Running Time:

75 min

Release Date:

October 2004

Recording Location:

Rawa Aopa/Mount Watamaho National Park,
Lore Lindu World Biosphere Reserve,
Mamassa and Tanu Taraja districts

Sulawesi - Heart of the Indonesian Rainforest

Life abounds in the exotic and beautiful rainforests of Sulawesi - one of the largest islands in the Indonesian archipeligo. Here time has stood still, revealing the evolution of nature through a unique diversity of birds and animals.

In humid lowlands we hear fruit pigeons, orioles, monarch flycatchers and a magnificent pair of hornills. Further inland, hill forests reach deep into the remote heart of the island. The booming calls of imperial pigeons carry across the valleys, squirrels call from high in the canopy and the eerie voices of piping crows echo through the forests.

We climb high into the mountains, the realm of the cloud forests. Flocks of birds move through the forest calling in the morning sunshine. Finally, night falls on a land where mystery and the unusual are everywhere - Sulawesi.

Audio sample of this album

 

Lowland Rainforest - Rawa Aopa National Park

 

1.

Pre-dawn (featuring Long Eared Nightjar and To-ke Gecko)

3.48

2.

Dawn chorus (with Black Sunbirds, Black-naped Oriole and Green Imperial Pigeons)

4.12

3.

Knobbed Hornbills on the wing

1.52

4.

Bay Coucals in the rain

5.00

5.

Evening with Sulawesi Scops Owl

2.20

 

Hill Rainforest - Loru Lindu National Park

 

6.

Loru Pre-dawn (with Sulawesi Masked Owl, Bay Coucals & Hair-crested Drongo)

2.48

7.

Dawn (with White-bellied Imperial Pigeons & squirrel)

5.54

8.

Piping Crows

5.00

 

Highland Rainforest - Mamasa

 

9.

Pygmy Cuckoo-shrike

4.16

10.

Geomalias & Sulawesi Hawk Eagle

2.01

11.

Feeding flock

5.04

12.

Malias

2.21

13.

Sulawesi Serpent Eagles

2.38

14.

Knobbed Hornbills calling

1.43

 

Montane Cloudforest - Gunung Rano Rano

 

15.

Sulawesi Cicadabird

2.45

16.

Cloudforest dawn (with Maroon-backed Whistlers)

5.45

17.

Feeding flock

7.45

18.

Citrine Flycatcher

1.54

19.

Dusk cicada chorus

3.42

20.

Tree Frogs & Ochre-bellied Boobook

4.57

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