Sangihe Islands Bird Watching Tours

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Sangihe Islands Birding Tours 5 Days 4 Nights

Sangihe islands is the Volcano active area,(Mount Awu Volcano) and Spice island,cloce and nutmeg, long noted for its endemic wildlife, holds the highest concentration of threatened bird species anywhere in Asia, and possibly the world.

Sangihe is home to 9 endemic bird species, 10 of which are threatened. Facing the most danger are populations of the Cerulean Paradise-flycatchers and Sangihe Shrike-thrushes, which may number as few as 50 individuals each.

In addition to its extraordinary avifauna, the island also contains populations of the Talaud Bear Cuscus (top), a threatened marsupial, and the Sangihe Tarsier, an endangered primate confined to Sangihe. Threatened birds on Sangihe include: Sangihe Hanging-parrot, Sangihe Kingfisher, Sangihe Dwarf Kingfisher, Sangihe Shrike-thrush, Sangihe Golden Bulbul, Cerulean Paradise-flycatcher, Sangihe White-eye, and the Elegant Sunbird,Sangihe scops Owl.

particularly for skulking, understorey birds like the uncommon Red-bellied Pitta Pitta erythrogaster and Hooded Pitta P. sordida which is heard and seen regularly, and the occasional Lilac-marked Kingfisher Cittura cyanotis.

Common species in the area include Black-naped Fruit Dove Ptilinopus melanospila, Blue-tailed Imperial Pigeon Ducula concinna, Slender-billed Cuckoo Dove Macropygia amboinensis and Black-naped Oriole Oriolus chinensis. Sometimes mixed-species flocks can be seen, usually comprising Yellow-sided Flowerpecker Dicaeum aureolimbatum, Grey-sided Flowerpecker D. celebicum, Brown-throated Sunbird Anthreptes malacensis and Black Sunbird Nectarinia aspasia. Overhead can be seen Moluccan Swiftlet Collocalia infuscata, Glossy Swiftlet C. esculenta and migrant White-throated Needletail Hirundapus caudacutus.

The endangered endemic Sangihe Hanging Parrot Loriculus catamene (local names: lungsihe/kurehi) is seen regularly, usually in small groups flying fast overhead. Listen for the high-pitched tseee tseee flight call. The newly described endemic Sangihe Scops Owl Otus collari (local name: burung hantu) is also relatively common in both plantations and forest, and is best located by listening for its down-slurred whistle in the hours after dusk.

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