RE: birding-aus Location of Sangihe

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Subject: RE: birding-aus Location of Sangihe
From: Susan Myers <>
Date: Wed, 15 Sep 1999 10:39:52 +1000

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From:   Syd Curtis [SMTP:
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Subject:        birding-aus Location of Sangihe

>Tony Russell very reasonably asked, re my note about the Cerulean Paradise
>Flycatcher,  "Where's Sangihe?"

>Unfortunately the item in The Weekend Australian didn't say, but my atlas
>shows such a place a little over 100 km north of the northern-most part of
>Sulawesi.  I reckon that must be it.

  >In Australia, we used to know Sulawesi as Celebes.  It's that large
>island with several very long arms.  To the north one arm swings east then
>north.  Continue that northerly direction for another 100 km or so and one
>arrives at Sangihe.  The Atlas shows "Sangihe I" and "Sangihe II".  Maybe
>there are two islands.

>There must be someone at birding-aus who knows and can say for sure?

Yep, Syd it's one of the small island north of the Minahasa peninsula of 
Sulawesi - part of an island chain connecting Sulawesi and Mindanao of the 
Philippines. There is a good article concerning conservation on Sangihe & 
Talaud (NE of Snagihe) in the June 1997 issue of the Oriental Bird Club 
bulletin. Other endemics on Sangihe include Red-and-Blue Lory, Sangihe 
Hanging-parrot and Elegant Sunbird. The Sangihe Islands are a group of islands 
- Sangihe, Para, Siau & Tahulandang. As in many parts of Indonesia habitat 
destruction is the main conservation problem. 
Concerning the Cerulean (meaning 'blue') Flycatcher the type specimen was 
collected in the 1870's & since then a there was a single sighting in 1978 
(Bruce White) then another contentious sighting by Bruce White in 1995 on the 
upper slopes of Gunung Awu. This confirmed sighting is very exciting as it is a 
spectacular bird! 
Hope this helps clarify a few things.

Susan Myers

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