Enjoyed Pink-headed Fruit-dove in Malang

October 22, 2017


A sunny day when we were birding in Tahura R. Soeryo, Malang, East Java on 21 October 2017 with family group from Jakarta. Depart from Batu city around 08.30 am and arrived at the first location was around Cangar hot spring 09.30 am.


We started walking around the cafeteria, we were greeted by Gray Wagtail flying down a small river in front of the canteen. Then scoped at the branches of the trees around. For 10 minutes only Sooty-headed Bulbul appeared.


Moved around the public toilet immediately greeted a Javan Kingfisher perched on the tree behind the toilet. We approached and looked for a clear view to enjoy it colorful feathers. This Java-Bali endemics usually not easy to observe, it’s would fly away when seen by people approached.


Then the mix-flocks come with a noisy tweet at the top of the trees near the hot spring garden. The observed species such as Black-winged Flycatchershrike, Sunda Minivet, Sunda Cuckooshrike, Ashy Drongo, Blue Nuthatch and Velvet-fronted Nuthatch.


Next, we went into a jogging trek that led to the Japanese cave. Quite quiet along this path, just heard Rusty-breasted Cuckoo singing and fast viewed of Oriental Cuckoo. Likewise when we arrived in front of the Japanese cave, hardly any birds appeared.


Wait a while and at least seen the female White-flanked Sunbird and Javan Whistling Thrush which was the island's endemic. Around 11.30 am moved to the second spot, Watu Ondo ‘s parking area and park.


Upon arrival, an Indigo Flycatcher welcomed us. Indigo subspecies became full species spread only in montane and submontane primary and moss forests of Java. He perched on the bushes and occasionally grabbed the flying insects around it.