Posts belonging to Category Borneo Endemics

Crimson-headed Partridge

The Crimson-headed Partridge Haematortyx sanguiniceps is locally common in the montane areas of Borneo.  However it is also found in some lower habitat as in Tabin Wildlife Reserve.  The male bird’s loud territorial calls can be heard in the early morning, becoming less frequent as the day goes on.  I believe this is the least sensitive of the partridges in Borneo, so head to the area where you hear the calls.  Good luck !

Bornean Whistling-thrush

The endemic Bornean Whistling-thrush Myophonus borneensis is a common bird around the rocky streams of Mt Kinabalu and other mountains.  With its high pitched whistle and frequent display of its fan tail, you would have little trouble to id this bird.

Chestnut-hooded Laughingthrush

Here’s another very noticeable bird of the Bornean mountains, the Chestnut-hooded Laughingthrush Rhinocichla treacheri.  It forages in small groups, mainly in the lower to mid level canopy.  It also joins up with Sunda Laughingthrush or other mixed feeding flocks.  A Bornean endemic.

Bornean Whistler

The Bornean Whistler Pachyecephala hypoxantha is a common bird of the mountains here.  When at Mt Kinabalu this is probably one of the easiest endemic birds you will encounter.  When it is perched, it likes to tilt its head this way and that while looking out for insects.

Yellow-rumped Flowerpecker

Here’s a favourite bird of mine,  the Yellow-rumped Flowerpecker Prionochilus xanthopygius. This species is more common in forest edges and secondary growth.  As with other flowerpeckers, it is small, always active and darts around in all levels of the forest.  A Bornean endemic.