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Muara Angke Nature Reserve, North Jakarta, 26 September, 2004,
During a short visit to Jakarta, I visited the Muara Angke Nature Reserve, close to the Muara Angke fish marketThe reserve is protected by law but apparently not much money is made free by the local government. The watchtower overlooking the area can’t be climbed as the ladders are rusted through and many of the wooden walkways have rotted away or have been destroyed by local youths. The only walkways strong enough to hold people are the walkways that lead North into the area from the Reserve Office. These walkways are kept well as they are used by local fisherman and farmers to make their way into the reserve. This walkway leads to a viewing platform but sadly this platform has no views whatsoever as the surroundings are overgrown. Still, the reserve in the middle of Indonesia’s overcrowded capital makes a nice change from the crowded city and many birds can still be found.
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax
4 Adult birds and 2 juvenile birds were seen sitting in the trees opposite the viewing platform, surrounded by P.sulcorostrisIdentification was made by the white throats of the adult birds and the brown plumage with grayish chests of the 2 juvenile birdsAlso bigger size than P.sulcorostris.
Little Black Cormorant Phalacrocorax
Over 30 birds of this species were observed mainly sitting in treetops and some over flying the area out to sea.
At least 17 birds were observed, mainly flying over the area but some sitting in trees in the heart of the reserveSome sitting drying their wings on remnants of walkways.
Grey Heron Ardea
Over 40 birds counted throughout the area but mainly seen feeding on the large muddy area in the middle of the reserveSome perched low in treesMany birds in breeding plumage.
Purple Heron Ardea
Over 25 birds counted, including one immature birdSome birds in breeding plumage.
Great Egret Egretta
Five birds, all seen on the edge of the muddy areaAll birds with black bills.
Intermediate Egret Egretta
Eleven individuals seen scattered over the areaMainly close to the muddy area but a single bird near the beach.
Little Egret Egretta
Over 30 birds observed.
Pacific Reef-egret Egretta
A single dark-morphed bird was observed sitting on a walkway close to the main road.
Cattle Egret Bubulcus
At least 35 birds were counted mainly in a big colony of egrets bordering the muddy areaSome birds showing signs of molting plumage.
Javan Pond-heron Ardeola
Abundant, especially in and around the muddy area, with over 150 birds recorded.
Little Heron Butorides
A single adult bird noted on a walkway near the visitors center.
Black-crowned Night-heron Nycticorax
An adult and an immature bird were observed sitting low in a tree bordering the muddy area.
Cinnamon Bittern Ixobrychus
Two male birds flushed from vegetation near the main road.
Wandering Whistling-duck Dendrocygna arcuata
A flock of 17 birds joined a flock of 28 birds in a pond in the center of the reserve.
Ruddy-breasted Crake Porzana
A single bird seen feeding in the mangroves just up from the visitors center.
White-browed Crake Piliolimnas
At least 8 birds observed at various locations in the reserve
White-breasted Waterhen Amaurornis
At least 12 birds observed throughout the reserveAlso close to the main road.
Purple Swamphen Porphyrio
Very common, especially on the muddy area in the center of the reserveSeen feeding in the open with Egrets and Herons.
Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos
Two birds of this species observed on the beach.
Rock Pigeon Columba
In a flock of 5 Spotted Doves, 2 Rock Pigeons were seen feeding on a path West of the area, bordering the reserveBoth birds unringed.
Spotted Dove Streptopelia
CommonAt least 30 birds observed mainly on paths and in trees bordering the reserve.
Coucal sp Centropus
A single Coucal was briefly observed flying out and in the reedbeds near the viewing platformNo definite ID could be madeLocal farmers know the Sunda Coucal well and stated that it is not uncommon in the reserve
Edible-nest Swiftlet Aerodramus
At least 15 birds were seen over flying the reserveIn the nearby fishing village, several Swiftlet breeding houses were seen.
Linchi Swiftlet Collocalia
Abundant over the reserve and surroundings.
Fork-tailed Swift Apus
Three birds over flying the beach area North of the reserve.
Small Blue Kingfisher Alcedo
One bird seen hunting from a mangrove tree and several other birds of this species heard calling from the mangroves.
Sacred Kingfisher Todiramphus
A single bird seen in a tree at the visitor center.
Collared Kingfisher Todiramphus chloris
Just 2 birds in the mangroves.
Fulvous-breasted Woodpecker Dendrocopus
A single male bird seen flying out of the mangroves and flying into a tree bordering the reserve on the West side.
Brown-capped Woodpecker Dendrocopus
At least 2 pairs in the trees bordering the mangroves on the Western side of the reserve.
Barn Swallow Hirundo
Two birds over flying the beach area.
Pacific Swallow Hirundo
Numerous over the reserve, adjoining mangroves and beach.
Pied Triller Lalage
Two male birds in trees bordering the reserve on the West side.
Sooty-headed Bulbul Pycnototus
Four birds in trees bordering the reserve on the West side.
Yellow-vented Bulbul Pycnototus
Abundant throughout the reserve in all types of habitats.
Common Iora Aegithina
Two birds recorded in the mangrove with several others heard singing from the surrounding trees and mangroves.
Zitting Cisticola Cisticola
A single bird was seen displaying from scrubs on the West side of the reserve.
Bar-winged Prinia Prinia
Common, especially in the mangroves and scrub surrounding the reserve.
Common Tailorbird Ortothomus sutorius
Several birds seen and heardNot as common as O.ruficeps
Ashy Tailorbird Ortothomus
AbundantSeen everywhereFrom mangroves to scrub and treesNest observed in mangroves with adult birds flying in and out.
Very commonMainly heard singing from all over the reserve.
Pied Fantail Rhipidura
Very common mainly in the mangroves and surrounding scrub and trees.
Great Tit Parus
A pair observed picking insects off treetrunks near the main road.
Scarlet-headed Flowerpecker Dicaeum
Several pairs present in the reserve
Olive-backed Sunbird Nectarinia
Many pairs in the reserveAbundant in mangroves.
Javan White-eye Zosterops
Four birds observed in the reedbeds near the viewing platformAccording to the local farmers still a common bird
Javan Munia Lonchura
Four birds observed in a flock of 15 L.punctulata, seen feeding on a path bordering the reserve.
Scaly-breasted Munia Lonchura
CommonFlocks counting up to 15 birdsAlso in mangroves but mainly seen feeding on paths bordering the reserve.
Tree Sparrow Passer
Several birds observed near the main road.
Javan Myna Acridotherus
Two birds seen over flying the muddy area.
Black Drongo Dicrurus
A single bird seen in the mangroves near the viewing platform and another one heard calling from the wooded area to the West.
White-breasted Wood-swallow Artamus
A single bird seen hunting from a dead tree on the Northern side of the reserve.
Racket-tailed Treepie Crypsirina
At least 3 birds observed in the mangroves.
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