Malaysia and Java September 2018

With Khaleb Yordan, Boas Emmanuel,  Adun Bahrum and Hery Kusumanegara

This was a short trip visiting Bukit Tinggi in Malaysia for just a morning for the Mountain Peacock Pheasant and then a week in Java searching once again for a few species that had eluded me for many many years.

The Mountain Peacock Pheasant is a bird I have previously put in a lot of work for at Frasers Hill, 4 visits over the years since 1995 but without a sniff. Luckily they are reliable now at Bukit Tinggi and here I watched 2 birds off and on for 40 minutes,  they really are brilliant birds. So that was one major nemesis dealt with.

Dusky Woodcock as it was has now been split into two species – Sunda and Papuan Woodcock. The Papuan version I have seen in both West Papua and Papua New Guinea, neither particularly well, the one in PNG was walking around on some grass at late dusk and the West Papuan I saw flying over twice. As for Sunda I have missed it twice on Sumatra at Gunung Kerinci and also missed it at Gunung Gede several times since 1995 and as recently as November 2017. I had planned to go there this September but literally the day before I thought I would try somewhere else. That proved to be a very wise decision as the woodcock performed wonderfully for us on the 2 mornings and 1 evening we were there. The roding call is something else. We saw 3 birds in flight on one occasion just after 0515. Night birding here also produced a very obliging Javan Scops Owl and a Javan Frogmouth.

The Critically endangered Javan Blue-banded Kingfisher had not been seen since the 1930’s, recently it was rediscovered near Gunung Halimun, luckily I managed to see one as it flew past me along the river, despite hanging around the river for 12 hours I never saw it again. It has become more more tricky to see recently as the river level is back lower again. There is thought to be only 250 individuals remaining.

I then visited Eastern Java to see Javan Flameback at Alas Purwo, also there I saw a Javan Banded Pitta and Black-banded Barbet. On the Ijen Plateau I saw a Grey-breasted (White-faced) Partridge, Javan Grasshopper Warbler and a Horsefields Thrush. An afternoon at Baluran produced another Critically endangered species  – Grey-backed Myna as well as over 40 Java Sparrows.



Species seen

Chestnut-bellied Partridge
Gray-breasted (White-faced)Partridge
Green Peafowl
Mountain Peacock-Pheasant
Red Junglefowl
Green Junglefowl
Rock Pigeon
Red Collared-Dove
Spotted Dove
Barred Cuckoo-Dove
Asian Emerald Dove
Zebra Dove
Pink-headed Fruit-Dove
Green Imperial-Pigeon
Dark-backed Imperial-Pigeon
Chestnut-breasted Malkoha
Brush Cuckoo
Sunda Cuckoo
Javan Frogmouth
Silver-rumped Needletail
Brown-backed Needletail
Cave Swiftlet
Plume-toed Swiftlet
House Swift
Gray-rumped Treeswift
Javan (Sunda)Woodcock
Black-naped Tern
Great Crested Tern
Gray Heron
Little Egret
Cattle Egret
Rufous-bellied Eagle
Black Eagle
Javan Scops-Owl
Sunda Scops-Owl
Orange-breasted Trogon
Bushy-crested Hornbill
Oriental Pied-Hornbill
Javan Blue-banded Kingfisher
Javan Kingfisher
Collared Kingfisher
Chestnut-headed Bee-eater
Flame-fronted Barbet
Brown-throated Barbet
Crimson-winged Woodpecker
Black-thighed Falconet
Javan Banded-Pitta
Black-winged Flycatcher-shrike
Sunda Minivet
Sunda Cuckooshrike
Rusty-breasted Whistler
Long-tailed Shrike
Pied Shrike-Babbler
Trilling Shrike-Babbler
Black Drongo
Ashy Drongo
Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo
Rufous-tailed Fantail
White-bellied Fantail
House Crow
Malaysian Rail-babbler
Pacific Swallow
Gray-headed Canary-Flycatcher
Pygmy Tit
Blue Nuthatch
Sooty-headed Bulbul
Yellow-vented Bulbul
Red-eyed Bulbul
Hairy-backed Bulbul
Ochraceous Bulbul
Sunda Bulbul
Pygmy Cupwing
Javan Tesia
Mountain Tailorbird
Sunda Bush Warbler
Sunda Warbler
Mountain Leaf Warbler
Javan Grasshopper (Bush) Warbler
Common Tailorbird
Dark-necked Tailorbird
Olive-backed Tailorbird
Plain Prinia
Javan Gray-throated White-eye
Oriental White-eye
Pin-striped Tit-Babbler
Crescent-chested Babbler
Chestnut-backed Scimitar-Babbler
Eyebrowed Wren-Babbler
Horsfield’s Babbler
Javan Fulvetta
Oriental Magpie-Robin
White-rumped Shama
Pale Blue Flycatcher
Indigo Flycatcher
Verditer Flycatcher
Lesser Shortwing
Javan Whistling-Thrush
Blue Whistling-Thrush
Sunda Forktail
Snowy-browed Flycatcher
Little Pied Flycatcher
Scaly Thrush
Asian Glossy Starling
Common Myna
Black-winged Starling
Blue-winged Leafbird
Crimson-breasted Flowerpecker
Blood-breasted Flowerpecker
Ruby-cheeked Sunbird
White-flanked Sunbird
Little Spiderhunter
Streaky-breasted Spiderhunter
Gray Wagtail
Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Javan Munia

Java Sparrow