BirdingASIA 29

Contents

3 Editorial: Better than tilting at windmills? Saving Asia’s bustards
5 BirdingASIA briefings
7 OBC in action – Conservation Fund and Bertram Smythies Fund
9 NEWSFLASH: LITTLE-KNOWN ASIAN SPECIES Extraordinary discovery in Bihar, India: an apparent White-eared Night Heron Gorsachius magnificus in Valmiki Tiger Reserve
SHARIQ SHAFI, KAMLESH K. MAURYA, PRANAV CHANCHANI, S. CHANDRASHEKAR, AMIT KUMAR, GAURAV OJHA & ALOK KUMAR
11 PHOTO ESSAY Bustards of Asia BRIAN SYKES
19 PHOTOSPOT
21 LITTLE-KNOWN ASIAN BIRD The natural history of Chinese Grassbabbler Graminicola striatus, with special reference to Hong Kong
GEORGE WAI CHUN HO & BILLY CHI HANG HAU
28 LITTLE-KNOWN ASIAN BIRD Northern Boobook Ninox japonica in Karimunjawa
National Park, Karimunjawa islands, Central Java province, Indonesia, with notes on
its distribution and status in Java
IMAM TAUFIQURRAHMAN & HARY SUSANTO
31 LITTLE-KNOWN ASIAN BIRD First breeding record of Mentawai Scops Owl Otus
mentawi, with notes on the morphology and vocalisations of juveniles
IMAM TAUFIQURRAHMAN, ISMAEL SAUMANUK & ARIF SETIAWAN
34 CONSERVATION WATCH Crested Goshawk Accipiter trivirgatus may adapt well to life
in urban areas across its range in Asia
CHRIS R. SHEPHERD
36 CONSERVATION REPORT Vulture rescue centre set up in northern Bangladesh for
rescue and rehabilitation of Himalayan Griffon Gyps himalayensis
A. B. M. SAROWAR ALAM, SAKIB AHMED, TARIK KABIR & KAZI ZENIFAR AZMIRI
39 NOTEBOOK Second record of White-cheeked Starling Spodiopsar cineraceus for
Arunachal Pradesh, India
GOPINATHAN MAHESWARAN
40 NOTEBOOK Record of Green Avadavat Amandava formosa from Kotagarh Wildlife
Sanctuary, Odisha, India
S. K. SAJAN & PRATYUSH P. MOHAPATRA
41 NOTEBOOK A Blue-throated Bee-eater Merops viridis preys on a bat
DAVID P. EDWARDS & ROBERT P. FRECKLETON
42 NOTEBOOK Observations on the nesting of Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus
in the urban landscape of Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India
NAMAN GOYAL & SHUDHANTA SOOD
44 NOTEBOOK First documented record of Chinese Paradise Flycatcher Terpsiphone
incei on the Andaman Islands, India
MÅNS GRUNDSTEN, OLA SÅNGBERG & DHANESH THANKACHAN

Cover image: Crested Treeswift Hemiprocne coronata, on the outskirts of Mahahnanda Wildlife Sanctuary, Darjeeling district, West Bengal, India, 7 June 2017, by Debapratim Saha

46 NOTEBOOK Female Pied Bushchat Saxicola caprata eats a lizard, Horton Plains
National Park, Sri Lanka
RANIL P. NANAYAKKARA, RUVINDA DE MEL & THILANKA PERERA
48 NOTEBOOK Records of Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula and Northern Pintail Anas acuta
on Karakelang Island, North Sulawesi, Indonesia
HANOM BASHARI & ROB MARTIN
50 NOTEBOOK First confirmed breeding record of Lesser Adjutant Leptoptilos javanicus
from Chhattisgarh state, central India
A. M. K. BHAROS & DEEPENDRA DIWAN
53 NEW RECORDS Avifauna of Ladakh: four new wetland bird species recorded
KAS A. KOENRAADS, PIM LEMMERS, HIDDE D. HOFHUIS, NIELS DE NIJS & TSEWANG NAMGAIL
59 NEW RECORDS New bird records from the southern provinces of Thailand on the
Thai-Malay Peninsula, 2005–2017
INGKAYUT SA-AR, WICHYANAN LIMPARUNGPATTHANAKIJ, KHEMTHONG TONSAKULRUNGRUANG, CHUKIAT NUALSRI & PHILIP D. ROUND
68 SITE TO WATCH Recent additions to the avifauna of Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary,
Andhra Pradesh, India
GIRIDHAR MALLA, PAROMITA RAY, K. SIVAKUMAR, J. A. JOHNSON & G. V. GOPI
70 ID FORUM Yellow or grey: what colour are the bill and legs of Barred Buttonquail
Turnix suscitator races on the Sunda islands, Indonesia?
MUHAMMAD IQBAL & DONI SETIAWAN
74 LITTLE-KNOWN AREA The dwindling hill birds of the vanishing Chittagong Hill
Tracts, Bangladesh
M. MONIRUL H. KHAN
84 NOTEBOOK An observation of a Changeable Hawk Eagle Nisaetus cirrhatus
predating a juvenile Dusky Leaf Monkey Trachypithecus obscurus in Selangor,
Malaysia
MIKE H. N. CHONG & KAMARULZAMAN YUSOF
86 NOTEBOOK A leucistic Western Koel Eudynamys scolopaceus in Natore, Rajshahi
district, Bangladesh
K. M. MIJANUR RAHMAN
88 NOTEBOOK Wintering Gansu Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus kansuensis discovered in
west Guangxi, China, and the first sighting in Vietnam
JONATHAN MARTINEZ & YVES KAYSER
90 NOTEBOOK Observation of a Crested Serpent Eagle Spilornis cheela catching and
eating worms on the ground in Peninsular Malaysia
CHRIS R. SHEPHERD
92 NOTEBOOK Saunders’s Gull Saundersilarus saundersi preys on a crab
Macrophthalmus abbreviatus
DAVID S. MELVILLE
94 NOTEBOOK A new record of Great Myna Acridotheres grandis in Bangladesh
ZENIFAR AZMIRI & MOHAMMOD FOYSAL
96 NOTEBOOK A new altitudinal record for Asian Woollyneck Ciconia episcopus in
South Asia
TASHI RAPTE GHALE & DIKPAL KRISHNA KARMACHARYA
98 NOTEBOOK Observations of breeding Australasian Grebe Tachybaptus
novaehollandiae at Wonorejo fishponds, Pamurbaya district, Surabaya, East Java,
Indonesia
ALFA HARDJONO
102 NOTEBOOK Predation of Eurasian Tree Sparrow Passer montanus by House Crow
Corvus splendens
MOHD SYAFIQ SIVAKUMARAN
103 NOTEBOOK A new record of Dwarf Sparrowhawk Accipiter nanus in south-east
Sulawesi, Indonesia: is it only restricted to upland forests?
THOMAS E. MARTIN, DARREN O’CONNELL, DAVID J. KELLY, ADI KARYA, KANGKUSO ANALUDDIN & NICOLA MARPLES
105 NOTEBOOK BIRDS & PEOPLE eBird in Asia: standardised tools for birdwatchers
PRAVEEN J., SUHEL QUADER, SCOTT R. S. LIN, JO-SZU (ROSS) TSAI, WICH’YANAN
LIMPARUNGPATTHANAKIJ, CHRISTIAN PEREZ, YEO YEE LING, DAVID BAKEWELL, BRIAN L. SULLIVAN, MARSHALL J. ILIFF, IAN J DAVIES & CHRISTOPHER L. WOOD
109 INTRODUCED SPECIES Records of Grosbeak Starling Scissirostrum dubium from
Kalimantan, Borneo, and its widespread occurrence on Java
ARIL MAGDA PRAWIRA, IMAM TAUFIQURRAHMAN, MUHAMMAD IQBAL & GUSTI WICAKSONO
COUNTRY FIRSTS
114 Jerdon’s Leafbird Chloropsis jerdoni: a new species for Bangladesh
MD. SHALAUDDIN , MD. JAYEDUL ISLAM & MD. ZAMAN MIA
115 First record of Baird’s Sandpiper Calidris bairdii for Mongolia
LAMJAV JARGAL & TSOLMONJAV PUREVSUREN
117 From the field

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