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The Highlights of Sumatran Birds

The Sumatran laughingthrush (Garrulax bicolor), also known as the black-and-white laughingthrush, is a member of the Leiothrichidae family. It is endemic to highland forest on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. It's  One of the rare Laughingthrush in the world. The Sumatran Laughingthrush is a passerine classified as VULNERABLE in the IUCN Red List

Aceh Bulbul
One of the rare bulbul in the world!
The Aceh Bulbul is restricted to a narrow altitudinal range in montane forest on Sumatra and no where else in the world. ‘Aceh Bulbul’ or Orange-spotted Bulbul (P. bimaculatus snouckaerti), it is endemic of North Sumatra. Aceh Bulbul is a serious problem with populations now on a very low density in many parts of Sumatra.

Schneider’s Pitta (Pitta schneideri). This enigmatic ground-dweller is classified as Vulnerable because it is precautionarily judged to have a small population, which is likely to be declining as a result of on-going habitat loss and degradation. Pitta schneideri is endemic to the island of Sumatra, Indonesia.
Aceh Pheasant or Hoogerwerf's Pheasant
"Amazingly, this rare and hard to find"
One of the rare Pheasant in the world! It's restricted to a narrow altitudinal range in montane forest on Sumatra and nowhere else in the world

Sumatran Woodpecker (Picus dedemi)
It's one of the rare woodpecker in the world!
P. dedemi is endemic to Sumatra, Indonesia, where it occurs in forest and woodland habitats in montane areas. This newly-split species is listed as Near Threatened on the basis that it is suspected to be in moderately rapid population decline (approaching 30% over three generations) owing to on-going habitat loss and degradation. The rate of decline is not thought to be more rapid because the species shows some tolerance of habitat modification and fragmentation, and occurs in montane areas.

Sumatran Leafbird Chloropsis media
This species is endemic to Sumatra. This species occurs in the middle and upper strata of lowland evergreen forest, secondary forest, planatations and village orchards from 600-1000 m.

umatran Mesia (Leiothrix rookmakeri) Highlands of nw Sumatra (Aceh District) the rarest Mesia. The species is sometimes placed in its own genus Mesia, or in the genus Leiothrix with the red-billed leiothrix. There are seven described subspecies, with considerable variation in plumage between them. M argentauris rookmakeri (Junge, 1948) – Northern Sumatra.

Tan-breasted Partridge or Roll’s Hill Partridge (Arborophila rolli) is species endemic to northwest Sumatra. Split from Grey-breasted Partridge Arborophila orientalis and Sumatran Hill Partridge. This species is restricted to mountainous areas in northern and central Sumatra, Indonesia.

Sumatran Wren-babbler
 It is endemic to western Sumatra. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist montane forest. This species is found on the floor and in the understorey of lower montane oak-laurel forest at 1,200-2,850 m. It is possible that the very few records result from low observer coverage within the altitudinal range of the species, rather than genuine rarity.

The Rajah Scops Owls (Otus brookii) - also known as Brooke's Scops Owls - are native to the island of Sumatra
The Sumatran babbler (Pellorneum buettikoferi). It is endemic to Indonesia. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests. It is threatened by habitat loss.

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