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Highland Birds of Borneo

In apprecitation of Nature’s beauty, its significance to human relations and benefits, Sabah is now looking forward to the promising event well known as Borneo Bird Festival (BBF).

Borneo Bird Festival is a celebration of the magnificent birds of Borneo, it is aimed to create public awareness to bird conservation, to promote birdwatching, and enhance the eco-tourism activities.

For the first time in 4 years, the merriment will be housed at the Malaysia’s First UNESCO World Heritage site and Borneo’s premier birding destination, the Kinabalu National Park on 5th-7th October 2012.

With the theme “Winged Wonders of Kinabalu”, the activities from talks, demos, exhibitions, competitions, tour packages to children’s camp, body paint and totoos to the misty and cool guided Bird Watching walk will mostly be featuring the magnificient birds of Kinabalu Parks specially noted for its 54 strictly montane birds of which 12 are endemic to Kinabalu Park, some of the montane species are Whitehead’s Trogon, Black-breasted Fruit-hunter, Sunda Laughing-thrush, Mountain black-eye, Whitehead’s broadbill, Whitehead’s Spiderhunter, Black-sided flowerpecker and more.

Together, let’s have fun and make the 4th BBF memorable and fulfilling!

Bornean Treepie

Dendrocitta cinerascens 40 cm
(Malay: Gagak Tontihak. Indonesian: Tangkar-uli Kalimantan.)

IDENTIFICATION
Adult has blackish-brown forehead, lores and cheek, crown to nape and rest of upperparts silvery grey, wings black with white wing patch at base of primaries. Long uppertail feathers grey with broad black terminal band. Neck and rest of underparts fawn brown. Black under-tail feathers are of progressive length and are much shorter than uppertail feathers. Iris reddish brown; bill, legs and feet black.

DISTRIBUTION
A locally common sub-montane and montane endemic resident of N and central mountains, 305-2900 m. Monotypic.

HABITS AND HABITAT
Hill dipterocarp forests, lower and upper montane forests, kerangas, clearings, scrubs. Usually seen in pairs or small parties. Feed on fruits and insects, occasionally on the ground. In Kinabalu National Park, boldly feeds on moths and large insects at low branches near the power station almost every morning.

(Source: A Naturalist’s Guide to the Birds of Borneo by Wong Tsu Shi, published by John Beaufoy Publishing Ltd, 2012. Available at all good bookstores throughout Borneo. )