Birding Without Borders

Day 327: Over A Dozen Birds With the Same Name

From the Sulawesi Serpent-Eagle to the Sulawesi Thrush.

November 23, 2015: Palu, Sulawesi — Today was a clean-up day. After yesterday’s gluttonous run of birds at Lore Lindu, we didn’t have much left to look for this morning, and Monal, Papa Ain, Herson and I scraped for a few more birds before heading back down to Palu.

In a day and a half at Lore Lindu, I saw: Sulawesi Serpent-Eagle, Sulawesi Hawk-Eagle, Sulawesi Goshawk, Sulawesi Woodpecker, Sulawesi Hanging-Parrot, Sulawesi Myzomela, Sulawesi Cicadabird, Sulawesi Drongo, Sulawesi Leaf Warbler, Sulawesi White-eye, Sulawesi Babbler, Sulawesi Streaked Flycatcher, Sulawesi Blue-Flycatcher, and Sulawesi Thrush. That’s 14 birds with the same name— sure to be some kind of record! At least it makes them easy to remember.

We ended the day in some rice paddies outside of Palu, where a large, swirling flock of munias were feeding on grass seeds. Most were Pale-headed Munias, with good numbers of Chestnut Munias and Scaly-breasted Munias mixed in. As the afternoon closed out, Monal picked out two Black-faced Munias in the flock. From Knobbed Hornbills this morning to munias this evening… all in a day’s work!

New birds today: 7

Year list: 5360

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