterops buruensis, Ambon White-eye Zosterops kuehni, Buru Jungle-Flycatcher Eumyias additus, Tanimbar Flycatcher Ficedula riedeli, Damar Flycatcher Ficedula henrici, Cinnamon-chested Flycatcher Ficedula buruensis, Fawn-breasted Thrush Zoothera machiki, Buru Thrush Geokichla dumasi, Seram Thrush Geokichla joiceyi, Slaty-backed Thrush Geokichla schistacea, Tanimbar Starling Aplonis crassa, Long-crested Myna Basilornis corythaix, Bare-eyed Myna Streptocitta albertinae, Halmahera Flowerpecker Dicaeum schistaceiceps, Buru Flowerpecker Dicaeum erythrothorax, Ashy Flowerpecker Dicaeum vulneratum, Madanga Madanga ruficollis

Checklist

iGoTerra Checklist for the South Moluccas

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iGoTerra Checklist for the North Moluccas

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Useful Reading

* Field Guides & Bird Song

For a comprehensive list of recommended titles covering Indonesia as a whole - please see the Indonesia page of Fatbirder

A Guide to the Birds of Wallacea

( Sulawesi, The Moluccas and Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia) | By Brian J Coates, K David Bishop & Dana Gardner | Dove Publications | 1997 | Hardback | 535 pages, 64 colour plates [697 species], colour photos, maps, illustrations |

ISBN: 9780959025736

Buy this book from NHBS.com

Reserves

Abbreviations Key

MP Aketajawe-Lolobata IBA

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The park is considered by BirdLife International to be vital for the survival of at least 23 endemic bird species. Aketajawe-Lolobata, which has an area of 167,300 hectares, was declared a national park in 2004. From 243 bird species in North Maluku, 211 have been recorded on Halmahera Island of which 24 are endemic, including Wallace's standardwing, Halmahera cuckooshrike, sombre kingfisher, white cockatoo, invisible rail, blue-and-white kingfisher, dusky-brown oriole, Moluccan goshawk, dusky scrubfowl, long-billed crow, grey-headed fruit dove, ivory-breasted pitta, and azure dollarbird.

NNR Gunung Sibela

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NP Manusela National Park

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Manusela National Park is located on Seram island, in the Maluku archipelago of Indonesia. It is made up of coastal forest, swamp forest, lowland and montane rainforest ecosystem types. Mount Binaiya at 3,027 meters, is the highest of the park's six mountains. Seram is remarkable for its high degree of localised bird endemism. Of the 118 species of bird on the island, 15 are endemic, including the eclectus parrot, purple-naped lory, salmon-crested cockatoo, lazuli kingfisher, sacred kingfisher, grey-necked friarbird, Moluccan king parrot, bicoloured white-eye, black-chinned monarch, and Seram masked owl.

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2010 [08 August] - Stijn De Win

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Highlights in Lore Lindu National Park were numerous, Piping Crow, Sulawesi Thrush, Diabolical Nightjar, Savannah Nightjar, Red-eared Fruit Dove, Blue-faced Parrotfinch, Purple-bearded Bee-eater, Greater Sulawesi Honeyeater, the hard to find Maroon-backed Whistler gave away great views in the end and we found an obliging Great Shortwing for excellent photo opportunities even though the species wasn’t active singing during our stay…

2010 [09 September] - Dave Farrow

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Another great Birdquest tour to Sulawesi and Halmahera, and once again quite different climatically to previous visits, as we experienced rain on almost every day. It didn’t dampen our birding though, and we enjoyed great success with 278 species recorded, On Sulawesi we enjoyed many superb endemics such as Green-backed, Lilac-cheeked, Sulawesi Dwarf and Great-billed Kingfishers (some of the 12 species seen)…

2014 [08 August] - Rob Gordijn

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A three week independent trip to Sulawesi and Halmahera, a popular combination of islands since they offer two very different sets of species with lots endemics on both islands. In the first two weeks we visited Central and North Sulawesi: Lore Lindu, Tangkoko, Dumago Bone and Gunung Ambang. The last week we travelled to Halmehera to visit three more sites: Binagara, Galela and Weda...

2014 [09 September] - Dave Farrow

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Another great Birdquest tour to Sulawesi and Halmahera, we enjoyed great success despite the effects of ever-increasing habitat destruction at some sites. On Sulawesi we enjoyed many superb endemics such as Green-backed, Lilac-cheeked, Sulawesi Dwarf and Great-billed Kingfishers, (some of the 14 Kingfisher species recorded!), a daytime roosting Sulawesi Scops Owls and both Ochre-bellied and Speckled 2 BirdQuest Tour Report: Ultimate Sulawesi & Halmahera www.birdquest-tours.com Boobooks, Cinnabar Boobook, Sulawesi Masked Owl, Sulawesi and Satanic Nightjars (to make five Nightjar species seen), that marvel of evolution the Maleo, Knobbed and Sulawesi Dwarf Hornbills, Red-eared and Oberholser’s Fruit Doves, Sulawesi Serpent Eagles, Sulawesi Hawk Eagles, Spot-tailed and Sulawesi Goshawks, Small Sparrowhawk, Purple-bearded Bee-eaters...

2014 [09 September] - David Hoddinott - Wallacean Endemics

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... Here we found a good variety of species including the range-restricted Javan Plover and, most importantly, the south Sulawesi endemic, Palebellied Myna. Other notable sightings included a splendid Spotted Harrier, White-headed Stilt, Long-toed Stint and breeding Little Tern, Sacred Kingfisher, Yellow-vented Bulbul, Clamorous Reed Warbler, Pied Bush Chat, Pale-headed Munia and Paddyfield Pipit....

2014 [09 September] - Peter Ericsson

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...Scarlet Mysomela is a tiny bird with a bright red head and something everyone enjoyed. Several were seen. Slender-billed Cuckoo Doves were common, a Great Sulawesi Hanging Parrot showed well. A juvenile Rufous-bellied Eagle came crashing through the woods being mobbed by some Slender-billed Crows. Sulawesi Babbler also gave reasonable views as did Island Verditer Flycatcher. The Barred Rail came in full view on the roadside and a Black Eagle soared on high....

2014 [09 September] - Rob Hutchinson

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...On Sulawesi the list of star birds is a long one but the likes of Geomalia, Maleo, Sulawesi Thrush, Great Shortwing, Maroon-backed Whistler, Scaly Kingfisher (among a whole set of stunning endemic kingfishers), Red-backed Thrush certainly stand out. Mention should also be made of the Hylocitrea which is now a monotypic family found only in the uplands of this island and a fine set of night-birds of which we saw all expect species including Cinnabar Boobook, Sulawesi Masked Owl and both Diabolical Nightjar and Ochre-bellied Boobooks at their day roosts. A short hop across the water to Halmahera gave us a whole new set of species, best of which was arguable the amazing Wallace’s Standardwing display, although there is stiff competition from the likes of Moluccan Scrubfowl, Moluccan King Parrot, all night-birds including the bizarre Moluccan Owlet Nightjar, Ivory-breasted Pitta and the fabulous Purple Dollarbird....

2014 [10 October] - Frank Lambert

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...The birds made us work hard as usual, and we had many early-morning starts, but our commitment paid off with excellent views of nearly all the species seen. Highlights on Sulawesi included species such as Geomalia, Maleo, Red-backed Thrush, Malia, Purple-bearded Bee-eater, Great Shortwing, Purple-winged Roller, Matinan Flycatcher, Hylocitrea, four species of endemic myna, Sulawesi Pitta (split by Clements), several stunning endemic kingfishers, and three of the four endemic Accipiter species. We also had some surprise species such as the rarely observed Sulawesi Ground Dove and the undescribed ‘Sulawesi Brown Flycatcher’...

2014 [10 October] - Rob Hutchinson - Boano, Seram, Buru, Kai

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...The boat ride over was pleasantly calm and we were able to see Little Black and Little Pied Cormorants, numerous Lesser Frigatebirds, Brown Noddy, Bridled Tern, Seram Swiftlets and a Pacific Swift on the way...

2015 [03 March] - Arjan Brenkman & Jan van der Laan - Halmahera

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...At first we drove south, with several stops underway where we saw or heard interesting birds like Spotted Kestrel, Metallic and Moluccan Starling, Violet-necked Lory, Halmahera Swiftlets, Brush Cuckoo, Blueand-white Kingfisher, Beach Kingfisher, Moluccan Hanging Parrot, White-bellied Cuckooshrike, Drab Whistler, White-streaked Friarbird, Moluccan Flycatcher and Creamthroated White-eye.

2015 [08 August] - Dave Farrow - Sulawesi & Halmahera

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Of the 12 species of Kingfisher recorded on the tour, on Sulawesi we saw Green-backed, Lilac-cheeked, Sulawesi Dwarf and Great-billed Kingfishers. Nightbirds are always pleasing and we saw Ochre-bellied, Speckled and Cinnabar Boobooks, Sulawesi Scops Owls, and five Nightjar species that included a pair of Great Eared at roost, a Satanic on its nest and a Sulawesi Nightjar. We saw Knobbed Hornbills, Red-eared Fruit Doves, Sulawesi Serpent Eagles, Sulawesi Hawk Eagles, Spot-tailed and Vinous-breasted Sparrowhawks, Purple-bearded Bee-eaters, Purple-winged 2 BirdQuest Tour Report: Sulawesi & Halmahera www.birdquest-tours.com Roller, Piping Crow, Malia, Hylocitrea, Red-backed and Sulawesi Thrushes.

2015 [09 September] - Sam Woods - Sulawesi & the Moluccas

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...stunning birds to boot, and are rightly revered as some of the most highly desired species in all of the region; a quick perusal of our final bird list reveals exquisite birds like Sulawesi Dwarf-Kingfisher, Lilac-cheeked and Green-backed Kingfishers, Knobbed and Blyth's Hornbills, Moluccan and Ivory-breasted Pittas, Purple-winged and Azure Rollers (A.K.A Purple Dollarbird), Rusty-backed (Red-backed) Thrush, and the astonishing Wallace's Standardwing.

2015 [11 November] - Gareth Knass - Maluku & Tanimbars

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This report details a 24 day trip around parts of Eastern Indonesia, which had the aim of seeking out as many Southern Maluku (Moluccas) endemic and range restricted species as possible, also incorporating the Tanimbars – geographically part of the Lesser Sundas, which are currently easiest to reach by air from Ambon. ..

2016 [10 October] - Rob Hutchinson - Morotai, Bacan, Obi)

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The briefest of birding sessions on Bacan gave both Bacan White-eye and Bacan Spangled Drongo, but the real action was on Obi where the stars were Moluccan Woodcock, Carunculated Fruit Dove and North Moluccan Pitta. There was of course a substantial supporting cast of Obi Paradise Crow, Obi Whistler, Obi Fantail, Obi Golden Bulbul, Moluccan Dwarf Kingfisher, Moluccan Whistler, Scaled Lory, Obi White-eye and Obi Leaf Warbler.

2016 [11 November] - Craig Robson

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...Our huge total of 265 species included 18 tour write-ins, three of which were new species for the Birdquest Life List - the amazing and much sought after Madanga (or Madanga Pipit), which had only been seen previously by four intrepid birders/ornithologists (and not at all for 10 years), the cryptic Violet-hooded Starling, and the endangered small-island endemic Black-chinned (or Boano) Monarch....

2017 [03 March] - Dave Sargeant - Waigeo to Sulawesi

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...A good collection of species including several rarely recorded in Singapore, with King Quail, Japanese Sparrowhawk, Slaty-breasted Rail, Red-legged Crake, Sunda Scops Owl, Savanna Nightjar, Blue-throated Bee-eater, Red-crowned Barbet, Long-tailed Parakeet, Greater Painted-snipe, Pin-tailed Snipe, Common Snipe, Asian House Martin and Lanceolated Warbler of particular note.....

2017 [03 March] - James Eaton - Waigeo, Kofiau, Obi, Bacan, Mangole, Taliabu, Peleng

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...The island of Obi was one of the most popular with displaying Moluccan Woodcock just overhead, a fruiting tree packed with the bizarre Carunculated Fruit Dove, Obi Paradise-crow, plus endemic drongo, whistler and bulbul, while our morning hike into the hills found Bacan Myzomela, North Moluccan Leaf Warbler and Obi White-eye....

2017 [11 November] - David Blair - Sulawesi and Halmahera

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We could not fit in with any organised tours to Sulawesi & Halmahera and because of annual leave restrictions we couldn’t do the full standard Birdtour Asia itinerary, our preferred option after looking at alternative tour companies, even as a private tour. So we decided after discussion with Rob Hutchinson from birdtourASIA not to go for the Scrubfowl on Halmahera (avoiding long 8 hour drive for a single bird) and also dropped Lompobatang to fit in with our preferred dates.

2018 [06 June] - Carlos Bocos - Southwest and Central Sulawesi, and Halmahera

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Our first tour of the year to Sulawesi and Halmahera was another endemic fest, as expected. This custom tour, focused in the southern and central parts of Sulawesi followed by Halmahera, covered the lowlands of Makassar and Palu to the mossy forests of the Lompobattang mountains and Lore Lindu, delivering a great selection of endemics despite its short duration. Highlights of the south included Black-headed Kingfisher, Sulawesi Streaked Flycatcher, Black-ringed White-eye and the Endangered Lompobattang Flycatcher.

2018 [08 August] - Carlos Bocos

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Our annual tour covering the length-and-breadth of the Moluccan islands was a tremendous success once again. The Northern extension, visiting Morotai, Bacan and Obi delivered its full set of recognized ‘field guide’ endemics plus a terrific haul of specialities, like Moluccan Woodcock, Morotai Friarbird, Obi Whistler, Obi Golden Bulbul, Carunculated Fruit Dove, three white-eyes and drongos, Moluccan Drongo Cuckoo, Red-necked Crake, Barking Owl, Pygmy and Gurney’s Eagles and many more.

2018 [08 August] - Mark Van Beirs - Sulawesi & Halmahera

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The highlight of our recent ‘Best of Sulawesi and Halmahera’ tour was the amazing spectacle of displaying Wallace’s Standardwings deep in the jungle of Halmahera, where the intrepid Alfred Russell Wallace himself had witnessed it c160 years ago.

2018 [10 October] - Mike nelson - Sulawesi and Halmahera

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The four-pronged islands of Sulawesi and Halmahera are an amazing melting pot of geological formations, Sulawesi itself being comprised of three land masses formed between 5-10 million years ago. Though only 110 kilometers from Borneo the avifauna couldn’t be more different.

2018 [11 November] - Steve Clark - Sulawesi & Halmera

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This report covers a 3-week trip to Indonesia, primarily Sulawesi and Halmahera. I had not been to Indonesia before but had spent a week on East Timor in 2013.

Other Links

Birding in Maluku – Burung-Nusantara / Birds-Indonesia

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Information about birding sites in Maluku, including key species, maps, access, local guides and resources. The islands of eastern Indonesia are one of the world’s last great birding frontiers. The access to all but a couple of islands is tricky, but the reward is some of the most stunning endemism imaginable. There is still lots that is not known about the birds of these islands, and there are undoubtedly new discoveries waiting to be found on a remote island or mountain somewhere. Browse sites from the map or the table. Each site page will show links to birding trip reports, guides and other content that is relevant. Help us keep this information up to date by posting your experiences back here as comments…