This charismatic bird is one of Sundalands
most well-known, but most difficult species, its
closest relatives are the Rockjumpers from Africa!
Bornean Banded Pitta
Endemic to Borneo, one of the four endemic
pittas on Borneo and occasionally seen on
our Sabah tours
Up to 8000 of the majestic cranes
congregate around the village of Khichan
on our West India tour.
This soon-to-be-split species has been
seen by very few birders except for those
on our recent Lesser Sundas tours.
A real sulker on their wintering grounds
throughout Indochina, seeing them on their
breeding grounds in Japan, sitting out,
singing is a fantastic experience!
Perhaps the finest, but certainly the
brightest of the world's bullfinches,
restricted to the high western Himalaya, we hope
to see this on tours in the near-future!
A 'must-see', nomadic breeder that is
found in remote saline lakes, Mongolia
having a breeding colony of over 700 pairs.
A beautiful summer visitor to Sichuan and
Qinghai and also a winter visitor to
Rediscovered in 1981 when just 7 birds
were found, but today over 1000 birds survive
in the Qingling mountains in China.
A widespread bird, this 'snowi' race
is likley some form of intergression with the
similar Spectacled Guillimot.
A common resident of the Tibetan plateau
and seen on both our Sichuan and Qinghai tours.
Black-backed Fruit Dove
A much under-rated family, but full of colour
and beauty with several endemic species found throughout
Indonesia and the Philippines.
Of the four species of frogmouth possible in
Sumatra, this endemic must be the most bizarre!
Luzon Water Redstart
Restricted to mountain streams on Luzon and
Mindoro. Like most endemics here it's becoming
increasingly rare and localised.