Flappy’s journeys end

On 17th May 2018, the last satellite transmission was received from Flappy – the Oriental Bird Club sponsored Common Cuckoo of the nominate subspecies – 100 km north of Mandaly and 30 km east of the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar.

It seems certain Flappy perished sometime on the night of 14-15th May, during the return leg of her migration from wintering quarters in Mozambique to where she had spent the previous two summers, in northern Mongolia, close to the border with Russia.

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BirdingASIA 28

OBC Members should already have received the latest edition of BirdingASIA, Number 28. Another issue packed full of the latest news from the region, including articles on latest taxonomic updates, species new to Malaysia and elsewhere in the region, new breeding records, latest sightings and much much more…

As an OBC member you will receive two issues of BirdingASIA per year plus our scientific journal Forktail – all for a bargain membership fee. So don’t delay, join today!

OBC fundraising tour to the Philippines

Silvery Kingfisher is one of the many endemic species participants can hope to see on the 2019 OBC tour to the Philippines © Birdtour Asia

OBC are delighted to announce that we have teamed up with Birdtour Asia to offer a tour to the fabulous Philippines archipelago.

Profits from the tour, which runs from 24th March to 9th April 2019 will go to the OBC Conservation Fund.

Focusing on Luzon, Mindanao and Palawan, participants can hope to see more than 140 endemics including such spectacular species as Philippine Eagle, Palawan Peacock-Pheasant, Philippine and Steere’s Pitta, Southern Silvery Kingfisher, Southern Rufous Hornbill, Celestial Monarch, Philippine Trogon and Cinnamon Ibon, potentially an endemic family.

Please visit the Birdtour Asia website for further details and to register your interest.

2017 Autumn Meeting

2017 Autumn Meeting
The OBC Autumn Meeting, incorporating the 33rd AGM, will be held in the Wilkinson Room, St John the Evangelist, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 8RN on Saturday 23rd September 2017.

Doors open at 10:30  and the meeting starts at 11:00. All are welcome – please bring your friends. Snacks, cakes and hot and cold drinks will be available all day.

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BirdingAsia 27 published

OBC Members already, or should shortly receive the latest edition of BirdingASIA, Number 27. Another issue packed full of the latest news from the region, including articles on recent taxonomic changes proposed for Asian birds, breeding birds of Wallacea, the Asian songbird crisis, Rote Island Indonesia, Virachey National Park Cambodia and much much more…

As an OBC member you will receive two issues of BirdingASIA per year plus our scientific journal Forktail – all for a bargain membership fee. So don’t delay, join today!

Flappy flies home

On 3rd June 2017, Flappy – the Oriental Bird Club sponsored Common Cuckoo – completed the round trip back from Mozambique, where she wintered, to her summer home in Olon Balj Basin National Park in northern Mongolia. Remarkably, the latest satellite signals reveal she is within 2-3 km of where she spent summer 2016.

Flappy is one of several cuckoos satellite tagged as part of the Beijing Cuckoo Project in May 2016 in Beijing, China.

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BirdingASIA 26 distributed

Cover image: Female Sunda Frogmouth Batrachostomus cornutus brooding her chick, Arung Dalam, Koba, Bangka, Sumatra, Indonesia, 8 October 2014, by Syahputra

The December 2016 issue of BirdingASIA should have reached all members by now. As ever, the issue is packed full of information from the Oriental region, including an article on Breeding records of the Sunda Frogmouth Batrachostomus cornutus, which features on the cover. Non-members can find out just what they’re missing here, and they’d be more than welcome to join the Club online here.

Helmeted Hornbill records sought

Helmeted Hornbill Rhinoplax vigil © Muhammad Alzahri

Bee Choo Strange of the Hornbill Research Foundation is on an urgent mission to collate all records of Helmeted Hornbills Rhinoplax vigil within the species’s geographic range in preparation for a report to delegates attending the Helmeted Hornbill Conservation Strategy and Action Plan workshop in Sarawak, Malaysia, in May 2017.

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