Birding Berastagi, Medan, Nth Sumatra, Indonesia

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Subject: Birding Berastagi, Medan, Nth Sumatra, Indonesia
From: "Steve Potter" <>
Date: Sat, 5 May 2012 19:21:52 +0930
Hi Folks


During a recent visit to North Sumatra, I had a chance to head into a region
called Berastagi. I did a couple of walks up around near the top of a local
active volcano called Gunung Sibayak.

I did 1 walk to the crater. Not much birding time but I saw a few. Then I
went back to the same place and spent a few more hours the following morning
up the top. Still only saw a few but it was nice to be on my own for a few
hours. I stopped at a few spots on the way back but only heard heaps and saw
little? Hard going birding up there. What was amazing was that I birded
pretty much the same stretch of road and didn't see any of the birds from
the previous day except Mountain Tailorbird?


9 lifers in all.


Here is my list:

1st trip - afternoon. Car Park to the Top.

Cream-striped Bulbul

Gray-faced Woodpecker (endemic maroon version)

House Swift

Glossy Swiftlet

Orange-spotted Bulbul

Mountain Tailorbird

Blue-masked Leafbird - brilliant

Oriental White-Eye


2nd trip - early morning. Around the car park area and a couple of km's down
the mountain. 

Mountain Tailorbird 

Fire-breasted Flowerpecker

Black-capped White-Eye

White-throated Fantail

Gray-chinned Minivet

Mountain Warbler

Hill Prinia

Bar-winged Flycatcher-Shrike


I am sure with more time, this could be an awesome birding location which I
have found very little on the net about. I plan to come back.


I also saw Blyth's Shrike-babbler at a cafe on the way up.



Steve Potter

p. 0407398234




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