WOODPECKER CONSERVATION TOUR
October 23-November 8, 2017: Malaysian BORNEO—NEW TOUR
The Malaysian state of Sabah, in northeastern Borneo
Woodpeckers of Conservation Concern:
Buff-necked Woodpecker, Great Slaty Woodpecker, Olive-backed Woodpecker
Key Bird Species: We will focus on obtaining excellent behavioral observations of the three woodpeckers above, but there are many additional bird highlights in Sabah, just a few of which may include: Great Argus; Storm’s Stork; Bornean Falconet (among up to 29 additional raptors); Pink-necked Green Pigeon; Bornean Ground Cuckoo; Mantanani Scops Owl; Edible-nest Swiftlet; Whiskered Treeswift; Whitehead’s Trogon; Stork-billed Kingfisher (among 9 other kingfishers); Rhinoceros Hornbill (among 7 other hornbills); Bornean Barbet (among 8 other barbets); up to 16 possible woodpeckers; Whitehead’s Broadbill (among 7 other broadbills); Scarlet Minivet; Bornean Whistler; Greater Racket-tailed Drongo;
Asian Paradise Flycatcher; Bornean Treepie; up to 23 bulbul species; Fluffy-backed Tit-Babbler (among up to 25 additional babblers); Mountain Black-eye; Sunda Whistling-Thrush; Crimson Sunbird; Spectacled Spiderhunter; and Forest Wagtail.
Other Highlights: Up to 9 primate species, including Orang Utan and the endemic Proboscis Monkey; the chance for some very rare mammal species, such as Bornean Pygmy Elephant and Clouded Leopard; the world’s largest flower, the Rafflesia; insects that will blow your mind, like the 22-inch-long stick insect; endangered green and hawksbill sea turtles; the awe-inspiring “sky island” of Mount Kinabalu, the highest mountain in Southeastern Asia (13,435 feet); the experience of wandering through virgin tropical rainforest with expert local guides.
Guides: Steve Shunk and David Wimpfheimer plus local Sabah guide
Cost TBA, from Kota Kinabalu. Itinerary TBA.
NOTE: We will only take 6 birders on this adventurous tour!