Seri’s Tree Kangaroo Dendrolagus stellarum

Seri’s Tree Kangaroo Dendrolagus stellarum Vulnerable Location: Papua New Guinea; West Papua The Seri’s Tree Kangaroo is a large tree kangaroo that needs primary upper montane tropical forests. This species is threatened by heavy hunting pressure, this includes hunting with dogs (trophy jaws were still very much in evidence in 2000; T. Flannery pers. comm.Continue reading “Seri’s Tree Kangaroo Dendrolagus stellarum”

Doria’s Tree Kangaroo Dendrolagus dorianus

Doria’s Tree Kangaroo Dendrolagus dorianus Vulnerable Location: Papua New Guinea The Doria’s Tree Kangaroo is restricted to mossy mid to upper primary montane tropical forest. This species is threatened by heavy hunting for food with dogs by local people. Increased hunting pressure is probably due to improved road access associated with the Papua New GuineaContinue reading “Doria’s Tree Kangaroo Dendrolagus dorianus”

New Britain Sparrowhawk Accipiter brachyurus

New Britain Sparrowhawk Accipiter brachyurus Vulnerable Location: Papua New Guinea The New Britain Sparrowhawk is a very poorly-known forest species. Although there are some lowland records (Coates 1985, K. D. Bishop in litt. 1987, I. Burrows in litt. 1994, J. Diamond in litt.1999), most records are from montane forest to 1,800 m (Buchanan et al.Continue reading “New Britain Sparrowhawk Accipiter brachyurus”

Blue Bird-of-paradise Paradisornis rudolphi

Blue Bird-of-paradise Paradisornis rudolphi Vulnerable Location: Papua New Guinea The Blue Bird-of-paradise occurs in lower montane forest, mainly at 1,400-1,800 m, but occasionally from 1,100 to 2,000 m , especially female-plumaged birds. Although displaying males usually use patches of primary forest, they have also been reported singing in the highly populous Tari valley, in areasContinue reading “Blue Bird-of-paradise Paradisornis rudolphi”

Goldie’s Bird-of-paradise Paradisaea decora

Goldie’s Bird-of-paradise Paradisaea decora Vulnerable Location: Papua New Guinea The Goldie’s Bird-of-Paradise lives in forest between 300 m and at least 750 m, occasionally down to near the coast (Beehler and Pratt 2016). They appear to inhabit secondary regrowth and forest edge, suggesting some tolerance of logging (Coates 1990, Frith and Beehler 1998). These birdsContinue reading “Goldie’s Bird-of-paradise Paradisaea decora”

Imitator Goshawk Accipiter imitator

Imitator Goshawk Accipiter imitator Vulnerable Location: Papua New Guinea The Imitator Goshawk has been collected and sighted in lowland forest or forest edge to at least 400 m and, possibly, 1,000 m (Webb 1992, 1995, Debus 1995, Dutson 2011). One was seen feeding on a Chestnut-bellied Monarch Monarcha castaneiventris (Webb 1997). Their ecology is poorlyContinue reading “Imitator Goshawk Accipiter imitator”

Blue-eyed Cockatoo Cacatua ophthalmica

Blue-eyed Cockatoo Cacatua ophthalmica Vulnerable Location: Papua New Guinea The Blue-eyed Cockatoo inhabits tropical lowland rainforest up to an altitude of 1000 m. Although it occurs in disturbed forest including degraded forest and gardens, they presumably rely on intact forest with large trees for nesting (Dutson 2011). Rapid conversion of lowland forest to oil plantationsContinue reading “Blue-eyed Cockatoo Cacatua ophthalmica”

Bougainville Moustached Kingfisher Actenoides bougainvillei

Bougainville Moustached Kingfisher Actenoides bougainvillei Endangered Location: Papua New Guinea, Australia The Bougainville Moustached Kingfisher is a rare and vividly coloured bird likely to be restricted to living in the interior of montane old-growth forest, with a recent record from 800 m (Dutson 2011), although calls thought to belong to the species have been reportedContinue reading “Bougainville Moustached Kingfisher Actenoides bougainvillei”

Spectacled Flying Fox Pteropus conspicillatus

Spectacled Flying Fox Pteropus conspicillatus Endangered Location: Papua New Guinea, Australia The Spectacled Flying Fox Pteropus conspicillatus, also known as the spectacled fruit bat, is a megabat that lives in Australia’s north-eastern regions of Queensland. They are also found in Papua New Guinea and on the offshore islands including Woodlark Island, Alcester Island, Kiriwina, andContinue reading “Spectacled Flying Fox Pteropus conspicillatus”

Far Eastern Curlew Numenius madagascariensis

Far Eastern Curlew Numenius madagascariensis Endangered Location: Papua New Guinea, Asia, SE Asia, Northern Australia The Far Eastern Curlew breeds on open mossy or transitional bogs, moss-lichen bogs and wet meadows, and on the swampy shores of small lakes and winters in Papua New Guinea; in the non-breeding season, this bird is essentially coastal, occurringContinue reading “Far Eastern Curlew Numenius madagascariensis”

Louisiade Woolly Bat Kerivoula agnella

Louisiade Woolly Bat Kerivoula agnella Endangered Location: Papua New Guinea The Louisiade Woolly Bat is found in tropical lowland forest and hill forest, and is presumed to be a foliage gleaning insectivore (Bonaccorso 1998). All species of Kerivoula show a strong preference for intact closed forest habitats and a low tolerance for habitat degradation andContinue reading “Louisiade Woolly Bat Kerivoula agnella”

Black-naped Pheasant-pigeon Otidiphaps insularis

Black-naped Pheasant-pigeon Otidiphaps insularis Endangered Location: Papua New Guinea Black-naped Pheasant-pigeons live in rainforest in the hills from sea-level at at least 1900 m, have pheasant-like in habits and feed on seeds and fallen fruit (del Hoyo et al. 1997, Gibbs et al. 2001). Forest on Fergusson is relatively intact, however small-scale habitat loss occurs as forest is converted forContinue reading “Black-naped Pheasant-pigeon Otidiphaps insularis”

Forest Rainbowfish Melanotaenia sylvatica

Forest Rainbowfish Melanotaenia sylvatica Endangered Location: Papua New Guinea The Forest Rainbow fish lives in small, 1-3 m wide, clear, slow-flowing creeks in closed-canopy rainforest on relatively flat terrain. These typically have a mud or gravel bottom littered with leaves and log debris. The maximum size of this species is at least 5.5 cm SLContinue reading “Forest Rainbowfish Melanotaenia sylvatica”

Northern Yellow-cheeked Crested Gibbon Nomascus annamensis

Northern Yellow-cheeked Crested Gibbon Nomascus annamensis Endangered Location: Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam The Northern Yellow-cheeked Crested Gibbon lives in broadleaf evergreen and semi-evergreen forests, at elevations of between 100-1,200 m asl. These gibbons are frugivorous but also consumes significant proportions of leaves, young shoots and flowers. They are also known to feed on Finlayson’s Squirrel (singleContinue reading “Northern Yellow-cheeked Crested Gibbon Nomascus annamensis”

Okapi Okapia johnstoni

Okapi Okapia johnstoni Endangered Location: The Democratic Republic of Congo Okapi come from the Giraffe family, giving them distinctive markings. These striking creatures appear a bit like a horse, a bit like a giraffe, or like a zebra dipped in chocolate. They live in the deep heart of Africa, in the Congo and are limitedContinue reading “Okapi Okapia johnstoni”

Sulawesi Crested Black Macaque Macaca nigra

Sulawesi Crested Black Macaque Macaca nigra Endangered Location: Sulawesi, Indonesia. Also known as the Celebes Crested Macaque, the Sulawesi Crested Black Macaque Macaca nigra are Critically Endangered and face high risk of extinction; populations have declined by over 80% in under 40 years due to ubiquitous threats of habitat loss and fragmentation, but also fromContinue reading “Sulawesi Crested Black Macaque Macaca nigra”

Palm Oil Problem #1 Vague Product Labelling

There is no legislation to stop this vague product labelling of palm oil Despite the lobbying and activism of various environmental groups and those concerned with consumer rights, palm oil remains labelled in a vague unclear way. It’s hidden in plain sight, an ingredient in everything from ice-cream to lipstick, biscuits to toothpaste. Part ofContinue reading “Palm Oil Problem #1 Vague Product Labelling”

Huon Tree Kangaroo Dendrolagus matschiei

Huon Tree Kangaroo Dendrolagus matschiei Endangered Location: Papua New Guinea The Huon Tree Kangaroo is found in tropical montane and upper montane forests between 1000 and 3300 m asl. A recent study of the ranging behaviour of 15 individuals in upper montane forests (circa 3000 m asl). The human population of the Huon Peninsula isContinue reading “Huon Tree Kangaroo Dendrolagus matschiei”

Agile Gibbon Hylobates agilis

Agile Gibbon Hylobates agilis Endangered Indonesia (Sumatera); Malaysia (Peninsular Malaysia); Thailand The Agile Gibbon occurs at highest densities in dipterocarp-dominated forests, but their known habitat ranges from swamp and lowland forests to hill, submontane, and montane forests (O’Brien et al. 2004; Yanuar 2009). Additionally, populations in Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park in Sumatra do notContinue reading “Agile Gibbon Hylobates agilis”

Milky Stork Mycteria cinerea

Milky Stork Mycteria cinerea Endangered Cambodia; Indonesia; Malaysia The Milky Stork is a predominantly coastal resident in Indonesia and Malaysia, inhabiting mangroves and adjacent, less saline, swamps. It forages on tidal mudflats, in saline pools, freshwater marshes, fishponds and rice-fields. The species has been documented as eating fishes, prawns and crabs (Iqbal et al. 2008,Continue reading “Milky Stork Mycteria cinerea”