BirdingASIA 24

Contents

Editorial
BirdingASIA briefings
OBC in Action – Conservation Fund & Bertrand Smythies Fund
Review
Letters to the Editors
CONSERVATION ALERT Helmeted Hornbills Rhinoplax vigil and the ivory trade: the crisis that came out of nowhere N. J. COLLAR
CONSERVATION ALERT Pittas for a pittance: observations on the little known illegal trade in Pittidae in west Indonesia CHRIS R. SHEPHERD, JAMES A. EATON & SERENE C. L. CHNG
REDISCOVERY Rediscovery of Dusky Eagle Owl Bubo coromandus klossii in Thailand INGKAYUT SA-AR, JARUN KUNNARONG & BUNYARIT DECHOCHAI
LITTLE-KNOWN AREA Frontiers of the Philippines: Eastern Visayas JOSEPH TAYLOR, EIRES MATE, ROBERT O. HUTCHINSON & JAMES A. EATON
ID FORUM A photographic record of Firethroat Calliope pectardens wintering in northern Thailand with a reassessment of a specimen record of Blackthroat C. obscura WORAPHOT BUNKHWAMDI, SONTAYA MANAWATTANA, RUNGSRIT KANJANAVANIT & PHILIP D. ROUND
LITTLE-KNOWN ASIAN BIRD – continued More on the Asian Rosy Finch Leucosticte arctoa brunneonucha: first record from Mongolia ANDREAS BUCHHEIM
CONSERVATION NEWS Discovery of a Relict Gull Larus relictus breeding colony in Mongolia ANDREAS BUCHHEIM, KIRSTEN KRÄTZEL, JÖRG LANGENBERG, THOMAS LANGENBERG, ARMIN SCHNEIDER & SÖNKE TAUTZ
CONSERVATION NEWS Boom or bust? Ten thousand Relict Gulls Larus relictus: record numbers seen at Hangu, Tianjin, China COMPILED BY BRIAN SYKES
CONSERVATION REPORT Ornithological survey in Dornod province, eastern Mongolia YANN MUZIKA, VIVIAN FU, TERRY TOWNSHEND & YAT-TUNG YU
TAXONOMIC REVIEW Notable taxonomic changes proposed for Asian birds in 2014 T. P. INSKIPP & N. J. COLLAR
LITTLE-KNOWN AREA Avifauna of Great Nicobar Island—a photo album JAINY KURIAKOSE
CONSERVATION NEWS The troubled Baer’s Pochard Aythya baeri: cause for a little optimism? RICHARD HEARN
CONSERVATION UPDATE Baer’s Pochard Aythya baeri: breeding in central Yangtze region, China LU QUN, LI SICHUN & TAO XUDONG
CONSERVATION UPDATE Discovery of a new breeding site of the White-eared Night Heron Gorsachius magnificus in northern Vietnam LE MANH HUNG
IMPORTANT BREEDING RECORD The first breeding record of Fulvous Whistlingduck Dendrocygna bicolor in Sri Lanka TARA WIKRAMANAYAKE
IMPORTANT BREEDING RECORDS Notes on nesting Bristled Grassbird Chaetornis striata, Tanguar Haor, Bangladesh M. MONIRUL H. KHAN, TANIA KHAN, ALI AHMED & TANVIR A. SHOVON
BIRDWATCHERS IN ACTION Project Southern Crossing 2014: first observations of autumn raptor migration at Sarangani, Mindanao, Philippines ALEX M. TIONGCO, MARIA TERESA A. CERVERO, ADRIAN M. CONSTANTINO & MARIA KATRINA C. CONSTANTINO
CONSERVATION REPORT The Spoon-billed Sandpiper Calidris pygmaea head-starting programme in 2015 REBECCA LEE, ROLAND A. DIGBY & PAVEL S. TOMKOVICHCoverBA24LITTLE-KNOWN AREA Birds of Siberia: the River Lena from Ust-Kutto Yakutsk LÁSZLÓ BOZÓ
NOTEBOOK Natuna Serpent Eagle Spilornis cheelanatunensis: first photographic record in the wild MUHAMMAD IQBAL
NOTEBOOK Colour aberrations in Indian birds ANIL MAHABAL, R.M.SHARMA & AMIT SAYYED
NOTEBOOK Two unusual nest-sites of the Taiwan Whistling Thrush Myophonus insularis: part of a trend towards urbanisation? BRUNO A. WALTHER
NOTEBOOK Austen’s Brown Hornbill Anorrhinus austeni in Barail Wildlife Sanctuary, Assam, India MOHOMMAD MIRAJ HUSSAIN, MONSOON JYOTI GOGOI, BISWAJYOTI BIKOMIA DEORI, HILLOLJYOTI SINGHA & PANNA DEB
NOTEBOOK Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher Cyornis tickelli aeeatsa Sri Lankan shrub frog DINESH GABADAGE, PALINDA PERERA, MADHAVA BOTEJUE & SAMEERA KARUNARATHNA
NOTEBOOK Asian Woollyneck Ciconia episcopus breeding in western Rajasthan,India HIMMAT SINGH
CONSERVATION ALERT Looking at online birdtrading in Indonesia; a case study from South Sumatra MUHAMMAD IQBAL
COUNTRY FIRSTS
Chinese Pond Heron Ardeo labacchus: an addition to the avifauna of Pakistan BABAR KHAN, EJAZ HUSSAIN, TAEJ MUNDKUR, SAEED ABBAS & GAREE KHAN
First record of Buff-breasted Sandpiper Calidris subruficollis from Indonesia and South-East Asia at Serangan Island, Benoa harbour, Bali, Indonesia SEPPO HJERPPE, STEVE JONES, MAX VAKIALA & COLIN R. TRAINOR
The first record of Common Swift Apus apus for Thailand and South-East Asia ANDREW J. PIERCE, CHUENCHOM HANSASUTA & KASET SUTASHA
Three species new to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands,India C. SIVAPERUMAN, G. GOKULAKRISHNAN, J. DINESH & K. VENKATARAMAN
First record of Black Eagle Ictinaetus malaiensis from Bangladesh SAYAM U. CHOWDHURY & NAZIM UDDIN PRINCE
Black-fronted Dotterel Elseyornis melanops near Waingapu, Sumba, Lesser Sunda Islands, the first record for Indonesia PETER ERICSSON
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