Thursday, February 24, 2011

Montane: Get your 75% Chance

The total Borneo bird list is 664, of which 51 are endemic to Borneo. Zooming closer, 34 species are montane residents while 3 hill residents and the remaining 14 lowland inhabitants. At least, that's what Quentin and Karen Phillipps says in their field guide (I own a signed copy!).

Record may and will change as the climate changes amongst other factors such as loss of habitat, poaching etc. Besides the recent(2010) discovery of a new species of Flowerpecker here, I bet revised version wouldn't be so soon.

Going to the mountain or ranges would mean one has more than 75% chances of seeing the endemics. Easy? one may ask. Well, it never is...(at least depending what's in your wish-list!)

I for one, loves it at the highlands. Always cool and refreshing... You don't need to move a lot to look for shades. You can sit in a spot for a long period of time and who knows an endemic might jump in front of you such as this lovely babbler...


Jason Bugay Reyes a.k.a horukuru said...

Not an easy catch my friend congrats !

Jordan Sitorus said...

Thanks! you said fact it was my lifer..only seen them twice

myonlyphoto said...

Congrats Jordan.
75% is a very good chance. Sometimes, I have those chances too, but get 0%, lol. Well done. Anna :)