BirdingASIA 25

Contents

Chairman’s letter
BirdingASIA briefings
Letters to the Editors
Reviews
OBC in Action – Conservation Fund & Bertrand Smythies Fund
CONSERVATION The Beijing Cuckoo Project
NEWSFLASH Spoon-billed Sandpiper: ups and downs in 2016 COMPILED BY BRIAN SYKES
LITTLE-KNOWN ASIAN BIRD Taking the high road to Lina’s ANDREW R. COLLINS
CONSERVATION ALERT Snapshot of an on-going trade: an inventory of birds for sale
in Chatuchak weekend market, Bangkok, Thailand SERENE C. L. CHNG & JAMES A. EATON
CONSERVATION ALERT Predators become prey! Can Indonesian raptors survive
online bird trading? MUHAMMAD IQBAL
NOTEBOOK A probable hybrid Azure Tit Cyanistes cyanus ~ Great Tit Parus major
in Mongolia THOMAS HALLFARTH
NOTEBOOK First summer record of juvenile Oriental Honey Buzzard Pernis
ptilorhynchus orientalis in South-East Asia ANGUS LAMONT
NOTEBOOK Breeding records of the Pink-headed Imperial Pigeon Ducula rosacea
from Karimunjawa National Park, Central Java, Indonesia IMAM TAUFIQURRAHMAN, HARY SUSANTO & WASKITO KUKUH WIBOWO
NOTEBOOK Siberian Crane Leucogeranus leucogeranus numbers on the increase at
Muraviovka Park, Far East Russia MARTIN SUANJAK & WIELAND HEIM
NOTEBOOK Recent records from Bhutan, including the first records of Black-necked
Grebe Podiceps nigricollis and Water Pipit Anthus spinoletta JOSH ENGEL
PHOTOSPOT Western Tragopan Tragopan melanocephalus

Cover photo: Western Tragopan Tragopan melanocephalus, near Shilt, Great Himalayan National Park, Dirthan, Himachal Pradesh, India, 2 May 2016, by Jainy Kuriakose

BIRDWATCHERS IN ACTION The status and distribution of Changeable Hawk Eagle
Nisaetus cirrhatus in Singapore KOK HUI TAN
BIRDWATCHERS IN ACTION An avian feeding guild exploits the fruit of Ilex
umbellulata at Kaptai National Park, Bangladesh MD. SHARIF HOSSAIN SOURAV
ID FORUM The enigmatic plumage of two Daurian Redstarts Phoenicurus auroreus at
the Vankee development, Shanghai, China ANGUS LAMONT
RANGE EXTENSION Recent range expansion of the Brown-headed Thrush Turdus
chrysolaus onto the Kamchatka peninsula, Russia VLADIMIR YU. ARKHIPOV
REDISCOVERY First Jankowski’s Buntings Emberiza jankowskii wintering in Beijing
for 75 years XING CHAO, HUANG MUJIAO, PAUL HOLT, TERRY TOWNSHEND & BEN WIELSTRA
REDISCOVERY Rediscovery of the Critically Endangered Slender-billed Vulture Gyps
tenuirostris in Bangladesh A. B. M. SAROWAR ALAM, SAKIB AHMED & RASEL AHAMMED
INTRODUCED SPECIES Streaked Weaver Ploceus manyar, a new species for
Kalimantan, Borneo MUHAMMAD IQBAL, PANDJI IRAWAN, AHMAD FAUZI & INNAL RAHMAN
INTRODUCED SPECIES First record of Rose-ringed Parakeet Psittacula krameri for
Indonesia HASRI ABDILLAH & MUHAMMAD IQBAL
INTRODUCED SPECIES First record of Javan Munia Lonchura leucogastroides for Borneo ARIL MAGDA PRAWIRA & MUHAMMAD IQBAL
NOTEBOOK The little-known, confusing calls of Black Partridge Melanoperdix niger BAS VAN BALEN & JOHANNES H. FISCHER
NOTEBOOK A Collared Owlet Glaucidium brodiei makes a meal of a Red-billed Leiothrix Leiothrix lutea DIBYENDU ASH
NOTEBOOK Mimicry of Sri Lanka Crested Drongo Dicrurus lophorinus by Fork-tailed Drongo Cuckoo Surniculus dicruroides GABRIEL A. JAMIE & GEHAN DE SILVA WIJEYERATNE
NOTEBOOK Glossy Swiftlet Collocalia esculenta exhibiting signs of the pigment
deficiency ‘dilution’ JOHANNES H. FISCHER & ANNA VAN DER KAADEN
NOTEBOOK First description of the song of Yellow-throated Laughingthrush
Garrulax (Dryonastes) galbanus, Nagaland, north-east India DAVID P. EDWARDS, JOLI BORAH & JAMES A. EATON
SPECIAL REPORT Atlas Burung Indonesia: a national bird atlas project for the world’s
largest archipelago IMAM TAUFIQURRAHMAN, NURDIN SETIO BUDI, RUDYANTO, KARYADI BASKORO, MUHAMMAD IQBAL & ADE RAHMAT
Little-known Asian bird: Breeding record of Pygmy Blue Flycatcher Muscicapella hodgsoni from the Central Highlands of Vietnam LE MANH HUNG
Asian enigma: Recent records of the enigmatic Endangered White-rumped
Woodpecker Meiglyptes tristis in East Java province, Indonesia AGUNG SIH KURNIANTO, PUJI FIRMANSYAH & NIA KURNIAWAN
LITTLE-KNOWN AREA A survey of breeding waterbird communities on lakes and other
waterbodies on the middle reaches of the Amur River valley near Blagoveshensk, Amur
province, Far East Russia WIELAND HEIM
Caught on camera in the field

COUNTRY FIRSTS
First record of the Vulnerable Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga for Sri Lanka
SUDHEERA BANDARA, ASHOK AMARASENA, ISURU RANASINGHE & SADEEPA GUNAWARDANA
Chinese Egret Egretta eulophotes on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands: the first
record for India C. SIVAPERUMAN, G. GOKULAKRISHNAN, J. DINESH & P. C. RASMUSSEN
The first documented record of Tibetan Lark Melanocorypha maxima for Nepal NARESH KUSI & GERALDINE WERHAHN
First record of Fairy Pitta Pitta nympha for Lao PDR CAMILLE N. Z. COUDRAT & CHANTHALAPHONE NANTHAVONG
The first authenticated record of Richard’s Pipit Anthus richardi in Singapore ANGUS LAMONT
The first records of Red-legged Crake Rallina fasciata for Cambodia MATTHEW NUTTALL, DANIEL WILLCOX, NUT MENGHOR, SENG RATTANAK & MARKUS HANDSCHUH
First record of Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis for Russia ALEXANDER HELLQUIST & ANDREY SEMENOV
Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus: first record for Timor-Leste IAN DE LA ROSA, RICK JACOBSEN, LEONIE VENROIJ & COLIN R. TRAINOR
Chestnut-cheeked Starling Agropsar philippensis: first unequivocal record for Cambodia SIMON P. MAHOOD
The first documented record of Northern Boobook Ninox japonica in Cambodia SIMON P. MAHOOD
From the field

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