BirdingASIA-27

CONTENTS

3 Chairman’s letter
4 BirdingASIA briefings
6 OBC in Action – Conservation Fund & Bertram Smythies Fund
11 TAXONOMIC UPDATE Notable taxonomic changes proposed for Asian birds in 2015
N. J. COLLAR
20 CONSERVATION ALERT Records of four Critically Endangered songbirds in the markets of Java suggest domestic trade is a major impediment to their conservation
VINCENT NIJMAN, SUCI LISTINA SARI, PENTHAI SIRIWAT, MARIE SIGAUD & K. ANNE-ISOLA NEKARIS
26 CONSERVATION ALERT The dearth of information on the breeding habits of Wallacean birds, and why we should care about it
RICHARD A. NOSKE
35 CONSERVATION ALERT The elephant in the room: addressing the Asian songbird crisis
BRIAN R. SYKES
43 NOTEBOOK Notes on the Collared Crow Corvus torquatus population structure at Mai Po Nature Reserve, Hong Kong
DAVID J. STANTON
47 NOTEBOOK Eyebrowed Jungle Flycatcher Vauriella gularis tackles large prey
JAMES FITZSIMONS
49 NOTEBOOK Mysterious calls from the swamp: the song of the Vulnerable Swinhoe’s Rail Coturnicops exquisitus
TOM WULF, WIELAND HEIM & ALEXANDER THOMAS
54 NOTEBOOK Changeable Hawk Eagle Nisaetus cirrhatus ceylanensis nesting in association with Giant Honey Bees Apis dorsata
UVINI SENANAYAKE, PRANEETH RATNAYAKE, SAHAN SIRIWARDENA & DINITH PATHIRGE
57 LITTLE-KNOWN AREA Rote Island, East Nusa Tenggara province, Indonesia: an emerging hotspot of avian endemism
PHILIPPE VERBELEN, COLIN R. TRAINOR, VEERLE DOSSCHE & ROHAN FISHER
74 LITTLE-KNOWN AREA Virachey National Park, Ratanakiri province, north-east Cambodia
HOWIE NIELSEN
82 IMPORTANT BREEDING RECORD Incubation strategy of Philippine Scrubfowl Megapodius cumingii on Manumpitaeng islet, North Sulawesi, Indonesia
HANOM BASHARI, BUYUNG MANGANGUE & ASTRID MANGANGUE
86 IMPORTANT BREEDING RECORD New records of Critically Endangered Chinese Crested Tern Thalasseus bernsteini in 2016 indicate ongoing breeding success
HE FEN-QI & JIANG HANG-DONG
88 CONSERVATION REPORT Release of confiscated raptors in Indonesia by Suaka Elang (Raptor Sanctuary): protocols and progress to date
GUNAWAN, ZULHAM, HENDRY PRAMONO, DJAMALUDIN, ANNISA YUNIAR, KANTHI HARDINA,
SRI MULYATI, KUSWANDONO & IKA KRISTIANA
94 CONSERVATION UPDATE Asian vulture crisis—some positive signs?
CHRIS BOWDEN
96 CONSERVATION UPDATE Preparing for the first release of captive-bred White-rumped Vultures Gyps bengalensis in Nepal
KRISHNA PRASAD BHUSAL, DEVENDRA CHAPAGAIN & TOBY HEATH GALLIGAN
98 PHOTOSPOT Yellow-billed Loon Gavia adamsii
100 LITTLE-KNOWN ASIAN BIRD Mantanani Scops Owl Otus mantananensis on Tambaron island, Mindoro, Philippines
BRENDAN SLOAN
102 ID FORUM Which subspecies of Crested Serpent Eagle Spilornis cheela occurs on Bangka island, Sumatra, Indonesia?
MUHAMMAD IQBAL, ZAHRIAL EFFENDI, CEPI MUHAMAD CAHADIYAT KURNIAWAN, ILHAM ISNANDI & DONI SETIAWAN

Cover image: Rufous-necked Hornbill Aceros nipalensis, Latpanchor,
Darjeeling, West Bengal, India, March 2013, by Debapratim Saha

107 NOTEBOOK Migratory bird collisions with man-made structures in South-East Asia: a case study from Singapore
BING WEN LOW, DING LI YONG, DAVID TAN, ALAN OWYONG & ALFRED CHIA
112 NOTEBOOK The third record of Isabelline Wheatear Oenanthe isabellina for Sichuan, China, and possible evidence of breeding
CHRIS GOODDIE & SID FRANCIS
114 FIELD STUDY Presumed courtship behaviour of the Cerulean Kingfisher Alcedo coerulescens
IVAN MARTIN & ALEXANDER K. S. PUTERA
COUNTRY FIRSTS
116 The first record of Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush Monticola saxatilis for Nepal NARESH KUSI, TSHIRING LHAMU LAMA, PEMA RIKZIN LAMA & GERALDINE WERHAHN
117 First record of Brent Goose Branta bernicla for the Philippines
LISA J. PAGUNTALAN, PHILIP GODFREY C. JAKOSALEM & RACHEL CASIO
118 First record of Ashy Minivet Pericrocotus divaricatus for Mongolia
BARKHASBAATAR ARIUNBAATAR, BAYARBAATAR BUUVEIBAATAR & AVIRMED OTGONSUREN
119 First record of Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincola for Mongolia
BAATARGAL OTGONBAYAR, SUURI BUYANDELGER & TSOLMONJAV PUREVSUREN
120 First record of Oriental Pratincole Glareola maldivarum for Bhutan
TSHERING TOBGAY
121 The first documented record of Lesser Whitethroat Sylvia curruca for Bhutan
PRASAD GANPULE
122 The first record of Wedge-tailed Shearwater Ardenna pacifica for Vietnam
LE MANH HUNG, NGUYEN QUANG HUNG, GABRIEL W. J. LOW, KEREN R. SADANANDAN, WEN QING NG & FRANK E. RHEINDT
123 The first record of Vinaceous Rosefinch Carpodacus vinaceus from Vietnam
LE MANH HUNG, BUI DUC TIEN, XUAN THANH & LA NHAT TAN
126 From the field

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